Jeopardy!

Review / Overview of GameTek’s 1988 NES game, Jeopardy!

The venerable American trivia game show staple Jeopardy!, sitting atop the Merv Griffin Enterprises throne alongside Wheel of Fortune, originally aired to a lukewarm debut on US television in the spring of 1964, and though it garnered enough popularity to keep it on the airwaves for the next eleven years, it was eventually cancelled in 1975. After a failed attempt to reclaim its relevance in a short-lived reboot… 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

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

James Bond Jr.

Overview / Review of T*HQ’s 1992 NES game, James Bond Jr.

James Bond Jr., the early 1990s American-produced animated spinoff of Sir Ian Fleming’s iconic MI6 agent’s exploits, lasted only a single season before being cancelled. Despite its short run, the show bore several pieces of merchandise in an attempt increase brand awareness and popularity: several books, a Marvel produced comic, a line of Hasbro toys, and two different videogames made it to retailer shelves between… 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

Faxanadu

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

Published in America by Nintendo in 1990, Faxanadu is a spin-off title splintering from 1985’s Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu, the second game in the Japanese Dragon Slayer PC RPG series. Produced by Hudson Soft under license from Nihon Falcom (the original series’ developer and publisher that, while extremely popular in Japan, has languished in obscurity in the USA), Faxanadu is not a canonical entry in the Dragon Slayer series… 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

Jack Nicklaus’ Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1990 NES game, Jack Nicklaus’ Greatest 18 Holes of Championship Golf.

As a port of Accolade’s 1988 PC game, Konami’s Jack Nicklaus’ Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf for the NES does an admirable job of recreating the core experience with few concessions made. For his first starring role in a video game, the winner of 18 major golf championships selected his 18 favorite holes from famous American and British courses… 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

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Overview / Review for LJN’s 1989 NES game, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Published a year after the release of the massively popular, groundbreaking 1988 Robert Zemeckis film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the NES game bearing the same title loosely applies the skeletal framework of the movie’s plot for an interesting take on the action adventure genre. Roger is a huge movie star… 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

Fester’s Quest

An overview / review of Sunsoft’s 1989 NES game, Fester’s Quest.
 
Based on The Addams Family,  the wildly popular 60’s television show, Fester’s Quest stars the titular would-be hero on a mission to save his town. As he’s moonbathing on the roof of the Addams’ manse late one night, Fester sees an alien spaceship flying over downtown, beaming up and kidnapping all the local citizens… Continue reading