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Darkwing Duck

Darkwing Duck might be my favorite Disney cartoon of all time.  Only the Aladdin TV series comes close (it’s a god damn crime it isn’t on DVD yet).  Part of that stems from my lifelong love of comic books o...

Dream Master

In Japan there were far too many Dragon Quest clones for the Famicom.  I don’t mean games that were inspired by it; I mean titles that aside from slightly different art were virtually identical to Enix’s classic...

3-D World Runner

Growing up whenever it was time to buy a new game it was cause for celebration.  That’s a feeling any gamer can relate to unless you grew up rich, in which case I hate you.  When you are young any new game is...

Vice: Project Doom

I’m ashamed to admit I wrote off Vice: Project Doom for a very long time.  I thought the box art was lame so I avoided it.  At this point I should also mention that I bought Marvel’s X-Men the same year.&nb...

SNES[ View All ]

SD Kidou Senshi Gundam – V Sakusen Shidou

I remember being curious about the innumerable Mobile Suit Gundam games that were advertised in the back of magazines like EGM and Gamefan.  They seemed like the coolest games in the world but sadly up until the Dre...

Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse

In the dark age of licensed games for the NES Capcom showed that you could create a more than respectable title if you actually gave a damn about the license.  In some cases like DuckTales they created classics.&nbs...

The Ignition Factor

The firefighting sub-genre of action games might be underrepresented but man are there some real gems out there.  The Ignition Factor was a low key release in 1994 but one that I feel should have gotten more attenti...

Operation Logic Bomb

There are games that fly under the radar for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes they get lost in the hype of more anticipated titles.  The publisher might have done a terrible job with its marketing.  And th...

Genesis[ View All ]

Super Smash TV

Smash T.V. was an arcade sensation and it is easy to see why.  The Running Man was a great albeit cheesy 80s movie and its premise of sending convicted criminals into death match style arenas for freedom and the ent...

Golden Axe

The Sega Genesis and Turbo Grafx-16 launches were pretty significant events in the gaming industry.  For the first time we were experiencing a hardware transition and all that entails.  While excitement was hig...
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Streets of Rage

With Final Fight setting the arcade on fire naturally most were anxious for a home port.  Unfortunately for Sega owners the SNES would receive the exclusive for a number of years.  Not one to let their fans dow...

Granada

I’ve never been much of a fan of tank based games.  My dislike probably stems from being forced to play Jackal in coop with a scrub and if you’ve ever been in that situation you know it isn’t pleasant.  W...

Turbo Grafx-16[ View All ]

Ninja Spirit

As a fan of the Turbo Grafx I had to accept certain things.  One, that I would probably be the only one that owned one in my neighborhood.  And that It would never have the large library of the Sega Genesis and...

Splatterhouse

Ah the innocent gaming years of the 80s.  While everyone was busy pumping out bright and cheery platformers Namco said screw that and took inspiration from the horror movies of the time and created Splatterhouse.&nb...

Macross 2036

The world of video game imports was a strange place for me up until around 2001 or so.  I knew it was possible to buy Japanese video games and had a list of titles I was interested in.  But I didn’t bother un...

Valis IV

I liked Super Valis IV in spite of its many problems.  In my opinion it fell in line with the rest of the series as a solid yet flawed gem.  However despite my appreciation for it I could tell there was definit...

Saturn[ View All ]

Elevator Action Returns

To get the most out of the Sega Saturn you had to be a fan of import gaming.  There were plenty of great releases but the vast majority of the truly great games were left in Japan, where the system was more successf...

Mega Man 8

It’s no secret that certain people at Sony in the US frowned upon 2d games.  While a few snuck by early on it would take a change in leadership before the floodgates would open.  Can you imagine if Mega Man 8...

PlayStation[ View All ]

Rapid Reload

Gunner’s Heaven holds the distinction of being one of the first PlayStation games I ever read about.  Next to Battle Arena Toshinden it seemed like the coolest game in the world.  I mean, it’s practically a...

Mega Man 8

It’s no secret that certain people at Sony in the US frowned upon 2d games.  While a few snuck by early on it would take a change in leadership before the floodgates would open.  Can you imagine if Mega Man 8...

Nintendo 64[ View All ]

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Wave Race 64

Every new console has one or two titles designed to showcase the new hardware.  The NES had Super Mario Brothers, the PlayStation 2 had Tekken Tag Tournament and the GameCube had Rogue Squadron 2.  Even Altered...

Features[ View All ]

Spotlight: Valis

The Valis series were some of the first action games I played on the Genesis.  For many old school gamers it was their first introduction to publisher Renovation, who brought many a hidden gem to the US.  The s...

Top Ten Underrated NES Games

Every successful platform will have legions of games in any genre that appeal to players of all stripes.  Unfortunately with such a huge volume of releases some games will always slip through the cracks.  While...

Spotlight: Mega Man

It’s time to shine a spotlight on Capcom’s classic series!  Mega Man has been loved by millions for close to thirty years now and I would be remiss if I didn’t spend some time examining each game i...

Welcome to Classic-Games.net!

Hello and welcome to classic-games.net!  This will be your retro game headquarters to learn about the classics, not so classics, and everything in between.  I plan to look back on the games I grew up with but I’m...