#566 – Side Pocket

                                                                                                    Cyndi Lauper cheers on Rick Astley from afar.                                                                                  The City Master is ordering a milk on the rocks, just because.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Namco DEVELOPER: Data East GENRE: Pool RELEASE DATE: June 1987   NES pool simulators are a curious lot. Fantasy titles like Lunar Pool take place … Continue reading #566 – Side Pocket

#565 – Short Order/Eggsplode!

                                                                  The beef and the buns look exactly the same. “Short Order,” my eye.                      It’ll take you a half hour and a couple heart attacks to build a burger with the pig’s specifications.*   PLAYERS: 1-5 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Mini-games RELEASE DATE: December 1989   As a Power … Continue reading #565 – Short Order/Eggsplode!

#564 – Shooting Range

                                                                                                            Warning: Zapper does not fire actual lasers.                                                                                                     Welp, I’m horrified. Well done, Shooting Range.   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Light gun RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Today’s outdoor “shooting range” implies real guns, earplugs, and precious antique cans. According to Bandai, a Shooting Range is a … Continue reading #564 – Shooting Range

#563 – Shockwave

                                         What is wrong with that spaceman’s body? I’d say see a doctor, but fat chance!                                                                                                                                     “Hello… is there anybody in there?”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Game Cartridges DEVELOPER: American Game Cartridges GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1990   Shockwave was actually included in Maxi-15, a “more junk-for-your-buck” unlicensed multi-cart. But … Continue reading #563 – Shockwave

#562 – Shinobi

                                                                          It might say “Shinobi” on the box, but brother, this ain’t Shinobi.                          My sprite disappeared behind the scuba enemy, into the nethers of the salmon-colored house.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1989   Shinobi is indeed a Sega-developed game and franchise, so yes, it … Continue reading #562 – Shinobi

#560 – Shatterhand

                                                                                                                                                David Arquette finally loses it.                                                                                                                                 That green vest just screams good taste.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1991   In Shatterhand, you play a man – let’s call him Biff ShatterPow – whose hands can literally cripple nations. Or at least shatter them. … Continue reading #560 – Shatterhand

#559 – Shadowgate

  Pretty intense cover for an NES game. Shadowgate got away with a fair amount, considering Nintendo’s strict censoring policy.                                                                                                                       You think you’ve heard it all, and then….   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: ICOM Simulations GENRE: Adventure/Point-and-click RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Believe it or not, the NES was home to … Continue reading #559 – Shadowgate

#558 – Shadow of the Ninja

                                                    An evil metropolis, cyborg enemies, and futuristic ninjas. Harvest Moon, this ain’t.                                                                                                                                                          Yup, I’m almost dead.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Natsume DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1990   Shadow of the Ninja is a cult hit, revered and championed by a small few, and forgotten by the … Continue reading #558 – Shadow of the Ninja

#556/557 – Sesame Street: 123 AND Sesame Street: ABC/123

                                                                                           My final Sesame Street game. A moment of silence.                                                                                                                                                        You crazy for this one, Ernie.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: January 1989   Not to be confused with Sesame Street: ABC or the aborted time-traveling disco sequel Sesame Street: 456*, 123 is the … Continue reading #556/557 – Sesame Street: 123 AND Sesame Street: ABC/123

#555 – Sesame Street: Countdown

  The Count bends down and whispers in your child’s ear. Also, no seven-year-old would want to play this game.                                                                    Countdown might look complex, but it is anything but.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: RSP GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Sesame Street: Countdown stars yours and my favorite … Continue reading #555 – Sesame Street: Countdown

#554 – Sesame Street: Big Bird’s Hide & Speak

                                                                                                                              Big Bird talks and plays at you, rather.                                                                    “The waning sun will put an end to your spelling fun”… that’ll be five dollars.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: RSP GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: October 1990   Put your thinking caps on for this preschool throwback. It’s time to … Continue reading #554 – Sesame Street: Big Bird’s Hide & Speak

#553 – Sesame Street: ABC

                                                                                                                                            Age 6 is pushing it, Hi- Tech.                                                           Ernie’s Super Fun Splash. Warning: the term “Super Fun” is super subjective.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: September 1989   If you’ve ever wanted to guide a rubber ducky to a lonesome, bathtub-engulfed Ernie, or detach … Continue reading #553 – Sesame Street: ABC

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