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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M.U.S.H.A.

M.U.S.H.A.

Ah yes, the game with the ridiculous acronym.  M.U.S.H.A, or Metallic Uniframe Super Hybrid Armor is one of the greatest games for the Genesis.  I love low profile games like this, the ones that come out of left field and...
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Magical Chase

Magical Chase

At this point Magical Chase has become something of a legend within the video game industry.  You simply cannot talk about it without mentioning the ridiculous prices it commands on Ebay and similar websites.  At any given moment you can...
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Life Force

Life Force

I along with millions of kids always assumed that Life Force was the sequel to Gradius.  It came a year later, featured an identical power-up system and even starred the same ship.  And Konami certainly positioned it as such.  But...
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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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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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