Deae Tonosama - Appare Ichiban
であえ殿さま あっぱれ一番
Tokyo Design Center / 1995

cool arena shmup with melee and long range characters and an extremely Japanese style. really really hard! maybe unnecessarily difficult. love the % power up system that lets you bulk up and completely devastate things!

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DoReMi Fantasy
ドレミファンタジー ミロンのドキドキ大冒険
Hudson Soft / 1996

great little platformer by Hudson. simple gameplay with tight controls and adorable graphics!. a bit of mario, a bit of bubble bobble. the ambient music on some stages is really fucking great.

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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Aero Fighters
ソニックウィングス
Video System / 1993

almost unbelievably good port of the arcade game! music sounds great, even better than the arcade FM music. tons of sprites with totally okay slowdown. best shmup on the system by miles. manic and difficult!

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Douchuu
がんばれゴエモン きらきら道中
Konami / 1995

cool action game with zelda-ish stages and side scrolling stages. bit of a language barrier on this one, unfortunately. 4 playable characters with their own stages and wicked music. i need to give this one more time, but i can tell it's a good one.

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Ghost Chaser Densei
ゴーストチェイサー電精
Winkysoft / 1994

port of the arcade game Denjinmakai. decently-paced beat em up. the music is pretty questionable. visuals are very CPS1 in color use. funny enemy names like fucking FTRONGER-Z. 3 characters. all kind of boring but serviceable. but not bad at all.

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Ghost Sweeper Mikami
ゴーストスイーパー GS美神
Natsume / 1993

the anime action equivalent to splatterhouse. a goddamn blast! it can be clunky but the music is way hype and the visuals are super charming. based on a manga or anime I think? a real hidden gem of a game! has some cool as hell bosses.

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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Hagane

CAProduction / 1994

fucking brutal hard game with complicated, rewarding controls. badass visuals combining traditional Japanese art and cyberpunk themes. a real treat of a game for those wanting something hardcore.

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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Kishin Douji Zenki - Battle Raiden
鬼神童子 ZENKI 烈闘雷伝
Hudson Soft / 1995

pretty decent beat em up platformer not too far removed from Hagane as far as visuals go (palettes, shading style, etc). nice atmosphere. the main character is a fucking hunk ♥

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Hamelin no Violin Tamaki
ハーメルンのバイオリン弾き
Daft / 1995

very cute platformer with great visuals. not exactly my kind of game but I can see this appealing to people wanting a real sense of adventure and development in their platform games.

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Majyuuou
魔獸王
KSS / 1995

BIAS ALERT: I LOVE THIS GAME! great atmosphere and wild neon graphics with teeny tiny sprites. audio is not great. feels like an 8 bit game on 16 bit hardware, kind of. like an underdeveloped mega man / castlevania / demons crest crossover. a competent game with a big heart.

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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The Ninja Warriors
ザ・ニンジャウォーリアーズアゲイン
Natsume / 1994

solid and simple beat em up by natsume. amazing graphics and the music is rockin'! 3 playable characters. two are kinda cool robots and the third is a very attractive ninja robot babe so the choice is pretty obvious. this game is hard as hell!

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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Operation Logic Bomb
怒りの要塞
Jaleco / 1993

really damn cool arena shooter by jaleco. neat visual storytelling and cutscenes with plenty of stupid technojargon. not quite enough enemy variety but it plays well enough to hold up. ridiculously hectic music!

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Rendering Ranger: R2
レンダリング・レンジャーR2
Rainbow Arts / 1995

not just a Euro game I don't hate, but a Euro game I like quite a bit! solid run n gun + shmup combo. TONS of sprites on screen at once. has my usual Euro hates: long levels, bosses with too much HP, huge hitboxes. makes up for them by just feeling damn good.

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Space Megaforce
スーパーアレスタ
Copmile / 1992

solid vertical shooter with compile syndrome (levels are too long). really cool mode 7 effects. not much to write home about otherwise. on the SFAM you're hurting for shooters by default, so this fills the void nicely.

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Captain Commando
キャプテンコマンドー
Capcom / 1995

great conversion of the CPS1 arcade beat em up. surprised this wasn't ported to the mega drive instead. good, simple fun with some silly characters.

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Cho Aniki Bakuretsu Ranto-hen
超兄貴 爆烈乱闘篇
Masaya / 1995

delightfully bizarre and fun flying fighting game with characters from the Cho Aniki franchise. great graphics and dumb fun gameplay. and, of course, one of the characters is an absolute babe ♥

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Congo's Caper
Data East / 1993
戦え原始人2 ルーキーの冒険

an offshoot of the Joe & Mac series. fun and very cute! nothing complicated about this one, it's just good, wholesome Data East platformer action.

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Demon's Crest
デモンズブレイゾン 魔界村 紋章編
Capcom / 1994

a Makaimura side-story game where you play as Red Arremer. amazing atmosphere, a great world to explore, awesome bosses, and tight controls. really fucking difficult game! easily one of the best games on the hardware, though. an actual masterpiece.

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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The Firemen
ザ・ファイヤーメン
Human / 1994

an awesome arena shooter where you fight fire! go figure i guess. Human tended to tackle interesting subject matter. a tense game with great pacing. things constantly go wrong and it's stressful as hell!

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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Skyblazer
迦楼羅王
Ukiyotei / 1994

amazing action platformer with absolutely killer boss battles using mode 7 in extreme ways. the pacing is solid and none of the levels or fights feel too drawn out. wicked tight controls seal the deal.

SUPER RECOMMENDED

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Magical Pop'n
マジカル ポツプン
Polestar / 1995

a devilishly fast-paced and adorable action platformer. not a whole lot unique about it, it just does what it does really well. big levels!

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Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero
改造町人シュビビンマンZERO
Masaya / 1994

solid action-platformer in the "Shockman" series, most of which were out on the PC Engine. this one was a Satellaview download game, i think. good, mindless melee combat fun.

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Undercover Cops
アンダーカバーコップス
Irem / 1995

a truly impressive port of Irem's arcade beat em up. one of the better games of that variety on the hardware with awesome graphics and a FUCKING GOOD-ASS SOUNDTRACK.

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Umihara Kawase
海腹川背
TNN/NHK SC / 1994

very cool puzzle platformer with a grappling hook mechanic. awesome fun to speedrun (although speed is largely the point of the game in the first place).

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