Warp Zone Podcast: December 1988

It’s the most magical time of the year! And December of 1988 saw the release of some fantastic NES games (as well as some absolutely horrendous ones). We cover all of the Game Pak releases for the month and then go over the print media and finally we reveal our Top 10 and Bottom 5 NES games for the year. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 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. Plus, you can listen to us on Google Play Music!




0:00 – Introduction Music

0:47  – Press Start


1:59 – Introduction to POW Block

2:18 – Anticipation

9:44 – Bionic Commando

24:51 – Blades of Steel

33:03 – Blaster Master

48:06 – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

1:13:34 – Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom

1:20:31 – Paperboy

1:23:09 – Xenophobe


1:26:21 – Leap of Faith by Junko Tamiya of Capcom – Bionic Commando OST


1:27:08 – Introduction to Playing With Power

1:27:21 – The L.A. Times | 12/13/88 – Atari Sues Nintendo

1:29:58 – The L.A. Times | 12/16/88 – NES Market Shows Signs of Slipping

1:41:46 – Sun Sentinel | 12/21/88 – Video Game Sends Parents On Mad Hunt

1:46:03 – Herald Journal | 12/28/88 – Nintendo Threatens To Countersue Atari

1:46:39 – Computer Entertainer | December 1988


1:57:56 – Level 5 by Naoki Kodaka of Sunsoft – Blaster Master OST


1:59:00 – Top 10 & Worst 5 NES Games For 1988


2:51:35 – Thanks For Listening!

2:52:27 – Let It Snow by Green River Thriller – NES XMAS


2:53:29 – Inside Edition & World of Nintendo Videos; PaperboyCastlevania II, Anticipation & Toys R Us Commercials

3:06:32 – The Silence of Daylight by Kenichi Matsubara of Konami – Castlevania II 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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