Latest Reviews

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Sutte Hakkun

    Sutte Hakkun might just be one of the most unique video game experiences ever crafted.

    Every so often a game comes along that makes you take your thumb off the fire button and don your thinking cap. But who wants to have to spend a lot of time thinking just to get through a game, you say? Well one thing that stands abundantly clear from playing...

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

    Lufia II might not be as recognizable as some of the bigger name Super Nintendo RPGs, but that doesn't mean it packs any less of a punch.

    If it's one thing the Super Nintendo System had a lot of, it was RPGs. Some were good, some were bad, and some were outstanding. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals would fall into the latter category. Not only does...

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Secret Command

    Secret Command takes you back to an era when run 'n gun titles ruled arcades.

    With overhead run 'n gun titles like Ikari Warriors and Commando snatching up large numbers of tokens in arcades, it comes as no real surprise that Sega would have to create one of their own for their Sega Master System. The game was originally released under the name...

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Terranigma

    Does the final release in Enix's Gaia Trilogy hold up?

    It was during the 16-bit era that the action-style role-playing game began to take off. Instead of using the turn-based battle system found in most traditional RPGs, many developers were putting the player more in control of the actual battles in an attempt to broaden the appeal of the genre...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

    Can Harry Jr. fill his father's boots?

    The two original Pitfall games for the Atari 2600 have become quite dated now – walking across a handful of endlessly repeating screens in the hope of finding treasure has lost its appeal. Activision once tried to "upgrade" the formula by allowing the Japanese developer Pony Canyon to make Super...

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    N64

    Review Conker's Bad Fur Day

    One mean %&*@% Squirrel…

    Once upon a time, there was a cute little squirrel that captivated the hearts of children in his debut game for the Game Boy Colour. This red-tailed critter was known as Conker: Conker The Squirrel. No one knows the full extent of what happened to this cute woodland creature in his transition to the N64; he had a...

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    SNES

    Review Star Ocean

    The Super Famicom version of Star Ocean might feature a lot of flashy technology, but it's the game's epic storyline and unique combat system that's made it such a beloved classic among 16-bit RPG fans over the years.

    The Super Nintendo is well known for sporting a rather large and outstanding library of RPGs, but there were several of these...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Uncharted Waters: New Horizons

    Look forward to new horizons

    Koei released quite an arsenal of strategy titles during the 16-bit era, many of them on the Super Nintendo console. While the original Uncharted Waters laid the foundation, its sequel New Horizons picked up right where it left off and managed to add quite a few new game play ideas to the mix to form one of the most...

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    N64

    Review The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

    There's no just masking how great it still is

    Ocarina of Time proved that the Zelda series was even more captivating in 3D than it was in 2D. It is still regarded as one of the greatest games ever made, but despite this, at the very end of the N64's life, it got a sequel that quite a few people missed out on – Majora's Mask. Not counting the...

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    Arcade

    Review The Tower of Druaga

    Scale a skyscraper to rescue your lost love in The Tower of Druaga.

    The Tower of Druaga is a moderately infamous arcade game. As the knight Gil (Who is really Gilgamesh) you must work your way up a gigantic 60-floor tower to rescue your beloved princess Ki from the clutches of the evil Druaga. Each floor is quite literally a maze - Your objective on...

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    Arcade

    Review Gaplus

    Remember the timeless classic, Galaga? Say hello to its successor, as the arcade version of Gaplus hits Virtual Console!

    When Galaga first burst onto the scene back in 1981, it garnered almost instant popularity due to its intense shooting action and almost endless level of variety and challenge. Gone were the days where a fixed group of aliens...

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    Arcade

    Review Mappy

    It's a cat-and-mouse game like no other as you take control of Mappy, a brave police-mouse.

    Arguably the most popular game in the first batch of arcade releases, Mappy follows the formula of other succesful titles of the time, including Namco's own Pac-Man - Your job is to collect objects while avoiding all enemies. The premise is that a gang of...

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    Arcade

    Review Star Force

    A huge global hit at the arcades, this classic shooter blasts its way back on Virtual Console!

    Star Force was originally released in arcades in 1984 by Tecmo. It was yet another title in the rapidly growing crop of vertical scrolling shooters that were gaining in popularity during the time period. While the game play was still quite basic and didn't...

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    TG-16

    Review Detana!! Twinbee

    It's the popular vertical-scrolling shooter renowned for its cute and comical world.

    The Twinbee series of shooters hasn't seen a lot of action outside of Japan, so it should come as no surprise that this PC Engine version of Detana!! Twinbee was never released outside of Japan and marks yet another import release for Hudson on the Wii Virtual...

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    TG-16

    Review Bomberman '94

    Bomberman has arrived to restore peace on the planet

    Bomberman has seen a release on just about every console out there over the years, and while you'll definitely get contrasting opinions on which version of the game is the best, it's pretty indisputable that Bomberman '94 is one of them. Bomberman '94 was never released outside of Japan for some...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Punch-Out!!

    Return of the Mac

    Punch-Out!! on the NES has plenty of fans. For some reason, though, a lot of them seem to be completely unaware that there’s a second game in the series available on home consoles – this is rather strange, because Super Punch-Out!! is easily as good, if not better than the NES original. The main objective of the game is still...

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    SMS

    Review Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

    Help Alex Kidd in a race against time

    Before Sonic came along and propelled them into the big time, the world identified a big eared lad by the name of Alex Kidd as Sega’s answer to Mario. Alex Kidd in Miracle World was a worthy alternative to Super Mario Bros in the mid 80s and when bundled with the Sega Master System in Europe it helped shift...

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    MD

    Review Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

    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...

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    SNES

    Review Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

    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...

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    C64

    Review Winter Games

    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...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Life Force

    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...

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    MD

    Review Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS

    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,...

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    MD

    Review ClayFighter

    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...

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    SMS

    Review Sonic Chaos

    Play as Sonic or Tails

    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 nasty piece of work, Dr. Robotnik is up to no good again and has...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Wonder Boy in Monster Land

    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...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review MUSHA

    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,...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Kirby's Dream Land 3

    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...

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    NES

    Review Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II

    Revenge of Zoda

    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! In...

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Enduro Racer

    Enduro Racer takes you on an intense set of adrenaline-designed courses

    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 rocky roads pulling wheelies over jumps. It was quite a popular game at the time and...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Impossible Mission II

    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...