#640 – Target: Renegade

                                                                                                                                                  The bullet’s already in his fist.                                                                                                              I don’t have any change, but I can spare ya a fist.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Taito DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: March 1990   Renegade was a by-the-numbers brawler that, nevertheless, gave the player a valuable message: don’t go into the … Continue reading #640 – Target: Renegade

#639 – Tagin’ Dragon

                                                                                          Twenty levels worth of buncha muncha cruncha dragon.                                                                         That pile of bones is my dragon carcass. They look a bit like lions, don’t they?   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Bunch Games DEVELOPER: Sachen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1989   Sachen is one of the shiftiest unlicensed developers on the NES, … Continue reading #639 – Tagin’ Dragon

#638 – Tag Team Wrestling

                                                                                                        PROTIP: “Arcade hit!” didn’t always mean “NES hit!”                                                                                                                                                             Only Round 1?… *sigh*   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Data East DEVELOPER: SAS Sakata GENRE: Wrestling RELEASE DATE: October 1986   “Tag Team Wrestling is some archaic wrestling action, action, action!” but if it were up to me, I’d remove two of … Continue reading #638 – Tag Team Wrestling

#637 – Taboo: The Sixth Sense

                                                                            Look at that smug sun… “I got’cher lucky numbers right here, boy.”                                                                                                                                                          Here was my question…                                                                                                       And here was the answer. Taboo sure has my number!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tradewest DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Tarot simulator RELEASE DATE: April 1989   It’ll only take two of your … Continue reading #637 – Taboo: The Sixth Sense

#636 – T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage

                                                                                                               Pearl City, Hawaii must be proud of their legacy.                                                                                                  Who wouldn’t want to watch a surfing cat in a blazer?   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Atlus GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: February 1988   Before Thrilla Gorilla embarked on his personal “Surfari,” he was competing against Kool Kat (a … Continue reading #636 – T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage

#635 – T&C Surf Designs: Thrilla’s Surfari

                                                                                                     If your child ever asks what the 90s were about….                                                                                    Without a doubt, one of the most disturbing boss designs on the NES.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Sculptured Software GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: March 1992   T&C Surf Designs … Continue reading #635 – T&C Surf Designs: Thrilla’s Surfari

#634 – Swords and Serpents

                                                                                                                                                                   Bringing the hotness.                                                                                                       Goblins are known for shanking ’round these parts.   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Interplay GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: August 1990   The NES really wasn’t built for first-person RPGs. Games such as Might and Magic and The Bard’s Tale were ambitious, clunky computer ports that … Continue reading #634 – Swords and Serpents

#633 – Sword Master

  The Sword Master does look pretty cool on the cover. And the screenshots don’t look cheesy in the background. Well done, Activision.                                                           Sword Master: “Woah woah woah, nobody ever said anything about magic!”   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Athena GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: January 1992   Sword Master is a … Continue reading #633 – Sword Master

#632 – Swamp Thing

                                       Grumpy old Swamp Thing wakes up from his nap to find kids playing on his swamp.     These hot coals are ok to walk across, but step on that bubbling pot and your health will reduce something fierce.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: THQ DEVELOPER: Imagineering GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1992   … Continue reading #632 – Swamp Thing

#631 – Superman

                                                                                                If only Superman was this imposing in the actual game.                                                                                                                                                           … *nods head* Ma’am.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Kotobuki Systems GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Constructing an enjoyable Superman game should be a straightforward task, yet developers have consistently had a difficult time rendering this iconic … Continue reading #631 – Superman

#630 – Super Team Games

                                                                             The kids are all smiles… until the log decides to jump back.                                                                                                           This is as far as you’ll get without the Power Pad.   PLAYERS: 1-6 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Human Entertainment GENRE: Track-and-field RELEASE DATE: November 1988   I don’t possess the athletic endurance of a professional runner by … Continue reading #630 – Super Team Games

#629 – Super Spy Hunter

                                                              No David Hasselhoff aficionado for this box art. Just pure vehicular lightning.                                                                                                             The worst section in an otherwise fantastic game.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Tokai Engineering GENRE: Racing/Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Super Spy Hunter isn’t technically a sequel to the pointless Spy Hunter. It’s originally a … Continue reading #629 – Super Spy Hunter

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