Top 10 Obscure NES Gems

Mike / May 27th, 2012

Description: Mike Matei chooses 10 of the best obscure titles from the NES library

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  • Vulture222

    May 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Great video!

  • Tekkenfan

    May 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    nice so many games few good 97% shitty

  • Alensfia

    May 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Ha, just got myself a NES system today and happened to pick up The Guardian Legend just because of the title. I was surprised when I saw it!

  • HERO

    May 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Mike, it rules that you and James are together on Cinemassacre. The site just wouldn’t be the same without either one of you. Keep it up! And more glitch videos please! Those are always the best.

  • glank

    May 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    As you were doing the shoutouts I was hoping that you would mention The Guardian Legend, and needless to say I was very happily surprised. It is without a doubt my favorite NES game of all time, and it’s nice to see it get some recognition.

  • Deschkloth

    May 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Wait a minute, at 5:12 the statue says “You must beat me”! Wow, I’m surprised that was allowed by Nintendo! At least it doesn’t say “You must eat me”. Maybe James will use this game in a sequel to a certain Atari episode he made. I would say which one, but apparently it has a banned word in it.

  • May 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Great video, Mike.

    But you forgot A Boy And His Blob, just like James.

  • giovannobg

    May 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I am really amazed to see how good mike’s reviews are getting!

    Keep it up, motherfucker!!!

  • pactac

    May 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I thought that Joe and Mac looked familiar. I remembered playing a very similar looking game when I was younger in child day care. Sure enough, I had been playing the SNES version. Thank you for the nostalgia and future purchase!

  • J.J. McSandfarm

    May 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Great video! I always remember reading about Guardian Legend in Nintendo Power as a kid and I always wanted to play it. But I never got the chance, and pretty much forgot about it since then. Maybe I’ll check some of these games out this summer.

  • WestBuiltAMountain

    May 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Soon as I saw this, I thought of Little Samson. Damn game costs at least $350-400.

    I’ve been looking at the game for a week or so, but I can’t spend that much on it.

  • May 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Mike you said The Guardian Legend was your number 1 and I realized I actually have that in my collection…didn’t even occur to me. I popped that fucker in and yeah…it actually is a really good game!

  • rabidchild

    May 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks! There are some cool games in your video I never played (after 24 years of playing NES games.) Other games I love that I don’t hear people talk about much: Legacy of the Wizard, Low G Man, Magic of Scheherazade,
    Shadowgate, Solar Jetman, and Solstice.

  • Retro_Gamer888

    May 27, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    YES!!! The Guardian Legend!!! That game is a masterpiece; it should not be overlooked, especially since it’s so affordable!! Thank you Mike for raising awareness about this unknown gem!!!

  • Shaun

    May 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Bucky O’Har is my favorite NES game! I’m glad you mentioned it!

  • strider

    May 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Good list Mother fucker mike!

  • Retro_Gamer888

    May 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Bucky O’hare is also my second favorite game on this list!!! But I did not know about Gun Nac…!!! Thanks again Mike !!! :D

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    May 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Fantastic video. Covered a range of (actually good) NES games, and even mentions the minor hindrances which didn’t take away from the overall game. This is one of those videos I feel compelled to watch again (and several times more over the week).

    The Happy Video Game Nerd already covered metal storm and sweet home, for anyone who is curious about those games (I’d like to stress he’s not a ripoff of AVGN, but a respectful parody about overlooked/forgotten games).

  • Bod

    May 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    best vid yet mike.

  • May 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Great review, but I must share this.

    scat/skat/
    Verb:
    Go away; leave: “Scat! Leave me alone”.
    Sing in such a way.
    Noun:
    Improvised jazz singing in which the voice is used in imitation of an instrument.
    Droppings, esp. those of carnivorous mammals.

    I don’t know where you heard “SCAT” means eating your own shit, but you’re obviously wrong. Sorry Mike. I’ll be looking for those games because I remember a lot of them, especially Bucky O’Hare and Felix The Cat.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    May 27, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Interesting video. Those games look pretty good. I’ve been wanting to get an NES for a while. If I ever do, I’ll have to check out those games!

  • Jarnor23

    May 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Without going back to see if it actually was good or not, I can tell you one my brothers and I had fun with was 8 Eyes. It was one of those few 2 players at the same time games, with a very Castlevania feel. To be really unique, one of the players was a trained hawk, so you could perch on your master, then go fly off and peck things eyes out while he’s doing the short range fighting.

    Don’t know if it will hold up to modern standards, but we did have a good time with it.

    Oh, the single player mode wasn’t nearly as fun, as you had to try to control the bird at the same time as the man with some odd gamepad combos.

  • joliet_jane

    May 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Great job on this Mike! Usually obscure gems lists are full of games I know of already. But I’ve never heard of most of these. You really did find the buried treasure!

  • May 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I always liked Zen: The Intergalactic Ninja and Uforia: The Saga.

  • May 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    @TwistedSpeech – yeah I wasn’t sure about that either. I knew it was a term for feces, but it certainly doesn’t mean eating your own excrement. Unless of course there is a more slang term you and I are unaware of.

  • parasyteFMA

    May 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    A great countdown list Mike! I think we all would love to see more of these from you.

    Take care!

  • Jwong

    May 28, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I remember playing Gun Nac on an emulator at after school YMCA daycare in my childhood.

    Mike, thank you so much for reminding me of that awesome game. I didn’t even know the name of it back then! NOSTALGIA

  • floridaboy

    May 28, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Mike, you spoil us man…Even on Memorial Day, it’s still Motherfucking Mondays ! ! !

  • Phoenix7786

    May 28, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Holy shit I actually own most of these. And I can say for a Mother Fucking fact that Bucky O’Hare and The Guardian Legend are absolutely amazing. Also, Xexyz has a shit-ton of weapon upgrades he didn’t show so don’t let that little “>” attack fool you.

  • stauken

    May 28, 2012 at 12:27 am

    ahh man Clash at Demonhead was my favorite game for a long time. When we were little, around age 8, one of my friends parents got him that. We’d spent 3 weekends in a row just taking turns staying at each others houses taking turns trying to beat it. It was the first game that I remembered someone dying like that in as a close friend, and especially to the point where they turned into a skeleton basically due to your own neglect. Awesome to see it make the #5. It was a great game. Shame it almost required farming money a bit towards the end to win. Getting the force powers, and levitating up to the old hermit dude to learn one of the last ones, all of that was really immersive for a little kid :)

  • Steven

    May 28, 2012 at 12:45 am

    kickle cubicle is a good 1 also, but great review bro keep it up looking foward to more

  • May 28, 2012 at 1:13 am

    One game that I played growing up that I can never seem to find anywhere (and no one seems to know what I’m talking about either, but you can find it online though) is an amazing little NES game called Flying Warriors. It’s a Action RPG built around a simplified VS fighter engine. Like street fighter, but with crappier sprites and less special moves. The story worked like a power rangers knock off, but with each recruited warrior (you collect them as you progress through the story) a different type of martial artist is added to your roster. Each of these characters have an almost entirely different move set, making each one a joy to learn. The game featured so many different types of fighters that the game included a bonus 2 player arena mode with the game. (which I actually played as much as the actual story game says a lot)
    Mike, if you haven’t heard of this one seriously track it down because it’s one of the best gems I have ever found.

  • May 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Oh, and it just so happens to have the best intro music to ever grace an NES chiptune set. :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TDtyeR_3P0&feature=related

  • EliteDeath

    May 28, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Mike, this is your best video yet. They keep getting better. I’d love to see you do more of those videos for different consoles.

  • Phoenix1255

    May 28, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Wow The Guardian Legend… Mike, you are my new hero… I was sitting here going through this video thinking ” What are the chances that The Guardian Legend would even make the list?” After #4 I gave up thinking that it would and just went through the motions of it. After #2 I sat here thinking I guess I’ll give whatever #1 is a try… to my surprise it was what I less expected, I sat here thinking amazing that someone else would put that on the top of their list as well.

    I only wished that it didn’t only just have a cult follow I wished it was bigger than it was.

    Anyways, thank you Mike, I hope that more people will give that game a try after this, it deserves it.

  • fcabanski

    May 28, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I really liked this? It was cool.

  • targums

    May 28, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Was hoping to see P.O.W. on the list, but I suppose it’s not all that obscure.

  • Eltanin

    May 28, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Wow that was a great vid Mike, great job. I did have the chance to play Xexyz back in the day, I can remember having a blast with it.

  • Milosz006

    May 28, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Is Crystalis obscure? I’d say it’s underrated for sure.

  • Joss Card

    May 28, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Also a fun note was that Clash at Demonhead was the name of a band in Scott Pilgrim VS The World

  • Entrenaturaleza

    May 28, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Excellent video Mike. Cinemassacre makes my day, as usual

  • FanFrag

    May 28, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Very good video. I watch these all the time, and I must say, this was very enjoyable. Keep up the good work Motherfucker Mike!

  • OcelotDAD

    May 28, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Oh my God…. that Felix the Cat game, thank you SO MUCH for the nostalgia Mike.

  • Joefix

    May 28, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Good shout on New Ghostbusters 2. That was the only Ghostbusters game I played as a kid. Lucky!

  • Kenny

    May 28, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Great video,nice work Mike!

  • mingkey

    May 28, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Please do Town & Country II: Thrilla’s Surfari.I asked James on myspace 5 years ago and he said he would get around to it.It’s such a fun game!Noone ever talks about! thank you.

  • magicjade

    May 28, 2012 at 5:39 am

    One game that is not talked about is the Magic of Scherazade. It’s an RPG that combines so many elements together – Zelda, turn based combat, getting allies to get cool powers, memorable music, and good story (involving time travel, before it became a big thing). The best part is the “Alarat Solar Eclipse” where you can double the items you collect and keep winning at the Casino. The only thing that really sucks is the password system, but there are ways to get around it. Heck, it’s the first game that I remember where you can just type “end” and you can see the ending. In conclusion, if you see this game, check it out. :)

  • May 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Nice work Mike! I was gladly surprised you mentioned Joe & Mac. I had this game on the SNES and it was one of my favourite titles! That game really kicked ass!! All you needed to do was beat the crap out of every living thing t’ill every dino was extinct…now that’s a game!

  • Rhode2nowere

    May 28, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Holy Crap! Xexyz! I have looked online at the NES library trying to find this gme from my childhood. never could find it. that you soo much mike. Great work on the vid.

  • Metto

    May 28, 2012 at 6:09 am

    That blue guy in the Guardian Legend is called Randar. He looked a bit familiar and then I realised he appears in a Sega Master System game Golvellius that is also made by the same game company, Compile. In this game you can find Randar also in caves and he restores your life. It’s a Zelda-clone adventure game and totally worth checking out. One of my favourites on SMS

  • xdeathknightx

    May 28, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Great video Mike. Some of these games deserve more praise then they got.

  • Salculd

    May 28, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Oh hell yes! The Guardian Legend is my single favorite NES game out of them all.

  • May 28, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I smell a movie/game double review of “Sweet Home” lurking around the corner…

  • piky

    May 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

    thanks, i was searching for that name “panic restaurant”..for like 2 years. (not constantly:))) but yeah, it was my favorite game, but i lost it and only after years i remembered the game but the name in my country on a clone nes (who play sega and other console games) was named “cook house” and casket was not like any other nes games or other casket games i know… it was my sister favorite game too, so kisses from her cause from me it will be awkward. thanks! thanks! thanks!

  • Riknight36

    May 28, 2012 at 7:09 am

    The Guardian Legend looks cool, and I adore Gun Nac, but I’m very disappointed not to see T&C Games 2: Thrilla’s Surfari on here. It’s a game that nobody knows about and it’s awesome and unlike any other game in the NES library. I’m sure you’ve played it, but check it out again. It’s so good.

  • uncolober

    May 28, 2012 at 7:17 am

    This is the best list of rarely talked-about NES games I’ve seen.

  • Mad Hatter

    May 28, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I never post but honnestly thank you for this video,
    I know some of them ( Little Samson is really awesome ) but it’s exactly the kind of games I was looking for :)

  • crapcart

    May 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

    great list ! i would just added chip n dale rescue rangers love that game but i dont know if that game counts as a underappreciated game

  • darkplace56

    May 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

    It’s not as unheard of as some of the games on Mike’s list, but Vice Project Doom was always a favorite of mine

  • AnKun

    May 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Mike, I think you forgot “Zen: Intergalactic Ninja”, that game wasn’t popular at all, but it fricking rocks!!

  • Simon Belmont

    May 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    The Professor in Felix the Cat looks Dr. Wily from the Megaman franchise.

  • thematt121

    May 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    what about the fantastic adventures of dizzy the egg, you know, that fucked up camerica game

  • CKZaibatsu

    May 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    HA! What’s funny is I was thinking of the Guardian Legend during this entire video, but I couldn’t remember the name. Then, you have the game number 1 on the list. I used to borrow this from a buddy of mine when I was younger. Thanks, for giving these games some screen time for everyone.

  • BigGameNerd

    May 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

    :P

  • Simon Belmont

    May 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

    S.C.A.T. is very similar to Forgotten Worlds on Arcade / Sega Genesis.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blhNuc9Qh1A&feature=related

  • mokusei75

    May 28, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Great video as always, Mike! In reference to your comment about the background in Joe & Mac…just wanted to tell you it’s called parallax (or motion parallax) where that effect is used to simulate movement and depth of field. Thought you’d be interested. Thanks for the video!!!!

  • May 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I too owned The Guardian Legend and must say it was my favorite NES game. Some others I would have considered for the list would be Rygar, Blaster Master, Faxanadu, and Wizards & Warriors.

  • May 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I actually HAVE a physical copy of The Guardian Legend that I got from a good friend who told me it was good. I was skeptic until I played it. DAMN, it’s GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

  • scronan

    May 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    That was awesome Mike – thank you for taking the time to share that with us. I starting whooping when I saw Clash at Demonhead…what a weird and wonky game but I still enjoy playing it today…and I recall Nintendo Power doing a big write up on it…but I can’t remember if they included the part about the guy dying and getting his power ups (I found it out on my own and as a kid it kinda freaked me out!). Helluva fun game. Never played Guardian Legend but I remember seeing the cover art and thinking that it looked lame. Had no idea it was such a complex and cool game. Magic of Sherezade is another that comes to mind that combined a lot of different elements of other games, was ahead of its time and really good but somehow got swept under the rug. Thanks again man!

  • Seshido

    May 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    LOL, when you got to Gun-Nac, I thought, “Hmmm, this looks a lot like Guardian Legend….I wonder if he’s gonna talk about that one.”

  • Kushdc

    May 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    @ Riknight36 hey num nuts that game sucks and just because u think a bad game is cool doesnt mean mike will so f***ING SHOVE IT UP UR ARSE

  • brydon10

    May 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks for the 20 minute vid Mike! It has must have taken a long time to make this, great work – very entertaining.

  • May 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Nice review! And there are so many other good titles that are kind obscure, like: Faxanadu and Willow among others.

  • shadowtheman

    May 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I liked that Xexyz made the list that was one I grew up with and actually one of my personal favorites. Bucky and guardian legend are two games i’m gonna definitely grab up.

  • shadowtheman

    May 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    With all things considered, for the exception of certain die hards or a few nerds. About 90% of the nes library goes unknown. I like this review because most of those games I didn’t even know existed. Maybe some one should do a video catalog of all the nes games. That would be epic.

  • KaiservonDoom

    May 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Bucky O’Hare was an awesome game. I owned it when I was a kid, it was tough as hell though.

  • May 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Great vid.

  • bruceleerobot

    May 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    And what game does he pick for #1? The motherfuckin’ Guardian Legend!! I owe you a drink sir, you just made my day.

  • Woland69

    May 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Zanac – it was one of the first games I saw on the system back in 1991 and it blew me away.

  • Parapsyche

    May 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    This is a sweet video! The Guardian Legend definitely belongs on this list so I was glad to see it at number 1.

    A couple I would have considered for this list are Breakthru, Battle of Olympus and Journey to Silius. I have never heard anyone else really mention them when I talk about NES games. Breakthru’s just a solid action game, and Journey to Silius is one of those games I play through almost every time I fire up my NES. Graphically it’s amazing, the music ridiculously top-notch and ahead of its time, and it’s just a fun and awesome game to play.

    I haven’t found a copy of Battle of Olympus in a while…my friend used to own it but I never had it personally and it’s on my list of games to locate ASAP. Zelda 2 meets Metroid and Castlevania elements, PLUS a wicked ancient greek mythology theme and wicked graphics and music? Friggin’ awesome!

    Great list Mike, keep it up!

  • May 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    400 Bucks for Little Samson? Get yourself a PowerPak for $130 and play it!
    It plays like Megaman, just better. Switch characters ingame. Excellent graphics! Great gameplay! Epic Boss battles (you don’t know what epic is until you played it)
    This is one of these games that sucks you in so you forget you are playing an NES, it just makes everything around the TV screen non-existant. It makes 8 bit feel like reality!
    Also, Easy and Normal setting gives you some different levels, as well as an alternate ending.

  • kaosklown

    May 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Well, that was a really good and interesting video ! It really feels like you truly enjoyed those games. I think I’ll just try out most of these games ^^ ! Making me really want to check out a game or movie was only a thing that James (with monster madness) or angry joe had achieved until now, so kudos ^^ ! And thanks again for this great vid.

  • bruceleerobot

    May 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Little Samson and Mr. Gimmick were both hella dope. Little Samson plays like Megaman meets Adventure Island and Mr. Gimmick plays like Megaman meets Kirby. Both fantastic and ultra rare

  • gradual

    May 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I owned The Guardian Legend. Defenitly a piece worth mentioning.
    I remember falling asleep ontop of the manual, with my gum flavored spit drooling on it ><

  • jfeigl

    May 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    MFM > This is your best vid. But you are still a complete idiot and a tool.

  • Kid_Icarus

    May 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Awesome list. Awesome video. Nice work – definitely the best thing I’ve seen on the site in a while. This is the type of stuff that attracts me to this site. I think I might play some Bucky O’Hare now. Did you just play a bunch of James games randomly to try and find good unpopular games? God knows he has a vast library. Cheers.

  • stevejke

    May 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Now this is an awesome video. You should stop cursing and trying too hard in your reviews. Keep it THIS way.

  • jesen92

    May 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Gun Nac reminds of a game on the super nintendo called Super Aleste…it’s really similar to that game…that was a really awesome game

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    May 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Awesome List! Not surprised at all by the #1 pick. That is a great game! I was intimidated by that game as a kid. It Looked too hard.

    MIKE PLEASE DO MORE SEGA GENESIS GAMES !!!

  • andysutherland

    May 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Awesome job, Mike! It would be cool to have a couple more lists like this. Maybe obscure NES or Genesis games could be next.

  • Ellivennecq

    May 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    GREAT top 10, Mike.

  • LordPindar

    May 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Wow, thanks a million for this video Mike. Stuff like this makes me wanna buy a NES righ now. How about you doo a similar list for the SNES and Sega Genesis, that would be greatly appreaciated, not only by cinemassacre fans, but by all retrogamers on the intertubes

  • Lechonico

    May 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    what no mother ( earthbound zero )!?

  • drk421

    May 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Ah yes, Guardian Legend is awesome. But I still like Metal Storm better, it had really unique and innovative gameplay.
    Another game that’s pretty good that isn’t mentioned much is Battle of Olympus. It’s a lot like Zelda 2, but still fun, just as hard, with really long freakin’ passwords.

  • drk421

    May 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Oh, I forgot about River City Ransom! One of the best multiplayer beat em up, RPG style games there is!

  • Dr Doug

    May 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    River City Ransom for sure. And Iron Tank was pretty cool.

  • TheValsalvaManeuver

    May 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Gun Nac is actually a pretty expensive game.

    I would add to the list: Power Blade, Shatterhand, Kickmaster, Gun Smoke, Guerilla War, The Lone Ranger, Little Nemo, Whomp ‘Em, Magic of Scheherezade, Journey to Silius.

  • Blitzstange

    May 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I cant load any of the videos. I have never had a problem before, but spring board will fill its loading bar then just sit there. I’ve been a fan for years. I have never had a problem untill now. I have researched the issue but have found no info. If anyone has some info on this issue that would be great.

  • Sojiro

    May 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Big props for Clash at Demonhead and Buck O’Hare on that list. I owned both games and they are FANTASTIC, especially Demonhead. Great list, never saw Guardian Legend before and man for an NES game it does look very very good. Just a few I would add of added: Earthbound (surprised you didn’t have it), Mighty Final Fight (know you mentioned, but its so damn good), Snake Rattle and Roll (such a fun game!), and Pocket Monsters.

  • Sojiro

    May 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Err monsters in my pocket, not pocket monsters.

  • valdo_82

    May 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    hey i played that clash and demonhead, and finish it, 15 years ago, in that time i didint speak or read english, so i dont now how i finished that game???

  • evets90

    May 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Krazy Kreatures stole its music from Tetris 2 on the Game Boy…weird.

  • May 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    @evets90

    It didn’t. I added the tetris music to the video because Krazy Kreatures is a fairly silent game. I used the tetris 2 music because it’s another puzzle game.

  • guitarfreak8188

    May 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Nice video Mike! I’m curious if StarTropics was considered for this list.

  • z_thompson

    May 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

    As far as I know, “scat” just means shit, specifically animal droppings. NOT the act of eating your own shit.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scat?s=t

    Also, great list! I haven’t played ANY of these games, and I’ve been a Nintendo fanboy since the NES days!! I will check some of these out.

    You should do a “best of Wii-Shop” video. That would be cool. There are so many damn games on there, I don’t download any of them in case they are shitty!

  • BouncekDeLemos

    May 29, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Oh man, I LOVE the Guardian Legend! It is extremely difficult right on the first part at the beginning but man it’s great.

    Mike, if you think the European box art was cool, check out the Japanese version! Sucks that the American game got such crappy art.

  • christburner

    May 29, 2012 at 1:28 am

    good call mike. the guardian legend is one of my favorites

  • Necron99

    May 29, 2012 at 2:00 am

    There’s one game on the nes I’ve never heard anyone talk about and I don’t know if it’s because maybe to me it’s a great game but to everyone else it’s shit? Or if it’s just a game not really known?
    The game I’m talking about is Conquest of the Crystal Palace. I’ve always wanted to hear what other people thought of the game.
    Anyways Mike great list! I’ve learned a new game that looks awesome (the Scat game lol) and I’m looking forward to checking it out. Glad to see Clash at Demonhead, that’s one of my all time favorites. I’m one of those people who love the Bucky O’hare game. Back in the day getting a challenging game meant playing it more to defeat it, that’s the main reason why I love the Ninja Gaiden games so much.

  • Poeden

    May 29, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Xexys and Guardian both seem suspiciously like Blaster Master to me, and remembering that James also never brought attention to the fact that that Fester game he reviewed seemed like a blatant rip of BM (including ripping sound effects), I’m just wondering… have neither of you played Blaster Master? o_o

    Mind you, I’m not complaining or anything. Just curious. If you haven’t, and ESPECIALLY if you like Xexys and Guardian… it’s very worth trying.

  • nikkuchan

    May 29, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I never, ever hear anything about Little Ninja Brothers. That game is amazing and should be played.

  • ashxu

    May 29, 2012 at 3:06 am

    A shop that comes floating down from the air?

    Beedle’s Air Shop from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks comes to mind

  • likalaruku

    May 29, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Welp, Krazy Kreatures is not the oldest Match 3 game I’m aware of. There’s a lot of similar games at BigFish.

  • likalaruku

    May 29, 2012 at 3:41 am

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  • marc_lawson

    May 29, 2012 at 3:52 am

    This review was super helpful! Thanks to you, I just bought metal storm and SCAT!
    Thank you Mike! I have been reading list upon list but at last you actually helped me find a couple games that are good and aesthetically like metroid/contra

  • JCrazy

    May 29, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I loved that review! At the beginning I saw a cart of Bionic Commando and I thought that it would be one of the games you talked about hehe.

    I actually really dig the music from Xexyz, I ended up downloading all of it haha. They all look like great games, thanks for the review.

  • ninjabigos

    May 29, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Hey dude, how about the amazing platformer – “Moon Crystal”? I don’t think anybody mentioned that. It had amazing animation for the NES (or Famicon) and really outstanding music. Not to mention the cool cut-scenes.

  • May 29, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Nice review. Though I wish you would have done metal storm. I personally disagree with the idea that it isn’t “obscure enough anymore.” Well, guess what? It’s still a kick ass game that deserves mentioning! Otherwise, great little bit. You got a lot of the ones that I have on my top 10 list of underrated/underplayed games.

    Keep up the good work!

  • May 29, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for the tip. Gotta obtain that Guardian game!

  • Phillboi

    May 29, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Only me that noticed on the european cover it said mattei version in the left lower corner? 0o

  • flintec

    May 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

    this is the best video by mike imo :) would be awesome to get one with snes and genesis games to <33

  • RichterBelmont

    May 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hey Mike, this would make for a terrific series here on Cinemassacre, just like you do with game glitches. Even if you make it easier on yourself and just pick a few games across various older consoles (versus say 10 from one like this video), it would be really enjoyable to catch it once a month or so.

  • Lucky

    May 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I really like the last game. The NES is way before my time, but it’s nice to see that the console has its own gems.

  • May 29, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Didn’t James do a review on the SCAT game? Btw, “scat” isn’t about eating your own shit, but true many associate it with coprophilia. It can involve feces, but can also involve singing (not necessarily Scatman John).

  • May 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    How did you get a copy of Sweet Home? Awesome game, I’d love to see you review it next time

  • Kid Nickels

    May 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Actually If you read the Manual to the original Metroid, it refers to Samus as a he and cyborg. They don’t refer to Samus being a girl until the Super Metroid manual. If your looking for an interesting read, check out the Mario 2 manual….

  • Lietuvis

    May 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Felix The Cat is absolutely the best NES game for me. Thanks for introducing it to other gamers.

  • Jay1337

    May 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  • Hermes666

    May 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    This is the best video Mike has ever made since James leaved him the site. GREAT JOB! We want more videos like this one!

  • sdbrown84

    May 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Great job Mike. The Guardian Legend was my top pick as well. I picked this game up when it was new for a random buy when I was a kid at an Osco Drug store. I was so surprised that Mario 3 had to leave the NES console for once.

    Thanks again. You and James continually show you are true classic gaming enthusiasts.

  • May 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    How did you get your NES to light up? Mods? Special Effects? Because I thought the Top Loader didn’t have LEDs.

  • anderswhk

    May 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Fuck yeah, i was hoping you would mention Little Sampson, Mike. That was my favorite NES game, but hardly anyone knew it. It had really good graphics for its time. Overlooked gem for sure. Got it stashed somewhere in my moms basement.

  • anderswhk

    May 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Found some info, as to why the game is an unknown gem.

    http://retrowaretv.com/the-gaming-historian-little-samson/

  • Sirius

    May 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    You’re familiar with the ENTIRE NES library? That seems unlikely. But nice list!

    Well, I don’t think you know the Famicom games too much at least.

    Since you like shooters, check out Recca. It’s probably one of the rarest FC games though, but it is highly regarded.

  • jasbond

    May 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Kewl video Mike, enjoyed watching.
    I can recognise a game you show at 11:35, the bottom middle one – but I forget the title, does anyone know?

  • rozray82

    May 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Anyone for Rolling Thunder?! Awesome!

  • mcnerven

    May 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Great list, especially Bucky O Hare! I loved that show as a kid as its entirety was an actual story arc, one of the first of its kinds. Anyway, the only glaring omission I can see is Shatterhand, somewhat of a spiritual successor to Batman. That game was incredible.

  • darcman0

    May 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I still play The Guardian Legend, I remember going to my aunts back when i was a kid and they had a NES with the classics and a few lesser known games, and this one was one of the best to play. Shooter, EXP, Zelda, best of all 3.

  • May 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Kinda angry that you left out Ufouria.. (hebereke)

    Atleast mention it or something, it’s a work of art and deserves attention, personally I think it deserves a whole episode of both you and the nerd.

    There are many Ufouria games, all of them are super fun, but the best one is oldschool 8-bit, which I’m talking about.

  • May 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I really appreciated this list and thought you made good choices. It’s ironic that just earlier today I was thinking about Xexyz since I had memories of renting it from Curtis Mathes in the 80s. I should definitely go back and enjoy these games, some for the first time.

  • astiocles

    May 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    i really wish Mike would stop posting videos under the AVGN category. nothing against him, but there’s only one Nerd.

  • pinkwerewolf

    May 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I found this article about 6 Japanese games that will blow your mind. One of them was a game called Takeshi’s Challenge, and it’s the nintendo game that literally hates you. Take a look. I think you will find this intriguing :)
    http://www.cracked.com/article_19816_6-japanese-video-games-that-will-make-your-head-explode.html

  • Tofuman82

    May 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Mike, This video reminded me so strongly of all the awesome games from my childhood. Thanks bro! Keep it up!

  • The Yen Man

    May 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Just had to register to say, Mike, you are the man! At the start of your video, I was hoping you’d mention Guardian Legend somewhere in the top 10. I was pleasantly surprised it was your top pick. I would say it’ ranks up there for me as the best Nintendo game ever. I spent a lot of sleepless nights playing it.

  • bobblesworth

    May 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Nice list Mike! I played the hell out of Krazy Kreatures with my sister as a kid. I have no idea where we got the game but it was one we played together all the time along with Dudes with Attitude.

  • JRock

    May 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Great video Mike! Really descriptive of what playing each game is like. Wish they had reviews like this back in the day so you knew what you were in for by purchasing the game.

    P.S: Thanks for reminding me about Bucky O’Hare, I loved that show when I was a little dude!

  • uptoolayte

    May 30, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Wow Mike this is by far your best video. I really enjoyed the the list, and it was as entertaining as it was informative, great job, keep it up!

  • megagamer99

    May 30, 2012 at 4:47 am

    One that i never see mentioned that was amazing was flying warriors, it had a lot of different elements like platforming and rpg stuff like leveling up and new powers and even had a fighting tournament mode that was really different from any game i had played before.

  • RonnyRocken

    May 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Finally. Been waiting a long time for some of the reviewers I watch to bring Guardian Legend to the light. I saw the cover in a magazine as a kid and always wanted that game. Many years later when i finally got to play it, I wasn’t disapointed. It’s still one of my favorite games I’ve ever played.

  • May 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Yaaa guardian legend….is it me or was that hard as shit! GL was the first game I came across that I could not beat without a cheat.

    Last month I finally got to a project I’ve wanted to do for years; converting my old NES vhs tapes to digital. I was delighted to find guardian legend, and sitting on that end screen with her and her robo-high-heel and that awesome music. LOVE the music on this game!

  • BlitzChry

    May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Yeah, that little blue guy inside the ship of the guardian legends looks quite similar to Lolo. But actually he looks EXACTLY like Randar from Golvellius (a game everybody should have played!). Check it out:

    http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/94910-golvellius-valley-of-doom-sega-master-system-screenshot-randar.png

  • May 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Review Chiller for the NES sometime. I just read about it online today and it seems to me that it a game destined to be discussed by Cinemassacre.com

  • mingkey

    May 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I’d love to see James or Mike do a review on THRILLA’S SURFARI
    The game is so much fun and hard at the same time.If you pause this video at 00.30secs you can see the game right above TinyToons.:D
    Its also made by James fav game ijn! lol!

  • maximal10

    May 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I just ordered Guardian! (being a big transformers fan though I humbly bow down to your collection of figures) Hope you do a video sometime of good 2 player co-op games. I recommend Tetris for that. Tengen Tetris that is.
    My friend and I actually played the arcade version of tetris which apparently is the tengen version (and 25 cents a play!!!) it gets hectic to say the least!
    Coming from a longtime Cinemassacre fan from Canada its great you are keeping things running smoothly!

  • Wessberg

    May 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I was thinking about The guardian legend during the whole video! Me and my dad used to play it all the time. I still have it and since we live in europe, the cartridge have the alternative cover.

  • May 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Just fired up my emulator and played a bit of the Guardian Legend (Japanese title Guardic Gaiden). It’s a pretty good game actually. The story setting was close to Metroid. Gonna spend more time in it and see where it goes.

    Great recommendation, Mike!

  • May 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Very nice list, Mike. Guardian Legend was a great for me, it had such a great soundtrack too. Bucky O’Hare is still one of my favorite franchises (just won a MOC Blinky and Toad Air Marshall on ebay an hour ago, haha)…no Journey to Silius or Star Tropics though? Are they too mainstream for you? Just wondering.

  • d2max

    May 31, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Um, Dude abides, Star Tropics was a front-page feature in Nintendo Power (ah the good old days of being the only one on my block with a subscription – I still have most of mine), so that might be a sign that yes, it’s too mainstream.

    Also, I’ve noted this from games in this episode, plus discussions, but one could also say one of the most overlooked/obscure GOOD videogame companies from the NES age is SunSoft.

  • SamLazer

    May 31, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I was so sure that you could mention Ufouria. But of course like Mr.Gimick, it’s one those awesome sunsoft games which were only released in europe..

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    May 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Surprisingly good list; I agree with most. I actually hadn’t heard of the Felix game, so that could be worth checking out. And I should clearly play Xexyz more.

    I’d say Clash at Demonhead isn’t very obscure anymore. I mean, hell, any fan of Scott Pilgrim should know of it.

    As for Guardian Legend, two things: first, while its obscurity is arguable, it really does deserve to be more well known, absolutely being a top-tier game. Secondly, THE JAPANESE COVER OF IT IS THE BEST NES COVER I HAVE EVER SEEN (seriously, look it up), and it pains me that you did not show it! Whatever, I guess.

  • submariner103182

    May 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Great video Mike. And thanks, by the way, your video made me want to play Guardian Legend, and I did, last night… all the way through.

  • May 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I’m not sure how obscure it is, but Shatterhand is a great game that nobody seems to mention.

  • JoostVoordeel

    May 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    17:03 to 17:33… just that song alone is probably worth buying it, specially for two bucks. Off to scrounge eBay so I can loop that thing until I grow tired of it. Thanks for this Mike.

  • May 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Before the video started, I was super excited to see if any of your to 10 matched some of my favorite obscure titles! When I saw Tiny Toon Adventures 2 on there,…I thought you would get to that!!! But that is ok, because you included Bucky O’ Hare! When I was a kid, I owned every toy, and every video. But my mom became a super christian and tho0ght they were possessed by the devil, so she threw them out,…along with everything else. But damn was that game awesome! I still play it sometimes to this day! Also, I was thinking,…where is Metal Storm! But than you hit it! The only one I was really hoping to see was “The Goonies II”…damn, thats a unique and original game! If you have never tried it, please do! You might enjoy it! Or be completely annoyed! That would be great AVGN review! Also, I like that you have kept the site going Mike, thanks for your hard work and dedication!

    -Ducky

  • Mad Hatter

    May 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Honestly you should do more videos like this one

  • May 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Hey guys, there’s a chance on you planing on doing this kind of video but with SEGA gems or any other console? Thanks in advance, I would love to see those :).

  • Sirkrozz

    June 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

    These reviews are so great. Thanks Mike!

    It’s 02.20 in the morning and i screamed “Hell Yeah” when i saw Felix the Cat; it’s very easy, but it’s SO-super solid and has plenty of cool design details (the “sleepy version” of the song when the games’ paused, for example).
    Except from Joe&Mac I didn’t know any of the other games you mentioned, so i’ll be sure to check on what to retro review next!

    Tecmo’s Samurai Pizza Cats is great too and The RPG Crystalis done by SNK is also quite a gem and are not notoriously known. For 2P mode, some people would feel amused by Acclaim’s Trog! This arcade is one of my favourites.

  • Gunstargreen

    June 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I don’t know if I would’ve included Gun Nac since you were going for games anybody could get. It’s really expensive these days.

    Otherwise, great list!

  • Taurus1982

    June 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I *LOVE* Clash at Demonhead. One of the single most memorable games of my childhood. Not exactly sure it qualifies as an “obscure” title (I’m pretty sure even younger gamers today have rediscovered the game).

    The design, the characters, the innovative gameplay, the sheer variety…true gem. Yes, you definitely did need Nintendo Power to beat it (the magazine is how I found out about the game in the first place), but the more challenging and complex a game is, the more rewarding it is to complete.

    It remains one of my all-time favorite 8-bit titles.

  • Taurus1982

    June 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    BTW:
    One unmentioned gem- “Battle of Olympus”

    It uses the Zelda II engine but it’s a superior game IMO. Another of my all-time favorite 8-bit titles.

  • Divinehero

    June 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    hope to see more vids like this tho have u stopped with the game glitch videos? or just not had time

  • Thraxi

    June 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Have u ever played Ufouria? Im from Finland and it seems to be extremely rare in here and non of my friends ever played or even heard of it. It’s one of my childhood favorite games including the switch of character in mid game =) Are u familiar with this game? would love to see a short take on it =)

  • king_myste

    June 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    The blue guy from guardian Legend is Randar from a Sega Master System game called Golvellius. Anyone else notice that?

  • Stonen

    June 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Damn Mike, you have really out done yourself. I haven’t even heard of most of those games.

    Two thumbs up!

    Time to start playing some obscure NES games. lol

  • June 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I was hoping I’d see Xexyz on the list. I remember getting that game for Christmas one year when I was a kid, though I have no idea why. I know I never asked for it and I remember thinking, what the hell is this and how do I pronounce it? It ended up being a ton of fun, and it’s a shame it’s not more well known.

    The other games on the list I haven’t played yet, but I”ll have to check them out.

  • Image

    June 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve owned Panic Restaurant for years and had no idea it was a rare game. You should do a review for it sometime. People need to know the awesomeness of smashing pizza with a giant spoon or pogoing on a fork.

  • ItsSuperEffective

    June 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Please make more of these, its great to learn about new games you never even knew existed and see how much fun they are.

  • pockketz

    June 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Hey Mike, I just looked on Ebay for Guardian Legend and the lowest price was $40 and Gun Nac was $160 lol

  • StIwY

    June 9, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I swear that when I started seeing this video I said “I hope that as the first in the rankings put Mike Guardian Legend” … and indeed it did :-).

    I played a lot as a kid with this magnificent title, absolutely one of the best on the NES. The soundtracks, the gameplay, the design of the enemies and also has something of the epic in the trama … absolutely a gem. I wish today someone would make a triple AAA sequel….

    Greetings from Italy

  • doriphor

    June 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Mike ! Great vid man! But I think (personal opinion) the game Shatterhand/Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain should have been on there. I just love this game and not many people know about it! If you or James could get your hands on this (if it isn’t in the collection already) it would be great to review it! Also doesn’t SCAT just mean shit (not that better for a game title of course)… Oh ! And Gun-Nac is just another game in the Aleste series, which reached its apogee with Super Aleste (Space Megaforce) which I loved dearly! Keep the good work up ! Cheers!

  • Bastard

    June 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I know all of those games.
    I am still looking for ones that I do not know and they’re good. :(

  • Svenne

    June 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Mr. Gimmick!

  • If_It_Aint_Retro

    June 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    One of your BEST video reviews yet Mike. Good Job I think Wrath of the black Manta should make the list check it out :)

  • philanthropy

    June 14, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Great job Mike! It’s great to see a list like this. Clash at Demonhead is one of my childhood classics. I’ve never played Guardian Legend and now I will be on the lookout.. In those days it seemed as if there was so much “shovel-ware” — although I guess it’s not the same as it is now for Nintendo.

  • maddeku0

    June 15, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Mike you might want to play this one free dl game for pc/mac. It’s called Rocky Memphis and the Temple of Ophuxhoff. It’s an 8-bit exploration style game w tons of rooms, with the only objective to find the 4000 items in all the rooms. It’s got quite a unique feel and is pretty damn retro for a modern game

  • zastrow

    June 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Mike’s best video right here

  • voble

    June 17, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I love the guardian legend. One of the few games I played that was mentioned on this video.

    You can also enter a Pword in guardian legend that is all letter J’s. It gives you 9999 chips, max attack power, but very little health. It puts you in the “+” key stage but you don’t have a “+” key to exit. Very strange.

    If you also get a high enough score, the game will freeze. Just like pacman for atari.

  • oliverseid

    June 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Just got Guardian Legend for 4 bucks! Amazing. Bought it at Nex-Gen video games in los angeles, CA. Great game!

  • lucafox

    June 19, 2012 at 1:38 am

    My instant reaction when you showed Xexyz was ‘YES!’ My dad gave me 5 dollars to buy anything I wanted at a local flea market when I was 10 or 11, and I happened to pick that game up. It was well worth the money because I probably spent more than 50 hours playing through the game over and over.

  • supermark64

    June 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Another good game for the NES that not many people have heard of is “Crystalis.” It’s like an action-RPG type of thing.

  • beavischrist

    July 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Felix the cat kicked ass.

  • Tom D. Pearson

    July 14, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Oh wow, Sweet Home on an NTSC cart 0.0 Must be the translated ROM put on a Nintendo cart, am I right?

  • Sammit

    July 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I had Xexyz as a kid, and loved it. Up until now, I’ve only ever been able to find people that gnit pick at things like the jumping sucks and the story is dumb. But it’s finally good to see it get some credit it deserves. And by a group I’m already a fan of!

  • ZombieGearZolid

    July 26, 2012 at 5:04 am

    I always had a hard on for a game called Shatter Hand. This game was a game that no one never even heard of… i felt like like i was the only one with this copy of the game and it made me feel like a GOD!!! besides the point, if you ever do a second part to the NES obscure list, i hope this one would make your list. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Korezom

    August 11, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Great video, I always enjoy finding obscure or rarely known oldschool games that turn out to be really good. I remember checking out Clash at Demonhead after it was mentioned in the Nintendo Power AVGN episode and wondering why it never caught on as well as other similar games, the ability to choose your own path and encounter different things as you did was fairly unique for the time.

    On a side note I’d like to thank you for mentioning Panic Restaurant, I played the Japanese version a while ago, but couldn’t recall the name of it, but when you brought up RP and showed the cover art I decided to check and see if it was the same game.

  • Daniel82

    September 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    i´m impressed that kid dracula a.k.a castlevania JR, a.k.a Akumajou Special boku Dracula kun , wasn´t mentioned, it was one of the best on nes.

  • beavischrist

    November 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

    The Samurai Pizza Cats NES game is great, just a nice simple platformer much like Bucky O’Hare or Felix the Cat.

    Making a good platformer is a very subtle thing.

  • zero boy 1977

    November 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I cant believe it guardian legend. I have told people about that game for years and know one has ever heard of it. It was my favorite NES game of all time, I beat that game like five times. that might not seem like a lot of times unless you have played it then you will know that it is because of how long and hard that game is. Mike is right if you like old games get it you will be in for a great treat.

  • Rudamentry

    December 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    What’s the name of that game on 11:35? It’s on the bottom left hand corner with the small plane n blue sky.

  • titantim

    December 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    No Faxanadu love. Or is that not obscure enough?

  • March 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Oh snap, I was a bit skeptical about your list at first but when you revealed the #1 game I got chills; TGL is incredibly underrated and possibly my favorite NES game next to Crystalis, which I’m surprised didn’t get mentioned, but maybe it’s not necessarily as “obscure” as these other titles. Anyways, great video. I’ll be playing most of these for my “Let’s Play Obscure NES Games” series on YouTube.

  • October 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

    “Clash at Demonhead” Gosh I jut got an obscure Scott Pilgrim reference… Well thanks for that and the video: it’s excellent.

  • October 15, 2013 at 1:29 am

    BURGERTIME! that was a great game

  • Fred . Fuchs

    March 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    A very good game that NOBODY knows is Super Robin Hood.

  • May 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    After initially watching this video a few months back i bought a few of the games on the list. Aside from a brief play session, only enough to test if the game actually works, I hadn’t put much any time into any of them, that is… until yesterday. Having an extra day (Memorial Day) presented itself as a perfect time to play some games. On somewhat of a random selection system, I popped in XEXYZ. Wow… freakin’ wow. I played it from start to finish and can’t remember the time I had as rewarding and satisfying experience in an NES game. This game quickly rose to my top 5, if not my number 1 (As far as NES titles go). I thoroughly enjoyed this game, and wouldn’t even be aware of its existence, had it not been for this video. Thanks so much for the recommendation, so worth it.

  • July 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Great Video

  • Luis Barreda

    November 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Hey Mike, you should try Startropics for the NES, its my favorite NES game and i believe its quite obscure.

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