Pop Culture Through a Nintendo Lens – Laser Time #398

What’s the oldest source material for a video game that you ever played? Don’t answer yet, because Laser Time’s prepared an 8-bit extravaganza for you this week, all courtesy of some of the worst licensed Nintendo games ever made! It’s easy to forget that the adaptive output of the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicon represented over a century of popular culture. For a certain type of kid, the NES became your gateway to a staggering number of classic films, television, animation and even literature, with a volume and span no other game console has achieved before or since…



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5 thoughts on “Pop Culture Through a Nintendo Lens – Laser Time #398

  1. As an idea this had some legs but what a stupid idea it was to try and tie it back to the very first instance where that thing first existed for no reason.

    Clearly those games were released because those franchises were still relevant in the cultural context at the time. Saying “it would be like doing a game based on [x that hasn’t been around since it was first out]!” just seemed desperate to make some kind of bad jokes. It’s like saying “there’s a new FIFA game out but football has existed since ancient China can you believe they think kids will know about this?!?”

    You could talk about how the popularity of the console, and the fact it was new technology, led to companies trying to see how they could adapt their franchises to it and how this led to some interesting (and bad) experiments, particularly given the limits of the technology, but instead… This?

    1. All the stuff that was older than the Stooges was almost certainly public domain, and doesn’t really count as “licensed”.

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