#008 – Action 52: Part the First

                                                                                                                              I suggest you don’t pay that retail price.                                                                                                                                        It takes two to make a thing go right.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: Active Enterprises DEVELOPER: Active Enterprises GENRE: Multi-cart – shmups, platformers, fighting, puzzle RELEASE DATE: September 1991   A number of retro reviewers have taken on the unlicensed Pandora’s … Continue reading #008 – Action 52: Part the First

#457 – Operation Secret Storm

                                                                                                                                         Saddam’s jowls will consume us all!                                                                                                                                                             Is he… is he looking at me?   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Color Dreams GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1992   Color Dreams/Wisdom Tree has published some of the finest dreck the NES has to offer, but Operation Secret Storm is a war … Continue reading #457 – Operation Secret Storm

#456 – North and South

                                                                                                                      I expect Bugs Bunny to come out at any time.                                                                                                                                             Ride on, you buck-wild stallions!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Kemco DEVELOPER: Seita GENRE: Strategy/action RELEASE DATE: December 1990   Allow me to share an excerpt from the North and South manual: “With North and South, you now have the … Continue reading #456 – North and South

#455 – Nobunaga’s Ambition II

                                                               Ain’t no party like a daimyo party ’cause a daimyo party don’t stop!                                                                                                                                       Put that in your fief and smoke it!   PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Historical sim RELEASE DATE: April 1991   I wasn’t surprised to discover that Koei made a sequel to Nobunaga’s Ambition. … Continue reading #455 – Nobunaga’s Ambition II

#454 – Nobunaga’s Ambition

                                                                                                            One of my favorite Koei covers. Masterfully done.                                            Only .4 Ninja?! How can I expect to take over Japan with less than half of a ninja?!   PLAYERS: 1-8 alternating PUBLISHER: Koei DEVELOPER: Koei GENRE: Historical Sim RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Who wants to ride shogun, kids? Nobunaga’s Ambition … Continue reading #454 – Nobunaga’s Ambition

#453 – Nintendo World Cup

  This cover is a horrible misrepresentation of a fantastic soccer game. Get early 90s guy off of there! We want Kunio-kun!                                                                                                         Best facial expression of all time? I wouldn’t argue.   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Technos GENRE: Arcade soccer RELEASE DATE: December 1990   A precursor to Mario Strikers, … Continue reading #453 – Nintendo World Cup

#452 – Nintendo World Championships 1990

                                                  A lesser gray cartridge. It’s worth some bucks, but not as much as…*                                                                                                 You’ll need a down payment on a house to own this.^                                                           In between each game, screens like this inform you of each game’s goal. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo/Square GENRE: Mini-games RELEASE DATE: … Continue reading #452 – Nintendo World Championships 1990

#451 – Ninja Kid

                                             Throwing a shuriken (even a poorly drawn one) at the television is never a good idea, kids.                                                        See those candles? Spark ’em with your flame buddy to ditch this catacomb.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Arcade platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1986   Ninja Kid would be downright … Continue reading #451 – Ninja Kid

#450 – Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom

                                                                                                                            Ryu set fire to the rain before it was cool.                                                    Ninja Gaiden III might be (more) difficult, but it’s the best-looking game of the series.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: August 1991   Ninja Gaiden III is the bad boy of the trilogy, complete … Continue reading #450 – Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom

#449 – Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos

                                                          I still have the original box for this game. Glad I do. The cover art is fantastic.                                                                                             One of my favorite levels. The snow, children! The snow!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Action platformer RELEASE DATE: April 1990   Ninja Gaiden didn’t hold back. From the cut-scenes … Continue reading #449 – Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos

#448 – Ninja Gaiden

                                                                                       Ryu leaves New York in flames? Yeah, I could see that.                                                                                             All they want is some kisses. Some flaming sword kisses.*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Action platformer RELEASE DATE: March 1989   Until Ninja Gaiden was released, 8-bit gamers had to get their story fix from … Continue reading #448 – Ninja Gaiden

#447 – Ninja Crusaders

  Well, I can see why nobody bothered to give this game a test drive, back in the Blockbuster era. Compared to Ryu Hayabusa’s rugged good looks, these ninjas are quite fugly.                                                                                                           Ninjas underwater? Now I’ve seen everything!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Sammy Studios DEVELOPER: NMK GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December … Continue reading #447 – Ninja Crusaders

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