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Classic Nintendo Entertainment System Games of June – 1991 – Battletoads

Battletoads, developed by Rare and published by Tradewest, was released in North America for the original Nintendo in June of 1991.

battletoads box

Courtesy: Tradewest / Rare / Nintendo

The game is predominately an action-platformer, where the player controls one of the two Battletoads, on a quest to rescue one of their companions and a princess.

Battletoads is perhaps best known for its high level of difficulty, especially beginning with its third level, Turbo Tunnel. That level involves avoiding obstacles and enemies with split-second precision while racing through a stage. Other later levels continue the difficulty. It also includes a two-player mode which is said to make the game even tougher, as players can harm each other! Despite this, and to some–because of it, the game is popular in the gaming community.

Battletoads was ported to many other systems, from the Amiga to the Sega Genesis.

Classic Nintendo Entertainment System Games of June: 1993 – DuckTales 2

Throughout the month of June, we’re looking back at various games for the original Nintendo that were released in the U.S. in the month of June.

DuckTales 2, developed by Move Software and published by Capcom, was released in North America in June of 1993, following an April release in Japan.

nes ducktales 2 box

Courtesy: Capcom / Nintendo

The game, like the original DuckTales for the NES, was a side-scrolling 2D platformer, based on the popular Disney Afternoon animated series of the same name. The player controls Scrooge McDuck in an adventure across various worlds, with his cane used for attacks and interacting with various objects across the levels.

The game, released late in the life cycle of Nintendo’s 8-bit behemoth, got generally good reviews although its release time meant it is more rare than the average NES game. It was recently re-released as part of The Disney Afternoon collection.

This Day in Gaming History – June 11th, 2007 – Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree Released

A game to test your brain on the Wii was released 10 years ago today.

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree, developed and published by Nintendo, was released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii in the US on June 11th, 2007.

big brain academy wii box

Courtesy: Nintendo

The game, a follow up to a game in the franchise in the DS, tests the brain power of players with various problems, equations, quizzes, and puzzles. The game includes the use of the popular Mii custom characters, as well as single-player and multiplayer modes.

The game sold over two million copies across the world.

This Day in Television History – June 11th, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Spice Up Your Life”

Two of the ponies try to help a struggling restaurant in an episode that aired one year ago today.

“Spice Up Your Life” is the 12th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Michael Vogel, it first aired on June 11th, 2016.

spice up your life

Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, Rarity and Pinkie Pie are sent to Canterlot by the Cutie Map. They arrive at a restaurant owned by a father and daughter. Rarity and Pinkie both have different ideas to try to improve things for the restaurant–Rarity wants to make it more like the critically-acclaimed ones around the city, while Pinkie spreads the uniquely-flavored foods and their taste!

The episode includes a Bollywood-inspired musical number, “Spice Up Your Life,” featuring vocals performed by Kazumi Evan and Shannon Chan-Kent. Daniel Ingram composed the song, with lyrics by episode writer Michael Vogel.

 

This Day in TV History – June 11th, 2005 – Justice League Unlimited’s “Clash” Airs

Two heroes are turned against each other in a Justice League Unlimited episode that aired on this day in television history.

“Clash” is the 7th episode of the 2nd season of the Cartoon Network animated series, Justice League Unlimited. Written by J. M. DeMatteis, with story by Dwayne McDuffie, it first aired on June 11th, 2005.

jlu clash

Courtesy: Warner Bros. / DC Comics / Cartoon Network

As the optimistic Captain Marvel joins the Justice League, he comes into conflict with Superman over supposedly pro-Lex Luthor remarks. Eventually, thanks to some master manipulation, the two iconic heroes end up battling each other.

The episode was part of the Cadmus arc that stretched over several episodes of the show’s first two seasons.

This Day in Video Game History – June 11th, 2001 – Super Mario Advance Released

A unique installment in the Super Mario Bros. series gets an upgrade on this day in video game history.

Super Mario Advance, developed and published by Nintendo, was released alongside the launch of the Game Boy Advance handheld system on June 11th, 2001.

super mario advance box

Courtesy: Nintendo

The game is an enhanced version of Super Mario Bros. 2, originally released for the Nintendo in the US in 1988. That unique Mario game, which was originally another game called Doki Doki Panic, has players controlling one of four characters (Mario, Peach, Toad & Luigi) as they venture through a unique world. Players defeat enemies by picking up vegetables and other objects and try to avoid obstacles.

The Game Boy Advance version features enhanced graphics, the addition of voice acting, and other changes to the original game.

This Day in Movie History – June 11th, 1993 – Jurassic Park Released

A hit movie involving dinosaurs based on a novel was released on this day in movie history.

Jurassic Park was released in theaters on June 11th, 1993. The film was written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp (based on the book of the same name by Crichton) and directed by Steven Spielberg. It starred Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough. John Williams provided the film’s score.

jurassic park poster

Courtesy: Universal Pictures

The movie focuses on a theme park with resurrected dinosaurs on a tropical island. Eventually, due to storms and sabotage, the park goes from a wondrous attraction to a place of danger and destruction.

The film was a massive hit, making over a billion dollars. Three sequels have been made, and a fourth one is currently in production. Many video games based on the film and the franchise were made as well.