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Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (Virtual Console / Master System)

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (Virtual Console / Master System)

Does Sega's original mascot go out with a bang or a whimper?

Poor Alex Kidd. The pint-sized, big-eared wonder never really caught on as a mascot, although it was not through lack of trying on Sega's part. Alex appeared in a number of games featuring vastly different forms of gameplay and, with this last throw of the dice, Sega tried to pair the ailing character with one of their more successful..

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Stunning achievement or a conversion too far?

No company in the storied history of video gaming has tried harder to not create a true sequel to one of their hit games quite like Capcom did with the myriad releases that followed their hit fighting game Street Fighter 2. Not only did they create a number of tweaked releases of game itself, but they...

Earthworm Jim 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Earthworm Jim 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Groovy!

After creating the excellent Earthworm Jim videogame and subsequently making an awesome cartoon based on it, it was quite logical that Interplay would not give up on the franchise just yet. Not too long after the cartoon, they released Earthworm Jim 2, which was intended to be even better than the original game. As Queen Slug-for-a-Butt was...

The Combatribes (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Combatribes (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A beat 'em up that packs very little punch

There was a time when Technos ruled the beat-'em-up genre of fighting games during the 8-bit era with their Double Dragon and River City Ransom titles, but sadly the 16-bit generation wasn't as kind to the company. Once Capcom's Final Fight hit the scene, there was little room left for any other beat-'em-up, not even a port of their popular The Combatribes..

Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

A history lesson in the failure of PC-to-console ports.

Activision was the first to sell a mahjong solitaire (for lack of a better term) game for IBM PCs and Apple Macs in 1986 under the name Shanghai. They even got the programmer of the original game -- which was created on University of Illinois mainframes -- to do the programming and create backgrounds. That release was a big enough hit that a..

A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (Virtual Console / NES)

A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (Virtual Console / NES)

An innovative gameplay idea that's beginning to feel a bit dated.

There's no denying that the original NES release of A Boy and His Blob brought some fairly unique gameplay ideas to the table when it was released in 1989. David Crane, who'd already seen success with his Atari 2600 hit Pitfall, brought a few ideas from his classic and combined it...

Street Fighter II': Champion Edition (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Street Fighter II': Champion Edition (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

A very solid, albeit unknown port of the Capcom arcade fighter.

After seeing releases on both the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles, Capcom figured they could capitalize one more time with a release on NEC's PC Engine system in Japan. While the game was considered a very faithful port of the arcade hit, waning sales and licensing issues kept the game from seeing a much-needed release on the..

Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Another fantastic movie trilogy gets another fantastic game

By the end of 1994, Sculptured Software had already created two SNES games based on the Star Wars games, and were hard at work on a third. But of course movie fanatics noticed something - Star Wars already had a lot of representation, but where was everybody's favourite archaeologist? LucasArts must've noticed the same, because they gave..

Ninja Gaiden (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Ninja Gaiden (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

The original, but possibly not the best.

Ninja Gaiden is a game best known to many as a series of action-platformers that started out on the NES and has continued into the present day on the current crop of HD systems as a 3rd-person action game. It's worth remembering that it started out as an unforgiving beat-em up in arcades and thanks to Tecmo's...

Fighting Street (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Fighting Street (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Proof that some memories are best left in the past

Before Street Fighter 2 became all the rage in arcades and one of the most popular fighting games in the world, it began life as an overlooked arcade title called Street Fighter, which saw the light of day way back in 1987. While the title was far from the monster hit its successor would become, it nevertheless ended up being ported to several of..

Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

B-Grade horror movie action comes to the Virtual Console.

Every once in a while a game is released that's so unique it garners a cult following and becomes more popular years later than when it was first released. Toe Jam & Earl for the Sega Genesis is one such game, but another prime example would be Konami's Zombies Ate My Neighbors. The game...

Shinobi (Wii Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Shinobi (Wii Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Put on your ninja suit and rescue the kiddies once again!

After treating retro gaming fans to the delights of Revenge of Shinobi and Shinobi III from the Mega Drive / Genesis, it is only right that SEGA bring us back to basics and let us get our grubby mitts on the original arcade game from 1987 where this glorious franchise began. Considered to be...

Final Fight 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight for two

The Mad Gear gang are back and out for revenge. This time they’ve kidnapped Guy’s fiancée Rena and her farther, so it falls to Haggar and friends to rescue them from the gang’s evil clutches. The original Final Fight was a classic side-scrolling brawler which received two paltry SNES ports, the first of which is already...

Final Fantasy (Virtual Console / NES)

Final Fantasy (Virtual Console / NES)

The game that kicked off the most popular RPG series in existence.

Role-playing games began their climb to popularity during the early 80's on the many personal computers of the time period. These turn-based titles brought a more strategic element to gaming for those looking to use their minds more than their reflexes. Square obviously saw the...

R-Type (Virtual Console / Master System)

R-Type (Virtual Console / Master System)

Blast off and attack the evil Bydo Empire once again in 8-bit!

While we applaud Sega for bringing some of its most fondly remembered Master System games to the Virtual Console, we can’t help feeling that on this occasion it is a little bit pointless. After all, we’ve had a near arcade perfect port of R-Type on the TurboGrafx-16 since 2006, which humbles the Sega Master System version by..

Golden Axe (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Golden Axe (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Sega's classic fantasy side-scroller hits the Virtual Console in its original arcade form - but is it any good?

It would be fair to say that the expansion of the Wii Virtual Console to incorporate arcade releases has been extremely welcome, but it has resulted in one rather unusual side-effect: we’re seeing rampant duplication of titles already available. We’ve already had the likes of..

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

It's River City Ransom with a side order of Track & Field.

What do you get when you combine the River City Ransom theme with Track and Field-style gameplay? You get Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. The game takes the street gang theme and creates some fitting Olympic-style events to go along with it. Sounds like a mouth-watering proposition, but...

Solomon's Key (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Solomon's Key (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

A near-identical version of a game already available on the Virtual Console

Way back when the Wii came out in late 2006, one of the initial games available on Virtual Console was the NES version of Solomon's Key. Now that arcade games have been added to the service's catalogue, Tecmo has chosen to release the original arcade version. But is it...