10 NES Games That Never Had A Sequel (But Should Have)
Some of the most inspirational games were released on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). And while we saw more than a handful of Mega Mans, Final Fantasies and Super Mario games, there were some that just stood by themselves never to get a sequel. Here are 10 games that never had a sequel that probably should have.
Adventures of Bayou Billy
This game stood out to us during a time when it seems like most games were about being in a magical land saving a princess. The Adventures of Bayou Billy took place in the bayou where you had to save your girlfriend from the bad guys. This game had beat'em up levels that had you taking on thugs and alligators, driving levels and levels where you used your light gun. This game was one of the most difficult NES games. Apparently, Bayou Billy never let his girlfriend out of his sight after rescuing her because we never saw a sequel. It'd be nice to see an update taking you through the streets during Mardi Gras or zipping around the Ozarks in one of those boats with the giant propeller taking on the cast of Swamp People. We'd love to see Konami make a sequel to The Adventures of Bayou Billy.
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
Yes, there is a NES game called Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom and, yes, it deserves a sequel. You play the roll of Sir Cucumber searching for a princess in a magical land - only the princess is a tomato and the magical land is a place where everyone is a fruit or vegetable. The game plays like most point n' click style of computer game that was popular in the mid 80s. There was never a sequel which was unlike most of the point n' click style of computer games in the mid 80s. Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom is due for a sequel.
The game came out right after the Addam's Family movie was released to capitalize on movies popularity. You play the role of Fester as you shoot, or use your whip, the enemies who drop keys, power-ups and other helpful items as you make your way to the alien spaceship. You're right, it has nothing to do with the movie. The game could've been called 'Steve's Quest' or 'Bartholomew Von Petereater's Quest', it didn't matter, the game was awesome and featured some of the best graphics for it's time. We wouldn't even mind if the sequel didn't feature Uncle Fester as the main character if copyright was an issue, we just loved the game and would love to see an update for today's consoles.
The Guardian Legend
This game is one title of a select few that if you've played it, you know how awesome it is. If you happen to skip over it during the heyday of the NES, you don't have a clue. The game alternates flying through space shooting enemies like any traditional shooter, then you land, transformer into a female fighter and power yourself up in a maze similar to a Legend of Zelda as you gun down enemies and boxes that reveal power-up items. There was just something about this game that made it fun an intriguing. There isn't much we wouldn't do if they were to bring a sequel to this title with what they can do with video games now.
Ice Climber was one of the launch games with the NES and was one that pretty much everyone played at least once in their life. Easy to play, almost impossible to master. Climb to the stop of the mountain and move on to the next level. There was never a sequel to this game probably because there didn't need to be. We still wouldn't mind seeing one, for nostalgia sake more than anything. A two-player co-op mode would be a great addition. Even better if you could have 4 players all fighting to get to the top of the mountain first.
Another title that was so popular for it's time, it's a little mind baffling why they never released a sequel. Not even a bad sequel, but no sequel was released for this fire breathing circus sideshow attraction. Sure, he had a cameo as a boss in Bad Dudes, but that's not even close to the same. It's been several years before this title was even thought of you would probably need to have a re-release that would make younger gamers say "Wait, there was an old one?" This featured so many extra items that you had to collect along the way and keep track of, I would love to see a 3D version of this fire breathing masterpiece.
Little Nemo: The Dream Master
This game is right near the top of our list of best NES games of all times. The great cartoony graphics that Capcom was known for. Feed the sleeping animals candy to ride them or have them turn into a costume for you and collect enough keys to make it through the door onto your next dream. There is so much this game can do to release a sequel or two. To this day we're not sure why they never released a sequel. It could be something to do with the Little Nemo franchise as Little Nemo is based on an old comic strip. Just one sequel, is all we ask for. Make it happen, Capcom!
Rescue: The Embassy Mission
There was nothing like Rescue: The Embassy Mission and there hasn't been anything like it, since. This game is set up in three stages. First you have to infiltrate the base by sneaking past spotlights, diving behind bushes and open windows, there's a sniper scene where you can clear out a few enemies before you shimmy down the side of the building, crash through the window and save the hostages. The only problem I could foresee with a sequel if it was released today would be that it would probably resemble the Tom Clancy series. That isn't a bad thing, but it's not the same. I would love to see it resemble as much like the original as possible.
River City Random
Take a beat'em up, give it an open world where you can progress and backtrack as you will, collect money left behind by enemies to buy power-ups and items to help you along the way and you have River City Random. The movie 'Scott Pilgrim' is full of River City Random references. After doing a bit of research, there was a sequel for the SNES released in Japan. That doesn't do us any good. We'd love to see an online MMO-style where you can beat up other players around the world or start your own crew and stand your ground to own any specific area of the game. Nevermind the sequel, we would happily take a re-release with new graphics and sound as a download.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
In the late 80s we heard a number of rumors that there would be a sequel to the hit movie 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'. Unfortunately, that movie never happened so you could probably blame that instance on why we never saw a sequel to the NES game. In the game you were searching for the pieces of a will by searching buildings for items to help you out along the way. It used a unique joke/punchline system if Roger Rabbit was ever caught similar to 'The Secret of Monkey Island' where if you get the correct punchline you set him free and you carry on with the rest of your quest. If they made a new 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' in an open world style of Grand Theft Auto, complete with cartoon cameo appearances like the movie did, that may just be the coolest game ever.