CES: 8 New Third Party Licensees Plus Every Game Announced At The Show

Nintendo has been doing a phenomenal job of acquiring third party partners to create new games for its NES. It’s the hottest toy around and commands 70% of the video game market, so naturally everyone wants a piece of the pie. The new licensees include: GameTek, Jaleco, Milton Bradley, Mindscape, Tengen, Tradewest, Ultra, and Vic Tokai.

Interestingly enough, Tengen is actually a subsidiary of Atari! I guess if you can’t beat’em, join’em! Then there’s Ultra, which is actually a new company formed by Konami. Why would they do such a thing, you might ask? Well, Nintendo has a strict limit in place on how many games each third party can release in a given year. Konami wants to circumvent that rule so they created a brand new publishing company!

 

 

The CES floor was packed with demo stations and plenty of games to play. However, in many cases the companies that had product to show were still showcasing games that had already released. So, just because we have lists of games in development, doesn’t mean they were even present at this year’s show. That being said, here’s a rundown of every game currently in the works that the game companies were willing to share at this point in time. We were told that some of these names could change, so we’ll keep you updated on that front. Also, keep in mind there’s another CES in June where many publishers show off their holiday titles – so this isn’t an end-all be-all list for 1988.

 

Acclaim

Rambo: First Blood Part II

 

Bandai

Aerobics

Dragon Power

 

Capcom

1943

Bionic Commando

Gunsmoke

Speed Rumbler

Wings

 

Data East

Karnov

 

FCI

Dr. Chaos

Hydlide

Ultima

 

GameTek

Hollywood Squares

Jeopardy!

Password

Wheel of Fortune

 

Jaleco

Bases Loaded

City Connection

 

Konami

Contra

Jackal

 

LJN

Major League Baseball

Town & Country Surfing & Skateboarding

 

Mindscape

Bad Street Brawler

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

 

Nintendo

Dragon Warrior

Ice Hockey

R.C. Pro-Am

Return of Donkey Kong

Super Mario Bros. 2

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

 

SNK

Fighting Golf

Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road

TNK 3

 

Sunsoft

Freedom Force

Xenophobe

 

Taito

Bubble Bobble

Renegade

 

Tecmo

Tecmo Baseball

Tecmo Football

Star Force II

 

Tengen

Gauntlet

R.B.I. Baseball

 

Tradewest

Double Dragon

Super Dodge Ball

Quarterback Touchdown

 

Ultra

Metal Gear

Skate or Die

 

Vic Tokai

Aigina’s Prophecy

Chesterfield

Golgo 13

Terra Cresta

 

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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