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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Valis IV

Valis IV

I liked Super Valis IV in spite of its many problems.  In my opinion it fell in line with the rest of the series as a solid yet flawed gem.  However despite my appreciation for it I could tell there...
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Valis III

Valis III

Valis III would be the last in the series to come to the US which is a bit sad.  But at the very least the series went out on a high note and we were spared seeing the property whored...
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Syd of Valis

Syd of Valis

In Japan the super deformed art style is actually a thing.  I’ll admit that it actually kind of “cute” to see otherwise serious characters like Solid Snake or Ryu drawn in a chibi style.  But it’s not my thing and...
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Hook

Hook

Movie licensed video games were on average absolutely dreadful during the 8 and 16-bit era.  Sure you could blame this on the films publishers chose to create tie-ins to; I don’t think anyone expected Beethoven’s 2nd to light up the...
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Twinkle Tale

Twinkle Tale

The Cotton series of shooters are an incredible bunch that practically no one has ever heard of because only one single release came to the US.  And that game is one of the rarest and most expensive retro games of...
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Parodius – Non Sense Fantasy

Parodius – Non Sense Fantasy

I will forever remain jealous of European gamers for receiving the majority of the Parodius series.  As a parody of the otherwise serious Gradius games Parodius could have been nothing more than silly joke.  But in reality it is a...
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Gate of Thunder

Gate of Thunder

I distinctly remember thinking TTI and NEC could turn things around for the Turbo Grafx with the Turbo Duo.  As an owner of the system for a brief period I genuinely wanted it to succeed for obvious reasons.  Mind you...
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Mega Man 5

Mega Man 5

Mega Man 4 was not a bad game but its reception was mixed.  Many of its gameplay additions brought unforeseen consequences that slowed down a tightly paced game.  Apparently it was enough for Capcom to rush a sequel into production...
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Mitsume ga Tooru

Mitsume ga Tooru

Capcom, Konami, and to a lesser extent Sunsoft are revered for putting out legendary NES titles.  Their reputations are wholly deserved as some of the fondest NES classics, the ones we get misty eyed thinking about, came from one of...
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