Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Overview / Review of Asmik’s 1991 NES game, Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Eschewing the typical lighthearted fluff that contextually justifies the large majority of the NES’s game library, Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth presents itself as an unusually weighty cautionary tale wrought by a variety of gameplay types and cinematic exposition. As the brainchild of Yoshikawa Shouichi (also responsible for Golgo 13: Top Secret Mission’s excellent scenario direction, script writing, and English translation), Wurm follows… Continue reading

Metroid

Overview / Review of Nintendo’s 1987 NES game, Metroid.

While Nintendo’s golden child has often dominated the spotlight, Miyamoto was not the only force instrumental to Nintendo’s meteoric rise: equally prolific and influential was Gunpei Yokoi, the head of Nintendo’s R&D1 development team. As the one responsible for the mantra under Nintendo owes its continuing success in recent years (the “imaginative consideration of matured technology”), Yokoi headed… Continue reading

James Bond Jr.

Overview / Review of T*HQ’s 1992 NES game, James Bond Jr.

James Bond Jr., the early 1990s American-produced animated spinoff of Sir Ian Fleming’s iconic MI6 agent’s exploits, lasted only a single season before being cancelled. Despite its short run, the show bore several pieces of merchandise in an attempt increase brand awareness and popularity: several books, a Marvel produced comic, a line of Hasbro toys, and two different videogames made it to retailer shelves between… Continue reading

Metal Gear

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1988 NES game, Metal Gear.

Metal Gear, the inaugural entry into a series that would come to receive worldwide acclaim with the release of the Playstation’s masterfully executed Metal Gear Solid, was originally brought to life by the now infamous game-designer Hideo Kojima on the 8-bit MSX2 computer platform in 1987. The NES version, ported in-house by Konami (though without the blessing of or input from anyone on the original development team) is a significantly changed version of the original Metal Gear, and as such has been savagely criticized by Kojima in the years since its release, going so far as to exclude it from series’ canon Continue reading

The Last Ninja

Overview / Review of Jaleco’s 1991 NES game, The Last Ninja.

The Last Ninja originally appeared on the Commodore 64 as The Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance in 1988, the second installment of System 3’s hugely successful adventure trilogy. All three games in the series became hits both critically and commercially; the three titles comprising The Last Ninja trilogy were considered the height of technical achievement in games… Continue reading

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Overview / Review for LJN’s 1989 NES game, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Published a year after the release of the massively popular, groundbreaking 1988 Robert Zemeckis film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the NES game bearing the same title loosely applies the skeletal framework of the movie’s plot for an interesting take on the action adventure genre. Roger is a huge movie star… Continue reading

Lone Ranger, The

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1991 NES game, The Lone Ranger.

The Lone Ranger follows Konami’s penchant for quality licensed action titles, joining ranks with other notable Konami titles like Mission: Impossible, Monster in My Pocket, and Tiny Toon Adventures. The Lone Ranger founds its premise on the 1981 western film, The Legend of the Lone Ranger, which was in turn based on The Lone Ranger, a radio serial (running 1933-1954) and television series (1949-57). Continue reading

Arkista’s Ring

Overview / Review of American Sammy’s 1990 NES game, Arkista’s Ring.

The idyllic elven city of Arkista has long been the keeper of three legendary magical artifacts. The city’s ever-lasting peace is attributed to the power of Arkista’s Ring, its prosperity to the Wealth Amulet,  and its immunity to influences from the outside world to the Elf Mirror. The halcyon days provided by these items could not last forever, though. The Forbidden Castle, lying at the fringes of the realm, was ruled by… Continue reading

Fester’s Quest

An overview / review of Sunsoft’s 1989 NES game, Fester’s Quest.
 
Based on The Addams Family,  the wildly popular 60’s television show, Fester’s Quest stars the titular would-be hero on a mission to save his town. As he’s moonbathing on the roof of the Addams’ manse late one night, Fester sees an alien spaceship flying over downtown, beaming up and kidnapping all the local citizens… Continue reading