The Guardian Legend

Developer: Compile     Publisher: Broderbund     Released: April 1989     Genre: Action I am sure like legions of children growing up I was not the only one that looked forward to Christmas morning. The promise of a new game was unlike anything in the world and you prayed you got something awesome. I remember Christmas of 1990 like […]

Adventures of Lolo

Developer: Hal Laboratory    Publisher: Hal America    Released: 1989    Genre: Puzzle I miss the HAL Labs of the 8 and 16-bit days. Don’t get me wrong they are still a great developer but the diversity in their output is what is lacking these days. They could do it all; RPGs like Arcana, action platformers […]


Developer: Free Fall Associates    Publisher: Activision    Released: 1989    Genre: Action/Strategy Growing up everyone in my immediate circle loved Chess. I learned the rules but was never a fan; Checkers was more my speed. I liked the rapid fire pace of eating pieces at nearly every turn rather than strategically planning to trap […]


Developer: Team Shinobi    Publisher: Tengen     Released: 1989    Genre: Action Shinobi is a great arcade game that drained quarters around the world. I loved it even though I lost plenty of money to its ridiculous difficulty. But it was a Sega game and even back then I knew, Sega and Nintendo don’t mix. Or […]

Dragon Spirit

Developer: Namco     Publisher NEC     Released: November 1989     Genre: Shooter Dragon’s Spirit is one of the earliest arcade games I ever played which is partly why I’m so fond of it.  The game is also good to boot so it isn’t a case of rose tinted glasses.  I enjoyed many a NES port of arcade classics […]

Operation Wolf

Developer: Taito     Publisher:Taito     Released: 1989     Genre: Action I’ve never been the biggest fan of light gun games. I was not enamored with Duck Hunt when the NES launched and outside of Gum Shoe found the NES Zapper useless.  I respected light gun games in the arcade but sure as hell didn’t spend my money on […]

Dungeon Explorer

Developer: Atlus     Publisher: NEC     Released: September 1989    Genre: Action RPG The Turbo Grafx-16 released right when my love affair with RPGs began.  Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy, and Phantasy Star all came out within the same time frame and I was hooked and looked for more. Sadly the Turbo Grafx was not the place to look […]

China Warrior

Developer: Hudson     Publisher: NEC    Released: October 1989     Genre: Beat ’em up China Warrior is a piss poor game and one of the worst in the Turbo Grafx-16 library.  But you would not know that based on its marketing. When the system was first brought overseas NEC went hard in their marketing. China Warrior was compared […]


Developer: Capcom     Publisher: Capcom     Released: 1989     Genre: Action RPG Capcom was one of the most prolific NES developers.  Next to Konami, Sunsoft and Nintendo they also probably have the highest hit ratio in terms of their releases.  And while they tackled licenses of all stripes they mostly shied away from movie arena.  Which is […]

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Star Soldier

Developer: Hudson Soft     Publisher: Taxan     Released: 1989     Genre: Shooter The Star Soldier series was once an institution in Japan, with yearly installments to complement their shooting caravan competition.  The fact that most of the games were good/bordering on fantastic also helped.  But in the West it went largely unnoticed. It is kind […]