• Metal Force

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    Metal Force
  • Die Hard

    Say what you will about Activision’s NES output but at least they tried. Most publishers at the time were guilty of putting out the cheapest tie-ins possible and hoped to […]

    Die Hard
  • Go Go Ackman 2

    Go Go Ackman was something of a surprise for me. Much like in the rest of the world licensed manga and anime games are usually garbage in Japan yet GGA […]

    Go Go Ackman 2
  • Pulseman

    I really love seeing the period at the end of a console generation when developers have more or less fully tapped each system’s potential and can produce truly phenomenal games. […]

    Pulseman
  • Space Harrier (Famicom)

    While I found it strange growing up to see bootleg cartridges of Sega arcade games for the NES I will admit there was something pretty cool about playing the “other” […]

    Space Harrier (Famicom)
  • Sengoku

    Sengoku was one of those Neo Geo games I always wanted to play in the arcade but because it occupied a spot in a four slot MVS unit that had […]

    Sengoku
  • Superman

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    Superman
  • Hammerin Harry

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    Hammerin Harry
  • Panorama Cotton

    It was commonly accepted as fact that the Genesis simply was no good at scaling sprites without the Sega CD. Early titles such as Super Thunder Blade and the sad […]

    Panorama Cotton
  • Psychic Storm

    Psychic Storm was a game I bought blindly years ago after only seeing a few sparse screenshots and thinking the name was cool. Once upon a time I had more […]

    Psychic Storm
  • Aladdin

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    Aladdin
  • Breath of Fire

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    Breath of Fire
  • The Adventures of Batman & Robin

    Disappointing games are a dime a dozen, with many aiming for greatness and falling far short. Bad games are quickly forgotten yet it is the games that were on the […]

    The Adventures of Batman & Robin
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Nes »

Metal Force

Metal Force

September 2, 2015 at 7:48 pm

If one were to peruse the unlicensed and pirate game market you’d be surprised at the stuff you’ll find. Usually bootleg games show up long after a hardware manufacturer...

  • Die Hard
    Die Hard

    Say what you will about Activision’s NES output but at least they tried. Most publishers at the time were guilty...

    August 31, 2015 at 1:09 pm
  • Space Harrier (Famicom)
    Space Harrier (Famicom)

    While I found it strange growing up to see bootleg cartridges of Sega arcade games for the NES I will admit there...

    August 24, 2015 at 5:51 pm
  • Hammerin Harry
    Hammerin Harry

    I’ve always been fascinated by Japanese games that manage to retain their heavily localized flavor when brought...

    August 17, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Snes »

Go Go Ackman 2

Go Go Ackman 2

August 28, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Go Go Ackman was something of a surprise for me. Much like in the rest of the world licensed manga and anime games are usually garbage in Japan yet GGA bucked that trend...

  • Sengoku
    Sengoku

    Sengoku was one of those Neo Geo games I always wanted to play in the arcade but because it occupied a spot in...

    August 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm
  • Breath of Fire
    Breath of Fire

    Of all the genres Capcom covered during their prolific days on the NES they had very rarely dabbled with RPGs....

    July 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm
  • Super Turrican 2
    Super Turrican 2

    1995 saw the 16-bit generation go through a downward spiral as the promise of the new 32-bit platforms could not...

    July 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

N64 »

Duke Nukem 64

Duke Nukem 64

June 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm

I would not own my own computer until 1999 so I could only look on with envy at the PC gaming renaissance of the mid-90s. While I would occasionally get the chance to dabble...

  • Ridge Racer 64
    Ridge Racer 64

    Back in the 32-bit era the thought of Ridge Racer or any Namco property appearing on a rival platform was pretty...

    December 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm
  • 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

Genesis »

Pulseman

Pulseman

August 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm

I really love seeing the period at the end of a console generation when developers have more or less fully tapped each system’s potential and can produce truly phenomenal...

  • Superman
    Superman

    Sunsoft’s Batman was one of the first licensed games I truly fell in love with back in the day. When you’ve...

    August 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm
  • Panorama Cotton
    Panorama Cotton

    It was commonly accepted as fact that the Genesis simply was no good at scaling sprites without the Sega CD. Early...

    August 8, 2015 at 11:45 am
  • The Adventures of Batman & Robin
    The Adventures of Batman & Robin

    Disappointing games are a dime a dozen, with many aiming for greatness and falling far short. Bad games are quickly...

    July 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Saturn »

Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition

Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition

June 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm

The anticipation for the Saturn port of Daytona USA was only matched by the disappointment of its technical shortcomings. For those that stuck with it the gameplay was more...

  • Cyberbots
    Cyberbots

    With the advent of the Saturn and PlayStation in the mid-90s the chances of seeing home ports of all the big budget...

    May 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm
  • Metal Slug
    Metal Slug

      Does anyone remember Cyber Lip? It was the pack in game for the Neo Geo and let me tell you it had nothing...

    December 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm
  • 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

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 »

Psychic Storm

Psychic Storm

August 5, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Psychic Storm was a game I bought blindly years ago after only seeing a few sparse screenshots and thinking the name was cool. Once upon a time I had more money than common...

  • Granzort
    Granzort

    Keith Courage in the Alpha Zones was a middling experience at best, only remembered because it was the pack-in...

    July 22, 2015 at 6:49 pm
  • Nexzr
    Nexzr

    When you have a genre that is as saturated as shooters on a console it is only a matter of time before the games...

    June 26, 2015 at 7:14 pm
  • Sylphia
    Sylphia

    And now something different from the shmup masters at Compile. With the exception of the Aleste series nearly all...

    June 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm

PS One »

Gungage

Gungage

June 17, 2015 at 4:27 pm

I wonder why Gungage was released only in Europe and Japan. There was definitely a shortage of arcade style action games and it wasn’t as if the two Contra games were filling...

  • Apocalypse
    Apocalypse

    Fans of mindless action games had little to celebrate entering the 32-bit era. With the move to 3d the venerable...

    May 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm
  • Gaia Seed
    Gaia Seed

    I’ve always been fascinated by the expensive, rare import games. You hear stories of games like Radiant Silvergun...

    January 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm
  • 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

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 either went...

    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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