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HG101 Data Arcade Classics book in the latest Storybundle! Mar 22, 2017

HG101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classics is available in the latest Storybundle! Included also are Good Nintentions 1985 from Jeremy Parish, Red to Black - The Making of Rogue Legacy and Dungeon Hacks by David Craddock, World of Warcraft and Mega Man 3 from Boss Fight Books, Bug Voyage: A Tour of Classic Game Glitches by John Harris, and other great video game books!

Severed Mar 21, 2017

A brilliant first person dungeon crawler with a touch-based combat system, with colorful Aztec-inspired visuals, developed by the folks who did Guacamelee. Also free for the rest of the month on PS+.

Top 47,858 Episode 41: Super Metroid, Jagged Alliance 2 Mar 18, 2017

Join the HG101 space police and special guest Steve Gaynor (Gone Home, Bioshock 2, Tacoma) as they talk shinesparks and mercenary HR.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Home Alone (Sega) Mar 18, 2017

There were tons of Home Alone games. None of them were good, but Sega's versions were the least awful.

500 Word Indies: The Yawhg Mar 15, 2017

A charming choose-your-own-adventure, with a fast play time and multiplayer element.

Trauma Center Mar 12, 2017

Atlus' series of over-the-top medical action games helped to show off the touch and motion controls of Nintendo's DS and Wii systems.

Top 47,858 Episode 40: Deja Vu, Gradius II, The Fabulous Wanda Mar 10, 2017

Join the HG101 game-talkin' death squad as they talk Gradius, C64, and waking up in strange mens' rooms.

Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure Mar 9, 2017

Sega has a number of classic music-themed games, but this stylish launch window 3DS game, which meshes rhythm mini-games with adventure segments and an exciting story set in Paris, sadly seems to get lost in the mix.

Ladykiller in a Bind Mar 6, 2017

Christine Love's latest game (and winner of the Independent Game Festival "Excellence in Narrative" award) focuses on the complexities of human relationships.

Top 47,858 Episode 39: X-COM: UFO Defense, Shiren the Wanderer Mar 3, 2017

Join the HG101 junior varsity podcast team as they discuss basket hats and the importance of funding your local alien-fighters.

Punch Club Mar 3, 2017

Train to become the world's greatest boxer, all while beating up favorite karate champs from the 80s and 90s.

Art Style series: Part Three March 1, 2017

The third (and final) part of our Art Style series coverage includes ZENGAGE, precipice, DIGIDRIVE, light trax, and Rotozoa.

Vanquish Feb 26, 2017

PlatinumGames' PS3/X360 action game takes the formula set down by Gears of War and gives it a distinctly Japanese overhaul, creating one of the best of its type.

Top 47,858 Episode 38: In the Hunt, Bomberman Hero, Transarctica Feb 26, 2017

Join the HG101 gang as they discuss submarines, bombs, and trains.

Art Style series: Part Two Feb 23, 2017

The second part of our Art Style series coverage includes three DSi games: PiCTOBiTS, BOXLIFE, and BASE 10.

Ben Jordan Feb 20, 2017

A series of eight freeware mystery adventure games developed by Grundislav Games, who would later work closely with Wadjet Eye Games.

Broken Age Feb 18, 2017

The "Double Fine Adventure" that began the Kickstarter era, Broken Age has some gorgeous artwork and hilarious writing, though doesn't always compare to the genre's golden days. Also check out a just-launched campaign to get the documentary on Netflix, which from a historical standpoint, is probably even more important than the game itself.

Top 47,858 Episode 37: Age of Empires II, Panzer Dragoon Saga Feb 18, 2017

Join the HG101 freelance police as they discuss the most expensive Saturn game ever and a game where cowboys fight samurai or something.

Art Style series: Part One Feb 14, 2017

The Art Style games are spinoffs of the bit Generations series, with often with puzzle-like gameplay and unique aesthetics. The first part of this expansive article covers ORBIENT, CUBELLO, ROTOHEX, and AQUIA.

Warcraft Adventures Feb 12, 2017

The famously canceled Warcraft point-and-click adventure, originally scheduled for release back in the late 90s, was recently leaked in fully playable form. How does it stand up to its contemporaries, and should it have been canceled?

Top 47,858 Episode 36: Fantasy World Dizzy, Top Gear Rally, Clash of Steel Feb 11, 2017

Join the HG101 rally car detailers as they talk about games nobody remembers or cares about.

Blue Stinger Feb 9, 2017

This launch title for the Dreamcast desperately tries to be a Resident Evil game and doesn't quite succeed...but it has a charm all its own. Also starring Game Club 199X/Top 47k Games favorite Dogs Bower!

Prehistoric Isle Feb 6, 2017

A shoot-em-up from SNK that predates their Neo Geo hardware, focusing on a "Lost World"-type scenario where you fight against dinosaurs. Also covers its lesser known Neo Geo sequel.

Trouble Shooter / Battle Mania Feb 3, 2017

A duo of excellent shoot-em-ups from Vic Tokai for the Genesis/Mega Drive, that totally aren't a rip-off of the classic anime The Dirty Pair. Also included scans of design documents for an unreleased third game for the Dreamcast.

Top 47,858 Episode 35: Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage Remake, Vendetta Feb 3, 2017

Join the HG101 crime-punchers as they bring justice to the streets, one jump-kick at a time.

Coming Soon: Retro Game Super Translation Selection (English edition) Feb 1, 2017

HG101 is happy to announce that we are publishing a localized version of Retro Game Super Translation Selection, a doujinshi that highlights various written localization changes in 8 and 16-bit games.

Eufloria Jan 31, 2017

An indie real time strategy game in which you command large swathes of your arboreal army to conquer the stars, planting trees and fighting enemy plants.

The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Video Games is out on Amazon! Jan 27, 2017

The publisher famous for their comic book collecting guides has just released their guide to video games, and we contributed a few articles to it! Check it out!

Top 47,858 Episode 34: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, Tail of the Sun Jan 27, 2017

Join the HG101 survivalist weirdos and special guest, Destructoid's own Jonathan Holmes, as they talk snake-eatin', kerotan-findin', and hardcore reproduction stat-buildin'.

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy Jan 27, 2017

A rather forgotten PS2/Xbox classic from Midway, where you use psychic powers to life up stuff and smash weird bad guys.

HG101 Presents Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 is now available! Dec 11, 2016

Our other latest book is now available on Amazon (and Amazon UK and other European Amazon sites). Discover the golden age of Sega classics with games like Zaxxon, Pengo, and Ninja Princess, along with cult favorites like Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Aurail, Bonanza Bros., and more! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

HG101 Presents The Guide to Shoot-Em-Ups Vol. 1 is now available! Dec 9, 2016

Our latest book is now available on Amazon (and Amazon UK and other European Amazon sites). Explore the world of shoot-em-ups by Compile, Technosoft, Hudson, Irem, and many others! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

The HG101 and Sonic & Sega Fan Jam 2016 Fanbook is now available! Dec 14, 2016

Created for the Sonic & Sega Fan Jam, this 76 page book features several Sega reviews and introductions to some of Sega's long-running series, plus two covers: one designed in the classic SMS grid style and one featuring Sonic and other Sega pals! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 1 Now Available in German! Nov 3, 2016

Hardcore Gaming 101 gibt es jetzt auch auf Deutsch! Mit „Hardcore Gaming 101 presents: Sega Arcade Classics (Deutsche Edition)“ kommt das erste Buch der Hardcore Gaming 101 Reihe jetzt auch nach Deutschland. Lasst euch in die Spielhallen der 80er und 90er entführen und erfahrt mehr über die bekannten und weniger bekannten Spiele des ehemaligen Konsolenherstellers!

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Might and Magic

Cinematic Milestones

Alone in the Dark

Prince of Persia

Another World

Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter

Fatal Fury

King of Fighters



Konami Shooters



Monkey Island

Gabriel Knight

Leisure Suit Larry

Side-Scrolling Action

Ninja Gaiden

Mega Man



Space Harrier

Golden Axe



Bionic Commando


Final Fight



Moon Crystal

Holy Diver

Super Famicom

Gunple: Gunman's Proof


Rendering Ranger: R2

Japanese PS1

Panzer Bandit

Harmful Park

Gunner's Heaven


Tracing the Influence

A History of Korean Gaming

Japanese Artwork of Western Games

Franchise Profiles


Donald Duck

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles