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HG101 Presents: The Complete Guide to the Famicom Disk System
The Complete Guide to the Famicom Disk System includes reviews of every single title in the Famicom Disk System library - all of the classic Nintendo games (including their unfortunately overlooked adventure games), cult classics by Konami, revolutionary oddities like Otocky, many Zelda clones, numerous tie-ins with late 80s Japanese celebrities, and a large number of subpar licensed games from Bandai. Also includes a look at the many unlicensed titles, a history of the system, and its accessories.
Verb/ose: A Personal Analysis of the Graphic Adventure Game Genre, By Duncan R. Piasecki
The adventure game genre goes back to the late 1970s, but what makes a good one? This book is a critical essay of the various conventions of the genre, examining their interfaces, puzzle designs, and narrative devices. Along with this is a particular focus on classic adventure games from the likes of Sierra (King's Quest), LucasArts (Monkey Island) and Cyan (Myst), as well as how they apply to more modern games like Thimbleweed Park.
HG101 Presents: Retro Indie Games Vol. 1
With the introduction of Steam and other digital download services, the indie game development scene has greatly expanded, allowing the return of classic genres that were previously thought to be unviable. Thus, classic games like 2D platformers, Metroidvanias, point-and-click adventures, role-playing games, and shoot-em-ups have returned to the limelight. HG101 Presents: The Guide to Retro Indie Games Vol. 1 catalogs some our favorites of these types of games, including Shovel Knight, Freedom Plant, Undertale, Night in the Woods, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Assault Android Cactus, nearly all of Wadjet Eye's library, and many others!
Coming in 2017!
HG101 Presents: Contra and Other Konami Classics
Let's attrack aggressively! Contra and Other Konami Classics, brought you to by long-standing retro video game website Hardcore Gaming 101, 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.
Retro Game Super Translation Select
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!
HG101 Presents: The Guide to Shoot-em-Ups: Vol. 1
Blast off and check out the first in HG101's line of books on shoot-em-ups! Volume 1 covers over fifty titles from the glory days of the 80s and 90s, by such legendary developers as Compile (Zanac, Aleste / Power Strike, MUSHA, Space Megaforce, The Guardian Legend), Hudson (Star Soldier, Gate of Thunder, Sapphire), Technosoft (Thunder Force, Hyper Duel), Irem (R-Type, X-Multiply, Dragon Breed), Cotton, Rayxanber, and several other individual titles like Recca, Magical Chase, Coryoon, and Gleylancer. Featuring a cover inspired by the works of Naoyuki Kato, who illustrated the Japanese artwork for The Guardian Legend.
HG101 Presents: Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2
Get ready to re-enter the world of Sega! The long-awaited Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 delves deep into the vaults of Sega's most obscure titles, running from the late 70s and their discrete logic boards, though the games released on the 2D powerhouse System 32 arcade board. Covered games include golden era arcade classics like Pengo, Zaxxon, Congo Bongo, and Flicky; their racing titles, ranging from their classics like Monaco GP and Turbo, up through Hang-On and Rad Mobile; beat-em-ups like My Hero and Arabian Fight; the origins of Sega's super scaler line with Subroc 3-D and Buck Rogers and the Planet of Zoom; overlooked classics like Spatter, Ninja Princess, Bonanza Bros., and Aurail; and the long forgotten Sonic the Hedgehog arcade game!
The HG101 and Sonic & Sega Fan Jam 2016 Fanbook
Produced in conjunction with SegaBITS, and this fanbook was created to promote the Sonic & Sega 2016 Fan Jam in Savannah, GA on Saturday, November 12. This book introduces many of Sega's most beloved series, including Streets of Rage, Sakura Wars, ToeJam & Earl, NiGHTS, Puyo Puyo, and Virtua Fighter. Also included are reviews of two games for true Sega fans: Segata Sanshiro Shinken Yuugi, the Saturn minigame collection starring Sega's ultra manly spokesman, and Segagaga, the Dreamcast simulation game where you attempt to run Sega as a company to save the realm of video gaming! Also included are reviews of three lesser known Master System games: Ghost House, Maze Hunter 3D, and Kenseiden!
HG101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classics
Are you a bad enough dude to buy this book? Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classic covers the diverse library from the underrated Japanese developer, including golden era classics like BurgerTime and Karate Champ; eccentricities like Karnov and Trio the Punch; outstanding genre pieces like Desert Assault and Night Slashers; licensed titles like RoboCop and Captain America and the Avengers; and cult classics like Boogie Wings and Windjammers. Also included is an extensive examination of their popular competitive puzzle game, Magical Drop, and of course, the ninja-fighting, president-saving Bad Dudes and its pseudo-sequel Two Crude Dudes.
HG101 Digest Vol. 2: Taito Arcade Classics
Warning! A new HG101 book is approaching fast! The second HG101 digest focuses on over thirty titles from Taito's diverse library, featuring Darius and Elevator Action, but also covering the likes of Rastan, The Legend of Kage, The Ninja Warriors, The NewZealand Story, Metal Black and more! Also includes over one hundred instances of nudity in 8 and 16-bit video games, and capsule reviews of 80 Japanese Super Famicom games.
HG101 Presents: The 200 Best Video Games of All Time
Every website or magazine has their own "Best Video Games of All Times" list - here is ours! From early arcade classics to 3D action games, from text adventures to interactive cinema, this book includes 200 of the best video games ever released, covering over three decades of gaming history, created by developers all over the world. Each entry highlights why our picks are the best examples of their genre, and includes additional recommendations for similar games. Both rookie and veteran gamers will definitely discover some new and interesting games to check out after finishing this book!
HG101 Digest Vol. 1: Strider and Bionic Commando
Introducing the first HG101 digest! This series is smaller than our other books, coming in at 74 pages, covering a variety of different topics rather than focusing on one large one. In this edition, we're examining Strider and Bionic Commando, two of Capcom’s most beloved franchises. To complement these, we’re also looking at a handful of Strider clones, and other games with grappling hooks and swinging, particularly the oddball Umihara Kawase series. Additional features include an Inventory focusing on Western-developed computer games that were ported to the Famicom but not re-imported back to America, and capsule reviews of 80 Japanese PlayStation games.
HG101 Presents: The Unofficial Guide to Konami Shooters
Shoot the core! Explore Konami's many contributions to the shoot-em-up pantheon, including Gradius, Life Force / Salamander, TwinBee, Parodius, Otomedius, Axelay, Thunder Cross, Space Manbow, Xexex, Ajax, Scramble, Time Pilot, Gyruss, Falsion, Crisis Force, Knightmare, Lightning Fighters, and others! Includes 152 pages of homages, soundtracks, trivia, hidden minigames, and more!
HG101 Presents: Castlevania
Welcome to the hell house! Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania includes 158 pages with full reviews of over thirty Castlevania titles - starting from the 1986 Nintendo original up to the 2014 Lords of Shadow 2 - plus reviews of clone games, soundtracks, books, trivia, and more!
HG101 Presents: Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 1
Get ready to enter the world of Sega! Hardcore Gaming 101: Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 1 includes 168 pages of extensive reviews of over seventy classic games originating from the 1980s and 90s arcade scene. Covered series include Space Harrier, After Burner, OutRun, Fantasy Zone, Wonder Boy/Monster World, Alex Kidd, and more! Revised for 2015!
HG101 Presents: The Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures
In 1984, Roberta Williams of Sierra On-Line designed King's Quest, the world's first graphic adventure. A huge step beyond the text-oriented games that preceded it, the genre took the world by storm, and proved immensely popular with computers over the next decade. A combination of storytelling and puzzle solving, they provided the ability to explore a world and experience a narrative without the need for twitchy reflexes demanded of arcade games. This nearly comprehensive book includes reviews for over 250 games from the golden age of the graphic adventure genre, running from 1984 to roughly 2000, focusing on promiminent publishers such as LucasArts, Sierra On-Line, Legend, and several other popular and not-so-popular series and games. Also includes interviews with several adventure game developers, including Al Lowe (creator of Leisure Suit Larry), Corey Cole (creator of Quest for Glory), Bob Bates (founder of Legend Entertainment) and Josh Mandel (writer and designer for Sierra).
HG101 Holiday Special 2014
A collection of articles published as a limited edition as a thanks to all Patreon donors in 2014. Includes 114 pages, covered games include assorted Taito and Namco arcade titles, a few recent Shin Megami Tensei games, and a sneak preview of the (then)-upcoming Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2. No longer in print but available as a PDF for Patreon donors.
Books by HG101 Contributors
The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 2 - by John Szczepaniak
The second volume in a series of exclusive interviews. Topics include T&E Soft, Hudson, Sein Soft / Xainsoft / Zainsoft, the creator of Bomb Jack, Westone, NCS and Masaya, Human Entertainment, Irem, Nazca, and Granzella, and more!
The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1 - by John Szczepaniak
This book reveals more secrets about the history of Japanese games than ever before, with 526 pages including 36 interviewees and exclusive archive photos. Topics include Konami's secret games console, the origin of Game Arts and Quintet, unusual events at Telenet, stories on Falcom, politics behind Enix's game programming contests, and a tour of the Love-de-Lic and WARP offices (with layout sketches). Every interviewee is asked about unreleased titles.
Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman - by Rob Strangman
Join veteran gamer, video game fansite webmaster, and born storyteller, Rob Strangman as he takes you on a tour of some of the most defining moments in video game history as seen through his eyes. From the fall of Atari to the emergence of the Sony PlayStation and beyond, Rob relates tales of the adventures that were had during the golden age of gaming. Rob also discusses his experiences with importing, the "gamer" stereotype, and shares his opinions on the current state of gaming. While Rob may have been the original "Virtual Caveman," he certainly wasn't the only one. Included here are many other stories and contributions from gamers both young and old. Also within these pages you will find interviews with many of the gaming industry's veterans: David Crane, Howard Scott Warshaw, Martin Alessi, Yuzo Koshiro, Kouichi "Isuke" Yotsui and more.
Books We've Contributed To
The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Video Games
The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Video Games shines a spotlight on this booming hobby. Packed with insight, it showcases the many different ways of collecting, including collecting by developer, by console, and by franchise. It unlocks the history of video games and even looks at how to spot counterfeit merchandise and how to maintain arcade cabinets. It痴 the latest entry in the "How-To" line from the publishers of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. We wrote the "Most Valuable Games on Every System" and "The Japanese Video Game Market" articles!