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...
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Elevator Action Returns

Elevator Action Returns

To get the most out of the Sega Saturn you had to be a fan of import gaming.  There were plenty of great releases but the vast majority of the truly great games were left in Japan, where the system...
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SD Kidou Senshi Gundam – V Sakusen Shidou

SD Kidou Senshi Gundam – V Sakusen Shidou

I remember being curious about the innumerable Mobile Suit Gundam games that were advertised in the back of magazines like EGM and Gamefan.  They seemed like the coolest games in the world but sadly up until the Dreamcast they never...
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Dream Master

Dream Master

In Japan there were far too many Dragon Quest clones for the Famicom.  I don’t mean games that were inspired by it; I mean titles that aside from slightly different art were virtually identical to Enix’s classic.  It should have...
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Macross 2036

Macross 2036

The world of video game imports was a strange place for me up until around 2001 or so.  I knew it was possible to buy Japanese video games and had a list of titles I was interested in.  But I...
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Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou

Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou

The Magic of Scheherezade is not only my favorite 8-bit RPG but also one of my favorite NES games of all time.  Part of that is owed to its setting; Arabian themed games in general are rare; let alone an...
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Valis IV

Valis IV

I liked Super Valis IV in spite of its many problems.  In my opinion it fell in line with the rest of the series as a solid yet flawed gem.  However despite my appreciation for it I could tell there...
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Youkai Club

Youkai Club

As the NES rose to prominence platformers took over the market with every publisher getting in on it.  Even though we got our fair share there were 3 times as many platformers that didn’t come to the US.  Of course...
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Devastator

Devastator

In America the Sega CD is often looked back on as a wasteland full of terrible FMV games and licensed junk.  That is true to an extent but when you dig deeper it has an alright library of diverse games. ...
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Twinkle Tale

Twinkle Tale

The Cotton series of shooters are an incredible bunch that practically no one has ever heard of because only one single release came to the US.  And that game is one of the rarest and most expensive retro games of...
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