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Revenge of the License: Five NES Games That Missed the Point

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I love licensed NES games. I love the sound they make as I yank them out of my system and hurl them against the wall. The relentless plundering through the morass for this column in search of something worth playing and finding the occasional surprise is always delightful, and why I keep coming back to […]

Today in Japan Retro Gaming: Dragon Slayer IV (NES)

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Dragon Slayer IV: DraSle Family is one of those lesser-known but still classic titles for the NES. Five playable characters, each with different abilities, must work in tandem to explore a dungeon, find essential equipment, and SPOILER ALERT!! slay the dragon. If that sounds somehow familiar, it’s probably because you’re a North American gamer who’s […]

Wisdom Tree Arkade Plug n Play Brings 7 Christian Classic Nintendo Entertainment System Titles

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Ah Kickstarter.  The service that just a few years ago was heralded as the savior of independent video game creation.  It is interesting the amount of damage a few very high profile failures can do to that reputation.  Fans are now quite cynical of the service and just about anything using it to secure funding […]

Retro Gaming Over Saturation – Are We There Yet?

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It seems that with each new release of hardware in the console and hand held worlds we see re-releases of retro games.  Whether these are compilations of classics or single releases themselves.  This has been going on since the first follow up console was released in the 1980’s.  Companies have been working to monetize past […]

Micro Transactions Could Save Arcade Games as we Knew Them

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Back in the day arcades were king.  This was in the 80’s up to the early 90’s when home consoles were still underpowered.  When the Playstation and Sega Saturn came out though, while still underpowered by comparison, the quality of ports was much better.  This spelled the downfall of arcade games.  Gamers were no longer […]

Salamander Infects Japanese Arcades – Today in Retro Gaming – July 4th, 1986

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Retitled “Life Force” when released in North America a few months later, Salamander was iconic for gamers.  First, this was a spinoff of another Konami arcade shooter- Gradius.  We all know how well spinoff titles usually do in gaming so it is rather interesting that Salamander was able to buck the trend.  Can anyone name […]

Defend the City in Missile Command in Arcades – Today in Retro Gaming – July 3rd, 1980

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Today, we don’t really have arcades anymore.  Rewind a good 35 to 40 years or so and arcades were the place to be if you were a gamer.  Arcades were still rocking and these new electronic games were taking over from pinball and games of skill (skee ball and the like- those ticket games).  One […]

Lee Brothers Beat up Gangs in Double Dragon – Today in Retro Gaming – July 2nd, 1987

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When you think of arcade brawlers there are not many names that will top Double Dragon.  Technos knew they had a good blend of unique to the competition gameplay and graphics with this one.  Sure, there were other brawlers available before Double Dragon but none captured the fan base that this arcade unit did.  When […]

Wacky Wednesday: A Most Illegal Game

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For all the furor that erupts over the release of a game that “crosses the line” in the United States, full bans are never the end result. At most you see the occasional recall (see: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas over the unfinished “Hot Coffee” content) or the ESRB threatening an Adults Only rating to prevent it […]

Street Fighter Alpha 3 Flawlessly Ends Trilogy of Arcade Games – Today in Retro Gaming – June 29th, 1998

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It is not like Capcom to simply release a fighting game and not milk it somehow.  We saw this with Street Fighter II which has many updates, all of which were additional full purchases, on Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Maybe they realized fans were not going to go for that forever by the time […]


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