Isolated Warrior

Isolated Warrior

If the Isolated Warrior in the title refers to hero Max Maverick and his solo journey, than buddy get in line.  This shit has been going on for forty years.  Isometric action games were never that big in America but...
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Cosmic Epsilon

Cosmic Epsilon

I have to admit to being a bit jealous of the Famicom library at times.  Make no mistake, the NES had a fantastic library overall, full of classics that hold up.  But there are certain genres that were underrepresented in...
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Ninja Gaiden II – the Dark Sword of Chaos

Ninja Gaiden II – the Dark Sword of Chaos

As much as it frustrated me Ninja Gaiden is still one of my favorite NES games ever.  I wouldn’t have dumped hundreds of hours mastering it just to reach its fantastic conclusion otherwise.  Back in the 80s video game release...
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P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

I’ve never really given it much thought but SNK really seemed to love military themed action games in the 80s.  It shouldn’t be that surprising considering that particular decade was rife with the stuff like the Rambo series, Commando, Platoon,...
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Double Dragon II – the Revenge

Double Dragon II – the Revenge

It’s interesting to look back on the NES library and compare the games that were different from their arcade counterpart.  Bionic Commando was a terrible game in the arcade but one of the best NES games of all time.  Strider...
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Akumajou Densetsu

Akumajou Densetsu

For years even before I hopped on the internet I have read about the differences between the Japanese and American version of Castlevania III.  I was always curious since there was no way for me to verify the information for...
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Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Have you ever played a game so awesome you couldn’t look at your old games the same anymore?  That was my experience with Castlevania III.  Back in the days when we knew nothing of release dates a friend brought it...
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Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Castlevania was an undeniable success.  As one of the earliest third party games for the NES it immediately stood out with its darker theme, nuanced gameplay, and especially its vicious difficulty.  When the first news of Simon’s Quest hit in.....
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Castlevania

Castlevania

Castlevania was a game ahead of its time.  When the NES launched in the US for the majority of that first year its main software came from Nintendo.  As the third party titles began to trickle on to shelves it...
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Chōjin Sentai Jetman

Chōjin Sentai Jetman

It still blows my mind that there are fans out there that are not aware that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is based on a long running Japanese series. Even I put two and two together years ago. In the US...
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