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No crying until the end – An analysis of EarthBound’s finale

This week I beat EarthBound for the first time. I’d played it on many an occasion in the past, including almost to completion in its native Japanese thanks to the GBA compilation title Mother 1+2, but with the game finally … Continue reading

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You’ve Probably Never Played… Motoko-chan no Wonder Kitchen

Motoko-chan no Wonder Kitchen Developer: Ajinomoto Publisher: Ajinomoto Platform(s): Super Famicom Release Date: September 1993 (Japan exclusive) When games are developed for advertising reasons, they have a strong tendency to suffer in quality, putting brand names and mascots before all else. The … Continue reading

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You’ve Probably Never Played… Daze Before Christmas

Daze Before Christmas Developer:  Funcom Publisher: Sunsoft Platform(s): Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo Release Date: 1994 It’s understandable that seasonal video games are rarely the most successful of titles. Whilst certain memorable holiday-themed spinoffs such as Sega’s Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams or magazine giveaway Christmas Lemmings exist, you’ll be … Continue reading

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You’ve Probably Never Played… Melfand Stories

Melfand Stories Developer:  Sting Publisher: ASCII Platform(s): Super Famicom Release Date: March 25th 1994 (Japan exclusive) During the 16-bit era of gaming, beat ’em ups were a dime a dozen. Finally gamers around the world could play faithful recreations of their favourite … Continue reading

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You’ve Probably Never Played… BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2

BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 Developer:  Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Super Famicom (via Satellaview) Release Date: 1997 (Japan exclusive) Considering that only last week we were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of the original F-Zero, I felt there was … Continue reading

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25 Years of Speed – A retrospective on F-Zero

When the Super Famicom released in Japan back in 1990, I hadn’t even been born. Perhaps that’s too personal a way to start a feature looking back at the 25 year legacy of a groundbreaking racing game that helped send … Continue reading

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You’ve Probably Never Played… Wrecking Crew ’98

Wrecking Crew ’98 Developer: Nintendo R&D1, Pax Softnica Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Super Famicom (via Nintendo Power service) Release Date: 1st January 1998 (Japan exclusive) As I mentioned in my Mario spin-off characters feature last month, Nintendo’s main man can be considered a jack of all-trades; … Continue reading

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You’ve Probably Never Played… Famicom Bunko: Hajimari no Mori

Famicom Bunko: Hajimari no Mori Developer: Pax Softnica Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Super Famicom (via Nintendo Power service) Release Date: July 1st 1999 (Japan exclusive) It’s no surprise that many have never heard of the Japan exclusive ‘Nintendo Power‘ service that Nintendo offered … Continue reading

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Now’s your chance to dress like a copy of ‘Gamest’

UK-based GAMETEE, producers of many luxury game-inspired clothing items, have released a t-shirt design that gives you the ability to look like a 90s Japanese gaming magazine any time you want.    The ‘TOKYO RETRO – Sublimation’ tee features a nostalgic full-print collage … Continue reading

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The HAL Laboratory games you’ve probably never played

It is without argue that developer HAL Laboratory are responsible for some of the most beloved franchises in video game history; from the brilliant platforming adventures of Kirby to the cult RPG classic Mother series, not to mention a certain all-star fighter featuring … Continue reading

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