91. Hyperzone (SNES, HAL Labs)
Brief Synopsis – A rail shooter that plays very heavily with the Mode 7 technology of the Super NES to create a 3D-esque world. Flying Omelette has a lovely little shrine for the game for those curious.
Why is it Missing? – HAL Labs as a developer are horribly underrepresented on the Virtual Console in terms of their own content (which is why I’m doing three of their titles today). There’s no shortage of Kirby games, and the Lolo series is well covered, but that’s not all HAL did (There’s Metal Slader Glory, too, but that’s Japan-only)! There’s a lot of experimentation with HAL that would be great to see on the Virtual Console, like with Hyperzone’s unique spin on the shooter predating Nintendo’s Starfox. Alas, much like Arcana and the two others on this list, it may not be possible due to either Nintendo’s reluctance towards their second party’s independent titles seeing daylight or HAL’s own indifference.
Other (Legal) Options – Super NES cartridges are the only medium it appeared on.
92. Kabuki: Quantum Fighter (NES, HAL Labs/Human Ent.)
Brief Synopsis – One of the more interesting (i.e. bizarre) games on the NES, your hero is Scott O’Connor, descendant of a proud line of Kabuki actors, who digitally enters a rampaging defense computer, takes on the guise of a Kabuki, and spends the majority of his game flinging his long hair and chip-based artillery to take on the CPU. A little kooky, that it is. Human Entertainment developed this one, and it’s a bit like Sunsoft’s Batman. HG101 has a full article if interested.
Why is it Missing? – This one may not be in HAL’s court to re-release. Pack-In Video (which sounds more like a VHS rental chain than a game publisher to me) had the Japanese rights to the game, and it’s likely that Human Entertainment retained their license for their own work. Alas, that’s all speculation, but this would be a great game to re-release if everyone could get together.
Other (Legal) Options – NES only!
93. Revenge of the ‘Gator (Game Boy, HAL Labs)
Brief Synopsis – A pinball game with a lot of alligators. And it’s really good, from what I understand.
Why is it Missing? – With the Game Boy Virtual Console still in its infancy, it’s too early to predict this game’s fate. With any luck, it’ll be popping up in the near future.
Other (Legal) Options – The Game Boy alone will serve you here.