Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chrontendo Episode 3, Now Available

Yes, Episode 3 is available for download. Covering the first half of 1985, we see Nintendo add a handful of new developers for the Famicom, including Jaleco, Konami, and Taito. A few very interesting games are released, but also, in my opinion, the first real duds for the system. Jaleco, in particular, produces a few barely playable titles, and the Taito port of Space Invaders is very disappointing.

On the other hand, we have some historically interesting titles. Will Wright, later of Sim City and The Sims fame, gets his first game, Raid on Bungeling Bay, ported to the Famicom. We also encounter Wrecking Crew, a virtually forgotten Mario Bros game which occupies the uncomfortable position in the franchise between the original Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros. There is also a brief history lesson on video games from the video game craze of the early 80s until the release of the NES in 1985.

The full list of games in Episode 3:

Raid on Bungeling Bay
Formation Z
Space Invaders
Championship Lode Runner
Yie Ar Kung Fu
Antarctic Adventure
Ninja Kun
Chack'n Pop
Dig Dug
Wrecking Crew
Spartan X (aka Kung Fu)

Download Episode 3 here.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Chrontendo Episode 2!

For whatever reason, I neglected to post earlier about the release of Episode Two. It was released a little while ago on This episode can also be streamed. I've definitely been remiss in updating this blog. Heck, Episode Three is almost ready to go up, and Four is well under way.

Episode Two contains another 15 games, covering the rest of 1984.
Donkey Kong 3
Nuts and Milk
Lode Runner
Devil World
F1 Race
4 Ninuchi Mahjong
Clu Clu Land
Balloon Fight
Ice Climber

An interesting episode, as we get the first non-Nintendo developed games for the Famicom. Available to download here.