Console: Sega Master System
The NES may have had a stranglehold on big-name comics properties like Batman, but Marvel/DC funny-book heroes weren’t the only game in town. Master System owners – many of them living outside the Big Two’s American sphere of dominance – were pleasantly surprised when Sega’s license of this cult French series turned out to be one of the deepest, most varied platformers of its era.
Fans of the comic had fun spotting references to Asterix’s previous adventures in the game’s all-new storyline (something about a kidnapped mentor and some coins needing collecting), while the more games-literate chuckled at Sega’s brazen borrowing from reigning genre heavyweight Super Mario 3. It may have been derivative, but there was nothing on SMS like it.