Top 10 Underrated NES Classics

  As with any console there are plenty of games that slipped through the cracks on the NES.  Considering the state of the industry at the time and the lack of publications extensively covering the system at first it should come as no surprise that some truly great games have gone unappreciated.  There were so many games to choose from I could make 3 or 4 of these lists (there’s an idea)...[Read More]

Phantasy Star week

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these.  Sega’s Phantasy Star is one of the best series of RPGs that has somehow flown under the radar.  A large part of that is definitely due to Sega’s uphill battle within the console market but even on the Genesis most gamers still did not care.  There’s no doubt in my mind that the series would be more popular if they w...[Read More]

Top Ten Genesis Shooters

Shooters were a dime a dozen during the 8 & 16-bit era in the US, to the point we were drowning in them.  From R-Type to Gradius there were many interesting takes on the genre across many platforms and the arcade with most placing a focus on fast action and quick reflexes.  As such the Genesis was the perfect home for these games due to its fast processor and saw many a classic release in the ...[Read More]

Top 10 Underrated SNES Classics

Every successful platform will have tons of awesome titles to choose from with many going on to enjoy massive success.  However not every game gets to enjoy its time in the limelight.  These are the unsung heroes, the games that are just as good if not better than the classics everyone defaults to and help fill out a console library.  And before anyone asks these are not in any specific order, its...[Read More]

Top 10 Hardest NES Games

Everyone loves a good challenge every now and then but some games take it a little too far.  Be it brutal level design, busted controls, or just a flat out broken game, these are some of the worst offenders for everyone’s favorite 8-bit buddy.  A hard game doesn’t necessarily mean it is bad as some of these titles are some of the most beloved NES classics but that still doesn’t mean they weren’t a...[Read More]

Mega Man X Week

Welcome to another feature special.  This week I’ll be taking a look at the Mega Man X series of games across a number of platforms.  Capcom took their sweet time bringing Mega Man to the 16-bit consoles but when they finally did we as gamers benefitted.  It also gave the aging formula a much needed shot of adrenaline, one that would last until they would once again pump out sequel after seq...[Read More]

Castlevania Week

It’s time once again for a themed week, this time for the Castlevania series.  We’ve all enjoyed the series for its interesting mix of platform action and later blending of rpg elements.  Join me as I examine each of the main entries in the series, from the good to the few that are legitimately bad.  There aren’t many series that have consistently maintained such a high bar for q...[Read More]

Contra Week

For my second feature I’ll be examining the Contra series.  Once the very definition of action games the series would eventually fade into obscurity for a number of years before seeing a resurgence with its PS2 installment.  From the highs to the lows you’ll see a franchise born then die in a fire.  How could such a thing have happened? I’ll be studying just that. Regardless, it ...[Read More]

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