Contra III: the Alien Wars

Contra III: the Alien Wars

If I had to sum up Contra III in one sentence it would be an action movie in video game form.  Many shooters that have tried distilling the high octane thrills of a two hour blockbuster into a video game....
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Super R-Type

Super R-Type

Super R-Type was my introduction to the series.  Where most had the fortune of playing versions on the Master System, Turbo Grafx or the original arcade game I was not as fortunate.  That is one hell of an introduction to...
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SD Kidou Senshi Gundam – V Sakusen Shidou

SD Kidou Senshi Gundam – V Sakusen Shidou

I remember being curious about the innumerable Mobile Suit Gundam games that were advertised in the back of magazines like EGM and Gamefan.  They seemed like the coolest games in the world but sadly up until the Dreamcast they never...
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Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse

Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse

In the dark age of licensed games for the NES Capcom showed that you could create a more than respectable title if you actually gave a damn about the license.  In some cases like DuckTales they created classics.  As the...
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The Ignition Factor

The Ignition Factor

The firefighting sub-genre of action games might be underrepresented but man are there some real gems out there.  The Ignition Factor was a low key release in 1994 but one that I feel should have gotten more attention as it...
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Operation Logic Bomb

Operation Logic Bomb

There are games that fly under the radar for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes they get lost in the hype of more anticipated titles.  The publisher might have done a terrible job with its marketing.  And then there are games...
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Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou

Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou

The Magic of Scheherezade is not only my favorite 8-bit RPG but also one of my favorite NES games of all time.  Part of that is owed to its setting; Arabian themed games in general are rare; let alone an...
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Sunset Riders

Sunset Riders

Contra III is one of my favorite action games of all time.  It holds up surprisingly well for an early SNES title and considering their later work on the system I had hoped Konami would grace the system with a...
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Super Valis IV

Super Valis IV

And so the Valis saga finally ends.  At least in the US.  Super Valis IV was the last game in the series to be released worldwide.  While they never reached the popularity of their competitors the Valis games carved out...
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Hagane

Hagane

As an SNES owner for the majority of the 16-bit generation certain games made me extremely jealous.  Gunstar Heroes is a contender for game of the generation in my eyes and few action games could match it.  Shinobi III was...
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