Tag Archives: beat-em-ups

Ninja Ryuukenden

Reviews
Ninja Gaiden - Title Screen
Hardware: Arcade
10/1988 (US and Europe), 02/10/1989 (Japan)
忍者龍剣伝
Legend of the Ninja Dragon Sword
Ninja Gaiden
Shadow Warriors
Taking full advantage of America's lingering ninja boom, the Ninja Gaiden arcade game was released four months earlier in the west than it was in Japan. This game is not to be confused with the much more well known NES/Famicom game by the same name though, and here's where things get a bit confusing! According to this wonderful interview with Hideo Yoshizawa and Keiji Yamagishi by gaming.moe's Heidi Kemps, the two titles were in production at the same time, and retained the same names to achieve name recognition (seemingly at the insistence of the company president). The arcade game hit America quite awhile before the NES game did, but didn't hit Japan until after the Famicom version. Regardless, history has already determined which Ninja Gaiden people would end up caring about. Continue Reading

Our Nostalgic Games: The Ninja Warriors

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Famitsu - The Ninja Warriors Header

Our Nostalgic Games ~Retro Gamer Round-table~ #153

Editors passionately discussing games playable on modern hardware that are just as good as they've ever been!

Arcade Archives (PS4) - The Ninja Warriors

An action game from Taito that was made to use the same 3 horizontal monitor cabinet as Darius. Make use of kunai and shurikens to defeat enemies throughout 6 stages! Original Release Year: 1987 Hardware: Arcade Date of Digital Release: 09/07/2017 Maker: Hamster Continue Reading

Capcom Belt Action Collection with Rensuke Oshikiri (High Score Girl)

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Capcom Belt Action Collection (Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle) consists of 7 titles that exemplify Capcom's beat 'em ups of the 1990s. "Powered Gear" ("Armored Warriors") and "Battle Circuit" are ported from their arcade versions for the very first time, and "Battle Circuit" and "Captain Commando" allow for 4-player simultaneous play. All titles offer online play, allow players to join in partway through a game, or even just spectate. Rensuke Oshikiri is a manga author that loves arcades, and debuted with "Masashi! Ushiro da!". His masterpiece "High Score Girl" was made into an anime in 2018, and has gained quite a bit of popularity. The series consists of "High Score Girl Continue" (volumes 1-5) and "High Score Girl" (volumes 6-9). The 10th volume is planned for release on 03/25/2019. While the downloadable version is already available, the packaged version of the Capcom Belt Action Collection will soon be released. We've interviewed manga author Rensuke Oshikiri about the charms of beat 'em ups, in order to convey the charms that this collection has to offer. Continue Reading

Our Nostalgic Games: Double Dragon

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Our Nostalgic Games - Double Dragon Arcade Header

Our Nostalgic Games ~Retro Gamer Round-table~ #204

Editors passionately discussing games playable on modern hardware that are just as good as they've ever been!

Arcade Archives Neo Geo (PS4) - Double Dragon

A beat-em-up released from Technos Japan in 1987. You can use boulders and boxes to attack in these side scrolling stages that have depth. You can also play with two players simultaneously. Original Release Year: 1987 Hardware: Arcade Date of Digital Release: 11/22/2014 Maker: Hamster Continue Reading

Juuouki

Reviews
Altered Beast - Title Screen
Hardware: Arcade
06/1988 (Japan), 08/1988 (US)
獣王記
Chronicle of The Beast King
Altered Beast
While Altered Beast is not Sega's entry in the beat-em-up genre (that honor goes to the Master System/Mark III Hokuto no Ken/Fist of the Northstar game), it is the first entry into the genre for them using an original property. Sega was already known for their high quality arcade games (at least on average) at this point, but they were entering into a genre that had some real heavy hitters in recent years (most notably Nekketsu Kouha Kunio kun/Renegade and Double Dragon, both from Technos Japan). Would Altered Beast innovate in the brawler genre the same way Sega had innovated with some of their other arcade games? Continue Reading
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