北斗の拳 Fist of the North Star (Famicon)

北斗の拳 Fist of the North Star (Famicon)
Fist of the North Star is a legendary manga series which ran for several years during the mid-80’s in Japan. Naturally it spawned an anime series, a (terrible) live action film and, of course, a string of tie-in video games. The Famicon version isn’t the very first video game incarnation of the series, but it is as good a place to start as any. For those who are not familiar with the original manga series, it revolves around Kenshiro, a wandering ass-kicker who wanders around a post-apocalyptic wasteland kicking the asses of all he feels deserve and ass kicking. His signature move is the ‘Holy Fist of the North Star’ which consists of Ken attacking his opponent with a flurry of well-placed blows to the abdomen which results in a delayed explosion of the body.… Read the rest

Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu

Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu
Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu, or just ‘Jackie Chan’ as my Japanese version reads, is a side-scrolling platformer published by Hudson Soft in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and it also made an appearance on the Turbo Graphix 16. It was developed by Now Production Co., a game development studio that started out in 1986 and, surprisingly, is still around. A little digging revealed that these were the same glorious bastards behind Adventure Island and Splatterhouse. They even worked on a couple of Sonic titles. It doesn’t seem like they are all that busy these days, but I’m impressed both by the company’s history and resilience.… Read the rest

Destruction Desire

Destruction Desire
Download This game is freaking awesome. It’s a 2D fighter, similar to Guilty Gear, which seems to have been made with some kind of fighting game making kit. The graphics in this game are fan-fucking-tastic and fluid as hell. It really is a nicely polished piece of work. Unfortunately the creator has given up on the game making business (according to his website) which is a shame, but it can’t be helped.The game isn’t exactly new on the freeware scene and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few die hard Otaku out there have already played it, but whatever. I like this game so I’m gonna review it.… Read the rest