Archives: The Looking Back Series – 1995 – 2000

When LVLs. became a thing, I thought it might be interesting to go through each year of my life and do a little write up on both the events that transpired per 365.25 days, as well as reflect on games that came out that particular year to award it the “best of that year”. Considering…

Archives: What Made the Dreamcast Special to Me: Soul Calibur

Note – This was published in 2009 around the Dreamcast’s 10th Anniversary. “And the soul still burns…” Little did Namco expect the sequel to Soul Edge to become one of the greatest fighters of all time (Ed note — I still feel that way!). In fact, Namco gave the DC team a mere seven months…

Opinions: The February 2020 NES/SNES Switch Online lineup is bonkers

Hey, Nintendo revealed new games for the NES/SNES Switch Online services coming out next week, and it’s certainly an eclectic set of titles. The SNES games are imports of Namco’s Smash Tennis and Konami’s Pop’n TwinBee, taken from their PAL releases it would seem. The NES adds Natsume to the list of publishers with their cult hit Shadow of the…

Academic: The Early History of Women in Video Games

Femicom currently is chronicling the NES and Famicom’s contributions to female representation in video games — with mostly dubious results — but I wanted to examine the years leading up to that console’s release. I feel that looking into the genesis of the medium and how women were initially portrayed as both in-game characters and…

Femicom – Minor Characters August 1987

The Famicom’s history is rapidly expanding in 1987. The release of the NES in late 1986 brought the West into the development fold, and with these additional regions contributing games to Nintendo’s original console, more and more games began to be produced. Also, the Famicom Disc System launched in Japan in 1986, expanding the capabilities…

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…

Opinions: Retro Comps – Namco Museum (PS1)

Hey, Retro Comps is back! And this time, I’m gonna discuss three of the five titles Namco produced in their Museum franchise for the PS1. As of right now I don’t have V. 1 or V. 2 to evaluate, but I will be adding them in when I get them into my collection down the…