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Shadow Fighter

Released towards the end of my tenure with the Amiga, and having played the disc swap fest of Body Blows and Body Blows Galactic, and the travesty that was SFII, Shadowfighter was a bolt from the blue…

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Pro Wrestling

Back as a youth, I recall (as I hope most of us can) the full contact wrestling matches against siblings, the inevitable crash of the your parent's box frame slamming into the ground, and the well deserved tanning associated therein.  Quite nice..
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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

There’s been a real Anime, and Manga influx of resent years, but way back in the early (ish) 90’s, Japanese animation, and comics were hard to come by in the mainstream…

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Street Fighter

I had a search through the Retro Gamer review archives and didn’t find at a single version of this game, but then is it really all that surprising? The original Street Fighter has practically been written out of gaming history…

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The Simpsons Wrestling

The Simpsons have had quite a rubbish history when it comes to video-games with only the Arcade classic standing out as a true game…

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Super Street Fighter II Turbo

In the early nineties, Street Fighter II was everywhere, it's rampaging success in both the arcades and on the home front guaranteeing classic status and deservedly so…

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Samurai Shodown 2

When I got my Wii back in 2006 there was one system I couldn't wait to see on the virtual console and that was the Neo-Geo…

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Yie Ar Kung-Fu

Yie Ar Kung-Fu for the Commodore 64 is one of the first one on one fighters that I ever played growing up as a kid…

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Battletoads

I almost completely forgot about this gem of a classic beat'em up that I've been kicking myself in the butt for not remembering about it sooner…

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Sengoku

If there was a machine built for beat em ups, it was the Neo Geo AES, and being raised in the arcades on a heavy diet of marshal art action, SNK offered up some satisfying fisty cuffs…

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Dynamite Dux

EDIT: Sorry Haunted Nostril – I found your fine review just as I was uploading mine…

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Mighty Final Fight

My initial approach to this review had been to bemoan the scarcity of decent beat-em-ups on the NES and SMS, but I’ve been forced to reconsider…

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Batman Returns

Few superheroes have been as mistreated and misrepresented in video games as The Dark Knight except, maybe, Superman, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man…

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Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun – Kunio Tachi No Banka

Here's a game I absolutely adore and to think that once upon a time, even though I owned the thing, I didn't even know what it was called! It's also heavy on the Japanese text in-game so for a good portion of play I had to merely guess what characters were saying…

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Darkstalkers 3 (aka Vampire Saviour)

Several iterations of the Darkstalkers/Vampire games have already been covered on this site, however, I was keen to promote this wonderful looking fighter to those who may still have their doubts…

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Final Fight One

While Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper was always going to struggle to squeeze itself onto a tiny GBA cartridge, Capcom's Final Fight proved to be a much better fit, a near-flawless small-screen version of the classic side-scrolling beat em' up that ticks all the right boxes…

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Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper

Prior to the excellent Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX for Sony's PSP, the very prospect of a handheld, portable Alpha 3 was mouth-watering so this GBA conversion of Capcom's popular coin-op fighter had a lot to live up to…

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Brutal: Paws of Fury

The Dalai Llama (bad pun or what?) has organised a martial arts contest for animals of all species to prove their skills, and you are competing in it…

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Growl

Growl, known in Japan as Runark, is a video game released by Taito in Japan in 1990, and even though the title screen of the U…

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Vendetta

The hero gang, called The Cobras, numbers five members: Blood (former prizefighter, with a passing resemblance to Mike Tyson), Hawk (former professional wrestler, with passing resemblance to Hulk Hogan), Boomer (a martial artist, possibly similar to Jean-Claude Van Damme), Sledge (a military ex-convict with passing resemblance to Mr…

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Vigilante

Vigilante is an arcade game developed and published by Irem in Japan in 1988, and was published and released in the U…

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Final Fight 3

Have you ever heard of SNK Boss Syndrome? It’s where the final bosses in SNK Fighting Games are so cheap they become incredibly frustrated at best and virtually unbeatable at worst…

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