Top Hunter Nov 23, 2015
A colorful two player action game for the Neo Geo, sort of like Treasure by way of SNK.
Time Travel to 1999: Konami World Nov 23, 2015
I found some old files on a CD-R from Konami World, a website I started back in 1999 and never remotely finished, nor made public. So, I've uploaded it here. Remember the internet circa the late 90s! FRAMES WARNING.
P.O.W. - Prisoners of War Nov 20, 2015
More SNK beat-em-up coverage, this one provides you with some additional firepower as it makes you escape from an armed prison camp.
Robo Army Nov 18, 2015
SNK's Neo Geo beat-em-up Robo Army sits comfortably between the disaster of 1990?'s Ninja Combat and 1991?'s cult favorite Mutation Nation both chronologically and in quality.
Burning Fight Nov 16, 2015
Another beat-em-up from SNK, this one is marginally better than Gang Wars, though it doesn't really do anything better than Final Fight already did.
GameClub 199X Home Video: Bob Plays Gekido Nov 15, 2015
Hey, did you know that our GC9X crew does Let's Plays of many obscure and forgotten games on the GC9X Home Video channel? The latest has Bobinator fighting his way through this awkard 3D brawler on the original PlayStation, vocally supported by Mr. Argent and KaL.
Gang Wars Nov 15, 2015
We'll be spending the next week covering SNK/ADK beat-em-ups, so here's the first one, Gang Wars, which borrows liberally from films like The Warriors, anything featuring Jackie Chan, and assorted other martial arts movies.
Nippon Safes Inc. and The Big Red Adventure Nov 15, 2015
Two adventure games from Italian developer Dynabite, starring three protagonists, and each focusing on caricatures of Japanese and Russian culture. These games were originally featured in the HG101 adventure game book, but the reviews were pretty short, and were not posted on the site. These reviews here are totally new and much more in-depth, including explaining some of the Italian cultural references.
From the Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD. Some shots of design documents and design sketches for various Compile shooters, like The Guardian Legend (NES), MUSHA (Genesis), and Aleste Gaiden (MSX2).
As Xbox One users are playing the new Rise of the Tomb Raider, we take a look back at the series' roots instead and examine how Crystal Dynamics interpreted them in 2007 when they created Tomb Raider Anniversary.
Evil Hazard Nov 11, 2015
Evil Hazard looks like a typical indie 8-bit style side-scroller at a glance, but offers a very challenging experience despite being a little rough around the edges.
Mommy's Best Action Pack Nov 8, 2015
Four action games from Mommy's Best Games, previously only available on the XBLIG, are now available on Steam - Weapon of Choice, Shoot1up, Explosionade and Game Type. All are inspired by classic side-scrollers and shoot-em-ups, with uniquely bizarre visual stylings and silly dialogue.
Fighter and Attacker Nov 8, 2015
A fairly average shooter from Namco, mostly known for its large selection of ships, and hardcore rave music courtesy of Shinji Hosoe and and Takayuki Aihara.
Shantae Nov 5, 2015
Wayforward's series about a purple haired half-genie takes pages out of several classic action-platformers like Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap.
A game CD for the PC Engine CD-ROM2, made by students at Hudson's Hokkaido game design school. The disc was never meant for public release, but is a fascinating treasure trove of historical information. In the game, players are able to walk around the Hudson school and chat with various game development staff and teachers. In a way, it's a collection of mini-interviews from the time.
From the Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD. An interview with Michitaka Tsuruta, creator of Bomb Jack and Solomony's Key for Tecmo. Includes shots of the design documents and sketches.
Video: A Look at Yuzo Koshiro's Studio Nov 5, 2015
From the Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD. A chat with Yuzo Koshiro, composer of many, many games from the early 80s until present, including Revenge of Shinobi, the Streets of Rage series, Etrian Odyssey, and more. Includes a look at his studio, along with some early doujin games he worked on, as well as a pitch and some footage of an undeveloped Streets of Rage sequel.
The second volume is a series of exclusive interviews from the old days of Japanese game development. Topics include T&E Soft, Hudson, Sein Soft / Xainsoft / Zainsoft, the creator of Bomb Jack, Westone, NCS and Masaya, Human Entertainment, Irem, Nazca, and Granzella, and more! Available on Amazon (B&W) and Createspace (color).
Hardcore Gaming 101 As Mock Magazine Cover Nov 4, 2015
Ever wonder what Hardcore Gaming 101 would look like as a 90s gaming magazine? We've got your answer right here! It's just a little mock cover, but you can actually click through to the articles and other pages. We're going to update this frequently, so you could even use it as an alternate entry point to the site if you feel like it. Have fun!
Your Weekly Kusoge: Arabian Nights Nov 3, 2015
Not even pioneering episodic direct to download games could save this failed attempt by schlocky French developer Silmarils at supplanting the failed Prince of Persia 3D.
Spotlight: Prince of Persia Nov 3, 2015
Matching our coverage of Arabian Nights, we polished up the Prince of Persia article, putting a bit more substance to parts we formerly only glanced over.
Darklands Nov 2, 2015
A highly complex and serious RPG / medieval adventuring simulation set in Germany.
Drac's Night Out Nov 1, 2015
Our Halloween week coverage wraps up with a look at this unreleased NES game from Parker Brothers, starring the Belmont's famous nemesis.
Laser Ghost Oct 30, 2015
Sega's shooting gallery Ghostbusters parody included a set of mirrors that made it seem like you were shooting lasers through your viewfinder.
Golly! Ghost! Oct 30, 2015
A ticket redemption light gun game from Namco, which uses some cool technical tricks to impose digital ghosts on top of a diorama of a house.
Mad Panic Coaster Oct 28, 2015
This obscure Japan-only PS1 game sends you riding through over a dozen crazy, totally unsafe roller coaster rides.
Pathologic Classic HD Oct 28, 2015
The full remake of everyone's favorite dystopian mindfuck from Russia is still in the works, but to bridge the wait there's a HD remaster of the original coming out tomorrow, so we added a small update to our article.
Every website or magazine has their own "Best Video Games of All Times" list - here is ours! From early arcade classics to 3D action games, from text adventures to interactive cinema, this book includes 200 of the best video games ever released, covering over three decades of gaming history, created by developers all over the world. Coming in November!
Escape from Monster Manor October 27, 2015
Our Halloween week coverage kicks off with rather simple first person shooter might be the first original FPS released on a console (the 3DO), though in spite of its haunted house theme, it's not terribly good.
Nightmare in the Dark October 27, 2015
This derivative of Snow Bros. sets itself apart with some great animation and appropriately spooky artwork.
Your Weekly Kusoge: Depth Dwellers Oct 24, 2015
Everybody and their mother had to put out a first person shooter after id Software's Wolfenstein 3D and Doom hit the gaming scene. Some companies made decent efforts, but others...
Our Inventories series continues with a new voice! This time we're covering the first scrolling platformer Jump Bug, obscure American contribution Kaos (which also has a full article on the site), the fairy tale adaption Jack the Giantkiller, Irem's moon buggy blaster Moon Patrol, and Kangaroo by Sun Electronics.
500-Word Indies: Ghost Blade Oct 20, 2015
The latest shoot-em-up from Hucast has been released for the Dreamcast takes after Cave's games, but pushes the 15+ year old hardware more than it can handle.
Video: A rare look at the Data East Deco cassette tape arcade system October 20, 2015
From the Untold History of Japanese Game Developers DVD. A rare look at Data East's Deco Cassette arcade system. This is the last working model that can be found in an actual arcade. All other known functioning models are with collectors or museums. Also includes a look at two very rare Deco Cassette games. The first is Flash Boy, and the second is referred to as Ninja in English.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood October 20, 2015
It is 1946 again, and BJ Blazkowicz continues his neverending fight against the nazis, in this latest tale of a certain fictitious German castle.
Balloon Fight October 17, 2015
This cutesy Joust clone gained some renewed attention recently as one of the earliest programming jobs the late Satoru Iwata did for Nintendo.
Fallen London / Sunless Sea October 14, 2015
The recent underground seafaring rogue-lite in a vaguely Lovecraftian world, alongside the two browser games that preceded it.
GameClub 199X: Syndicate October 14, 2015
Shout futile commands at a cyberpunk ant-farm in Syndicate.