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Looking Back: The Goonies & The Goonies II

In the early Famicom days, certain Japanese developers demonstrated a curious habit of snatching up the rights to Western properties, building games around them, and then never exporting said games to the territories where the properties had originated. You can certainly understand why Japanese originals such as Urusei Yatsura and all those Gundam games never made it to the U.S., but what about Transformers? Or Jim Hensonís Labyrinth? American brands such as those would seem a shoo-in for a U.S. release, but strangely never made their way west...

...or perhaps not so strangely, given the dire quality of those games. Nintendo tread cautiously in the U.S. back in those early days of the NES, no doubt mindful of the dark and unhappy place the market was recovering from. Though not every early NES release was a timeless classic, each one was competently programmed and played well, which is more than can be said for Labyrinth. Nintendo employed its first-party approvals process as a ferocious protective measure, adamant that its console would never travel down the same road as predecessors such as the Atari 2600 and the ColecoVision. If software as dreadfully terrible as Labyrinth had made its way into American hands, well, Nintendo might well have been doomed from the very start.


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Re: Looking Back: The Goonies & The Goonies II

I remember playing the VS. Goonies in our local arcade, and then later Goonies II at home. We logged a lot of hours in Goonies II, but it was satisfying when we finally saw that mermaid in the end.

Funny moments punching some of the characters in the first person sections of the game that are trying to help you.
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