Never-Ending Backlog: Shinobi (Arcade)

1987, the year of Shinobi! Well, the year of the franchise’s first entry with this arcade classic. While later releases would take on a bit of a different form, the original release is just as challenging and fun to play.

Thanks to SEGA’s endless rereleasing of their classic titles, Shinobi’s arcade release can be found across a variety of modern platforms, but is probably most affordable through Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Of course, you could always go out of your way to find the original arcade cabinet.

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Never-Ending Backlog: Phantasy Star Portable

Did you hate Phantasy Star Universe at launch? You may want to give Phantasy Star Portable a try! This 2009 PSP release from SEGA takes many of Phantasy Star Universe’s online improvements and puts them on a retail disc for you to enjoy. However, the title only supports local wireless – so don’t expect to play alongside friends from around the world.

With the PC and PS2 servers down, and the Xbox 360 servers soon shutting down as well, Phantasy Star Portable will soon be the most up-to-date version of Phantasy Star Universe in its original form that you’ll be able to play.

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Never-Ending Backlog: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword! Sure it may not be terribly old but these days, but it’s definitely a backlog item if your copy is still sitting around and collecting dust. The title is one of the few releases to actually make full use of the Wii’s Motion + controller. While there’s definitely some good content here, the game’s pacing and length is a bit questionable.

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