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Nintendo Black Label Titles!

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Hi guys:

 

In my years of playing Nintendo games, I always add a soft-spot for the Nintendo NES "Black Label Title Era" games that were developed from 1985-1987. Unfortunately, only a small selection of the games continued on to be multimillion dollar franchises & the rest become long forgotten except for the old school gamers. Here is my opinion on what the future holds for them.

 

10-Yard Fight: Nintendo will probably have this game on the Virtual Console. Nintendo with a deal with Iremcorp only made sure that this was a launch title. Nintendo will never have this game back anytime soon. Too bad, I enjoyed this sport title.

 

Baseball: Good game. I believed it was a good leap over Intellivisions Baseball. Good, fun game that can last you for hours. Sadly, Nintendo made sure that Baseball wasn't going nowhere after its release. Thankfully, Nintendo re-introduced it on the VC for old & new players to remember Nintendo's early history in the U.S..

 

Balloon Fight: Thanks to the help of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Balloon Fight has a steady following once more. Balloon Fight had potential in the U.S. & Japan, it had a nice loyal fan base, and its overall sales were adequate. Nintendo was interested on making a Balloon Fight 2, yet other upcoming titles were on the works, and eventually it was scraped. Thanks to melee, there is a good chance once more for a true new title.

 

Clu Clu Land: Interesting title. Nintendo did made a sequel for the Famicom Disk System. But it was made as a late entry Disc title. The Nintendo E-Reader help give its fame once more, yet Nintendo made sure it didn't go any further. Maybe because it was a tricky game to play to begin with.

 

Donkey Kong: This NES title port is loved by many.

 

Donkey Kong Jr: Ditto.

 

Donkey Kong 3: This NES port has a small following. Nintendo talks about it once in a while.

 

Donkey Kong Jr. Math: Oh, you'll never see this black label game again. Sales stunk, & even though it was a cute educational series game. Nintendo made sure it was the last for DK & DK Jr.

 

Duck Hunt: Talk about countless times. A title maybe in the works,

 

Excitebike: Talk about alot. Even had a N64 title & on the VC.

 

Golf: A boring & annoying title. Nintendo made sure its on the VC. That's it.

 

Gumshoe: A long forgotten game that only the old school players remember. Was a good zapper title & had potential. But it didn't.

 

Gyromite: Long time ROB fans will remember this game. Nintendo has pretty much buried its characters and heroes Prof. Hector & Vector. Not going to be a VC title. Yet thanks to Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the ROB has received interest once more. Most likely will appear in its history books once more.

 

Hogan's Alley: Great game!! One of the best zapper titles in general. Nintendo had plans to make a sequel, but it never happened.

 

Ice Climber: Good title. Thanks to Smash Bros. Melee & Brawl. Its been on the minds of gamers since. No word on a upcoming title yet.

 

Kung-Fu: Nice brawling game. Loved by many even the arcades. But for some reason, Irem Corp didn't want to make another Kung-fu title.

 

Mach Rider: OH MY GOODNESS!! Way did Nintendo let Mach Rider slipped right through them?. It could have made millions & with the SNES mode 7, it would have been killer!!

 

Mario Bros: N.I.N.! We all loved this title & on the GBA Mario titles repeatedly.

 

Pinball: Nice title, but pretty boring. I kinda understand way Nintendo didn't made a sequel.

 

Pro Wrestling: Us wrestling fans love this game. Starman anyone. This game was really successful in Japan. I believe they did made another title out there.

 

Popeye: Survived!! Made a few titles for Game Boy, & GBA.

 

Slalom: I like this title. Its the only skiing game I enjoy. Nintendo will never bring this game back & now that Microsoft acquired Rare, they'll definitely make sure this title never comes up again.

 

Soccer: VC Only. Nintendo won't do this again except The Mario Strikers franchise.

 

Stack-Up: Just like Gyromite. Has a chance thanks to Brawl.

 

Super Mario Bros: (^_^)

 

Tennis: VC Title. Tennis comes up once in a while. But only in the history section. Mario Tennis took it over.

 

Urban Champion: On the VC & E-Reader. Enjoyed my old school fans and in Nintendo of America. Nintendo loves its comical style fighting. A upcoming title was in the works for the GBA, unfortunately it was scraped

 

Volleyball: VC title only. Hardly gets talked about at all.

 

Wild Gunman: Great title. Was featured in Back to the Future 2 in the Cafe 80's, & Nintendo World is introducing the game on their current line of classic t-shirts. Good chance of a possible comeback likely.

 

Wrecking Crew: Nah.....Nintendo made a good game here & it had good interest with fans. But won't have another Wrecking Crew title again.

 

 

Anthony....

Edited by fdurso224

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pro wrestling

kung fu

wild gunman

10 yard fight

excitebike

super mario bros

 

those are some of the black box nes games i still have and play today.i love that early era of nes gaming.i look thru the offical nintendo players guide and see a lot of the the great early 1st & 3rd party nes games.i love that book.i feel that book pretty much repersents that early era of nes games.great stuff.

Edited by wccw mark

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Wrecking Crew had an SNES sequel in Japan called Wrecking Crew 98.

 

Tempest

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1) According to Wikipedia, Kung-Fu did have a sequel in Japan.

 

2) Pinball was cute, I agree, but it was boring. I never quite understood why you'd bother making a pinball video game. It's like taking a video game and making a board game out of it-- you lose everything that makes it special. Still, I played the hell out of that on e-reader.

 

3) Wasn't Excite Truck for the Wii supposed to be a sequel to EB and EB64?

 

Aside: Besides the black-label games, which NES games were released unclipped? By unclipped, I mean the cart held together with five screws in the back (instead of three) and no plastic clips on the end-label side? I know Legend of Kage has this distinction... any others?

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I have to agree -- I love the early Nintendo games -- so simple yet hard to master. I especially love the box art from that period. In fact, this thread is quite inspiring -- think I might have to start collecting games from that era CIB.

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I have to agree -- I love the early Nintendo games -- so simple yet hard to master. I especially love the box art from that period. In fact, this thread is quite inspiring -- think I might have to start collecting games from that era CIB.

 

 

Amen to that brother!!

 

Anthony....

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Am mixed on all the early NES "black label" games as some i love and some i hate and some i just never played.

 

Of all the "black label" my favorites were......

 

Pro Wrestling

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Jr.

Excite Bike

Wild Gunman

Duck Hunt

Hogan's Alley

Super Mario Bros.

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Most of the early titles are hit and miss, my faves are:

 

Clu Clu Land

Excitebike

Golf - This is the only Golf game I ever liked. No idea why...

Ice Climber

Kung-Fu

Super Mario Bros

Wrecking Crew

 

 

And then there are some that I'm so-so about. It depends on what kind of mood I'm in:

 

Gyromite

Balloon Fight

Gumshoe

Donkey Kong 3

Pinball

Wild Gunman

 

 

Tempest

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10-Yard Fight:

Never played it or owned it. Wasn't into football videogames, arcade-like or otherwise.

 

Baseball:

Same thing as previous title mentioned.

 

Balloon Fight:

Only tried it out on emulation. An interesting take on Joust.

 

Clu Clu Land:

Never played it or owned it.

 

Donkey Kong:

Only had it as part of Donkey Kong Classics. All it lacks is the pie factory screen.

 

Donkey Kong Jr:

Only had it as part of Donkey Kong Classics. Close to arcade perfection.

 

Donkey Kong 3:

Only tried it out on emulation. Not a bad game, though an interesting departure from DK and DKJr.

 

Donkey Kong Jr. Math:

Never owned or played it, and certainly wouldn't want to.

 

Duck Hunt:

Had it as part of a Super Mario Bros combo pack-in game. Fun for a while, but not something I'd want to play multiple times.

 

Excitebike:

Tried it once. Didn't enjoy it.

 

Golf:

Tried it once. Found a Sega Master System golf game that was much better in control than this one.

 

Gumshoe:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Gyromite:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Hogan's Alley:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Ice Climber:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Kung-Fu:

Owned it at one time. Found the 2600 version to be more enjoyable (Kung-Fu Master).

 

Mach Rider:

Only tried it in emulation. Interesting, though I prefer Hang-On.

 

Mario Bros:

Owned this one. One of my favorite games.

 

Pinball:

Currently own this one. Not bad, though HAL Laboratory's Revenge Of The Gator pinball game for the Nintendo Gameboy was much better.

 

Pro Wrestling:

Probably owned this one one time but never really played it. Wasn't much into wrestling.

 

Popeye:

Owned it at one time. One game I will play from time to time.

 

Slalom:

Probably owned this one one time. Interesting skiing game. Tommy Moe's Extreme Skiing & Snowboarding for the SNES seems to have been inspired by this game.

 

Soccer:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Stack-Up:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Super Mario Bros:

Owned this as part of a combo pack-in game. Not something I play much of nowadays, but I still think it's fun.

 

Tennis:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Urban Champion:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Volleyball:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Wild Gunman:

Never owned or played this game.

 

Wrecking Crew:

Never owned or played this game.

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Hi guys:

 

Mach Rider certainly had potential. Unfortunately it didn't go pass the "Black Label" era. However, there's been talk from gamers that Mach Rider is Capt Falcon from F-Zero!! He's considered to be like a inspiring spinoff.

 

Anthony....

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