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Adventure Island (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Adventure Island (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

An island of adventure

Adventure Island is somewhat of a Mario clone - you guide Master Higgins to the end of every level (8 worlds with 4 levels each, sound familiar?) dodging wildlife, boulders and fire in order to defeat the witch doctor at the end of each world (also familiar?) who has captured your beloved bride-to-be Tina. Things aren't as...

Landstalker (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Landstalker (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

After hearing of the legendary treasure of King Nole, the elvish treasure hunter Nigel undertakes a quest to gather various pieces of the famed loot.

Landstalker is an action RPG released in 1993. It's got an isometric view, something which is quite rare in games, and sounds a bit dated. So does it still hold up? In the game you are Nigel, a treasure hunter who rescues a fairy called Friday from a..

Vegas Stakes (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Vegas Stakes (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Always bet on black

Here's an odd offering for the VC - a gambling game! In Vegas Stakes, sequel to Vegas Dream on the NES, you head to Vegas with a group of friends to try to make it rich. There are four casinos to go to, ranging from the-run-down Hideaway, which only allows small bets, to 2020, a futuristic-looking casino that allows high bets...

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The hard-headed hero is back for more side-scrolling action in the third installment of the popular Bonk series.

Bonk 3 was the final game in the original trilogy of Bonk games. As it was the last game, Hudson seemingly decided they had to cram as much into it as they could in order to make it the best game yet - They succeeded. First off, pretty...

Super C (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super C (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Charged

After Konami's maddeningly hard Contra/Probotector proved immensely popular, obviously it wasn't going to sit around and not make a sequel. Super C/Probotector II puts you in the role of the same heroes once again as you try to take out alien scum. This time they're possessing humans to attack you. The game's got practically the same...

Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Arthur must go forth to save his beloved Princess and destroy the root of all evil!

When you look at this game today, it's hard to believe that it was one of the very first Megadrive releases. Sega did an amazing job of reprogramming the Capcom arcade original for their 16-bit console - the port isn't quite arcade perfect but you have to look closely to spot the (minor) differences. Graphically..

Wrecking Crew (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Wrecking Crew (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Wreck, not dreck

Wrecking Crew's a bit of an oddball. Despite starring Mario, it flies under many peoples' radars, partly because it launched simultaneous with the legendary Super Mario Bros. and several other titles, thus meaning it was quickly overshadowed. Wrecking Crew's genre is hard to nail down, but is essentially a mix of a platformer and...

Lunar Pool (Virtual Console / NES)

Lunar Pool (Virtual Console / NES)

Lunar Pool reinvents the popular game of pool with a unique and futuristic flair.

The humble pool simulator has never made for the most exciting game, so a futuristic version of the classic pub game set on the moon is an intriguing proposition. It is worth noting that Lunar Pool is based on American pool, which is very different game from what the British play. This game is more similar to..

Super Metroid (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Metroid (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A true classic

Metroid was very popular in the late 80s and early 90s. Despite only two games being released, players loved it for its unique atmosphere and construction: the whole game consisted of one gigantic overworld with many places to explore and items to find. On top of that, there were plenty of secrets: who can forget the fact that you get...

Neutopia (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Neutopia (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

You play as a young warrior named Jazeta. The princess Aurora was kidnapped by the evil Dirth, and the king send you on a mission to rescue her.

If you've glanced over the screens and video you might've already seen - This game is extremely similar to the original The Legend of Zelda game. The overworld is similar, the gameplay is similar, what you have to do is similar, and even some enemies and..

Shining in the Darkness (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shining in the Darkness (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Dark Sol has vowed to reign over the enchanted Kingdom of Thornwood, and only you can stop him.

Anyone who has played the Atari ST classic Dungeon Master (or one of the many clones that appeared in its wake) will know full well that first person RPGs can be a hell of a lot of fun. Back when Sega first announced Shining in the Darkness (often called...

Cratermaze (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Cratermaze (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Cratermaze is a comical action game set in a parallel world.

Cratermaze started out life as a Doraemon game but presumably because the franchise wasn't known so well in its native Japan then Hudson thought that changing the sprites might make it make it more attractive to the American audience. So basically you play a little chubby dude who floats into each level using his jetpack. As the games..

Volleyball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Volleyball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not volley good

Volleyball represents yet another of Nintendo’s dated sport simulations. Comparing to its early NES stablemates such as Soccer, Baseball, Ice Hockey and Tennis this game is easily the worst of the bunch. Considering it was originally released in 1986 it is understandable that the graphics and sound aren’t very sophisticated,...

Breath of Fire II (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Breath of Fire II (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A breath of fresh air

Capcom’s Breath of Fire series isn’t really respected that much these days. The last instalment — the underrated Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter for the PS2 — was a bit too different from previous games and didn’t really make the impact Capcom possibly hoped for. Compare this to the fanfare that followed the release...

Wave Race 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Wave Race 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Originally a launch game for Nintendo 64, Wave Race 64 immediately blew the competition out of the water with its impressive 3D graphics and gameplay that was anything but shallow!

Given that Wave Race 64 was a launch title for the N64, and that it has now been over 10 years since that launch, it is all the more baffling to play it today. Comparison...

Galaga '90 (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Galaga '90 (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The gameplay in Galaga '90 is built upon the same premise as that of the original Galaga, but is in many ways more complex and more difficult.

This game started out life as Galaga ’88 in the arcades and saw a conversion to the Japanese PC Engine under the same name. Understandably in the two years it took to get released in North America the name...

Star Soldier (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Star Soldier (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not quite a super star

We’ve already been blessed with the sublime Super Star Soldier and Soldier Blade but now it’s the turn of the game that started it all as the NES classic Star Soldier hits the Virtual Console. Released on the NES way back in 1986, Hudson’s shooter went down a storm in Japan but failed to replicate this success in the...

Dynamite Headdy (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Dynamite Headdy (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Headdy, the central protagonist of the game, is the star of the Treasure Theatre production of Dynamite Headdy.

Treasure has already secured its place in history as a purveyor of "gamers' games", encouragingly flying in the face of the accepted practice of style over content to provide such stone-cold classics as Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga and Gunstar Heroes. Among the batch of early..

Drop Off (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Drop Off (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Brave five rounds of haunting, nightmarish dreams in this take on the classic arcade puzzler.

Drop Off is a paddle and ball game like Atari’s classic, Breakout. There is nothing bad about making a game like Breakout, games like Arkanoid did an excellent job of just that. The innovations in that game made for an addictive game experience. It’s a shame that the same cannot be said of Drop Off..