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Retroversity: Don Doko Don 2 Review

The first Don Doko Don was released by Taito in 1989. It was an arcade-style platformer, also known as an elimination platformer, which means that the way to beat each level was by defeating all the enemies on the screen. For those of you who reme...
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Retroversity: Cocoron Review

Two features that modern gamers take for granted are nonlinearity and customization. Back during the NES days, the former was around, but the latter was almost unheard of. Cocoron was one of the rare exceptions to that rule, as you could create si...

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Retroversity: Swamp Thing Review

In the 80s, the Swamp Thing comic book series was revamped by Alan Moore into a much more nuanced story that touched on some philosophical issues such as consciousness, murky identities, and competing moral systems. It’s actually my favorite...
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Retroversity: Xexyz Review

It’s always risky to mix two or more completely non-overlapping video game genres. Typically, instead of giving players the best of each, most hybrids will just scare away their target demographics when at least one of the genres fails and r...

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Retroversity: Dragon Scroll Review

Konami is one of the most well-known game developers from the 8-bit and 16-bit days. Everyone remembers their Contra games, but did you know they also made a Zelda clone? Released exclusively in Japan in 1987, Dragon Scroll is an action-adventure ...
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Retroversity: Villgust Gaiden Review

Adding to our list of games that never left Japan is Villgust Gaiden, an action-RPG developed by TOSE in 1993. The fanmade English translation named it Armed Dragon Fantasy Villgust Gaiden, but most people don’t feel like calling it that all...

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Retroversity: Time Lord Review

Whenever we talk about retro games, we tend to remember the classics like Super Mario Brothers, Mega Man, and Final Fantasy. To us, these represent video games from back in the day. However, while they may be among the best games from those times,...
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Retroversity: Clash at Demonhead Review

Back in the 80s, video games were still too young to really have any level of self-awareness. Both the gameplay elements and the narrative structures were taken one hundred percent seriously, and what humor was present seemed to only ever be unint...

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Retroversity: Ufouria Review

A lot of great NES games never reached us English-speaking countries. Ufouria was one of those games that did cross over, but not all the way to North America, unfortunately. Released in Japan in 1991 and in Europe and Australia a year later, Suns...
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Retroversity: Karnov Review

Back in the 8 bit era of video games, there were really just two types of protagonists: gritty, semi-realistically proportioned, muscular heroes on the one hand, and stylized, cartoonish heroes of varying proportions on the other. Karnov was neith...

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Retroversity: Bad Street Brawler Review

I’m gonna take a break from gushing over underrated titles and instead talk about a game that’s notorious for how bad it is, Bad Street Brawler. This game came out for the NES in 1987, and it’s something of a beat ’em up wi...
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Retroversity: Crystalis Review

Crystalis is an action-RPG by SNK that came out for the NES in 1990. The average person who grew up with Mario and Sonic probably isn’t even aware of its existence, but the game eventually reached cult status among retro gaming communities o...

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Retroversity: Chronicle of the Radia War Review

Some of the best NES games never reached America, and unfortunately Chronicle of the Radia War was one of them. Getting a Japanese release in 1991, this Tecmo game is an action-RPG that has similarities with some of the all-time heavy hitters such...
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Retroversity: Gargoyle’s Quest II Review

For a belated Halloween article, I’m gonna review one of my favorite lesser known NES games, Gargoyle’s Quest II. Many of you may remember a series of run-and-gun platforming games called Ghosts ‘n Goblins, which are notorious fo...

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Retroversity: Super Dodge Ball Review

For my first review, I’m gonna go over one of my all-time favorites. Super Dodge Ball is a sports game that came out in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. But this isn’t the dodge ball we grew up with in gym class. It’s ...
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The Bard’s Tale (Original 1985 Version) Review

The Bard’s Tale is another classic RPG from Interplay that spawned a great franchise for years to come. Many hours dumped into a game at a time when you had to draw maps and keep notes with a notebook to even get close to beating the game. G...