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The Lone Ranger

Towards the end of the NES life Konami released licensed games targeted at western gamers rather than sequels to their intellectual properties.  Tiny Toon Adventures, Mission Impossible, and Bucky O’Hare were amon...

Journey to Silius

Journey to Silius is an interesting game.  This unassuming little title is an excellent hidden gem in the NES library from the masters at Sunsoft.  But what makes it so fascinating is its development history.&n...

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder may be a forgotten series now but looking at the current gaming landscape it was very influential.  All cover based shooters can trace their heritage back to here although that isn’t immediately ap...

Youkai Club

As the NES rose to prominence platformers took over the market with every publisher getting in on it.  Even though we got our fair share there were 3 times as many platformers that didn’t come to the US.  Of ...

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Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou

The Magic of Scheherezade is not only my favorite 8-bit RPG but also one of my favorite NES games of all time.  Part of that is owed to its setting; Arabian themed games in general are rare; let alone an RPG.  ...

Sunset Riders

Contra III is one of my favorite action games of all time.  It holds up surprisingly well for an early SNES title and considering their later work on the system I had hoped Konami would grace the system with a seque...

Super Valis IV

And so the Valis saga finally ends.  At least in the US.  Super Valis IV was the last game in the series to be released worldwide.  While they never reached the popularity of their competitors the Valis ga...

Hagane

As an SNES owner for the majority of the 16-bit generation certain games made me extremely jealous.  Gunstar Heroes is a contender for game of the generation in my eyes and few action games could match it.  Shi...

Genesis[ View All ]

ESWAT: City Under Siege

I really liked ESWAT in the arcade but unfortunately never had the chance to play it much because of distance.  So when news of a Sega Genesis version of the game hit I was ecstatic.  Little did I know that the...

Valis III (Genesis)

For the brave gamers who decided to take a chance with Valis the first few games were a lesson in mediocrity.  I won’t deny that there is a certain charm to those games but they were also average in every way.&nbs...

Syd of Valis

In Japan the super deformed art style is actually a thing.  I’ll admit that it actually kind of “cute” to see otherwise serious characters like Solid Snake or Ryu drawn in a chibi style.  But it’s not m...

Valis – the Fantasm Soldier

I really miss Renovation Software.  They never really had a breakout hit in the 90s but they brought out a wide variety of titles.  Some were good, some were bad but at the very least they were interesting.&nbs...

Turbo Grafx-16[ View All ]

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...

Valis III

Valis III would be the last in the series to come to the US which is a bit sad.  But at the very least the series went out on a high note and we were spared seeing the property whored out as a PC porn game as Telene...

Valis II

Valis was not an especially good title.  In fact you could even say it was only slightly above average.  Early in the Sega Genesis’ life you could appreciate it but as superior titles released it couldn’t k...

Mugen Senshi Valis

  This is going to sound really strange but I love the Valis games despite the fact they are solid titles at best.  The series has had its ups and downs over the years but I have always had a soft spot for them...

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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 ]

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...

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...