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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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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Trouble Shooter

Trouble Shooter

I really miss publishers like Vic Tokai. Like a Jaleco or Kemco they never had that breakout hit that gamers would associate with their name. Everyone reveres the bigger publishers like Capcom, Konami, and Square, and rightfully so. But the...
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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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F-Zero

F-Zero

For as much as I like racing games I will admit that most of the 8-bit titles in the genre did nothing for me.  There were valiant attempts that were fun like R.C. Pro Am and Micro Machines but the...
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Rolling Thunder 2

Rolling Thunder 2

My first exposure to Rolling Thunder came from the Tengen NES port on one of those weird black cartridge.  I didn’t know what to make of it at first as my initial impression was to go in guns blazing.  But...
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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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Vice: Project Doom

Vice: Project Doom

I’m ashamed to admit I wrote off Vice: Project Doom for a very long time.  I thought the box art was lame so I avoided it.  At this point I should also mention that I bought Marvel’s X-Men the same...
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Streets of Rage

Streets of Rage

With Final Fight setting the arcade on fire naturally most were anxious for a home port.  Unfortunately for Sega owners the SNES would receive the exclusive for a number of years.  Not one to let their fans down Sega would...
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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 li...
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