#613 – Street Cop

                                                                                             I’ll be takin’ that soul of yours now. Nice and easy.                                                                                                    Copping a feel on an officer is an arrestable offense.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Human Entertainment GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Street…? Cop…? Street Cop. In this Power Pad/controller collaboration (1989 y’all!), you guide a … Continue reading #613 – Street Cop

#612 – Stinger

                                                                                                                                          Stinger engages in fisticuffs.                                                                                                        Yup, that’s a cross. In an American Nintendo game.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Stinger‘s proper Christian name is Moero TwinBee: Cinnamon-hakase wo Sukue! For those of us who don’t speak Japanese, that’s Burn TwinBee: Rescue … Continue reading #612 – Stinger

#611 – Stealth ATF

                                                                                                                                                                                   All the Fight!                                                                                     Is that supposed to be the Middle East or a Nacho Cheese Dorito?   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Flight Sim RELEASE DATE: October 1989   Throw on some Whitesnake and put on your Tom Cruise-approved sunglasses: Stealth ATF puts you in control of … Continue reading #611 – Stealth ATF

#610 – StarTropics

                                                                                                                                                             Such an evocative cover.                                                                                                                                                                      Eyes up top, chief.*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: December 1990   StarTropics starts off as an all-American take on the original Legend of Zelda before blossoming into its own brand of adventure funk. You are Mike Jones, a “teenage … Continue reading #610 – StarTropics

BONUS ROUND! – Devil World

                                                                                            The fate of the world rests on a goofy green dragon.                                                        Shiggy, Shiggy, Shiggy, can’t you see? Sometimes your games just hypnotize me.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: October 1984   Devil World has the fantastic distinction of being the only Shigeru Miyamoto … Continue reading BONUS ROUND! – Devil World

#609 – Starship Hector

                                             Hudson Soft put “HECTOR” in big, bold font so the kids would come runnin’                                                                          On the surface of an alien tongue. Mind the extravagant papillae.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Hudson GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: June 1990   For a game named after Hudson Soft’s fifty-eight year old … Continue reading #609 – Starship Hector

#608 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

                                                                                                   Better believe you’re fighting these buggers.                                                                                                                         Hall and Oates, ladies and gentlemen.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: JVC Digital Studios DEVELOPER: Lucasfilm Games GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: March 1992   If Star Wars for the NES was a Bantha poodoo sandwich, then The Empire Strikes Back is a Wampa fur coat. … Continue reading #608 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

#607 – Star Wars

                                                                                                                                              Well, at least the cover’s cool.                                                                   Those aliens aren’t enjoying themselves as much as they pretend to.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: JVC DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: November 1991   If I were the Retro Gaming Judge, sentencing grumpy edicts from on high, I’d hold Star Wars in … Continue reading #607 – Star Wars

#606 – Star Voyager

                                                                                                                                      Almost… out of… QUARTERS!!!                                                                                                                                                                    Have fun with that.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: ASCII Entertainment GENRE: Action/Sim RELEASE DATE: September 1987   In place of a game with actual gameplay, Star Voyager presents needless complexity and little else. All of the tasks it requires of you – view a … Continue reading #606 – Star Voyager

#605 – Star Trek: The Next Generation

                                          The Old Missions disappeared into the Neutral Zone and were never spoken of again.                                                                                                      “Don’t you recognize me? It’s your boy, Wesley!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Absolute Entertainment DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Strategy/Action RELEASE DATE: September 1993   Let’s get this out of the way: Picard. By a wide margin. And … Continue reading #605 – Star Trek: The Next Generation

#604 – Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

                                                                                                                                            “Oh yes, it’s Ladies’ Night!”                                                                                                                              Those are some scary looking puppets.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Adventure RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Set phasers… to lull! Kirk, Spock, and associates want you to search for dilithium crystals, battle Romulan warships, and meander aimlessly around foreign planets. … Continue reading #604 – Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

#603 – Star Soldier

                                                                       Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man in Star Soldier.                                                                                                                                                                        Lost in bonkers.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taxan DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: January 1989   Star Soldier is the first in a series of largely unknown shoot-em-ups by Hudson Soft, and though it’s not labeled as such, a … Continue reading #603 – Star Soldier