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Wonder Boy in Monster World (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Wonder Boy in Monster World (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Monster World was a peaceful, happy place until one dark day when an army of BioMeka monsters invaded.

If you have played Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap on the Master System you will know exactly what to expect here. The Wonder Boy series is famed for its confusing naming conventions; to clear it up this is the last Wonder Boy game on the Megadrive to get a release outside of Japan. It features..

Gradius III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Gradius III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Vic Viper is back to rid the galaxy of evil.

Gradius III was one of the first SNES shooters and to be perfectly honest, it shows. Graphically the game is fairly bland (although the same could be said of the coin op original), the sound is nothing special and when things get hectic there's some terrible slowdown. Regardless of these points, the...

Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Virtual Console / NES)

10 minus 9 equals?

'Edutainment' titles are a strange lot. They're usually poor attempts to shoehorn some 'learning' in videogames, possibly out of fear that games rot the brains of kiddies. Donkey Kong Jr Math is no exception. The game features one player and two player modes. In the one player mode, the objective is to enter math answers in order...

Virtua Fighter 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Virtua Fighter 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The intrepid fighters return to the World Fighting Tournament.

Virtua Fighter 2 remains one of the best one-on-one fighters in the history of videogames. When it was originally released it destroyed the competition, and even today (after three updates) hardcore fans feel that Sega has never really bettered the classic brawler. But before you all get too excited, this isn't the superb Saturn version..

ActRaiser (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

ActRaiser (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Take control of the Master, a dethroned deity whose once-idyllic world has fallen under the control of the Evil One.

When I saw the review of this game in the Mean Machines gaming magazine as a youth I was quite literally heartbroken. My Megadrive was (technically, at least) no longer the most powerful console in the world. Nintendo's new machine...

Pac-Man (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Pac-Man (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Gobble gobble

He may be as old as the hills but Pac-Man still manages to entertain after all these years. We've been relying on one of those Namco 'plug in' TV games for my pill-popping fix, but thanks to the Virtual Console that battery-hungry gadget can be retired. For those not acquainted with the premise of the game — what cave have you been...

Bonk's Revenge (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bonk's Revenge (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

I love a good bonk!

Hudson struck gold with Bonk's Adventure, following its success a sequel was inevitable and we couldn't have asked for a much better follow-up than this. Improving on numerous facets of the original, Bonk's Revenge boasts better graphics and sound and more challenging gameplay. This sequel offers gamers a quaint, humorous, and charming adventure through prehistory that will..

Bravoman (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bravoman (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bravo, jolly good show - NOT!

It must first be understood that Bravoman isn't to be taken too seriously. The game was created as a parody whose sole purpose was to make light of the many different "superhero" games created over the years. Most Turbo fans will tell you that the game is a semi-sequel to the Keith Courage in Alpha Zones game that was bundled with the American TurboGrafx-16..

Vectorman (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Vectorman (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

More than a load of old balls?

OK, so the main character is compromised of green balls, don't let that make you overlook one of the better 'run and gun' games to hit the Megadrive / Genesis. The shallow premise for the game is that humans have ruined the planet Earth and left the subsequent tidy-up job to their robots. You assume the role of the titular Vectorman, who has to contend with the rather..

Star Fox 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Star Fox 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Do a barrel roll.

The original Star Fox (or ‘Starwing’ if you're a Euro gamer) introduced a whole generation of Nintendo fans to the wonder of 3D visuals. The game was nothing short of a miracle and thanks to the revolutionary Super FX chip it produced graphics that were comparable to the primitive 3D arcade releases of the era. However, when...

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Hey, where's Mike Tyson gone?

Although boxing is a fairly obvious display of aggression, it’s surprising that so few video game adaptations of the sport have been worth playing. Punch Out!! Featuring Mr Dream is an exception, and to many it still hasn’t been beaten. Assuming the role of Little Mac, you have to punch your way to ultimate victory...

Dragon's Curse (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Dragon's Curse (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Wonder Boy by another name...

Those of you that used to own a Sega Master System may experience an unshakable feeling of deja vu when playing Dragon's Curse (known as Adventure Island in Japan) - because it's pretty much the exact same game as the Master System Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap! The history of the Wonder Boy franchise is complex and hard to explain, but in simple terms Sega own the..

Castlevania (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Castlevania (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Introducing Belmont

The first NES Castlevania was like a breath of fresh air when it was first released. Capcom's spooky, but cartoon-like Ghost 'n' Goblins was the closest thing on the market, but Konami's game was a little more mature and serious. The gothic feel for which the series has become famous for is all present and correct, and the...

Beyond Oasis (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Beyond Oasis (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

You are the young Prince Ali in a desperate fight to defeat the evil that is threatening your island empire, Oasis.

This was another late Megadrive/Genesis release but thankfully it avoided the fate of games like Comix Zone and sold pretty well at the time. It's easy to see why - graphically it's one of the best looking games on Sega's 16-bit console. It looks even better in motion, with some..

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Virtual Console / NES)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Virtual Console / NES)

T-U-R-T-L-E POWER!

Turtle mania was sweeping the world when this came out in 1989. That's probably why this game was so popular despite it being an unfair bag of dog's droppings! So popular was the franchise that Nintendo even bundled the NES with this game in Europe replacing the mighty Super Mario Bros cart. It's easy to see why so many persevered with this at the time. It had the turtles in it!..

Splatterhouse (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Splatterhouse (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The forces of evil are abroad - ghastly, slimy creatures from the depths of your very worst nightmares.

Heavily inspired by the Jason Voorhees character from the Friday the 13th films so popular in the 80's this game is a hockey mask wearing, butcher knife wielding gorefest! For those who aren't familiar with the game it is basically a 2D scrolling fighter. Unlike it's contemporaries like Double..

Tecmo Bowl (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Tecmo Bowl (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Will you be bowled over by this one?

Before video game football became just as complex as real-life football, there was Tecmo Bowl. There weren't hundreds of plays with varying formations or special spin moves to worry about, in fact you didn't actually have to know much about the game of football to enjoy and play it. It was this simplicity that...