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Primal Rage 2 Apr 26, 2017

Thought to be unemulateable, the unreleased Primal Rage 2 has recently been dumped and incorporated into MAME, so now we can see what could have been, without traveling to the one arcade in the US that had a cabinet!

Dino Rex Apr 26, 2017

Taito's prehistoric fighting game uses digitized photos of dinosaur models, essentially making it the predecessor to Primal Rage.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 46: Mega Man Legends, Superman 64 Apr 26, 2017

Join the HG101 satellite pirates as they chat about cuteness science and the fine art of hoop-flying.

Bust a Groove Apr 22, 2017

A series of rhythm games that arrived on the PS1 in the wake of Parappa the Rapper, they seem quaint and simple nowadays, but the weird characters and catchy music has still earned this series a small but faithful following.

500 Word Indies: Science Girls Apr 19, 2017

A short Japanese-style RPG about six teenage geniuses thwarting an alien invasion involving bizarre plant creatures, mind controlling worms, and tentacle monster

500 Word Indies: Nighthaw-X3000 Apr 19, 2017

An indie shoot-em-up based on that neon retro gridline art style, complete with rad synthwave soundtrack.

The Silver Case Apr 18, 2017

Goichi Suda's trippy adventure game, the predecessor to Flower, Sun and Rain and Killer 7, originally released on the PS1, finally makes it way into English.

Yakuza Fury Apr 15, 2017

A simple but fun beat-em-up for the PlayStation 2, released as part of the Simple 2000 budget line. No relation to the Sega series, of course, but worth checking out if you just want to play as a Japanese mafia dude pummeling other Japanese mafia dudes.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 45: Katamari Damacy, Windjammers Apr 14, 2017

Join the HG101 world-champion cross-talkers as they chat about sticky balls, rainbow breath, and the exciting world of semi-pro frisbee pong.

Gurumin Apr 12, 2017

Falcom's cutesy action-platformer first made its way to the US on the PSP, but has since been released in English on its native PC platform, and more recently, on the 3DS.

Kowloon's Gate Apr 9, 2017

A cult classic Japanese PS1 FMV-adventure game, taking place in a mysteriously reborn Kowloon Walled City, renown for its stylish and bizarre visual design. Also includes a history of the Kowloon Walled City and an introduction to the concepts of feng shui, both of which are important to understanding the game.

Killer Instinct (Part 2 of 2) Apr 7, 2017

The Killer Instinct reboot, against all odds, actually turned out to be really good, with continual support across the seasons that's built itself into a solid fighter.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 44: Shinobi III, Night Trap, Dungeon Master Apr 7, 2017

Join the HG101 BMX bandits as they talk ninjas, closet vampires, and floor cheese.

Alwa's Awakening Apr 5, 2017

A cute NES-style Metroidvania, with light puzzle elements from Solomon's Key and masocore elements from Battle Kid.

Xanadu Next Apr 2, 2017

Falcom's cult classic Xanadu Next was finally released on Steam late last year, and apparently has gone quite underlooked. We've revised and updated our article to give this fantastic title another chance on the spotlight - a fresh melding of Japanese and Western RPG philosophies - as well as updating some of the associated Dragon Slayer articles.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 43: Chrono Trigger, Demon's Souls, Flashback Apr 1, 2017

Join the HG101 Get Fresh Crew and special guest Kim Justice as they discuss three outstanding games! But they're still hungry...

Thimbleweed Park Mar 30, 2017

This crowd sourced point-and-click from Rob Gilbert and Gary Winnick recalls the glory days of LucasArts' reign.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 42: Donkey Kong '94, Tempest 2000, Landstalker Mar 29, 2017

Join the HG101 ape-handlers as they talk plumber handstands, giant Mickey boots, and did someone say llamas?

Killer Instinct (Part 1 of 2) Mar 29, 2017

Rare's flashy CGI rendered fighting game that acted as a selling point for the "Nintendo Ultra 64". This first part covers the first two games, next week will feature the surprisingly excellent reboot.

Steins;Gate Mar 26, 2017

Regarded as one of the best visual novels ever made, Steins;Gate (and its assorted spinoffs) explore both the scientific and emotional consequences of time travel.

The Music of Castlevania Mar 23, 2017

An examination of the soundtracks to the 8 and 16-bit Castlevania games, detailing their sound synthesis, inspirations, and recurring themes.

Severed Mar 21, 2017

A brilliant first person dungeon crawler with a touch-based combat system, with colorful Aztec-inspired visuals, developed by the folks who did Guacamelee. Also free for the rest of the month on PS+.

Top 47,858 Episode 41: Super Metroid, Jagged Alliance 2 Mar 18, 2017

Join the HG101 space police and special guest Steve Gaynor (Gone Home, Bioshock 2, Tacoma) as they talk shinesparks and mercenary HR.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Home Alone (Sega) Mar 18, 2017

There were tons of Home Alone games. None of them were good, but Sega's versions were the least awful.

500 Word Indies: The Yawhg Mar 15, 2017

A charming choose-your-own-adventure, with a fast play time and multiplayer element.

Trauma Center Mar 12, 2017

Atlus' series of over-the-top medical action games helped to show off the touch and motion controls of Nintendo's DS and Wii systems.

Top 47,858 Episode 40: Deja Vu, Gradius II, The Fabulous Wanda Mar 10, 2017

Join the HG101 game-talkin' death squad as they talk Gradius, C64, and waking up in strange mens' rooms.

Coming Soon: Retro Game Super Translation Selection (English edition) Feb 1, 2017

HG101 is happy to announce that we are publishing a localized version of Retro Game Super Translation Selection, a doujinshi that highlights various written localization changes in 8 and 16-bit games.

HG101 Presents Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 is now available! Dec 11, 2016

Our other latest book is now available on Amazon (and Amazon UK and other European Amazon sites). Discover the golden age of Sega classics with games like Zaxxon, Pengo, and Ninja Princess, along with cult favorites like Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Aurail, Bonanza Bros., and more! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

HG101 Presents The Guide to Shoot-Em-Ups Vol. 1 is now available! Dec 9, 2016

Our latest book is now available on Amazon (and Amazon UK and other European Amazon sites). Explore the world of shoot-em-ups by Compile, Technosoft, Hudson, Irem, and many others! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

The HG101 and Sonic & Sega Fan Jam 2016 Fanbook is now available! Dec 14, 2016

Created for the Sonic & Sega Fan Jam, this 76 page book features several Sega reviews and introductions to some of Sega's long-running series, plus two covers: one designed in the classic SMS grid style and one featuring Sonic and other Sega pals! Check out the table of contents here. Also available as a PDF!

Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 1 Now Available in German! Nov 3, 2016

Hardcore Gaming 101 gibt es jetzt auch auf Deutsch! Mit „Hardcore Gaming 101 presents: Sega Arcade Classics (Deutsche Edition)“ kommt das erste Buch der Hardcore Gaming 101 Reihe jetzt auch nach Deutschland. Lasst euch in die Spielhallen der 80er und 90er entführen und erfahrt mehr über die bekannten und weniger bekannten Spiele des ehemaligen Konsolenherstellers!

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JRPGs

Ys

Earthbound

Suikoden

WRPGs

Wizardry

Ultima

Might and Magic

Cinematic Milestones

Alone in the Dark

Prince of Persia

Another World

Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter

Fatal Fury

King of Fighters

Shoot-'em-Ups

Gradius

Konami Shooters

Dodonpachi

Adventures

Monkey Island

Gabriel Knight

Leisure Suit Larry

Side-Scrolling Action

Ninja Gaiden

Mega Man

Shinobi

Sega

Space Harrier

Golden Axe

OutRun

Capcom

Bionic Commando

Strider

Final Fight

Famicom

Gimmick!

Moon Crystal

Holy Diver

Super Famicom

Gunple: Gunman's Proof

Live-a-Live

Rendering Ranger: R2

Japanese PS1

Panzer Bandit

Harmful Park

Gunner's Heaven

Features

Tracing the Influence

A History of Korean Gaming

Japanese Artwork of Western Games

Franchise Profiles

Asterix

Donald Duck

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles