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Old 07-18-2010, 11:29 PM
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Is Commando the NES game based on Commando the movie?


There is no Arnold or anything on the cover. On other games based on his movies he is usually on the cover.

The game is just you alone against an entire army. It could be based on the end of the movie, but if it is it is missing a lot of the rest of the movie. But maybe that was just the simplest game to make. It is an early NES game, so not very sophisticated yet. Also there is a 2600 game that is pretty much the same thing.

So it could be based off the movie, but it is such a generic name I could believe it is just a coincidence they have the same name. And the one man against the entire army is pretty common in videogames. And if indeed it were based on the movie, I would expect more advertisement of that fact. But I am not really sure.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:46 PM
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No, there was a famous arcade game called Commando.

According to wiki and imdb, they came out in the same year so it probably wasn't a tie-in.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:15 AM
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It was originally an arcade game, and it had nothing to do with the movie (yeah, I wondered that too at the time).

Given the number of combat-themed video games and movies that have "commando" in the title, this isn't all that unusual. The fact that a movie and a game with the exact same title were released the same year was nothing but an amazing coincidence.

If you're thinking of the game named after a real-life combat, that would be Contra, which took the name (and nothing else) from the anticommunist forces in Nicaragua.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:43 AM
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If you're thinking of the game named after a real-life combat, that would be Contra, which took the name (and nothing else) from the anticommunist forces in Nicaragua.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:17 AM
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The original title of the game isn't even Commando; translated from Japanese, it was Wolf of the Battlefield.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:02 AM
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If you're thinking of the game named after a real-life combat, that would be Contra, which took the name (and nothing else) from the anticommunist forces in Nicaragua.
Except in European markets, where all the Contra games were marketed under the title Probotector, and the commando sprites (and human enemies) were replaced with robots.
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I kind of wondered about this issue too, but I didn't personally confirm to myself if it was or not. Makes me wonder, does the movie Commando have a game? (I tried to find something and didn't have luck so I guess it doesn't?)
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Makes me wonder, does the movie Commando have a game? (I tried to find something and didn't have luck so I guess it doesn't?)
I don't think so.

E.T. had pretty much killed the video game tie-in market for at least a decade, and such products generally had a very poor reputation for quality to begin with.
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I don't think so.

E.T. had pretty much killed the video game tie-in market for at least a decade, and such products generally had a very poor reputation for quality to begin with.
Has there ever been a decent movie-based video game? Nothing immediately comes to mind.
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Has there ever been a decent movie-based video game? Nothing immediately comes to mind.
Back to the Future: The Game was pretty decent. Good voice acting, good story. Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, and Claudia Wells returned to voice characters, although Fox didn't voice the teenaged Marty. A soundalike for Fox voiced that role.
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Has there ever been a decent movie-based video game? Nothing immediately comes to mind.
I immensely enjoyed Mad Max. It certainly has its flaws, but it was a legitimately "decent" game; borderline "good."

GoldenEye 007 was one of a few of the N64's "killer apps."

Spiderman 2 on PS3 was good.

I never played it but I remember Rockstar's The Warriors was well-reviewed.

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Yet there were many movie tie-ins on the NES.

Rambo came out in 1987. It was actually pretty good.

Predator came out the same year. It was not so good. Both movies were Commando-ish.

That’s just barely scratching the surface for NES games based on movies. Goonies, Jaws, Friday the 13th, Star Wars, Nightmare on Elm Street, Karate Kid, Back to the Future, who Framed Roger Rabbit... If a movie was popular it probably had an NES game.

If you insist that E.T. killed the video game movie tie-in market for “at least a decade” (so, 1992 or later?) you have clearly come from a different timeline than the rest of us. Unlike your universe, in this universe it never got blunted. That game may have hurt the video game industry for 4-5 years, but by the time the NES was taking over North America in 1986-87 it was full of games based on movies.

Most likely the reason why Commando didn’t get a game was because it wasn’t that big of a hit. Don’t get me wrong, it was a successful movie financially and even had mixed-to-good critical reviews (it’s often mentioned as the template for the 80s action film) but wasn’t as big of a hit as most of the movies that did get licensed to games (see the games I previously mentioned). Of course some absolute bombs became games (Hudson Hawk pops into mind) but those are more examples of people trying to make games for movies they expect to be successful before they tank at the box office. And in the case of Hudson Hawk, they’d developed the NES game and were working on an SNES version but the SNES version was scrapped when the movie flopped.
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Has there ever been a decent movie-based video game? Nothing immediately comes to mind.
I loved Goonies II, one of my favorite games for the NES. There were a number of decent ones. Willow was also good, and Alien 3. And Batman (based on the Tim Burton film) was very successful on the NES, considered by many to be the best superhero game for that platform. Okay, thatís a low bar, sure, but it was given pretty high rankings in reviews, especially for its high challenge level.
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Thatís just barely scratching the surface for NES games based on movies. Goonies, Jaws, Friday the 13th, Star Wars, Nightmare on Elm Street, Karate Kid, Back to the Future, who Framed Roger Rabbit... If a movie was popular it probably had an NES game.
And every single one of those games was the same sort of thrown-together-at-the-last-minute garbage that E.T. was.

But you are correct, they certainly existed.
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I immensely enjoyed Mad Max. It certainly has its flaws, but it was a legitimately "decent" game; borderline "good."

GoldenEye 007 was one of a few of the N64's "killer apps."

Spiderman 2 on PS3 was good.

I never played it but I remember Rockstar's The Warriors was well-reviewed.
Ah yes, I keep meaning to try mad max. Several ppl have suggested it.

I'll concede that goldeneye was a huge hit even if I couldn't stand it.

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I loved Goonies II, one of my favorite games for the NES. There were a number of decent ones. Willow was also good, and Alien 3. And Batman (based on the Tim Burton film) was very successful on the NES, considered by many to be the best superhero game for that platform. Okay, thatís a low bar, sure, but it was given pretty high rankings in reviews, especially for its high challenge level.
Holy shit! I totally forgot about the goonies game! I forget which one I played, but I played the hell out of it!
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And every single one of those games was the same sort of thrown-together-at-the-last-minute garbage that E.T. was.

But you are correct, they certainly existed.
Then you are in disagreement with many players and game reviewers. Some of those games were hits. Most of the games were trash, absolutely, but not all of them.
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Has there ever been a decent movie-based video game? Nothing immediately comes to mind.
The ZX Spectrum had a number of great licensed game. It seemed to be the big moneyspinner of the biggest Speccy games company Ocean for a while.

However, Batman on the spectrum was great. Top notch.

Crap movie, good game? Cobra on the Spectrum.

In recent times, Batman: Arkham Asylum was a classic (and the sequels less so).

Marvels Spiderman for the PS4 is just about to finally get me to buy a PS4, alongside wanting to play Red Dead Redemption 2.
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A cartoon, not a movie, but the Duck Tales game is generally well-regarded. And both of the NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were pretty good.

There was also a Simpsons game, but it was just a reskinned TMNT 2.
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In recent times, Batman: Arkham Asylum was a classic (and the sequels less so).
Batman: AA is not based on a movie. It takes inspiration from a lot of the Batman media, but is most closely tied into A Serious House on Serious Earth, if anything.
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