Yeah, it’s been a long time since the glory days of the Sega Genesis. It’s been almost as long a wait for an equally good Sonic the Hedgehog game. Well the wait is finally over. During this week Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 hits virtual consoles all around.
Read more: The Digital Matrix (P)review: Sonic 4
One of the titles in the very loosely connected Soul Blazer series, Illusion of Gaia (or Illusion of Time in Europe) is an interesting fusion of action and story, fantasy and reality, and some truly mindboggling design decisions. Do you have what it takes to kill monsters by bludgeoning them with a flute?
Note: This is a Super Nintendo title. It may or may not be available via the Wii Classic Console Store. There are bound to be copies for sale on Ebay, however!
Read more: The (Retro) Digital Matrix: The Illusion of Gaia
Back in some very strange times, most game characters were anthropomorphic animals. Why this was, I cannot say. Only a few of these characters have retained some semblance of their charm and popularity, with Sonic the Hedgehog and Fox McCloud being prime examples. One such character almost hit the big leagues, but strangely fell into obscurity after only two (really three) titles – Sparkster, the possum rocket knight. Next year (2010) the third game in the series will be released, so look for this game on ebay to get prepped!
The technologically advanced Devotindos empire wants to activate the space fortress Pig Star, and has discovered that the king of Zebulos has the key! After razing the kingdom to the ground without any results, the traitorous ex-Rocket Knight Axel Gear comes up with a plan to blackmail the king by kidnapping the princess. It’s up to Sparkster, the sole surviving member of the Order of Rocket Knights, to rescue the princess and put an end to this tyranny! Time to kill some pigs, break some ‘bots, and beat the crap out of Axel in the process!
Read more: The (Retro) Digial Matrix Review: Rocket Knight Adventures
Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is a review of a 16-year old game. Why? Because I felt like it. Fresh from watching Zombieland, I threw this game in the trusty Super Nintendo and played for hours. Bet you didn’t know that shooting a zombie with holy water will make them explode! This game has the unique combination of being developed by Lucasarts and published by Konami. Though this game has not appeared on the Wii ‘Virtua Console’ just yet, you should be able to find a copy of Zombies Ate My Neighbors! (from here on out, ZAMN!) on ebay.
Read more: The (Retro) Digital Matrix Review: Zombies Ate My Neighbors!