Sunday, December 12, 2021

TV Guide's Holiday Buyer's Guide (December 1989)

Like the previous post, we're going back to 1989 for this one. I've scanned a short article from the pages of TV Guide magazine that aimed to help parents shop for video games during the holiday season. The writer Howard Polskin grades a bunch of new games for a few platforms on a scale of "A" to "F" but never uses "F" and only rates two a "D." While ratings are always subjective, I'm surprised he gave Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) an "A" and Super Mario Land (Game Boy) a "C+." Also, referring to Dragon Warrior as a "maze game" is unusual. I suppose the exploration may feel like navigating one giant maze but Dragon Warrior is a role-playing title whereas something like Pac-Man is a maze game.

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