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ActRaiser Expands Action Genre on Super Nintendo – Today in Retro Gaming – November 1st, 1991

When the Super Nintendo launched gamers were promised it would not be just more of the same.  While early on, games like Pilotwings was certainly the epitome of this belief.  Then came games like ActRaiser by Enix.  Upon looking at the back of the box you would think this is just another 2D side scrolling […]

Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom Ignores Classic Formula on Sega Genesis – Today in Retro Gaming – July 25th, 1991

When the Sega Genesis was released, Sega was pretty much operating on a clean slate with most of the fans that bought it.  Their previous console, the Sega Master System was not much more than a cult hit in the United States (while it rocked in other countries).  This was due to a lot of […]

Sonic Brings Speed to Sega Genesis – Today in Retro Gaming – June 23rd, 1991

Sega were in a dire situation when they were pushing their Genesis console in 1991.  The Super Nintendo (SNES) release was looming in North America after a quite successful launch in Japan.  Sega was hurting.  Nintendo had Mario and it was well known that Super Mario World was going to be the pack-in title with […]

Beetlejuice!  Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! – Today in History – May 7th, 1991

Fans of this period of video games knows that there are more than a few licensed titles to pick from.  Some are quite good while others make the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Total Recall look like a masterpiece.  Beetlejuice is one of those that ran the middle ground quite well as far as licensed […]

Flicky Unsung Hero of Sega’s Games Arrives on Genesis – Today in History – May 1st, 1991

Tell me if you can.  Who has the most “background” appearances in gaming?  No, I don’t mean the turtles and the mushroom enemies of the Super Mario series since those are enemies- they are expected to appear.  I mean the little guys, the ones that hardly anyone knows the name of but can point them […]

Bases Loaded Strikes out Competition on Nintendo NES – Today in History – April 1st, 1991

Ah, sports games.  This is a genre that I have done my best to avoid in these historical articles.  The reason being, for the most part, sports games don’t age well.  Bases Loaded is one of the few that, while not having aged well, still holds a great place in my heart as a gamer.  […]

Donald Steps His Game Up in Quackshot – Today in History – December 19th, 1991

Okay, Nintendo was riding high on the success of Ducktales thanks to Capcom.  Great.  What did Sega have for their fans though?  Remember, this is a good year before Sonic would make his debut and save Sega.  Sega was savvy at licensing vital properties and their eye hit pay dirt with Disney.  Much like other […]

Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior Dragon Punches Arcades: Today in History – February 6th, 1991

Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior by Capcom, the game that arguably put the Super Nintendo on the map for many gamers (I lived through it and remember the scene vividly).  When Capcom released Street Fighter II into the arcades though, it had a similar effect.  Gamers were flocking to this new fighting game and […]

Konami Cracks the Belmont Whip in Super Castlevania IV on Super Nintendo- Today in History- December 4th, 1991

The Castlevania series is destined to go into the annals of gaming history as being an iconic series.  If video games crashed tomorrow, Castlevania games, in general, would be well regarded years to come.  Konami has not taken many chances with this franchise (I am ignoring the Nintendo 64) and played it fairly safe in […]

Prototype: Hammer Away by Sega, Classic Arcade Shooter Discovered and Preserved in MAME

Man, the early 90’s were the time to be a gamer if you enjoy overhead shooters, they were all over the place along with the side scrolling brethren.  From the Turbo Grafx-16 with Blazing Lazers and Super Star Soldier to the Sega Genesis with Tiger Heli, Raiden Trad and Task Force Harrier EX, shooter fans […]


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