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  • Terminator 2 Judgement Day (NES, Game Boy)

    1991 Terminator 2 Judgement Day for NES & Gameboy


    There have been a lot of Terminator movies over the years. Probably the best, with the exception of the original, was the first sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In many ways, it was even better than the first. I think every Terminator movie has had at least one game associated with it and T2 was no exception.

    There was a confusing series of games based on T2. This particular ad is for the Game Boy and NES versions of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Each of these was different from each other and both were different from the 16-bit versions. In addition, there was an arcade version of the game that was also different (a shooter on rails) that was later ported to various systems and called T2: The Arcade Game.

    Anyway, back to the games in this ad. The NES version consists of five levels and was primarily a side-scroling adventure/beat-em-up with the exception of level 2. Level 2 was an isometric racing game. There is also a Game Gear and Master System version of this game that is similar to the NES version except that it does not include level 2.

    The Game Boy version is somewhat similar in that it is also a 2D side-scrolling type game for the most part. However, the levels are different and instead of a racing level, the Game Boy version has a puzzle level. In addition to the 8-bit and 16-bit console versions of this game, there were also numerous home computer ports.

    Unfortunately, like the vast majority of movie licenses, these games really aren’t that great. Certainly not as good as they should have been. I guess the good news is that they are a bit above average for movie licenses and if you are a big fan of the movie and 8-bit games then they are worth a shot. Just don’t expect them to be as cool as they sound. As far as this type of game goes, there are many far better ones on both the NES and the Game Boy. Ones that aren’t movie licenses for the most part.

  •  Nintendo Power (September 1996)


    Source: Nintendo Power – Issue Number 88 – September 1996

    Nintendo Power was Nintendo’s official publication throughout the life of many consoles. In September 1996, coverage of the Nintendo 64 was just beginning in earnest though both the Super Nintendo and Game Boy were also covered. The September 1996 issue includes:

    Full Coverage

    • Super Mario 64
    • Pilotwings 64
    • Realm
    • Kirby Super Star Part 2
    • Donkey Kong Land 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
    • Pinocchio

    Special Features

    • N64: The Launch
    • Cruis’n USA Update
    • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
    • Player’s Choice for Game Boy


    • Donkey Kong 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble
    • Prince of Persia 2
    • Maui Mallard

    Epic Center

    • Epic News
    • SimCity
    • War 3010: The Revolution
    • Epic Strategies

    …and more!

  • Bubsy II


    Source: EGM 2 – Issue Number 5 – November 1994

    Bubsy II is the aptly named sequel to Bubsy and was released in 1994. Bubsy II, like its predecessor, is a 2D side-scrolling platform game of the type common in the 8 and 16-bit eras. Gameplay in the second game was much the same as it was in the first. Bubsy II was available originally for the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and Game Boy.

    The Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions are virtually identical so either is a good choice if you are looking for this game. The Game Boy version is quite a bit different with completely different level design. Given the motion blur, this isn’t really the kind of game I would choose to play on that system anyway. Bubsy II generally got good reviews (except for the Game Boy version) though there were complaints it wasn’t different enough from the first games. There were some improvements, including a two player mode and the game is generally better than the first though level design could have been better. The main appeal of these games was Bubsy’s personality anyway.


    Bubsy II (along with the original) was released in 2015 on Steam. This version uses an emulation of the Super Nintendo version so it is identical in every way that matters. If you are not an owner of the original hardware then this offers an easy way to play. If you do have original hardware, the cartridges aren’t difficult to find or too expensive either.