Comics

4 Best Vintage Comic Book Video Games

There has never been a better time to be a comic book fan. This summer alone will see the release of three superhero films that combined will make enough money to forever destroy the notion that comic book movies are unprofitable. Hell, The Dark Knight picked up an acting Oscar, the first comic book movie to do so.

It's just as rosy a time in the world of video games. The Batman: Arkham series has perfectly captured the dream of every teenager by letting you mimic the Caped Crusader flawlessly. The possibilities the game has opened up for other superhero game outings are staggering.

And yet...there remains the problem that has always plagued comic-based games. Usually they aren't based on comics so much as they are hastily thrown-together tie-ins for movies based on comic books. Since such games are pretty much scams designed to trick parents and non-gamer significant others into buying them as gifts, it makes the comic book game genre very much lopsided on the side of total suck.

However, there have been a few great ones in the past, and between emulators, online stores and a trip to Game Over, they can still be played. If you're looking for an old-school outing that lives up to the comic it's based on, try...

Little Nemo the Dream Master

Not the most well-known or beloved comic strip ever, but the dream adventures of one little boy have somehow managed to stay in the public eye despite being more than a hundred years old. A 1989 animated adaptation revived interest in the franchise enough that Capcom released an NES version in 1990.

Capcom was already the best competition to Nintendo itself in terms of side-scrolling adventures, but Nemo upped the ante considerably. The game features Nemo using various animal friends like moles, frogs and gorillas to get past obstacles by bribing them with candy. It was an incredibly difficult game, and largely ignored since it came out around the same time as Super Mario Bros. 3.

Coincidentally enough, I still see aspects of Nemo in Mario games to this day, especially in the bee suit from Super Mario Galaxy.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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