Hardcore Gaming 101: Earthworm Jim

It may seem strange now, but back in the 16-bit era, the consoles were largely ruled with Japanese games. There were numerous American and European-developed titles for the Genesis and Super Nintendo, but they were usually found trailing behind titles from companies like Sega, Capcom, and Konami. And yet, one of the few instances of an American developed title that stands amongst the best was Shiny Entertainment's Eartworm Jim, a series of comical sidescrolling platformers with a clever cast of characters, an amusing universe, excellent music, and innovative level designs.

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