Part of my love for the Famicom is probably dervied from the fact that there are a lot of Famicom games based on 80s movies, which I love. These generally fall into a few categories:
Good movies made into good video games: The Empire Strikes Back, Die Hard, Batman, Gremlins 2, The Goonies, etc.
Good movies made into bad video games: Ghostbusters
So-so sequels that were made into good video games: Ghostbusters 2
Terrible movies that you cannot believe were made into video games: Hudson Hawk, Iron Eagle 3
Movies that don`t exist but were made into decent video games anyway: Goonies 2
Good movies that were made into bizarre video games: Predator
I`m probably missing a few categories and games in there but you get the general idea. Despite the great number of movie tie-in video games released on the Famicom (and NES) there were still a ton of great 80s movies that never had video game versions made of them back in the day. I`ve here put together my top ten list of great 80s movies that would have made for great Famicom (or other 8 bit system) games but, sadly, never were. In no particular order:
1. The Naked Gun
The whole game should just be based on that opening sequence where Frank Drebin takes on the Ayatollah, Idi Amin, Arafat, Ghadafi, Gorbachev and all those other bad guys. Tranquilizing an overweight woman in mom jeans onto Reggie Jackson would also make a very good challenge bonus stage.
2. Romancing the Stone/ Jewel of the Nile
Both of these would have made awesome platformers. A lot of people prefer Romancing the Stone but I`ve always had a soft spot for the sequel.
3. The Burbs
4. Police Academy 2The showdown at the Old Zoo with Bobcat Goldthwait`s gang would make an awesome level in any game.
5. Arthur 2
Just to demonstrate that even Dudley Moore`s worst movie would still make a good video game.
6. The Ice Pirates
This would work as either an RPG or an action platformer game. Angelica Houston`s best role to date.
7. My Dinner with Andre
An existential discource between Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory over dinner at a fine restaurant? Need I say more? Hours of RPG fun in there.
8. Ferris Bueller`s Day Off
This one is too easy and requires no explanation. Rooney as the final boss?
I know that they made a game for the NES called Commando (and for the Famicom), but I don`t think it was based on this movie. I say this because at no point in that game do you get to play with one of those rocket launchers that is, like, four rocket launchers. In one!! This totally needs to be in a game.
10. The Breakfast Club
Two John Hughes movies in one list? It is a bit gratuitous, but a game with Dick Vernon as the final boss would be pretty cool.