Asteroids. One of most classic and influential arcade games of all time. It’s an incredibly simple concept, as necessary for the technology of the time. You rotate your ship, thrust forward and shoot. It’s timeless. It’s a mechanic that’s been copied time and time again and here we are with Astro Duel. Originally released on the PC last year the Nintendo Switch version comes with the Deluxe name as a complete, definitive package.
Since its inception on the PlayStation 2, the Disgaea series has been known for a few things: completely mental battles and using a truly astounding amount of your time, often into the hundreds of hours. Going into my first Disgaea experience was a little apprehensive, to say the least.
Of the countless fighting games that graced the Neo Geo there are only a handful the get mentioned time after time as being the greatest. King of Fighters ’98 is often mentioned, as are Samurai Shodown 2 and 4. Another is Garou: Mark of the Wolves, often considered to be Fatal Fury 4.
While the Neo Geo wasn’t blessed with many genres outside of fighting games, the next popular genre would probably be shooters, and following on from the release of Alpha Mission 2, HAMSTER have given us another in the form of Blazing Star. Unlike Alpha Mission 2 however, Blazing Star is a horizontal shooter as opposed to vertical.