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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Super Dodge Ball

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

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 Legendary Wings for months. ...
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Kabuki Quantum Fighter

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...
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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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II – the Arcade Game

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II – the Arcade Game

Next to Turtles in Time and Street Fighter 2 I can safely say that there isn’t another arcade game I’ve pumped more quarters in than Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I was lucky enough to have a cabinet in a...
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