Tecmo Cup Soccer Game

Overview / Review of Tecmo’s 1992 NES game, Tecmo Cup Soccer Game.

Tecmo’s penultimate American NES release, Tecmo Cup Soccer Game, follows largely in the footsteps of the company’s games that came before it. Drawing from Ninja Gaiden’s revolutionary use of cinematic cut scenes, Tecmo World Wrestling’s textual play-by-play commentary, and the technical and artistic talents of the developers that shaped and defined the Tecmo brand name across all of the publisher’s products… Continue reading

Legend of the Ghost Lion

Overview / Review of Kemco’s 1992 NES game, Legend of the Ghost Lion.

Kemco’s 1992 release of Legend of the Ghost Lion’s was as an obscure and unlikely a candidate for English translation. The perceived appeal of a Western release is difficult to imagine, and a confluence of several factors inevitably contributed to the commercial failure of and apathetic feelings toward Ghost Lion. Limiting any significant market… Continue reading

Final Fantasy

Overview / Review of Nintendo’s 1990 NES game, Final Fantasy.

The orbs of light that drive the world have gone dark, the balance they have long provided shattered. The wind ceases, the seas rage, fire engulfs the countryside, and the earth itself is beginning to die. As villages disappear and the desperate survivors are beset by chaos, the people’s final hope rests on a prophecy. The great sage, Lukahn, foretells the coming of four legendary warriors… Continue reading

Wizardry – Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

Review / Overview of Nexoft’s 1990 NES game, Wizardry – Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord.

Originally released in 1981 for the Apple II home computer, Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord was one of the biggest selling games of its time, easily holding its own against the first entry of the Ultima series. Considered revolutionary when it was released, Wizardry streamlined several aspects of gameplay from previous genre efforts, in addition to being among the first… Continue reading

Dragon Warrior II

Overview / Review of Enix’s 1990 NES game, Dragon Warrior II.

Having overcome the Dragonlord, finding his true love, and saving the kingdom of Alefgard from certain doom, the hero from Dragon Warrior and his young wife, Princess Gwaelin, move to a distant land, establishing the kingdom of Torland. Settling into a peaceful existence, the couple have three children. These three children grow up to become the leaders of three major cities within Torland – the first-born prince is gifted the Midenhall territory, the second-born… Continue reading

Dragon Warrior

Overview / Review of Nintendo’s 1989 NES game, Dragon Warrior.

The kingdom of Alefgard has known peace for many generations, thanks to the legendary warrior Erdrick’s heroic deeds. Having fallen into shadow, Alefgard was overrun by an unspeakable evil. Erdrick, using the balls of light, fought to restore balance and prosperity to the land. Gifting King Lorik, the beloved ruler who unified Alefgard, with this light, the kingdom flourished, history became myth… Continue reading