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THQ - For NES
Zoda's Revenge
Act-Adventure | 2 MB
Release: April 1994
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Anyone out there remember StarTropics? No? Long ago in the quaint era of 8-Bit gaming, when Paula Abdul and Wilson Phillips controlled the Billboard charts, a Nintendo-operated studio headed by Genyo Takeda launched an underrated action-adventure title on the NES. Four years later, now in the throngs of 16-Bit, Takeda looked again to the NES to serve as his home base. Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is a Zelda-like game with a plethora of dungeons to explore and treasures to uncover, albeit held back by the NES' limits. Players capable of looking past brutal difficulty and subpar graphics may enjoy this sci-fi cart.


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Capcom - For NES
Chip & Dale 2
Action-Platformer | 2 MB
Release: Jan 1994
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Four years have passed since the Rescue Rangers originally released on NES, and Capcom decided now was time to answer the call! Ch-ch-ch-Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 is the Big C's latest entry on Nintendo's 8-Bit star. Take the two 'munks on a platforming adventure to capture the dastardly Fatcat, rescue theme park riders, and recover the stolen Urn of Pharaoh. Like C&D 1, the gimmick here is grabbing crates to stack-up and toss around, and such C&D 2's play control is well-refined. Its music harkens back to 8-Bit Disney titles, and the graphics aren't half-bad for an NES cart. Plus, you get to help Gadget Hackwrench! Not too shabby.


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THQ - For NES
Ren & Stimpy
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action-Platformer | 4 MB | Nov 1993
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"Eediots!" The troublesome twosome has made it to the ol' NES in The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckaroo$!. Face down an assortment of kooky stages and wacky hazards as both of your favorite Nicktoon animal pals. You'll like it... if you're a major fan of the cartoon first and foremost. The graphics on Buckaroo$ are commendable considering the hard limits of 8-Bit tech, but boy oh boy, is the Nintendo hanging by a thread or what? Little separates this substandard platformer from the plethora of others available for NES, and if given the choice we'd rather play Veediots! for SNES.


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Capcom - For NES
Mega Man 6
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Platformer | 4 MB | Dec 1993
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Mega Man has returned to mop the floor with the deranged Dr. Wily for the umpteenth time in the all-new 6th iteration on the NES. You'd think by now they'd have dumped this loony doc on Riker's. We tease, we tease. Standard fare it may be, Mega Man 6 is as fun as ever. It's hard to grow tired of vanquishing evil robots and absorbing their superpowers for future use. Mega even has a jetpack this time to rapidly cruise through the skies! Capcom does well across-the-board, but in the end 8-bits is 8-bits. Do enjoy it for what it is if you've managed to hold on to your NES, but in the meantime we'll be eagerly awaiting X on SNES when that cart makes landfall next year.


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Capcom - For NES
DuckTales 2
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 2 MB | June 1993
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Leave it to Capcom to breathe new life into the ailing, 8-year-old NES. As was the case with the first iteration of DuckTales, the player controls Scrooge McDuck on a wonderful little adventure in the pursuit of treasures, taking on innovative puzzles and whacking away baddies with your cane. DuckTales 2, much like Mega Man 5, vaults the power of the NES to its absolute limits, and proves that graphics aren't everything in a video game. It isn't even truly that bad in its appearance either, but this one shines bright in its splendid gameplay. A no-brainer pick-up if you haven't sold off your NES yet.


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Taito - For NES
The Jetsons
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 3 MB | Dec 1992
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Far, far in the future, where your entire job consists of pressing a button (hmm), George Jetson is ordered by his boss to end the rambunctious activities of Mr. Cogswell. Strikingly similar to 1990's Rescue Rangers this licensed platformer involves tossing items and traversing obstacles. It's not a trainwreck, per se, but the NES has better options.




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Data East - For NES
Joe & Mac
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 3 MB | Oct 1992
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Play as your favorite cavemen friends in the NES-ified version of the Super NES and Genesis cart. The shrinking player base of the NES notwithstanding, it is commendable for Data East to provide NES players with this title. It's not perfect, and is a tad easy for our reviewers' tastes, but it has all of the same power-ups and enemies of the big-boy 16-bit carts.




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