All posts by Michael Plasket

Night Slashers

Night Slashers is a beat-em-up, and not a particularly revolutionary one, at that. What makes it unique, though, is its

Windjammers

As one of the very first arcade games, it’s surprising that Pong never really got as many remakes or games

Zunzunkyou no Yabou

There are some games which exist that are incredibly “Japanese.” Being that many games in the eighties and nineties were

HyperZone

The early releases of the SNES were aimed at proving the system’s technical capabilities, particularly the liberal use of Mode

Ninja Kids

Ninjas have been a staple of pop culture for a large portion of the later 20th century, though it’s hard

Nightshade (NES)

The Nintendo Entertainment System is more revered for its fast-paced action games than investigative adventure yarns, the latter of which

Trio the Punch

Some games refuse to be classified by any conventional definition. Trio the Punch‘s existence defies all explanations and laws of

Actraiser

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Actraiser

As one of the many fine titles to herald the success of Nintendo’s new technical powerhouse, ActRaiser had a little

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by Sotenga Even in their early days, Sega were always thinking of bold new concepts to innovate and evolve the

Jackal

Overhead “run-n-gun” shooting games in the vein of Commando and Ikari Warriors normally take place on foot, though the latter allowed you to commandeer

Vice: Project Doom

A cliché statement though it is, imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery. Unscrupulous designers thought they could be

Taboo: The Sixth Sense

1983 was when I, Robot hit arcades with its prototypical 3D graphics, but it also came with a curious secondary

My Hero

The term “beat-em-up” is loosely ascribed to any action game wherein large quantities of enemies are dispatched by a much

Tranquilizer Gun

Sega’s Tranquilizer Gun (in Japan consistently misspelled with an extra “l”), developed for the Sega VIC Dual hardware, has a

Rafflesia

The basic formula for a shoot-em-up game is to set it in space and/or over an expansive landscape, make your

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