Elemental Master

Elemental Master

Anyone who is a fan of shooters knows about the Thunder Force series.  Developer Technosoft proved that they were a master at the genre with those titles but they were just getting started.  They also created what many consider to...
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Super R-Type

Super R-Type

Super R-Type was my introduction to the series.  Where most had the fortune of playing versions on the Master System, Turbo Grafx or the original arcade game I was not as fortunate.  That is one hell of an introduction to...
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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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Wings of Wor

Wings of Wor

Now here’s one you don’t hear about too often.  In the Sega Genesis’s library shooters starring angels of destruction can be counted on one hand with extra fingers.  You would think that would be enough to give Wings of Wor...
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R-Type

R-Type

Of the many shooters that I have played over the decades I count three that shaped my tastes.  Gradius was one of the first major shooters I ever played.  There’s Zanac, which introduced me to Compile and their penchant for...
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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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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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Gate of Thunder

Gate of Thunder

I distinctly remember thinking TTI and NEC could turn things around for the Turbo Grafx with the Turbo Duo.  As an owner of the system for a brief period I genuinely wanted it to succeed for obvious reasons.  Mind you...
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Fuzzical Fighter

Fuzzical Fighter

I loved the Guardian Legend when I got it for Christmas as a surprise gift in 1990.  There was nothing else like it and I loved both shooters and RPGs so it was like getting the best of both worlds. ...
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