Retro Redux: NES Quest – And the winner is…


  • Game: Bionic Commando
  • Release Date (North America): Dec. 1988
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Genres: Action and Platforming

The time for voting has come and gone in the latest competition between Super Mario Bros. 3, Bionic Commando, Maniac Mansion, and Adventure Island. As you can see above, the winner is Bionic Commando, a game I know virtually nothing about.

I’m waiting for a copy to come in the mail, but in the meantime, I’ll keep playing DuckTales, which I haven’t beaten yet. Recreating the NES’s time period is difficult when you’re not actually a kid and you therefore have adult responsibilities that keep you from playing games! Speaking of which, those responsibilities have also kept me from getting a lot of editing done on the latest episode of Infendo Radio, so you’ll have to excuse the tardiness on that front too!

Thanks for voting everyone! We’ll start a new vote a little later on this week, after I’ve had a chance to actually play some NES games. Any advice on Bionic Commando before I play the game?

In addition to being a girl gamer, Holly prides herself on being a red-head. Consequently, the blue shell in the Mario Kart series is her natural enemy. Don't worry, though: she still loves Mario Kart and is very good, despite the occasional blue shell-sabotaged race. Like any Nintendo fan, Holly also loves Zelda, Pokemon, Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, name it. But she'll try just about anything (besides horror games) and has a soft spot for unique, little-known rhythm games like Rhythm Heaven and Samba de Amigo. NNID: Aeroweth


  1. You made some spelling errors, that’s not how you spell “Adventure Island.”

  2. Mike, you scared the heck out of me! Thought I made a glaring error. :p

  3. You did. You’re playing the wrong game! 😛

  4. I vote for Super Mario brothers 3

  5. BC is a great game with a cool soundtrack. I remember it getting pretty rough in the middle but once you reach the final stages it is beatable.

    Taking your time as you progress through each stage is the best advice I can provide. I can’t remember a timer being on there (except the final stage maybe), but I do remember falling a lot in the ravines because of careless swaying. And mastering the swaying and ducking is your way forward. Good luck!

  6. As for your next vote, I recommend Mega Man II

  7. I lost count how many times I beat BC as a kid.

  8. That’s impressive! I had a hard time with the first level, haha! Now that I can beat it pretty easily, though, I still feel like I’ve a long way to go before I can beat the whole game. I’ll keep at it. 🙂

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