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Articles written by: Benjamin Galway

Kyuukai Douchuuki

Kyuukai Douchuuki

Cute takes on standard genres are common in video gaming. Shooters with cute characters are a sub-genre all their own, and the trend even extends to sports. Namco made some of the better known examples, and its World Stadium series was highly popular in Japan. Sadly, the west saw it only in the first R.B.I. Baseball game and Batter Up on the Game Gear.

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WeaponLord

WeaponLord

Namco had a rocky start on the Genesis, hampered by Nintendo’s ironclad licensing agreements. When it was finally free to publish on the platform, the company let loose with a slew of quality software. Among the titles released was a fighter that was almost instantly overshadowed by the impending transition to 32-bit consoles. WeaponLord was a deep and intriguing brawler, and too many gamers overlooked it in their mad dash to the next generation.

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Battle Golfer Yui

Battle Golfer Yui

Every so often, a game comes along that takes an established dynamic and turns it completely on its head, or it at least shakes it up a bit. Sega’s Battle Golfer Yui is one such title, and the way it mixes a game as tranquil as golf with evil organizations and world domination is something everyone must experience. While it may stutter here and there in execution, the premise alone makes it worth at least checking out.

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Virtual Pinball

Virtual Pinball

Like pinball? If so, then you’ve probably already played more than a few video versions of the classic game. It’s been a hit and miss experience attempting to recreate the feel and gameplay of actual pinball in video game format, and Electronic Arts took a stab at it back in 1993 with Virtual Pinball. The result was a lukewarm game that wasn’t necessarily bad but didn’t really do anything to stand out either.

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Elemental Master

Elemental Master

Shooter fans love Techno Soft. Fewer companies have produced more quality games in the genre than it has, and the Genesis was especially blessed by its talents. Everyone knows of the Thunder Force series, of course, but there’s also another vertical shooter that unfortunately doesn’t get as much love. Well, we’re here to change that with a full review of Techno Soft’s other classic, Elemental Master.

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