#558 – Shadow of the Ninja

                                                    An evil metropolis, cyborg enemies, and futuristic ninjas. Harvest Moon, this ain’t.                                                                                                                                                          Yup, I’m almost dead.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Natsume DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1990   Shadow of the Ninja is a cult hit, revered and championed by a small few, and forgotten by the … Continue reading #558 – Shadow of the Ninja

#556/557 – Sesame Street: 123 AND Sesame Street: ABC/123

                                                                                           My final Sesame Street game. A moment of silence.                                                                                                                                                        You crazy for this one, Ernie.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: January 1989   Not to be confused with Sesame Street: ABC or the aborted time-traveling disco sequel Sesame Street: 456*, 123 is the … Continue reading #556/557 – Sesame Street: 123 AND Sesame Street: ABC/123

#555 – Sesame Street: Countdown

  The Count bends down and whispers in your child’s ear. Also, no seven-year-old would want to play this game.                                                                    Countdown might look complex, but it is anything but.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: RSP GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: February 1992   Sesame Street: Countdown stars yours and my favorite … Continue reading #555 – Sesame Street: Countdown

#554 – Sesame Street: Big Bird’s Hide & Speak

                                                                                                                              Big Bird talks and plays at you, rather.                                                                    “The waning sun will put an end to your spelling fun”… that’ll be five dollars.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: RSP GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: October 1990   Put your thinking caps on for this preschool throwback. It’s time to … Continue reading #554 – Sesame Street: Big Bird’s Hide & Speak

#553 – Sesame Street: ABC

                                                                                                                                            Age 6 is pushing it, Hi- Tech.                                                           Ernie’s Super Fun Splash. Warning: the term “Super Fun” is super subjective.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: September 1989   If you’ve ever wanted to guide a rubber ducky to a lonesome, bathtub-engulfed Ernie, or detach … Continue reading #553 – Sesame Street: ABC

#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

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