#196 – Dragon Fighter

                       Somebody made this cover and thought, “Yes, this will draw in all the 10-14-year-old males.”                                                                                                                                 Have at you, slime bears!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Sofel DEVELOPER: Natsume GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: January 1992   No game wants to be saddled with the name Dragon Fighter. It sounds like a cheap … Continue reading #196 – Dragon Fighter

#195 – Dr. Mario

                                                      The cure for what? Ugly buck-toothed, shrimp-eating, multi-colored gnomes?                                                                         Is that supposed to be Ridley in that mess of germs?    PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: “Puzzle” RELEASE DATE: October 1990   Is Dr. Mario a puzzle game, as we think of puzzle games today? Think about … Continue reading #195 – Dr. Mario

#194 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

                                                                                                                                                                  Ah, the late 80s…                                                                                                                                       A vigorous constitutional, you will take.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Advance Communication Company GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: April 1989   What a horrible night to have a curse, indeed. I’m not sure whether to call this game an abominable pile of excrement, a meditation … Continue reading #194 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

#193 – Dr. Chaos

                                                                                                 I wanted to rent this game as a child. I’m glad I didn’t.     This is the side-scrolling portion of Dr. Chaos. I would have liked a little more yellow diarrhea color in the game, to be honest.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Marionette GENRE: Adventure/Platformer RELEASE DATE: November 1988   … Continue reading #193 – Dr. Chaos

#192 – Double Strike

                        This cover’s cheesy, but so help me, I can’t help but get a patriotic tear in my eye when I look at it.                                                                                          Orange Sherbet vs. Lime. Which will rule all the tastebuds? PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Sachen GENRE: … Continue reading #192 – Double Strike

#191 – Double Dribble

                                                         Before NBA Jam, Double Dribble “kept it real on the streets” or so I’ve been told.                                                                   Lime green and fuchsia colors really boost the players’ morale.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: September 1987   My new favorite digitized speech sample on the NES … Continue reading #191 – Double Dribble

#190 – Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones

                            This cover pales in comparison to Double Dragon II. Technos wasn’t even trying for this go-round.                                                                                                       Danger: this game sucks.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Technos GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: February 1991   Kidney stones? Gallstones? Stones upside your head? Biblical stoning? Double Dragon III brings the pain … Continue reading #190 – Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones

#189 – Double Dragon II: The Revenge

                                                                                                        This cover is about as epic as they come on the NES.                                                                                                                            C’mon ladies, let’s get this over with.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Technos GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: January 1990   After rescuing his beloved Marion out of the clutches of his … Continue reading #189 – Double Dragon II: The Revenge

#188 – Double Dragon

                                                                                                    This cover looks a lot sillier than I remember as a kid.     Abobo is one of my favorite NES bosses of all time because he looks like a peanut with a mustache on steroids. Also, his name is ABOBO.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Tradewest DEVELOPER: Technos GENRE: Beat-em-up RELEASE DATE: … Continue reading #188 – Double Dragon

#187 – Double Dare

                                         An abnormal amount of bright yellow and pink went into the making of this cover.                                                                                                                                                               Yeah, but where’s the Gak?   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Gametek DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Trivia/Minigame RELEASE DATE: April 1990   Remember slime, Gak, and any other number of “gross” products from the 1990s? Nickelodeon popularized … Continue reading #187 – Double Dare

#186 – Donkey Kong 3

                                                               Thank God this is the “original” Donkey Kong 3 and not some Chinese ripoff.                                                                        Stanley’s imminent death approaches. That worm means business.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: June 1986   Very few people have played this particular entry in … Continue reading #186 – Donkey Kong 3

#185 – Donkey Kong Classics

                                               I’m pretty sure Mario would get squished if that hammer hit Donkey Kong’s head.                                                                                              This screen is the only new addition.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: October 1988   JUST IN CASE:   Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Jr.   If I’m not mistaken, Nintendo … Continue reading #185 – Donkey Kong Classics

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