When it comes down to classic cartoons from the early 90’s almost everyone remembers Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers which started back in 1989. The Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers show revolved around two small chipmunks two engaged in detective work to solve minor crimes that law enforcement cared less about. The Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers game was created by Capcom and released for the NES and the short lived PlayChoice-10 arcade cabinet which lasted from ’86-’92. The plot for the Rescue Rangers game revolved around Chip & Dale attempting to retrieve a missing cat for a girl named Mandy. The Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers game contained eleven different levels and featured co-op multiplayer gameplay. Aside from games like Battletoads, Double Dragon and TMNT: The Manhattan Project there were not too many co-op titles like the Rescue Rangers from ’90 on the NES. The Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers game was popular with children especially considering how big the animated series was following its television run in the early 90’s. In terms of popularity some might put Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers in the same realm of famous kid shows from that era like Ducktales.
The Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers game had more strong positives than negatives including nice visuals along with a easy difficulty level which made for a enjoyable gaming experience. While some gaming publications criticized the ’90 Rescue Rangers title for its lack of difficulty; others believed it was one of the better NES platform titles of 1990. In fact, there are some who would argue that Capcom should have saved the Rescue Rangers game for Super Nintendo instead. However, the Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers game ended up becoming a commercial success and reached over 1.2 million copies in sales following its initial release in June 1990. While game were still being created for the NES during the early 90’s; the 8-bit console slowly started to become an afterthought due to the rising popularity of 16-bit gaming from ’91-’96. Its questionable on how popular Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers could of been on the SNES or even Sega Genesis during the early 90’s. But the Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers game was popular enough to have its own direct sequel on the NES in 1993.