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October 22, 2019

While games like Super R-Type and Gradius III tend to get a lot of the attention when it comes to shoot 'tm ups on the SNES, there were a lot of other quality titles as well. Super Aleste (aka Space Megaforce) was one such example.

October 20, 2019

There are plenty of anime that have come along and made bold predictions of the future, but many have been off the mark. Ex-Drivers, on the other hand, has been surprisingly accurate.

October 17, 2019

There were a surprising number of games that took chances on the original PlayStation. No One Can Stop Mr. Domino! was one such example featuring an anthropomorphic domino running through each stage knocking down other dominoes.

October 15, 2019

With the deluge of mecha anime coming out in the 80s, there was a lot to choose from. Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 was one of countless OVAs in the genre to be released at that time. While it does have a cool design for its battle armor, the story is a bit lacking.

October 13, 2019

Wolf Team put out a lot of interesting games that didn't necessarily get the attention they deserved. Arcus Odyssey was an arcade-y action adventure of theirs that certainly falls under this category.

October 11, 2019

Rumiko Takahashi has put out a number of works that have become extremely popular over the years. Maris the Chojo is an OVA based on one of her earliest manga. It's nowhere as good as things she would do later, but an interesting look at one of her early creations nonetheless.

October 9, 2019

It's time for another anime with a gimmick to draw people in. This time it's Luna Varga which combines a warrior princess and a giant lizard that looks an awful lot like Godzilla.

October 7, 2019

Beat 'em ups were constantly getting licensed tie ins, so it was only a matter of time before Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon became a thing. It wasn't the most exciting game in the genre but it sure did look good.

October 5, 2019

Some anime OVAs have everything but the kitchen sink thrown into them. Battle Royal High School is one such example, and it's actually pretty entertaining. Come for the convoluted story, stay for the gory action scenes.

October 3, 2019

Riding a tightrope between predictable and ridiculous, Dream Dimension Hunter Fandora is an interesting, if somewhat forgotten OVA series of the mid 80s.

September 29, 2019

There have been a number of kart racers to come along chock full of mascots. Even Konami got in on the trend with Konami Krazy Racers on the GBA.

September 21, 2019

It's not often one finds fantasy and science fiction fused together in an anime, but Genesis Survivor Gaiarth does a decent job of it.

September 6, 2019

In the mood for a 2D action adventure set in ancient Greece? If so, The Battle of Olympus on the NES may be for you.

August 30, 2019

Sometimes, all one wants in an anime is a comfy, familiar story. Gude Crest: The Emblem of Gude does this quite well with the classic fantasy adventure that it presents.

August 22, 2019

While Polyphony Digital has made a name for itself with the Gran Turismo series, there was one time when they made something else. That game was Omega Boost, a giant robot rail shooter for the original PlayStation.

August 18, 2019

While Masaki Kajishima is mostly known for Tenchi Muyo!, he's also put out some other worthwhile OVA. Photon: The Idiot Adventures is one such example full of gags and fan service.

August 16, 2019

There are plenty of little hidden gems in the world of 80s anime OVAs and Nayuta is one of them with its story of an alien invasion that is actually quite similar to the movie They Live.

August 13, 2019

Treasure put out a number of interesting games in the 90s. Bangai-O was one of them, being a fast-paced shoot 'em up for the Dreamcast.

August 11, 2019

Usually when an anime comes along that is based on a video game series, it's pretty series in how it portrays its world and heroes. Xanadu Dragonslayer Densetsu goes in the opposite direction, instead focusing on gags, gore, and nudity.

August 8, 2019

There were quite a few quality action adventures to come out on the SNES in the 90s. Quite a few have become timeless classics still talked about today. The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang doesn't get mentioned so much, though, which is a shame because it's pretty darn good.

August 5, 2019

It's time for another anime that most people have never heard of or forgot existed because it's uninspired mecha-themed schlock. The show is called Relic Armor Legaciam and it's not very good.

August 1, 2019

Shoot 'em ups were one of the most popular genres of the late 80s / early 90s. Most featured spaceships that players controlled, but Elemental Master was a little different with folks controlling a sorcerer instead.

July 29, 2019

While the more modern anime series based on Arslan Senki gets the majority of fans attention, there was also an OVA series released during the 1990s worth watching.

July 25, 2019

It can be sad to think how few people remember SunSoft these days, but remember them we must because they made adorable platformers like Trip World on the original GameBoy once upon a time.

July 22, 2019

Clamp has put out a number of amazing manga over the years, and occasionally they get adapted into anime. Tokyo Babylon is an early example of this.

July 16, 2019

Beat 'em ups were more or less dead in the 2000s, but that didn't stop Namco with their own addition to the genre, Urban Reign, which had a lot of depth to it.

July 12, 2019

Shady corporations and ancient aliens are the order of the day in Bounty Dog, a relatively obscure pair of anime OVAs from the 90s.

July 5, 2019

Conquest of the Crystal Palace was quite the hidden gem on the NES. It was a fun action game with some neat weapons and a sense of humor.

June 29, 2019

Sometimes a very simple premise is all one needs to enjoy an anime OVA. Black Magic M-66 does this quite well with its killer robot and the women trying to escape it.

June 27, 2019

The Firemen is an interesting action game for the SNES where, instead of fighting monsters, players are fighting fires.

June 24, 2019

Sometimes anime OVAs of the 80s and 90s had unusual mixes of themes in them. Idol Defense Force Hummingbird was one such example of this, combining pop idols and fighter planes.

June 21, 2019

The original PlayStation got quite a few shoot 'em ups for its library, but one that many have forgotten is Philosoma which combined a lot of features from other games in the genre.

June 20, 2019

There isn't a whole lot of anime out there that is focused on the world of professional wrestling, but Wanna Be's is a rare example of this from the mid 1980s.

June 18, 2019

Sometimes ultra violence rears it head in the most unexpected places. Dream Hunter Rem is one such example of this beneath its cutesy exterior.

June 14, 2019

It's always fun to see what seeing what Game Freak does when they're not making a new Pokemon game. Drill Dozer was one such outing released on the GBA.

June 7, 2019

What happens when felons are gathered to create an elite police force given carte blanche in how they deal with criminals? Well, Wild 7 happens.

May 23, 2019

Very early Japanese history was an interesting, mysterious time. Izumo is one of the few anime to visit this era.

May 16, 2019

Taito is a company people don't often think about when it comes to spectacle fighters. However, Bujingai: The Forsaken City was a very good effort in the genre by this publisher.

May 14, 2019

While a lot of anime OVAs to come out in the 90s were intended for a male audience, there was the occasional release directed toward girls. Pops is one such example, presenting a whirlwind high school romance.

May 9, 2019

While GameArts carved a name for itself with a number of quality RPGs, they also put out some interesting games in other genres. Alisia Dragoon was a well put together platformer / shooter for the Genesis / Mega Drive.

May 7, 2019

Sometimes when criminals start becoming heavily armed the best thing for the police to do is get bigger guns themselves. At least that's the Newport Police Department's logic in Dominion Tank Police.

May 3, 2019

During the 16-bit era of JRPGs, a lot of these games never came to the West. Cosmic Fantasy was one such series where almost none of the games got translated into English, yet being quite popular in Japan. Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Mehyou no Wana is an anime OVA based on the series.

May 1, 2019

Data East released a lot of interesting games in the 80s and 90s, some of them being fairly experimental. One such example was Silent Debuggers for the PC Engine, a very early attempt at a first person shooter.
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Dominion Tank Police


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Conquest of the Crystal Palace (NES)

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Photon: The Idiot Adventures


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The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang (SNES)


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Tokyo Babylon


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El Viento (Genesis)


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Idol Defense Force Hummingbird


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Philosoma (PlayStation)