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More oldies thanks to a 30% off sale at Rising Stuff:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game in North America because the first TMNT game on the Famicom was titled as Geki Kame Ninja Den in Japan. This is a pretty good port the first of two arcade TMNT brawlers by Konami. It won’t blow your mind, but I do remember anticipating this game back then since I was already a fan of the arcade version.

Karnov – I haven’t tried much of this one yet, but it seems like a good, challenging action game. I think most people are more familiar with the character and his various cameos in other games rather than the game he’s the star of.

Super Mario Bros. & Super Mario Bros. 3 – If I have to tell you anything about these two games then you need to get out from under your rock!

U.S. Championship V’Ball – Known as Super Spike V’Ball in North America. Probably my favorite 8-bit sports game ever. I love spiking the crap out of my opponents!

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Final Blaster – Shmup by Namco that’s pretty hard. Other than that, I got nothing right now.

Cho Aniki – Everyone’s favorite homoerotic themed series of games, Cho Aniki is pretty infamous for it’s surreal imagery. This particular entry, which is the first one, is the least strange of them and has the similar jankyness of hit detection that Masaya’s other PC Engine shmup, L-Dis, that I own has. It’s a pretty decent game otherwise and if you own a Wii, you can go get it off of the Virtual Console store right now! Come on, you know you wanna! πŸ˜€

Psychic Storm – A shmup developed by Alfa System who are best known for the Castle Shikigami series of shmups. Like Final Blaster I haven’t played it much yet so I have nothing else to add.

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Axelay – An early SNES shmup by Konami that is still pretty good and still looks good too.

Tsumi to Batsu: Hoshi no Keishousha – Known to most as Sin and Punishment, this is an on-rails shooter by Treasure which is pretty awesome from what I have played so far. You can get it on Virtual Console too, so go do it already!

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I decided to revise my Top Ten Fighting Games list I originally blogged about in 2007 and it has changed a lot! For reference, here’s the original list:

TOP TEN FIGHTING GAMES (2007)

β…©. Samurai Shodown II
β…¨. Marvel vs. Capcom 2
β…§. Guilty Gear XX Ξ› Core
β…¦. Virtua Fighter 5
β…₯. Bleach DS: Souten ni Kakeru Unmei
β…€. Street Fighter Alpha 3
β…£. Garou: Mark of the Wolves
β…’. King of Fighters 2002
β…‘. Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
β… . Super Street Fighter II Turbo

Now check out how much it has changed:
[Each game series is restricted to only one game per series.]

TOP TEN FIGHTING GAMES (2009)

β…©. Virtua Fighter 5 (down 3)
β…¨. Last Blade 2 (new)
β…§. Tekken 6 (new)
β…¦. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (up 2)
β…₯. Garou: Mark of the Wolves (down 2)
β…€. Samurai Shodown II (up 5)
β…£. King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match (new)
β…’. Street Fighter Alpha 2 (new)
β…‘. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (new)
β… . Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (new)

袅兄貴

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