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    The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner (NES)


    The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner or 3-D WorldRunner for short was a fairly early game for the NES. It was developed by Square and published in North America by Acclaim in 1987. It was pretty advanced for its time. 3-D WorldRunner was essentially an early 3D 3rd person platform shooter.

    While 3-D WorldRunner was a 3D platform game of sorts, it wasn’t in a completely open world. It was a shooter on rails and is somewhat similar to games like Space Harrier. As you would expect, there are items to collect and enemies to avoid or destroy. Jumping plays a large role in the game but you can only move in a forward direction. One other unique aspect of this game was that it really was in 3D. It came with a pair of Red/Blue (Cyan) glasses and had a 3D mode that you could switch to with the appropriate colors to make it work.

    3-D WorldRunner generally got positive reviews. The 3D mode is a novelty more than anything but it was pretty neat for the time. While it borrows heavily from Space Harrier, it’s still a pretty fun game. Finding a copy complete in the box is fairly difficult mainly because of the glasses. You don’t necessarily need the original glasses to use the 3D mode as these kind of glasses have been used for various 3D things for a long time. However, I don’t know how well the effect works on modern monitors or via emulation. At any rate, if you are an NES fan, this is one worth having though perhaps not at the complete in box cost.

  • Gamemania


    Source: VideoGames & Computer Entertainment – March 1990

    While I bought the occasional computer game via mail order back in the day, I never really did the same with video games. I’m not sure why exactly. Commodore 64 games were pretty readily available at the time although I don’t doubt more places sold Nintendo games, especially by 1990. I think computer games could be had for a bigger bargain online. Looking at these prices, they don’t look like they would have saved you much off of retail and maybe nothing at all once you factored in shipping.

    The Gamemania ad above is from the March 1990 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment and is fairly typical of such ads.

  • Nintendo Fun Club News (February/March 1988)


    Source: Nintendo Fun Club News – Issue Number 5 – February/March 1988

    Nintendo Fun Club News was the lesser well known predecessor to Nintendo Power. It wasn’t around too long before evolving into Nintendo Power but it had a lot of the same type of content. The February/March 1988 issue includes:

    • Prez Sez
    • R.C. Pro-Am Feature Review
    • Ice Hockey Feature Review
    • Zelda II – The Adventure of Link Sneak Peek
    • U.S. Golf Sneak Peek
    • Super Mario Bros. II Sneak Peek
    • Return of Donkey Kong Sneak Peek
    • Goonies II Special Review
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! Tips
    • Top 5
    • Member Game Reviews
    • Scores of Fun
    • Ho-Ho-Ho Video
    • Member Tips
    • Stuff ‘