Tag Archives: Action-Platformer

Review: Kaze Kiri (1994 PC Engine)

Kaze Kiri is one of those rare late PC Engine CD games that is ridiculously overpriced (150-200$). The Play Station, Sega Saturn and PC-FX were just around the corner and an action game like Kaze Kiri had some big shoes to fill because the game would be compared to games such as Shinobi 3, Hagane and Rondo of Blood.
Kaze Kiri might not outperform any of these games but it is certainly worth playing if you emulate it or get a repro cd from PCE Works.
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Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES 1989)

… Or Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles if you are from Europe like me. The first video game outing of the Turtles has been made infamous by the Angry Video Game Nerd for being overly difficult, cryptic and unfair. But in fact, for the AVGN and myself this is a beloved childhood game that we find fun to play despite its flaws.
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Review: Holy Diver (Famicom/NES 1989)

I first found out about Holy Diver in a famicom import article somewhere on the net and i knew immediately that i had to get this game. It is a Castlevania-ish game of hellish difficulty and it pays multiple tributes to heavy metal like the album Holy Diver by Ronnie James Dio of course, King Crimson and “Ozzy” as an example. The game was never released outside of Japan probably because of copyright issues which is a shame really.
So i think i have already established that we are diving (pun intended) into a game with a kickass theme and a bunch of potential but does the game live up to it?
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Review: Kid Icarus (NES 1986)

I haven’t talked about a NES game in a while. Honestly most games for the NES have gotten plenty of reviews by now making it perhaps redundant to even talk about now but I spent my Sunday playing a classic game from my childhood that I have never even been close to finishing. That game is Kid Icarus made by Nintendo in late 1986. There is a good reason for why I never came close to beating it, and that reason is that the game is very challenging. Kid Icarus is one of those “NES difficult” action-adventure games which also includes games such as Castlevania and Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins, although it should probably be placed with the more forgiving titles in that category. See how my Sunday turned out! Continue reading Review: Kid Icarus (NES 1986)

Ninja Gaiden (Ryūkenden) (1992 PC Engine) vs. The NES Version

Hey ho! Did you know that the PC Engine had some pretty good NES ports? I have already mentioned the Double Dragon II port, the Nintendo World Cup port and the River City Ransom port briefly in the Top 10 Turbografx16/PC Engine co-op games list but there is more! Ninja Gaiden also got ported and it caught my attention for its updated graphics and more balanced difficulty. I have never been a big Ninja Gaiden fan and always felt the game was difficult in an unfair way so this prompted me to go play both games and provide the world with what can be expected of the PC Engine port vs. the NES original.
This article will assume that you know the basic premise of Ninja Gaiden.
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