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Comix Zone (MD)

Comix Zone (MD)

Sketch Turner is an artist in New York City. One day while Sketch is drawing, there is a huge thunderstorm and a bolt of lightning hits Sketch's image, bringing it to life.

Released fairly late in the life of the Megadrive/Genesis, Comix Zone didn't exactly set the world alight in terms of sales but is now rightly regarded as one of the better games...

Bonanza Bros (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Bonanza Bros (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Grab the target items and head for the exit!

Bonanza Bros. harkens back to the early 80's arcade titles with their simple, yet addictive play control ideas. While there are obvious Keystone Kapers and Elevator Action influences throughout the game, the overall gameplay design is at least original enough to stand on its own two feet. The only problem is that the premise is so simple in design and..

Mario Kart 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Kart 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Kart gets a 64-bit upgrade!

To say that the original Super Mario Kart was a huge hit for the Super Nintendo console would be a mammoth understatement. The game caught gamers by storm and kicked off a series that's still producing new titles some 17 years later. So when Nintendo released their Nintendo 64 console, gamers knew that it was only a...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A Link to a Classic

To put it simply, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the finest RPGs in existence. Everything is perfect - the bold lines and subtle pastel-tones of the graphics, the triumphant rendition of the Zelda theme, the excellent yet simple combat system, the brilliantly conceived logic puzzles. Nintendo left nothing to...

R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES)

R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES)

The Bydo Empire is back! More powerful and deadlier than ever, the Bydo are en-route to Earth.

R-Type III is an interesting title in many ways. Firstly, it was a console exclusive, which generated quite a stir when it was first published. Secondly it takes advantage of the Super NES 'Mode 7' graphics to bring rotating backgrounds into play. Thirdly, it's one of the few decent 2D side-scrolling..

Xevious (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Xevious (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Golden oldie

Following its success with Pac-Man and Galaga in the arcades, it seemed that Namco was unstoppable. The release of Xevious only helped to cement this idea: it was first one of the earliest examples of a vertical scrolling shooter and innovative for its time. The action in Xevious takes place on two parallel plains; your spacecraft gets...

Gradius (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Gradius (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Konami's classic shooter series takes off

It's so hard to review a game like Gradius. This is a near-legendary title and has inspired a franchise that has sold millions, not to mention the spin-off series Parodius and countless other clones. But when reviewing classic retro titles, you have to judge if this game is still worth playing today...

Soldier Blade (TG-16)

Soldier Blade (TG-16)

A new shooter in the Star Soldier tradition. Players play as an pilot flying the heavy assault fighter Soldier Blade.

One thing that can be said for sure is that if you owned a TurboGrafx console you would never be in short supply of shoot-em-up games! For anyone who is a big fan of the genre it is great news that Hudson has brought one of the most respected games of the genre to the Virtual..

Moto Roader (TG-16)

Moto Roader (TG-16)

The action in this racing game is viewed from above and features rotational controls.

Every once in awhile you come across a game that just makes you scratch your head and wonder what someone was thinking when they let a game like this actually get released. After the success of RC Pro-Am and Micro Machines on the NES, overhead racers began to gain popularity. It would seem that NEC was looking to..

Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Batter up!

Nintendo’s Baseball was actually a launch title for the NES way back in 1985. With unknown brands like Ice Climber and Gyromite it made perfect sense for Nintendo to have a representation of a popular sports game to attract sceptics to their new console. Predictably enough, it’s now horribly dated. The gameplay itself just focuses on...

Super Castlevania IV (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Castlevania IV (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Castlevania goes super

Every now and then you play a game that simply changes your life. To me, Super Castlevania IV is that game. I recall playing it at a friend's house and regardless of the slow pace of the first few levels, it had a real impact on me. The game was quickly purchased and hasn't left my collection since. If your Castlevania...

Super Mario Bros. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A timeless classic

This game needs no introduction, this was really where it all began with our favourite Italian plumber. Having been originally bundled free with the NES console in 1985 Super Mario Bros. Proved to be a killer app at the time helping to shift millions of consoles. There have since been many imitators but none have quite captured...

R-Type (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

R-Type (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This is R type of game!

R-Type is widely considered one of, if not the greatest shooters every created. But kick off any conversation with a shooter fan about R-Type and you're likely to get a 10 minute rant on how excruciatingly difficult the game is. Over the years, shooters have come and gone. Some have been good and some have been bad, but in...

ToeJam & Earl (MD)

ToeJam & Earl (MD)

Toe Jam and Earl are two fun-loving aliens who accidentally crash on Earth.

This is a very strange game. It was hugely popular at the time and most Megadrive / Genesis gamers at the time will probably remember the wacky lead characters, but how does it fare today? The action is played from a top-down view. As either Tom Jam or Earl you must search...

Tennis (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Tennis (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Anyone for Tennis?

Tennis was one of the launch titles for the NES way back in 1985, and it succeeded in winning new gamers to the system in much the same way as Wii Sports. That begs the question, of course, why bother with this if you already have Wii Sports Tennis, which you got as a freebie with your Wii? Well for a start you control the...

Space Harrier II (MD)

Space Harrier II (MD)

Fantasyland has been taken over by destructive forces, and a call for help comes from deep in the universe.

I'm sure most 80's gamers can recall their first brush with the arcade Space Harrier - it was like looking into the future. The silky-smooth sprite scaling coupled with the excellent sound and futuristic feel made this an instant coin-op classic. The game was ported to the 8-bit Master System..

Military Madness (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Military Madness (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Strategic lunacy!

Also known as Nectaris in Japan, this game was a cult hit when it was released in the US many years ago. It wasn't a massive seller but positive reviews made sure it got a decent reception from gamers 'in the know'. For anyone who has played Advance Wars on the GBA you will know exactly what you are getting here. It’s a...

Urban Champion (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Urban Champion (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

More like Urban chump!

It's impossible to overlook the fact that many of the earlier NES releases were extremely simple in design and took very few chances when it came to gameplay design and visual substance. While many of the games were classic arcade titles from Nintendo, there were a handful of original releases that tried to up the ante. Urban...