#753 – Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II

                                                                    Zoda, at his book signing. “To Mike: Deadest Wishes! MWAHAHAHAH!”                                                                                                                                                                 Don’t forget the opium!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: March 1994   Mike, the innocuous, yo-yo lovin’, all-American blank slate returns for more island hopping in the sequel to Star Tropics. This time, Mike … Continue reading #753 – Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II

#752 – Zen: Intergalactic Ninja

                                                                                                                              Does Zen have a black hole for legs?                                                                                                                                             Lord Contaminus reigns supremus.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: March 1993   Zen the Intergalactic Ninja reminds me of a beefier Donatello (complete with bo) and a stereotypical alien head. Though Zen originates from his own … Continue reading #752 – Zen: Intergalactic Ninja

#751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

                                                                                                                                                 “Ultimate challenge” indeed.                                                                                                                      That ol’ boy needs to learn him some respect.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Zelda II is white-hot rage pockets mixed with moments of fleeting joy. It’s a jilted ex-lover employing a psychosexual hold over your thoughts, emotions, … Continue reading #751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

#750 – Zanac

                                                                                                          They’ve got the whooooole world in their hands.                                                                                                                   I can’t count the number of times I died here.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Compile GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: October 1987   Zanac is either a gentle joyride across twelve planets, or a relentless shoot-em-up co-sponsored by the devil. It’s … Continue reading #750 – Zanac

#749 – The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

                                                                                                                                                                             Pre-‘Beouf                                                                                              Indy’s seventeen gold bars ought to destroy those cannons!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Jaleco GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1992   Who would have thought that the best “Indiana Jones” game for the NES would be based on the short-lived “Young Indiana” television series? Yet Young Indiana … Continue reading #749 – The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

#748 – Yoshi’s Cookie

                                                                                                               Yoshi’s gonna get the ‘betes if he’s not careful.                                                                                                                      Well, at least he quit his medical practice.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: April 1993   Yoshi’s Cookie is broken, has jarring difficulty spikes, and is a really stupid idea for a puzzle game. … Continue reading #748 – Yoshi’s Cookie

#747 – Yoshi

                                                                                                                                                      Yoshi’s like “Sup li’l mama.”                                                                                                                  Mario doing Yoshi’s grunt work for a change.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Game Freak GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: June 1992   Today, Yoshi’s just another part of Nintendo’s legion of characters. Any time Mario throws a party, has a brawl, hosts kart … Continue reading #747 – Yoshi

#746 – Yo! Noid

                                                                                                                                                                     Capcom… really?                                                                                                                                                                      Elmer Fudd guest stars.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: NOW Productions GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: November 1990   Yo! Noid has a strong cult following, despite starring one of the most obnoxious mascots of the ’90s. “But Dylan! It’s a classic tough-as-nails Capcom platformer in the vein … Continue reading #746 – Yo! Noid

#745 – Xexyz

                                                                                                                                                   But wait, there’s more!                                                                                                                                                  Just another day on XEXYZ.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hudson Soft DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Platformer/shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: April 1990   Just so we’re all clear, a “XEXYZ” (pronounced zeks-zees) is a series of five worlds turned into one nation; at least according to the official … Continue reading #745 – Xexyz

#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

#743 – Xenophobe

                                                                                                                                                                 Ridley Scott’s Xenophobe                                                                                                                         “Alert! You’re playing Xenophobe! Alert!”   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Sunsoft DEVELOPER: Sunsoft GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Dr. Kwack is a disgruntled duck doctor. Mr. Fogg is a misshapen potato man. Dr. Zordirz is a human of moderate proportions, but he wears an eyepatch … Continue reading #743 – Xenophobe

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