The Games of 1991



Like everybody else reading this article, I happen to like video games. In fact, I like them so much that I have written several articles about my experiences with a number of consoles and titles over the years here at Retro Junk. It is a subject that I never really seem to get tired of talking about. . .just when you think you have played every video game you thought was worthwhile, you suddenly find out about four or five that you have never heard of, that turn out to be all sorts of awesome.

When I reflect back on my gaming years, it is amazing just how much I managed to recollect. There are some games that I played JUST ONCE twenty years ago that I still recall fairly vividly today. . .which is a pretty telling statement, considering most days, I cannot even tell you what I had for breakfast that morning.

Sometimes, we like to reflect on our days of retro gaming with rose tinted glasses - even the games that, admittedly, sucked still have this distinct, nostalgic air about them today. I really doubt anyone feels like going back and playing the REALLY bad games of 2001, but for some reason, reliving crappy games of twenty years ago is actually sort of fun, in a very bizarre way. Twenty year from now, I HIGHLY doubt that we will be able to say that about the really lame games released for the Wii, PS3, or 360.

1991 was a pretty unique year for gaming. That was the year the Super Nintendo hit the US, and the Game Boy finally hit its stride. Of course, you also had the Sega Genesis and the NES, which were still churning out fantastic games by the truckload. And heck, there were even third party consoles, like the Atari Lynx, the Turbo-Grafix 16, and the Neo Geo, all of which were home to some truly outstanding exclusive titles. And if that was not enough, new cabinets were arriving in arcades across the U.S. on a weekly basis, introducing millions of gamers to titles that would soon revolutionize the way we play games.

There were great games. There were good games. There were games that were way better than they had any right to be. There were games that were just mediocre, some that were EXTREMELY disappointing, and yes, a number of games that just flat out blew. And to top it all off, there were a number of games so bizarre, so surreal, and so freaking out there that all you can do is think WTF while you stare vacantly at the screen.

1991: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and every now and then, it was the weirdest of times. These are the games we spent tons of quarters on, and the games we rushed home from school to play. These are the games that sucked up our Triple A batteries, and swallowed up our weekends whole. These are the games we rented, the games we obsessed over, and the games we loathed. These are the good, the bad, and the WTF. Ladies and genetlemen, I present to you: