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Review: “Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection” (Nintendo Switch, PS4)

Today we’re all celebrating the Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection,* a new retro compilation of all of SEGA’s Wonder Boy and Monster World games from the 80s and 90s released to mark the 35th anniversary of the series. Weird number, but who’s complaining? If you’re thinking that this review seems awfully familiar, there’s a very good reason, as ININ Games published a Wonder Boy Collection less than a

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Game Review: “Intrepid Izzy” (Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch)

It’s short for Isabelle, methinks. Publisher Ratalaika Games recently released the retro-inspired 2D platformer Intrepid Izzy for modern consoles.* Developed by Senile Team, Interpid Izzy started its life as a small-scale indie project for the SEGA Dreamcast successfully crowdfunded in 2017. While the game is fairly light on plot, the titular “Intrepid Izzy” seems to be some kind of explorer who happens

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Retro Review: “Batman Returns” (SEGA Genesis, Jolly Jinglings Special)

Welcome back to Jolly Jinglings, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all dancing sugar plums, fairy type or otherwise. In 1992, “Batmania” was in full effect. The success of Tim Burton’s Batman film in 1989 had reignited mainstream interest in the Dark Knight, what followed was a marketing blitz of toys, school supplies, breakfast cereal, and every other piece of cinematic synergy that

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Retro Game Review: “Ghostbusters” (SEGA Genesis, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things strange in you neighborhood. Today we’re going to take a look at Ghostbusters, a side-scrolling action game released for the SEGA Genesis in 1990.  Developed by Compile (Guardian Legend, Blazing Lazers) and published by SEGA, Ghostbusters is based on the characters from the movie of the same name. That’s

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Retro Game Review: “Alien Syndrome” (NES, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things inhuman and otherworldly. Halloween is mostly known for ghouls, goblins, and the like, but aliens are sometimes wrapped up in the festivities due to their often frightening portrayal in pop culture and – you know – their propensity for probing. If any representation of space aliens

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Retro Game Review: “Kenseiden” (SEGA Master System, Festival of Dread Special)

Konnichiwa minnasan to the Dread Matsuri, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things 暗い and 怖い (“kurai” dark and “kowai” scary). In any case, today we’re going to take a look at Kenseiden, a genre-blending, side-scrolling action RPG developed and published by SEGA in 1988 for the Master System. Indeed, you will all be subjected to my surface-level, one semester’s worth of community college Japanese

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Chomp Bites One Off: Bayonetta (Festival of Dread Special)

*Note: This interview is being reposted from a previous Festival of Dread event. Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things wicked and bewitching! Every now and again, we at The Splintering are going to lean on our mascot, Chomp the Termite, to go out into the world of myth and fiction to get

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Retro Review: “Splatterhouse 2” (SEGA Genesis, Festival of Dread Special)

Of all the games I’ve owned, sold, repurchased, etc., over the years, I’ve never sold any of my original Splatterhouse games. Why? Because braining demons with blunt objects and watching their unholy essence spray from their freshly-cracked skulls is good ol’ family fun. Wholesome shit, am I right? My personal experience with the Splatterhouse series went like this: Splatterhouse (TG-16 version), Splatterhouse 3, and finally Splatterhouse

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Classic Shoot ‘Em Up “Radiant Silvergun” Now on Nintendo Switch

With all of the Zelda, Pikmin and Goldeneye news during Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct, you could perhaps be forgiven if you missed out on some sweet retro shoot ‘em up news… perhaps. The vertical-scrolling 2D classic Radiant Silvergun is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Originally developed by Treasure for the SEGA Saturn, Radiant Silvergun is credited as being one

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Retro Game Review: “Truxton” (SEGA Genesis, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things octogenarian… from a 20th century point of view.  The SEGA Genesis is largely remembered as a 90s gaming powerhouse, but it was actually released in 1989. That makes a handful of the console’s early games babies of the 80s.  Truxton (aka 達人 or Tatsujin in Japan… which means something like “expert”) is one

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Retro Game Review: “Cyborg Hunter” (SEGA Master System, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the invention of the hurdy-gurdy. Today we’re going to take a look at Cyborg Hunter, one of the very few third party (sort of) games released for the SEGA Master System. Cyborg Season? Developed by SEGA and published in the United States by Activision in 1988, Cyborg Hunter

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Box Art Bombshells: “Black Belt” (SEGA Master System, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since We’re marking this festive occasion with an all-new installment of Box Art Bombshells, where we reveal the completely fabricated super really-real events that inspired some of the wackiest and weirdest box art from gaming history. This time, we’re revealing the hidden truth behind Black Belt, the martial arts action game released on

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Retro Game Review: “Thunder Force II” (SEGA Genesis, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of everything 80s. Derp. Despite being primarily famous as a 90s console the SEGA Genesis (aka Mega Drive) was actually released in 1989, so the launch games and other early titles can still lay claim to being entertainment artifacts of the 80s. One such launch game is Thunder Force II. I know what

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Retro Review: “Jurassic Park – Rampage Edition” (SEGA Genesis)

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The first Jurassic Park game was a huge blockbuster on the Genesis, and SEGA quickly tried to recapture that success. Not content with waiting for a true movie sequel, Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition is a “what if” type of story which takes place in an alternate timeline picking up immediately after the events of the first film. Rampage Edition is

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“Jim Power: The Lost Dimension” Coming to Modern and Retro Consoles

QUByte and PIKO Interactive recently revealed that “cult classic” Jim Power: The Lost Dimension is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, and the Super Nintendo, SEGA Genesis, and original NES. Originally released in 1993 under the title Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3D, the game is a sci-fi side-scroller with a unique parallax scrolling effect and a punishing level of

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Taking Modern Video Game Rating Systems to Task (Opinion)

Avid SEGA/Sonic fan and friend of the site Zealous FoX has never been one to pull punches when it comes to expressing his opinion on gaming. He recently unleashed a righteous tirade targeting modern game rating regimes (both the ESRB and Pegi), and we at The Splintering felt like it was worth posting in its entirety here (with permission, of

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“Skies of Arcadia” Localizer Admits to “Ad-Libbing” and Completely Rewriting Dialogue

A 2015 interview with a Skies of Arcadia translator has recently started to gain new life online via social media. The interview is from a now defunct fan site titled ESOArcadia (archived here), in which Klayton Vorlick, a translator who worked on Skies of Arcadia (aka Eternal Arcadia, SEGA Dreamcast 2000), discusses how the team approached the localization process. To

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Review: “Gynoug” (PS4)

Ratalaika Games has been on a roll with their efforts to introduce old-school shooters to modern audiences. Following October’s release of Gleylancer, Ratalaika is once again tapping the 16-bit archive to bring Gynoug (aka Wings of Wor in the US) back to life.* Originally released in 1991 for SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive, Gynoug is a horizontal shoot ’em up that blends elements

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Ratalaika Resurrects “Gynoug” for Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One

On Wednesday, publisher Ratalaika Games announced that 2D horizontal shooter Gynoug is scheduled to release on 12 November for PS4, Xbone and Nintendo Switch via each platform’s digital storefronts. Originally developed by NCS and released in 1991 for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive (under the title Wings of Wor in the US), Gynoug combines horror and fantasy elements into the tried-and-true

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Retro Review: “Night Warriors” (SEGA Saturn, Festival of Dread Special)

It’s 1996, and Capcom was being a total tease by not releasing Street Fighter III. Instead, Capcom was intent on flooding the fighting game market with X-Men: Children of the Atom, the Street Fighter Alpha series, and what is arguably their most adventurous take on the fighting genre up to that time: the Darkstalkers series. Released under the title Vampire:

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Box Art Bombshells: “Vampire – Master of Darkness” (SEGA Game Gear, Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things devilish and demented! We’re marking the occasion with a new edition of Box Art Bombshells, where we reveal the completely fabricated super really-real events that inspired some of the wackiest and weirdest box art from gaming history. Today, we’re the Castlevania-like 2D action platformer for the

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Review: “Gleylancer” (Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PS4)

Retro shoot ’em up aficionados have plenty to celebrate of late, given the increasing number of re-releases and collections of classic shooters recently landing on pc and consoles. The latest of these is Gleylancer (not Gley Lancer, ya’ dummy-dums!), a sci-fi horizontal shooter originally developed by Masaya and released for the SEGA Mega Drive in 1992 exclusively in Japan.* Now,

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90s Space Shooter “Gleylancer” Coming to Consoles on 15 October

On Wednesday, publisher Ratalaika Games announced that the horizontal scrolling, 2D shooter Gleylancer will be available on 15 October for PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch via each platform’s digital storefront. (Sorry, PC master race die-hards) Originally released in 1992 for the SEGA Mega Drive as a Japan-only exclusive, Gleylancer was also re-released via Nintendo’s now defunct Wii Virtual Console in

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Retro Gaming Retrospective: “M.U.S.H.A.” (SEGA Genesis)

Nintendo recently announced that SEGA Genesis games are coming to the Nintendo Switch via a Switch Online “Expansion Pack”, so I thought the time was right to highlight one of the most prized games included with this additional subscription service: M.U.S.H.A. This write-up is a bit more in-depth than a standard “review,” so I’m winging it with the whole “retrospective”

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Box Art Bombshells: “Congo Bongo” (Colecovision, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since Istanbul was still Constantinople! We’re marking this festive occasion by introducing an all-new feature here at The Splintering: Box Art Bombshells, where we reveal the completely fabricated super really-real events that inspired some of the wackiest and weirdest box art from gaming history. We’re kicking off

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Retro Review: “Last Battle” (SEGA Genesis, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the Trojan War! Despite being a prominent presence of the 90s gaming scene, many forget that the SEGA Genesis (aka Mega Drive) was actually released in 1989. So today, we’re continuing our 80s coverage by reviewing one of the console’s launch titles: Last Battle! *Note: Did

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SEGA’s Little-Known “Fist of the North Star” Legacy (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since chopped liver! While many will recall SEGA’s 2018 release of Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise for PS4, western gamers, particularly the younger ones, might be interested to learn that SEGA has a long history with the Fist of the North Star license. Yes, indeedy.

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Chomp Bites One Off: Random Kid Playing “After Burner” (80s August Special, NSFW)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the domestication of poodles. Hey, bitches. It’s me. Chomp the termite. What’s up? Me? Oh, nothing much. Things pretty much suck on my end, but thanks for asking. Why, you ask? Well, lots of reasons, really. This interview being one of them. You see, we here

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