All posts by Nick Zverloff

Battle Bakraid

After the diversion of Armed Police Batrider, Battle Bakraid is the true sequel to Battle Garegga. It takes elements from Batrider and experiments with

Armed Police Batrider

Armed Police Batrider is probably the closest shooter equivalent to SNK’s The King of Fighters. There’s heavy emphasis on using teams and

Battle Garegga

Battle Garegga is a game with a divisive reputation. A number of shoot-em-up fans regard it as one of the best

Asura Buster

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Asura Buster / Blade

Asura Buster is the sequel to Asura Blade, fixing many of the problems with the first and streamlining the fighting system. The

Asura Blade

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Asura Buster / Blade

The Asura series, by a little known company called Fuuki, consists of Asura Blade and Asura Buster, two very good weapons-based 2D fighters that were

19XX: The War Against Destiny

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series 19XX

19XX is an even bigger improvement for Capcom’s series than 1941. Dropping the World War II setting, 19XX takes place during a fictional war,


This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series 19XX

Capcom entered the arcade game market in 1983, with its first shoot-em-up being Vulgus, which had a very typical science

Twin Cobra

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Twin Cobra

Twin Cobra is the second game in the Tiger-Heli series, and Toaplan’s fourth shoot-em-up. In Japan, it’s known as Kyuukyoku Tiger (“Ultimate Tiger”). While their

Flying Shark

Flying Shark is Toaplan’s third arcade shoot-em-up. Rather than following in the footsteps of their previous game, Slap Fight, instead

Air Gallet

When people talk about the fall of Toaplan, four companies always come up – Cave, Raizing, Takumi, and Gazelle. Most shooter fans are

Neural Gear

Developed by Fill in Cafe and published by Cross Media Soft, Neural Gear is a rail shooter that closely resembles Space Harrier, released exclusively for

ESP Ra.De.

Cave’s ESP Ra.De. (pronounced “esp-raid”) is conceptually quite different from typical shoot-em-ups. Rather than taking the role of spaceships or other similar


Toaplan was primarily known for vertical shooters, but Hellfire is their first (of two) horizontal shooters, with the other one being Zero

Aero Fighters 2

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Sonic Wings / Aero Fighters

Aero Fighters‘ sequel came to the Neo-Geo MVS providing somewhat more power to show additional enemies and power-ups on screen


This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Mahou Daisakusen

“ARE YOU GREAT?” asks the intro for Great Mahou Daisakusen, before immediately answering its own question, proclaiming “WE ARE GREAT!”. It’s

Crystal of Kings, The

The Crystal of Kings is an extremely rare arcade scrolling fighter developed by BrezzaSoft, a small team made of ex-SNK developers,

Gaia Crusaders

Noise Factory was a studio formed in the late 90s that worked closely with SNK on a number of projects.

Strikers 1945 III

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Strikers 1945

Strikers 1945 III, also called Strikers 1999, is a dramatic change from the last two games, ditching the World War II

Strikers 1945 II

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Strikers 1945

As the second game in Psikyo’s series, Strikers 1945 II refines the formula set up by the first game and streamlines the

Strikers 1945

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Strikers 1945

Psikyo was one of the leading shooter companies during the mid-’90s, churning out classics famous for fast gameplay, faster bullets,

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