Famicom Reviews: The Future is Yesterday




The NES/Famicom and its games are among the most studied and discussed pieces of gaming history today, and for good reason. The NES revived the American home console market. The Famicom was an unrivaled success in its home country of Japan. The console influenced millions of lives and created millions of lifelong Nintendo fans. Oh, and the games! The games are (mostly) awesome! Today, NES clones run rampant. Even Nintendo – after years of selling us the same handful of NES games via its own emulation services – is selling us its own clone, the NES Mini. This nostalgic fervor for a 30+ year-old product is unprecedented and remains one-of-a-kind. Even systems that have sold more units and garnered more worldwide popularity than the NES – systems like the Playstation 2 and Nintendo’s own handheld line – do not attract the same sort of attention.



G.O.A.T., Imperial (snap courtesy of PCWorld)



Because information about the NES/Famicom is so omnipresent, the last thing the Internet needs is another random dude talking about these games in overbearing detail. I can name at least a dozen guys – including myself – who have discussed the system ad nauseam over the last decade or so. I won’t. They know who they are. I know who I am. We have helped keep the NES fire burning. Most of us are still talking about the console today, despite ourselves. Sure, we dabble with others: Game Boy, SNES, Sega Master System, Turbo Grafx. No matter how many affairs we embark on with other consoles, the NES, our one true lover, always welcomes us back with open arms, its familiar embrace feeling just like home.



How could you say no to this face?



So why start reviewing Famicom games now when NES/Famicom saturation remains at an all time high? I need another outlet. I’ve been reviewing Sega console games for the last 2 1/2 years. It’s time for some variation. So why not SNES, Playstation, or some other console? I would love to dive headfirst into the SNES library, but that would require more time and effort than I’m willing to give at the moment. Questicle was never about well-researched, historically exhaustive reviews. Every review was intended to be a short tasty morsel. If my writing made you chuckle or made your day brighter by reminding you of some forgotten 8-bit gem, then I succeeded. I’ve lost some of that fun over on Sega Does. This is what I want to recapture by reviewing these Famicom games. Hopefully, as I switch back and forth between the two projects, they will influence the other and both will be stronger as a result.



Games for days…



I have a bad habit of holding myself to strict standards for these quests, then promptly failing at said standards as time goes on. Rather than set myself up for inevitable failure, I’ll tell you how I would like this quest to proceed.

  • Short, off-the-cuff reviews. More observational insights than strict historical facts (unless said history is too interesting to ignore).
  • Three reviews a week, give or take.
  • Videos, eventually.
  • The tentative name for the quest will be FamCom1983. I’m open to other suggestions.

These are all subject to change as life takes me in directions I cannot yet foresee.



Plugged in and ready for action.



Let’s have fun. That’s what games are for.




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