Battletoads, developed by Rare and published by Tradewest, was released in North America for the original Nintendo in June of 1991.
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.
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.
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.
Throughout the month of June, we’re looking back at classic Nintendo Entertainment System games released in that month in the US during the system’s life time.
The Adventures of Bayou Billy, developed and published by Konami, was released in June of 1989 in the United States for the NES.
The player controls the titular character in his quest to rescue his girlfriend Annabelle from the grasp of the crooked Godfather Gordon. The game features a variety of gameplay styles: side-scrolling beat-’em-up stages, driving combat stages, and shooting stages.
The Adventures of Bayou Billy was originally released as Mad City in Japan. The North American version is actually more difficult than the original Japanese released.
One of the most beloved football video games in history was released 25 years ago today.
Tecmo Super Bowl, developed and published by Tecmo, was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan on December 13th, 1991. It came out in North America on the same month, although an exact date is not known.
The graphics may be simple, but Tecmo Super Bowl is still beloved by many fans to this day. Courtesy: Tecmo
The game was an historic first, with the licenses for both the real players and teams from the previous National Football League season.
The game offers a sideline-oriented view of the action, which is fast-paced and quick. A variety of plays can be called and the player then snaps the ball and controls who has the ball—whether they pass, run, or kick. The play is interspersed with animated cutscenes, which are a popular staple of the game. There are cutscenes for a variety of plays and other events—from touchdowns to injuries to halftime and more.
Aside from single games that can be played against another human opponent or computer player, there’s also a season mode and the option to play the Pro Bowl as well.
The original Tecmo Super Bowl had an enhanced port on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, as well as two 16-bit sequels.
Although the game has its origin in the 8-bit era, it still has a passionate and dedicated following to this day. There are tournaments held, hacks of the game that edit the players and teams, and it often tops the lists of best football or even sports games overall.