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Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer

Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer

Sega Genesis - Released - July 16, 1992

Advanced Busterhawk Gley Lancer is a scrolling shooter which has its story narrated through manga-style panel illustrations, similar to Phantasy Star IV or Gaiares. The story follows Lucia, a 16 year old star fighter pilot in the Earth Federation. A war breaks out between humans and an unknown alien race in the year 2025. Lucia's father, Ken, a high-ranking admiral in the Federation Navy, is captured after his ship is warped out of the combat zone with 4 alien modules which have the ability of teleportation. Lucia, heart-broken after hearing her father's disappearance, decides to hijack the...

After Burst

After Burst

Nintendo Game Boy - October 26, 1990

In After Burst, the player takes the role of a fighting robot who has to destroy a orb in each one-screen level. But before this can happen, a series of obstacles have to be cleared, e.g. wandering robots, platforming challenges or small puzzles (when not destroyable blocks are placed directly above destroyable ones, they fall down when their support is gone). Besides walking and jumping, the robot also has a gun to his disposal. The angle can be changed and by holding the fire button longer, the flying distance of the shot can be set. Each level has a time limit and sometimes there is a boss...

Ai Chou Aniki

Ai Chou Aniki

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - February 24, 1995

The Cho Aniki series returns with their first sequel, the one that would cement the series humorous fetish with bodybuilders and other assorted stuff. As in the original Cho Aniki: Super Big Brothers, Ai Cho Aniki is a side-scrolling shooter in which you have to clear several stages of enemies with your flying avatar. Said avatar this time can be either of the two "option" bodybuilders that were supporting characters in the original while the original's main cast plays only small cameo roles as they appear every now and then to drop power-ups. Our two beloved speedo-wearing beefcakes also...

Araiguma Rascal: Raccoon Rascal

Araiguma Rascal: Raccoon Rascal

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 25, 1994

The 11 year old Robby North and his friend Oscar live in Wisconsin. During fishing they hear a shoot. A racoon-mother was shot. Robby takes the baby of this racoon with him and cares for it. The boy names the racoon Rascal. Guide Rascal through puzzles and trouble and find Robby!

Arubarea no Otome: Uruwashi no Seikishitachi

Arubarea no Otome: Uruwashi no Seikishitachi

Sony Playstation - Released - October 8, 1998

In "Arubarea no Otome", you play one of the three girls who were summoned to the castle of the Queen of Arubarea to study fighting and magical arts (you can name your heroine as you like, but the default name is Ashanty). As an additional reward - beside the graduation - you can try to impress and ultimately to win the heart of one of the five great knights of the kingdom. Your goal in the game is to make sure you become stronger and more charming than your two rivals, and to make a good impression on the Queen and the knights. You must plan a schedule for your studies in castle. You can...

Assault Suit Leynos 2

Assault Suit Leynos 2

Sega Saturn - Released - February 21, 1997

Japan-only sequel to Target Earth, Leynos 2 puts you in the cockpit of a giant mecha robot as you scroll and shoot your way through a series of 7 individual missions tied loosely together by a generic sci-fi plot. The game itself plays as a side-scrolling shooter set in different planets as well as outer space (where you can fly anywhere with your jump-jets). You have a variety of upgradeable weaponry which allow you to shoot anywhere on-screen as well as auto-lock individual enemies, and depending on how well you do on each stage you get a specific rating score that allows you to upgrade...

Bike Daisuki! Hashiriya Kon: Rider's Spirits

Bike Daisuki! Hashiriya Kon: Rider's Spirits

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - September 30, 1994

The challenge of bike racing heats up and players choose their favorite machine. In five courses, aim to win the Grand Prix or go for a Chicken Run or time trial. There are four modes, including endurance race. Two players can go head to head in a split screen race.

Cho Aniki

Cho Aniki

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - December 25, 1992

The odd world in this shooter made for quite the conversation piece in its day. Players control either Idaten or Benten, celestial warriors out to bring an end to the tyrannical rule of the emperor of Planet Builder, who holds muscular prowess to be the supreme virtue of the universe. Aided by able-bodied muscle-head options Adon and Samson, they must battle to defeat the emperors army across five stages. Use the buttons to fire away and lay into the Builder forces! Power up your character and options with protein from defeated enemies to have them "bulk up" with a yell, and take their macho...

Chou Aniki: Bakuretsu Rantou Hen

Chou Aniki: Bakuretsu Rantou Hen

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - September 22, 1995

Botei has returned for the 11th Galaxy Bodybuilding Competition after his defeat to Idaten, Samson and Adon, and is aiming for victory to become the greatest bodybuilder in the Galaxy. Idaten must train his body and mind, to get chiseled, oiled and muscular to prove he is the true king of protein and the Galaxy's greatest body.

Chou Aniki: Kyuukyoku... Otoko no Gyakushuu

Chou Aniki: Kyuukyoku... Otoko no Gyakushuu

Sega Saturn - Released - March 29, 1996

Quick to jump into the 32-bit bandwagon, Masaya developed their next Cho Aniki game for the PSOne and Saturn. The game is a 2d shooter which plays like a sequel to the first game, as you once again take control of either Idaten or Benten (the heroes of the original game) with the semi-nude bodybuilders Adon and Samsom returning to their role of option characters that hover around the player. The game plays almost exactly like the original TurboCD games, except the graphics have been completely revamped to make full use of digitized photographs. "Chou Aniki: Kyuukyoku... Otoko no Gyakushuu"...

Choujikuu Yousai Macross 2036

Choujikuu Yousai Macross 2036

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - April 3, 1992

Choosing to move on with a new story rather than that of the Macross anime, the creators of Macross 2036 brought in the original character designer, Haruhiko Mikimoto, for this horizontal shoot 'em up. The game features extensive anime sequences between levels to recreate the feeling of the show, and these are well drawn although quite heavy in dialogue. The gameplay itself is nothing new - you have a primary weapon and optional secondary weapon that is extra powerful, and you have to mow down the Zentradi forces in your Valkyrie (which only gets to transform at specific points). Power-up pods...

Choujikuu Yousai Macross: Eien No Love Song

Choujikuu Yousai Macross: Eien No Love Song

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - December 4, 1992

A fairly straightforward strategy game that was similar to the Nectaris games on the platform. The story was based after the events in "Macross: Do You Remember Love", featuring original characters. The appeal of the game was largely the cinematics and the Macross license, since there were no shortage of generic turn based strategy games at the time.

Energy

Energy

NEC TurboGrafx-16 - April 19, 1989

Energy is a side scrolling platform game by NCS/Masaya. It is based on Ashe, an obscure PC-8801 Japanese game originally released by Quasar Soft in 1988. A powerful earthquake has released an army of mutant monsters all over the city of Tokyo. A small group of humans survived and from their underground hideout they decide to send a team to investigate and fight the threat. The player takes control of a young fighter with psionic powers (called 'ESP'), the only known of his kind. He can use these unique phsychic powers to also fire balls of energy, his only means of defense against the...

Head Buster

Head Buster

Sega Game Gear - Released - March 15, 1991

Head Buster (ヘッドバスター?, Headbuster) is a Game Gear video game that involves robots fighting in combat sequences. The object is to earn more gold by winning matches and spending that money on better weapons like rifles, missile launchers, and flamethrowers. Robots can be traded in for money (gold) if updating them is impossible. At the center of each starting point is a base (circle). Either the base must be destroyed or all the opponent's robots must be destroyed in order to clear the battlefield. There is a certain range to each weapon; opponents cannot be attacked if they are too close or...

Hellfire

Hellfire

Sega Genesis - Released - September 28, 1990

In the year 2998, humanity has finally reached the stars, and was able to build a prosperous, peaceful society. However, a space matter known as the Black Nebula began to spread, threatening to engulf the galaxies controlled by humans. It turned out that a robotic dictator named Super Mech was behind this occurrence. The Earth sends Captain Lancer, a skillful pilot navigating the powerful CNCS1 aircraft, equipped with the most powerful weapon: the Hellfire...

Langrisser I & II

Langrisser I & II

Sony Playstation - Released - July 31, 1997

This is a remake of two games: Langrisser (known as Warsong in USA) and its sequel, Langrisser II – or, better to say, the enhanced version of this sequel, known as Der Langrisser. The remake features the Ultima-style character creation (you choose between various answers to morally provoking questions) introduced in Der Langrisser, and also offers branching storyline (you can be good or side with the evil forces, if you wish).

Langrisser II

Langrisser II

Sega Genesis - August 26, 1994

Langrisser II (ラングリッサー2) is a turn-based strategy game developed by CareerSoft and published by Masaya. Unlike the first Langrisser, Langrisser II was not released outside Asia (nor would any future sequel). Two translation groups translated the game: a nearly complete translation by Hiryuu Honyaku and NoPrgress was released in 2001-2004 before M.I.J.E.T. fully translated the game between 2008 and 2010.

Langrisser III

Langrisser III

Sega Saturn - Released - October 18, 1996

This is a prequel to the two Langrisser games (the first one is known in the US as Warsong). The events of the third game occur thousand years before those described in the first "Langrisser". The story centers around the creation of a holy sword named Langrisser, and the first Descendants of Light, the only people who can wield it. The main character is the knight Diharuto, the ancestor of Leon (Elwin's rival in "Langrisser II"). He must defeat the evil Boser, who is bound to the evil sword Alhazzard. In Langrisser III, you don't control whole armies, but only their generals, whom you move...

Langrisser IV

Langrisser IV

Sega Saturn - Released - August 1, 1997

Langrisser IV is the fourth in the long-running Japanese strategy RPG series. Cleons, the king of the country Regenburg, offers his general Gizarov a reward for his achievements on the battle field. For a mysterious reason, Gizarov chooses only one small town, called Gotaal. Immediately after having the town in his possession, Gizarov presses the population with heavy taxes. Landius, the son of Gotaal's mayor, fails to convince Gizarov to stop raising the taxes, and as a result, he has no other choice but to support the people in rebellion... The game returns to the traditional gameplay...

Langrisser Millenium

Langrisser Millenium

Sega Dreamcast - Released - November 3, 1999

Langrisser Millennium is yet another installment of the long-running Japanese strategy RPG series. You control five main characters: Taji, a young boy whom was chosen as the ruler of the country Salem; Nei Lee Sun, the ruler of Chin, who helps Taji when he gets involved in a war; Masariva, a half-beast and a former slave who became a queen, but preferred the life of a wanderer; Rumaty Marf, the queen of the country Misla, on a quest for an angel who appeared in her dream; and Saryune, the ruler of Vidern, whose only desire is power. Those five rulers meet each other, when they get involved in...

Langrisser V: The End of Legend

Langrisser V: The End of Legend

Sega Saturn - Released - June 18, 1998

The story of Langrisser V is closely connected to the one told in Langrisser IV - the two games form a kind of a sub-series within the Langrisser universe. The game's plot revolves around Sigma, an artificial human created by the great warlock and scientist Gizarov. One say, Sigma is awakened from his sleep inside a storage crystal in one of Gizarov's labs by Lambda, a girl who was also created by the scientist. Apparently, a powerful lord named Rainforce has invaded Gizarov's laboratory with the intention of destroying it. Meanwhile, a powerful artificial human called Omega, another...

Lightning Vaccus: The Knight of Iron

Lightning Vaccus: The Knight of Iron

Sharp X68000 - Released - March 30, 1989

Lightning Vaccus is a futuristic turn-based war strategy game. The plot is advanced through cutscenes and involves a struggle for dominance between two fictional countries, each in possession of powerful mecha units called "AD". The first scenario follows a battle on the Vaccus peninsula; subsequent scenarios can be chosen by the player. The story also reflects the experiences of an officer who has lost his teammates and longs to end the war and return home. The battles take place on a grid with hexagonal fields. Before each battle the player selects a number of units, ranging from simple...

Mamono Hunter Youko: Dai 7 no Keishou

Mamono Hunter Youko: Dai 7 no Keishou

Sega Genesis - March 22, 1991

Mamono Hunter Youko: Dai 7 no Keishou (魔物ハンター妖子 第7の警鐘) is a 1991 Sega Mega Drive action game by NCS made to tie into the Mamono Hunter Youko anime. A and C jump. B swings your sword. Hold B to gradiually generate a circular shield. Keep holding B to keep the shield. If you let go of B, press it again quickly to send the shield out to attack enemies, but hold it again if you want to keep the shield when it comes back. To get rid of the shield, simply do not press B again.

Mamono Hunter Youko: Makai Kara no Tenkousei

Mamono Hunter Youko: Makai Kara no Tenkousei

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - March 13, 1992

Makai kara no Tenkōsei is based on the anime series Devil Hunter Yohko. The anime focuses on Yohko Mano, a Japanese high school student who discovers that she is the 108th Devil Hunter, destined to fight supernatural evil beings in accordance with her legacy. The game puts the player in the role of Shoma, a new exchange student who meets Yohko and her best friend Chikako at his new school. Miraculously, the three are teleported into a parallel dimension, and the reluctant hero discovers, to his amazement, that its inhabitants seem to be familiar with him. The game plays like a typical...

Mamono Hunter Youko: Tooki Yobigoe

Mamono Hunter Youko: Tooki Yobigoe

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - January 8, 1993

Tooki Yobigoe is a direct sequel to Mamono Hunter Yōko: Makai kara no Tenkōsei, continuing where the story of the previous game left off. Yohko, Shoma and Setsuna are attacked by demons on the flying ship, and have to use their recently found powers to fend them off. As opposed to the previous game, where Shoma was the protagonist, Yohko is the player character in the sequel. Gameplay-wise, the puzzle-less Japanese adventure format is further utilized. Verb commands must be selected from a menu and sometimes combined with objects or character names for interaction. It is often necessary to...

Nazo No Masquerade

Nazo No Masquerade

NEC TurboGrafx-16 - Released - March 2, 1990

Nazo no Masquerade ("Mystery of the Masquerade") is a menu-driven adventure game for the PC Engine. It was developed by Riverhillsoft, a company best known for the JB Harold series of murder mystery adventure games. The player is a detective staying in a mansion while investigating a crime on the premises in the early 20th century. They can move around the mansion via a map that can be pulled up at any time, and talk to various NPCs staying in the mansion's many rooms.

Power of the Hired

Power of the Hired

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - December 22, 1994

Power of the Hired is a strategy RPG for the Super Famicom developed and published by NCS's video game division Masaya. It was released exclusively in Japan in late 1994. The game features four player-named heroes that the player must use to fight off overwhelming waves of enemies. The primary character of the group is able to summon creatures to defend herself and the other party members, and through these creatures the player is able to tactically conquer each of the game's scenarios. Depending on the creatures summoned, the player characters' magic can change their elemental composition....

Ranma ½

Ranma ½

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - December 7, 1990

The first Ranma 1/2 game based on Rumiko Takahashi’s popular manga. You play Ranma, a boy who after falling in a magical hot spring, changes into a girl if he gets wet. The only way to change back is to come into contact with hot water. The large cast of supporting characters includes many shape changing people, including a panda, cat and goose! The game itself is a scrolling beat ‘em up (with some one-on-one stages) with a major focus on the visual scenes between levels that tell the story from the manga.

Ranma ½: Byakuranaika

Ranma ½: Byakuranaika

Sega CD - Released - April 23, 1993

This is the only Ranma game on this platform and was only released in Japan. It features an original story centering on a new character, Arisa Nanjo. After Ranma Saotome's friends go missing, it is up to him to track them down. The game is a video novel which involves the player, acting as Ranma, selecting from a series of choices, such as what to do or say to someone. The results are then played out in an animated sequence. It uses a Rock-Paper-Scissors-style battle system. The characters are voiced by the original cast from the Anime series.

Ranma ½: Datou, Ganso Musabetsu Kakutou-ryuu!

Ranma ½: Datou, Ganso Musabetsu Kakutou-ryuu!

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - October 2, 1992

The title translates to "Overthrow of the Indiscriminate Fighting Style." This is a side-scrolling fighting game similar to Final Fight and is similar to the first PC Engine game. The storyline goes up to the Hiryu Shoten Ha storyline where Ranma must battle against many of his arch rivals. After each stage you can see one of two cut scenes depending on the sex Ranma is when he beats the stage.

Ranma 1/2: Chougi Ranbu Hen

Ranma 1/2: Chougi Ranbu Hen

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - April 28, 1994

Ranma gets a letter explaining that they just received the recipe to the most valuable of all treasures, the Maneki Neko, which has the ability to grant any wish. Ranma must then set out to find the 12 ingredients of the Maneki Neko, located all over the world, before one of their rivals does the same.

Ranma 1/2: Toraware no Hanayome

Ranma 1/2: Toraware no Hanayome

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - December 6, 1991

Based on the Ranma 1/2 manga and anime series, Toraware no Hanayome consists of several chapters, which are similar to episodes of a TV show: each one has its own story and theme, but all the chapters have recurrent characters from the Ranma 1/2 universe. As in the original manga and anime, the story focuses on the young martial artist and high school student Ranma, who was cursed after bathing in a sacred Chinese spring: contact with cold water turns him into a woman, while hot water restores him to his original masculine form. Most of the story in the game is dedicated to Ranma's...

Rom Rom Stadium

Rom Rom Stadium

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - December 22, 1989

Rom Rom Stadium is a baseball game with fictional teams and players. Players can compete against each other or computer AI. In the Open mode players can select opponents and stadiums, while the Pennant mode is shaped like a tournament; standings can be saved with a password system. The game uses third-person view for pitching and batting; isometric view is used for gameplay on the field. Also included is a simple team creation tool, which allows naming the team and the players and choosing the color of the uniform.

Sol Bianca

Sol Bianca

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - June 29, 1990

The game is based on the anime movie of the same name. In 24th century, piracy is still an issue, but no more in seas and oceans, sailing ordinary ships - the pirates are in space! The most dangerous pirate crew is the one of Sol Bianca - April, Janny, May, June, and Feb. No, those are not names of months, but five beautiful ladies, who can handle some high-tech weaponry and who think only about treasure. But the five lovely pirates are not evil - whenever some tyrant threatens a planet, they are there to help. The gameplay of Sol Bianca is that of a traditional Japanese-style RPG. The...

Star Cruiser

Star Cruiser

Sega Genesis - Released - December 21, 1990

Star Cruiser (スタークルーザー) is a 1990 adventure game for the Sega Mega Drive by Arsys Software, published by NCS. It combines two prior games by Arsys, Star Cruiser and Star Cruiser II, both released on various Japanese home computers. No version has been released outside Japan.

Vixen 357

Vixen 357

Sega Genesis - October 23, 1992

A war with the aliens was ended with victory of the Earth, thanks to secretly developed battle robots named SERDs. Years passed and wounds from this war were healed. Humans once again divided into multiple nations. And, as always, started to make a more powerful weapons. A new and much more powerful battle mech prototypes named VECTOR were developed and subsequently build. And while Takuya and his team were testing them, some unknown enemy VECTORs attacked their base. Vixen 357 is a turn-based strategy RPG game developed by the same team responsible for the Langrisser games. Those who...

Wallaby!! Usagi no Kuni no Kangaroo Race

Wallaby!! Usagi no Kuni no Kangaroo Race

NEC TurboGrafx-16 - Released - December 14, 1990

Wallaby!! is a racing simulation game from Tenky and Masaya. It plays similarly to a number of horse racing simulators for Japanese systems, but switches the horses for kangaroos and wallabies and human riders for rabbits. The player selects a rabbit as their protagonist and can either raise marsupials for racing or simply bet on those belonging to other rabbits.

Wings of Wor

Wings of Wor

Sega Genesis - Released - January 25, 1991

Wings of Wor/Gynoug is a horror-themed shoot'em up similar to Thunder Force and other horizontal shooters. But other than most of them where you play a spaceship of some sort, here you play as Wor, a member of the so-called 'Flying men' who look quite similar to angels. The home planet of these people, Iccus, has been taken over by a virus that has mutated into a collection of quite horrible creatures, and every previous attempt to battle them has failed. So now it is Wor's turn to save his home planet and destroy these mutants once and for all!

Zen-Nihon Pro Wres

Zen-Nihon Pro Wres

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - July 16, 1993

Step into the ring! Choose from 16 of All Japan Pro Wrestling's wrestlers and bring it on! Wield the massive power of Hansen, the lightning-fast strikes of Kawada, the underhanded attacks of ACE, and many more mad men of the ring! With its robust grappling system and over 50 moves to master, All Japan Pro Wrestling delivers the deepest and most realistic wrestling action of the 16-bit era! Test your might against the crafty AI, or up to 4 players can compete in exhibition, tag team, and round robin matches!

Zen-Nihon Pro Wrestling 2: 3-4 Budokan

Zen-Nihon Pro Wrestling 2: 3-4 Budokan

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - April 7, 1995

This game is the finale of the All Japan Pro Wrestling series for Super Famicom. It all started 1993 with the smooth but simple Zen Nihon Pro Wrestling. Then the updated version "Dash" was released with new performers, tag team wrestling moves, and the 4 way elimination match. 'Budoukan has the same basic look as the first 2 but everything has been re-drawn. The roster is bigger with 19 wrestlers! And the gameplay is deeper with more moves and a submission system. The music which was excellent in the previous games has been improved further. This is real wrestling, it's All Japan Pro...

Zen-Nihon Pro Wrestling: Fight da Pon!

Zen-Nihon Pro Wrestling: Fight da Pon!

Super Nintendo Entertainment System - June 25, 1994

Unlike the other games in the series, Fight da Pon is a comedic/parodic take on the circuit, and features various AJPW wrestlers in a super deformed chibi style that exaggerates their personalities. The game features multiple modes, but the core battle system requires using cards at opportune moments. Each card depicts a type of wrestling move, such as a suplex or clothesline, and the player can use them to counter and overpower their opponent. The game's story mode(s) plays out like a board game with occasional bouts.

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