Ironsword: Wizards and Warriors II

Review Date: April 17, 2021 Release Date: December 1, 1989 Platform: NES Publisher: Rare Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: I was always curious as to how Rare would follow up Wizards and Warriors; the first game was both super hard and super easy at the same time. Kuros would die all the time, but there were… Continue reading Ironsword: Wizards and Warriors II


Review Date: April 16, 2021 Release Date: November 1, 1989** (see footnote) Platform: NES Publisher: Tengen** (see footnote) Anecdotes: Growing up, from ages 5 to 14, there were five people in my house. The Nintendos were mostly for us boys, but every once in a while, there would be a game that gets my parents… Continue reading Tetris

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Review Date: April 14, 2021 Release Date: June 1, 1989 Platform: NES Publisher: Konami Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: Because the Ninja Turtles were a huge craze in 1989, we decided to shell out money to get this game. Like many NES game, we never got anywhere with it as kids. The big difference here is… Continue reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Mega Man 2

Review Date: April 13, 2021 Release Date: June 1, 1989 Platform: NES Publisher: Capcom Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: It’s time to revisit the Mega Man series. At this point, Mega Man really didn’t make a huge splash, nor did anything Capcom did. Their biggest hit at this point was probably Ghosts ‘N Goblins. Capcom saw… Continue reading Mega Man 2

Guardian Legend

Review Date: April 12, 2021 Release Date: April 1, 1989 Platform: NES Publisher: Broderbund Genre: Shooter/Adventure Hybrid Anecdotes: Even in the NES era, during the prime years of my gaming, there were still games I had never played. There were even games I had never even heard of. Nobody knew this game at all back… Continue reading Guardian Legend

Marble Madness

Review Date: April 11, 2021 Release Date: March 1, 1989 Platform: NES Publisher: Atari Genre: Racing Anecdotes: Whenever things start to go downhill and people feel like they’re losing their marbles, it’s time to roll out a video game. In our case, Marble Madness was the game that would get played when we only had… Continue reading Marble Madness

Tecmo Bowl

Review Date: April 9, 2021 Release Date: February 1, 1989 Platform: NES Publisher: No idea. I think it began with a T? Genre: Sports Anecdotes: Before 1985, nobody in my house cared about football. The 1985 Bears, however, changed that. They were a phenomenon that took over Chicago. Naturally, the video game medium started trying… Continue reading Tecmo Bowl