Archives for February 2012

Contra: celebrating 25 years of awesomeness

In dedication to the fabulous Konami scrolling fighter, Contra – Happy 25th Birthday !

Midnight, September 12 2631. The Marines catch sight of a small-sized meteorite that is fast approaching Earth. The meteorite plummets 20km north-east of New Zealand, at the Gal Mosquito Archipelago. The command keep watch of the meteorite.

Two years later, in December 2633, an intruder known as the Red Falcon is occupying the Gal Mosquito Archipelago and is planning the fall of mankind. Command orders confidential investigations at the enemy’s front base. The marine post orders two “Contra” soldiers, Private First Class Bill “Mad Dog” Rizer and Private First Class Lance “Scorpion” Bean on a mission. The mission being: penetrate the insides of the enemy, destroy the front base and the entire centre of operation.

Manufacturer: Konami Developer: Konami
Year: 1987 (Feb)
Genre: Scrolling Fighter / Run and Gun shooter
Maximum number of players: 2
Joystick: 8-way
2 (Shoot and Jump)
Sound: Amplified Mono (single channel)
Cabinet: Upright Standard


Arcade: Alien Syndrome

Travel through alien-infested space stations to rescue your fellow humans. Defeat the end boss before returning to your ship. Pick up strewn weapons to help you eliminate the evil  aliens.

Manufacturer: Sega
Released: 1987
Genre: Labyrinth/Maze (top down isometric shooter)


Arcade Flyers: Final Fight

Final Fight

Arcade Flyers: R-Type


Obscure Old Games: Crisis Force

Watch Joe Drilling’s inaugural Obscure Old Games video on Gamefira.
Joe D. takes on the ultimate Famicom shooter, Crisis Force.

This is a MUST watch !


Retrospective: Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja

“The President has been kidnapped by Ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue The President?”
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PC-Engine: must have games

The PC-Engine console, a collaboration between Hudson Soft and NEC, was released late 1987 in Japan and mid 1989 in North America. NEC changed the name in the US to the TurboGrafx-16. The US unit also had a facelift, it was bulkier (and uglier) compared to its smaller, sleeker Japanese counterpart.

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