P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

I’ve never really given it much thought but SNK really seemed to love military themed action games in the 80s.  It shouldn’t be that surprising considering that particular decade was rife with the stuff like the Rambo series, Commando, Platoon,...
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Golden Axe II

Golden Axe II

Among the early Sega Genesis launch lineup Golden Axe has probably held up the best.  Altered Beast was the flagship title but outside of its presentation the game was average.  I like Thunder Force 2 but half of that game...
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Double Dragon II – the Revenge

Double Dragon II – the Revenge

It’s interesting to look back on the NES library and compare the games that were different from their arcade counterpart.  Bionic Commando was a terrible game in the arcade but one of the best NES games of all time.  Strider...
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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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