Warp Zone Podcast: January 1988

1988 begins with a whimper when it comes to new releases. All we had were Karnov and Renegade to keep us warm during those cold January nights. Luckily there’s a ton of stuff in the Playing With Power department to keep us busy. We talk extensively about the premiere issue of Electronic Game Player – the precursor to Electronic Gaming Monthly. Plus there’s an official Nintendo Merchandisers’ Binder that has some really fascinating information. On top of that, the January CES takes place and a bunch of new games are announced. Finally, we battle it out over our top picks for the 1987 NES Game Awards. Which games won? Find out now!



We hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane. As always, be sure to check out our Warp Zone section on the site for news, reviews, and more written as if from that time period. Don’t forget to send us your questions and suggestions to be featured on a future show via an e-mail (please put Warp Zone in the subject line) or by getting in touch with us via Twitter. As always, please rate us in iTunes, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Plus, you can listen to us on Google Play Music!




0:00 – Introduction Music

0:47  – Press Start


1:55 – Introduction to POW Block

2:13 – Karnov

7:32 – Renegade


13:24 – Main Theme by Data East – Karnov OST


14:23 – Introduction to Playing With Power

14:33 – Electronic Game Player – January/February 1988 Premiere Issue

48:57 – Computer Entertainer – January 1988

1:12:06 – Video Adventures by Ed Semrad – Winter CES – January 16, 1988 Edition of The Milwaukee Journal

1:17:57 – Nintendo Merchandisers’ Binder 1987-1988


1:32:58 – Stage 3 by Taito – Renegade OST


1:34:05 – 1987 NES Game Awards


2:28:13 – Thanks For Listening!

2:29:09 – Heart of Fire by Kinuyo Yamashita & Konami – Castlevania OST

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Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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