Castlevania

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1987 NES game, Castlevania.

The first of a legendary series, Konami’s Castlevania was one of the first games to truly prove the worth of third-party developers to Nintendo. As an extraordinarily well polished first offering in what would become one of the most prolific series of all time, Castlevania stands as a testament to the skill and sheer willpower of the crew at Konami; not only is the game aesthetically light years… Continue reading

Cliffhanger

Overview / Review of Sony Imagesoft’s 1993 NES game, Cliffhanger.

Based Carolco’s 1993 Sylvester Stallone blockbuster, Cliffhanger for the NES appeared on shelves six months after the movie’s theatrical release. It was one of six Cliffhanger games released by Sony Imagesoft between 1993-94, and is virtually identical to both the Gameboy and Sega Game Gear versions. Like the film, the story begins with terrorists trying to steal $100 million from a Treasury jet in midflight. An FBI plane shoots the terrorists’ plane down over the Rockies… Continue reading

Super Mario Bros.

Overview / Review for Nintendo’s 1985 NES game, Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. is widely considered the savior of the American video game market, marking Nintendo’s dominance after the fallout resulting from the infamous industry crash of 1983. The original NES version alone has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, and until it was overtaken by Nintendo’s Wii launch pack-in game, Wii Sports (2006), the Guinness Book of World Records recognized it as the best-selling video game… Continue reading

Yo! Noid

Overview / Review of Capcom’s 1990 NES game, Yo! Noid.

Capcom’s Yo! Noid, originally released in 1990, features one of the oddest uses of a licensed character in the entire NES library. It features the Noid, the bunny-eared Domino’s Pizza mascot from the late 1980′s, whose mission it was to ruin customers’ pizzas before they could be delivered (in thirty minutes or less). The strange claymation… Continue reading

Amagon

Overview / Review of American Sammy’s 1989 NES game, Amagon.

Amagon, developer Aicom’s first American released title, strands its titular hero on a mysterious island in the South Pacific. Several men have been sent to explore this isle that is rumored to harbor all sorts of horrible monsters, but none have returned alive. The celebrated Marine war hero, Amagon, is assigned to check things out. The situation quickly deteriorates… Continue reading

Felix the Cat

Overview / Review of Hudson’s 1992 NES game, Felix the Cat.

Originally appearing in 1919, Felix rose to fame during the reign of silent films, though Hudson’s Felix the Cat concentrates on the particulars of the franchise’s 1953 reboot, which, amongst several other changes, introduced Felix’s famous bag of tricks. In his NES outing, Felix must save… Continue reading

Mega Man

Overview / Review of Capcom’s 1987 NES game, Mega Man.

As Capcom’s first game designed specifically with the home based console in mind, Mega Man was a pioneer in the video gaming world. Though it never reached the heights of financial or critical success that its sequels would eventually receive, Capcom’s premier original NES game… Continue reading

Hudson’s Adventure Island

Overview / Review of Hudson’s 1988 NES game, Hudson’s Adventure Island.

Hudson’s Adventure Island, the first game of the long running Adventure Island series, is a conversion of Sega’s 1986 arcade game, Wonder Boy. Hudson sought the rights to develop a Nintendo port of Wonder Boy from the original arcade developer, Escape… Continue reading

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Overview / Review of Mindscape’s 1991 NES game, Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers, the wildly popular cartoon series from the 1990s, succeeded in selling its left wing environmentalist agenda to kids by disguising itself as an exciting and well-produced sci-fi superhero adventure. Based on the first season of the television show, Captain Planet and the Planeteers for the NES closely mirrors… Continue reading