January 1990 Winter CES: Nintendo Introduces New Games & Peripherals

Nintendo kicked off the Winter Consumer Electronics Show (WCES) with a bang by announcing that Super Mario Bros. 3 is finally coming to the NES this March. The game has gone on to sell over 2.5 million copies in Japan already and is looking to be a monster hit over here. The game once again stars Mario and Luigi who must once again rescue the Princess from a bevy of new enemies and bosses.

Luckily the plumbers have a bunch of new power-ups to help them explore the massive eight kingdoms and countless levels. Now Mario and Luigi can grow a raccoon tail, which allows them to swipe away enemies and break blocks in entirely new ways. It also allows them to take flight to soar over bottomless pits and discover secrets hiding high in the sky! Other special items include a frog suit for easier swimming and a Hammer Bros. outfit that comes stocked with unlimited hammers to throw at nearby enemies. We’re sure the game is packed with even more crazy ideas and secrets and can’t wait to dive into the game when it arrives in just a few short months. If you’re lucky enough to have a nearby arcade with the PlayChoice 10 machine you might be able to play Super Mario Bros. 3 right now! We’ve already done so, but are now saving our quarters for the $50+ price tag of the Game Pak.

Nintendo also announced several new adventure games coming to the NES later in the year. The first one is called Final Fantasy and it comes hot the heels of Dragon Warrior. This role-playing game (RPG) looks to have similar turn-based combat and plenty of monsters to fight as you go on an epic quest to save the world. The game looks decidedly more colorful and detailed than most other games in the genre and with Dragon Warrior already conquered we’re itching to give this one a go when it arrives later this summer.

Also on the horizon is StarTropics, a new game being created for American audiences by Nintendo. The game appears to be a cross between The Legend of Zelda and The Goonies II. Your main character’s main weapon is a yo-yo and you have several play modes with both action and adventure mechanics mixed RPG areas. This one looks colorful and we dig the tropical setting. Nintendo hasn’t given an exact release window for this one yet.

Back from last year’s show is Pin Bot, a new pinball game for the NES. We’ve seen plenty of these types of games on the system so far, but this one is sporting the best graphics yet. It’s being developed by the folks at Rare, who have done some great work on games like R.C. Pro-Am and IronSword. This one is just around the corner and should be in shops this spring.

Nintendo showed off some new peripherals that expand the number of controllers that can be hooked up to the NES. The NES Four Score and NES Satellite both allow you to plug in up to four controllers so you and your friends can partake in some awesome four player competitions. Specific games that utilize these new add-ons will have a special 4-player graphic icon on their game boxes. The NES Four Score will retail for $24.95 and it simply plugs right into the Control Deck and expands the number of ports. The NES Satellite will retail for $39.95 and allows you to sit further away from your system (up to 15 feet) so you don’t have a bunch of wires running across the floor.

Nintendo has revealed the list of games that are currently planned to support four players simultaneously. These include two volleyball games (Kings of the Beach from Konami and Super Spike V’Ball from Nintendo), Super Off-Road (the arcade hit), Top Players Tennis, NES Play Action Football (from Nintendo), A Nightmare on Elm Street (LJN), and Magic Johnson’s Fast Break. More games beyond these are also in the works, but we’re going to have to wait a bit longer to find out which ones.

 

01-06-90-Winter CES Press Release

 

01-06-90-1990 Lineup Press Release

 

Craig Majaski

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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