The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Towards the end of the NES life Konami released licensed games targeted at western gamers rather than sequels to their intellectual properties.  Tiny Toon Adventures, Mission Impossible, and Bucky O’Hare were among this crop but they even had obscure licenses...
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Sunset Riders

Sunset Riders

Contra III is one of my favorite action games of all time.  It holds up surprisingly well for an early SNES title and considering their later work on the system I had hoped Konami would grace the system with a...
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

It’s no slight exaggeration to say that every kid across the country wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game back in the 80s.  If you didn’t then sue your parents because your childhood was robbed.  Turtlemania swept the country...
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Gradius

Gradius

I’m pretty sure Gradius is one of the first shooters I’ve ever played.  I’m sure that statement applies to a legion of gamers as well.  There were plenty of multiplayer focused shmups on the Atari 2600 like Combat but none...
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Parodius – Non Sense Fantasy

Parodius – Non Sense Fantasy

I will forever remain jealous of European gamers for receiving the majority of the Parodius series.  As a parody of the otherwise serious Gradius games Parodius could have been nothing more than silly joke.  But in reality it is a...
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Axelay

Axelay

I think it safe to say that the shooting genre did not get off to a great start on the SNES.  Don’t get me wrong there were many great games in that initial batch. However you also had to deal...
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Pop’n Twinbee

Pop’n Twinbee

I’ve played my fair share of shooters of all stripes.  Bullet hell, cute em ups, rail shooters, the list goes on and on.  I’ve adapted to some weird mechanics but I can safely say that for the longest time I...
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