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8bitManiac Reviews 2015

Gauntlet NES

It was originally released for the arcade in 1985 and later came to the NES in 1987. Its port was no mirror image of the arcade but it still had its fun and it was nice being able to play it at home when you could not play it at the arcade. Strangely enough there are two versions of the game. One was licensed by Nintendo and the other one was unlicensed and came in the black cartridge style.
Posted 2015-05-09 - Episode 37

Total Recall NES

Total Recall is a prime example of early 90's action mixed with science fiction. It starred Arnold Schwarzenegger who was one of the top action movie stars from the 80's and 90's. Total Recall contained so much action and adventure that it was a perfect candidate for a video game.
Posted 2015-04-05 - Episode 36

Mutation Nation (Neo Geo CD)

Mutation Nation could be found in many arcades that carried a Neo Geo cabinet. It eventually found its way into our homes in 1992 and again in 1995 on the Neo Geo CD console. This was great because the cd console games were more affordable than the AES console and it gave us a chance to experience arcade action right in the comfort of our own homes.
Posted 2015-03-22 - Episode 35

Beyond Shadowgate (Turbografx CD)

Beyond Shadowgate is a sequel to the first game called Shadowgate. It was released in 1993, 3 years after one of my all time favorite graphic adventures, The Secret of Monkey Island. The big difference between the first Shadowgate and the second one is the fact that beyond Shadowgate uses a third person view where you control the character around the screen, verses a first person static view with very limited animations.
Posted 2015-03-13 - Episode 34

Shadowgate NES

Shadow Gate is a point and click adventure that was published by Kemco in 1989. Soon after Shadowgate was developed for the NES we saw other games in the same genre appear like Deja vu, and Uninvited. Some people love these games and some people hate them. I happen to enjoy these games because they let you think at your own pace and make you solve puzzles. They give you something different from the typical shooting, running and jumping game.
Posted 2015-03-01 - Episode 33

Bonks Adventure and Bonks Revenge

While Sega had Sonic and Nintendo had Mario the Turbografx 16 lacked a good mascot when it launched. This may have been one of the reasons its sales were so poor. Its really a shame because it was a great system. Bonk eventually became the mascot for the Turbografx 16.
Posted 2015-02-21 - Episode 32

Double Dragon Nes Trilogy

Out of all the games there were to choose from in 1987 there was one game in the arcade that pushed the fighting genre into new heights. That would be double dragon. Everywhere you looked the double dragon arcade cabinet stood tall.
Posted 2015-02-06 - Episode 31

UN Squadron

After the super Nintendo was released to North America in 1991, we needed a shooter that would be forever remembered on the super Nintendo. Sure enough Capcom delivered that incredible game. They brought us great titles like street fighter 2, mega man 2 and many others.
Posted 2015-01-12 - Episode 30

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy

What truly added to the games 8 bit beauty was the story line and incredible cut scenes. The story line was always shrouded in mystery and left you begging for more.
Posted 2015-01-01 - Episode 29
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