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Batman: NES

Posted: April 28, 2014 in Video Game
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Batman on the NES from Sunsoft might not have been the first video game to feature The Dark Knight, but it is the earliest Bat-game I can recall playing.

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Title Screen!

Loosely based on the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie, this is a 2D side-scrolling platformer that has five stages with multiple levels and culminates in a battle with The Joker.

The graphics are decent for 1990 Nintendo Entertainment System. The Batman sprite looks like what it’s supposed to, although maybe a little blue-purplish for my taste. The Joker looks like his namesake as well, albeit he is bigger than Batman, which isn’t far from expected in an old-school video game

Batman and Joker are apparently not the only two named characters in the game. There’s an enemy that has a gun and just stand there shooting at you in regular intervals, that’s supposed to be Deadshot. The charging foes that come at you sometimes in twos and threes is Maxie Zeus, and the first boss is Killer Moth while the boss before the final showdown with The Joker is Firebug. You might not have ever known that if you didn’t look it up, and you can also mistake one of the bigger foes on the third stage as Killer Croc. Which is understandable, because that’s what I did. They are actually mutants The Joker made and sent them after Batman.

Killer Croc? Nope just a mutant…

The game has a nice added ability to the jump from one platform to the next routine in the minor addition of a Ninja Gaiden like wall jump. It doesn’t add much, but it does make it so the game has harder platforming puzzles. They get harder towards the final stages, you might have to repeat certain sections, because the jumps aren’t as precise as you would like. Especially when you have to make a blind jumps to reach the next part and you fall back to the start of the zone.

Jumping around like a fool isn’t the only thing you can do. Batman has a few gadget/weapons you can use to take out the bad guys. First the most common is his fist, because you need to pick up ammo for the others, but a punch in the face is an effective close-combat strategy. Then fast enough after a you smack a dude or robot to dispatch them they will drop batarangs, that look like regular boomerangs, but whatever, they are fast and effective. The two other projectiles you get seem weird and out-of-place for Batman. The rocket/spear gun, which is just a gun that fires rocket like projectiles, and a shuriken like disc attack that splits into three of itself before flying off-screen. The latter is super useful, but uses three ammo per shot. Which makes me think why they didn’t just try combining the batarang and the disc to make a more Batman-esque weapon set, but they also put a gun in the game so Batman-esque is close enough.

If you’ve never played the game before it’s worth checking out, however slow and frustrating at times your first progress might be because of the tricky jumps. Of course the excellent music in the game doesn’t hurt either. You hear the level one theme a lot, if you’re bad, like I was. The rest of the stages are equally as good and there are variations of the main theme throughout them, And maybe, if you make it all the way through taking down The Joker after you watch the credits, you’ll have the same question I did. Since when can The Joker control lightning.

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Final showdown. The gun is probably as long as his leg…

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Cover Thursday 4-24-2014

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Cover Thursday
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Batman #1

Batman

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Character
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A whole year of Batman, I guess the most logical place to start is with the Caped Crusader himself.

What makes Batman so awesome? His ability to solve the toughest riddles to find what criminal of his outlandish rogues gallery committed the crime? Or maybe because he can go toe to toe with anyone in a fight and it’s never as outmatched as it might seem? I think it’s when you take a little of the former and mix in some action from the latter that Batman becomes a true superhero and not just a masked vigilante. Add in some ninja training, science knowledge, and escape artistry and you might have a concept of what The Batman is about.

The Dark Knight has gone through some locale, and philosophical changes through the years. For starters, in the beginning his base of operations was in New York City, and in the forties used guns to take out bad guys. Neither of which is true today. Some things don’t change, he always has a sidekick, most of them named Robin, he always prepares himself with the most cutting edge tech gadgets, and how would Batman get anywhere without his Batmobile?

The Bat-man’s first appearance

The Caped Crusader has been in every medium of media you can think of, comics, television, movies and even a video game or two. All those different kinds of Batmen featuring all the things that make Batman a fantastic vehicle to tell a good story behind. The cool thing is, no matter what you consider to be the absolute version, or when you discover the Caped Crusader, they are all Batman. From Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s first collaboration in the late thirties, to Adam West’s portrayal on TV in the mid sixties, to the Kevin Conroy voiced Batman in the nineties Batman: The Animated Series, even including the new upcoming Ben Affleck Batman in the new Batman vs, Superman movie. Everyone has their own model of a true Batman, and it’s great we get to see them all. You don’t need to like every one, but personally I like seeing new versions, at least every once in a while.

Each different type of media can make the different aspects of Batman stand out. Video games and comics can take a slower pace and delve deeper into the detective work. Movies go for more action and adventure. The good ones always get a good mix of everything for the medium that it’s in.

A hero can’t stand there and act the part, they need decent villains. Batman has them in spades from Abattoir to Zelda the Great, and some you might have heard of. Gotham City is a hotbed of criminal activity, keeps The Dark Knight on his toes.

Batman has kept a lot of fans for seventy-five years and the best is yet to come.

The Batman

Posted: April 20, 2014 in Photo

He is the night.

Don’t Miss!

Posted: April 19, 2014 in Mission

The Mission

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Mission

It’s simple really, for one year I’ll write about Batman. His friends and allies, foes and adversaries, video games, comic books, and movies.

According to Comicvine.com the first appearance of Batman is Detective Comics #27, that’s pretty widely known. I think it’s interesting that they also have the in-store date for the May issue was April 18, 1939.

Oh hey look, that’s today’s date, plus seventy-five years. Some people might even call this Bat-Friday.

By “most people”, I mean me.

Batman has gone through a lot of changes since his introduction all those years ago in since his first appearance in 1939. He’s been in every type of media. I want this to be a journey through one of my favorite characters and his adventures. Have some goddamned Batman fun along the way.

This isn’t supposed to be a “recommended reading or watching list”. I won’t get through everything I’d like, there are only fifty-two weeks in a year and there is so much material to go through it would take a lifetime, but getting to go through, but what I can should be fun. So, good luck, and have… batman_logo_reproduction_by_robotlaundry1