#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

#643 – TaleSpin

                                                                                                                     Baloo’s having too much fun in that plane.                                                                                       Toad Man’s stage from Mega Man 4 makes a guest appearance.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: December 1991   TaleSpin is the unsung game in Capcom’s Disney television quadtych on the NES. While Darkwing Duck, Rescue … Continue reading #643 – TaleSpin

#642 – Tecmo Bowl

                                                                                                  We can’t all be winners. But I’m pretty sure this guy is.                                                                                                                                                Perhaps today is my birthday.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: February 1989   Tecmo Bowl is the quintessential NES football game for casuals and die-hards alike. If you’re a pro amateur … Continue reading #642 – Tecmo Bowl

#641 – Tecmo Baseball

                                                                                                                                                      Hi, I’m Intimidation Jackson.                                                                                                                                                  Baseball, Tecmo-style.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: January 1989   Tecmo Bowl is considered by many retro gamers to be the best football game on the NES, so it’s not surprising that some of Tecmo’s other sports titles have … Continue reading #641 – Tecmo Baseball

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