Obscure And Awesome Japanese Video Games Now In Motion

It's relatively easier to find hidden video game gems than it was back in the pre-internet days. Now, there are fantastic sites, such as Obscure Video Games, dedicated to weird old games that most people have forgotten about. It's still amazing how many cool, undiscovered games are out there.

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Obscure Video Games not only features old, forgotten games, but presents them in animated GIFs, which makes all the rediscovered scenes look even better.

We've selected below some of the best and funniest ones, focusing mostly on the 90s.

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Boogie Wings (1992 - Arcade - Data East)

Lucky & Wild (1992 - Arcade - Namco)

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Daea Tonosama Appare Ichiban (1995 - Super Famicom - Sunsot)

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Trio the Punch (1990 - Arcade - Data East)

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Mindnight Wanderers (1991 - Arcade - Capcom)

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Bravoman (1990 - TG16 - Namco)

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Ninja Spirit (1988 - Arcade - Irem)

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Dj Boy (1990 - Sega Genesis - Kaneko/Sammy)

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Go Go Ackman 3 (1995 - Super Famicom - Banpresto)

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Super Back to the Future II (1993 - Super Famicom - Data East)

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The First Funky Fighter (1993 - Arcade - Taito)

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Pistol Daimyo no Boken (1990 - Arcade - Namco)

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Waxworks (1992 - Amiga - Horrorsoft)

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Match Breakers (1995 - Arcade - Namco)

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jonathanponikvar
Jonathan Ponikvar

My first console system as a kid was the Colecovision (several years before the NES), but even before that we had an old DOS-based monster with a glorious 11" color screen and a mind-blowing 5 MB hard drive. We had that beast of a computer for a good ten years before my dad finally upgraded to something better, and trying to play games on it was an exercise in patience (I actually blame that for my preference for consoles nowadays — PC games to me always just felt like more of a hassle than they were worth).

Awhile back I suddenly remembered a sidescrolling game we had where you played a ninja and went through a dojo/castle, killing people and stealing ninja stars and stuff. You could jump through the floors and ceilings to switch levels and the whole thing was a free-roam map, like a super-primitive Metroid. But I had no idea what it was called.

For the life of me I couldn't find it anywhere online. After searching for the greater part of a month and looking through archives of Ninja-based games, I finally found it: It was simply called "Ninja," released in 1986 onto PC platforms.

For awhile I seriously thought I was crazy and had made the game up in my head. I think I'm only one of like a half-dozen people on the planet who actually remember this one.