Tag Archives: Namco

Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti – By Request

                                                                                                                                         A fresh take on a bloody favorite.                                                                                                      Cause it’s… Wanpaku? PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Namco(t) DEVELOPER: NOW Production GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: July 1989   It’s amazing that the Splatterhouse series didn’t offend more parental sensibilities when its sequel debuted on the Genesis in 1992. The series wasn’t just gory: it … Continue reading Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti – By Request

#744 – Xevious

                                                                                                          Standing on the edge of tomorrow… yesterday!                                                                                                                                             That’s a forest, not a jello mold.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1988   The slogan for the original arcade version of Xevious (pronounced Zeh Vee Us) was “Are you devious enough to beat Xevious?” … Continue reading #744 – Xevious

#578 – Sky Kid

                   Charles Lindbergh looks for work, finds it on the Sky Kid cover, laments that he is no longer a child.                                                                                                                          “Authentic Arcade Edition” you say? PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: September 1987   Put some grease in your garter, Sky Kid! Or is it, … Continue reading #578 – Sky Kid

#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

#524 – Ring King

                                                                      Ray Leonard Jr. approved Ring King as soon as the check cleared.                                                                                                     Great character animation for an early NES game.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Data East DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: September 1987   There’s only one NES boxing game that matters: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (or, if you … Continue reading #524 – Ring King

#502 – R.B.I. Baseball

                                                                                                                                                              They came to win.                                                                                              The boys are back in town. One night only. No refunds.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Namco DEVELOPER: Tengen GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 1988   I’m stunned that there are close to twenty baseball games for the NES. While the NES was around for nine years … Continue reading #502 – R.B.I. Baseball

#465 – Pac-Man (Tengen/Namco)

                                                                                                           This is probably the version you didn’t play.                                                       Pac-Man shows the ghosts that chasing him is not the path to enlightenment.                                                                                                                                                           Good morning, starshine!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Tengen/Namco DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1987 (Tengen)/ November 1993 (Namco)   Pac-Man was the first recognizable … Continue reading #465 – Pac-Man (Tengen/Namco)

#246 – Galaga: Demons of Death

  I didn’t even know Demons of Death was the subtitle for Galaga until I played the NES port. Oh Galaga, you still have much to teach us after all these years!                                         Nothing like some double-ship action to ruin some space bees plans for the evening.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Bandai … Continue reading #246 – Galaga: Demons of Death

#198 – Dragon Spirit: The New Legend

                                                                                                                                                           The game’s good, I swear!                                                                                                                  At the end of the world.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: June 1990   Dragon Spirit begins simply, brilliantly. In three lines or so, you’re informed that a warrior named Amru, who can turn into a blue dragon, is … Continue reading #198 – Dragon Spirit: The New Legend

#178 – Dig Dug II: Trouble in Paradise

                                                                                                                                           Drill, Dig Dug! Drill like a boss!                           Pretty much every level looks like this, which means gameplay gets tedious after awhile. PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Namco GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Well, I’ll be hornswoggled: the original Dig Dug was never released on the NES in America, … Continue reading #178 – Dig Dug II: Trouble in Paradise