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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (MD)

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (MD)

The once quiet town of Xenobia is under attack by fierce, gruesome monsters and no one can stop them!

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair might seem incredibly familiar to Virtual Console addicts because the game has technically already been released on Nintendo’s download service – in the guise of Monster Lair on the TG-16! The complexities of the...

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES)

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES)

You must succeed in ousting the evil usurpers - your fate, and that of the entire population, depends on it.

The Ogre Battle series has long been a favorite among hardcore strategy fans and it won't take you long to see why that is once you begin playing any of them. This Super Nintendo release of Ogre Battle has become quite a coveted game cartridge over the years and its rarity has made it even..

Winter Games (C64)

Winter Games (C64)

This is the winter portion of the world's foremost amateur sports competition, matching skills against the top athletes from one hundred countries.

It was inevitable that after two batches of events from the summer side of the Olympic festival that the third entry in the Games series would concentrate on the winter side instead. Offering seven different events, Winter Games features the ubiquitous..

Life Force (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Life Force (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Use the force!

For those not in the know, Life Force started out life known as Salamander in Japan and was renamed for Western audiences. The Salamander series is a spin off to Konami’s famous Gradius franchise of shooters; the main differences in Salamander are the introduction of a simultaneous 2 player mode, vertically scrolling stages in...

Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS (MD)

Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS (MD)

Join a group of professional mercenaries to undergo secret missions, battling through enemy lines to go where no ordinary soldier would dare to go.

Once upon a time, back before Capcom officially started supporting the Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega acquired licence to reprogram various arcade classics produced by the developer. Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts, Strider and Forgotten Worlds were all brought to the..

ClayFighter (MD)

ClayFighter (MD)

ClayFighter is a 2D fighting game in which the characters, as the name suggests, are made completely out of clay.

When Clayfighter was first released on the 16-bit consoles in 1993, claymation had never before been used in video gaming. While television shows and motion pictures had experimented with the technology to varying degrees of success, it wasn't until the guys at Interplay decided to make..

Sonic Chaos (SMS)

Sonic Chaos (SMS)

Play as Sonic or Tails in Sonic Chaos, which was originally made for the Sega Master System.

For those gamers in 1993 who were still unfortunate enough to not have not upgraded to the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis this third 8-bit Sonic adventure might hold some memories. It is unlikely that many will remember this Master System swansong however. That...

Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Wii Virtual Console / Master System)

Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Wii Virtual Console / Master System)

Ale or mead?

Sega’s follow-up to the legendary Wonder Boy on the Master System took our hero Tom-Tom out of his former prehistoric setting into a medieval fantasy world. This game started out life as an arcade machine and also got ports to home computers and the Japanese PC Engine (TG-16) under the name of Bikkuriman World. Wonder Boy II really...

MUSHA (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

MUSHA (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

We've got much love for MUSHA!

Mention the name Compile to any serious shooter fanatic and you’re likely to be faced with a barrage of nostalgic ranting. The now defunct company was responsible for some of the finest blasters the video game industry has seen, including Super Aleste (also known as Space Megaforce), Gunhed and Zanac. Surprisingly, MUSHA (which stands for 'Metallic Uniframe Super..

Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Kirby for beginners

Kirby's Dream Land 3 obviously had a lot to live up to - It was released not long after the amazing Kirby Super Star (Kirby's Fun Pak in Europe), which is still regarded as the greatest Kirby game ever. The game returns to the gameplay from the second Dream Land game for Game Boy - It's got rather standard Kirby platforming, but...

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Virtual Console / NES)

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Virtual Console / NES)

Take on the role of Mike Jones, intrepid hero of the StarTropics universe.

While the original StarTropics was a great game, it did have some nagging problems. In 1994, after the SNES was already out for 3 years in the US, Nintendo saw fit to finally make a sequel to one of the (sadly) most underrated games on the NES. But they didn't make it for the SNES - They actually made it for the NES as well!..

Enduro Racer (Virtual Console / Master System)

Enduro Racer (Virtual Console / Master System)

Enduro Racer takes you on an intense set of adrenaline-designed courses containing diverse and rough terrain that will test your skills and reaction time.

Enduro Racer started out life as an arcade machine by Sega; it was a normal racing game like its better known stable mates Hang-On and Out Run. The idea was to ride your dirt bike through the...

Last Ninja 3 (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Last Ninja 3 (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Epic fail...

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that we have revised this review in light of the game-breaking bug which prevents the player from progressing beyond level one in the game. We raised this with Commodore Gaming at the time of release and was assured that a patch would be made available ASAP. As this patch is still not available we did the honourable thing and revised the review to..

Impossible Mission II (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Impossible Mission II (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Elvin Atombender is up to his old tricks again!

As soon as Impossible Mission II loads up, the improvements are immediate and obvious. The producers clearly went to work on almost every aspect of the original game, polishing, adding and fixing until this sequel was the result. There are no great changes to the concept; players familiar with the first game will be immediately familiar with the..

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Virtual Console / Master System)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Virtual Console / Master System)

Sonic is back for a second 8-bit outing.

In 1992 if you weren’t lucky enough to have upgraded to a Sega Mega Drive / Genesis system and still had a humble Master System you might have picked this up. Interestingly the Master System version was released slightly earlier than its 16-bit counterpart so no one can accuse this of being a soulless...

Metal Slug 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Wipe out General Morden's newly remobilised Rebellion Army.

Not many games at the time could go toe-to-toe with Konami's Contra series quite like the Metal Slug titles. Not only did they feature the same run-n-gun arcade action of Contra, but they also took things to new levels of intensity and sported some of the largest and most creative boss encounters ever seen in a game of their type. After a..

Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

While investigating Professor Stinkbaum's lab, Boogerman stumbles upon a strange machine that opens a portal to another dimension.

Almost everybody knows Earthworm Jim - But Boogerman, which was created inbetween the first two Jim games, is much less familiar. This is a bit unjust, as it's every bit as quirky and fun as the aforementioned series. Boogerman stars Snotty Ragsdale, a nosy millionaire..

Forgotten Worlds (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Forgotten Worlds (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Forgotten Worlds is a side-scrolling shooter, one of the first games to incorporate 360 degree aiming and shooting, a revolutionary feature at the time.

Forgotten Worlds was an interesting shoot-em-up arcade game back in the days. Not only was it developed by Capcom, it featured 2 player simultaneous play and a innovative control system were you rotated a second joystick on a 360 degree axis to..

Phantasy Star IV (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Phantasy Star IV (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In the year AW 2284, planet Motavia is once again plagued by strange biocreatures.

After two successful Phantasy Star releases, Sega decided to change things up a bit for their third release in the series Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom. The game featured more of a medieval look to it instead of the science fiction theme that had been such an avid part of the previous two releases and also..