The Great Battle III

The Great Battle III

I’m really surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed Banpresto’s Great Battle series.  Normally I’m not a fan of the super deformed aesthetic but somehow this series has a charm that I can’t resist.  The first two SNES outings were good...
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Devilish: the Next Possession

Devilish: the Next Possession

As someone who has been gaming for well over thirty years nostalgia plays a big factor in my gaming tastes.  While I was there for the Atari 2600 and its contemporaries I have little nostalgia for that period with few...
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SNES Classic announced, 09/29, $80.00, 21 games including Star Fox 2!

SNES Classic announced, 09/29, $80.00, 21 games including Star Fox 2!

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 now its...
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Final Blaster

Final Blaster

Namco were one of the few third parties to support the Turbo Grafx-16 with a variety of software.  Final Lap Twin and Dragon Spirit are two great games but I’m actually they were lacking with their shooter output.  I would...
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Contra (Japan)

Contra (Japan)

We live in a time now where a significant number of Japanese video games are released almost simultaneously worldwide.  That is a tremendous feat regardless of title but is especially impressive for Rpgs.  Back in the 80s this wasn’t the...
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Contra Spirits

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...
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Neo Contra

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 production values, a great...
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Contra: Shattered Soldier

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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C: the Contra Adventure

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 developer and deliver its...
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Contra: Legacy of War

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...
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