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Treasure Sets Record Straight on XBox 360 Shmup

This past September we got word that Treasure was developing a sequel to its famed shooters, Radiant Silvergun and Ikaruga. At that point, the rumor was simply riding on a reputable writer from PLAY magazine. The rumor is alive again thanks to one of my favorite gaming sites, insertcredit, who spotted an XBox 360 Radiant […]

The Best of 2006 @

Happy 2007 Everyone! I want to thank you all for another great year at, whether it be forum members and their great conversations, customers at the stores, or those subscribing to the RSS feed or reading the site every day. You have all made this place successful and made the classic gaming community so […]

Gamecube 2D Shooter Library: Classic Shmup Action

Even though it has very long way before it matches the massive shooter libraries of the Sega Dreamcast and Saturn, the Nintendo Gamecube is slowly building a modest library of shmups that is uncharacteristic of a more modern console. There is only one real exclusive in the bunch, but it had some of the better […]

Karous – Yet Another Shmup Ported To The Dreamcast

Let’s face it. The Dreamcast will not die. Sega’s little white box just refuses to give up the fight. Japanese publisher Milestone is bringing yet another interesting 2D shooter to the Dreamcast in the form of Karous (official site) and will have a release date of March 8th, 2007. Karous looks like it is similar […]

Radio Allergy: Radirgy To Blast Onto The US Gamecube

Even though VG Cats would have you believe otherwise, the Nintendo Gamecube is not yet dead. The Gamecube seems to be taking a page from the Dreamcast’s book of survival by bring 2D shooters in at the last moment to satisfy hardcore gamers. In fact, as reported a while back, the Dreamcast shmup, Radirgy (which […]

Meta-Review: Zanac – NES

Two-dimensional space shooters were just starting to mature in the 8-bit era and Zanac on the NES is one of the best examples of more complex shooting gameplay in the dawn of console gaming. Zanac eschews the usual wave-after-wave of enemy patterns. Instead, Zanac has an artificial intelligence that throws different kinds of enemies at […]

Win A Modded Sega Saturn from Slimline Case Project

You may remember that not too long ago I mentioned a sweet new initiative to create Sega Saturn game inserts for slimline DVD cases. Well, Mookyjooky, the project’s fearless leader has stepped it up a notch to give the project a boost. Every week Mookyjooky and Saurian Overlord will pick the best of show in […]

Meta-Review: Alien Soldier – Sega Genesis / Megadrive

Most Sega Genesis fans remember Gunstar Heroes as the premier run-and-gun shooter from Treasure. Inside the US, this is definately the case, but our friends in Europe and Japan were priveldged to experience a challenging and impressive game by the name of Alien Soldier. The cartridge is very difficult to find in either region and […]

Meta-Review: Trizeal – Dreamcast, PS2

The Dreamcast had a long string of 2D shooters that continued long after the console left the retail scence in most countries. Trizeal was developed by Triangle Service, a small Japanese developer, and was ported to the Dreamcast in 2005 from the NAOMI arcade platform, making it one of the officially licensed games to be […]

The Best Dreamcast Games For Today: The Top Titles That Still Matter

It’s pretty easy to find a list of “The Top 10 Dreamcast Games” or some similar ranking, but most of them were written back when the console was still on the retail scene and almost all of them only compare the games against other Dreamcast games. This is all fine if the Dreamcast is the […]

Meta-Review: Cybernator / Assault Suits Valken – Super Nintendo

Cybernator (aka Assault Suits Valken in Japan) game is an intense side-scrolling, mech shooter that takes you through a steep difficulty curve. In this shmup, your ‘Assault Suit’ can jump, thrust, dash, punch and use various weapons to do your damage. Control is great (but different) with a real ‘chunky robot’ feel. Cybernator boasts many […]

Meta Review: Castle of Shikigami 2 – Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, XBox

Castle of Shikigami 2 (also known as Shikigami No Shiro II) naturally originated in the arcades and was later ported to the Sega Dreamcast (in the series of late shmups that kept the DC import scene alive), Playstation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox. The game was released in Japan for each of those mediums and […]

Holy Grails of Console Game Collecting – Part 2

| Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Digg It! | 10.) Metal Slug (Neo Geo; NTSC-U) Estimated Price: $1000 (Complete) Known universally for its hand drawn, over-the-top comic carnage, the original Metal Slug is an amazingly difficult find on the Neo Geo AES. The US Neo Geo is home to many overpriced rarities, […]

Meta-Review: Ikaruga – Dreamcast & Gamecube

You will find that I bring up the development house known as Treasure quite often — and for good reason. They are behind many of the best cult-classic games of all time and know how to feed the cravings of hardcore gamers — sometime before the audience even knows what it is that they crave. […]

Games That Defined the Sega CD

The Sega Genesis was a killer console in its day and even though the Genesis add-ons got a bad reputation, the Sega CD actually had a number of worthwhile games to amuse those who invested in one (the 32X wasn’t as bad as you might think either). Looking back over the Sega CD game library, […]

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