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Generic NES sports games.

Updated on November 9, 2012
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Remember back in the early NES days when the sports games were all generic, like the games were actually named for the particular sporting event they were designed after?

Just like today, generics are just as good as their brand name counter parts, only without all the glitter and glam. You could eat Fruit Loops or you could eat Fruit Rings, taste the same, only difference is the box doesn't have Toucan Sam strutting his stuff on the front.

When we were younger, in an effort to save money my mother would always buy the generic over the flashier more expensive brand name. I can't begin to tell you how many items we had in our house that were just in plain white packaging with the name of the contents on the front. We didn't have Coke or Pepsi we had Soda. So while others were taking the national taste test, we were sitting back and enjoying our Soda. Honestly though, that cap did go flat a lot faster then the brand names did, even you didn't drink it all after opening it you were left with a flat two liter shortly after.

Well back to my point, I personally love the old generic titles, like Baseball, Soccer, Slalom, etc. Who could forget Ice Hockey, your team was made up of four skaters, some of which who looked anorexic and others who looked like they spent all their time off the ice hanging out at a buffet. I loved when a fight would break out, it would look like something from Looney Tunes and the referee would just reach into the brawl and pull someone out randomly to throw into the penalty box.

What about Pro Wrestling, I know it's not really a sport, but another great generically named game to say the least. Forget about Hulk Hogan and Triple H, we had the likes of Starman, Kin Corn Karn, The Amazon and of course Fighter Hayabusa. Remember trying to get back into the ring from the floor in that game that was more of a challenge then it was to beat your opponent? Remember the Amazon and how he would bite people on the top of their heads...Blanka from Street Fighter has nothing on my man, the Amazon was the OG (Original Green).

We also had 10 Yard Fight, which isn't a generic by its name, but the gameplay certainly was. Honestly I was surprised it wasn't just called Football, maybe there was already a game with that name, leaving the developers to come up with something with a little more thought invested in it.

I personally loved all these games, it's not that I don't love the sports games of today, but none of them have ever given me as much enjoyment as the titles of yesteryear have.

Michael

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream true that...true that.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      It's that stupid television that does it.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream people outside the tri-state area think New York is only Manhattan and nothing else.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Seriously? Jersey huh? I was born and raised in New York; I haven't strayed very far for very long. Oh yeah, Upstate, New York which couldn't be any different than NYC. When I tell people I'm from New York they assume NYC. Do people know there is any Upstate?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream I'm sure we did...I was born and raised in New Jersey...how about you.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ha, I couldn't agree more. I think we might have grown up in the same house... yeah a house with 2 bathrooms and 4 controllers!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream true that girl...we are one in the same...two peas in a pod...two of the same nut in a can of mixed nuts.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Haha, I've done that a few times over several years and no one has really given me a reason to? It's pretty bad when someone gets in trouble for not misbehaving. Ha, glad I'm not alone.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream I have...many times before...then I wake up and not trust my girlfriend...for no other reason than the fact she cheated on me in my dream.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Have you ever been cheated on in a dream? I've been a royal bitch (that would be female dog for those of you who think I may be swearing), for the first couple hours of a day until I decided to forgive someone. What the heck is that?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream yes I do...and they suck...because for the rest of the day you're all over the place and not really sure how to feel...it sucks.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I dunno maybe it's just me, maybe it's the lead paint in the trailer. Was I not supposed to be eating those chips?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Do you ever have a bad dream, and I don't mean scary, I mean like the kind that anger you and then you wake up and you're mad in real life or mad at the person in your dream, at least for a little while until you can convince yourself that it's okay to let it go?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream my dreams are all over the place...sometimes good and sometimes bad...but always strange and crazy.

      Good one...very nice...one of the best comments I've heard in a long time.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      MichaelJohnMele,

      Like running in slow motion in your dreams? I never understood that, my dreams are like "Friday the 13th", I always try to run like the wind but seem to be wading in quicksand?

      ...and by the way, you already told me that you had plenty of practice with the joystick, some I'm not thinking you can truly relate to the slow turbo fingers of a girl.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream okat then...it's official...parents and Santa both suck donkey.

      I know what you mean...my friends could always smash those buttons like nobodies business...me on the other hand...I moved like a snail.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Talk about child abuse, you know what's really messed up? Santa brought me and my brothers some toys at Christmas, it was my bastard parents that never got us anything.

      Ha ha ha ha ha! Is that why my brothers were always able to kick my ass on any game I ever played against them? Let me tell you, they could hit that turbo button ten times faster than me, I never stood a chance!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream Santa...that bastard never gave me anything when I was a kid...I saw the repo man more times than I saw his fat butt.

      I do remember those Sunday morning baths...which I used to hate...that was until I discovered...um well...playing with the joystick...if you know what I mean.

      I do still play...and really enjoy those old NES games...they are great and lots of fun.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Santa isn't real? What'chu talkin' 'bout Michael?

      Okay, I admit after my Sunday morning bath (you know, the bath that you had to take once a week to start a new school week?) I would lay on the living room floor with my brothers and watch WWF, thinking it was real, but in my defense that's probably when it was the most real and I wasn't even in double digits yet. But yes, as you, I caught on. There are grown men that will fight you that it's real!

      Do you ever revisit the NES games? I can't believe how much of a step up the graphics seemed to be from atari and now? Honestly, I miss the days of NES, but maybe that's just me missing being a kid? I had a Game Genie and one of those big huge square paddles with the joystick and some tubro buttons. Did you have any NES "extras"?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream I did...and yes I thought it was real...but only for a short while...then I smartened up and realized it was fake...this happened right around the time I also realized Santa wasn't real.

      Starman was in touch with his feminine side...way before being in touch with your feminine side was considered cool...he was ahead of the trend.

      You are friggen cool girl...don't hide it...wear it loud and proud.

      I remember...and have played all those games...Double Dragon kicked butt.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Okay, well if you grew up in the days of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage then you're from the era that people believed that crap was real. I spent much of my adolscence fighting with people that it was fake and then do that famous tap your elbow move.

      Starman? Back when I was playing I just thought he was pretty, now? I wonder about the game designer. If Starman was current, he'd definitely be gay, gay is in! Oh yeah, another comment that will lose me a follower. Eh, ya can't win 'em all.

      Yeah, I grew up with 2 brothers, some say that ruined me... I say it made me friggen cool :-)

      Double Dragon? Faxanadu? Contra? Super Pitfall?

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream WWF/WWE that's child play...Pro Wrestling is the name of the game...c'mon sister get with it.

      Does you think Starman was gay...or just metrosexual?

      I have to give you props...most girls wouldn't have any idea what I'm talking about...you freaking rock the catbox.

      I played any and everything...the NES was the best thing since sliced bread.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      ...and by the way, I'll have to see if you have a hub dedicated to Nintendo days of long ago, but I'm very curious what other NES games you were playing. I'm pretty sure we had some that my mother bought out of bins?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh are we considering WWF/WWE a sport? Sorry, didn't think to group it together. :-)

      I do recognize, but my older brothers always got the paddles first and I was stuck picking second best. Besides, 8 year old girls will pick pretty and weak any day over talent. Hey, I think I just realized why my brother's always wanted to play Nintendo with me.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Cantuhearmescream Pro Wrestling for the NES was the bomb diggity...a whole lot of fun. By the way...the Amazon could kick Starman's arse any day of the week...you better recognize.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I'm wondering if we grew up in the same era, oh and if my house had the same kind of finances/lack their of as yours. I had all the generic sports-named Nintendo games but can't even believe another human owned the same wrestling game. Yes I remember that Amazon used to bite heads; the reason I clicked on this hub was to add that to the info but I see you already covered that. Personally, I went with Starman every time; something about healthy looking guy in pink suit with blue star was just right for an 8 year old girl.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @onthegrind I totally agree...one of the best wrestling games ever...hands down.

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      onthegrind 4 years ago from Florida, United States

      Fun read and a great hub. The picture of Amazon caught my attention. He was awesome. Loved the biting by Amazon. The backflip kick by Starman was classic. This was actually one of my favorite games on NES. I think the song (which also appeared in other games, I believe) from that game is forever ingrained in my brain. I remember playing this game for hours upon hours with friends.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Tonyx35 trust me I know the feeling...I can't tell you how many toys/games I had growing up that were cheap knockoffs of their original counterparts. My G.I. Joes were called Army Squad, Transformers were Morphing Machines, etc.

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      J Antonio Marcelino 4 years ago from Illinois, USA

      I can definitely relate on this one. My parents didn't buy me a "Super Soaker", instead I got a cheaper water launcher. Didn't get a lightsaber either, but got a "light up sword". would also get the cheaper brand orange soda.

      Guess I should be thankful on the gaming side. My cousins usually had the sports games for the NES, WWF Wrestlemania, California Games and so on. I could play it over at their house.