While there are probably dozens of SNK fighter games, there are really only a few that actually strike a chords with the masses. King of Fighters is up there along with what we have here, Samurai Shodown. Disclaimer: The is the first Samurai Shodown game that I’ve put any decent time into. I’ve played a round or two of the sequels, sure, but not enough to make a judgement. Therefore, no matter how improved they may be, I can’t hold it against the original. This is my unclouded opinion of Samurai Shodown.
Category: Retro Reviews
When it comes to side scrolling shoot em ups, Last Resort probably isn’t going to be the first game you think of. Most people would go for Pulstar or, my new personal favourite Neo Geo game, Blazing Star. Last Resort was an early attempt to diversify the library of the fighter heavy Neo Geo system and its early release kind of shows in the same sort of way Alpha Mission 2 does. But does that make it a game to dismiss? Let’s find out.
Gunbarich is an odd one. Not only in name but gameplay too. It’s a breakout style game with bullet hell shooter elements thrown in. It’s a strange mix but one that surprisingly blends well. Originally an arcade game from Psikyo, it’s now ported to the Switch thanks to Zerodiv.
Strikers 1945 is a vertical scrolling bullet hell shooter originally made by Psikyo in 1995 for arcades, now out for the Nintendo Switch thanks to Zerodiv. As you guess from the title alone, it’s a World War 2 themed shooter, but with a typical whacky Japanese spin on it. Yes, you’ll probably have already guessed it… flying Spit Fires on the moon, flying battleship mechs and space crabs! But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to the beginning.