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Zero Wing

All your base are bel…. that’s enough of that thank you, underneath all the over used internet jokes is a fantastic shmup that’s fun and…

Asterix

The NES may have had a stranglehold on big-name comics properties like Batman, but Marvel/DC funny-book heroes weren’t the only game in town. Master System…

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic’s characteristic zippiness was pressed into frequent service to sell whichever technological wizardry Sega was flaunting this season, but the hedgehog’s lo-fi debut still managed…

The New Zealand Story

Taito’s platformer was legendarily conceived after a company exec took a vacation in the future Middle-earth and decided here was a country worth designing a…

Prince of Persia

Personal computers of the late 1980s were incomplete without a translation of Jordan Mechner’s rotoscoped spin on Arabian Nights dungeon-crawling, which pioneered the use in…

Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts

That catchy soundtrack. That merciless difficulty curve. Those iconic boxer shorts. The NES got the original instalment of Capcom’s lance-chucking platform epic, but the sequel…

Impossible Mission

There are those who’ve had Impossible Missions trademark death-sounds burned into their eardrums from hours of unforgiving play, and then there are sane people. But…

F1

Master System owners eager to go as fast as possible were well served by F1, a downsized conversion of Domark’s definitive Formula 1 sim. The…

Strider

Capcom’s acrobatic arcade platformer was a killer app of its day: a brightly colored, high-jumping flight of fancy whose coin-operated excesses struggled to fit through…

The Lion King

Lush animation and exuberant tunes bring big-budget Disney production values to this Master System adaptation of the Mouse’s leonine take on Hamlet. Battletoads convertor Syrex…

Dynamite Headdy

Superstar Japanese developer Treasure worked hard to give players something new in Dynamite Headdy – though one gets the idea that half the struggle was…

Cool Spot

Hey, are you feeling mysteriously thirsty all of a sudden? 7 Up’s ’90s mascot not only got his own high-jumping Genesis title, but somehow the…

Golden Axe Warrior

The populist Master System never had the bandwagon-driving clout of the NES, but Sega was hurting for neither big-name IPs nor ideas about what 8-bit…