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Support our new book: Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Japanese Video Game Obscurities Aug 3, 2017

We're crowdfunding a brand new, gorgeously printed hardcover book covering 101 weird, obscure, historically important, and just plain cool Japanese video games with Unbound, but we can only many it happen with your pledge! Check out the project page for more details!

Snakebird Aug 15, 2017

A fun puzzle game from Noumenon Games, based on Snake, and with some very pretty visuals.

Puyo Puyo Box, Puyo Puyo 7, and Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary Aug 11, 2017

Our extensive coverage of the Puyo Puyo series is finally nearing its end with the coverage of the unique PS1 puzzle/RPG hybrid Puyo Puyo BOX, as well as the traditional titles, Puyo Puyo 7 and Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary. Next up: Puyo Puyo Quest and Puyo Puyo Tetris!

Beast Busters Aug 6, 2017

SNK's zombie-killing light gun shooter, which actually predates Sega's more popular House of the Dead series, has seen a few different incarnations, including an overhead shooter for the Neo Geo Pocket Color and a mobile game.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 61: King's Field II, Bloodborne, Super Meat Boy [Patreon Only] Aug 6, 2017

Join the HG101 Underground Mutant Bomb-Worshipers as they pretend to care about things that are stupidly hard and frustrating. Patreon bonus for this episode is the stupidly hard and frustrating Super Meat Boy.

HG101 Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 (and Vol. 1) books in the latest Storybundle! Aug 3, 2017

HG101 Presents: Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 (and an updated version of HG101 Presents: Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 1) is available in the latest Storybundle! Included also are Fallen Down - Heartache & Compassion in Undertale by Joel Couture, The Offworld Collection by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, Boss Fight Books: Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Corriea, Once Upon a Point & Click by David L. Craddock, and other great video game books!

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 60: Deadly Premonition, Forbidden Forest, Hotline Miami [Patreon Only] Aug 3, 2017

Join the HG101 Elder Statesmen of ROCK as they talk about hunting skeletons to their imaginary friend in a car. Patreon bonus for this episode is drug-fueled murder-fest Hotline Miami.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 58: Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Rising Zan - The Samurai Gunman, Broforce [Patreon Only] July 30, 2017

Join the HG101 Eco-Protectors as they talk samurai gunmen and the blackest of black sheep in the hedgehog genus. Patreon bonus for this episode is tongue-in-cheek indie run-and-gun Broforce.

Catherine July 30, 2017

Atlus' hybrid of an action-puzzler and a visual novel attempts to address gender and societal roles, in ways that don't always succeed.

Streets of SimCity / SimCopter July 25, 2017

Released after the immense success of SimCity 2000, these two games allowed you to fly and drive through 3D renditions of the cities you'd created.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 58: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire July 22, 2017

Join the HG101 cash-in hungry sellouts as they get all serious about acronymns and capitalism. Patreon bonus for this episode is the final part of a special dispatch on retrogaming in Japan today. Games:

Hi no Tori July 22, 2017

A duo of games from Konami, for the Famicom and MSX2, (very loosely) based on Osamu Tezuka's manga, also known in English as Phoenix.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 57: Mischief Makers, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor July 19, 2017

Join the HG101 dorkmobile pit crew as they talk about two oft-overlooked gems of Treasure's game-trove. Patreon bonus for this episode is part one of a special dispatch on retrogaming in Japan today.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 56: Wizball, Guardian's Crusade, Arkanoid July 19, 2017

Join the HG101 funny nickname-havers as they talk wizardly balls and knightly babysitters. Patreon bonus game for this episode is Taito's Arkanoid.

Binary Land July 17, 2017

This adorable puzzle game from Hudson is most well known for its Famicom release, as you guide two penguins simultaneously with the same controller to guide them to a common goal.

Zombie Virus July 13, 2017

Of the many rip-off concepts of the Simple 2000 PlayStation 2 series, this one is basically "Crazy Taxi plus zombies".

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 55: Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix, Dynamite Cop, Mortal Kombat July 7, 2017

Join the HG101 BBQ banditos as they bust sick moves and save an entire boat from "modern day pirates." Patreon bonus game for this episode is none other than Mortal Kombat (AKA "Moooortaaaallll Koooombaaaaaaat!!").

Torment: Tides of Numenera July 10, 2017

After some delays, the successor to Planescape: Torment was finally released earlier this year, and while it certainly tries, never quite lives up to its fabled legacy.

Time and Eternity July 7, 2017

This ambitious PlayStation JRPG from Imageepoch seeks to create the dream of a truly interactive anime, but falls apart on almost every conceivable level.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 54: Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Faxanadu July 7, 2017

Join the HG101 carnival folk and special guests Derek and Grace from Stop Skeletons From Fighting as they tackle two Falcom classics. Patreon bonus game for this episode is Capcom's 2014 reboot of Strider.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves July 5, 2017

A far cry from the usual licensed side-scrolling platformers, this movie tie-in with the early 90s Kevin Costner vehicle is a fun action-RPG that mixes genres, has varied quests, and lets you relive the movie in 8-bit fashion.

Pokémon Mini June 29, 2017

An expansive article on Nintendo's oddball handheld console, and all of the games released for it...all Pokémon-themed, as one might wager.

Verdict Guilty June 26, 2017

A surprisingly polished indie fighting game that takes place in Neo Seoul, South Korea. Currently less than a dollar in the Steam Summer Sale!

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 53: Adventure (2600), Hakaioh: King of Crusher, Hexen II June 14, 2017

Join HG101 corporate counsel and special guests Derek and Grace from Stop Skeletons From Fighting as they punch sheep, punch desks, and slay duck dragons.

HG101 at Too Many Games in Oaks, PA, June 23-25, 2017 June 21, 2017

Time for Too Many Games! I've got a table again this year, where you can buy all of the HG101 books (including the brand new Retro Game Super Translation Selection and Contra and Other Konami Classics books), as well as previews of two upcoming books to browse through. I'll also be sharing the table with Carrie Wood, author of the The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Video Games, which I also contributed a couple of articles to and will also be available for sale. Stop on by!

PacaPlus June 21, 2017

Your girlfriend is an alpaca in this cult classic visual novel, recently localized into English by Sekai Project.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 52: Star Wars: Dark Forces II, Ecco the Dolphin, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic June 14, 2017

Join the HG101 muppeteers as they save the world with the healing power of a dolphin's song. Patreon bonus game for this episode is Konami's mega-brawler X-Men.

Now available! HG101 Presents: Contra and Other Konami Classics June 19, 2017

Let's attrack aggressively! Contra and Other Konami Classics includes a complete rundown of all of the games in Konami's classic Contra series, ranging from its arcade and NES roots, to its modern day mobile incarnations. Also included is an extensive look at the very popular (in Japan) Ganbare Goemon / Legend of the Mystical Ninja series, as well as many of Konami's 8-bit Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System releases.

Now available! Retro Game Super Translation Selection June 13, 2017

Retro Game Super Translation Selection examines 101 lines of dialogue from classic video games, compares how they were localized, and includes some explanation for the business or cultural reasons surrounding such changes. Originally authored by a professional video game translator, this is a localized version of a doujinshi released at the Game Legend retro game event in late 2016, and features a unique perspective rarely seen in the English speaking world! More info here.

Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 51: Star Wars: Dark Forces II - Jedi Knight, Evergrace June 14, 2017

Join the HG101 videonauts as they chat about THAT From Software game and Luke Skywalker's lazy ass. Patreon bonus game for this episode is coin-op classic Rampage.

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Essential Reading








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