Marvel Video Games, then and now

It was all I ever wanted. 

No, not a Pepsi. 

An Uncanny X-Men videogame for the Nintendo Entertainment System. 

The possibilities were endless. Imagine – being able to control these characters who I so intently followed? However…

It wasn’t quite as golden as I would have hoped. And others agreed, and continue to voice this dissatisfaction even today.

“The game really isn’t all that great. It has stupid controls and there are no real enemies. They are all like little blobs.”

“…this early LJN title was hard as hell and was unfinishable unless you had a secret code.” 

But – it sure was cool, in theory. For about the price of dinner at Applebee’s, you can get a nice piece of X-Men and Marvel history in very nice shape. 

Now to the other side of the coin. 21 years later, Marvel fixed everything by releasing the best (to date) superhero game on any platform with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Found some great deals on ebay, especially the one below. Brand new for about half the price you’ll find at your local megastore.

There are so many differences I shouldn’t need to detail any – but I’ll drop one stat.

Number of playable characters in The Uncanny X-Men (NES) – 6

Number of playable character in Ultimate Alliance 2 (XBOX360) – 29

‘Nuff said.

One Comment

  1. b. murphy
    Posted January 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    LOL. I totally played that NES game for hours. Sooo many frustrating hours of my life were devoted to that game.

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