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Jaws

It’s hard to remember now but Jaws was a theatrical phenomenon along the lines of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  The movie preyed on everyone’s fear of the ocean’s depths and was thrilling.  It was also bo...

Crisis Force

The end of a given console’s life is usually the most interesting period in terms of releases.  With years of experience behind them developers tend to craft truly amazing games not thought possible on old hardwar...

Kid Icarus

It really is amazing just how forgotten Kid Icarus has been.  Aside from its little known Gameboy sequel it took over twenty years for the series to receive a new title.  That level of dormancy is usually reser...
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Bad Dudes

Part of what I enjoy the most about writing this blog is revisiting games that I remember fondly.  For the most part the games that were great still are.  It’s the lesser titles that I look back on with rose ...

Legend of the Mystical Ninja

The start of a new console generation affords publishers the opportunity to test the waters.  With so few titles on store shelves gamers are more willing to take a chance on something new.  You saw this with Pa...

Firestriker

I’ve always appreciated the offbeat, weird titles that receive little press but fill out a console library.  I like blockbuster games as much as the next man but it is the lower budget titles that offer something ...

Gokujou Parodius

As much as I love Street Fighter I do hate what it inadvertently caused.  In the 80s and early 90s arcades were home to a large variety of games in every genre.  That variety dried up as fighting games took ove...

Ranma ½: Hard Battle

As bad as licensed games have been in the US in Japan they were even worse if you can believe it.  With so much anime airing on TV even to this day there are legions of bad games released almost every week.  Mo...

Genesis

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Gunstar Heroes

Gunstar Heroes is the best overall action game for the Genesis.  That is a lofty statement I realize but one that I fully believe in.  But I’m ready to take it a step further than that.  In my opinion Gu...
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Cool Spot

Virgin Interactive is a forgotten publisher these days but once upon a time they were one of the big dogs.  We remember all of the great licensed titles from Sega and Capcom however Virgin were right there beside th...
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Shui Hu Feng Yun Zhuan

While Sega officially dropped support of the Genesis around 1996-97 in Taiwan and Korea a number of unlicensed games continued being released.  Some, like Star Odyssey and Pier Solar would see an “official” rele...

Disney’s Aladdin

It really is incredible just how much Aladdin dominated 1992.  The movie is one Disney’s greatest achievements and the subsequent video games were all fantastic.  The Genesis version of Aladdin garnered the m...

Turbo Grafx-16

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Lords of Thunder

As much as I like shooters during the 16-bit era they did become a bit stale.  The vast majority fell into the space shooter category and while I like sci-fi you can only shoot down so many aliens and capital ships ...

Raiden

To the casual gaming public the name Raiden probably conjures up a certain thunder god in Mortal Kombat.  Or the nancy boy in Metal Gear Solid.  But for old school shooting fans they’ll remember one of the mo...

Cyber Cross

The Turbo Grafx-16 library was woefully inadequate in many genres.  It had its share of platformers and my god did It have shooters.  But side scrolling beat ‘em ups were a rarity, at least in the US.  T...

Bonk’s Revenge

Bonk’s Adventure was a good first step in establishing a new franchise.  It was original, had good gameplay, and certainly looked nice for the time.  NEC knew this as it was one of the few games to receive an...

Saturn

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Soukyugurentai

I consider myself somewhat of a lapsed shooter fan.  In the 8 & 16-bit era when you couldn’t sneeze without running into a shmup.  But as the PlayStation and Saturn came along the genre all but disappeare...

Panzer Dragoon

Sega’s surprise launch of the Saturn in May of 1995 was disastrous for a number of reasons.  Retailers were not prepared, gamers certainly weren’t, and more importantly third party titles were not ready in time....
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Nekketsu Oyako

Any serious fan of shooters during the 16-bit era should be familiar with the name Technosoft.  These underrated developers created some of the finest gems during that period.  Thunder Force is their most popul...
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Contra: Legacy of War

Coming off the back of Hard Corps Contra enjoyed a new wave of popularity and quality.  That game was one of the best action games of that era and raised the bar for its genre.  Going into the 32-bit era expect...

PlayStation

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Azure Dreams

Konami were on a bit of a hot streak in terms of RPGs on the PlayStation.  Suikoden beat the odds and was successful in 1996 while Vandal Hearts was a nice appetizer before Final Fantasy Tactics.  In the summer...

Harmful Park

By the mid-90s the shooter genre had a problem: there were too many!  Whether it was on consoles or especially in the arcade no other genre suffered from a glut of product other than fighting games.  It wasn’...

Castlevania Chronicles

I remember the final years of the PlayStation One as being particularly dreadful.  Once Sony stopped giving a damn the flood gates opened with legions of budget titles flooding store shelves.  We were subjected...
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of the greatest games of all time.  Let’s get that out the way right now.  In 1997 when everyone was creating 3d games, whether they had the skill or not, Konami took...

Nintendo 64

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F-Zero X

The Super Nintendo launch brought a number of ground breaking titles.  Pilotwings was an excellent showcase of Mode 7 with its simulated 3d environment.  But F-Zero was the standout in my opinion.  It wasn...
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Extreme-G

With the advent of home console 3d the racing genre literally exploded in the late 90s.  It isn’t like today where we are lucky to get a few sim racers and maybe an arcade racer a year.  Racing games run the ...
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Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

Castlevania 64 was a game with its heart in the right place.  As every other series made the move to 3d it was inevitable.  And as a first attempt Konami actually did a decent job with the game.  Would I r...

Castlevania 64

It had to happen.  Castlevania finally went 3d in 1999 on the Nintendo 64.  Looking back Symphony of the Night is a bit of an anomaly.  At a time where every major series went 2d Konami turned their noses ...

Dreamcast

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Zombie Revenge

The 16-bit era was a gold mine for quality beat em ups.  From arcade greats like Final Fight to home console exclusives such as Streets of Rage, if you liked fighting in the streets you were well served.  The g...

Cannon Spike

By the late 90s arcades had all but disappeared in my area. While I was content playing console games at the time I did lament their absence. There was nothing like hitting the arcade and seeing a game years more advance...

Swords of Destiny

Back in 2005 SCEA blocked Konami’s Oz from a US release.  This was a game I was heavily looking forward to which absolutely sucked.  There were many reasons bandied about, the most common being less competiti...

James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire

Electronic Arts first forays into the Bond license were not all that well received.  Tomorrow Never Dies and the PS One version of the World is Not Enough were simply not good games.  So you can imagine expecta...
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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence went a long way towards redeeming the series after two failed N64 outings.  It established a clear beginning for the rivalry between the Belmont clan and Dracula and laid the groundw...

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

Castlevania was headed down a dark path.  After the sublime Symphony of the Night fans were greeted with two flawed N64 adventures.  There were good ideas buried in those games but they were surrounded by slopp...

Evergrace

Back in the day there were usually large gaps between console releases in each region. Before gaming publications and the internet it didn’t matter as you would never know. But it sucked once you could go online and re...

Neo Contra

Contra saw some dark days but Konami was able to right the ship with Contra: Shattered Soldier.  Although it was incredibly difficult it had everything you could have wanted in a next generation action game: stylish...

GameCube

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James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire

Electronic Arts first forays into the Bond license were not all that well received.  Tomorrow Never Dies and the PS One version of the World is Not Enough were simply not good games.  So you can imagine expecta...

Wave Race: Blue Storm

In terms of sheer number of hours I have probably spent more time playing Wave Race 64 than the vast majority of games in my thirty seven years. Of course a large part of that was due to the anemic N64 release schedule. ...

Features

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Spotlight: Castlevania

Castlevania has been one of my favorite series in gaming for as long as I can remember.  Always difficult and yet so satisfying their measured pace and dark theme stood out among the early NES library.  The ser...

SNES Classic announced, 09/29, $80.00, 21 games including Star Fox...

Gaming’s worst kept secret! We all knew it was just a matter of time after the wild success of the NES Classic last year.  There’s been retailer talk and such for the last few months as well.  But n...

Spotlight: Contra

Its time once again to shine the spotlight on another beloved series.  For many of us Contra was the action series of the 80s and 90s.  What started out as a decent arcade game became a beloved classic on the N...

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...