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A to Z console games! Add pics if you can!

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Hey folks!

One at a time, let's take turns going from A to Z with console game titles!

Console covers handhelds, as well. Genesis, NES, PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, PS1, Game Gear, Phillips CdI, Neo Geo, Panasonic 3DO, Jaguar, Lynx, Sega CD, Sega 32X, Odyssey, Microvision, Pong-type consoles etc., ANY system you plugged in at home or on the road! Imports count too, of course.

 

Pics of gameplay and/or the box/cd sleeve/jewel case/whatever would be cool too.

 

I'll start:

 

AFTERBURNER III, Sega CD 1992/93

Never played this game; heard it wasn't that great and didn't get much use out of the CD technology.

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Next letter: B

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BALLZ: THE DIRECTORS CUT, 3DO, 1995

 

An updated version of the 16-bit "3D" fighter that originally came out on the SNES and Genesis platforms. It's a quirky game that's strangely entertaining, and the graphics and sounds have been heavily upgraded compared to the 16-bit counterparts. Still, not a great fighting game on the whole, but it can be fun.

 

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Next Letter: C

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COLUMNS, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, 1990

 

While the world of falling block puzzle games would become saturated in the years following the all-encompassing success of Tetris, jewels (hur hurr) like Columns sought to carve their own niche and bring important innovations to the table. Sega's first endeavour in console Columns fought the good fight against Tetris, defining itself with vivid colour, satisfying combos and an air of Grecian sophistication.

 

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Next letter: D

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E-SWAT (Sega Genesis)

Great platformer with a cop in a robotic suit (from level 2 and on IIRC), acquiring special weapons and abilities.

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Next Letter: F

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HYPERZONE, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, 1991

 

HAL Labs has offered much more to the world of console gaming than Kirby, having been behind a number of memorable NES titles including Mach Rider, Air Fortress and the Lolo series. HyperZone, an early SNES release, is not so fortunate, coming off as more a lightly engaging (but attractive) mode 7 tech demo than an entertaining rail shooter experience. It really is a shame as the soundtrack, written by Jun Ishikawa of Kirby fame, is catchy, high energy and just begging to be paired with gameplay to do it justice.

 

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Ice Climber, 1984 Nintendo

Decent platformer, but with HORRIBLE jump mechanics. Control an eskimo (solo or simultaneous play) trying to scale an icy structure to the top, to attempt a big bonus.

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the Jungle Book had ports on various systems but I always liked the Genesis version the best as they all differed from each other. This was the first one I played and the only one I ever beat.

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KEITH COURAGE IN ALPHA ZONES, TurboGrafx-16, 1989

 

It may not have been the ideal pack-in title to turn the Western world on to the TurboGrafx (in hindsight, it really, really should have been Bonk's Adventure in its place) but Keith Courage In Alpha Zones is still an enjoyable, if slightly sloppy, action platforming romp. The duality of bubbly overworld/sinister underworld offers a unique pace to the game and there's something refreshing in the switch between these two radically different atmospheres.

 

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Lock 'N Chase, Data East/Intellivision 1982

Great Inty game, one of the system's best.. even with horrid control response.

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Night Stalker, 1981

Good Intellivision game involving the player maneuvering through a maze, shooting robots and picking up guns when you run out of ammo.

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MORTAL KOMBAT !!!

 

But what console port of Mortal Kombat? Those appear to be screenshots from the arcade original!

 

PHANTOM FIGHTER, Nintendo Entertainment System, 1990

 

One-on-one fighting games are something of an odd genre on NES and Phantom Fighter happens to be one of the most interesting, featuring an ongoing struggle against a Japanese ghost outbreak. The initially clunky controls take a bit of an adjustment period but combat definitely feels solid. The ever-expanding arsenal of martial arts moves keeps the rewards a-flowin' and a convincingly haunting atmosphere makes this game Halloween appropriate.

 

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But what console port of Mortal Kombat? Those appear to be screenshots from the arcade original!

 

Well I figure you can imagine whatever port you grew up playing by showing just arcade screenshots.

 

It's too late to edit, but If I could, I'd replace em with Genny screenshots.

Edited by Torr

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Virtua Fighter: Remix

 

Always loved that this game was dubbed 'Remix'... has ANYthing else besides a song ever been refered to as a 'remix' this way?

 

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Always loved that this game was dubbed 'Remix'... has ANYthing else besides a song ever been refered to as a 'remix' this way?

 

Battle Arena Toshinden Remix was (for the Saturn), supposedly. There may have been others.

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