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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Sylphia

Sylphia

Any true shooter fan knows the name Compile.  They were literally the masters of the genre, creating many beloved classics.  But as with any company there are always bound to be a few games that slip through the cracks.  Sylphia...
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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: Rondo of Blood

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

If you would have told me that a Castlevania game would never see a release in America back in the day I would have called you crazy.  Yet that is precisely what happened.  Konami gave the PC Engine a great...
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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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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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Magical Chase

Magical Chase

At this point Magical Chase has become something of a legend within the video game industry.  You simply cannot talk about it without mentioning the ridiculous prices it commands on Ebay and similar websites.  At any given moment you can...
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The Great Battle III

The Great Battle III

I’m really surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed Banpresto’s Great Battle series.  Normally I’m not a fan of the super deformed aesthetic but somehow this series has a charm that I can’t resist.  The first two SNES outings were good...
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Elemental Master

Elemental Master

Anyone who is a fan of shooters knows about the Thunder Force series.  Developer Technosoft proved that they were a master at the genre with those titles but they were just getting started.  They also created what many consider to...
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