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Lost Power (The Dark Age of JRPGs)

The Makai is ruled by a number of demon lords, each vying for higher status on the food chain by

Wrestling with Pixels Complete Preview PDF Available for Kickstarter and Patreon Backers!

It’s been a very (very, very) long road, but Wrestling with Pixels is finally almost complete! If you’re a Kickstarter

Hihou Densetsu: Chris no Bouken

Pack-In Video was sort of like the Acclaim of Japanese publishers – much of their output was quick cash-ins outsourced

Shamus: Case II

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Shamus

The follow-up to Shamus tries something completely different, shedding its Berzerk-esque gameplay for something a little bit more original. It’s


This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Shamus

Synapse Software was only alive for a few years in the early-to-mid 1980s, but during their brief existence, they developed

The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Blu-Ray

Now available on Amazon for $23.99 Author and journalist John Szczepaniak spent three months travelling around Japan, interviewing over 80

Submissions are open for 2020!

We are officially re-opening submissions for 2020! Please make sure to check out the submissions guidelines and send in your

HG101 Year-End Book Status Updates – A Guide to Japanese Role Playing Games, Japanese Video Game Obscurities Vol. 2, and more!

Time of a year end round up here at HG101! When we began 2019, we had pretty ambitious plans when

New Patreon Exclusive Postcards!

Here’s our second batch of retro game-themed postcards featuring originally commissioned artwork, created exclusively for our Patreon donors! Our first

Top Speed

Sega’s 1986 arcade racer OutRun was a technical marvel, featuring brilliantly lush graphics, a stellar soundtrack, and super smooth scaling

Crime City

Crime City is basically Taito’s take on side-scrolling action games like Namco’s Rolling Thunder and Sega’s Shinobi. The goal, per


This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Robocop

RoboCop is one of the defining action movies of the 80s. It tells the story of heroic police officer Lt.

RoboCop 2 (Arcade)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Robocop

Ocean retained the RoboCop license for all of the subsequent console and computer versions, none of which were very good.

Retro Horror and Star Fox/F-Zero Digest Featured in the Latest Storybundle

The latest Storybundle features two of our recent eBooks – The Guide to Retro Horror and Star Fox/F-Zero, which includes

Silent Hill

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Silent Hill

“The fear of blood tends to create fear for the flesh.” Capcom’s Resident Evil wasn’t the first horror adventure game,

Ninja Saviors, The: Return of the Warriors

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Ninja Warriors

Tengo Project is a small group of developers working within Natsume-Atari to update some of their classic games. Their first

Panzer Bandit

Sega/Treasure’s 1996 beat-em-up/RPG Guardian Heroes was a surprise cult international hit, but it didn’t come of out of nowhere. It

Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force

Mad Stalker is Fill-In Cafe’s first attempt at a beat-em-up. Designed and programmed by Masatoshi Imaizumi and Masaki Ukyo, its

8-Bit Yu-No’s Great Adventure

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Yu-No

When 5pb/MAGES put out the re-release of Steins;Gate Elite, they commissioned an adventure game in the style of an 8-bit Famicom

YU-NO (Remake)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Yu-No

YU-NO‘s reputation grew over the years, especially due to internationally popular titles like Steins;Gate, which were heavily inspired by it.

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