All posts by Michael Plasket

Isolated Warrior

This game is featured in our new NES Cult Classics book! Please check it out! Isometric video games were all

Atlantis no Nazo

During the mid/later years of the NES, Sunsoft was known for creating a number of quality titles, starting with Blaster

Demon’s World

Toaplan was best known for their vertical shoot-em-ups in the vein of Fire Shark and Batsugun, but they were capable

Over Horizon

Hot-B was one of those really odd game companies that never really hit the big time. You could say they

Strider (2014)

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Strider

Strider was basically dead again after the release of Strider 2, and it took more than a decade for Hiryu

Journey to Silius

Sunsoft is one of many underappreciated developers who rose to prominence during the reign of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Somewhere

Panic Restaurant

Panic Restaurant is one of the many late NES releases to fall between the cracks, and it is unfortunate that it

Whomp ‘Em

Westone’s Wonder Boy series is a completely disorganized mess. That being said, it also contains some of the best action-adventure games ever

China Warrior

China Warrior is about Bruce Lee fighting his way through armies of Gregorian monks and sentient rocks and twigs. No, your

Little Samson

While the NES was on its way out in 1991 thanks to the advent of the SNES, games were still

Mission: Impossible (NES)

Americans are practically required by law to have at least heard of Mission: Impossible at some point in their lives.

64th Street: A Detective Story

Beat-em-ups are not a particularly varied genre by nature, but when you have a premise as blunt as “beat up

Magician Lord

SNK’s Neo Geo hardware was most notable for its many fighting games ever since the inception of Fatal Fury in later 1991.

Super Locomotive

Japan is a country that loves its trains, with mass transit serving as the primary method for most citizens to

Sword Master

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Castle of Dragon

Many developers clamored to release games on the ailing NES when they knew that the next generation was coming in

Castle of Dragon

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Castle of Dragon

Sword-and-sorcery fantasy is perhaps the basest you can get for video game inspiration. You know, games with dragons, wizards, barbarians,

Strider 2

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Strider

After the awful Strider Returns pretty much obliterated the integrity of the franchise, Strider seemed long gone. Loyal Capcom fans

Bio Force Ape

Some Japanese companies just never get a big break and remain veiled in obscurity, even by history. But who the

Strider (NES)

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Strider

The NES version of Strider was developed simultaneously with the more famous arcade version, but it’s a huge departure from


This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Strider

Game companies seldom keep all of their founding members on the team. After his tenure at Capcom, Strider director Kouichi

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