Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams

Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams

Growing up there were certain games that had attained mythical status due to their rarity.  Most of these games such as Radiant Silvergun, Psychic Killer Taromaru, and Harmful Park are imports but the occasional domestic release would enter those ranks. ...
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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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Panzer Dragoon

Panzer Dragoon

Sega’s surprise launch of the Saturn in May of 1995 was disastrous for a number of reasons.  Retailers were not prepared, gamers certainly weren’t, and more importantly third party titles were not ready in time.  That left their own titles...
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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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BioMetal

BioMetal

During the great shooter explosion of the 90s a game had to do something different to stand out.  Whether it was a new play mechanic, unique weapons, or employing new technology, you needed an edge to get noticed.  As someone...
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Trouble Shooter

Trouble Shooter

I really miss publishers like Vic Tokai. Like a Jaleco or Kemco they never had that breakout hit that gamers would associate with their name. Everyone reveres the bigger publishers like Capcom, Konami, and Square, and rightfully so. But the...
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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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Abadox

Abadox

Abadox is like an alternate reality version of Life Force created by another publisher. At times it is so similar I wonder how Natsume avoided criminal charges.  That fact can’t be avoided.  With that out of the way Abadox is...
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