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Crisis Beat May 21, 2017

A 3D beat-em-up reminiscent of the Dynamite Deka (Die Hard Arcade) series, released for the PS1 in Japan and Europe.

Lucifer Ring May 21, 2017

The follow-up to Crisis Beat, Lucifer Ring is a somewhat more successful second attempt at a 3D beat-em-up, this time giving the game a fantasy makeover.

Elemental Gearbolt May 14, 2017

One of the rare non-Namco light gun games worth playing on the PlayStation, taking place in a fantasy world and featuring a vaguely RPG-esque leveling system.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 49: Zombie Nation, Shaq Fu May 12, 2017

Join the HG101 Soda Shaq afficianados as they chat about interdimensional martial arts quests and the best giant head in shoot-em-ups.

Brigador May 11, 2017

A recent isometric mecha shooter, basically Desert Strike with the style of Syndicate and Shadowrun.

Hellsinker May 9, 2017

A ridiculously deep doujin shoot-em-up, whose mechanics resemble that of Battle Garegga by the way of Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun.

Flinthook May 6, 2017

An indie rogue-lite where you use your hook to zip around levels and hunt for cash, rendered with some beautiful pixelwork.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 48: Sonic Adventure, Pac Man May 6, 2017

Join the HG101 big fat party animals as they talk attitude-having mascot animals and video games' greatest pie graph.

Assault Trooper May 4, 2017

An ugly but nonetheless fantastic IBM PC game that deserves more attention, especially those who remember playing the demo on those "100+ Games" disks of yore.

Splatter Master May 1, 2017

A vaguely cutesy Halloween-themed budget side-scroller for the PlayStation 2, vaguely recalling the super deformed Famicom classic Splatterhouse Wanpaku Graffiti.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 47: Pilotwings 64, Goemon's Great Adventure Apr 30, 2017

Join the HG101 Nester lookalikes and special guest Guru Larry as they discuss jet-belts versus jet-packs, sexy car magazines, and P-L-A-S-M-A!!

Adventures of Musashi Apr 29, 2017

One of the Famicom's many Dragon Quest clones, with two major distinctions: it's a humorous story based on samurai legend Musashi Miyamoto, and it was developed by Quest, the folks that eventually went on to make Ogre Battle.

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...

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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Might and Magic

Cinematic Milestones

Alone in the Dark

Prince of Persia

Another World

Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter

Fatal Fury

King of Fighters



Konami Shooters



Monkey Island

Gabriel Knight

Leisure Suit Larry

Side-Scrolling Action

Ninja Gaiden

Mega Man



Space Harrier

Golden Axe



Bionic Commando


Final Fight



Moon Crystal

Holy Diver

Super Famicom

Gunple: Gunman's Proof


Rendering Ranger: R2

Japanese PS1

Panzer Bandit

Harmful Park

Gunner's Heaven


Tracing the Influence

A History of Korean Gaming

Japanese Artwork of Western Games

Franchise Profiles


Donald Duck

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles