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Coming June 2017: HG101 Presents: Contra and Other Konami Classics May 27, 2017

Let's attrack aggressively! Contra and Other Konami Classics, brought you to by long-standing retro video game website Hardcore Gaming 101, includes a complete rundown of all of the games in Konami's classic Contra series, ranging from its arcade and NES roots, to its modern day mobile incarnations. Also included is an extensive look at the very popular (in Japan) Ganbare Goemon / Legend of the Mystical Ninja series, as well as many of Konami's 8-bit Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System releases.

Coming June 2017: Retro Game Super Translation Selection May 27, 2017

Retro Game Super Translation Selection examines 101 lines of dialogue from classic video games, compares how they were localized, and includes some explanation for the business or cultural reasons surrounding such changes. Originally authored by a professional video game translator, this is a localized version of a doujinshi released at the Game Legend retro game event in late 2016, and features a unique perspective rarely seen in the English speaking world!

Masochisia May 28, 2017

A disturbing first person adventure game based on real life serial killer Albert Fish.

Raid Wind 2: ALLTYNEX May 25, 2017

Our article on the excellent doujin shoot-em-up series Alltynex has been expanded to include its FM Towns originator, Raid Wind 2.

C-Dogs May 25, 2017

One of the many titles that popped up on shareware compilation discs, this DOS shooter, also known as Cyberdogs, contains such simple joy as blasting stuff and collecting goofy stuff.

Crisis Beat May 21, 2017

A 3D beat-em-up reminiscent of the Dynamite Deka (Die Hard Arcade) series, released for the PS1 in Japan and Europe.

Lucifer Ring May 21, 2017

The follow-up to Crisis Beat, Lucifer Ring is a somewhat more successful second attempt at a 3D beat-em-up, this time giving the game a fantasy makeover.

Noobow May 18, 2017

A 1992 licensed game by Irem based on a Japanese chocolate mascot, a simple but enjoyable game that just about anyone can get into and enjoy.

Elemental Gearbolt May 14, 2017

One of the rare non-Namco light gun games worth playing on the PlayStation, taking place in a fantasy world and featuring a vaguely RPG-esque leveling system.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 49: Zombie Nation, Shaq Fu May 12, 2017

Join the HG101 Soda Shaq afficianados as they chat about interdimensional martial arts quests and the best giant head in shoot-em-ups.

Brigador May 11, 2017

A recent isometric mecha shooter, basically Desert Strike with the style of Syndicate and Shadowrun.

Hellsinker May 9, 2017

A ridiculously deep doujin shoot-em-up, whose mechanics resemble that of Battle Garegga by the way of Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun.

Flinthook May 6, 2017

An indie rogue-lite where you use your hook to zip around levels and hunt for cash, rendered with some beautiful pixelwork.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 48: Sonic Adventure, Pac Man May 6, 2017

Join the HG101 big fat party animals as they talk attitude-having mascot animals and video games' greatest pie graph.

Assault Trooper May 4, 2017

An ugly but nonetheless fantastic IBM PC game that deserves more attention, especially those who remember playing the demo on those "100+ Games" disks of yore.

Splatter Master May 1, 2017

A vaguely cutesy Halloween-themed budget side-scroller for the PlayStation 2, vaguely recalling the super deformed Famicom classic Splatterhouse Wanpaku Graffiti.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 47: Pilotwings 64, Goemon's Great Adventure Apr 30, 2017

Join the HG101 Nester lookalikes and special guest Guru Larry as they discuss jet-belts versus jet-packs, sexy car magazines, and P-L-A-S-M-A!!

Adventures of Musashi Apr 29, 2017

One of the Famicom's many Dragon Quest clones, with two major distinctions: it's a humorous story based on samurai legend Musashi Miyamoto, and it was developed by Quest, the folks that eventually went on to make Ogre Battle.

Primal Rage 2 Apr 26, 2017

Thought to be unemulateable, the unreleased Primal Rage 2 has recently been dumped and incorporated into MAME, so now we can see what could have been, without traveling to the one arcade in the US that had a cabinet!

Dino Rex Apr 26, 2017

Taito's prehistoric fighting game uses digitized photos of dinosaur models, essentially making it the predecessor to Primal Rage.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 46: Mega Man Legends, Superman 64 Apr 26, 2017

Join the HG101 satellite pirates as they chat about cuteness science and the fine art of hoop-flying.

Bust a Groove Apr 22, 2017

A series of rhythm games that arrived on the PS1 in the wake of Parappa the Rapper, they seem quaint and simple nowadays, but the weird characters and catchy music has still earned this series a small but faithful following.

500 Word Indies: Science Girls Apr 19, 2017

A short Japanese-style RPG about six teenage geniuses thwarting an alien invasion involving bizarre plant creatures, mind controlling worms, and tentacle monster

500 Word Indies: Nighthaw-X3000 Apr 19, 2017

An indie shoot-em-up based on that neon retro gridline art style, complete with rad synthwave soundtrack.

The Silver Case Apr 18, 2017

Goichi Suda's trippy adventure game, the predecessor to Flower, Sun and Rain and Killer 7, originally released on the PS1, finally makes it way into English.

Yakuza Fury Apr 15, 2017

A simple but fun beat-em-up for the PlayStation 2, released as part of the Simple 2000 budget line. No relation to the Sega series, of course, but worth checking out if you just want to play as a Japanese mafia dude pummeling other Japanese mafia dudes.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 45: Katamari Damacy, Windjammers Apr 14, 2017

Join the HG101 world-champion cross-talkers as they chat about sticky balls, rainbow breath, and the exciting world of semi-pro frisbee pong.

Gurumin Apr 12, 2017

Falcom's cutesy action-platformer first made its way to the US on the PSP, but has since been released in English on its native PC platform, and more recently, on the 3DS.

Kowloon's Gate Apr 9, 2017

A cult classic Japanese PS1 FMV-adventure game, taking place in a mysteriously reborn Kowloon Walled City, renown for its stylish and bizarre visual design. Also includes a history of the Kowloon Walled City and an introduction to the concepts of feng shui, both of which are important to understanding the game.

Killer Instinct (Part 2 of 2) Apr 7, 2017

The Killer Instinct reboot, against all odds, actually turned out to be really good, with continual support across the seasons that's built itself into a solid fighter.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 44: Shinobi III, Night Trap, Dungeon Master Apr 7, 2017

Join the HG101 BMX bandits as they talk ninjas, closet vampires, and floor cheese.

Alwa's Awakening Apr 5, 2017

A cute NES-style Metroidvania, with light puzzle elements from Solomon's Key and masocore elements from Battle Kid.

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