Mega Man 5

Game Data: Review Date: May 29, 2021 Release Date: December 1, 1992 Platform: NES Developer: Capcom Publisher: Capcom Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: It seems that whenever I look at the rankings of the NES Mega Man titles, they always seem heavily biased toward the first half. Games 4, 5, and 6 are automatically placed at… Continue reading Mega Man 5

Gradius III

Review Date: May 8, 2021 Release Date: August 23, 1991 Platform: SNES Publisher: Konami Genre: Shooter Anecdotes: This game started the pun wars. Shooting off one after another, my brother and I would get laser focused on them and it turned into a competition. Because each stage has a unique theme, we would exercise our… Continue reading Gradius III


Review Date: April 24, 2021 Release Date: September 1, 1990 Platform: NES Publisher: Konami Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: In 1989, two TV shows were added to the lineup, both of which were part of an action block. Those two shows were American Gladiators and RollerGames. RollerGames, easily, was the more popular show, but sadly, it’s… Continue reading Rollergames

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Review Date: April 23, 2021 Release Date: September 1, 1990 Platform: NES Publisher: Konami Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: After the masterpiece that was Simon’s Quest, Konami had a dilemma. For III, do they make it more like I or II, or do something completely different? It turns out the answer, in 1990, was to go… Continue reading Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Super Mario Bros. 3

Review Date: April 20, 2021 Release Date: February 12, 1990 Platform: NES Publisher: Nintendo Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: One night, the area just got a deluge of rain, and my dad wanted to fire up the Blazer to go around town to check out the scene. I was in the middle of a Super Mario… Continue reading Super Mario Bros. 3

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

Freedom Force

Review Date: March 27, 2021 Release Date: April 1, 1988 Platform: NES Developer: Sunsoft Genre: Zapper Anecdotes: By time the other set of cousins had an NES, the system had now included the Zapper and Duck Hunt with it. Those cousins had an odd set of games, but didn’t have a lot of them. While… Continue reading Freedom Force

Gradius II

Review Date: March 25, 2021 Release Date: March 24, 1988 (apparently, this went unreleased in NA at the time) Platform: NES Developer: Konami Genre: Shooter Anecdotes: About a month ago, I played the first Gradius game. I hated it. I was not enjoying it and only got to the third level. I got frustrated with… Continue reading Gradius II

Kid Icarus

Review Date: March 6, 2021 Release Date: July 1, 1987 Platform: NES Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: As the oldest, I had a lot of influence over what games our family got, but occasionally, I put no input into it at all. My brother got to pick a game and he chose Kid Icarus. We played… Continue reading Kid Icarus