Opinions: Namco and Compile join the TG16 Mini

Konami apparently wasn’t done with their Turbo Grafx 16 Mini quite yet. As I noted last time, a rather large omission was anything from Namco. Well, that is no longer the case, as five Namco arcade ports are confirmed for the Mini, including my favorite Legend of Valkyrie! Also included are the two Spriggan shoot-em-ups…

Artistic Discussion: Guardic Gaiden (Famicom)

Guardic Gaiden (Famicom) Let’s get my absolute favorite box art added into this feature today. Compile’s spinoff from its earlier shmup Guardic took its gameplay into an entirely new genre; half vertical shooter, half Zelda-like action/adventure. Miria is one of several cyborg women attempting to save the universe, and her quest takes her through several…

Opinions: If I could design a NES Classic 2…

Nintendo plans to re-release the NES Classic next year, but that’s sort of old hat. If Nintendo came over to me to generate a NES Classic 2 (modeled after the late second model of the console) with the same number of games, this would be what I would supply. Now in this case I’m giving…

Culture Clash!: The Guardian Legend/Guardic Gaiden (NES/Famicom)

Study 14: The Guardian Legend/Guardic Gaiden (NES/Famicom, Compile/Irem/Broderbund) Compile was one of the more consistent developers of the late 80s and early 90s, creating some of the finest shooters of the period, as well as coming up with one of Sega’s cash cows, the Puyo Puyo series. While they don’t fully get the praise they…