#631 – Superman

                                                                                                If only Superman was this imposing in the actual game.                                                                                                                                                           … *nods head* Ma’am.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Kotobuki Systems GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Constructing an enjoyable Superman game should be a straightforward task, yet developers have consistently had a difficult time rendering this iconic … Continue reading #631 – Superman

#630 – Super Team Games

                                                                             The kids are all smiles… until the log decides to jump back.                                                                                                           This is as far as you’ll get without the Power Pad.   PLAYERS: 1-6 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Human Entertainment GENRE: Track-and-field RELEASE DATE: November 1988   I don’t possess the athletic endurance of a professional runner by … Continue reading #630 – Super Team Games

#629 – Super Spy Hunter

                                                              No David Hasselhoff aficionado for this box art. Just pure vehicular lightning.                                                                                                             The worst section in an otherwise fantastic game.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Tokai Engineering GENRE: Racing/Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Super Spy Hunter isn’t technically a sequel to the pointless Spy Hunter. It’s originally a … Continue reading #629 – Super Spy Hunter

#628 – Super Sprint

                                                                                                                                                              Endorsed by Big Red!                                                                  Missed Opportunity: Super Sprint Fruit Snacks. They’re speedily delicious.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Atari GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: 1989   Super Sprint sounds like it should be the Ultimate Track-and-Field Game, but it’s actually all about car sprinting i.e. racing. Miniature Formula One … Continue reading #628 – Super Sprint

#627 – Super Spike V’Ball

                                                                                                              Surf and turf, brah!                                                                                                                                               A hush falls over the crowd…   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Technos GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: February 1990   If you’ve ever wanted to see Billy and Jimmy from the Double Dragon series in their swim trunks, then Super Spike V’Ball is the title … Continue reading #627 – Super Spike V’Ball

#626 – Super Pitfall

                                  Pitfall Harry argues vociferously with a cobra about how “super” Super Pitfall really is.                                        Super Pitfall is like Wrecking Crew, only not enjoyable. And not at all like Wrecking Crew.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: November 1987   How does one usher in … Continue reading #626 – Super Pitfall

#625 – Super Mario Bros. 3

                                                                                                                                Soaring to new heights of excellence.                                                                                         Love those cinnamon bun clouds.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: February 1990   If there is such a thing as “the perfect NES game,” Super Mario Bros. 3 is it. From the moment the curtain rises to … Continue reading #625 – Super Mario Bros. 3

#624 – Super Mario Bros. 2

                                                                                                                                                  “Madness” is accurate.                                                                                                                   Luigi’s like, Yeah, I’ll do that when I’m dead.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: October 1988   Nintendo incorporates Mario into every different genre now, from street b-ball to Dance Dance Revolution to whatever Fortune Street is, so it’s hard to … Continue reading #624 – Super Mario Bros. 2

BONUS ROUND – Super Mario Bros. 2 (JP) a.k.a. The Lost Levels (US and EU)

                                                          Be warned: Mario is luring you into the game with his happy-go-lucky smile.                                                                                                                         At least the clouds are happy, right? Right?!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: June 1986   Busta Rhymes once asked, “Are you prepared?” Small pause. “I hope you are prepared.” I … Continue reading BONUS ROUND – Super Mario Bros. 2 (JP) a.k.a. The Lost Levels (US and EU)

BONUS ROUND – All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. (JP ONLY)

                                                                                                                                                      So very right. So very wrong.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: 1986   (a slightly altered version of this article appeared on GoozerNation.com in December 2011)   The original Super Mario Bros. changed gaming history, which is why it’s interesting that several different/alternate versions of the … Continue reading BONUS ROUND – All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. (JP ONLY)

#623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 4: Worlds 5-8

                                         Europe put a black border around the Japanese cover – pure genius!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1985   Missed the previous posts? PART 1, PART 2, PART 3                                                                                                     World 5-1                                                                                                                                                   Three-fer Madness.   The Bullet Bill’s arrival marks the second half … Continue reading #623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 4: Worlds 5-8

#623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 3: Worlds 2-4

                                                                                                       Bowser and Toadstool/Peach have come a long way.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1985                                                                                                     World 2-1                                                            The lack of oxygen doesn’t hold Mario back from dancing on a vine.   With the second world, Nintendo tweaks an important ground rule … Continue reading #623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 3: Worlds 2-4

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