Kiwi Kraze

Developer: Taito     Publisher: Taito     Released: 1991    Genre: Platformer I admit for the longest time New Zealand Story was a giant blind spot in my video game history. For years I have seen articles and reviews about it for nearly every platform. Retro Gamer magazine has extolled its virtues many times yet I still avoided […]

Power Blazer

Developer: Taito     Publisher: Taito     Released: April 20, 1990     Genre: Action In the 8 and 16-bit days it was not uncommon for the Japanese version of many titles to be better than its international counterpart. There were many reasons why games were changed during localization. Sometimes it was due to a license (Tokkyū Shirei Solbrain became […]

Sonic Blast Man

Developer: ITL Co, Ltd     Publisher: Taito     Released: 1992    Genre: Beat ’em up I’ve lamented the death of the arcade in the US on many an occasion in this blog.  While I miss the titles that really pushed technology forward I also miss the deluxe cabinets that created an experience that could not be replicated […]

Operation Wolf

Developer: Taito     Publisher:Taito     Released: 1989     Genre: Action I’ve never been the biggest fan of light gun games. I was not enamored with Duck Hunt when the NES launched and outside of Gum Shoe found the NES Zapper useless.  I respected light gun games in the arcade but sure as hell didn’t spend my money on […]

Panic Restaurant

Developer: EIM     Publisher: Taito     Released: October 1992     Genre; Platformer I’ve lamented the numerous NES titles that went largely ignored due to the 16-bit war heating up.  Most of these releases such as Shatterhand, Vice Project Doom, and Kick Master were released extremely late.  It is hard to get excited about admittedly awesome NES platformers when […]

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The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak!

Developer: Taito     Publisher: Taito     Released: 1994     Genre: Plaformer Seriously what was up with Taito and their late NES output?  Taito released some of the finest games on the system in its twilight years that hardly anyone played.  Titles like Kick Master and Little Samson are absolutely incredible and deserve a higher profile.  Then there are […]


Developer: Taito     Publisher: Taito     Released: 1991     Genre: Shooter Darius never particularly wowed me, even with its impressive triple screen playing field.  That isn’t to say I thought it was bad; it simply didn’t stand out during the peak of the genre.  But I did think its multiple screen setup was cool.  One could even say […]


Developer: Toaplan     Publisher: Mentrix Software     Released: 1991     Genre: Platformer Ghosts ‘n Goblins was a massive hit in the arcade. At a time when companies were not afraid to copy any successful product surprisingly few games were made in that style.  The Legend of Hero Tonma was one but I’ll freely admit I was never […]

On the Ball

Developer: Taito      Publisher: Taito      Released: 1992      Genre: Arcade      Platform: SNES I’m a simple man at heart.  When it comes to video games I have my favorite genres; rpgs, action games, and platformers.  But I love to look outside my wheelhouse every so often and try titles I would otherwise ignore.  It happened with Tetris, which […]

Wrath of the Black Manta

Developer: Kyugo      Publisher: Taito      Released: 1990      Genre: Action I was never particularly fond of Wrath of the Black Manta growing up.  It made no sense too; this was the height of the ninja craze.  You had movies like American Ninja, games like Shinobi and Ninja Gaiden and to say nothing of the Teenage Mutant Ninja […]