Panzer Dragoon

Panzer Dragoon

Sega’s surprise launch of the Saturn in May of 1995 was disastrous for a number of reasons.  Retailers were not prepared, gamers certainly weren’t, and more importantly third party titles were not ready in time.  That left their own titles...
read more
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...
read more
Nekketsu Oyako

Nekketsu Oyako

Any serious fan of shooters during the 16-bit era should be familiar with the name Technosoft.  These underrated developers created some of the finest gems during that period.  Thunder Force is their most popular brand but they also made the...
read more
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...
read more
Rapid Reload

Rapid Reload

Gunner’s Heaven holds the distinction of being one of the first PlayStation games I ever read about.  Next to Battle Arena Toshinden it seemed like the coolest game in the world.  I mean, it’s practically a 32-bit Gunstar Heroes!  Sadly...
read more
The Ignition Factor

The Ignition Factor

The firefighting sub-genre of action games might be underrepresented but man are there some real gems out there.  The Ignition Factor was a low key release in 1994 but one that I feel should have gotten more attention as it...
read more
Hagane

Hagane

As an SNES owner for the majority of the 16-bit generation certain games made me extremely jealous.  Gunstar Heroes is a contender for game of the generation in my eyes and few action games could match it.  Shinobi III was...
read more
Mega Man 7

Mega Man 7

If you thought the wait for Mega Man X was bad the continuation of the original series would not hit the SNES until its final years.  By the time Mega Man 7 was released Mega Man X3 was a few...
read more
Light Crusader

Light Crusader

Throughout Treasure’s long and storied history they have created many a legendary action and shooting game.  They have only occasionally dabbled in other genres.  The one genre they have almost completed avoided is the RPG with Light Crusader being...
read more
King of Demons

King of Demons

While we are familiar with Japanese publishers such as Capcom, Konami, and Square Enix over the decades there have been many companies that have flirted with game’s publishing that you have probably never heard of.  Usually this is with good...
read more