World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

I’ve made fun of 2d platforming mascots that fell off the wagon during the 16-bit era but one of the few that remained consistent is Mickey Mouse.  Regardless of publisher the face of Disney was treated well during that period. ...
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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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Devilish: the Next Possession

Devilish: the Next Possession

As someone who has been gaming for well over thirty years nostalgia plays a big factor in my gaming tastes.  While I was there for the Atari 2600 and its contemporaries I have little nostalgia for that period with few...
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Contra Force

Contra Force

Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with Contra Force.  When I first saw it in magazines I was excited but could not find it in stores anywhere.  Which makes sense as the 16-bit war was heating up and the...
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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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Darkwing Duck

Darkwing Duck

Darkwing Duck might be my favorite Disney cartoon of all time.  Only the Aladdin TV series comes close (it’s a god damn crime it isn’t on DVD yet).  Part of that stems from my lifelong love of comic books of...
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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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Dream Master

Dream Master

In Japan there were far too many Dragon Quest clones for the Famicom.  I don’t mean games that were inspired by it; I mean titles that aside from slightly different art were virtually identical to Enix’s classic.  It should have...
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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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Macross 2036

Macross 2036

The world of video game imports was a strange place for me up until around 2001 or so.  I knew it was possible to buy Japanese video games and had a list of titles I was interested in.  But I...
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