Monthly Archives: August 2009

End of another era: 1970s and 1980s arcade wrap-up

The NGPB has completed its review of arcade games released prior to 1990. Here’s the full list. Games in bold are the winner of Arcade Game of the Year for their respective years.  Enjoy.

1971
Computer Space
1972
Pong
1976
Breakout
1978
Space Invaders
1979
Asteroids
Galaxian
1980
Battlezone
Centipede
Defender
Missile Command
Moon Cresta
Pac-Man
Phoenix
Warlords
Wizard of Wor
1981
Donkey Kong
Frogger
Galaga
Ms. Pac-Man
Qix
1982
Burgertime
Dig Dug
Donkey Kong Jr.
Joust
Q*bert
Robotron 2084
Super Pac-Man
Zoo Keeper
1983
Blaster
Discs of Tron
Donkey Kong 3
I, Robot
Jr. Pac-Man
Mappy
Mario Bros.
Pac & Pal
Q*bert’s Qubes
1984
Gaplus
Marble Madness
1985
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Rush ‘n Attack
1986
Bubbble Bobble
Fantasy Zone
Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest
1987
Contra
Double Dragon
Galaga ‘88
Pac-Mania
Rainbow Islands
Super Dodge Ball
Wonder Boy in Monster Land
1988
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Ghouls ‘ n Ghosts
NARC
The New Zealand Story
Super Contra
1989
Final Fight
Golden Axe
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Reading Rainbow: The Final Chapter

Yes, it’s official as Ryan first told me.  Reading Rainbow aired it’s final episode Friday.  It was something that always was in the background of my life, having first aired in 1983.  I even remember watching my first episode “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain” and how my mother was abuzz about some new show on PBS we were going to watch. Then summer after summer during the 80’s, anxiously waiting to watch new episodes.  Strangely in the late 90’s, RR became sort of an obsession for me.  Slowly, I tried to add a complete list of guest narrators  to the Reading Rainbow entry at the Internet Movie Database.  I would gather info from the internet or happen to catch an episode and then write down the name of the narrator, episode, and year of the original airing.  Then in 2006, when I opened my first account on youtube,  I posted probably 20 or more clips from the show after getting my hands on some tapes from my parents. Both are teachers and had used Reading Rainbow in their classrooms for many years. So here’s a big salute to you RR, and as Levar would say at the end of each episode “I’ll see you next time!”

Below are just two of my favorite Reading Rainbow moments, both from my newer youtube account.

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National Game Registry 1989: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
aka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Kame Ninja
original platform
arcade (1989)
developer/publisher
Capcom
key personnel
Mitsuhiko Izumi (music)
Miki Higashino (music)

A simple-minded but action-packed brawler, very true in look and feel to the television cartoon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was inducted on August 29th, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1989: Golden Axe

GOLDEN AXE
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
SEGA
key personnel
Makoto Uchida (design)
Tohru Nakabayashi (music)

SEGA had the brilliant idea of placing brawling shenanigans in a swords ‘n sorcery setting.  Voila!

Golden Axe was inducted on August 23rd, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1989: Final Fight

FINAL FIGHT
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Capcom
key personnel
Akira Nishitani (design)
Akiman (design, art)

Only two years after Double Dragon debuted, Final Fight redefined the brawler genre with large, stylistic sprites and an emphasis on straight fighting.

Final Fight was inducted on August 23rd, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1988: The New Zealand Story

THE NEW ZEALAND STORY
original platform

arcade
developer/publisher
Taito

An overall feel similar to Taito’s Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands but featuring horizontally scrolling action and a flying kiwi.  How cute.

The New Zealand Story was inducted on August 23rd, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1988: Ghouls ‘n Ghosts

GHOULS ‘N GHOSTS
aka Daimakaimura
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Capcom
key personnel
Tokuro Fujiwara (design, production)
Shinichi Yoshimoto (design)
Hisashi Yamamoto (design)
Tamayo Kawamoto (music)

The sequel to Ghosts ‘n Goblins; even harder but perhaps less cheap than the original.  Now shoot vertically!

Ghouls ‘n Ghosts was inducted on August 23rd, 2009.

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