>>2917741 There are still some untranslated simulation games, a few untranslated RPGs, and TONS of untranslated adventure games that look like they're potentially amazing games but nobody's really putting any effort into translating.
There are a few "gems" that I didn't discover until later on, which include:
Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements - A criminally underrated first-person RPG. Unlike the other first-person games available for the NES, this one isn't turn-based. You actually move around and fight enemies in real time. It feels very much like a proto Elder Scrolls.
Deadly Towers, Hydlide - It's hard to recommend these to general audiences, but if you've already played damn near every RPG for the NES or are masochistic when it comes to difficulty, then here you go. Deadly Towers may be the most difficult game for the system, and Hydlide's mechanics are downright unfair.
8 Eye's - No one ever talks about this blatant Castlevania rip-off. It's like CV based in a post-apocalyptic setting. The environments are a lot more open than, say, CV1. You can backtrack all you want through each area, and you can clear the areas in whatever order you prefer.
Dig Dug II - The only console port of this arcade classic, unless you count that one emulated collection for DS. I thought it was much more fun and clever than the original game. The mechanics are entirely different though. Your objective is to defeat enemies by jackhammering into fault lines, causing a section of the island to sink and take the enemies with it.
Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine - I think this is a port of a C64 or Amiga title. It definitely didn't have an AAA budget, but it's a pretty cool shoot-'em-up with emphasis on exploration. Each stage (and there are only three stages) is a labyrinth full of traps and obstacles. You have to use your ship's repertoire of non-replenishable weapons strategically to navigate through these obstacles.
RoboWarrior, Fester's Quest - If you liked Blaster Master's overhead sequences, then these two titles may be right up your alley. RoboWarrior is like a crossover between Blaster Master and Bomberman, while Fester's Quest is pretty much an identical clone of Blaster Master's overhead sequences.
Trojan - If you liked Ghosts 'n Goblins, this is another difficult Capcom platformer for the NES, only this time based on a post-apocalyptic setting.
Tetris 2 - This was Bullet-Proof Software's answer to Sega's Columns. The gameplay is fairly similar. Blocks of different-colored composition fall onto the board, and you clear blocks by matching three or more of the same color, rather than clearing rows. Clearing all the flashing blocks from the board ends the current round, then you progress to a slightly more challenging round with more blocks. Unlike the original Tetris, drop speed never increases; instead, you specify drop speed from the configuration menu before starting a new game.
Assorted other "gems" I never see mentioned, but nonetheless don't feel like providing a commentary for: Demon Sword, Quarth, Frakenstein: The Monster Returns, Gauntlet II, Guerrilla War, Iron Tank, Star Soldier, Kabuki: Quantum Fighter, Millipede, Kiwi Kraze, Power Blade, Power Blade 2, Shatterhand, Vice: Project Doom, Zombie Hunter. Some of these are imports.
>>2917741 Ofcourse. Most gamers and communities are utterly casual and don't actively look for games. Like oh I don't know, /vr/. Like, if you ever had the slightest interetest in knowing what kind of good games were released only in Japan you'd know all the answers that have been mentioned so far in this thread. Most of the answers can even be summerized in one picture. >>2917758 And shit's not even obscure. DuckTales 2, Kid Icarus, Solstice etc are probably the most hidden gems to /vr/, but they're not hidden.
>>2917745 You just have to find a game that basically noone else knows.
>>2919179 >I wish there were more Zelda 2 style games. There are, you just never looked for them. Zelda 2 didn't even invent that style. It copies Xanadu's style.
My contribution: Isolated Warrior and the largely unknown, yet vast library of rail shooters. https://railshooters.wordpress.com/category/systems/nes/
>>2920693 This is what happens when you've spent so much time gaming that you've come to the realization that you have zero social skills, athletic ability, creativity, or just the basic skill of understanding people on an emotional level, so you validate your wasted life by acting above people that enjoy the hobby you used to love.
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