Trojan

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

Released under Capcom’s Captain Command “Challenge Series” label in 1987, Trojan is a port of a moderately successful arcade title, joining the trend established by Capcom’s prior US releases, including ports of 1942, Commando, and Ghosts ‘n Goblins. As the company’s earliest side-scrolling beat ’em up, Trojan laid an important foundation for many of the company’s later … Continue reading

DuckTales

Overview / Review of Capcom’s 1989 NES game, DuckTales.

To those who grew up in 1980s America, there are few symbols of pop-culture as widely recognized and fondly recalled as DuckTales. As Disney’s first ever syndicated cartoon, DuckTales managed to permanently ingrain itself in the consciousness of a generation with its Reaganomics inspired political slant, the introduction of some of the most memorable Disney characters ever created, and a thoroughly amazing theme song… Continue reading

Mega Man 2

Overview / Review of Capcom’s 1989 NES game, Mega Man 2.

Despite the original game not selling enough copies to warrant an immediate follow-up, Mega Man 2 saw its initial release on the Japanese market a mere twelve months after Mega Man’s initial publication. Completed over a hellishly short four month development cycle, Mega Man 2 was to become an industry-wide symbol of the passion and dedication that went into many early NES projects: Capcom… 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

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