This two page ad from Magnus Robot Fighter #21 (1993) makes me think of two things. First, has there ever been a quality game featuring these characters in the current generation of consoles? I don’t know if I’ve ever played a Terminator game, but I did recently try to play Alien vs. Predator on the 360 and it was frustratingly crappy. I’d be completely happy with an open world Predator game in the vein of Amazing Spider-Man where you’re just running around a map hunting people down. The map could literally be anything, I’d be in. Just make the controls simple, easy to use and FUN.
The second question is, why do crossovers involving these characters tend to suck? I like the two Alien vs. Predator movies just because they have both Aliens and Predators, but they’re not good movies. I’m basically taking what I can get. It doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to come up with a good story. How are the Dark Horse crossovers? I think I might have read some, but don’t remember any.
I didn’t actually make it to the fifth installment of the Mega Man series for the old NES. I’m not exactly sure why that was. Did this one come about after I’d already switched over to Sega? Did I lose interest in video games for a little while? Did I just get sick of never being ABLE TO BEAT THOSE FREAKING GAMES?! Whoa, sorry about that, I lost myself for a moment.
My first exposure to the franchise was Mega Man 2. There was actually a rumor among my friends in those pre-internet days that there wasn’t a previous installment. I don’t remember what the logic behind that was supposed to be. When I finally came across the game in a store, I bought it more to prove my friends wrong than to actually enjoy the game. While I loved MM2 and spent a memorable New Year’s Eve of childhood playing with my dad in an attempt to finally defeat the game, the difficulty level of the first and third installments left me a little cold.
Still, I think the basic idea of the franchise is fantastic — a hero who absorbs the powers of his fallen foes — and should be better utilized these days. How were the ad-on powers in this game? Was Rex in it? Maybe I should find one of those old Mega Man compilation discs and give these another whirl.
Anyone remember these NES handheld games starring Mario, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.? I didn’t even know they existed until I saw this ad while reading Punisher #15 from 1989. I was mostly taken by the artwork on this ad which seems more stylized than a lot of other DK/Mario artwork I remember from being a kid around this time. Man, that Mario looks MAD.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I won’t be posting much today aside form this awesome ad for the home version of Star Wars The Arcade Game I got off the back of the second issue of the Machine Man miniseries from 1984. Look how excited that dude is! Hopefully you’re that excited about Turkey Day and/or Black Friday. I wish you luck in your endeavors, may the Force be with you.
I can only imagine how the Transformers and Yoo Hoo fans must be snickering at this ad. Two also-rans in one place! But, as I’ve said, I liked the GoBots and I also happen to like Quik, so I’m all about this bit of advertising scanned from the first issue of the 1985 Punisher miniseries. Also, not for nothing, but this is a pretty amazing contest. Winners got a complete set of Gobot toys? Boom. I’d take that.
I am far less interested in what this ad is actually for, but the art that it features. Sure, it’s kind of neat to check out the 1-900 number you could call to order NES systems and games from Sears, but dig those crazy pictures, man. Sure, that’s a pretty classic Mario running around with a mushroom, but check out that wonky drawing of Koopa. Yeah, that’s right, he looks like Satan. Pretty scary stuff.
I believe in my heart that this ad would have blown my mind had I seen it as a kid. Why? Because I never read ad text and just looked at pictures. As such, I would have thought that there was some insane video game coming out featuring a skater kid, the Ninja Turtles AND a knight! Of course, that’s not really the case. This is an ad from Ultra Games showing off their upcoming games Skate Or Die, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Defender Of The Crown. I never played Defender, but I remember being disappointed by both Skate and TMNT. I loved the idea of both games, but they never lived up to what I wanted from games like that. I remember the Skate Or Die controls being really sensitive and tough to master — even more so because I didn’t own the game — and that first TMNT game was just kind of a mess. You spend half the time in a top-down driving thing and then pop down into the sewers where you’ve got some stiff side scrolling action. Ah well, both games acted as stepping stones that lead to some amazing games later on down the line like the TMNT arcade game and the Skate series.
Going as far back as I can remember, I’ve been a big fan of comic book-based video games, even before I started reading them. Unfortunately, most of them kind of sucked, including the X-Men game seen in the ad above. If memory serves, this one was a top-down game much like Zelda, a game I never got into. As such, I only rented this one a time or two. Still, that art in the main part of the ad is pretty rad, right?
Valiant might not have made a lot of great, accessible comics in my personal experience, but they sure had some wild ads. Gotta love this one for Aerosmith’s album Get A Grip (which I own). I snapped this pic a while back and only now realized that there’s Aerosmith comic art in the background, which is pretty rad. This one’s scanned from Archer & Armstrong #17 from 1993.
This might surprise some folks because I absolutely adore Star Wars, but I’ve only played a handful of the video games based on the franchise in my many years of game playing. I was — and still am — a big fan of the Battlefront games as well as the first Force Unleashed (haven’t played the second one yet). I did not however ever play the Empire Strikes Back game for Game Boy seen in this ad from Magnus Robot Fighter #25 from 1993. Did anyone play it? Was it as good as it good be for the Game Boy’s green-and-white-ness?