Tag Archives: Micronics

#687 – Twin Cobra

                                                               What makes a “mega” chip? And where does one procure two of them?                                                                          No annoying morse-code soundtrack in Twin Cobra, thank God.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: January 1990   The NES has a king’s ransom of shoot-em-ups, many of which lack personality, … Continue reading #687 – Twin Cobra

#662 – Tiger-Heli

                                                        Strangely serene painting for the cover of a shoot-em-up. I blame the sunset.                                                                                                                                                                Don’t drink the water.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Tiger-Heli is often confused as Tiger Hell, though the latter is another concept altogether. The game is a … Continue reading #662 – Tiger-Heli

#661 – Thundercade

                                                                                                                                Good thing he’s wearing his helmet.                                                                                                           The peach tanks struck fear into my heart.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: July 1989   Thundercade is the shoot-em-up equivalent of a contemporary summer blockbuster: fun and exciting while you’re watching/playing it, but once it’s … Continue reading #661 – Thundercade

#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

#296 – Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road

                                                             Sorry Paul, the power of your pecs will not repel the creatures.                             Shoot, blow things up, die, game over, take out cartridge, ponder it, shake head, walk away.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: SNK DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: April 1988   Paul and Vince, the Ikari Warriors (not … Continue reading #296 – Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road

#295 – Ikari Warriors

                    Tom Selleck and Corey Feldman are Mr and Mrs. Ikari in “National Lampoon’s Vietnam Vacation!”                                        Is that a pink machine gun he’s wielding? I’ll give him this: he’s committed to that color.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: SNK DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: May 1987   SNK, those noble … Continue reading #295 – Ikari Warriors

#255 – Ghosts ‘N Goblins

                                                    Brilliant box art, but high resolution graphics? Nice try, Capcom.                                                                                                Tuck those boxers into your armor, Arthur, it’s go time!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: November 1986   Ghosts ‘N Goblins: you play as a knight named Arthur and your goal is to … Continue reading #255 – Ghosts ‘N Goblins

#211 – Elevator Action

                            Columbo takes a break from his cigar to bring you these important documents for your NES!                                              This is what happens when all the lights go out. Kanye doesn’t show up, thankfully.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: August 1987   Have you ever wanted … Continue reading #211 – Elevator Action

#44 – Athena

                                                                                                            Don’t be fooled – you play as a goofy anime girl.                                                                                                                          Nothing good can come from this screenshot.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: SNK DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: August 1987   The days of the NES were different, to say the least. To come up with ideas for their … Continue reading #44 – Athena

#2 – 1942

                                                       Somewhere Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett are holding each other.     Once you get those add-ons to your plane, all other countries’ aircraft will figuratively bow before your awesomeness or die in your destructive wake.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Historical Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: 1986, forty-four years after 1942 … Continue reading #2 – 1942