The Uncanny X-Men (nes)
200x100 GFX Company: LJN
Genre: Maze
Released: USA: 1989
From the back of the box:
The entire human race is in danger! Magneto and his band of evil mutants are on the rampage and nothing can stop them... except for you, Professor Xavier and your uncanny X-Men. Cerebro, your adavanced computer system, displays the different missions, all of which must be completed in order to accomplish your ultimate goal... the defeat of Magneto!

Working with Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Iceman, you select the best attack team for each battle based on their combination of superhuman skills

The X-Men must work together as a team in both the 1 player and 2 player games. The 2 player game features simultaneous control where cooperation and teamwork are essential... but be careful; once one of your super heroes is immobilized, they're out of action for the rest of the game. Good luck... humanity's fate is in your hands!
Magneto's group of evil mutants in this game features absolutely no one from the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants, and two of them aren't even mutants! Juggernaut, a popular X-Men foe who appears in many of their games, got his mystical power from finding the ruby of Cyttorak. Boomerang, a powerless criminal with extraordinary aim, isn't even an enemy of the X-Men, but the game's manual calls him a mutant anyway.

Anyone who thinks the method to reach Magneto in the Genesis game was whimsical should look at the explanation on this page of the Cutting Room Floor site to see what players had to do in the NES game.

Though the game was set to debut in 1988, the year seen on the title screen, the game wasn't released until 1989. The delay of the game's release was even mentioned in Nintendo Power.

Many sites mention that the game's line-up is close to the 'Pryde of the X-Men' animated pilot episode seen in 1989, but with Iceman taking Dazzler's spot. In reality, they probably just chose the most popular X-Men, and Iceman's place in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends actually made him the most well-known X-Men outside comic fandom for a while.
Player Characters:
Colossus, Cyclops, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine
Enemy Characters:
Boomerang, Juggernaut, Magneto, Sabretooth, the White Queen, Emma Frost
Other Characters:
Professor X
Screenshots (click to see full-sized):
ScrollBoss Section Links:
Custom Sprites - Marvel page (includes groupshot of game's line-up)
Logos - Logo
Mini Logos - Marvel mini-Logos
Review - Review
Minus World - Comics

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