Year: 2009


Valstar has a pleasant feeling of quasi-nostalgia to it. It feels like a long lost arcade shooter, the kind you’d

Vantage Master

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Vantage Master

Falcom is typically known for fast paced action RPGs like Xanadu, Sorcerian, and Ys. However, they’ve ventured out into different territories, like real

Quiz Nanairo Dreams

What an odd game. Quiz Nanairo Dreams: Nijiirochi no Kiseki (translated as “Quiz Seven Color Dreams: Miracle of Rainbow Color Village”), developed

Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Bonk

Besides some excellent multiplayer games on the TurboGrafx-16 – Dungeon Explorer and Bomberman in particular – there weren’t that many games that support two

Ninja Gaiden (Master System)

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Ninja Gaiden

Sega’s next endeavor in the Ninja Gaiden series was released for the Master System in 1992, but only in PAL territories, because

Ninja Gaiden (Game Gear)

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Ninja Gaiden

In 1991, Sega began to release licensed Ninja Gaiden games for their own hardware. In the title screens they all state “Reprogrammed

Ninja Gaiden Shadow

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Ninja Gaiden

After The Ancient Ship of Doom Tecmo abandoned the Ninja Gaiden franchise, for all that matters. Until their re-release of the NES games as Ninja

Ninja Gaiden III (NES)

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Ninja Gaiden

The third and final installment of the NES trilogy brought a few greater changes regarding the theme as well as

Run Saber

A little known platformer for the Super Nintendo known as Run Saber went under the radar when it was released.

Ninja Gaiden (Genesis)

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Ninja Gaiden

Sega even had a third Ninja Gaiden project running, this time for the Mega Drive. Once again, the development was done by

Dungeon Explorer

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Dungeon Explorer

Hudson’s Dungeon Explorer remains one of the hallmarks of the TurboGrafx-16 library. Compared to other action RPGs like The Legend of Zelda, Ys, or

Zero Wing

Zero Wing is one of Toaplan’s most well known games, at least in English speaking territories, mostly because of the “All


Similar to Ajax, Trigon / Lightning Fighters another largely generic overhead shooter, and one that looks and feels like a

Curse of Monkey Island, The

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Monkey Island

Monkey Island 2 ended somewhat confusingly, and so the third game begins on a similarly baffling note. Guybrush is floating

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Monkey Island

The second Monkey Island game begins with Guybrush literally hanging by a thread, dangling helplessly over a pit and grasping

Raiden IV

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Raiden

After the somewhat diminishing return of Raiden III, the revival of the classic series would get another shot with Raiden IV. shoot-em-ups

Raiden III

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Raiden

Seven years after Raiden Fighters Jet and a staggering eleven years after Raiden DX, the last of the classic series, Raiden finally makes a comeback

Dynamite Dux

Belt-scrolling beat-em-ups are typically serious business. The likes of Double Dragon, Final Fight, Golden Axe, Streets of  Rage and many

Bionic Commando (2009)

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Bionic Commando

One year after the spectacular Bionic Commando Rearmed, the long-anticipated build-up to an actual all-new game in the series finally


Released in the year 2000, at a time when the PlayStation owners were starting to fantasize about the upcoming 128-bit

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