#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

#549 – S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team

                                             These characters’ names are actually Arnold and Sigourney. I don’t think so, Natsume.                                                                                            Good thing your orbs are facing the correct direction.   PLAYERS: 1-2 (simultaneous) PUBLISHER: Natsume DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: June 1991   The future! If videogames are to be believed, the future is scary and … Continue reading #549 – S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team

#548 – Rygar

                                                                    Ah, when a quarter of a million copies sold was considered a success.                                                                                                                                                                               Give us a kiss!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Action/adventure RELEASE DATE: July 1987   “Rygar” is a name that demands to be shouted at the heavens, much like “Khan” or “Mendoza.” Go ahead, … Continue reading #548 – Rygar

#547 – Rush’n Attack

                                                                                                                                                      Tom Selleck is Mr. Attack                                                                                 Giving some mid-air props to the Almighty for a job well done.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Arcade/Action RELEASE DATE: April 1987   It’s shank or be shanked in Rush’n Attack. Or shot. Or exploded. Or jump kicked in the face. … Continue reading #547 – Rush’n Attack

#546 – Roundball: 2-on-2 Challenge

                                                                                                                                            Celebrate good times, c’mon?     Mustard yellow is everybody’s favorite color. Much like Hanson is everybody’s favorite ball handler.   PLAYERS: 1-4 (simultaneous) PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Park Place Productions GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: May 1992   Is “roundball” an alternative name for basketball? Or did Park Place Productions not want to name … Continue reading #546 – Roundball: 2-on-2 Challenge

#545 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms II

                                                                                                                                           Ancient China looks rough.                                                                                                                                        Don’t screw it up, Wang Kuang   PLAYERS: 1-12 (alternating, of course) PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Turn-based strategy RELEASE DATE: September 1991   Recruit generals, spy on neighboring provinces, train soldiers, make alliances, go to war: a filthy year’s worth of work in Romance of … Continue reading #545 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms II

#544 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms

                                                                                                                       Koei covers are always masterfully done.                                                                                                                                                        Metals? ABSOLUTELY!   PLAYERS: 1-8 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Turn-based strategy RELEASE DATE: October 1989   Nobunaga’s Ambition was Koei’s first “Koei” game – tons of history, tons of strategy, statistically overwhelming – but Romance of the Three Kingdoms was their first … Continue reading #544 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms

BONUS ROUND! – Nuts and Milk (JPN)

  According to Wikipedia, this was the first third-party game to be released on the Famicom. Interesting, if true.                                                                                                                                                         Milk feels emasculated.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: July 1984   The combination of nuts and milk is downright ridiculous. What kind of snack … Continue reading BONUS ROUND! – Nuts and Milk (JPN)

#543 – Rolling Thunder

                                                       Daryl Hall rescues Sheila E. from the oppressive sounds of the Eighties.                                                                              Has anyone considered how the red box feels about this situation?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Arc System Works GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1989   Rolling Thunder is a sentimental favorite. I usually try to not … Continue reading #543 – Rolling Thunder