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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The Great Battle II – Last Fighter Twin

The Great Battle II – Last Fighter Twin

I both love and hate the Great Battle Cyber.  This late era Famicom release had everything going for it, from graphics to engaging gameplay.  But it completely fell apart in its latter half due to ridiculously unfair platforming that wasn’t...
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