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Rygar (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Rygar (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Lesser-known than its NES counterpart, but is it still worth picking up?

When you utter the name "Rygar", many people will instantly think of the NES game with the same name. In it, you played as the bare-chested warrior Rygar, making his way through both side-scrolling and overhead stages using his unique weapon, the Diskarmor, to take out hordes of enemies and defeat evil. Like most NES..

Super Return of the Jedi (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Return of the Jedi (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Emperor has been expecting you

The third and final game in the Super Star Wars series promises more of the same great experience offered as its two forerunners, but did LucasArts give us a conclusion worthy of the series or just a clichéd third act with some kid-friendly Ewoks thrown in? Like the previous two outings, Super Return of the Jedi is a 2D platformer in which you take on Star..

Super Empire Strikes Back (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Empire Strikes Back (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Do or do not: there is no try.

Following up on the success of Super Star Wars, LucasArts released Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back (a.k.a. Super Empire Strikes Back) to an audience already hyped and waiting. As we discussed in our previous review, the story barely paid lip service to the movies, and this release is little better. Even so, the game was a success before it even hit store..

Pilotwings (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Pilotwings (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Soar like an eagle

Sometimes games deserve second chances. Let us tell you a story... A long time ago in a television studio far, far away, a member of our team took part in an episode of Games World, Hewland's Gamesmaster clone shown on Sky 1 in the UK. Everything was going great until the semi-final, when the skydiving stage from Pilotwings came...

Phantasy Star (Virtual Console / Master System)

Phantasy Star (Virtual Console / Master System)

The starting point for a venerable roleplaying legend

Pity the poor Master System. South America and Europe aside, it just could not compete with the unstoppable NES despite superior technology and some cracking games. Among those titles is what could be considered the machine's killer app - a huge game with a matching price tag, which not only tested the hardware but also the boundaries and..

Super Star Wars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Star Wars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Is the force strong with this one?

When Super Star Wars was released in 1992, it was an instant success. Offering old-school platforming but set in the Star Wars universe and culminating in the destruction of the Death Star, the video game format fit the movies like Harrison Ford fits the role of a roguish scoundrel. At the time, video game critics...

The Revenge of Shinobi (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The Revenge of Shinobi (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Joe Musashi returns in what is arguably the best ninja game ever

There’s a common assumption that a console’s best titles come towards the end of its lifespan. This is mainly because developers take time to get to grips with a new machine’s power and as a result you have to wait a couple of years before you see what each console is truly...

Tecmo Bowl (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Tecmo Bowl (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Older. Prettier. Just not wiser.

In every genre there is one game that stands as a pinnacle to which other games in that genre aspire. Final Fantasy VII, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Sexy Poker. In their respective genres, these games are the standard by which other games are judged. Tecmo Bowl for the NES is often cited as that standard for classic American rules football games. But..

Smash Table Tennis (Virtual Console / NES)

Smash Table Tennis (Virtual Console / NES)

Smash Table Tennis delivers a backhand to your wallet.

Sometimes, you just have to wonder who at Nintendo is in charge of the Virtual Console game selection. Perhaps it's one of those people who, when unable to decide what to do, throws a dart at a dartboard with possible "options" on it in order to come to a decision. That almost has to be the case here, because we have no idea why else..

Pulseman (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Pulseman (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Will Pulseman's quality shock you?

Ask yourself this - what games have Game Freak actually developed? Many people will probably only answer with "Pokémon," but the truth is, before Pokémon was even created, Game Freak was responsible for a handful of unique titles of their own. Pulseman was strangely only released in Japan originally. It was temporarily available on the "Sega..

Altered Beast (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Altered Beast (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Welcome to your doom!

There’s no two ways about it: Altered Beast is a terrible game. Even here, in a perfect conversion of the arcade original, it’s so horrendously stodgy and repetitive that it makes you wonder quite why anyone holds it in the slightest bit of regard. For those lucky few amongst you yet to engage in a little beast altering,...

SimEarth: The Living Planet (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

SimEarth: The Living Planet (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Put the weight of the world in your hands...

The simulation genre has come a long way - maybe not so much in the area of depth, as that's always been there. Where it has really progressed is in presentation: nowadays it’s no longer up to the player to have enough imagination to fill in the gaps left by technical limitations. Unfortunately, those...

Super Smash Bros. (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Super Smash Bros. (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Does the original Super Smash Bros. still knock out the competition these days?

Nintendo's most popular (and only!) fighting franchise started off quite strangely - in fact, it originally didn't even have any existing Nintendo characters! Created by Kirby Creator Masahiro Sakurai of HAL Laboratory and Satoru Iwata, the game was originally called...

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (SNES)

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (SNES)

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

Koei's 'Universal Ruler' simulator lets you live the life of the Mongol legend himself. You'll go where he goes, defile what he defiles and eat who he eats. But before you misjudge this game as an indecipherable Japanese take on medieval Mongolian life, understand that Genghis Khan II is actually a conquer the world style game...

Space Harrier (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Space Harrier (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

An interesting slice of gaming history for fans of early 3D games.

Space Harrier is notable for being one of the first arcade games to use a motorised cabinet in its sit-down version, and in the realms of sprite-based third-person 3D shooters it's certainly at the more advanced end of the scale. It was highly popular back when it was released in the...

Fantasy Zone II (Virtual Console / Master System)

Fantasy Zone II (Virtual Console / Master System)

Does Opa-Opa's second adventure feature the same unique charm of the original?

The original Fantasy Zone release kicked off a series of shooters that's still quite popular to this day. When the game was released on the Sega Master System, it immediately became one of the more beloved titles for the console so it was pretty much a given that a sequel would come sooner or later. Fantasy Zone 2: The..

Galaxy Force II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Galaxy Force II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Galaxy Force II is another classic Sega arcade shooter that hasn't aged very well.

Galaxy Force II debuted as a Sega arcade release, using the same type of sprite scaling seen in Sega's other arcade title Space Harrier, and basically mimicked 3-D scrolling without the use of actual polygon graphics. While Sega's Saturn console would later get a nearly arcade perfect rendition of the game, Mega..

Nobunaga's Ambition (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Nobunaga's Ambition (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

An ambitious strategy game from a nobler time.

It is hard to imagine now, but there was once a time when strategy games were the primary style of play on home computers. Japanese game developer Koei made it their mission to bring this style of game to consoles. And by appearances, they were successful given the sheer volume of games they were able...

Secret Command (Virtual Console / Master System)

Secret Command (Virtual Console / Master System)

Secret Command takes you back to an era when run 'n gun titles ruled arcades.

With overhead run 'n gun titles like Ikari Warriors and Commando snatching up large numbers of tokens in arcades, it comes as no real surprise that Sega would have to create one of their own for their Sega Master System. The game was originally released under the name "Secret Command" in Europe, where the Sega..