Each time Nintendo announces the classic games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service (as they just did this week), there are a lot of hot takes on how good/bad those titles are. But those opinions have the benefit of 20-30 years of hindsight. What if there were a way to find out what game reviewers thought of these games…at the time they released! Well, there is, and thanks to YouTube Channel Defunct Games digging out the reviews of these titles from gaming magazines of the ’80s and ’90s, we can finally put these games in their original, historical contexts.
I never knew that Tecmo’s Fire n’ Ice was actually a Solomon’s Key sequel or that Psycho Dream was never released in the US despite reviews of the game (as “Dream Probe”) appearing in Electronic Gaming Monthly and GamePro. This is great stuff from Defunct Games, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this series progresses. Their prior series on best/worst reviewed games from EGM over the years is also a fun one to dig into if you’re a retro game and magazine fan.