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

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

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

Marble Madness

Overview / Review of Milton Bradley’s 1989 NES game, Marble Madness.

Marble Madness, Atari’s 1984 arcade hit, was a landmark game for several reasons. As the flagship title for Atari’s 16-bit System 1 arcade hardware, it flaunted its state-of-the-art muscle with its convincing pseudo-3D graphics, unique trackball controls, and the first ever implementation of … 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

Ninja Gaiden

Overview / Review for Tecmo’s 1989 NES game, Ninja Gaiden.

Though their previous efforts (Rygar, Solomon’s Key, et al) had been released to a smattering of critical praise and general apathy by the American gaming public, Tecmo finally hit their stride in the US NES market in early 1989 with the release of a pair of games that would go on to establish… Continue reading

Casino Kid

Overview / Review of Sofel’s 1989 NES game, Casino Kid.

Sofel, a company known in Japan for PC business application development rather than video games, released their first American NES title, Casino Kid, in 1989. The player is the titular Casino Kid, a fresh face at the Golden Crumbs (a mock of the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas), with $500 in pocket and a dream to become the King of the Casino… Continue reading

Amagon

Overview / Review of American Sammy’s 1989 NES game, Amagon.

Amagon, developer Aicom’s first American released title, strands its titular hero on a mysterious island in the South Pacific. Several men have been sent to explore this isle that is rumored to harbor all sorts of horrible monsters, but none have returned alive. The celebrated Marine war hero, Amagon, is assigned to check things out. The situation quickly deteriorates… 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

The Adventures of Bayou Billy

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1989 NES game, The Adventures of Bayou Billy.

Set in New Orleans and its surrounding environs, Konami’s The Adventures of Bayou Billy presents a violent love story through a curious amalgamation of several different game genres, including the classic beat ’em up, car racing with combat, and the first person light gun shooter… Continue reading