ORDYNE / NEC / Turbografx 16 (1989)

Hmm, so ... a cutesy Gradius clone ... which I guess by default would make it a Parodius clone. It's yet another shooter on a system full of them, but at least this one's cute and colorful instead of dark and generic. Plus it's kind of slower paced and not unreasonably difficult. Plus there's all these weird cameos that I'm not sure are entirely legal, like Pac-Man is a weapons upgrade, and Opa Opa appears as an enemy. Oh, and here's a compelling reason to choose it if you're hot for a new shooter - it has two player simultaneous action.

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