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Contra Spirits

As a fan of Contra I was shocked to learn of the staggering number of bootleg and unlicensed games in the series created overseas. Most of these games were simply sprite hacks but a few like Super Contra X were...

Contra Force

Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with Contra Force.  When I first saw it in magazines I was excited but could not find it in stores anywhere.  Which makes sense as the 16-bit war was heating up and t...

Super C

It’s funny to look back on my initial impression of Super C.  Don’t get me wrong I knew it was great but I didn’t think of it as anything special.  I guess in my mind I just assumed it was...

Contra

There is something about that innocent period before video game magazines proliferated the market that I kind of miss.  Back in the day before Nintendo Power and EGM you bought games based on the back of the box.&nb...

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Contra III: the Alien Wars

If I had to sum up Contra III in one sentence it would be an action movie in video game form.  Many shooters that have tried distilling the high octane thrills of a two hour blockbuster into a video game....

Super R-Type

Super R-Type was my introduction to the series.  Where most had the fortune of playing versions on the Master System, Turbo Grafx or the original arcade game I was not as fortunate.  That is one hell of an intr...

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...

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Contra: Hard Corps

Contra Hard Corps is the epitome of the Contra series in many ways and one could argue the best title in the series.  If you were speaking of the Japanese version I would agree.  It has everything you could pos...

Elemental Master

Anyone who is a fan of shooters knows about the Thunder Force series.  Developer Technosoft proved that they were a master at the genre with those titles but they were just getting started.  They also created w...
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Forgotten Worlds

Even after all these decades the 80s action craze still finds ways to entertain.  If you are a child of the 90s or later sadly you missed out.  This was a time where shirtless action heroes were a dime a...

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...

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Psycho Chaser

The Turbo Grafx was a decent console in the US but had a fantastic library in Japan.  Almost every console has hidden gems that were left in Japan but next to the Saturn the PC Engine is the worst offender...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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.....

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C: the Contra Adventure

Anyone who had the misfortune of playing Contra: Legacy of War was scarred.  The game was so bad it single-handedly ruined the series legacy of excellence.  Yet two years later Konami would return with the same...
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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...

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.....

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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...

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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...
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Contra: Shattered Soldier

At the end of the PlayStation era Contra as a series was in danger of fading away.  What once stood for some of the most bad ass action games on the planet had been reduced to a joke after two...

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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.....

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...