Dragon View

Developer: Kemco     Publisher: Kemco     Released: 1994     Genre: Action RPG I’m sure Drakkhen was the first RPG many played on the SNES. Unfortunately as ambitious as it was it was not a good game. I will give the developers credit; heavily PC focused games like that generally did not usually come to consoles. But the interface […]

Kaze Kiri: Ninja Action

Developer: Naxat Soft    Publisher: Naxat Soft    Released: April 28, 1994     Genre: Action While the Turbo Grafx-16 suffered from a dearth of action games in the West in Japan it had a robust library in the genre, especially with the CD-add on. Next to the Saturn it is the system I wish were more […]

Metal Force

Developer: Open Corp.    Publisher: Daou Infosys    Released: May 1994    Genre: Action I don’t know when I became aware of bootleg/unlicensed video games but it was when I was very young. We always knew there was something off about the Tengen NES titles that came on black cartridges. But it really came to […]

SkyBlazer

Developer: Ukiyotei     Publisher: Sony Imagesoft     Released: 1994     Genre: Platformer Sony during the 16-bit era were not exactly a quality publisher. When it really gets down to it it seemed like they were trying to outdo Akklaim in terms of who could create the worst licensed trash. When your most recognizable titles are Cliffhanger and Three […]

True Lies

Developer: Beam Software    Publisher: Akklaim     Released: 1994     Genre: Action True Lies was one of the best action flicks of 1994 and continued the summer movie streak Arnie had held down for close to a decade. Like all great action movies a video game tie-in was inevitable. But to the dread of many the LJN […]

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Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics

Developer: Data East     Publisher: Data East     Released: 1994     Genre: Action I loved Joe & Mac in the arcade and all of its console incarnations. I even like the NES version for what it is, although it was a few years too late. The SNES version in particular tried to add an overworld like Super Mario […]

Genocide 2

Developer: Bits Corporation    Publisher: Kemco    Released: August 5, 1994    Genre: Action Thanks to magazines like Gamefan and EGM that would feature extensive import coverage I developed an interest in platforms that did not come to the US. The Sharp X68000 is one of these. This home PC was home to many perfect […]

Starblade

Developer: Namco     Publisher: Namco     Released: 1994     Genre: Rail Shooter I miss the arcade. The experience of playing a game in the arcade that was technically miles ahead of what you had at home was incredible. Obviously that can never happen again but it was pretty cool at the time. Another reason I miss the arcade […]

The Lion King

Developer: Westwood Studios    Publisher Virgin Interactive    Released: 1994    Genre: Platformer For as much as we praise Capcom and Sega for their handling of the Disney license Virgin deserves to be in the conversation as well. During the 16-bit era they released many an excellent game to accompany each Disney animated classic. The work they did […]

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

Developer: Capcom     Publisher: Capcom     Released: 1994     Genre: Beat em up The X-Men license did not get off to a good start on the SNES. Spider-Man & the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge was not a good game in spite of its fantastic soundtrack. Wolverine: Adamantium Rage was a middling game that could have been better. I […]