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  • Lethal Weapon (NES, SNES, Game Boy)


    Source: Game Players – February 1993

    Lethal Weapons was released for various home computers, the NES, Super Nintendo and Game Boy in 1992. It was actually based on the movie Lethal Weapon 3 which was the iteration of that series that was released around the same time. The game is a fairly typical side-scrolling platform adventure game with the quality you have come to expect from licensed properties.

    There are two primary versions of the game. One released for the NES and Game Boy and another released for the Super Nintendo and various home computers including the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and DOS. In both versions, you get to choose to play either of the two main protagonists, Riggs or Murtaugh. The NES and Game Boy version is extremely difficult and mostly involves fighting with various criminals in the Los Angeles area. You can either punch or shoot your enemies and often punching seems to be more effective. The Super Nintendo and computer versions are similar types of games but the levels have more specific goals. The difference between the two characters that you can choose from are minimal and relate to firing speed and jump height.

    None of the versions are particularly great games. The computer versions seem to be more highly regarded but that’s not saying much. If you do want to give this one a try, the Amiga (or Atari ST) version is probably best. Pick the SNES version over the NES or Game Boy version if you want a console game but if you are a sucker for punishment and want to play both variations then you’ll have to give the NES version a shot too (or Game Boy but why?). Needless to say, this game has never been re-released. A Sega Master System version was planned and may have even been mostly completed but was never released.

    The ad above is from the February 1993 issue of Game Players magazine and advertises the NES, SNES and Game Boy versions. Screen shots above are from the Super Nintendo version of the game.

  • Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts (Super Nintendo)

    Title: Super Ghouls ‘N’ Ghosts

    Year: 1991

    Developer: Capcom

    Platform (s) Originally Released: Super Famicom


    While not quite a launch title, Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts was released only a couple months after the launch of the Super Nintendo in October 1991. It was released exclusively on the SNES but was the third game in the series. The first two titles in the series, Ghosts ‘N Goblins and Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, were released initially as arcade games and then ported to a variety of systems.

    Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts is much like its predecessors in that it is a side-scrolling action adventure game in which you control the knight Arthur in his quest to rescue the princess from the demon king. Along the way you will fight your way through hordes of undead. Also like its predecessors, it is a very difficult game.

    My first experience with this series came with the Commodore 64 port of the original Ghosts ‘N Goblins. I absolutely loved this game. It had great graphics and music and just a great ambiance. As much as I may have liked it, I don’t think I ever made it more than a third of the way through the game. It was soooo hard. Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts is probably my second favorite game in the series after that one. It had beautifully updated 16-bit graphics and sound and was an excellent game overall. There are only two real complaints. First, it is soooo hard. Second, it suffered from slowdown issues like a number of early Super Nintendo games did. Despite these issues, if you don’t mind the challenge, Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts is one of the better games of its type on the Super Nintendo.

    Fortunately, it has also been re-released a few times for more play options. The SNES version (as it was the only version) was released as part of Capcom Generation: Chronicles of Arthur for the PlayStation and again as part of Capcom Classics Collection for the PS2 and Xbox. It was also released for the PlayStation Portable as part of Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded. The nice thing about these ports is that they do not suffer from the slowdown issues that the original SNES version has. A Gameboy Advance version of the game was released in 2002 with an additional game mode but it suffers the same slowdown issues that the original SNES version had. Additionally, the SNES version of the game was released for the Wii Virtual Console in 2007, the Wii U Virtual Console in 2013 and the New 3DS Virtual Console in 2013. The GBA version was also released via the Wii U virtual Console in 2015. Finally, Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts was released in 2017 as part of the Super NES Classic Edition.

  • Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage (Super Nintendo)



    Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage was one of several Loony Tune themed games released by Sunsoft, some of which can be seen in the ad above. Rabbit Rampage is a fairly typical side-scrolling platform action game released for the Super Nintendo in 1994. However, unlike most games licensed from TV or movies, this one is actually pretty good. Don’t let the cartoony aspects fool you.

    Rabbit Rampage is actually based on a specific Bugs Bunny episode released in 1955 with the same title. In that episode, Bugs Bunny is being painted into various messes by the animator who is taunting him. At the end, the animator is revealed (at least to the audience) to be Elmer Fudd. The game has a similar theme and also draws on other episodes for inspiration. The levels have quite a bit of variety and the sound and graphics are excellent. There’s also tons of variety in terms of weapons you can find and use (all from ACME of course).

    Unfortunately, this game has not been re-released on more modern systems as far as I know. I’m sure there are probably licensing issues to consider. You will have to track down an original cartridge or fire up your favorite SNES emulator. However, this game is well worth playing if you are fond of 2D platformers, action games, or just like Bugs Bunny. If you have never seen a Bugs Bunny cartoon, shame on you. Scour the net and find a few to watch then come back and play the game.