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Batman – Nintendo Power Volume 10 (Jan/Feb 1990)

Holy Nintendo Power, Batman! In the January/February 1990 issue, we’re ringing in the new year with a close look at some of the most anticipated NES titles to date. The release of Batman, Double Dragon II, River City Ransom, Shadowgate, and more kept the excitement for the NES bubbling over. With Super Mario Bros. 3 just around the corner, this issue also reveals some behind the scenes making of content, and previews new features. Listen above!

Nintendo Power Issue 10 Batman

Here’s what’s inside…

  • Jump right into Gotham City with a review of Batman: The Video Game by Sunsoft.
  • Learn about Batman’s key features, and the story behind its development delays.
  • Get a behind the scenes look at Super Mario Bros. 3’s development from creator, Shigeru Miyamoto.
  • Listen to some fantastic renditions of tracks from Double Dragon II and Retro City Rampage.
  • Preview some of the exciting titles featured in Pak Watch and Video Shorts.
  • …and much much more

A few games mentioned…

  • Batman
  • Shadowgate
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Super Mario World
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Earthbound / Mother / Earthbound Origins
  • Willow
  • Super Spike V’Ball
  • Clash at Demonhead
  • Double Dragon II
  • River City Ransom
  • River City: Tokyo Rumble
  • Burai Fighter
  • Astyanax
  • Dynowarz
  • Super C
  • NES Play Action Football
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition

Top 10 Games (as ranked in the NES 30)…

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  2. Zelda II– The Adventure of Link
  3. Super Mario Bros. 2
  4. Ninja Gaiden
  5. Dragon Warrior
  6. Mega Man II
  7. The Legend of Zelda
  8. Bionic Commando
  9. Faxanadu
  10. Blaster Master

Songs featured in this episode…

Azureflux – Eat My Chips (Bandcamp)
The Advantage – Batman – Stage 1 (Bandcamp)
WiiGuy – Batman – Stage 2 – Axis Chemical Factory (YouTube)
The Advantage – Double Dragon – Stage 2 (Bandcamp)
Year 200X – River City Ransom (Boss) (Bandcamp)

Articles/Links referenced in this episode…

Hardcore Gaming 101 feature on Batman by Chris Rasa (Link)
Retronauts Flashback: :February 1990 by Frank Cifaldi (Sorry, this link died!)
Retronauts Flashback: :January 1990 by Frank Cifaldi (Sorry, this link died!)

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In our next adventure…

Super Mario Bros. 3!
The 1989 Nester Awards
A Boy and his Blob
and much more!

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