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  • Nintendo Power (February 1993)



    Source: Nintendo Power – Issue Number 45 – February 1993

    Nintendo Power was never one of my favorite magazines but it has a great nostalgia factor nonetheless. In early 1993, it was still covering the original NES as well as the Super Nintendo and Game Boy. The February 1993 issue includes:

    Super NES

    • Cybernator
    • Harley’s Humongous Adventures
    • Wing Commander
    • Jeopardy!
    • The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt

    Game Boy

    • Darkwing Duck
    • Spot: The Cool Adventure
    • Alien 3
    • The Ren & Stimpy Show
    • Rampart
    • The Little Mermaid


    • Zen Intergalactic Ninja
    • Bomberman II
    • Tiny Toon Adventure 2
    • Eon Man

    …and more!

  • Darkman (NES, Game Boy)

    Ocean Software
    Game Boy


    Darkman is based on the Sam Raimi film of the same name and was released for the Nintendo and Game Boy in 1991. It was also released for a number of home computer platforms, including the Commodore 64, Atari ST and Amiga. Given this game is a movie license you probably aren’t expecting much and you would be right not to.

    Darkman is a pretty average 2D platform game of the type that was extremely common on the NES. It does have one unique aspect in that you have to take a picture of a gangster between each level in order for you to get the appropriate mask to impersonate them. The better you do during the picture taking part, the longer you have to complete the next level. Other than this one unique feature, nothing really stands out about Darkman.

    If you are a fan of the movie and a fan of 2D platform games then it might be worth checking out. Otherwise, there are far better games of this style available on the NES and Game Boy. This game seemed to fare a bit better on 8-bit computers but even there don’t expect much more than an average platform game. Cool cult movie, interesting concept, rushed execution on the game to make a fast buck as is typical of most movie licenses.

    The above ad is for the Game Boy and NES versions. Screen shots are shown in the ad but only for the Game Boy version.

  • Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (Game Boy)

    The Game Boy is where the Pokemon video games got their start. Pokemon Yellow was a slightly enhanced version of Pokemon Red and Blue and preceded the release of Gold and Silver. Yep, there were a lot of Pokemon games.

    In Pokemon Yellow, the player has the opportunity to catch 151 Pokemon. Pokemon Yellow has slightly better graphics than the previous games in the series and also starts you out with Pikachu. But other than these and a few other slight differences, it isn’t significantly different from its predecessors. Despite this, it sold very well and is considered to be one of the best Game Boy games. It was also heavily marketed. It was released to coincide with the first Pokemon movie and was released with a special Pokemon Yellow version of the Game Boy.

    I have listed my personal copy on eBay here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/322577928331