The unfortunate characters of Scud Hammer, a Japanese-only release from Jaleco with an equally unfortunate name, especially given its release year of 1994 and the prominence of the Gulf War at the time. The premise of the game is abusive janken—that is, rock-paper-scissors where the loser gets hit. In this case, they’re beaten repeatedly with a mallet. You get three rounds of jan-ken-pon (rock-paper-scissors); during each round, if you win, you get to whack your chosen opponent with a hammer (a physical mallet with a sensor in the arcades, but simulated in MAME by button presses); if you lose, you’re on the receiving end. If you win enough and score enough hits to knock out your opponent before the three rounds are over, you move on, I think—I never quite got that to work.
As unflattering as some of these pictures are, they get even worse as you pummel your opponents, with bruises, bandages, and other injury markers showing. Truly a bizarre title, but considering that we got stuff like The First Funky Fighter, I’m actually a little surprised it never got a stateside release.
Airborne Ranger - The Action Simulator
(MicroProse - home computers - 1987)
"Red Alarm" [Flyer, Japan]
- Scanned / Uploaded by Game Industry Term Encyclopedia (ゲーム業界用語事典)
- A rail shooter on the Virtual Boy? What can possibly go wrong?
(T&E Soft - 1995)
RED SHAIFECE SCRAMBLE!
Kikikaikai/Pocky and Rocky illustration for UK Super Nintendo mag - Super Play #23 - 1994
Acrylic on acetate.
Bahamut Senki (Sega - Mega Drive - 1991)
Japan-only strategy RPG
I don’t usually do title screens but this looked awesome and I couldn’t help myself.
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru ((カエルの為に鐘は鳴る, lit. “For the Frog the Bell Tolls”)
(Nintendo/Intelligent Systems - Game Boy - 1992)
Japan-only action RPG; a fan translation exists.