Tag Archives: Scrolling Down The Belt

Ninja Ryuukenden

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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

Spartan X

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Spartan X Arcade - Title Screen
Hardware: Arcade
12/1984 (Japan), 1984 (US)
スパルタンX
Kung-Fu Master
Spartan X was an Irem developed arcade game in 1984, released overseas by Data East as "Kung-Fu Master". It served as one of the earliest example of a side-scrolling "beat-em-up" game (or "belt scrolling action" in Japan), a genre that would absolutely blow up in popularity in both arcades and on consoles over the next several years. It's safe to say that none of the many titles in the genre to follow couldn't have existed without this one. Continue Reading