Listings

After many years of hopes and unrealistic intentions, I have finally conceded that I will never be able to cover all the games I want to here at Red Parsley, so instead of leaving so many wonderful (and perhaps unwonderful) titles without even a mention, I've decided to start making lists in an A-Z format for pretty much all systems.

These definitely will not all be exhaustive A-to-Z's - that's nearly as unrealistic as trying to review them all. Some systems that don't have a huge number of games will be full A-to-Z's but the major systems with millions of games will just have my own personal selections covered - in some cases this will simply be all the games that interest me, in other cases (such as for predominantly Japanese systems) it might be all the games that can be realistically played by non-Japanese speakers.

Here is a list of all featured systems along with brief explanations of what the lists for each will include. Home micros will (probably) be added later.

Arcade

As much as I love arcade games, and a good few of my fondest childhood/teenage memories are of amusement arcades, there's no way in the world I'll ever have time to cover all arcade games ever made. That would be ultra-unrealistic, even for my standards. This will therefore be a list of games I already know and those I find interesting enough to hopefully take a more detailed look at some day.

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Consoles

Atari VCS / 2600
Released: 1977 (US)  Generation: Second  Units Sold: 30 million

For many gamers, this was the first console ever seen, and it remains beloved to a whole generation. Here I will take a look at the games I already know and those I find interesting enough to hopefully take a more detailed look at some day.

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ColecoVision
Released: 1982 (US)  Generation: Second  Units Sold: 2 million

Intended to compete with, even supplant the mighty VCS, this effort by Coleco Industries was pretty decent, but sadly their... umm, vision I guess, was thwarted by the 'great videogame crash'. Here I will take a look at all the system's games:

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Sega SG-1000
Released: 1983  Generation: Third  Units Sold: 160,000

Sega's first console was only released in Japan and soon faced strong competition in the form of the NES as well as several home micros. It received a reasonable number of releases though, and I will be featuring all of them in this listing:

A-C  D-R  S  T-Z


Nintendo NES / Famicom
Released: 1983 (Japan)  Generation: Third  Units Sold: 62 million

The mighty NES conquered all in its native Japan, and in the US too, but with a library of over 1,000 games, I'll never be able to feature them all here, so I'll just look at the ones I know of and the ones I don't know that catch my eye:

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Atari 5200
Released: 1984  Generation: Second  Units Sold: 1 million

Following up the VCS was always going to be a challenge for Atari, and the 5200 didn't quite get the job done, in terms of popularity at least. It therefore didn't get too release so I will feature all of them in this lising:

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Sega Master System / Mark III
Released: 1985 (Japan)  Generation: Third  Units Sold: 13 million

After gamers greeted the SG-1000 with resounding indifferece, Sega soon followed it up with the Master System, known as the Mark III in Japan, and it was wonderful. Here I will be taking a look at all of the games to grace its majesticness:

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Nintendo Famicom Disk System
Released: 1986  Generation: Third  Units Sold: 4.4 million

It may have been larger than the Famicom itself, and it may have been notoriously unreliable, but the Famicom Disk System was still revolutionary for its day. Here is a list of all the games available for it:

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Atari 7800
Released: 1986 (US)  Generation: Third  Units Sold: 3.5 million

After the lacklustre reception the 5200 received, Atari soon replaced it with the 7800, which was technically similar to it's 8-bit home computers. Sadly, it was also not too successful and saw few releases. Here is a list of them all:

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NEC PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16
Released: 1987 (Japan)  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 10 million

A collaboration between NEC and Hudson Soft might not have seemed the most obvious choice but the result was one of the finest consoles ever made. For this listing I will attempt to feature all games released for it:

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Sega MegaDrive
Released: 1988 (Japan) (Japan)  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 35 million

There's not much more I can say about this wonderful console that I haven't said in numerous posts before. It's probably my favourite of them all. I will therefore at least try to feature all of its almost 1,000 games in this listing:

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NEC PC Engine CD / TurboGrafx-CD
Released: 1988 (Japan)  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: ??

NEC's fancy CD-ROM attachment was notable for being the first ever such add-on for a home console, and it was one of the most successful too. Many of its games were released only in Japan and the text-heavy ones cannot be realistically played by non-native speakers but this listing will feature all those that can:

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NEC PC Engine SuperGrafx
Released: 1989  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 7.5 million

The orignal PC Engine wowed gamers far and wide in its day so the cool-looking SuperGrafx, its intended replacement, was a tantalising prospect. Sadly it quickly went belly-up and only six games were released for it, so here they are:

A-Z (All Games)


SNK Neo Geo
Released: 1990 (Japan)  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 1 million

This monstrous 2D powerhouse was way out of the price range of most gamers, and that's even more the case now for collectors, but it has some cracking games that hold up well today. Here I will take a look at all of them:

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Nintendo SNES / Super Famicom
Released: 1990 (Japan)  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 49 million

I never played as many games on this fine system as I should've so I suspect there are many hidden gems waiting for me, but sadly I probably won't have time to look at all of them, so this will have to be a more limited selection:

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Sega Mega-CD
Released: 1991 (Japan)  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 2.2 million

The most successful of several attempts by Sega to prolong the MegaDrive's life was the Mega-CD. It didn't get that many games but I still won't be listing every single one here. Most of them should get a look though:

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3DO
Released: 1993 (US)  Generation: Fifth  Units Sold: 2 million

Viewed as a failure by most, Trip Hawkins vision certainly wasn't the success he hoped for, but it's home to two of my all-time favourite games. That's enough to make me a fan! This list will hopefully include all games released for it:

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Sega Saturn
Released: 1994 (Japan)  Generation: Fifth  Units Sold: 9.2 million

Sega's oft-maligned 32-bit powerhouse wasn't blessed with the largest game library in the Western territories so I'll be taking a look at all of those in addition to as many of its numerous Japanese-exclusive releases as I'm able to, language-wise.

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Sony PlayStation
Released: 1994 (Japan)  Generation: Fifth  Units Sold: 102.5 million

Sony's pioneering debut console has a lot of fantastic games but also a crapload of shovelware so I wouldn't even want to try and feature all of its games. Instead, I'll look at those I already know, those I didn't know that look interesting, and some of the non-language-heavy Japanese exclusives:

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Nintendo 64
Released: 1996 (Japan)  Generation: Fifth  Units Sold: 34 million

It has many detractors in the snobbier parts of the retro community but I've always been a fan of Nintendo's 64-bit system which is home to some of my very favourite games. This list will hopefully include all games released for it:

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Sega Dreamcast
Released: 1998 (Japan)  Generation: Sixth  Units Sold: 9 million

Sony's immense success as well as Sega's own bumbling ensured this was their last home console, but what a corker they left us with! Ahead of its time, underappreciated, and home to lots of great games. Here's a list of them all:

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Sony PlayStation 2
Released: 2000 (Japan)  Generation: Sixth  Units Sold: 155 million

Sony's follow-up to the super-successful PlayStation might be the best selling console of all time, but I've spent very little time with it. This will therefore be a list of the well known games as well as any others that have caught my eye:

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Sony PlayStation 4
Released: 2013 (US)  Generation: Eighth  Units Sold: 86 million

Yes I know, it's a ghastly modern console, but I've come to really like the PS4. And due to its splendid screenshot-grabbing abilities, I figured I will just include all the games I play on it (probably not that many!) in this list:

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Handhelds:

Nintendo Game Boy
Released: 1989 (Japan)  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 118 million (including GBC)

Who could've guessed what a phenomenon this little thing would go on to be when it first appeared? There are over 1,000 games for it though, so I'm not going to try to include them all. This listing will therefore just be my own expanded selection:

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Atari Lynx
Released: 1989  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 3 million

Developed years earlier by Epyx, the 16-bit Lynx was much more powerful than the Game Boy, but that extra power and its colour screen came at a cost. It has some corking games though, and this listing will include all of them:

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Sega Game Gear
Released: 1990 (Japan)  Generation: Fourth  Units Sold: 10.6 million

It didn't take long for Sega to jump on the handheld bandwagon, and their effort was pretty much a balance between the GB and Lynx. A lot of its games were Master System conversions but this listing will include all of its titles:

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Nintendo Game Boy Color
Released: 1998 (Japan)  Generation: Fifth  Units Sold: 118 million (including GB)

It took much longer than expected for Nintendo to release their own colour handheld, but when it finally appeared it didn't disappoint. This listing will include the games I know of and any others that look interesting as well:

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SNK Neo Geo Pocket / Pocket Color
Released: 1998 (Japan)  Generation: Fifth/Sixth  Units Sold: 3 million

The Pocket was a wonderful little handheld, particularly the Color, but it was never going to knock the Game Boy off its lofty pedestal. This listing should include all 90-odd games released for both versions:

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Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Released: 2001 (Japan)  Generation: Sixth  Units Sold: 81.5 million

Only a few years after the GB Color was launched Nintendo unveiled the true successor to the aged Game Boy, and it was a stonker. It also has a bewildering number of games so the listing here will just include those that catch my eye:

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Sony PSP
Released: 2004 (Japan)  Generation: Seventh  Units Sold: 82 million

Sony's first handheld was an impressive piece of kit and it got a deceptively large number of games. Many are Japanese exclusives so the listing here will consist only of Western releases and Japanese games that can be played by non-speakers:

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Systems to be added once I'm able to grab my own screenshots of their games: Xbox, PlayStation 3
 

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