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by scotland
April 27th, 2015, 11:47 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

I appreciate your first hand experience with the launch titles, and the thinking is good that compared to earlier consoles those games can be fun. However, the sales numbers are still looking like it was 1987 that did it, not the 1986 titles. By the end of 1986, the NES was basically another Colecov...
by scotland
April 26th, 2015, 11:37 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

But it wasn't just Super Mario Bros. Again, by the time it got a proper release, you also had Zelda. And literally a couple months later is when a ton of good games came out. Your thinking is good Jon, as Legend of Zelda is an standout game...but it was not released in the US until summer of 1987. ...
by scotland
April 26th, 2015, 8:08 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

@Scotland- There was also Duck Hunt, Ice Climber, Excitebike, Hogan's Alley, Wild Gunman, Pinball, etc. In fact, with 18 games, yeah, there were some duds (Donkey Kong Jr. Math), but there was bound to be something for the gamer to love right from the launch. I've often read that the ST and Amiga's...
by scotland
April 25th, 2015, 10:22 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: Why did the NES do so well in the US

Nintendo was there to fill in the void, and yes, it was a quality system with an amazing game. I find it amusing that Atari was shocked to discover the Atari 2600 was still selling well in 1984. They resurrected the shelved 7800, but it was about two years too late. By 'amazing game' (singular) you...
by scotland
April 25th, 2015, 7:22 pm
Forum: Now Playing
Topic: Making of Karateka (Book)
Replies: 6
Views: 780

Re: Making of Karateka (Book)

Have only played the dreadful 7800 version I am not sure that this book is for me. I hated it and am happy not to remember this piece of trash. Though I am glad you enjoyed the book. The 7800 was shuffle shuffle death... or at least it was for me. I understand completely. It wasn't you...its was th...
by scotland
April 24th, 2015, 7:09 pm
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: The Criticize Nintendo Thread
Replies: 113
Views: 8325

Re: The Criticize Nintendo Thread

At gamestop today I noted that prime real estate had been given to downloadable 3DS eshop games in a box, at $5 a pop. I sometimes miss a former member who I can imagine defending this business practice as doing downloadable 20 year old games right.
by scotland
April 24th, 2015, 10:08 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Why did the NES do so well in the US
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Why did the NES do so well in the US

We have had thread about the '83 US video gaming crash, which mostly affected home video consoles like the Colecovision, etc. The arcades were also ebbing away, but for possibly different reasons. Home computers were growing in popularity in the US, but were still expensive. Home consoles were doing...
by scotland
April 24th, 2015, 9:55 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: How much has your VG hobby cost you?
Replies: 19
Views: 921

Re: How much has your VG hobby cost you?

In reading a book from the mid 80s, it reminded me of how expensive the hobby was. Game cartridges cost me about what games still cost me, but that was in 1980 dollars, 35 years ago. The hardware was more expensive still, especially with 8 bit computers and peripherals. In 1985, a laser printer comi...
by scotland
April 24th, 2015, 9:36 am
Forum: Now Playing
Topic: Making of Karateka (Book)
Replies: 6
Views: 780

Re: Making of Karateka (Book)

Guess I'll conclude my thoughts on this book here. My kindle battery is no longer charging...that never happened to paperbacks. This book is a quick read as its just diary entries without being fleshed out. It starts as Mechner begins college (and how he stayed in college without doing any work is e...
by scotland
April 24th, 2015, 6:11 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: New Forums Open for Business!
Replies: 68
Views: 9381

Re: New Forums Open for Business!

I was perusing the 'Reader Review' forum, and some of the oldest threads were empty once you opened them. Example: http://videogamecritic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=38790&t=414 I had not noticed threads were only some of the posts migrated. Is it only threads or posts from several years back, or...

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