Tecmo Cup Soccer Game

Overview / Review of Tecmo’s 1992 NES game, Tecmo Cup Soccer Game.

Tecmo’s penultimate American NES release, Tecmo Cup Soccer Game, follows largely in the footsteps of the company’s games that came before it. Drawing from Ninja Gaiden’s revolutionary use of cinematic cut scenes, Tecmo World Wrestling’s textual play-by-play commentary, and the technical and artistic talents of the developers that shaped and defined the Tecmo brand name across all of the publisher’s products… Continue reading

Legend of the Ghost Lion

Overview / Review of Kemco’s 1992 NES game, Legend of the Ghost Lion.

Kemco’s 1992 release of Legend of the Ghost Lion’s was as an obscure and unlikely a candidate for English translation. The perceived appeal of a Western release is difficult to imagine, and a confluence of several factors inevitably contributed to the commercial failure of and apathetic feelings toward Ghost Lion. Limiting any significant market… 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

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

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

King’s Quest V

Overview / Review of Konami’s 1992 NES game, King’s Quest V.

Originally developed and released in 1990 by Sierra On-line for the PC, Roberta Williams’ King’s Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! marked a turning point in computer game development, benefitting from a massive million dollar budget, hand-painted VGA graphics produced under the direction of Emmy award winner Bill Davis, digital sound… 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

Felix the Cat

Overview / Review of Hudson’s 1992 NES game, Felix the Cat.

Originally appearing in 1919, Felix rose to fame during the reign of silent films, though Hudson’s Felix the Cat concentrates on the particulars of the franchise’s 1953 reboot, which, amongst several other changes, introduced Felix’s famous bag of tricks. In his NES outing, Felix must save… 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