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IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix Sept 27, 2016

Easily confused with other licensed dreck, this PS2 racing game from Sting, based off the mid-2000s anime that aired on Cartoon Network, is actually quite good, if not exactly F-Zero.

Now Available: Unseen64's Video Games You Will Never Play Sept 25, 2016

Website Unseen64 has recently published Video Games You Will Never Play, a 480 page filled with information and interviews for all kinds of unreleased video games. We've written one of the forewords, too. Please check it out and support more great video game books!

Threads of Fate Sept 25, 2016

An action-RPG from Square's heyday in the PlayStation era, with two protagonists - a charming heroine and a shape-shifting boy.

Top 47,858 Episode 16: Bushido Blade, Ninja Baseball Bat Man Sept 24, 2016

Join the HG101 Itinerant Game-Sophists as they discuss the theft of baseball's greatest steroid-treasures and the appropriate, warriorly way to murder your enemies.

Blood & Magic Sept 22, 2016

A fantasy RTS from Interplay using the Forgotten Realms AD&D license, published during the genre's heyday in the mid/late-90s.

NOT A HERO Sept 20, 2016

An action game from the creators of OlliOlli with a very amusing deadpan sense of humor, absurdity, and a cynical view on modern politics.

Napple Tale Sept 18, 2016

A Japanese-only 2.5D platformer by Sega for the Dreamcast, this whimsical fairy tale emphasizes how to appreciate the fleeting nature of life.

Podcast: Top 47,858 Episode 15: Super Mario 64, Master of Magic Sept 17, 2016

Join the HG101 Mystic Defenders as they discuss the weirdest 4X game that doesn't involve volcano people and the totally legit way you can unlock Luigi in Super Mario 64. Also, the podcast is now going weekly! And there's finally a link in the header so you can more easily check all of our episodes!

Nitro Ball Sept 17, 2016

A totally crazy pinball/run 'n'gun amalgamation. This was originally featured on the site, but was rewritten for the Data East Arcade Classics book.

Rockin' Kats Sept 13, 2016

Take Willy the Cat across the mean streets of New York City, as he attempts to save his dame from the evil gangster Mugsy, in this Atlus-developed NES platformer.

Bloodnet Sept 12, 2016

It's vampires in cyberspace in this RPG/adventure hybrid from Microprose.

Midwinter Sept 7, 2016

Two ambitious late 80s first person RPGs/flight sims/strategy games (Midwinter and Flames of Freedom) by Mike Singleton, of the Lords of Midnight games.

Top 47,858 Episode 14: Final Fantasy VII, Carmen Sandiego, Pulseman, Revolution X Sept 6, 2016

Join the HG101 BK Kids Club as they discuss big swords, big hats, Joe Perry, and Game Freak juvenilia. Four more games are added to the Top 47,858 Games of All Time.

Hyper Iria Sept 6, 2016

A Super Famicom tie-in with the anime OVA, made famous by its showings on the Sci-Fi channel.

Your Weeky Kusoge: Space Ace (SNES) Sept 3, 2016

This wretched SNES platformer, based on the laserdisc arcade game, is almost as bad as its NES Dragon's Lair bedfellow.

The Charnel House Trilogy Sept 2, 2016

A short, three-act point-and-click adventure game, in the style of Wadjet Eye's titles, and featuring the voice work of famed pundit Jim Sterling.

500-Word Indies: Armello Sept 1, 2016

A grim fairy tale board game set in a fantasy kingdom of anthropomorphic animals.

Image Fight Aug 31, 2016

This vertical shooter series from Irem is cited as an inspiration for Radiant Silvergun, owing to its large and versatile arsenal.

Bleed Aug 31, 2016

An indie side-scrolling shooter focused on killing all sorts of classic videogame baddies in the flashiest way possible.

Punky Skunk Aug 23, 2016

A relic from the 16-bit mascot platformer days somehow ended up on the PS1, and despite the grownworthy title and character, it's actually not too bad.

Thomas Was Alone Aug 23, 2016

One of the indie darlings from a few years back, Thomas Was Alone is a minimalist platforming puzzle game that takes place inside a computer, accompanied by narration that gives thoughts and personality to simple geometric shapes.

Virocop Aug 23, 2016

Graftgold's 1995 Amiga shooter lets you play as a virtual character entering a whole slew of fictional games.

500-Word Indies: Cinderella Escape! R12 Aug 23, 2016

A bizarro Japanese indie block-pushing fetish game (that's not Catherine).

Mega Man Legends Aug 22, 2016

The final part of our Mega Man Legends feature details the tragically canceled third game, along with the numerous cameos and media spinoffs, plus a look at its purported spiritual successor, Red Ash.

Go! Go! Mile Smile Aug 20, 2016

Go! Go! Mile Smile puts you in control of a group of freshly-hatched chickens, and hearkens back to the maze games of the early 1980s while still bringing something new to the table.

Time Twist Aug 18, 2016

One of the last games for the Famicom Disk System, this absolutely crazy adventure game has you traveling through time to save Joan d'Arc, escape a German concentration camp, work as a slave on a plantation, and match wits with a demonically possessed baby Jesus.

Infinite Space Aug 17, 2016

Infinite Space is a title from the Nintendo DS' days of experimentation, alongside such mechanic creating oddities like The World Ends With You, and it plays like no other title in the system's library, or anything in most every other genre.

Top 47,858 Episode 12: FTL, Full Throttle, Final Fight, Sewer Shark Aug 15, 2016

Join the HG101 Partyologists as they discuss the finer points of roving street gangs, roving biker gangs, roving slaver gangs, and Sewer Shark.

Mega Man Legends Aug 15, 2016

The second (of three) parts in our Mega Man Legends feature examines the second (and technically final) game of the series, as well as its spinoff, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, assorted mobile ports, and a Taiwan-exclusive entry, Adventure to Save the Planet.

Twin Caliber Aug 14, 2016

This EU-exclusive PS2 rail shooter uses the two analog sticks of the Dual Shock controller to let you wield two weapons at once against a zombie horde.

Lost Kingdoms Aug 12, 2016

A duo of Gamecube RPGs from FromSoftware, both utilizing a unique card-based system.

Mega Man Legends Aug 8, 2016

Mega Man's first foray into 3D isn't entirely accurate to its earlier games, but it does create its own charming little world. Part 1 of 3 covers the series' influences, the main characters, and the first game. The first game was also nominated as one of our 200 Best Video Games of All Time.

Now available! HG101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classics July 27, 2016

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. Check it out on Amazon!

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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