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Retro Gaming 90’s- Bucky O’Hare: (1992)

When it comes to down to underrated platform classics that appeared on the 8-bit NES console during the early 90’s; Konami’s Bucky O’Hare title from ’92 is one game many people think about. Before Bucky O’Hare was ported NES it initially appeared in arcade centers following its release in 1992. Its common knowledge that 8-bit gaming was starting to become obsolete by the early 90’s; especially considering how popular 16-bit gaming had become by then with the successes of Super NES and the Genesis consoles. However, there were still people around the world who were still attached to 8-bit gaming along with titles such as Bucky O’Hare from the early 90’s. Bucky O’Hare was a bit more interesting than your typical 2D platformer where you got to only play as one or two characters. In fact, the plot for the game was basic yet very intriguing and involved Bucky having to rescue his fellow crew members. The intergalactic space adventure focuses on Bucky’s crew being scattered between four different planets after being ambushed by the antagonists known as the Toads. After reuniting with each other Bucky’s crew must escape the Toad Mother ship once they are all captured.

After rescuing captured crew members as Bucky players could switch between characters including Jenny, Blinky and Willy. As a platform title Bucky O’Hare was more creative than any of the Super Mario Bros games from the NES era despite not being nearly as popular. Also, the visuals along with the controls for Bucky O’Hare were among the biggest strengths of the game in general. There are some people who argue that the Bucky O’Hare game could have been more popular on the SNES during the early 90’s. Seeing Bucky O’Hare on the SNES would have been a great following the cancellation of the television series after one season in 1991. Even though, Bucky O’Hare has been a fictional comic book character since ’84 he was not as popular in ’91-’92 in comparison to the mid 80’s. By the early 90’s majority of gamers who were not Super Mario fans had gravitated to Sonic the Hedgehog who also had two animated series during that time period. Also, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 came out on the Genesis console the same year Bucky O’Hare was released for the NES. There is no question that the Bucky O’Hare game was overshadowed in ’92 and it of possibly been more popular during the mid to late 80’s.

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