#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

#660 – Thunderbirds

                                                                                                                                                               Take that, day time!                                                                            Thunderbird 3, hoping to make it out of Varicose Vein Valley alive.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Pack-in Video GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: September 1990   Creepy British puppets from the 60s have no place in video games, and yet, in the 80s and early … Continue reading #660 – Thunderbirds

#659 – Thunder & Lightning

                                                                            This cover really does cover every aspect of Thunder & Lightning.                                                                                                                                      Humble beginnings for Mr. Chin.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Romstar DEVELOPER: Romstar GENRE: Breakout RELEASE DATE: December 1990   Breakout begat Arkanoid which begat Woody Pop which begat Thunder & Lightning. Breakout‘s children range from “uninspired” to “further … Continue reading #659 – Thunder & Lightning

#658 – The Three Stooges

                                                                                                                                                  Calling all chowdah-heads!                                                                                                                                     “Mutton for brains, the both of ya!”   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Minigame RELEASE DATE: October 1989   The Three Stooges is a basket of strange nyuks: a handful of minigames/events starring the Stooges that limits their antics, while staying true to … Continue reading #658 – The Three Stooges

#657 – Tetris 2

                                                                                                                                                                                       Poor Tetris.                                                                                                                                        Even the COM isn’t doing that well.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: October 1993   The original Tetris for the NES is a complete work, perfect inasmuch as any game can be perfect. So why Tetris 2? Perhaps a Tetris sequel … Continue reading #657 – Tetris 2

#656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

                                                                                                                                                                                           Dah.                                                                                                                                                                    Love the Cossacks.                                                                                                                “From Russia With Fun”? C’mon, Nintendo…                                                                                 Nintendo’s version has more vibrant colors for the Tetris pieces.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous (Tengen)/ 1 (Nintendo) PUBLISHER: Tengen/Nintendo DEVELOPER: Tengen/Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1989 (Tengen)/ November 1989 (Nintendo)   Tengen’s Tetris is … Continue reading #656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

#654 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day

                                                                                                                                               The judgment is in his eyes.                                                                                                                        Arnold just wants a drink, not a hullabaloo.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: February 1992   “Terminator 2” is one of the greatest action films of all time, so its only natural that its 8-bit counterpart reek … Continue reading #654 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day

#653 – The Terminator

                                                                                                         Arnold demands kisses of the bullet-filled variety.                                                                                                                                                           When Kyle was a man.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Radical Entertainment GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1992   Terminator? Shoot yeah, I remember him. Big muscly fellow, liked leather, shades, and loud guns. He was always after my patron, Kyle Reese … Continue reading #653 – The Terminator

#652 – Tennis

                                                                                                                                        But… his shirt is blue in the game.                                                                                                                                                Mario reffin’ like he’s got a pair.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: October 1985   Twenty years before Wii Sports lit up retirement homes worldwide, Tennis was Nintendo’s first stab at the back-and-forth racket game. … Continue reading #652 – Tennis

#651 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters

                                                                                                                             Konami’s covers are always fantastic.                                                                                                                    It’s like I’m playing the end of the first movie!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Fighting RELEASE DATE: February 1994   A Turtles fighting game is a brilliant idea, but on the NES? With a controller that only has two buttons … Continue reading #651 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters

#650 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project

                                                                                                             Psst! Raph! The war is in the opposite direction!                                                                                            Tonk and the Tonk-ettes come to croon – and bludgeon!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Here’s Manhattan: home of the brash, outrageous, and green. The Turtles are back to curb-stomp Foot … Continue reading #650 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project

#649 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

                                                                                                                    The Turtles show no respect for masonry.                                                                                              It was a cold, evil snowmen-with-rockets kind of evening.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: December 1990   TMNT II: The Arcade Game, otherwise known as, “What kids wanted all along.” While the original TMNT for … Continue reading #649 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

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