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Test your retro video game I.Q.

Posted by ptcgaming on October 14, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you Pacing the Cage’s first-ever “Retro Video Game Quiz!” Listed below are 10 questions derived from video games of yesteryear, from 16 bits and back. Answers to the questions are listed at the bottom of this post. Good luck, and provide some feedback on subjects you might want to see in the future!

1) In the Nintendo Entertainment System version of “Pro Wrestling,” what real-life professional wrestler is King Slender based on?

2) When Mario made his video game debut in “Donkey Kong,” what was he called?

3) What three fighters appear in both the original “Street Fighter” and “Street Fighter II: The World Warrior?”

4) What is Mega Man known as in Japan?

5) In what video game does Mario play the antagonist (bad guy)?

6) What is the button sequence of the “Konami Code?”

7) What country was the classic puzzle game “Tetris” initially developed in?

8) Gilius Thunderhead originally appears as a character in what video game that debuted at the arcade and was subsequently ported to a home system?

9) “Keith Courage in Alpha Zones” was a title featured on what system, known as the PC Engine in Japan?

10) In what infamous Atari 2600 title did your character have to stay away from a scientist and FBI agent?


1) King Slender was said to be modeled after “Nature Boy” Ric Flair – “Whoooooo!”
2) Mario was called Jumpman in the original “Donkey Kong,” and he was a carpenter, not a plumber. He switched trades later on.
3) Ken, Ryu and Sagat were characters in both games. In the original “Street Fighter,” Ryu was Player 1, Ken was Player 2 in a 2-player game and Sagat was the final boss. In “The World Warrior,” Ken and Ryu were playable by anyone from the beginning. Sagat was the second-to-last boss before becoming a playable character in later SFII releases. Some characters from the original game reappeared in later “Street Fighter” games, including the “Alpha” series.
4) Mega Man is known as Rockman in Japan, and you knew that if you read yesterday’s post on Mega Man 9.
5) In “Donkey Kong Jr.,” Mario holds DK captive while Junior tries to rescue him.
6) The “Konami Code” is: up,up, down,down, left, right, left, right,B,A – and it’s not only used for “Contra,” either.
7) Tetris was developed in the former Soviet Union and released in 1985. It’s available today on just about every video game console and computer operating system.
8) Gilius Thunderhead fights using the Golden Axe in, you guessed it, “Golden Axe.”
9) “Keith Courage in Alpha Zones” was the (OK, but nowhere near great) pack-in game for the TurboGrafx-16 system. Believe it or not, the PC Engine was more popular than the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) in Japan. The opposite was true in North America.
10) Though it’s been called the worst video game of all time by many, you probably remember that in the video game version of “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” you’re not supposed to get caught by the scientist or FBI agent. The scientist will take you back to his lab, and the FBI agent will steal away your pieces of the phone.

How did you do? Input how many you got right onto the comments board so you can compare your score with others who took the quiz!


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