Note: Some readers fail to realize that others aren’t always going to choose their favorite games. If you’re one of those people, then you can only blame yourself for this additional mess that I have to have here. You may very well disagree with some of my choices, but that’s why it’s a good list. If you don’t say such things then consider yourself awesome.
Here’s how this show works. I’ll list the nominees (up to 5) and then choose the game of the year and runner-up. The games chosen have to be games that I’ve played. They don’t have to have been played at the time, but they do have to be within the year noted in the title.
1987 Game of the Year: After Burner
Runner-up: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
1987 was the year of Sega in the arcade apparently as three of my five nominees were developed by them. I remember liking all three of those games, but After Burner always won me over. It was just too bad that it was another example of a game that I didn’t see much to play it.
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on the NES is the definite game for runner-up over the rest of the nominees. I still have to re-buy that game, but one day I will have it again. I remember my toughest opponent all of those years ago was Great Tiger. The disappearing act was quite bothersome.
As a side note, I must call out the local Coliseum Roller Rink as they had (and may still have) a number of excellent arcade games. Shinobi was one of those games among others that I’ll point out in the future.