Duck Hunt

Overview / Review of Nintendo’s 1985 NES game, Duck Hunt.

As the direct descendant of Nintendo’s 1976 projector-based Laser Clay Shooting System game Beam Gun: Duck Hunt, the classic NES Zapper game serves as a nod of recognition to one of Nintendo’s earliest successes in the electronic gaming market. As a game that came bundled with every NES model that included a light gun, Duck Hunt was destined to become the most… Continue reading

Twin Cobra

Overview / Review of American Sammy’s 1990 NES game, Twin Cobra.

Originally released in the arcades in 1987 as the sequel to Tiger Heli, Twin Cobra bolstered Toaplan’s already notable reputation as a top-tier developer of coin-op shooters. Significantly improving on its predecessor in nearly all respects, Twin Cobra featured state of the art 16-bit graphics, a raucously infectious FM-soundtrack, and an intense difficulty level… Continue reading

Platoon

Overview / Review of Sunsoft’s 1988 NES game, Platoon.

Based on the star-studded Vietnam War epic of the same name, Platoon for the NES was released two years after the hit film saw a widespread US theater release. Bearing a tenuous connection to the events in the movie, Platoon makes a heroic effort to innovate on the trite and stale ideas that had, by 1988, pervaded the gameplay of most licensed-based games. While it does falter in its execution, Platoon blends numerous gaming conventions in unique and unexpected ways… Continue reading

Sky Shark

Overview / Review of Taito’s 1989 NES game, Sky Shark.

In Taito’s 1989 NES port of the 1987 arcade game, Sky Shark (known as 飛翔鮫 / Hishouzame in Japan and Flying Shark in European territories), the player takes on the role of the ace pilot in the most renowned American flight squadrons to take to the skies of World War II combat. Managing against all odds to break through the enemy front lines, a lone Warhawk pilot glimpses the enemy command post where… Continue reading

Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road

Overview / Review of SNK’s 1988 NES game, Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road.

After liberating the Colonel from enemy forces at the end of Ikari Warriors, Paul and Vince graciously accept a plane ride provided in gratitude for their heroic rescue effort. As they are flying over the ocean, the sky turns dark and an ominous alien voice, booming from the heavens, informs the commandos of his hostile takeover of a planet. Paul and Vince, sucked into a time warp and flung into another planet’s distant future, meet Zada, a creature who begs the Ikari Warriors… Continue reading

Abadox – The Deadly Inner War

Overview / Review of Milton Bradley’s 1990 NES game, Abadox – The Deadly Inner War.

Long before achieving their first major commercial success with the Harvest Moon series (with the inaugural entry released in 1997), Abadox – The Deadly Inner War was developer Natsume’s second game to see a stateside release. Arriving four months after the Taito publication of the niche RPG title Dungeon Magic: Swords of Element, Abadox broke onto the US market with a heavy marketing push, complete with a television commercial campaign that terrorized children nationwide. Continue reading

Rescue: The Embassy Mission

Overview / Review of Kemco’s 1990 NES game, Rescue: The Embassy Mission.

Rescue: The Embassy Mission started life as a late eighties French PC game named Hostages, released to some acclaim in 1988 by development house Infogrames. Known for their proclivity for games that placed a heavier emphasis on thought than reflex (most famously the Alone in the Dark and Neverwinter Nights Continue reading

Contra Force

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1992 NES game, Contra Force.

Contra Force, the fourth American console title bearing the revered Contra name, proved to be an unexpected NES release late in the system’s life cycle. Following Contra (NES), Super C (NES), and Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES), Contra Force was initially announced in Japan as Ark Hound (アークハウンド / Aakuhaundo), an original concept bearing no relation story wise to any other existing Konami franchises Continue reading

Cabal

Overview / Review of Milton Bradley’s 1990 NES game, Cabal.

Based on TAD’s innovative and relatively popular 1988 arcade release, Cabal for the NES is an impressively accurate conversion. In response to growing concerns over the Dreaded Republic of Allied Terrorists’ (D.R.A.T.) plans for world domination, two anonymous commandos have been recruited by the International World Affairs Council. To foil the terrorist plot, the two commandos visit five key terrorist … Continue reading

Ikari Warriors

Overview / Review of SNK’s 1987 NES game, Ikari Warriors.

Ikari Warriors is an adaptation of the beloved SNK 1986 arcade game of the same name. Heavily inspired by Capcom’s Commando and Sylvester Stallone’s 1985 movie Rambo: First Blood Part II (the game takes its name from the Japanese title, ランボー怒りの脱出… Continue reading

Die Hard

Overview / Review of Activision’s 1992 NES game, Die Hard.

Based on 1988’s blockbuster movie of the same name, Die Hard by Pack-In-Video features NYPD officer John McClane’s fight against the terrorists who have besieged a skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles. Closely following the film’s plot, John has just arrived from New York City on vacation… Continue reading