All Killer, No Filler!
Of course, we’re not saying that Sonic the Hedgehog or Street Fighter II aren’t completely brilliant from start to finish. But, wouldn’t it be cool if you could skip straight to Sonic’s psychedelic Special Stage, or warp to Street Fighter II’s bonus round and fight a car?
But you can’t, can you? Surely you have to battle through Green Hill Zone or fend off those new challengers.
But this is the NVM so of course you can! Play our specially created versions of some classic bonus rounds of classic games.
Donkey Kong Country Bonus: Expresso the Ostrich
Join Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong on a quest to find their stolen banana hoard from King K. Rool and the Kremlings.
Because its graphics were created on high end workstation computers, Donkey Kong Country amazed players, reviewers and other developers in the 1990s. The graphics really pushed the limits of the SNES.
The game includes a cast of animal helpers. There's Rambi the Rhino, Enguarde the Swordfish, Winky the Frog, Expresso the Ostrich and Squawks the Parrot. Each animal has its own special abilities, and bonus stage!
In the Expresso Bonus, Expresso the ostrich must run and fly up and down the level collecting small golden tokens, each 100 tokens collected will gain you 1 life balloon at the end of the level. Each animal bonus stage also has a special giant token that will double your token count.
In theory, it's possible to collect at least 1124!
Sonic the Hedgehog Bonus: Special Stage
The character of Sonic the Hedgehog came about after Sega launched a competition among its designers to come up with a new mascot. The character is a cross between Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat, and was originally named 'Mr. Needlemouse'.
To get to Sonic's Special Stage you normally have to finish a level with more than 50 rings and then jump through the giant spinning ring that appears!
Sonic must then traverse a rotating maze to collect the Chaos Emerald at the center. Despite being a bonus stage, the Chaos Emeralds are a core part of the Sonic storyline.
There's 6 the Chaos Emeralds to collect, one from each bonus stage, if Sonic gets all of them you'll be rewarded with the 'good' ending cinematic, and Dr Robotnik will be defeated once and for all, well... until Sonic the Hedgehog 2 at least.
Street Fighter II Bonus: Beat Up a Car!
Although the original Street Fighter game wasn't that popular, Street Fighter II has been a huge global hit earning over $10 billion.
Although the graphics and moves are the same, some of the Boss characters had their names changed between the Japanese and English release:
Balrog, an American boxer, with a similar appearance to Mike Tyson is called M. Bison in Japan; M. Bison, the boss of crime organisation Shadaloo was originally Vega, and Vega, a Spanish bullfighter is called Balrog in Japan.
The car smashing bonus stage is the first bonus round in Street Fighter II and was based on the Final Fight bonus stage. Other Street Fighter games paid homage to this mini-game with their own car smashing rounds. Beating up a car might seem an odd thing to do, but as the story goes a car salesman at the harbour offers prize money for those who manage to break a car within the time limit with their bare hands for $10 per try.
The beat up a car bonus stage even made an appearance in the credits of the 2012 Walt Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, and the Fight Fighters episode of Gravity Falls.