Renegade

Overview / Review of Taito’s 1988 NES game, Renegade.

Renegade is a respectable port of the 1986 arcade beat `em up that revolutionized the genre, introducing several concepts (such as combos and the ability to move not just left and right, but also up and down) that would become staples in later hits like Golden Axe, Final Fight, and Streets of Rage. It is typically recognized as the progenitor of the infamous Double Dragon series … Continue reading

Rollergames

Overview / Review of Ultra’s 1990 NES game, Rollergames.

Rollergames, Konami’s contribution to the blitz of marketing and merchandising accompanying the first (and only) season of 1989’s television show Rollergames, brings all of the cheese and drama of extreme skating home to the NES courtesy a cartridge officially endorsed by WAR (World Alliance of Rollersports). Bearing a number of similarities to Konami’s Skate or Die – Bad ‘N Rad released the Continue reading

Battletoads

Overview / Review of Tradewest’s 1991 NES game, Battletoads.

Battletoads, a late generation game owing much of its style to the infamous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, is among the best of prolific developer Rare’s offerings on Nintendo’s eight-bit workhorse. Battletoads stars three oversized humanoid amphibians named after unsightly skin blemishes… Continue reading

Mighty Final Fight

Overview / Review for Capcom’s 1993 NES game, Mighty Final Fight.

By 1993, Capcom was one of the few third party developers still actively producing 8-bit games, with most of their competitors having moved on to the more powerful and commercially viable 16-bit platforms. Mighty Final Fight was one of their last efforts for the aging NES, followed only by Mega Man 6 and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, both released later the same year. Rather than posing as a port… Continue reading

Double Dragon

Overview / Review of Tradewest’s 1988 NES game, Double Dragon.

Building off of the successful innovations of Technos Japan’s previous beat ’em up, Renegade (1986, Arcade/1988, NES), Double Dragon for the NES is a port of the first in a successful trilogy arcade games. Twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee, well skilled martial artists, learned how to survive growing up on the streets. When Marian, Billy’s girlfriend, is brutally assaulted… Continue reading

The Adventures of Bayou Billy

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1989 NES game, The Adventures of Bayou Billy.

Set in New Orleans and its surrounding environs, Konami’s The Adventures of Bayou Billy presents a violent love story through a curious amalgamation of several different game genres, including the classic beat ’em up, car racing with combat, and the first person light gun shooter… Continue reading

Kung Fu

Overview / Review of Nintendo’s 1985 NES game, Kung Fu.

Kung-Fu is a port of Irem’s wildly popular 1984 arcade game, Kung-Fu Master. Produced by Takashi Nishiyama (responsible for some extremely famous arcade games, including Street Fighter, Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, amongst others), Kung-Fu has the honor of being the first NES game to star Jackie Chan (the second, of course, being Hudson’s Jackie Chan’s Action Kung-Fu)… Continue reading