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10 Yard Fight
 

Nintendo/Irem

October 1985

Sports

1-2 Players

Irem tried to add arcade elements to this football simulation, but the unfortunate result is a game that's way too simplistic for football fans, and way too slow for gamers looking for intense, quarter-crunching action.  You can't choose your team, you can't select plays... you can't even stay interested for more than five minutes.  Believe me, far more devoted fans of the sport have tried.
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1942
 

Capcom/Micronics

November 1986

Shooter

1-2 Players (alt)

This game was already mediocre as an arcade release, but on the NES, 1942's monotonous gameplay and screeching music are that much worse.  This was the first vertically scrolling shooter that takes place during World War II, and while the setting is brilliant, the rest of the game is not.  Skip this one and go directly to Capcom's excellent sequel, 1943.
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1943: The Battle of Midway
 

Capcom

October 1988

Shooter

1 Player

What a difference a year makes!  1943 is a massive improvement over the original game, with smarter enemies, more detailed graphics, and a huge selection of weapons.  You can even customize your warplane in anticipation for the boss battles, featuring battleships so heavily armed, you'll wonder how the Japanese could have possibly lost the second World War.

FAST FACT:  The 19xx series, which put you on the side of the Allied forces in World War II, was actually designed in Japan.  Needless to say, Capcom took a lot of heat for the first game's setting... but after the release of its fantastic sequel, 1943, the Japanese grew to love the series almost as much as everyone else!

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The 3D Battles of WorldRunner
 

Acclaim/Square

September 1987

Action

1-2 Players (alt)

Square borrowed ideas from both Super Mario Bros. and Sega's Space Harrier to create this fun hybrid, which offers the best of both games.  It's got amazing 3D graphics, along with a lighthearted atmosphere and plenty of power-ups to collect.  WorldRunner's not perfect, lacking the depth of Super Mario Bros. and the impact of Space Harrier, but it's still worth having.

FAST FACT:  Acclaim packed every copy of The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner with a pair of 3D glasses, made with cardboard frames and tinted cellophane lenses.  You can enhance WorldRunner's illusion of depth by putting on these glasses and pressing select on the controller after the game begins.

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720
 

Mindscape

November 1989

Sports

1 Player

This Atari arcade game and its unremarkable NES counterpart were released when the sport of skateboarding first caught on with the public, but it would be many years and an endorsement from Tony Hawk before video games about skateboarding would become popular.  Anyway, 720 on the NES plays well enough, even if the graphics are blah and the sound doesn't exactly rock.
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8 Eyes
 

Taxan (Seta)

January 1990

Action/Adventure

1-2 Players

8 Eyes is a gothic adventure game, similar to Castlevania but with added features like a fiercely loyal pet falcon and selectable stages.  You'd think that building on the strong foundation of a game like Castlevania would be a recipe for success, but 8 Eyes' half-baked level design keeps it from being as fun or memorable as the Konami release that inspired it.
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