Console: Sega Master System
Never say the Master System wasn’t game for a fight. Adapting one of the most flat-out arcade shooters of its day for the little black beast was challenge enough, but add in that game’s signature control system – featuring ambidextrous four-way firing a la spiritual predecessor Robotron – and that scrappy little two-button pad starts to look positively inadequate.
Future N64 standouts Probe Entertainment gave the conversion a damn good try, though: retaining the crucial two-player, shrinking the controls down to dual-fire, and keeping the enemy count as high as could be reasonably expected. Hopefully somewhere out there there was a Master System-owning kid whose dream was to compete in the ’80s version of The Hunger Games, because this would’ve made that kid’s day.