Episode 33 – This week on the show we take a look back at Shinobi on the Sega Master System, after covering The Revenge of Shinobi on last month’s “The Genesis in 1989” retrospective. This game is probably best known for the first-person shuriken-throwing bonus stages, but it’s an excellent side-scrolling action game that any … Read more
Episode 32 – This week on the show, we take a look back at Ghosts ‘N Goblins on the NES, after covering Ghouls ‘N Ghosts on last week’s “Genesis in 1989” retrospective. This game has always been famous for its unforgiving difficulty, but is a classic Capcom arcade title that is absolutely worth playing anyway.
Co-developed by Hudson and celebrated shooter developer Compile, Blazing Lazers was the lone shooter available at the launch of a system that would gain a cult following because of them. The game was released in Japan as “Gunhed” and was based on a mecha-themed movie of the same name. In Blazing Lazers you can choose … Read more
Episode 18 – This week on the show, I review the Everdrive GB, a micro SD-based flash cart for the Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Color. This allows you to load ROMs, ROM hacks, and homebrew software directly onto your Game Boy from a micro SD card which can hold the entire Game Boy … Read more
Released in Japan as a licensed game based on “Fist of the North Star,” Last Battle is the weakest link in the Sega Genesis launch line-up. A side-scrolling punch-and-kick action game, it’s similarity and inferiority to Altered Beast leave it out in the cold. The game has some sort of plot, but the introductory text … Read more
As a launch title on the Sega Genesis, Tommy Lasorda Baseball has the distinction of being the first sports game on a system known for its sports games. It was also the first example of Sega paying big bucks for a celebrity endorsement, as they later did with Pat Riley Basketball, Joe Montana Football, and … Read more
Clearly the best game available on launch day for the Sega Genesis, Thunder Force II is a shooter that was ported over from the Japan-only Sharp X68000. While the original Thunder Force, which was only released in Japan on a variety of home computer platforms, was comprised solely of free-roaming levels, Thunder Force II oscillates … Read more
Another Sega Genesis launch title, Super Thunder Blade is a poorly-executed port of a decent arcade shooter. Combining both rail-style and vertically-scrolling levels, you pilot a helicopter while shooting at and avoiding fire from both air and ground-based enemies. While this may sound awesome in theory, the game loses it in the execution. The controls … Read more
Created by prolific Sega game designer Yu Suzuki, Space Harrier II was one of six Sega Genesis launch titles, and was a port of a popular arcade title of the day. The game is a rail shooter and feels like a combination of 3D Worldrunner (NES) and Panzer Dragoon (Sega Saturn). Your job is to … Read more
When I was a kid, the T&C Surf Designs T-shirts were a must-have part of any kid’s wardrobe and featured several characters created by artist Steve Nazar, including Thrilla Gorilla, Kool Kat, Tiki Man, and Joe Cool. Although the company for whom these characters were created still exists making surfboards in Hawaii, the iconic characters … Read more
Seaquest is yet another stellar arcade-style game from the folks at Activision. The game successfully combines elements of Defender and Choplifter and tosses it into the ocean. You pilot a submarine that rescues divers while fighting off huge fish, man-eating sharks, and enemy submarines. You have a limited supply of oxygen and a maximum capacity … Read more
Episode 17 – This week on the show I review Explosive Diarrhea, a homebrew game for the Atari 2600 released by Packrat Video Games and designed by Chris Reed. Take control of a family of rednecks with food poisoning, guiding them to the nearest outhouse! It’s as much a conversation piece as it is a … Read more
Episode 15 – This week on the show, I review Clu Clu Land for the Nintendo Entertainment system, which was a 1985 launch title. An under-appreciated action/puzzle game that is definitely worth checking out.
Bonus Episode 2 – This week on the show, the Classic Gaming Quarterly Book Club takes a look at Capcom’s 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia.
Episode 14 – This week, I review Nigel Mansell’s World Championship Racing for the Super Nintendo. A worthy Formula One game on the SNES, a console not known for sports games!
Lifting its name from the old “Keystone Kops” films of the silent film era, Keystone Kapers was a late release for the VCS, coming out right around the time of the great video games “crash”. Unfortunately this left it buried in a pile of shovelware, which is a real shame because the game is a … Read more
Episode 13 – This week on the show, I review Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl on the NES, which are both classics that you undoubtedly played if you grew up in the 80’s. I also take a look at Tecmo Super Bowl 2014 from the good folks at TecmoBowl.org, which gives you the same … Read more
Episode 12 – This week, I take a look at the Super Monaco GP series on the Sega Genesis and Megadrive, which includes both Super Monaco GP and Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP II. These are both awesomely fun racing games on the Genesis. The audio in the opening sequence is Galvao Bueno of Brazil’s … Read more
Episode 11 – This week on the show, Keystone Cops meets the Atari VCS, as I review Keystone Kapers for the Atari 2600. Easily one of the best games on the system, from one of the best development studios! The game was designed and programmed by Garry Kitchen and published by Activision.
Episode 10 – This week I take a look back at the entire Streets of Rage franchise for the Sega Genesis and Megadrive. These are some of the best games of the 16-bit Generation, with amazing soundtracks by Yuzo Koshiro.