A Casual Look At.. Gradius (PC Engine)

A Casual Look At.. Gradius (PC Engine)

The pioneering shoot 'em up, Gradius, was a hit in arcades. It would later find further success on the Nintendo Entertainment System in both the United States and Japan (where the system was known as the Famicom). Unbeknownst to some, this classic shooter was also brought home to the PC Engine platform--although this time, exclusively in Japan. 

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A Casual Look At.. Salamander (PC Engine)

A Casual Look At.. Salamander (PC Engine)

The classic NES shooter, Life Force, actually originated in Japanese arcades where it was first known as "Salamander". While we in the United States received the home version most here are familiar with, the Japanese also received a direct port of the arcade game Life Force was based on, to the NEC PC Engine system. 

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A Casual Look At.. Fantasy Zone (PC Engine)

A Casual Look At.. Fantasy Zone (PC Engine)

Fantasy Zone was an arcade game released by SEGA halfway through the 1980s. It took familiar concepts as seen in prior arcade classics such as Defender and Stargate, but it added enough of its own to make it feel like something fresh and new all together. Here we have the PC Engine (Turbo Grafx-16 in the US) version. Let's take a look and see how it is! 

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A Casual Look At.. After Burner II (PC Engine)

Did you know that many of SEGA's arcade games made it to their competitors' platforms of the day? One such platform is the Turbo Grafx-16/PC Engine, and one of these games is After Burner II. However, this one in particular (unlike Space Harrier and Fantasy Zone), never made its way outside of Japan on this specific platform. Which is a shame, because as you will see, it's an excellent conversion, and probably one of the best that NEC Avenue did during this time period. Anyway, let's take a look! 

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