Nintendo Game Boy
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- GamePro, May 2002 (#164)
- Midway attempts to breathe new life into the classic arcade staple, retooling it as a third-person-shooter-slash-driving game
The original Spy Hunter was one of my favorite games on the Commodore 64 so I was pretty excited when this remake came out. The original Spy Hunter was released as an arcade game by Bally/Midway in 1983 with ports to various game systems and computers (including the Commodore 64) soon to follow. The new Spy Hunter was released in 2001 by Midway for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Game Boy Advance so pretty much every system out at the time. I had the GameCube version but I don’t think there were any significant differences between the different ports.
The new Spy Hunter had the same basic theme as the original but obviously with much more advanced graphics and a 3D third person point of view instead of the directly overhead 2D viewpoint of the original. Overall, I would say they did a pretty good job updating the game yet keeping the original spirit intact. The music is similar, the weapons are the same, and they added a third mode for the vehicle. In the original your car could transform into a boat when appropriate but the new game adds motorcycle to the list as well.
A sequel of sorts, Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run was released for the Xbox and PS2 in 2006. It starred Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”) and was supposed to be based on the movie of the same name. Plans for a movie based on Spy Hunter go all the way back to 2003 but the movie has been in development hell going through multiple writers, scripts, directors and actors but development has been continuing. The last update I saw was November 2015 so who knows…
Another remake was done in 2012 for the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. I’m not familiar with that one but it did get positive reviews.
The above ad is from the May 2002 issue of GamePro.
- GamePro, May 2002 (#164)
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was released for the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and Game Gear in the fall of 1994. The ad above from the first issue of EGM 2 (or EGM^2) is for the Super Nintendo and Game Boy versions of the game. So why is it not for all of the versions?
Basically, for each system the game was completely different. The Nintendo versions were done by Bandai and the Sega versions were done by Sega themselves. That explains why this particular advertisement is only for the Nintendo versions. While the Super Nintendo and Game Boy versions are both side-scrolling actions games, they really aren’t based on each other.
The Sega versions are completely different. Both the Sega Genesis and Game Gear versions are fighting games but they are only somewhat similar to each other. The Sega CD version is completely different again. It is a button clicking full motion video game (think Dragon’s Lair).
You would think with so many different variations of the game that one of them would be good but really they are all mediocre at best. Die-hard Power Rangers fans might be interested for a little while (maybe) but that’s about it.