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20. Valis III - Renovation/Telenet Japan - Sega Genesis - 1991

Ask your sword, Yuko!

My favorite game out of the classic Valis series. The ability to choose between Yuko, Cham and Valna adds an almost Castlevania III-like quality to the game.

19. Dig Dug - Namco - Arcade - 1982

Who would have thought that digging for vegetables could be so hazardous?

A favorite of mine from back in the day. I can't tell you how many quarters I would borrow to play this game (not to mention how much time I spent with the Atari 2600 version), as well as one other classic...

18. Time Pilot - Konami - Arcade - 1982

Due to his wanton destruction while traveling through time, the Time Pilot caused a paradox that destroyed the universe.

...and speak of the devil, here it is. Time Pilot. When I heard this was going to be on the Konami Arcade Classics disc for the PSX, I had to get it.

17. Mystic Defender - Sega - Sega Genesis - 1989

If you finish Mystic Defender, you get a peepshow!

One of the best, although practically forgotten sidescrollers for the Genesis, Mystic Defender was one of the really good early releases that unfortunately didn't get as much attention as it should have. It was released in Japan as Kujaku Ou 2.

16. Strider 2 - Capcom - PSX - 2000

Axe-wielding eskimos piss me off.

Hiryu's return - and what a return it is. Despite complaints that the game is too easy due to unlimited continues, it remains extremely fun to play - and I'll play it until my eyes bleed.

15. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - Konami - NES - 1990

Trevor C. Belmont: great vampire hunter, poor marksman.

Castlevania's finest moment on the NES. Dracula's Curse still holds it's own when compared to a lot of the later Castlevanias.

14. Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou - Konami - Arcade - 1988

I never knew that space could get this crowded.

What a game. It took the original Gradius, supercharged it, and ended up becoming one of the most popular games in the series - despite the fact that it still has not been released in the U.S. It's too bad... because it rocks.

13. Alien Soldier - Treasure - Mega Drive - 1995

What the hell is that thing?!?

One of Treasure's masterpieces - and extremely hard to get ahold of. Don't ask me how I managed to snag a copy... you could say I got lucky. Just chalk it up to being in the right place at the right time, I guess.

12. Splatterhouse - NEC/Namco - TG16 - 1990

Come here boy! Good puppy!

The Splatterhouse game that started it all for me. If it was not for this game, there would be no West Mansion - and I would have missed out on all of the great games in the series.

11. Gradius Gaiden - Konami - PSX - 1997

The Vic Viper and its options use intergalactic hula hoops as weaponry now?

I may have bought my PlayStation just to play Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night, but I had it modded just so I could play this. Without a doubt, this is one of the best Gradius games ever made - if not the best. Unfortunately, it remains import only.



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