Tag Archives: 1989

#669 – To The Earth

                                                                                                                               Finally, a game where I’m in command.                                                     This is an image of your spaceship exploding. You will see this many, many times.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Cirque Verte GENRE: Light Gun RELEASE DATE: November 1989   In an ironic, bitter twist, you never reach the earth in To … Continue reading #669 – To The Earth

#661 – Thundercade

                                                                                                                                Good thing he’s wearing his helmet.                                                                                                           The peach tanks struck fear into my heart.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Micronics GENRE: Shoot-em-up RELEASE DATE: July 1989   Thundercade is the shoot-em-up equivalent of a contemporary summer blockbuster: fun and exciting while you’re watching/playing it, but once it’s … Continue reading #661 – Thundercade

#658 – The Three Stooges

                                                                                                                                                  Calling all chowdah-heads!                                                                                                                                     “Mutton for brains, the both of ya!”   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Activision DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Minigame RELEASE DATE: October 1989   The Three Stooges is a basket of strange nyuks: a handful of minigames/events starring the Stooges that limits their antics, while staying true to … Continue reading #658 – The Three Stooges

#656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

                                                                                                                                                                                           Dah.                                                                                                                                                                    Love the Cossacks.                                                                                                                “From Russia With Fun”? C’mon, Nintendo…                                                                                 Nintendo’s version has more vibrant colors for the Tetris pieces.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous (Tengen)/ 1 (Nintendo) PUBLISHER: Tengen/Nintendo DEVELOPER: Tengen/Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1989 (Tengen)/ November 1989 (Nintendo)   Tengen’s Tetris is … Continue reading #656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

#648 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

                                                                       The cover remains striking, despite the red bandana confusion.                                                                                                                                                           Suck on bo, Rocksteady.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Ultra Games DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: June 1989   If you were a child in the late 80s/early 90s and you didn’t love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you were probably … Continue reading #648 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

#642 – Tecmo Bowl

                                                                                                  We can’t all be winners. But I’m pretty sure this guy is.                                                                                                                                                Perhaps today is my birthday.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: February 1989   Tecmo Bowl is the quintessential NES football game for casuals and die-hards alike. If you’re a pro amateur … Continue reading #642 – Tecmo Bowl

#641 – Tecmo Baseball

                                                                                                                                                      Hi, I’m Intimidation Jackson.                                                                                                                                                  Baseball, Tecmo-style.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Tecmo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: January 1989   Tecmo Bowl is considered by many retro gamers to be the best football game on the NES, so it’s not surprising that some of Tecmo’s other sports titles have … Continue reading #641 – Tecmo Baseball

#639 – Tagin’ Dragon

                                                                                          Twenty levels worth of buncha muncha cruncha dragon.                                                                         That pile of bones is my dragon carcass. They look a bit like lions, don’t they?   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Bunch Games DEVELOPER: Sachen GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: 1989   Sachen is one of the shiftiest unlicensed developers on the NES, … Continue reading #639 – Tagin’ Dragon

#637 – Taboo: The Sixth Sense

                                                                            Look at that smug sun… “I got’cher lucky numbers right here, boy.”                                                                                                                                                          Here was my question…                                                                                                       And here was the answer. Taboo sure has my number!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Tradewest DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Tarot simulator RELEASE DATE: April 1989   It’ll only take two of your … Continue reading #637 – Taboo: The Sixth Sense

#628 – Super Sprint

                                                                                                                                                              Endorsed by Big Red!                                                                  Missed Opportunity: Super Sprint Fruit Snacks. They’re speedily delicious.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tengen DEVELOPER: Atari GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: 1989   Super Sprint sounds like it should be the Ultimate Track-and-Field Game, but it’s actually all about car sprinting i.e. racing. Miniature Formula One … Continue reading #628 – Super Sprint

#620 – Super Dodgeball

                                                                                                                                                                                  Uh…                                                                                                                                                                         That’s better.                                                                           Playing in Iceland, though it looks suspiciously like another planet.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Sony Imagesoft DEVELOPER: Million GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Is there anything Kunio-kun and his gang can’t do? River City Ransom added depth to the stale beat … Continue reading #620 – Super Dodgeball

#615 – Strider

                                                                                                   Hiryu is easily offended by gross mustaches.                                                            He also runs laps up the pyramids every day. “It’s good for my glutes!” he cries.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: July 1989   Strider should be great. Capcom developed it. It stars a sweet ninja with … Continue reading #615 – Strider