HG101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classics

Cover artwork by Rusty Shackles

Are you a bad enough dude to buy this book? Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classic covers the diverse library from the underrated Japanese developer, including golden era classics like BurgerTime and Karate Champ; eccentricities like Karnov and Trio the Punch; outstanding genre pieces like Desert Assault and Night Slashers; licensed titles like RoboCop and Captain America and the Avengers; and cult classics like Boogie Wings and Windjammers. Also included is an extensive examination of their popular competitive puzzle game, Magical Drop, and of course, the ninja-fighting, president-saving Bad Dudes and its pseudo-sequel Two Crude Dudes.

To Purchase:


US Amazon – $25.00
US Amazon: Kindle – $6.99

UK Amazon – £18
UK Amazon: Kindle

Also available on all other Amazon Europe sites for retail price of 22 euros.

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The contents are based on the following articles from the site, rewritten and reedited with even more insight and information!

Lock ‘n’ Chase
Bump ‘n’ Jump
Bad Dudes / Two Crude Dudes
Trio the Punch
Bloody Wolf
Midnight Resistance
Desert Assault
The Cliffhanger: Edward Randy
Psycho-Nics Oscar
Heavy Barrel
Sly Spy
Atomic Runner Chelnov
Spin Master / Dashin’ Desperados
Cobra Command
Vapor Trail / Rohga
Karate Champ
Joe & Mac
Boogie Wings
Captain Silver
Dark Seal / Gate of Doom / Wizard Fire
Tumblepop / Diet Go Go
Nitro Ball
Magical Drop
Night Slashers
Captain America and the Avengers / Galactic Storm
Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty
Fighter’s History
The Real Ghostbusters (ARC)
Express Raider
Hippodrome / Fighting Fantasy
Mutant Fighter / Death Brade
Darwin 4078 / Super Real Darwin
Tattoo Assassins
Garyo Retsuden
Street Slam
Heavy Smash
And other Data East arcade games!

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