Axelay is a space shooter video game developed and published by Konami for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in Japan on September 11, 1992, North America in September 1992, and Europe on September 30, 1993. The game was originally intended to be a Japanese exclusive, but was granted release elsewhere due to numerous letters from eager fans and critics. If the game is completed on the hardest difficulty, a message pops up promising a sequel, but no such thing was ever released. One of the programmers for this game, Kazuhiko Ishida, later departed Konami and went on to help the founding of Treasure, the company that created such memorable classics as Gunstar Heroes. In any case, Axelay is similar to other Konami space shooters like Gradius and Life Force, but it uses the Super Nintendo's Mode-7 graphical effect to produce an interesting perspective. Many magazines of the time lauded Axelay as being one of the best shooters on the SNES. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why; the game is quite good.
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Wild Guns is a video game developed by Natsume for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in Japan on August 12, 1994, North America in July 1995, and Europe on October 30, 1996. The game was published by Natsume in Japan and North America and Titus Software in Europe. This game was originally supposed to be released in North America during the third quarter of 1994, but it got delayed to 1995. There were even a couple of North American magazines that reviewed the game in 1994 despite its eventual 1995 release, which probably baffled some poor souls back then. Luckily, since we live in the future, we no longer have to worry about the delayed release date of an old SNES game. Games like these are now referred to as Cabal shooters, because they play similarly to an old arcade game from 1988 called Cabal. Stylistically, Wild Guns is reminiscent of another arcade title by Konami known as Sunset Riders, but the game play is closer to Cabal. Regarding the game itself, Wild Guns is one of the best games on the SNES that nobody knows about. More people know about it nowadays, but still not nearly enough.
Posted on 4 March, 2016 at 03:19AM
Since Star Fox Zero is coming to the Wii U next month, I figure I'd take this opportunity to review my favorite game in the Star Fox series. Star Fox 64, known in Europe and Australia as Lylat Wars, is an on-rails shooter video game published and developed by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. It was originally released in Japan on April 27, 1997, North America on June 30, 1997, Europe and Australia on October 20, 1997, and Korea in 1997. The game later got a remake on the Nintendo 3DS in 2011. Th
Posted on 19 March, 2014 at 8:08PM
The year is 1993. We've seen 3D on TV and in the arcade. But at home? Only that one kid with the rich parents had a computer that could play 3D games, and the rest of us just had the same 2D sprites that had been kicking around since the NES days. Then here comes Nintendo, ready to once again blow you away.
Star Fox is a game about flying space triangles and exploding ground squares, or something. Maybe there's a monkey in there? The green circle at the end of the map, named Venom and piloted by the vicious Admiral Andross is turning itself into a technological powerhouse, and terraforming planets to suit his army of mechano-men, when General Pepper of the Cornerian Mothers Against Change launched a full-scale war.
Posted on 5 January, 2014 at 3:42PM
One of the rarities of my father's imported video games for his store was Head Extreme Destruction Zone. After taking this game off the shelf and popping it into the computer in the back room, that was the only place in the store I would be found. The Story of this game is very vague. The first thing you see is a video of random humans around the world being abducted by aliens. The humans would then have their heads pulled off and used by the aliens as masks a
Posted on 11 October, 2013 at 9:59PM
It's no secret that we here at Retro of the Week love our Dreamcast games. Either in their natural habitat or ported to other, more successful consoles, the Dreamcast had a huge library of great games. One of those beloved titles is Ikaruga, an extremely fast vertical arcade shooter with a rather interesting play concept. Instead of just shooting at everything you see, and avoiding obstacles, you have to switch the polarity of your ship to either destroy opposite colored enemies, or absorb si
Posted on 11 July, 2013 at 11:52AM
I traded a CD with some kid neighbor for 2 "shoot em up" CDs.. full of multiple demos of games.. some examples include: Star Fighter 3000, Quake, Doom, Hexin, Space Girl, Raptor, Take no Prisoner, Worms 2... the list goes on. one of these discs had the Outwars demo on it, and that game was all I played for a good while. The single player demo only consisted of 2 missions. It also lets you play with another demo player on a local network via IP address. this was the only way i was able to play
Posted on 13 January, 2013 at 2:59PM
Axelay is a perfect game.
Now now, put down dem pitchforks. I could never say that a game is TRULY perfect. There's always a flaw and there's always improvements to be made. Nothing in life has ever been or ever will be perfect. But to use a loose definition of the word, and to keep in mind the time it was made, Axelay is indeed perfect.