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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BioMetal

BioMetal

During the great shooter explosion of the 90s a game had to do something different to stand out.  Whether it was a new play mechanic, unique weapons, or employing new technology, you needed an edge to get noticed.  As someone...
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Arcus Spirits

Arcus Spirits

If you were an early adapter of the Sega Genesis chances are you were familiar with Renovation.  This little known publisher released some of the best games for the system in its early years such as Gaiares and El Viento. ...
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Rival Turf

Rival Turf

Once Final Fight hit big the beat em up genre truly exploded in popularity.  Nearly every publisher at some point or another tried their hand at the genre, often with mixed results.  Jaleco was one such publisher.  Throughout their history...
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Super Turrican

Super Turrican

I was not a fan of Turrican on the Genesis.  I get that to Europeans it was a beloved classic but to me it was a game full of glaring flaws.  It was clearly a case of you had to...
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Holy Umbrella  – Dondera no Mubo

Holy Umbrella – Dondera no Mubo

Holy Umbrella is an odd game and the type of title that probably had a 50/50 chance of being localized back in the day.  With its silly premise and good gameplay it occupies a space reserved for games like Kendo...
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Soul Blazer

Soul Blazer

I really miss Quintet.  As one of the earliest SNES developers they left a huge mark on gamers with Actraiser.  I’m sure like myself that was one of the first SNES games most saw and left us wanting more.  It...
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