No, you haven’t just fallen through a timewarp - there now exists a ‘Freddy Vs Jason’ video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2014.
There never was a ‘Freddy Vs Jason’ game back in the late 1980s when the NES was still state of the art; hardly surprising, given the ‘Freddy Vs Jason’ movie (having been on the drawing board at New Line Cinema since the early 1990s) ultimately didn’t surface until 2003.
However, there was a ‘Friday the 13th’ Nintendo game, launched in 1989 by publisher LJN - and it is a hacked form of this that has formed the basis of this fan-created retro gaming experience.
The creation of a gamer who calls himself ‘Pac-N-Sac Dave,’ the ‘Freddy Vs Jason’ game has now gone up for sale at Shop Flashback Games.
Where the original ‘Friday the 13th’ game cast the player as a counselor at Camp Crystal Lake, out to save the children from the hockey masked mass murderer Jason Voorhees, this new game instead casts the player as ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger, on a mission to hunt down Jason and slash up as many camp counselors as possible in the process. Fun for all the family, then…
It would seem that 8-bit gaming is enjoying something of a cult resurgence, not unlike the current retro interest in VHS and vinyl.
Whether or not Nintendo or LJN have approved this appropriation of their game is unclear - but given the ‘Friday the 13th’ game has been classed as one of Nintendo’s worst ever, it seems unlikely the game will garner too much attention beyond the most devoted ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ fans.
Grossing almost $115 million at the global box office, ‘Freddy Vs Jason’ was a huge hit for New Line in 2003, yet plans for follow-up movie ‘Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash’ fell through when Sam Raimi would not relinquish the rights to his ‘Evil Dead’ character.
In the years since, Warner Bros and Platinum Dunes have rebooted both ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street.’ Both films were met with strong box office, but an at-best mixed response from fans and critics.
While a further ‘Friday’ is in the works with director David Bruckner, there do not appear to be any plans in motion for another ‘Nightmare’.
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