VIDEO: Warp Zone Podcast: September 1987

Take a trip back in time to September 1987 where Nintendo was on its meteoric rise to the top of the video game industry. Not a single first party game released this month, but the third parties showed up with a ton of content. We touch on every Game Pak released and go in-depth on a few of our favorites.

In this super-sized episode we also take a deep dive into the world of video game print. Computer Entertainer, Computer + Video Games, and Ed Semrad’s Video Adventures columns are all discussed. Plus, we take a look at the third issue of the Nintendo Fun Club Newsletter – it has morphed from a tiny pamphlet to a full sized magazine layout – a precursor to what we’d see in a year with Nintendo Power magazine’s debut.

Finally, in our Energy Tank special features department, we talk about our Top 10 Favorite NES games from its first 24 months on the market. We pulled out the best 10 games from the list below. Which ones would make the cut for you? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

10 Yard Fight

Baseball

Clu Clu Land

Duck Hunt

Excitebike

Golf

Gyromite

Hogan’s Alley

Ice Climber

Kung Fu

Pinball

Soccer

Stack-Up

Super Mario Bros.

Tennis

Wild Gunman

Wrecking Crew

Balloon Fight

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong 3

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong Jr. Math

Gumshoe

Mach Rider

Mario Bros.

Popeye

Urban Champion

Chubby Cherub

M.U.S.C.L.E.

Ninja Kid

Tag Team Wrestling

1942

Commando

Ghosts ‘N Goblins

Karate Champ

Gradius

Trojan

Pro Wrestling

Volleyball

Slalom

Rush ‘n Attack

Track & Field

Burgertime

Castlevania

Ikari Warriors

Athletic World

Legend of Zelda, The

Mighty Bomb Jack

Rygar

Section Z

Solomon’s Key

Arkanoid

Athena

Elevator Action

Kid Icarus

Legend of Kage, The

Metroid

3-D Worldrunner

Deadly Towers

Double Dribble

Lode Runner

Raid on Bungeling Bay

Ring King

Sky Kid

Spelunker

Spy Hunter

Sqoon

Stadium Events

Star Voyager

Stinger

Winter Games

 

We hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane. As always, be sure to check out our Warp Zone section on the site for news, reviews, and more written as if from that time period. Don’t forget to send us your questions and suggestions to be featured on a future show via an e-mail (please put Warp Zone in the subject line) or by getting in touch with us via Twitter. As always, please rate us in iTunes, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Plus, you can listen to us on Google Play Music!

 

SHOW NOTES:

WELCOME TO WARP ZONE!

0:00 – Introduction Music

0:48  – Press Start

POW BLOCK

1:34 – Introduction to POW Block

2:18 – 3-D WorldRunner

7:46 – Deadly Towers

13:58 – Double Dribble

20:04 – Lode Runner

23:23 – Raid on Bungeling Bay

26:35 – Ring King

30:14 – Sky Kid

33:39 – Spelunker

INTERMISSION

35:51 – Stage Theme by Konami – Stinger OST

POW BLOCK

37:46 – Spy Hunter

41:33 – Sqoon

44:49 – Stadium Events

49:51 – Star Voyager

52:14 – Stinger

58:35 – Winter Games

INTERMISSION

1:01:54 – Stage Theme by Sunsoft – Spy Hunter OST

PLAYING WITH POWER

1:04:47 – Introduction to Playing With Power

1:04:57 – September 1987 Issue of Computer Entertainer

1:18:33 – Video Adventures – Milwaukee Journal 9/12/87: 3-D WorldRunner

1:20:49 – Video Adventures – Milwaukee Journal 9/5/87: Section Z

1:23:01 – September 1987 Issue of Computer + Video Games

1:30:48 – Fall 1987 Issue of Nintendo Fun Club News

INTERMISSION

1:55:53 -Stage Theme by Irem – Sqoon OST

ENERGY TANK

1:56:48 – Top 10 NES Games For First 24 Months On Market

GAME OVER

2:09:14 – Thanks for listening!

2:10:24 -Stage Theme by Namco/Sunsoft – Sky Kid OST

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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.

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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