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Monday, May 18, 2009

Video Game Flashback: The Simpsons Arcade Game

We Jerks think it's about time to look back at some of the most classic, era defining video games ever, and today we kick off with what is without a doubt, one of the greatest arcade games of all time, The Simpsons Arcade Game. This game came out in 1991, which was an era where you could pick up a video game box, it looked awesome, then you pop it in your Nintendo, and what poops up on your screen looks nothing like, and pretty much as nothing to do with the games subject. The majority of the time, a cartoon like the Simpsons would translate into a mediocre at best video game experience. But with the Arcade got a great intro that mirrored the TV show's intro, then you got a game that actually looked like the show, and had a story that wouldn't be far fetched from the show. This game was in every arcade, from Chuck E. Cheese to convenience stores, it was everywhere. It was a great side scrolling beat 'em up type game, and the great part was it was a multi player game, so up to 4 people could play as a Simpsons family character (Homer, Marge, Bart, or Lisa,) and proceed to beat some ass and rescue Maggie. The game was made by Konami, which also made the legendary Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade Game, which was a similar beat 'em up game that was pretty similar to the Simpsons, which was fine because both games are great. Most of the early NES Simpsons games were, well, pretty damn hard, and the graphics couldn't touch those of the Arcade game. If you missed out on this era of arcade gaming, you missed some good times, as this game was hours of fun, Simpsons fan or not. Here is the classic intro for the game, and there are more videos out there if you would like to click through including some game play and spoiler videos for the game.