Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti – By Request

                                                                                                                                         A fresh take on a bloody favorite.                                                                                                      Cause it’s… Wanpaku? PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Namco(t) DEVELOPER: NOW Production GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: July 1989   It’s amazing that the Splatterhouse series didn’t offend more parental sensibilities when its sequel debuted on the Genesis in 1992. The series wasn’t just gory: it … Continue reading Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti – By Request

Summer Carnival ’92: Recca – By Request

                                                                                                                                          Now you’re playing with power.                                                                                                                                                          Death! It is everywhere!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Naxat Soft DEVELOPER: KID GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: July 1992   Imagine a summer carnival in 1992: carousels, fried twinkies, vomit, girls in skimpy clothing, enormous stuffed animals, glistening sweat. The carnival is a hazy fantasy that … Continue reading Summer Carnival ’92: Recca – By Request

International Cricket – By Request

                                                                       You have to dress like a member of Devo to participate in cricket.                                                                                                                            Swagger is also a requirement for bowlers.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Laser Beam Entertainment DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1992   Much to my chagrin, International Cricket is not about a cricket who travels … Continue reading International Cricket – By Request

The Top 86 NES Games – #s 25-1

  MY BRAIN IS ON FIRE. CLICK THE LINKS BELOW IF YOU NEED TO.   PART 1 PART 2 PART 3                                                                                                        #25 – R.C. Pro-Am II     Ok, so the four-player mode isn’t as awesome as I initially thought in my review. It doesn’t matter: R.C. Pro-Am II is still the best … Continue reading The Top 86 NES Games – #s 25-1

The Top 86 NES Games – #s 50-26

  READ THESE FIRST   PART 1   PART 2                                                                                             #50 – Bionic Commando     By taking away the ability to jump, Bionic Commando switched up the relatively new-ish (1988) platformer genre before it had a chance to grow stale. A bionic grappling arm is a pretty nifty way to get around, though … Continue reading The Top 86 NES Games – #s 50-26

The Top 86 NES Games – #’s 73-51

  READ PART 1 FIRST, YOU GLORIOUS MINSTRELS!                                                                                                                                          #73 – Shadow of the Ninja   Think Ninja Gaiden, but with speedier gameplay, two player co-op, and less cinematics. Shadow of the Ninja doesn’t feel like a rip-off of the Gaiden series, so much as it does an alternate universe; one where Ryu … Continue reading The Top 86 NES Games – #’s 73-51

The Top 86 NES Games – Introduction and #’s 86-74

  The NES was an amazing, groundbreaking, peach tree of a system, but choosing a mere 86 games to champion over the rest was a sweat-less task. The system is overrun with atrocious movie games, pathetic unlicensed abominations, and titles so foul that merely mentioning their names causes physical pain to those who’ve experienced them. … Continue reading The Top 86 NES Games – Introduction and #’s 86-74

#754 – Zombie Nation

                                                                                                                                                                            “Hey ladies!”                                                                                                                                                             So it’s come to this.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Meldac DEVELOPER: Kaze GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Namakubi, the decapitated samurai zombie head star of Zombie Nation, is the wind beneath our wings. He spews rivers of vomit upon creatures of the earth. Endless waves of … Continue reading #754 – Zombie Nation

#753 – Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II

                                                                    Zoda, at his book signing. “To Mike: Deadest Wishes! MWAHAHAHAH!”                                                                                                                                                                 Don’t forget the opium!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: March 1994   Mike, the innocuous, yo-yo lovin’, all-American blank slate returns for more island hopping in the sequel to Star Tropics. This time, Mike … Continue reading #753 – Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II

#752 – Zen: Intergalactic Ninja

                                                                                                                              Does Zen have a black hole for legs?                                                                                                                                             Lord Contaminus reigns supremus.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: March 1993   Zen the Intergalactic Ninja reminds me of a beefier Donatello (complete with bo) and a stereotypical alien head. Though Zen originates from his own … Continue reading #752 – Zen: Intergalactic Ninja

#751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

                                                                                                                                                 “Ultimate challenge” indeed.                                                                                                                      That ol’ boy needs to learn him some respect.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Zelda II is white-hot rage pockets mixed with moments of fleeting joy. It’s a jilted ex-lover employing a psychosexual hold over your thoughts, emotions, … Continue reading #751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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