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Gradius (Wii U eShop / NES)

Gradius (Wii U eShop / NES)

Just keeps shooting

To say that the original Gradius was influential on the evolution of the side-scrolling shoot 'em up would be a gross understatement. When it hit arcades in 1985 it was lauded for its amazing level designs and simple, yet wildly playable, power-up system. This NES release was one of the first home ports of the game and has become...

TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)

TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)

An explosive racer with a twist

TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition may feature vehicles, courses and chequered flags, but it’s not your typical racing game. Instead of getting to the finish line first, this one is all about getting to the finish line full stop, as you focus on pummelling your opponents out of the race while staying alive yourself...

Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Forever running to the right

Mario. Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft, and it's almost like praying. Super Mario Bros. was, is, and will always be one of gaming's great masterpieces, and its availability on any additional format is a good thing. It's come to the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles before, and now jumps onto the Wii U...

Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U eShop)

Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U eShop)

Spot a different party

Spot the Differences: Party! will hand you photo after photo, politely asking you to identify the inconsistencies between their lookalikes until you either pass out from unrelenting boredom or stare at each and every one of the 300+ pictures on display. Go it alone or rope a friend or three into the monotony, but unless...

Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

The need for speed

Although many will accuse Capcom of flogging the Street Fighter license within an inch of its life, the company wasn't solely to blame for the production line of incremental updates which appeared after the release of the original Street Fighter II. Unscrupulous arcade owners would "hack" arcade boards to increase the speed of the...

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U eShop / NES)

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U eShop / NES)

A Link from the past

When The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986, it was at least as much an eye-opening experience for gamers as Super Mario Bros. had been. Whereas that game expanded and solidified the left-to-right nature of platformers for generations to come, The Legend of Zelda opened sprawling worlds before us, and allowed us to go wherever...

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U eShop)

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U eShop)

A real dream game

When The Great Giana Sisters was released way back in 1987, it quickly became notorious for its remarkable similarities to Super Mario Bros. So much so, in fact, that it attracted the legal attention of Nintendo and was swiftly withdrawn from sale. The franchise later re-emerged in the form of a DS sequel in 2009 and while it...

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

The original, but sadly not the best

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior was nothing short of a phenomenon. If you're old enough to remember when the game hit the Super Nintendo two decades ago then you may recall it as all you ever thought of or spoke about for weeks on end. The gaming world seemed to gravitate around Capcom's seminal one-on-one...

Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Depth incarnate

If there's one thing that you could pretty much be assured of when it came to a Koei game back in the day, it was getting a lot of depth to your gameplay experience. Not only were you generally treated to a very high production value visual experience, but the attention to detail and historical accuracy was always of high quality...

Galaga (Wii U eShop / NES)

Galaga (Wii U eShop / NES)

That man is playing Galaga!

Galaga is old. It may well state 1988 on Galaga’s NES title screen, but that refers to its European and US release date, the Japanese Famicom conversion was released early in 1985 and they are all based on a port of Namco’s 1981 coin-op. This means that with any Wii U Virtual Console purchase you must consider if you...

Pokémon Rumble U (Wii U eShop)

Pokémon Rumble U (Wii U eShop)

Wind me up

Nintendo has never been afraid to spin one of its biggest money makers, Pokémon, off into various weird and wonderful directions in between the mainline RPGs that are the franchise's bread and Butterfree. There have been puzzle games, the delightful safari of Pokémon Snap and, perhaps strangest of all, a crossover with Nobunaga's...

DuckTales: Remastered (Wii U eShop)

DuckTales: Remastered (Wii U eShop)

Tales of derring-do

It’s difficult to determine exactly who video game remakes are geared towards. On one hand you have generations worth of gamers who played the original and would love to experience it again on a modern console with updated graphics. It’s possible, however, that these people are no longer playing video games or don’t own...

Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Wii U eShop)

Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Wii U eShop)

You spin me right 'round baby, right 'round

If there’s one unique selling point that the Wii U truly has over other systems, it’s the potential that it has for local multiplayer. Up until now, asymmetric multiplayer has been a pretty big deal to Nintendo, with the GamePad being the key to unlocking these new kinds of gameplay experiences...

Art Academy: SketchPad (Wii U eShop)

Art Academy: SketchPad (Wii U eShop)

A masterpiece or sketchy at best?

One of the most fascinating things about Miiverse is how Nintendo is paying such close attention to it. Not just in the sense that it is regularly updating it, but rather the company is actually listening to what its consumers are saying on the platform. It's remarkably unusual for a company that until now had been...

Cloudberry Kingdom (Wii U eShop)

Cloudberry Kingdom (Wii U eShop)

Maddeningly brilliant

Cloudberry Kingdom has never left anyone in doubt — it wants to test and infuriate gamers. Yes, there are easier options and levels, but its trump card is filling a screen with what looks like an impassable range of obstacles and then teasing the gamer with the hint of a possibility that it can be beaten. It's a cruel,...