• A brief hiatus

    As much as I like updating every other day there’s a project I’ve been working on the side that could use my undivided attention for a bit.  As such I’ll […]

    A brief hiatus
  • Ushio to Tora

    Darker themed SNES games were not as plentiful as on the Genesis but generally speaking for the most part they were all good. There are many import gems waiting to […]

    Ushio to Tora
  • Dinosaurs for Hire

    Dinosaurs for Hire? Sure why not? We have Turtles that are ninjas and toads that love to battle so mercenary alien dinosaurs aren’t too far-fetched. It would be easy to […]

    Dinosaurs for Hire
  • TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Daimaō

    Well they certainly tried with the Twinbee series on NES. For all of their faults the Famicom editions of the games had good ideas buried under average production values. My […]

    TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Daimaō
  • Fatal Fury 2

    I think we can all agree that some of the first Neo Geo to SNES and Genesis ports were pretty dire. Fatal Fury suffered heavily in the transition from SNK’s […]

    Fatal Fury 2
  • Batman – Revenge of the Joker

    Of all the publishers entering the 16-market I’m sure many like myself were anticipating what Sunsoft would cook up on the new platforms. As one of the most technically proficient […]

    Batman – Revenge of the Joker
  • Chuuka Taisen

    Cloudmaster was one of the last Sega Master System games I ever played and it was kind of a bittersweet send off for the little system that could. It wasn’t […]

    Chuuka Taisen
  • Gaia Seed

    I’ve always been fascinated by the expensive, rare import games. You hear stories of games like Radiant Silvergun and Psychic Assassin Taromaru that used to routinely fetch anywhere between $150-300 […]

    Gaia Seed
  • Alien Crush

    Alien Crush is a game that I went into with no expectations and was completely blown away. As one of the few Turbo Grafx-16 owners in my neighborhood let alone […]

    Alien Crush
  • Cowboy Kid

    Legend of the Mystical Ninja came out of left field during the SNES’s launch window and delighted anyone fortunate enough to have played it with its heavily Japanese flavor and […]

    Cowboy Kid
  • Thunder Spirits

    Where the Turbo Grafx and the Genesis shared many multiplatform shooters the same definitely could not be said with the SNES. It’s an irrefutable fact that the system’s slow processor […]

    Thunder Spirits
  • Ordyne

    Generally speaking I’m not fond of overly cute games. I don’t want to give the impression that I’m some kind of man’s man but I can only take so much […]

    Ordyne
  • Adventures of Dino Riki

    The Adventures of Dino Riki is a game that should have been decent but instead suffers from the types of bad game design and balance that most early NES efforts […]

    Adventures of Dino Riki
  • Pirates of Dark Water (SNES)

    I have to say, as much as I loved side scrolling beat em ups by the mid-90s I was already growing tired of the genre. While we all praised Capcom […]

    Pirates of Dark Water (SNES)
  • Shadow Blasters

    Sage’s Creation were an anomaly in the early days of the Genesis. As one of the few supporters of the system in the face of Nintendo’s strong arm tactics with […]

    Shadow Blasters

Nes »

TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Daimaō

TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Daimaō

January 26, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Well they certainly tried with the Twinbee series on NES. For all of their faults the Famicom editions of the games had good ideas buried under average production values....

  • Chuuka Taisen
    Chuuka Taisen

    Cloudmaster was one of the last Sega Master System games I ever played and it was kind of a bittersweet send off...

    January 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm
  • Cowboy Kid
    Cowboy Kid

    Legend of the Mystical Ninja came out of left field during the SNES’s launch window and delighted anyone fortunate...

    January 12, 2015 at 6:53 pm
  • Adventures of Dino Riki
    Adventures of Dino Riki

    The Adventures of Dino Riki is a game that should have been decent but instead suffers from the types of bad game...

    December 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Snes »

Ushio to Tora

Ushio to Tora

January 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Darker themed SNES games were not as plentiful as on the Genesis but generally speaking for the most part they were all good. There are many import gems waiting to be discovered...

  • Fatal Fury 2
    Fatal Fury 2

    I think we can all agree that some of the first Neo Geo to SNES and Genesis ports were pretty dire. Fatal Fury...

    January 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm
  • Thunder Spirits
    Thunder Spirits

    Where the Turbo Grafx and the Genesis shared many multiplatform shooters the same definitely could not be said...

    January 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm
  • Pirates of Dark Water (SNES)
    Pirates of Dark Water (SNES)

    I have to say, as much as I loved side scrolling beat em ups by the mid-90s I was already growing tired of the...

    December 26, 2014 at 6:11 pm

N64 »

Ridge Racer 64

Ridge Racer 64

December 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Back in the 32-bit era the thought of Ridge Racer or any Namco property appearing on a rival platform was pretty much blasphemous. Their partnership with Sony was one of the...

  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
    Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

    Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was on old comic’s property from the 1950s that I’m sure not many remembered until it...

    October 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm
  • Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer
    Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer

    When the Star Wars: Episode One video game adaptations were announced I’ll admit, I was disappointed that the...

    August 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm
  • MRC: Multi Racing Championship
    MRC: Multi Racing Championship

    During the Nintendo 64’s first year on the market new releases were incredibly sparse and as such each and every...

    July 18, 2014 at 8:04 am

Genesis »

Dinosaurs for Hire

Dinosaurs for Hire

January 28, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Dinosaurs for Hire? Sure why not? We have Turtles that are ninjas and toads that love to battle so mercenary alien dinosaurs aren’t too far-fetched. It would be easy to...

  • Batman – Revenge of the Joker
    Batman – Revenge of the Joker

    Of all the publishers entering the 16-market I’m sure many like myself were anticipating what Sunsoft would cook...

    January 21, 2015 at 5:22 pm
  • Shadow Blasters
    Shadow Blasters

    Sage’s Creation were an anomaly in the early days of the Genesis. As one of the few supporters of the system...

    December 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  • Virtua Racing
    Virtua Racing

    As early as the beginning of the 90s it was obvious that 3d and polygons were the future of the industry and Sega...

    December 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Saturn »

Metal Slug

Metal Slug

December 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

  Does anyone remember Cyber Lip? It was the pack in game for the Neo Geo and let me tell you it had nothing on Contra. For the price you were paying for the system they...

  • Galactic Attack
    Galactic Attack

    For as much as I might have made fun of the deluge of shmups during the 16-bit era (and rightfully so I might add)...

    October 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm
  • Battle Arena Toshinden: URA
    Battle Arena Toshinden: URA

    Toshinden URA what? It sure as hell isn’t a good fighting game. The jokes can practically write themselves. Battle...

    August 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  • In the Hunt
    In the Hunt

    Launch window games are usually shallow affairs designed to dazzle you with new technology to hide their lack of...

    July 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Dreamcast »

Crazy Taxi

Crazy Taxi

October 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm

With the exception of fighting games and the occasional sports title most arcade games are not built to be a lasting experience. Most offer quick thrills to occupy your time...

  • Power Stone
    Power Stone

    It is interesting to look back on Capcom’s history with 3d fighting games. Where they more or less invented and...

    August 25, 2014 at 6:12 am
  • Hydro Thunder
    Hydro Thunder

    When Sega reentered the home console market with the Dreamcast no one knew what to expect.  After all the Saturn...

    February 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm
  • Silver
    Silver

    These days what was once considered a strictly PC style RPG has now become the norm with turn based Japanese RPGS...

    June 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Turbo Grafx-16 »

Alien Crush

Alien Crush

January 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Alien Crush is a game that I went into with no expectations and was completely blown away. As one of the few Turbo Grafx-16 owners in my neighborhood let alone school I was...

  • Ordyne
    Ordyne

    Generally speaking I’m not fond of overly cute games. I don’t want to give the impression that I’m some kind...

    December 31, 2014 at 4:45 pm
  • Dungeon Explorer
    Dungeon Explorer

    If you were a Turbo Grafx-16 fan and also liked RPGs the pickings were incredibly slim unless you owned the CD...

    December 10, 2014 at 6:12 am
  • Detana!! Twinbee
    Detana!! Twinbee

    I love Detana!! Twinbee. Even I can’t believe I just typed those words. For the longest time I abhorred the Twinbee...

    November 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

PS One »

Gaia Seed

Gaia Seed

January 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm

I’ve always been fascinated by the expensive, rare import games. You hear stories of games like Radiant Silvergun and Psychic Assassin Taromaru that used to routinely fetch...

  • Gradius Gaiden
    Gradius Gaiden

    I’ll always lament the death of the shmup in the transition to 3d. There were still a few released in the US...

    December 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm
  • Spyro the Dragon
    Spyro the Dragon

    Spyro the Dragon was something of a landmark title for the PlayStation. For years it was assumed that the system...

    October 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm
  • Silhouette Mirage
    Silhouette Mirage

    It was a sad day when Treasure’s Silhouette Mirage was passed over for US release. As the Saturn floundered in...

    August 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm

PlayStation 2 »

Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil

Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil

October 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

2001 would prove to be a crucial year for the PlayStation 2 as the software that truly showed off the system’s potential and made early adopters proud of their purchase...

  • Mega Man X7
    Mega Man X7

    This review hurts to write. I love the Mega Man games through all of their various incarnations through the good...

    August 27, 2014 at 6:14 am
  • Darkwatch
    Darkwatch

    Halo hit the industry pretty hard in 2001 and is largely responsible for sparking the console first person shooter...

    February 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm
  • Shinobi
    Shinobi

    // // // ]]> In the inevitable transition to 3d during the PlayStation era many beloved classic franchises...

    June 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Gamecube »

Wave Race Blue Storm

Wave Race Blue Storm

October 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I can safely say that I’ve sunk more hours into Wave Race 64 than any other racing game outside of Super Mario Kart. I went into it with no expectations and was completely...

  • Lost Kingdoms
    Lost Kingdoms

    These days From Software are mostly known for the Dark Souls series of games as well as an endless parade of Armored...

    August 29, 2014 at 7:16 pm
  • Mario Kart Double Dash
    Mario Kart Double Dash

    Mario Kart Double Dash is often looked on as the black sheep of the series as it introduced many new elements that...

    February 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm
  • Eternal Darkness
    Eternal Darkness

    Eternal Darkness was a long time in coming, having started life on the Nintendo 64 before moving to the GameCube...

    June 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Daimaō

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