#656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

                                                                                                                                                                                           Dah.                                                                                                                                                                    Love the Cossacks.                                                                                                                “From Russia With Fun”? C’mon, Nintendo…                                                                                 Nintendo’s version has more vibrant colors for the Tetris pieces.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous (Tengen)/ 1 (Nintendo) PUBLISHER: Tengen/Nintendo DEVELOPER: Tengen/Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1989 (Tengen)/ November 1989 (Nintendo)   Tengen’s Tetris is … Continue reading #656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

#654 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day

                                                                                                                                               The judgment is in his eyes.                                                                                                                        Arnold just wants a drink, not a hullabaloo.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: February 1992   “Terminator 2” is one of the greatest action films of all time, so its only natural that its 8-bit counterpart reek … Continue reading #654 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day

#653 – The Terminator

                                                                                                         Arnold demands kisses of the bullet-filled variety.                                                                                                                                                           When Kyle was a man.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Radical Entertainment GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1992   Terminator? Shoot yeah, I remember him. Big muscly fellow, liked leather, shades, and loud guns. He was always after my patron, Kyle Reese … Continue reading #653 – The Terminator

#652 – Tennis

                                                                                                                                        But… his shirt is blue in the game.                                                                                                                                                Mario reffin’ like he’s got a pair.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: October 1985   Twenty years before Wii Sports lit up retirement homes worldwide, Tennis was Nintendo’s first stab at the back-and-forth racket game. … Continue reading #652 – Tennis

#651 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters

                                                                                                                             Konami’s covers are always fantastic.                                                                                                                    It’s like I’m playing the end of the first movie!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Fighting RELEASE DATE: February 1994   A Turtles fighting game is a brilliant idea, but on the NES? With a controller that only has two buttons … Continue reading #651 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters

#650 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project

                                                                                                             Psst! Raph! The war is in the opposite direction!                                                                                            Tonk and the Tonk-ettes come to croon – and bludgeon!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Here’s Manhattan: home of the brash, outrageous, and green. The Turtles are back to curb-stomp Foot … Continue reading #650 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project

#649 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

                                                                                                                    The Turtles show no respect for masonry.                                                                                              It was a cold, evil snowmen-with-rockets kind of evening.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: December 1990   TMNT II: The Arcade Game, otherwise known as, “What kids wanted all along.” While the original TMNT for … Continue reading #649 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

#648 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

                                                                       The cover remains striking, despite the red bandana confusion.                                                                                                                                                           Suck on bo, Rocksteady.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: June 1989   If you were a child in the late 80s/early 90s and you didn’t love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you were probably … Continue reading #648 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

#647 – Tecmo World Wrestling

                                             “Wait, why are we fighting? Black codpiece, red codpiece. They both get the job done!”                                                                                                                         Served with a side of “shut your mouth.”   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: April 1990   You heard it here first, pansies. Tecmo World Wrestling, the best wrestler … Continue reading #647 – Tecmo World Wrestling

#646 – Tecmo Super Bowl

                                                                                                                Can I get to the Super Bowl? Sure, why not.                                                                                                                                                   Still better than Madden.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: December 1991   Tecmo Super Bowl is Tecmo Bowl on athlete-endorsed steroids. Everything you appreciated about the original – tight controls, infinite replayability, outlandish … Continue reading #646 – Tecmo Super Bowl

#645 – Tecmo NBA Basketball

                                                                                                                                              Real men playing basketball.                                                                                                                                                 Make me proud, Hornacek.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Sculptured Software GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: November 1992   Tecmo NBA Basketball was, at the time of its 1992 release, probably the definitive basketball title on the NES. All of the teams, players, and stats … Continue reading #645 – Tecmo NBA Basketball

#644 – Tecmo Cup Soccer Game

                                                                                                                                                    That’s one shiny soccer ball.                                                                                                                                                                                       It sure is.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Sports/RPG RELEASE DATE: September 1992   Tecmo Cup Soccer Game isn’t so much a soccer game as it is a series of cinematic soccer-related vignettes. Rather than controlling your entire team from a 3/4 … Continue reading #644 – Tecmo Cup Soccer Game

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