Detana!! Twinbee

Detana!! Twinbee

The fact that I like Detana!! Twinbee so much is one of the biggest surprises of my gaming life.  I was not a fan of Stinger, the lone game in the series to reach the US.  With that game souring...
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Gradius II

Gradius II

I’m sure there are millions like myself who just assumed that Konami’s Life Force was the sequel to Gradius. Both shared similar ships and near identical power-up systems and enemies. But in reality the true sequel to Gradius would unfortunately...
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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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Holy Umbrella  – Dondera no Mubo

Holy Umbrella – Dondera no Mubo

Holy Umbrella is an odd game and the type of title that probably had a 50/50 chance of being localized back in the day.  With its silly premise and good gameplay it occupies a space reserved for games like Kendo...
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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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Final Blaster

Final Blaster

Namco were one of the few third parties to support the Turbo Grafx-16 with a variety of software.  Final Lap Twin and Dragon Spirit are two great games but I’m actually they were lacking with their shooter output.  I would...
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Contra (Japan)

Contra (Japan)

We live in a time now where a significant number of Japanese video games are released almost simultaneously worldwide.  That is a tremendous feat regardless of title but is especially impressive for Rpgs.  Back in the 80s this wasn’t the...
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Psycho Chaser

Psycho Chaser

The Turbo Grafx was a decent console in the US but had a fantastic library in Japan.  Almost every console has hidden gems that were left in Japan but next to the Saturn the PC Engine is the worst offender...
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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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