16 Bits in an 8-Bit World

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Remember the TurboGrafx? More than likely, you don’t. But maybe you should! The TurboGrafx was a 16-bit game system on the market back when the 8-bit Nintendo was the hottest system out there. It had significantly better graphics, sound, processing, and just about everything else.

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So then what was it missing? Mario.

Yep, even with superior hardware, they only had a handful of games compared to the Nintendo, and no third-party support at all.

Fun fact – this was actually the first system to have an add-on CD component – in 1989!! The TurboGrafx was ahead of its time for hardware, and behind the times on games, leading to its demise.

 

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The Oh-So-Classy Classifieds

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Classifieds provide a smorgasbord  of cheesiness – they’re the cheapest advertising that money can buy in comics, meaning that they’re usually the lowest quality… which also means they can sometimes be the most entertaining!

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I think my favorite on here is the “Live Chameleon FREE!” ad (of course, the lizard is only free if you buy a six-month supply of food). Though the “!!GET ALL THE GIRLS!!  !!BECOME RICH & POPULAR!!  * ONLY $3.95 *” is pretty great – for only $3.95, how could you afford not to order??

Fabio-lous Action!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

While you might associate Fabio with a more… umm… romantic… type of action, here he is as a tough, manly barbarian in order to sell video games – Iron Sword: Wizards & Warriors II, specifically.

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I find it interesting that the “ultimate warrior” doesn’t seem to have any battle scars… I guess maybe he’s just so good that no one can touch him (except the ladies, of course)!

Go Commando With Bionic Power!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

So, I’ll be honest here, I have WAY more Marvel comics than DC. Nothing against DC – they’re great, but I just don’t have as much of their stuff as I should. Anyway, I wanted to post some DC early on because there’s probably going to be a ton of Marvel coming up, so I picked this issue of Wonder Woman. Now, I know that video games were big business at the time, but I guess I didn’t remember/realize just HOW BIG of a deal they really were – out of all of the advertising pages in this issue, there were only THREE that weren’t for video games (and out of the ones for video games, only one wasn’t for Nintendo)!

So here’s the ad for Bionic Commando. From what I understand, it’s one of the best as far as game play out of all the ones advertised in this issue.

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Did any of you out there play Bionic Commando? If so, is it as awesome as they make it look?

 

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