Tag Archives: 80s August

Box Art Bombshells: “Congo Bongo” (Colecovision, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since Istanbul was still Constantinople! We’re marking this festive occasion by introducing an all-new feature here at The Splintering: Box Art Bombshells, where we reveal the completely fabricated super really-real events that inspired some of the wackiest and weirdest box art from gaming history. We’re kicking off

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Retro Review: “Karate Champ” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the first belly dance! Today we’re going to take a look at Karate Champ, a one-on-one martial arts fighting game released by Data East on the Nintendo NES. So how does one of the earliest fighting games hold out? Based on the 1984 arcade game by

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Who Should Play Samus Aran in a “Metroid” Film? (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the discovery of the Pythagorean Theorem! Though certainly not the first female video game character, Samus Aran from 1986’s Metroid is still considered by many to be the First Lady of gaming. It should therefore come as no surprise that the topic of a Metroid film keeps

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Retro Review: “Last Battle” (SEGA Genesis, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the Trojan War! Despite being a prominent presence of the 90s gaming scene, many forget that the SEGA Genesis (aka Mega Drive) was actually released in 1989. So today, we’re continuing our 80s coverage by reviewing one of the console’s launch titles: Last Battle! *Note: Did

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Tales of the Toy: Transformers G1 Cosmos (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since Gutenberg invented the printing press! Today, we’re introducing Tales of the Toy, a new feature where we tell stories about some of our most cherished childhood toys. We’re kicking it off by telling the tale of how we originally acquired Cosmos, the G1 Transformers toy. On

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Retro Review: “RoboCop” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the breakup of Pangea! Today, we’re going to pick apart RoboCop for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Published by Data East in 1989, RoboCop is for NES is based on the 2D arcade action game based on the hit science fiction action movie by Orion Pictures.

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Throwback Review: Frank Miller’s “Ronin” (DC Comics, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the first seppuku! Today we’re going to examine Ronin, a six-book miniseries by comic book legend Frank Miller and published by DC Comics in 1987. Set in a bleak, alternate future (it has to be “alternate” because it references Soviets as contemporaneous to the story), Ronin

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The “Bubblegum Crisis” Odyssey: From “Blade Runner” to “Love Hina” (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since cuneiform! A profound understatement would be saying that the 80s was a good decade for film. Star Trek films with the original cast had a long, lucrative run during the period; Back To The Future I and II took viewers on a temporal roller coaster; a

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Retro Review: “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” – Too Many Holes (Atari 2600, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the founding of psychoanalysis! As reviews for E.T. The Extra Terrestrial have piled up over the years, I’m here to talk about one aspect of the game that could impact your desire to buy a copy, as it has mine. I am a trypophobe, and I

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SEGA’s Little-Known “Fist of the North Star” Legacy (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since chopped liver! While many will recall SEGA’s 2018 release of Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise for PS4, western gamers, particularly the younger ones, might be interested to learn that SEGA has a long history with the Fist of the North Star license. Yes, indeedy.

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Pixel to Cel: “The Legend of Zelda” Cartoon Series (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the discovery of pasteurization! It is hard to imagine gaming without The Legend of Zelda. Made up almost exclusively of hits and only a few misses (thank you CD-i), from its 1986 NES debut to last years’ Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (2020), the Zelda franchise

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Review: “Spelunker HD Deluxe” (PS4, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since tigers had sabers for teeth! Today, we’re going to dig deep into Spelunker HD Deluxe for Nintendo Switch and PS4,* a modern reimagining of the 1983 Spelunker game by Timothy G. Martin… sort of. Why “sort of”? Because Spelunker HD Deluxe actually takes more inspiration from

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Under the Radar: “Destroyer Duck” #1 – First Appearance of Groo the Wanderer (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the end of the Ice Age! Time for another edition of Under the Radar, a segment where we will spotlight comic books that don’t have the widespread attention of the comic book community that they really should.  Today, we’ll be looking at Destroyer Duck #1, which

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Retro Review: “Knight Rider” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since orange met chicken. Today we’re going to do a full detail on Knight Rider, the 1988 Nintendo (NES) game developed by Pack-In-Video Co. and published by Acclaim. And at the mention of the name “Acclaim”, I know that there are eyes rolling and stomachs churning. Does

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A long time ago in a galaxy “Har-har” away: “Galaxina” (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the yellow polka-dot bikini! The Star Wars-style crawl gives us, the viewer, some quick exposition on what we are to expect, after it ends we watch an absurdly long ship slowly pass before our eyes, then the plot gets underway, where we have a hammy pseudo

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Chomp Bites One Off: Random Kid Playing “After Burner” (80s August Special, NSFW)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the domestication of poodles. Hey, bitches. It’s me. Chomp the termite. What’s up? Me? Oh, nothing much. Things pretty much suck on my end, but thanks for asking. Why, you ask? Well, lots of reasons, really. This interview being one of them. You see, we here

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Throwback Review: “Airboy” Issues 1-5 (Eclipse Comics, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the baking of the first blackberry cobbler! Today, we’re reviewing the first five-issue story arc of Eclipse Comics’ Airboy, which was a revival of the original Golden Age Airboy series published by Hillman Comics in the 40s and 50s. The first Eclipse Comics issue landed in

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Review: “The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]” (Nintendo Switch, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the evolutionary development of the imposable thumb! Since The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED] just recently made its way to the PS4, what better time to re-post our review of the Nintendo Switch version of the game, which released last year? Retro revivals are a dime a dozen,

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Next Month Is “80s August” at The Splintering!

We’ve enjoyed many different theme events here at The Splintering (the Festival of Dread, Jolly Jinglings, and Monochrome May and Attack Helicopter Week), but waiting until October for the next one just seems like too long of a wait… That’s why we’re christening this August as the inaugural 80s August! Starting next week, we’ll be posting reviews and features celebrating

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