Nintendo’s NES library is bursting at the seams with substantial games that have withstood the test of time, many of which have have even evolved into major franchises that still produce sequels to this day. We here at Hey Poor Player were browsing through our 8-bit carts and couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the NES games that decided just one was enough? In today’s video game market, even if a game is critically panned (The Order 1886) a sequel would be in the works before players even put the disc inside their console. Things were a bit different back then, and many games in the NES’ library didn’t get a remake or even a sequel. For this we’re going to focus on 5 games that have only appeared on the NES and then faded into obscurity.
The year is 2030 and a group of renegades calling themselves Metal Command are building an army of robotic soldiers to take over the world. You take control of Bronx police officer Steve Hermann, who has lost both of his arms during a battle with members of Metal Command. The Law and Order Regulatory Division (L.O.R.D.) has developed cybernetic arms for Hermann, but he can only obtain them if he agrees put them to use to defeat Metal Command. He takes them up on the offer and becomes the agent know as Shatterhand.
Side-scrolling action games are few and far between these days, and that’s really a shame. I miss the days of plowing through a side-scroller multiple times over simply because there is usually so much going on that you’ve probably miss all the little things that make them great. Games like Metal Slug come to mind when I think of a good side-scroller, and I think if Shatterhand were to get a reboot, a much needed co-op experience would benefit it greatly. If Shatterhand were to get a modern day revival I could imagine developers thinking up new ways Agent Hermann could enhance his cybernetic arms and also design newer versions of the robotic satellites that assist him in combat.