Another Taito title is Liquid Kids which saw release in 1990 and also got an excellent PC Engine port. The game is a side-scrolling platformer which sees you play as the platypus Hipopo who must find his missing girlfriend Tamasun, rescue his friends, and defeat the evil Fire Demon with the aid of water bombs!
Nova 2001 is an early shoot ’em up that originally released from UPL in 1983. Players control a fighter which can shoots in all directions. Its main purpose is to continue to defeat the swarms of attacking enemies that appear in each stage and to pick up any bonus markers that are left by the destroyed spacecraft.
Pettan Pyuu is a 1984 maze game from Sun Electronics (Sunsoft) that was localised as Banbam. The game sees players control a cute character called Pettan who must flip over titles in order to defeat the enemies. Hamster’s Satoshi Hamada gives it two thumbs up, calling it a “masterpiece” that has been “lost in time”.
Rabio Lepus (known as Rabbit Punch in the west) is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up from Video System that originally released in 1987 and was renamed Rabio Lepus Special in the latter PC Engine port.” The game sees a rabbit equipped with a rocket launcher who must destroy monsters and rescue the royal family of Bunnyland.
Rod Land is a platform action game from Jaleco, originally releasing in the arcades in 1990 and ported to home computers, as well as NES, and later Game Boy. It stars Tam and Rit who also appear in the Switch game Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase. Tam and Rit must rescue their mother by defeating enemies with a magic rod!
Nintendo’s 1985 arcade game Soccer was the first football game to adopt a side-view that is now popular in series such as FIFA and Winning Eleven. It has been ported to various Nintendo platforms, including the Famicom. The game features a six-a-side version of football with players pressing a moving arrow to shoot.
One of the oldest arcade titles here and originally releasing in 1982 from Tehkan (Tecmo). Swimmer is a vertically scrolling title which involves players swimming upstream until they safely reach the treasure island. Beware of the various obstacles such as logs, turtles, crabs, and water bugs, that plight your journey!
Thunder Dragon is a vertically scrolling shoot ’em up developed by NMK and originally releasing in the arcades in 1991. The game somewhat resembles Raiden, and is set in the future where players control a helicopter through eight stages filled with enemy vehicles, space craft, mechs, and an end-of-level boss.
Nintendo’s 1984 arcade game VS Tennis was also announced. It actually released in the arcades a month after the Famicom release that allowed players to play against each other (the home version only allowed two-player co-op). Satoshi Hamada also says he is considering implementing the arcade’s four-player mode.