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The Revenge of Shinobi Slices up the Competition – Today in Retro Gaming – December 2, 1989

Sega’s original Shinobi first appeared in the Arcades back in 1987. With its well designed multidirectional side-scrolling levels, varied enemy characters, end of level guardians, Ninjitsu special magic move, and general smooth gameplay, the game became a huge hit. The game was soon ported over to many home platforms, including Sega’s own Master System console, […]

Happy Birthday, Super Mario!

Everybody’s favorite Bowser basher, Goomba grinder, Koopa killer and Mushroom masticator blew away 8-bit Japanese gamers on this day in 1985. While Nintendo’s mascot would take another month to arrive on the North American continent, Super Mario Bros. wasted no time turning the video game world on its ear. No other game has ever made […]

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

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 […]

Today in Retro Gaming: OverBlood (PS1)

Waking up from cryosleep is never fun, but it’s even less enjoyable when you’re dealing with amnesia and hypothermia. This is the situation our protagonist finds himself facing at the beginning of OverBlood, a 3-D Sci-Fi Adventure (just like it says on the package). You know you’re in for a rough stretch when the first […]

Today in Japan Retro Gaming: Final Fight Guy (SNES)

Fans of Final Fight, Capcom’s genre-defining arcade punchfest, were understandably confused when it was released on the Super Nintendo. Let’s be kind: it, uh, wasn’t as arcade-perfect a port as Nintendo’s hype machine wanted us to believe. Gamers, being the ravenous, predatory species we are, pounced on every weakness. “What happened to the Factory stage?” […]

Splatterhouse 3 Asks You to Save Jennifer Again on Sega Genesis – Today in History – March 18th, 1993

In the history of video games there are not that many third party franchises that have not seen at least on release on a Nintendo console.  One such franchise that holds that honor is Splatterhouse.  No, I am not counting the “super deformed” game that was released in Japan.  Namco originally started Splatterhouse in arcades, […]

Today in Retro Gaming: Daleks!

While the list of foes faced by the Doctor could fill an entire book, none is more iconic than the Daleks, Terry Nation’s armored, emotionless mobile gun platforms. They went from silly-looking pepper pots to pop culture icon in the blink of an eye, and no matter what the Doctor does, no matter how many […]

RotL: Star Trek – Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge Simulator

“Any suggestions, Admiral?” “Prayer, Mr. Saavik. The Klingons don’t take prisoners.” Space…the final frontier. These aren’t the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. They’re not the voyages of any starship–at least not yet. If you want to make Captain, if you want to sit in the big chair, if you’d rather be out hopping galaxies instead […]

Today in Retro Gaming: Darkstone (PS1)

Point, click and slay. The PlayStation version of Darkstone was derided upon its release in 2001 as an obvious cash in, a shameless derivative, a poor man’s Diablo clone–roundly ignored by just about everyone. It wasn’t until later that people realized Darkstone was a solid action RPG experience, and it’s that mistake we’re out to […]

Today in Reto Gaming – Streets of Rage 2

When it comes to Sega’s 16-bit library, there are classics and then there are classics, if you know what I’m saying. Streets of Rage 2 (Bare Knuckle 2 for you Asian readers) is, by any definition of the world, a straight up classic. It’s a classic’s classic. It makes most other fighting games available on […]


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