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

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Overview / Review of Bandai’s 1989 NES game, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Bandai’s 1989 reinvisioning of the titular literary masterpiece begins with Dr. Jekyll ingesting the transformative potion in his laboratory. Deviating from the plot of Stevenson’s original work, the player’s task is not to aid the realization of Mr. Hyde’s murderous desires as one familiar with the text might presuppose, but rather to safely direct Dr. Jekyll to the church where his fiancée, Miss Millicent… Continue reading

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants

Overview / Review of Acclaim’s 1991 NES game, The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants.

After three years of starring in short animated segments on The Tracey Ullman Show, Fox Broadcasting readied the pointedly absurd yet telling antics of the famous yellow family for the spotlight. First airing over the 1989-1990 broadcast season, The Simpsons met with immediate success, breaking all previously existing Fox rating records. The Simpsons, however, was more than just…
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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

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

Kid Klown in Night Mayor World

Overview / Review of Kemco’s 1993 NES game, Kid Klown in Night Mayor World.

Kid Klown in Night Mayor World was Kemco’s final US release for the NES, being published near the end of the system’s production run in 1993. Kid Klown in Night Mayor World not only established the Kid Klown series, but also became the fourth game in Kemco’s Crazy Castle series, following The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (released as Roger Rabbit on the Famicom, rereleased as Mickey Mouse… Continue reading

RoadBlasters

Overview / Review of Mindscape’s 1990 NES game, RoadBlasters.

As port of one of Atari’s bigger arcade hits of the late 80’s, Mindscape’s RoadBlasters brings home the futuristic violence of the 1987 coin-op classic. Combining rally racing with vehicular combat, RoadBlasters provides fifty tracks, replete with explosive obstacles and throngs of erratic drivers that attempt to render your ride a smoldering pile… Continue reading

Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II

Overview / Review of Nintendo’s 1994 NES game, Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II.

Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II is a direct sequel to the original StarTropics, released four years prior, and was released in North America only. As Nintendo’s penultimate NES game development project and release, it was used in conjunction with Mega Man 6 in a television advertising designed to stimulate interest in… 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

Nightshade Part 1 – The Claws of Sutekh

Review / Overview of Ultra’s 1992 NES game, Nightshade Part 1 – The Claws of Sutekh.

Metro City, after decades of prosperity and growth, has fallen into a state of decline. Crime rates and corruption are at an all time high, and a mysterious figure, Sutekh, unifies all of the local crime lords under his banner in a push to gain control of the city. With the people terrified and the police ineffective, it’s clear that extreme measures are necessary… 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

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