The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Towards the end of the NES life Konami released licensed games targeted at western gamers rather than sequels to their intellectual properties.  Tiny Toon Adventures, Mission Impossible, and Bucky O’Hare were among this crop but they even had obscure licenses...
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Journey to Silius

Journey to Silius

Journey to Silius is an interesting game.  This unassuming little title is an excellent hidden gem in the NES library from the masters at Sunsoft.  But what makes it so fascinating is its development history.  Journey to Silius was originally...
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Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder may be a forgotten series now but looking at the current gaming landscape it was very influential.  All cover based shooters can trace their heritage back to here although that isn’t immediately apparent.  A cover based shooter back...
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Youkai Club

Youkai Club

As the NES rose to prominence platformers took over the market with every publisher getting in on it.  Even though we got our fair share there were 3 times as many platformers that didn’t come to the US.  Of course...
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

It’s no slight exaggeration to say that every kid across the country wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game back in the 80s.  If you didn’t then sue your parents because your childhood was robbed.  Turtlemania swept the country...
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Double Dragon

Double Dragon

I really miss Technos.  As the creators of the modern beat em up with Renegade the legions of titles that followed all owe a debt to their work.  I was not a fan of Renegade but could see that it...
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Gradius

Gradius

I’m pretty sure Gradius is one of the first shooters I’ve ever played.  I’m sure that statement applies to a legion of gamers as well.  There were plenty of multiplayer focused shmups on the Atari 2600 like Combat but none...
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Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden is one of my favorite NES games of all time.  It is certainly the one I’ve probably dedicated the most time to.  That is due mostly to the unrelenting difficulty in its later parts.  For any other game...
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Fuzzical Fighter

Fuzzical Fighter

I loved the Guardian Legend when I got it for Christmas as a surprise gift in 1990.  There was nothing else like it and I loved both shooters and RPGs so it was like getting the best of both worlds. ...
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Mega Man 6

Mega Man 6

Mega Man 6 holds the distinction of being one of the last Nintendo games released in the US, coming well into the Super Nintendo’s life.  I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that Nintendo would not have bothered publishing...
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