Swords of Destiny

Swords of Destiny

Back in 2005 SCEA blocked Konami’s Oz from a US release.  This was a game I was heavily looking forward to which absolutely sucked.  There were many reasons bandied about, the most common being less competition for their own Genji. ...
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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence went a long way towards redeeming the series after two failed N64 outings.  It established a clear beginning for the rivalry between the Belmont clan and Dracula and laid the groundwork for the series going forward. ....
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Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

Castlevania was headed down a dark path.  After the sublime Symphony of the Night fans were greeted with two flawed N64 adventures.  There were good ideas buried in those games but they were surrounded by sloppy execution.  One couldn’t help.....
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Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

Castlevania 64 was a game with its heart in the right place.  As every other series made the move to 3d it was inevitable.  And as a first attempt Konami actually did a decent job with the game.  Would I...
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Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Castlevania was an undeniable success.  As one of the earliest third party games for the NES it immediately stood out with its darker theme, nuanced gameplay, and especially its vicious difficulty.  When the first news of Simon’s Quest hit in.....
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Deadly Towers

Deadly Towers

Deadly Towers is almost unanimously voted as one of the worst games of all time.  And you know what?  It is.  Rarely have I ever played a game that is as inscrutable as this.  It commits nearly every game design...
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Faxanadu

Faxanadu

Despite public opinion of it becoming mixed over the last decade or so I still love Zelda II.  The shift in viewpoint and gameplay turned away many and I’ll admit it has flaws.  But at the same time it is...
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Strider

Strider

To most gamers the word Strider is associated with the incredibly popular arcade game or his turn in Marvel vs Capcom.  For me however my first Strider experience was the NES title.  It would be a few years before I...
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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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Magical Pop’n

Magical Pop’n

As I plumb the import libraries of these old consoles I am continually astounded at the sheer number of hidden gems most have never heard of.  You’ll hear plenty about licensed titles such as Gundam or any number of RPGs...
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