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Streets of SimCity / SimCopter July 25, 2017

Released after the immense success of SimCity 2000, these two games allowed you to fly and drive through 3D renditions of the cities you'd created.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 58: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire July 22, 2017

Join the HG101 cash-in hungry sellouts as they get all serious about acronymns and capitalism. Patreon bonus for this episode is the final part of a special dispatch on retrogaming in Japan today. Games:

Hi no Tori July 22, 2017

A duo of games from Konami, for the Famicom and MSX2, (very loosely) based on Osamu Tezuka's manga, also known in English as Phoenix.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 57: Mischief Makers, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor July 19, 2017

Join the HG101 dorkmobile pit crew as they talk about two oft-overlooked gems of Treasure's game-trove. Patreon bonus for this episode is part one of a special dispatch on retrogaming in Japan today.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 56: Wizball, Guardian's Crusade, Arkanoid July 19, 2017

Join the HG101 funny nickname-havers as they talk wizardly balls and knightly babysitters. Patreon bonus game for this episode is Taito's Arkanoid.

Binary Land July 17, 2017

This adorable puzzle game from Hudson is most well known for its Famicom release, as you guide two penguins simultaneously with the same controller to guide them to a common goal.

Zombie Virus July 13, 2017

Of the many rip-off concepts of the Simple 2000 PlayStation 2 series, this one is basically "Crazy Taxi plus zombies".

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 55: Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix, Dynamite Cop, Mortal Kombat July 7, 2017

Join the HG101 BBQ banditos as they bust sick moves and save an entire boat from "modern day pirates." Patreon bonus game for this episode is none other than Mortal Kombat (AKA "Moooortaaaallll Koooombaaaaaaat!!").

Torment: Tides of Numenera July 10, 2017

After some delays, the successor to Planescape: Torment was finally released earlier this year, and while it certainly tries, never quite lives up to its fabled legacy.

Time and Eternity July 7, 2017

This ambitious PlayStation JRPG from Imageepoch seeks to create the dream of a truly interactive anime, but falls apart on almost every conceivable level.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 54: Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Faxanadu July 7, 2017

Join the HG101 carnival folk and special guests Derek and Grace from Stop Skeletons From Fighting as they tackle two Falcom classics. Patreon bonus game for this episode is Capcom's 2014 reboot of Strider.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves July 5, 2017

A far cry from the usual licensed side-scrolling platformers, this movie tie-in with the early 90s Kevin Costner vehicle is a fun action-RPG that mixes genres, has varied quests, and lets you relive the movie in 8-bit fashion.

Pokémon Mini June 29, 2017

An expansive article on Nintendo's oddball handheld console, and all of the games released for it...all Pokémon-themed, as one might wager.

Verdict Guilty June 26, 2017

A surprisingly polished indie fighting game that takes place in Neo Seoul, South Korea. Currently less than a dollar in the Steam Summer Sale!

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 53: Adventure (2600), Hakaioh: King of Crusher, Hexen II June 14, 2017

Join HG101 corporate counsel and special guests Derek and Grace from Stop Skeletons From Fighting as they punch sheep, punch desks, and slay duck dragons.

HG101 at Too Many Games in Oaks, PA, June 23-25, 2017 June 21, 2017

Time for Too Many Games! I've got a table again this year, where you can buy all of the HG101 books (including the brand new Retro Game Super Translation Selection and Contra and Other Konami Classics books), as well as previews of two upcoming books to browse through. I'll also be sharing the table with Carrie Wood, author of the The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Video Games, which I also contributed a couple of articles to and will also be available for sale. Stop on by!

PacaPlus June 21, 2017

Your girlfriend is an alpaca in this cult classic visual novel, recently localized into English by Sekai Project.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 52: Star Wars: Dark Forces II, Ecco the Dolphin, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic June 14, 2017

Join the HG101 muppeteers as they save the world with the healing power of a dolphin's song. Patreon bonus game for this episode is Konami's mega-brawler X-Men.

Now available! HG101 Presents: Contra and Other Konami Classics June 19, 2017

Let's attrack aggressively! Contra and Other Konami Classics includes a complete rundown of all of the games in Konami's classic Contra series, ranging from its arcade and NES roots, to its modern day mobile incarnations. Also included is an extensive look at the very popular (in Japan) Ganbare Goemon / Legend of the Mystical Ninja series, as well as many of Konami's 8-bit Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System releases.

Now available! Retro Game Super Translation Selection June 13, 2017

Retro Game Super Translation Selection examines 101 lines of dialogue from classic video games, compares how they were localized, and includes some explanation for the business or cultural reasons surrounding such changes. Originally authored by a professional video game translator, this is a localized version of a doujinshi released at the Game Legend retro game event in late 2016, and features a unique perspective rarely seen in the English speaking world! More info here.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 51: Star Wars: Dark Forces II - Jedi Knight, Evergrace June 14, 2017

Join the HG101 videonauts as they chat about THAT From Software game and Luke Skywalker's lazy ass. Patreon bonus game for this episode is coin-op classic Rampage.

Ys Origin June 14, 2017

Ys Origin was recently ported to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita courtesy of DotEmu (after otherwise being PC-exclusive), so we've updated our article with a short review, plus made a few small additions to the rest of the article (Ys I/II smartphone port, Ys VI PC English version).

Your Weekly Kusoge: Day Dreamin' Davey June 12, 2017

While this NES game from Sculptured Software has a rather high concept story and ambitious structure, it's also a barely functional one with some baffling design choices

Kero Blaster June 9, 2017

Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya's follow-up to Cave Story isn't quite as complex, but it manages to perfect its simple design in incredibly impressive ways.

Fatal Labyrinth / Dragon Crystal June 5, 2017

Two early console Rogue-likes from Sega, predating the establishment of this particularly genre by the Mystery Dungeon games.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 50: Krull the Conqueror (Atari 2600), Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles June 4, 2017

Join the HG101 talking heads as they go all-out on this special 50th episode, talking 'bout toothy space boomerangs and did someone call for a marsupial with attitude?

Plok June 2, 2017

John and Ste Pickford's dadaist SNES platformer stands out from the typical 16-bit platformer fare, especially due to its excellent soundtrack by the Follin brothers.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Fight For Life May 30, 2017

If Kasumi Ninja wasn't enough, Fight For Life just continues the Jaguar's streak for reprehensible fighting games, though this time patterned after Virtua Fighter instead of Mortal Kombat.

Masochisia May 28, 2017

A disturbing first person adventure game based on real life serial killer Albert Fish.

Raid Wind 2: ALLTYNEX May 25, 2017

Our article on the excellent doujin shoot-em-up series Alltynex has been expanded to include its FM Towns originator, Raid Wind 2.

C-Dogs May 25, 2017

One of the many titles that popped up on shareware compilation discs, this DOS shooter, also known as Cyberdogs, contains such simple joy as blasting stuff and collecting goofy stuff.

Crisis Beat May 21, 2017

A 3D beat-em-up reminiscent of the Dynamite Deka (Die Hard Arcade) series, released for the PS1 in Japan and Europe.

Lucifer Ring May 21, 2017

The follow-up to Crisis Beat, Lucifer Ring is a somewhat more successful second attempt at a 3D beat-em-up, this time giving the game a fantasy makeover.

Noobow May 18, 2017

A 1992 licensed game by Irem based on a Japanese chocolate mascot, a simple but enjoyable game that just about anyone can get into and enjoy.

Elemental Gearbolt May 14, 2017

One of the rare non-Namco light gun games worth playing on the PlayStation, taking place in a fantasy world and featuring a vaguely RPG-esque leveling system.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 49: Zombie Nation, Shaq Fu May 12, 2017

Join the HG101 Soda Shaq afficianados as they chat about interdimensional martial arts quests and the best giant head in shoot-em-ups.

Brigador May 11, 2017

A recent isometric mecha shooter, basically Desert Strike with the style of Syndicate and Shadowrun.

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Essential Reading








Might and Magic

Cinematic Milestones

Alone in the Dark

Prince of Persia

Another World

Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter

Fatal Fury

King of Fighters



Konami Shooters



Monkey Island

Gabriel Knight

Leisure Suit Larry

Side-Scrolling Action

Ninja Gaiden

Mega Man



Space Harrier

Golden Axe



Bionic Commando


Final Fight



Moon Crystal

Holy Diver

Super Famicom

Gunple: Gunman's Proof


Rendering Ranger: R2

Japanese PS1

Panzer Bandit

Harmful Park

Gunner's Heaven


Tracing the Influence

A History of Korean Gaming

Japanese Artwork of Western Games

Franchise Profiles


Donald Duck

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles