IN 1989, Bandai published an NES game titled “Monster Party.” It was a standard platformer and didn’t revolutionize gameplay, but the game was very…strange. There were random disturbing scenes in the game, as well as awkward boss battles. It wasn’t until 2001 that the world discovered the true secret behind this game. Learn more about this unique title on the Nintendo Entertainment System!
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In 1992, a game known as Little Samson was released for the NES, and went virtually unknown. It’s a shame, as this game is without a doubt, the definition of a hidden gem. Today, it is one of the most sought after video games for the original Nintendo.
But what is really so fascinating about this game…is why it went unknown.
Nintendo hit it big in the United States with their arcade games Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. These weren’t your ordinary arcade games, as they combined exciting action with characters and even a story. While these games were popular, so were many shooters such as Galaga. Nintendo decided to take a gamble and combine their Donkey Kong game with a shooter to create Donkey Kong 3. Unfortunately, it did not pay off, as the game has faded into obscurity. What was this game all about and why such a big change? Find out.
In April of 2010, Derek (Happy Video Game Nerd) and I (Gaming Historian) switched shows! It was fun to do an actual game review, and here is what I decided to cover. Ristar is one of the best platformer games I have ever played, but it was a late release for the Genesis and many gamers simply overlooked it. Despite critical praise, it did not sell well. However, it is an awesome game and worth checking out. Along with the review, I also poke fun at myself and others.
The very first realistic World War II first person shooter, Medal of Honor was produced by Steven Spielberg and released for the Playstation in 1999. While the game provided players a more realistic experience, it also incorporated a story based around the Office of Strategic Services, or the OSS, a centralized spy agency for the United States military. This episode takes a look at not only the game, but the history of the OSS.