StarTropics is one of those NES games that I rented and devoured in the course of a weekend and probably would have forgotten entirely if not for the fact that it had those weird resonances with Zelda — the file select screen, the dungeon designs, etc. — and incorporated scattershot bits of American pop culture. Knowing now that it was Nintendo’s attempt to make a game specifically for American audiences explains a bit, I suppose.
And with this post, my vow to publish an NES-related article from GSQ5 every day in October has been fulfilled. I think maybe I will post much more varied content in November! Or maybe just hide under a table or something.