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Super Dodge Ball

I never got to play Dodge Ball in school.  As a child of the 80s every TV show and cartoon depicted this vicious sport as a rite of passage for the youth.  The closest equivalent I had was scatter but...
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Mickey Mousecapade

I have a special hatred for Mickey Mousecapade.  Growing up when new games were a rarity borrowing games from friends was the only way to play new releases.  Just picture it: you’ve been playing nothing but L...

Kabuki Quantum Fighter

This has always been a strange one for me.  I had seen Kabuki Quantum Fighter in the stores many times but ignored it because of its name.  First of all I did not know what a Kabuki was.  And second...

Gradius II

I’m sure there are millions like myself who just assumed that Konami’s Life Force was the sequel to Gradius. Both shared similar ships and near identical power-up systems and enemies. But in reality the true sequel t...

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Rival Turf

Once Final Fight hit big the beat em up genre truly exploded in popularity.  Nearly every publisher at some point or another tried their hand at the genre, often with mixed results.  Jaleco was one such publish...

Super Turrican

I was not a fan of Turrican on the Genesis.  I get that to Europeans it was a beloved classic but to me it was a game full of glaring flaws.  It was clearly a case of you had to...

Holy Umbrella – Dondera no Mubo

Holy Umbrella is an odd game and the type of title that probably had a 50/50 chance of being localized back in the day.  With its silly premise and good gameplay it occupies a space reserved for games like Kendo...

Soul Blazer

I really miss Quintet.  As one of the earliest SNES developers they left a huge mark on gamers with Actraiser.  I’m sure like myself that was one of the first SNES games most saw and left us wanting more.&nbs...

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Splatterhouse 2

It’s funny to look back at the original Splatterhouse.  It was gory for its time and caused a bit of a stir.  Yet kids like me at the time could play it and no one batted an eye.  We were...

Rastan Saga II

I really enjoyed the Master System version of Rastan as it was a genre that was almost non-existent on the NES.  I guess the closest comparison would be that Conan game and the less said about it the better.  A...

Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Ghosts ‘N Goblins was among the first NES games I got to play.  Back before I developed a sense of taste in video games I was too young to realize how bad the home port was.  I just knew it...

World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

I’ve made fun of 2d platforming mascots that fell off the wagon during the 16-bit era but one of the few that remained consistent is Mickey Mouse.  Regardless of publisher the face of Disney was treated well durin...

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Exile: Wicked Phenomenon

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Exile series.  I thought the protagonist Sadler looked so cool in all of the previews I read and while I had to settle for the Genesis version it still lived up to...

Detana!! Twinbee

The fact that I like Detana!! Twinbee so much is one of the biggest surprises of my gaming life.  I was not a fan of Stinger, the lone game in the series to reach the US.  With that game souring...

Chase H.Q.

Sometimes the simplest ideas hit big.  Chase H.Q. is basically Outrun gussied up with a cops and robbers theme.  Except instead of pulling them over you instead ram into criminals to cause a fiery wreck that wo...

Legendary Axe

Back in the day with new console launches the pack-in title was usually the flagship game.  It was usually a game designed to show off a new system’s technical prowess first and foremost.  The NES had Super M...

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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...

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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Parasite Eve

There was a lot of anticipation for Square’s next releases after Final Fantasy VII.  Saga Frontier was interesting but like most of Akitoshi Kawazu’s games was impenetrable to the masses.  The fall of 1998 ...
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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...

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...

Nintendo 64[ View All ]

Diddy Kong Racing

Mario Kart 64 was one of the biggest releases of 1997.  As the long awaited sequel to the original SNES game the move to 3d did wonders for its track design.  As great as it was it more fondly remembered...
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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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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...

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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...
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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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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...

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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.....

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...