Warp Zone Podcast: February 1988

Welcome to February 1988 – one of the most important months in NES history. That’s because Contra released for the system – a game that would go on to sell millions of copies and become part of pop culture with its 30 man code. We talk at length about that as well as Gunsmoke and T&C Surf Designs. Plus, we go over all of the news and reviews from February’s Computer Entertainer and Nintendo Fun Club News. Be sure to stick around for our Energy Tank special feature where we each talk about our top 5 most challenging (yet fun!) NES games. Thanks for listening!



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


2:01 – Introduction to POW Block

2:24 – Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage

7:39 – Gunsmoke

14:15 – Contra


32:00 – Jungle / Hangar by Michael Maezawa, Kyouhei Sada, Kukeiha Club – Contra OST


33:52 – Introduction to Playing With Power

34:02 – Computer Entertainer – February 1988

50:03 – Nintendo Fun Club News – February / March 1988


1:09:00 – Waterfall by Michael Maezawa, Kyouhei Sada, Kukeiha Club – Contra OST


1:10:09 – Top 5 Challenging (Yet Still Fun!) NES Games


1:55:34 – Thanks For Listening!

1:56:59 – Snowfield by Michael Maezawa, Kyouhei Sada, Kukeiha Club – Contra 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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