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Virtual Spotlight: StarTropics, the Zelda-like that Kinda Hates You

This short-lived Nintendo series never escaped the 8-bit era, but its two games—now available on Wii U—bring plenty of memorable moments (and lots of pain).

Virtual Spotlight: 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is Still Peak Sega

M2 caps their latest run of Sega Genesis 3D Classics with the best of the Sonic games.

Virtual Spotlight: Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a Welcome Treat in 2015

Divorced from the dying days of the Wii, this cute, colorful platformer makes for perfect Nintendo comfort food.

Virtual Spotlight: Harvest Moon Hits a High Point with Friends of Mineral Town

This 2003 Game Boy Advance release feels like a fitting end to Harvest Moon's first act—one that's still intensely playable today.

Virtual Spotlight: In Mario Kart DS, a Diminished Classic

While it gives the Wii U a near-complete Mario Kart collection, the once-great MKDS feels like half a game.

Virtual Spotlight: Life Force, NES's High-Quality Lo-Fi Shooter

Konami's Gradius spinoff may not have enjoyed all the elaborate effects of other NES shooters, but it remains a treat to play even now.

Virtual Spotlight: Klonoa 2, the Swan Song for a Beautiful Dream

Namco's Klonoa series was too good for this grim world, but at least it went out in style.

Virtual Spotlight: Mega Man Battle Network 2, a Crowning Achievement for the Post-Pokémon World

While initially propelled to success by its cartoon tie-in, this GBA trading RPG offered its own distinct merits as well.

Virtual Spotlight: Shadow of the Ninja, a Reminder That 8-Bit Games Hated You

Natsume's ninja action game isn't just a tribute to Ninja Gaiden, it's a deliberate blow to the self-esteem, too.

Virtual Spotlight: Axelay, The Ultimate Konami Shooter

Age has dulled the shine of this wild shooter's graphical prowess, but not the underlying excellence of its gameplay.