Bomberman 64

Bomberman 64
Release Date: 9th March 2017 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Nintendo 64

Hudson Soft 

During the era of early 3D, many classic franchises had to deal with the idea of transitioning from pixels to polygons. Some series, such as Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda set a high standard right from the off. Others didn’t quite make it to the other side in one piece, and of course you know where we’re going with this. Sometimes bombs just end up dud.  Continue reading

Super Mario Advance

super-mario-advanceSuper Mario Advance
Release Date: 10th March 2016 (UK Wii U Virtual Console)
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo

Super Mario Advance was a fairly disappointing launch game for the Game Boy Advance back in 2001. I remember picking the system up with the game, along with F Zero Maximum Velocity, and it didn’t take long to find boredom with the vegetable plucking adventure. I’d take my Advance and F Zero to the local park at six in the morning and really feel the speed by playing whilst on a swing. A little sad, and also a little surprising that the system didn’t fall out of my hands and shatter by the park’s wooden pig. I clearly had an iron grip on my new hardware. With Super Mario Advance however, I’d just play it here and there, usually before bed. It helped me sleep. 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)
Nintendo 64
Nintendo

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)
Nintendo 64
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)
Nintendo 64
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

R-Type

r type R-Type
Release Date: 28th July 2016 (Wii U Virtual Console UK)
Turbografx 16
Irem

The previous two Channel Gaming Turbografx 16 entries were all about the platforming heroes who battled it out with the likes of Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. But the Turbografx 16’s main appeal wasn’t really the platformers, but the shmups. A shmup, you say? What the heck is a shmup?  Continue reading

New Adventure Island

new adventure New Adventure Island
Release Date: 28th July 2016 (Wii U Virtual Console UK)
Turbografx 16
Hudson Soft

The other Turbografx platforming star is another caveman. The console certainly wasn’t living in the past back in the early 90’s, I guess they just loved those prehistoric duds, though New Adventure Island is certainly no dinosaur today. Because of the title, it shall always be new, just like New Super Mario Bros., or New Style Boutique! Continue reading