#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

#552 – Seicross

                        Seicross was originally called Sector Zone in the arcades. “Seicross” was obviously more marketable.                                                                                             Yes, this is the NES version, not the Commodore 64 port.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Nihon Bussan GENRE: Racing/shmup RELEASE DATE: October 1988   “Arcade Classic” the Seicross box claims in a bright … Continue reading #552 – Seicross

#551 – Section-Z

                                                                                                                                                  Another boss Capcom cover.                                                                    Stuck between a rock and a hard place… wait, where are the portals?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: July 1987   There’s no better “retro gaming” moment than beating an incredibly challenging game, and the NES is full of examples: … Continue reading #551 – Section-Z

#550 – Secret Scout in the Temple of Demise

                                                                                                                        What happened to Secret Scout’s leg?                                                     So does this take place during the 80s or biblical times? Secret Scout is confused!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1991   What’s it gonna be, Secret Scout? Will you explore and conquer the Temple of … Continue reading #550 – Secret Scout in the Temple of Demise

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