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Cruise Chaser Blassty (Japanese Video Game Obscurity)

Square’s first role-playing game sure has a lot going for it. For starters, it eschews fantasy traditions for sci-fi flavor,

Fantasian (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Among the early Japanese RPG scene, Xtalsoft’s Mugen no Shinzou series is well known for combining the exploration of Ultima

Star Control

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Star Control

The Star Control series, published by Accolade but primarily created by Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford, is known for

Star Control II

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Star Control

Star Control II is a huge departure from the original. It takes the lore of the firstgame, which was largely

Star Control 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Star Control

The Ur-Quan menace was successfully defeated by the destruction of their flagship at the end of Star Control II, but


Harakiri (1990) Developer: Game Arts Platforms: PC88 “I don’t know how much the rest of you know about Japanese culture

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Where in Hell is Carmen Santiago?

Broderbund’s Carmen Sandiego educational series was immensely popular in the late 80s and early 90s, enough to eventually earn it

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

SNK’s fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the years, having gone bankrupt in 2001 then resurrected by Playmore, then floundering

Animal Land Satsujin Jiken

Enix kickstarted the whole mystery Japanese adventure game craze of the 80s with Portopia Satsujin Renzoku Jiken, which was followed

Legend of Hero Tonma

Legend of Hero Tonma is one of those ridiculously difficult arcade side-scrollers from Irem, continuing their traditional of previous games

Cease and Desist – Parodies and Infringement in Video Games

Much of the video game industry was the Wild West during the 80s, particularly in Japan. Since it wasn’t regulated

Monster Pro Wrestling

As wrestling video games grew in popularity in the early 90s (largely thanks to the Fire Pro Wrestling series, at

Paladin (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Paladin (or “The Paladin“, as written in-game) is an early action-RPG released by Bothtec in 1985. Various Japanese sites indicate

Wild Riders

Sega/Wow Entertainments’s Wild Riders is part of the company’s long line of intense arcade racing games, but it’s got a