Mooortaaaaal Kooombaaaat! (II)

February 1995

X-Force #43

I don’t know about you, but Mortal Kombat was one of my absolute favorite series of games back in the day! I had (and actually still have, but just haven’t played in years) MKII for Game Gear, and while it was awesome, I don’t think I ever got particularly good at it. I’ll just blame that on the format – when you take a fighting game as rich and complex as this and have to scale it down for a portable system that only has two action buttons, it’s definitely going to lose a bit.


Mortal Kombat 3 (actually Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3) was the one I really got into. I had that one for Genesis, so that was as fully functional as it gets! However, when I first glanced at this ad, I thought it actually was from MK3 – I don’t remember MKII having Friendships or Shao Kahn at all! I guess I was just never good enough at it to get to see those…


Konami – For All Your Gaming Needs!

March 1988

Visionaries #3

Sorry the alignment’s not great on this one, but my scanner isn’t big enough to do two pages together, and this was the best I could do. Anyway, here’s Konami – producer of some of the biggest video game hits!


You may be wondering why there’s a Goonies II game when there was never a Goonies I. It turns out that there was… but only in Japan. So when Konami made the sequel to that game, it was still called “Goonies II” in all markets, despite the fact that most people never even knew about its predecessor.

Batman: The Video Game Series

February 1995

X-Force #43

One of the best-known and -loved cartoons of the ’90s has been turned into a video game! Yes, the levels in The Adventures of Batman and Robin are actually based on episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.


I actually had the Game Gear version of this (which I don’t think I ever got very far in), but apparently that’s an entirely different game from the SNES version. From what I’ve read, it sounds like the SNES version is considered the definitive one, so I’d be curious to see it someday. However, the Sega CD version (also very different from either the SNES or Game Gear versions), also has cut scenes that some consider to be a “lost episode” of the series – definitely something I’d like to check out!

Lethal Injection (Of Bullets)

February 1995

X-Force #43

Lethal Enforcers was one of my favorite games back when it came out, but it drove me nuts that it was so difficult! You (or at least I) would have to play the same level over and over again before getting a score high enough to advance! Then a couple years later Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters came out, and it was so much better! You didn’t need as high accuracy, the levels were way easier to get through, plus you got to use a Gatling gun! While I don’t have any particular interest in the Old West, this game quickly became a favorite of mine.


I guess I never did that well, though, because this ad mentions “an evil shaman and his band of creepy, skeletal ghouls” – I certainly don’t remember ever seeing that! That sounds awesome! Now I think I need to go back and play it so I can try to get to that level…

Watch Out for Snakes… or Alligators!

February 1995

X-Force #43

It’s amazing how much a video game can evolve in 12 years – the original Pitfall was released in 1982 on the Atari 2600. At the time, it was considered a huge breakthrough in terms of graphics and gameplay. This newer, updated version of Pitfall was released in 1994 – and these graphics are quite a bit more advanced than the original! However, many thought the gameplay was a bit lacking (or lagging) on this one.


But there is a fun marriage of the classic with the new on this one: If you find a secret doorway, it takes you to the original game – pretty cool, huh?


The Not-So-Mean Streets?

February 1995

X-Force #43

I’ve never really been into Street Fighter – always much more of a Mortal Kombat fan, and from what I’m reading about this movie, that’s probably for the best: 3.8/10 on IMDB, 15% on Rotten Tomatoes… it doesn’t sound like I missed much by skipping this movie!


So we all know that this movie is based on a video game, but did you know that Capcom took it one step further, and made a video game based on the movie based on the video game?? Yep, in 1995 they released Street Fighter: The Movie as both a coin-op game and as home versions for PlayStation and Sega Saturn.

Anyway, I’m hoping I got all the tags for characters/actors correct – I had to spend a bunch of time flipping between Google and IMDB to figure out who’s who. I guess you can let me know if I made any mistakes.