Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

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...
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Gradius II

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 to Gradius would unfortunately...
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Wave Race: Blue Storm

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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Evergrace

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 read about...
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Cannon Spike

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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Diddy Kong Racing

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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Parasite Eve

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 would see a quartet of higher...
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Nekketsu Oyako

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 popular brand but they also made the...
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Holy Umbrella  – Dondera no Mubo

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...
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World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

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 during that period. ...
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