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1943 Kai

If anyone were to ask me what my favorite NES game is, I’d gladly answer 1943. The music is fantastic, flying your P-38 to shoot down hostiles is very satisfying, and being able to upgrade your ship’s offense and defense power, what weapons you can use and how much of it, was something not seen to often in games. Of course I’d play the Arcade version over it since it has co-op better music, but the NES version was a gem that shouldn’t be missed for shoot-em-up fans.
In 1987 and later in 1991, a spinoff called 1943 Kai was made for Japanese Arcade and later for the PC Engine. It’s a dream come true. It was half Arcade port and half Original. It brought the co-op that I wanted, When you collect a power-up, it becomes maxed out, in the original 1943 you need to collect the same one twice so it could have more range and power.
The “story” to this is pretty much similar to 1943. Instead of flying a P-38, you fly a Biplane. You play as a pilot and your goal is take down the Japanese Air Fleet that bombed an American aircraft carrier. Most of the stages are air-to-sea battles where you’ll face off against either a giant battleship or an aircraft carrier. Some stages you’ll either fight against a large squad of Japanese bombers or a Mother Bomber.
Like I said before, this is half Arcade port and half Original. Halfway into the game your ship gets an upgrade, making it look similar to the P-38 from the first game. Not only does your plane change, but so does the music and the difficulty, enemies are more aggressive. Not only are you still fighting aircraft carriers, but also an enemy fortress and armored convoy called the Battle Train.
I would love to own the PC Engine version, I own the Arcade version on the Capcom Classic Collection. It’s also available on the Capcom Generations 1. If you love shooters, the 1943 games are worth looking into.


Radia Senki – Famicom

I love RPGs and I love my NES. I always wished there was RPG that played like a Zelda game, have multiple characters that I could give orders too, and have Ninja Gaiden like cut-scenes. My wish came true in the form of Radia Senki:Reimmeihen or Chronicles of the Radia War made by Tecmo.

The characters you’ll meet are Darus, a mage that will shoot projectiles and accompanies you through the whole game. Baru, the leader of a band of thieves and uses a boomerang. Haman, is pretty much the Tank and can take out obstacles that block the road and is loyal to the princess. Saria, another mage but uses stronger magic. Leorina, who was imprisoned in her town of Guandia. And last is Medea, Darus’s sister and another mage, she’s the final 5th member of your party.

The story isn’t too much to go on, It’s as basic as you must find the mysterious princess and stop the Big Bad Evil from taking over the world. You play as an amnesiac person who you name, who journeys out to find answers. A person named Darus, a mage, finds and befriends you after your plane crashed. The two venture out and find Princess Lefis. She reveals that her stepbrother Gadiss is looking for the keys to the sacred Radia Tower. Meanwhile Nova, a lackey of Gadiss, as begun destroying forests in search of the princess. Along your journey you’ll run into Baru, Haman, and Saria. The leader of Zenobia, Duke Necrude, was the one ordered to kidnap Lefis. After rescuing Lefis, the heroes find out that Gadiss has finished his airship, the Fitzcarraido. The party finds Lefis but Nova appears tells the party that Saria she’s his daughter and a spy. He suggests that the Hero is the key to opening the Tower, but the Hero won’t help them. To open the Tower, eight magical items are needed, some which the party already have. They collect the rest but Nova and Saria steal them and open the Tower. Nova explains that opening the Tower is only half of it, the real Radia is revealed when both the Tower of the Moon and Gate of the Sun are opened. Nova nearly kills the party but Saria steps in and stops him and send the party to Elfas, where you began your journey. The heroes make their way to the Gate and defeat Gadiss and open Radia Tower. Lefis gets kidnapped again by someone claiming to be the Master of Dreams. The heroes confront him and it’s revealed that he created the world they live on called, Lemuria. After that, The heroes make their way to the Nightmare Monster and destroy it. The Hero saves the day and remembers that he’s from the real world and this is only a dream. Lefis begs him to stay but teleported out.

The gameplay is like a combination of Zelda and Final Fantasy. You have a party maximum of five and characters will join and leave your party, similar to Final Fantasy 4. Though the game seems open ended, it’s very linear. There aren’t any “random” encounters but enemy encounters are on predetermined locations. The battle system is one of my favorites, at the start of each battle, you can tell everyone to fight and they’ll act on their own accord, you can tell them to regroup to move to a single spot, or you can Trick the enemy, which is like running from a fight, but it’s funny because everyone will look like they dropped dead. When engaged in battle, you attack with the B Button and the A Button brings up the Menu. You can tell an single character to Rush, making them fight an enemy of your choice, Move, which is like the Regroup command, Defend, where they’ll avoid combat, and Fight, self explanatory. You don’t get money after each fight but you get “Prizes” which can be Meat, Bones, or Tusks. Meat is a weak healing item, Bones which can make enemies run, and Tusks that can poison an enemy, all of these can be sold. There many towns where you can buy weapons and armor. Each character has four slots to hang onto weapons and armor like Final Fantasy 1. You’ll want to check every pot and bookshelf in every town to find items as well, more importantly for Scrolls which can teach a character a spell, provided they have a charge ready, yup just like FF1 again, Spells have charges. The game doesn’t really tell you what the spells do, some can heal, some do massive damage to enemies. The only way to find out is to look at a guide. Save points are plentiful as any bed you get into will recover your health and magic charges.

This is one of my top favorite RPGs for the Famicom, next to Final Fantasy III (I really need to do a write up on that). One complaint is being on the NES/Famicom, depending on how many characters are on screen, the game can lag.


The future is now.

We are officially half-way through 2017 and its time to make some announcements for Gamer Logic and what its future holds.

The beginning of the year marked our launch for our Patreon page that I had high hopes for, but ultimately failed due to hit and runners grabbing the content and cancelling their pledges before they were required to pay. Seeing the writing on the wall, I decided to pull the plug on the project and seek other ways of paying for the costs of running Gamer Logic without it digging too deep into my own bank account.

Today, I’m finally getting around to announcing that we found that funding. Last month, I signed a two-year deal with an advertising company that will be paying for advertising space on Gamer Logic Dot Net. This is great news, because the funding from it and the few months of the Patreon page immediately went into paying for a better server for Gamer Logic; meaning more bandwidth and more capabilities.

Full disclosure here: Some advertisements on websites annoy the ever-living shit out of me and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been hit with web sites that run ads that automatically play videos, sounds, music or suddenly show a full screen window of whatever the ad is trying to sell you. When I started approaching companies looking to sell advertising space, I had a list of requirements and the major one was that the advertisements posted needed to be non-evasive. Most of my talks with companies stopped thereafter and even most of the ones that stuck around still tried to sell me a line of bull shit; but we eventually found a winner. So, trust me on this one: You’ll see ads, but you’ll see the content first.

My focus the last few months has been really to bring crowds back to the actual Gamer Logic website rather than YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and all the other social media platforms the site hangs its hat on. The traffic we get here absolutely destroys anything we do anywhere else, so why wouldn’t we want to keep the fire burning the brightest here? No more having our content held hostage because Google or Facebook want money to promote it or because they changed their view algorithm.

We will be making a few changes to what content we produce and where it sits. Here’s the list so far:

Bleeps on Wax – Exclusive to Gamer Logic Dot Net with teaser videos pushed to social media.

Import Boken – Exclusive to Gamer Logic Dot Net with teaser videos pushed to social media.

JAMMA Session – Series will be predominately featured on YouTube, but uploaded to other social media sites.

Gamer Logic Live – We will no longer being doing live streams on Twitch or YouTube as the views do make sense to continue doing them at those sites. We WILL however continue to be doing live streams from Facebook Live where the views are substantially better. The eventual plan is to host live streams directly on Gamer Logic Dot Net along with videos, but that is a work in progress.

We will continue to distribute all our random content across all social media platforms.

Advertisements will start appearing on on September 1st.

I’m really excited about the future of Gamer Logic and have a few things planned for the end of the year. Those announcements will come later though!

A major thanks to everyone who continues to support Gamer Logic and a massive thank you to our Facebook admins Marcus and Emmie as well!

~ Mike