Game Debate to the Death!
Paperboy VS Bubble Bobble

Last week I started a new vein for these debates to draw blood from as we discussed two highly appreciated, yet entirely different, retro games. The support for both NES games was tremendous, but the votes were often cast with apologies to one side of the fence. The comments show a heated debate that lasted many rounds, but the voting results show a clear TKO winner:

  • Punch-Out!! (44 votes) — Winner!
  • Excitebike (18 votes)

This week, the retro debates continue with two more titles that are completely different from each other, yet deserve to be compared and contrasted just as much as any other NES couple of games. Both should be games you know well, so it shouldn’t be hard to consider all the pros and cons of each game when making your decision.

The point of these odd debates is not to just vote with your gut — it forces us to be more analytical and think like a game designer. It’s my opinion that you should be able to compare any two games to each other no matter how drastically different they are in their nature.

Which game do you think is better, and why? Give it some serious thought, get some NES friends to share their opinions as well, and check back next week for the winner and an even odder retro debate matchup.

Bonus Question: What non-NES retro games would you like to see fight to the death in a debate?

Tom Fronczak