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90. Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle - Sega - Sega Genesis - 1989

Ashra, the ruler of Planet Paperrock, is actually a big pansy - he cries for his mommy after you beat him!

Sega decided to dust off and polish up Alex Kidd in Miracle World when the Genesis was released. The result? Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, one of the best platformers ever released for the Genesis. What a great game.

89. Shadow Of The Ninja - Natsume - NES - 1991

Garuda must be destroyed!

One of the best ninja games for the NES, falling just shy of the original Ninja Gaiden. It's also one of the only games that features a female ninja, Lady Kaede - and she can kick just as much ass as Lord Hayate.

88. The Goonies II - Konami - NES - 1987

Can someone PLEASE tell me where the hell Konami came up with Annie the freakin' MERMAID?!?

One of the better adventure games on the NES, The Goonies II holds it's own even today. Just to hear the music to this one takes me back to a simpler time... ah, nostalgia.

87. Run Saber - Atlus/Hori Electric Co. - SNES - 1993

Yes, it's a Strider ripoff - but dammit, it's a GOOD Strider ripoff.

Run Saber is the only Strider-esque game for the SNES, and it's quite a good game. Combining the gameplay of Strider with the atmosphere of Contra make for quite a good combination in my book.

86. Strikers 1945 II - Psikyo - PSX - 1998

I'm still wondering where all this mech stuff came from... it's 1945, for chrissake!

One of the best overhead shooters released in recent years, Strikers 1945 II (released as Strikers 1945 for the U.S. PlayStation) is the spiritual sucessor to Capcom's 194X series. It also includes all sorts of things Capcom's series didn't, like transforming mecha and other fun surprises.

85. U.N. Squadron - Capcom - SNES - 1991

Greg Gates, undoubtedly the best pilot for the job.

Based on one of my favorite manga and anime series, Area 88, U.N. Squadron is a great port of a fantastic arcade game - and is one of the best shooters on the SNES.

84. Forgotten Worlds - Sega/Capcom - Sega Genesis - 1989

Reclaim the Dust World!

I've always liked this game, from the moment I first played it. It's like Contra with a rocket pack and a shop. The arcade game is even better, but I have a sentimental attachment to the Genesis version.

83. Truxton - Sega/Toaplan - Sega Genesis - 1989

Stop the Gidans - no matter the cost!

One of the first shooters released for the Genesis, Truxton is also one of the best. Be warned - it can get pretty tough in the later levels.

82. Assault Suits Valken - NCS - Super Famicom - 1992

Twelve foot tall mechs and a ton of firepower are a great combination in my book.

NCS' fantastic mech platformer - much better than either of their Assault Suit Leynos games, imo. It was released by Konami as Cybernator in the U.S.

81. Mamono Hunter Yohko: Makai Kara no Tenkosei - NCS - Mega Drive - 1991

Why couldn't the other Yohko games have been like this one?

Yohko stars in her first (and only) side scrolling action game. It's too bad this never came out in the U.S., as this was an extremely fun game along the lines of Valis.



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