Cyber Cross

Cyber Cross

The Turbo Grafx-16 library was woefully inadequate in many genres.  It had its share of platformers and my god did It have shooters.  But side scrolling beat ‘em ups were a rarity, at least in the US.  To be fair...
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Gokujou Parodius

Gokujou Parodius

As much as I love Street Fighter I do hate what it inadvertently caused.  In the 80s and early 90s arcades were home to a large variety of games in every genre.  That variety dried up as fighting games took...
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Undead Line

Undead Line

I really liked Twinkle Tale, a little known Genesis import that suffered from a low print run.  This brilliant game housed excellent art direction and gameplay but somehow never left Japan.  So when I learned of Undead Line I couldn’t...
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Gley Lancer

Gley Lancer

I don’t envy the developers of the legions of shooters in the 90s.  After Gradius and R-Type revolutionized the genre everyone else was left picking up the scraps.  The rare title would come along and innovate but by and large...
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Harmful Park

Harmful Park

By the mid-90s the shooter genre had a problem: there were too many!  Whether it was on consoles or especially in the arcade no other genre suffered from a glut of product other than fighting games.  It wasn’t long before...
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Sylphia

Sylphia

Any true shooter fan knows the name Compile.  They were literally the masters of the genre, creating many beloved classics.  But as with any company there are always bound to be a few games that slip through the cracks.  Sylphia...
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Cosmic Epsilon

Cosmic Epsilon

I have to admit to being a bit jealous of the Famicom library at times.  Make no mistake, the NES had a fantastic library overall, full of classics that hold up.  But there are certain genres that were underrepresented in...
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Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

If you would have told me that a Castlevania game would never see a release in America back in the day I would have called you crazy.  Yet that is precisely what happened.  Konami gave the PC Engine a great...
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Akumajou Densetsu

Akumajou Densetsu

For years even before I hopped on the internet I have read about the differences between the Japanese and American version of Castlevania III.  I was always curious since there was no way for me to verify the information for...
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Chōjin Sentai Jetman

Chōjin Sentai Jetman

It still blows my mind that there are fans out there that are not aware that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is based on a long running Japanese series. Even I put two and two together years ago. In the US...
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