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Matters Of Import: 3D Gunstar Heroes Is Hyperactive Run And Gun Action At Its Finest

3D Gunstar Heroes Is Hyperactive Run And Gun Action At Its Finest

Another classic to treasure on your 3DS console

Gunstar Heroes charged onto the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, significantly marking the début of quirky developer Treasure, having been formed from ex-Konami staff wanting to go it their own way. Often seen floating near to the top of many 'best game ever' lists, Gunstar Heroes is a bona-fide classic of...

Matters Of Import: Fire Emblem (Sort Of) Exists On The Sony PlayStation

Fire Emblem (Sort Of) Exists On The Sony PlayStation

A look at Shouzou Kaga's forgotten classic

For various reasons we now live in an era where developers breaking away from their parent companies to make similar-but-different pseudo-sequels to dormant, dead, or defiled game series is now a relatively commonplace occurrence, with Koji Igarashi's Castlevania successor Bloodstained being the latest to...

Matters Of Import: Take A Guided Tour Of Super Potato, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Paradise

Take A Guided Tour Of Super Potato, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Paradise

Japan-based Brit David Coyles explains the appeal of this legendary shop

"I don't know where to start! I'm so excited" blurted out in an enclave of retro gaming memorabilia, and a phrase which saved me from my own funk in a number of ways. Japanese store Super Potato has a certain uplifting effect on most of the people who visit – be it one of...

Matters Of Import: Cleaning Up The City In 3D Streets Of Rage 2

Cleaning Up The City In 3D Streets Of Rage 2

Bare those knuckles

Streets of Rage 2 - or Bare Knuckle 2 as it is known in Japan - is widely regarded as one of the best side-scrolling fighters ever created, so the fact that its announcement as part of Sega's burgeoning 3D Classics range caused such excitement should come as no great shock. This is one of the defining games of the 16-bit era,...

Matters Of Import: Collectible Badge Centre Brings A Personal Touch To 3DS Customisation

Collectible Badge Centre Brings A Personal Touch To 3DS Customisation

Gotta catch 'em all, quite literally

Nintendo is in something of a quandary at the moment. Their handheld business is obviously doing very well, but at the same time the company can’t help but glance over at the millions made from cheap smartphone apps and their "free" alternatives and long for a slice of that lucrative revenue stream. So, with...

Matters Of Import: Final Fantasy Explorers Fights For Capcom's Crown

Final Fantasy Explorers Fights For Capcom's Crown

The Diet Coke of Monster Hunter

We’ve finally got around to try out the "Lite" version of Square Enix’s new team-based action RPG Final Fantasy Explorers; a playable taste of the early stages that allows adventurers to transfer certain parts of their save to the real thing when it releases in Japan today. Anyone who’s played Monster Hunter...

Matters Of Import: Taking Off With 3D Thunder Blade

Taking Off With 3D Thunder Blade

Thundering ahead?

1987 was a great year for Sega in the arcades – After Burner II was wowing gamers and the previous year’s big hit, Out Run, was still going strong. But there was another Sega game doing the rounds at the same time with equally impressive sprite scaling techniques, and that game was Thunder Blade. Broadly speaking the...

Matters of Import: Genso Suikoden Card Stories - Konami's Other Trading Card Game

Genso Suikoden Card Stories - Konami's Other Trading Card Game

Suikoden 2 on GBA? Sort of

Konami is certainly comfortable with the popular and profitable Trading Card Game genre, their Yu-Gi-Oh series reportedly selling in excess of twenty-two billion cards all over the world since it was first launched. The digital equivalents have always been warmly welcomed on Nintendo hardware too, stretching all the way...

Matters of Import: Tomodachi Collection

Tomodachi Collection

The best of friends?

Tomodachi Collection is more a toy than a game in that very special Nintendo way: your own mad little island full of Miis that you never knew you wanted but you suddenly find yourself unable to live without, and while it may be the five-year-old prequel to the upcoming English language Tomodachi Life, that doesn't mean the...

Matters of Import: Sega 3D Classics Races Ahead With 3D OutRun

Sega 3D Classics Races Ahead With 3D OutRun

Is it a Magical Sound Shower or just a Passing Breeze?

Sega’s 3D Classics range just keeps on going — in Japan, at least — with this latest offering being OutRun, one of the biggest hits of them all. Like Super Hang-On and Space Harrier before it, OutRun used Sega’s impressive Super Scaler arcade tech to wow arcade gamers and deliver some...

Matters of Import: Ucchannanchan no Honō no Challenger: Denryū Iraira Bō

Ucchannanchan no Honō no Challenger: Denryū Iraira Bō

Down to the wire

The Nintendo 64 is fondly remembered for delivering groundbreaking titles such as Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. However, in amongst the system's relatively small library of games are a few wacky, obscure and out-of-the-ordinary experiences to be had. Sadly, many of us in the West never got to play a...

Matters Of Import: Steel Empire Is Flying High On Nintendo 3DS

Steel Empire Is Flying High On Nintendo 3DS

Chocks away!

First released on the Mega Drive over twenty years ago and then remade for the GBA in 2004, Steel Empire is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up with a distinctive visual twist. Looking like a cross between Jules Verne’s imagination, a Hayao Miyazaki anime and World War I archive footage; Steel Empire’s biplanes, zeppelins and steam...

Matters of Import: 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Powers Up A Sega Classic

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Powers Up A Sega Classic

This colourful classic is tougher than it looks

Sega’s enthusiasm for the 3DS continues unabated, which means that gamers have another excellent port-with-extras from the technical wizards at M2 available on the Japanese eShop: the twenty eight year-old Fantasy Zone. As we've now come to expect, this 3D remake is a port of the arcade version of...

Matters Of Import: Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Making cute robots girls cry

The N64 never did get much 2D love when it was around, but games like Wonder Project J2 — as well as Treasure’s Bangai-O — show that other developers were missing a trick by ignoring the untapped potential of this side of Nintendo’s hardware. First published by Enix in 1996, Josette’s adventures on Blueland...

Matters of Import: Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

A monster masterpiece

Iru and Luca’s (or Tara and Cobi’s, if you prefer) adventure first graced the world with its presence thirteen years ago on the Game Boy Color, had a very brief fling with the PlayStation (Japan only, of course) in 2002, and then lay dormant for over a decade before Square Enix dusted it off and gave it an excellent...

Matters of Import: Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Here be dragons

Due for re-release on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console service today, Bahamut Lagoon is (another) one of Squaresoft’s lost RPG treasures, a game that eighteen years after its original release still doesn’t officially exist to those of us living outside Japan. The game most closely resembles a strategy RPG, similar to Shining...