Warp Zone Podcast: January 1990

Happy New Year and welcome to another episode of the Warp Zone podcast, where we discuss the Nintendo games from 30 years ago. As is our annual tradition, we reveal our Top 10 NES games from the prior year! 1989 had a lot of great games to choose from, so it was difficult to narrow it down to just 10. We also fight over which game gets number 1, but perhaps things will change next episode with our annual awards? Enjoy!



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0:00 – Introduction Music

0:47  – Press Start


1:20 – Introduction to POW Block

1:47 – 8 Eyes

5:45 – Bases Loaded II: The Second Season

8:57 – A Boy and His Blob

14:07 – The Chessmaster

15:37 – Clash at Demonhead

19:06 – Demon Sword

21:16 – Double Dragon II: The Revenge

27:41 – Evert & Lendl Top Player’s Tennis

29:50 – Fantasy Zone

32:20 – Genghis Khan

34:15 – Infiltrator

36:38 – Kings of the Beach

40:33 – Rescue: The Embassy Mission

42:30 – River City Ransom

46:06 – Roadblasters

48:47 – Rock ‘n Ball

51:14 – Top Gun: The Second Mission

53:12 – Twin Cobra


55:41 – Into The Turf by Kazunaka Yamane – Double Dragon II OST


56:33 – Intro to Playing With Power

56:48 – Consumer Embraced High Tech in the ’80s | The Times News Idaho Jan. 4, 1990

1:02:43 – Nintendo Press Releases | January Winter CES 1990

1:13:31 – Not So Fond Farewell To The Worst Products of the ’80s | The Chicago Tribune

1:18:44 – EGM | January 1990

1:30:08 – GamePro | January 1990

1:34:19 – Nintendo Power | January / February 1990


1:54:38 – Double Illusion by Kazunaka Yamane – Double Dragon II OST


1:55:19 – Top 10 NES Games of 1989


2:37:13 – Thanks for Listening!

2:38:10 – Final Confrontation by Kazunaka Yamane – Double Dragon 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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