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Sunman Is the Superman Game That Never Was

Sunman was a game developed for the NES by Sunsoft, and was originally intended to be a Superman game. Similar to Journey To Silius, however, they lost the rights to the property during development. Sunsoft attempted to remove the trademarked elements and make a game out of it, and nearly did, but ultimately decided not to release it. In fact, this game has the distinction of being one of the few NES titles to never see any kind of pre-release advertising. Its existence was finally discovered years after the NES bit the dust by retro enthusiasts. I tracked down a copy of the game and gave it a try here in this video:…

Journey to Silius Left Its Mark on Me

Journey to Silius is a strange case. Good, but strange. Originally intended to be a game based on the film The Terminator, developer Sunsoft lost the rights before the game was completed. Rather than throw the baby out with the bath water, they decided to salvage what they had and make a standalone title. This resulted in a game without movie-licensed graphics or music and a story gone from one of future technological uprising to one of a world torn asunder by nuclear war. As a kid I really dug this game, especially for its kick ass soundtrack; a staple of Sunsoft’s releases in the eight and 16-bit eras. However, my lack of skill in video games was just as bad as a kid as it is as an adult and Silius isn’t the easiest cartridge in the bin. From the start, you are dealing with an onslaught of enemies and projectiles, some too small to see.…
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