F-Zero X

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Release Date: 3rd November 2016 (UK Wii U Virtual Console)
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This one would have turned nasty quick if I wasn’t so slow at putting together thoughts and feelings. A clunky brain struggled with clunky controls in this Wii U Virtual Console re-release back in November, as stick movements were full of dead zones, only able to deal with the intensities of far right and far left. For a speedy futuristic racer, the inability to carefully manoeuvre through hoops and loops at high speeds was a game breaker, a fond memory killer.

Thankfully a recent update to the game has made the control stick movements as close to how they were back in 1998, as if it was all a vivid dream, leading to us going back to being all nostalgic and sweet to the high-speed racer that was.  Continue reading

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

majora-mask The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Release Date: 23rd June 2016 (Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console UK)
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Time, how much do you have? How much do you waste? How much are you in control of it all? Probably not much, too much, and not enough, for time is what controls us all. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is all about the ticking clock, reminding us all that maybe tomorrow we’ll have to deal with a falling moon. Or tax returns.  Continue reading

Pokemon Snap

pokemon-snapPokemon Snap
Release Date: 18th August 2016 (Wii U Virtual Console)
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HAL Labratory 

It’s pretty weird walking around town, or popping onto Facebook, and seeing just how popular Pokemon is in 2016. The virtual console releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow hit some nostalgia strings back in February, then the release of Pokemon Go on mobile phones in July caught everybody else. More people are watching the cartoon on Netflix, shops have Pokemon mugs and t-shirts on display for any passing mugs, and the games which released after the Pokemania died down are suddenly flying off the shelves. Classic Pokemon games have also been popping up Nintendo’s Wii U virtual console service, which is how we come to Pokemon Snap.  Continue reading

Mario Party 2

mario party 2 box Mario Party 2
Release Date: 21st April 2016 (Wii U Virtual Console)
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Hudson 

There’s no party like a Mario Party! Or so they say. Who wouldn’t want to attend Mario’s get together, which typically involves board games, mini games, and a lot of cheap luck? You have to bring your own cake, but that’s not so bad, it’s good enough to simply be invited. Though as the year’s have flown on by, there is one party which stands out as the wildest amongst them all. Mario Party 2, what a party that was. I remember it like it was yesterday, and thanks to the virtual console, it probably was.  Continue reading

Yoshi’s Story

yoshi storyYoshi’s Story
Release Date: 14th April 2016 (Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console )
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Nintendo

One thing that has always confused me is the hatred surrounding Yoshi’s Story. It reviewed fair enough if my memories of flipping through Nintendo magazines during lunch breaks at school serve me well, but once the internet was a common thing, all I read was some sort of intense hatred. Maybe I needed to replay it? And recently I’ve done just that, but I’m still confused. I always am.  Continue reading

Star Fox 64

star fox 64 boxStar Fox 64
Release Date: 24th March 2016 (Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console)
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Nintendo 

Star Fox Zero has been causing some sort of a stir this year thanks to the use of motion controls and dual screen action. Not being able to ignore these new features has had many players damning the game for being unplayable and yearning for a simpler Star Fox. Thankfully there is a way to entertain these desires, and that’s with a download of Star Fox 64 on the Wii U virtual console! Continue reading

Mario kart 64

mario kart 64Mario Kart 64
Release Date: 21st January 2016 (Wii U Virtual Console)
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Nintendo

Revisiting classic games on the Nintendo Wii U virtual console always provides that heavy kick of nostalgia we often crave, though many times a certain realisation can kick in, breaking apart those rose tinted glasses. They don’t quite look like you remember them doing, and there are certain issues with the game that you weren’t even aware of as a kid. But here they are, and it takes an extra push to get over this nostalgia breaking obstacle so you can continue to have a good time. Mario Kart 64 has the reverse effect though, offering something so well and truly right, it makes Mario Kart 8 feel well and truly wrong.  Continue reading