Splatterhouse 2

Splatterhouse 2

It’s funny to look back at the original Splatterhouse.  It was gory for its time and caused a bit of a stir.  Yet kids like me at the time could play it and no one batted an eye.  We were...
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Rival Turf

Rival Turf

Once Final Fight hit big the beat em up genre truly exploded in popularity.  Nearly every publisher at some point or another tried their hand at the genre, often with mixed results.  Jaleco was one such publisher.  Throughout their history...
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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...
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II – the Arcade Game

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II – the Arcade Game

Next to Turtles in Time and Street Fighter 2 I can safely say that there isn’t another arcade game I’ve pumped more quarters in than Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I was lucky enough to have a cabinet in a...
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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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Golden Axe

Golden Axe

The Sega Genesis and Turbo Grafx-16 launches were pretty significant events in the gaming industry.  For the first time we were experiencing a hardware transition and all that entails.  While excitement was high we would eventually learn that most la...
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Streets of Rage

Streets of Rage

With Final Fight setting the arcade on fire naturally most were anxious for a home port.  Unfortunately for Sega owners the SNES would receive the exclusive for a number of years.  Not one to let their fans down Sega would...
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King of Dragons

King of Dragons

The King of Dragons is an interesting game.  It was released not long after Final Fight blew the doors off the genre and a legion of imitators followed.  It tried to do more with its mechanics than most of those...
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Double Dragon

Double Dragon

I really miss Technos.  As the creators of the modern beat em up with Renegade the legions of titles that followed all owe a debt to their work.  I was not a fan of Renegade but could see that it...
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Final Fight

Final Fight

Final Fight is one of the most popular arcade games of all time.  In terms of its relevance it did for beat em ups what Street Fighter did for fighting games.  It wasn’t the first in its genre but it...
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