Legend of the Mystical Ninja

Legend of the Mystical Ninja

The start of a new console generation affords publishers the opportunity to test the waters.  With so few titles on store shelves gamers are more willing to take a chance on something new.  You saw this with Parappa the Rapper...
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Firestriker

Firestriker

I’ve always appreciated the offbeat, weird titles that receive little press but fill out a console library.  I like blockbuster games as much as the next man but it is the lower budget titles that offer something different.  For every...
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Gokujou Parodius

Gokujou Parodius

As much as I love Street Fighter I do hate what it inadvertently caused.  In the 80s and early 90s arcades were home to a large variety of games in every genre.  That variety dried up as fighting games took...
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Ranma ½: Hard Battle

Ranma ½: Hard Battle

As bad as licensed games have been in the US in Japan they were even worse if you can believe it.  With so much anime airing on TV even to this day there are legions of bad games released almost...
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Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

When I step back and analyze why I like Dark Souls so much I think it stems from my love of the Ghouls ‘N Ghosts series.  Both series are incredibly punishing but when you adjust to their particular mechanics are...
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Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose

Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose

I really miss Tiny Toons.  Today’s generation really missed out on a brilliant reinvention of the classic Looney Toons characters and their humor.  The characters themselves were more than just stand-ins for their older counterparts but unique unto...
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Actraiser 2

Actraiser 2

The original Actraiser was one of the best early SNES titles as it offered something new in terms of gameplay and while featuring great production values, mostly in terms of its music.  When Actraiser 2 was announced I along with...
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Kendo Rage

Kendo Rage

Sometimes I wonder how or why certain games were ever localized.  For every Castlevania or Mega Man, the types of games a publisher would be fools to leave in Japan (yes I’m aware of Rondo of Blood, but let’s be...
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Castlevania: Dracula X

Castlevania: Dracula X

It was a sad day when Rondo of Blood was passed over for a US release.  It should have been expected of course; Konami were not a licensed publisher for the Turbo Grafx-16 but there was some sliver of hope...
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Super Castlevania IV

Super Castlevania IV

When I look back on the first year of the Super Nintendo’s release I realize we’ll likely never have another system with a year of insane releases like that ever again.  Aside from new intellectual properties many beloved classics received...
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