#424 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (a.k.a. Punch-Out!!)

                                                                                          The ref seeks to be as white and nerdy as possible.     After Mike Tyson’s contract with Nintendo expired in 1990, he was replaced with Mr. Dream. And what a dreamboat he is.                                                                                                Glass Joe, in his favorite position.*   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade sports … Continue reading #424 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (a.k.a. Punch-Out!!)

#423 – Metroid

  I’m assuming Nintendo went with the gray box since Metroid was such a dark game. Still, I miss the black box.                                                                                                    It’s only the beginning.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: August 1986   If Super Mario Bros was the charming, happy-go-lucky platformer designed to sell … Continue reading #423 – Metroid

#422 – Mighty Final Fight

                                                    In a world without necks, these warriors fight to see who has the coolest shoes.                                                               Don’t call that room number expecting a good time.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: July 1993   How mighty can three chibi characters be, you ask? Still thy tongue, … Continue reading #422 – Mighty Final Fight

#421 – Mighty Bomb Jack

                                                                                                                                               There can be… ONLY ONE!                                                                                                                                            That’s one evil Rock Lob-sta! PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: July 1987   Mighty Bomb Jack has you collecting bombs, transforming into different colors to open treasure chests, and all to combat the demon Beezelbut (they should have just added … Continue reading #421 – Mighty Bomb Jack

#420 – Might & Magic: Secret of the Inner Sanctum

                                                                                      This is one gnarly looking cover. Why is your party pint-size?                                                   Go ahead, Fighters… see what happens when you waltz down that corridor.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: G-Amusements GENRE: RPG RELEASE DATE: August 1992   Unless you like your RPGs on the slower end, my guess is, … Continue reading #420 – Might & Magic: Secret of the Inner Sanctum

#419 – MiG 29 Soviet Fighter

                                                                                                                      If Thor approves, how can you say no?                                                             Heavy amounts of shrapnel and propaganda went into assembling this game.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: 1992   Codemasters shows off their illegal programming prowess yet again in this spectacular Communist on-rails shooter. The name … Continue reading #419 – MiG 29 Soviet Fighter

#418 – Micro Machines

                                                                                                                                                                        Go get you some.                                                                                                                      The treacherous Waffle Crossing of yore!   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: 1991   Leave it to Codemasters, the masters of unlicensing things, to pick up the license for Micro Machines, then make it into an unlicensed game. LICENSES, HOW … Continue reading #418 – Micro Machines

#417 – Mickey’s Safari in Letterland

                                                                                                                               Mickey TALKS! Man, does he talk…                                                                                                                       Poaching is one of Mickey’s many talents.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Edutainment/Early Childhood RELEASE DATE: March 1993   Before Mickey decided that capturing numbers was more his bag, he traveled all across Letterland in search of the missing … Continue reading #417 – Mickey’s Safari in Letterland

#416 – Mickey’s Adventure in Numberland

                                                                                                                                 From ages dumb to vaguely aware.                                                         Mickey brushing up on his b-ball while trying to find the number 1. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Hi-Tech Expressions DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: March 1994   Mickey as a character is an open canvas, a lifeless, albeit recognizable, personality. His amorphous identity … Continue reading #416 – Mickey’s Adventure in Numberland

#415 – Mickey Mousecapade

                                  I applaud this cover, both for being awesome and for having very little to do with the game.                                                  Mickey and Minnie’s house is in shambles. Rebuild lest their marriage be torn in twain. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Hudson Soft GENRE: Arcade/Action RELEASE DATE: October 1988   Capcom’s Disney games … Continue reading #415 – Mickey Mousecapade

#414 – Michael Andretti’s World Grand Prix

                                                                          Michael Andretti came to party responsibility, hence the almost-mullet.                                                                                                                                                                              Go man, go! PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Human GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: June 1990   I’m not sure what right a hardcore F1 simulator has in being on a system like the NES. Racing simulators are designed to … Continue reading #414 – Michael Andretti’s World Grand Prix

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