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