Ah now we’re talking. You might have seen my post about the Simpsons arcade game a few days ago, but if ever a game came close to contending with Homer and company, Konami’s 1992 X-Men tie in is that very game.
Cutting and pasting the same format as Simpsons and the Ninja Turtle arcade titles, X-Men came as either a two or four player cab. Two players is fine but if you wanted the full-on experience, four-players was the only way to roll. Players could duke it out with Magneto and his crew as Wolverine, Cyclops, Dazzler, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Storm.
Check out this footage from stage one and ‘marvel’ at the awesomeness (sorry)
Along the way, the heroes would battle a ‘who’s-who’ of villains, including Juggernaut, Pyro, The Blob, Mystique and Wendigo. This was pure fan service of the highest order, overlooking some of the more obvious villains in favour of baddies that only comic fans may know. The infamous and rather awesome Saturday morning cartoon tie-in hadn’t long started at this point so X-Men fever was well an truly underway.
After Magneto kidnaps Professor X and Kitty Pryde, the team must battle through an army of Sentinels to reach Island M before entering a final showdown against the evil mastermind on Asteroid M. It’s all very epic and amazing fun.
The game also rocks because it boasts an awful piece of dialogue translation:
WELCOME TO DIE!!