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Suburban Commando October 13, 2015

Not quite a kusoge but not exactly "good", this movie tie-in was published at the height of Hulkamania for computers, featuring Hulk Hogan as a super-deformed sprite taking down generic enemies.

Ultra Despair Girls: Danganronpa Another Episode October 13, 2015

The Danganronpa article has been updated with a review of Ultra Despair Girls, the action-based spinoff that struggles to justify its existence.

A Visit to the BEEP Warehouse in Saitama October 11, 2015

From the Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD. A visit to the BEEP warehouse in Saitama, Japan. BEEP is one of the biggest dealer of Japanese computer games. Includes a tour of many of their incredibly rare titles, as well as some gameplay of some of them running on live computers, including Panorama Toh, Space Harrier, and Mario Bros. Age restricted due to close-ups of some adult games.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Chess Wars October 11, 2015

Capstone was infamous for their many, many shoddy licensed tie-ins, and this early CD-ROM title combines James Cameron's seminal sci-fi/action movie with, for some reason, chess.

Klax October 11, 2015

After infamously running into legal issues with Tetris, Atari set off to make their own falling brick puzzle game, one that utilized 3D graphics in interesting ways.

HG101 Konami Shooters Book Featured in the Latest Storybundle! October 7, 2015

HG101 Presents: The Unofficial Guide to Konami Shooters is part of the latest Storybundle! For $12, you can grab a digital copy of this, as well as Jeremy Parish's Game Boy World Vol. 1, a Boss Fights Book on Baldur's Gate II, and Metal Gear Solid, Mona by Leigh Alexander, and more great video game writing!

Megablast October 7, 2015

A really humdrum shoot-em-up from Taito, only noteable for its bizarro plot and cameos from other Taito games. Unrelated to Xenon 2: Megablast, the UK-developed shooter.

A Visit to Westone's Office and Meeting with Ryuichi Nishizawa and Kouichi Yotsui October 6, 2015

From the Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD. A visit to Westone's office in Tokyo in 2013, and a meeting with company CEO (and co-founder) Ryuichi Nishizawa, as well as Kouichi Yotsui, the director of the arcade Strider. Also includes a segment where Kouichi Yotsui plays his own Strider spiritual successor, Osman. We'll be posting other segments from this video set in the coming weeks - Patreon donors will get ad free videos sent to them a week ahead of the public postings!

PO'ed October 5, 2015

A crazy surreal mid-90s first person shooter, originating on the 3DO and ported to the PS1, where you pummel bad guys with frying pans and meatballs.

Vanguard October 2, 2015

SNK's early arcade shooter is incredibly ambitious, and holds up remarkably well in spite of its age.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 September 30, 2015

This could be the last Tony Hawk game ever, so no doubt Activision has made sure the series goes out with a bang, right? Right???

500-Word Indies: Richard & Alice September 29, 2015

It's the end of the world in this narrative-focused adventure game about the fight for survival and the interactions of two former prisoners.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura September 27, 2015

Troika Games' fascinating but rather unpolished steampunk fantasy RPG, with technology and magic as opposing forces that cannot work together.

Paper Sorcerer September 26, 2015

Old-fashioned dungeon crawler set inside a magic book where everything is made of ink and paper.

Soma September 24, 2015

The creators of Penumbra and Amnesia: The Dark Descent return with another disturbing survival horror masterpiece, set in a bleak future at the bottom of the sea.

Your Weekly Kusoge: WWF Wrestlemania September 23, 2015

Acclaim and Rare's first attempt at a pro wrestling game was a mess for NES.

500-Word Indies: Xeodrifter September 23, 2015

This lo-fi indie metroidvania strips the genre down to its bare neccessities and finds value in minimalism.

Biomechanical Toy September 22, 2015

A toy-themed run-and-gun from Spanish developer Zeus, this obscure mid-90s arcade game has some solid action and quality Amiga-style visuals.

C.P.U. Bach September 20, 2015

C.P.U. Bach isn't really a game, but rather a multimedia product for the 3DO that can near-flawlessly create new compositions from scratch, designed to mimic the Baroque-era style of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Hardcore Gaming 101 video articles September 18, 2015

We're trying out something new to bring you some more (frequently requested) video content. Read all about it or go directly to our channel on Youtube. If you'd like to support us in making more, head over to our Patreon page (new milestone goals coming up soon, see the blog post).

Dragon Lair September 18, 2015

Here is the text version of our first episode of JRPG Chronicles, featuring one of the earliest role-playing games ever published in Japan.

40 Winks September 16, 2015

A forgotten 3D platformer by Eurocom from the late 1990s, starring two children who have to save a fantasy world in their pyjamas.

GameClub 199X: Desert Strike September 16, 2015

Journey back to 1992, when one helicopter was the answer to all of America's problems.

HG101 at A Video Game Con in Parsippany, NJ, on Saturday, September 19 September 12, 2015

A Video Game Con is a brand new video gaming convention starting up in Northern New Jersey. Since this is basically my backyard, I had to get a table here. So, please stop on by and say hi!

Your Weekly Kusoge: Gilligan's Island Sep 14, 2015

The power of mid-afternoon reruns must've been the reason for the existence of Bandai's terrible action-adventure game starring Gilligans and The Skipper. That or an extraordinarily cheap license.

Super Mario 3mix Interview Sep 12, 2015

The recently released Super Mario Maker allows you to create your own Mario levels, but ROM hackers have been doing this for years (and incidentally, have gotten some of their videos taken down by Nintendo). In a new series of interviews, we talk to the developer of Super Mario Bros. 3mix, one of the most ambitious ROM hacks of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Burning Rangers Sep 10, 2015

Sonic Team's firefighting Saturn game has a great style and some fantastic lighting effects, though it's even more clumsy than your average 32-bit 3D platformer.

500-Word Indies: Sokobond Sep 9, 2015

Another minimalistic puzzle game, this one makes you form chemical molecules to solve puzzles.

Dungeon Hacks Sept 7, 2015

David Craddock's new book explores the roots of the roguelike genre, how it was shaped by the influence of 1980s geek culture, the limitations of old computers and pure passion.

Clock Tower Sep 4, 2015

Human's groundbreaking series of horror games focuses on escaping from your stalkers, rather than trying to fight them. Also includes coverage of its Capcom-developed spiritual successor Haunting Ground.

Dead or Alive Sep 3, 2015

The fifth numbered episode of Tecmo's cheesecakefightingfest has been out for quite a while now, but we finally brought our series coverage up to date. Also includes more screenshots and slightly revised text for the older parts.

Pepsiman Aug 31, 2015

Deliver the bounty of Pepsi unto thirsty souls, as you control the company's Japanese mascot in an on-foot racing game for the PS1.

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Essential Reading








Might and Magic

Cinematic Milestones

Alone in the Dark

Prince of Persia

Another World

Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter

Fatal Fury

King of Fighters



Konami Shooters



Monkey Island

Gabriel Knight

Leisure Suit Larry

Side-Scrolling Action

Ninja Gaiden

Mega Man



Space Harrier

Golden Axe



Bionic Commando


Final Fight



Moon Crystal

Holy Diver

Super Famicom

Gunple: Gunman's Proof


Rendering Ranger: R2

Japanese PS1

Panzer Bandit

Harmful Park

Gunner's Heaven


Tracing the Influence

A History of Korean Gaming

Japanese Artwork of Western Games

Franchise Profiles


Donald Duck

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles