Actors and Their NES Game Equivalents

For a brief period of time in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nintendo owned the video game market. If you’re in your late 20s or into your 30s, then there’s no doubt that you played Mario Brothers, Castlevania, Tecmo Bowl, Duck Hunt, and a ton of other popular games on a NES. Several NES games were tied into movies of the era. And now, some 20+ years later, there are 8-bit screen captures of popular actors from that era floating around the internet. Here are some of my favorites.

Pat Morita
Game: The Karate Kid
In 8-bit form, Morita’s hair becomes ice blue and he suddenly acquires W.C. Fields’ nose.

Clint Eastwood
Game: Dirty Harry
Remember those years in the 80s when Clint Eastwood had olive green hair? Me either.

Michael Keaton as Batman
Game: Batman
This one is actually pretty good, although putting a very dark head on a very dark background gave the game’s creators a lot of room for error. Also, they didn’t have to worry as much about making it match Michael Keaton, what with the mask. Too bad there wasn’t a Mr. Mom game.

Alan Rickman and Bruce Willis
Game: Die Hard
These aren’t too bad other than Rickman’s head being on fire and Willis looking like he has blue worms growing out of his forehead.

Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman
Game: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
The Oldman screen capture kills me because I don’t remember Dracula wearing sunglasses in that movie, nor do I remember him being twice as big as Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves). As for this screen capture of Keanu, well… he’s pretty much in the same lifeless acting mode that he’s always in.

Whoever Played Jason Voorhees
Game: Friday the 13th
Having mastered several hockey games, creating an 8-bit Jason Voorhees was a cinch for developers. I think it’s pretty funny that Jason Voorhees in 8-bit form is basically Little Mac from Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, wearing a hockey mask.

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
Game: Wayne’s World
I found this screen capture but I feel like I should call shenanigans on it. The likenesses are almost too good to be from a NES game. I have to wonder if it’s not from a Super NES game. Still, Mike Myers kind of looks like Nicholson’s Joker.

Kevin Costner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Game: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
It’s a bad shot of them, really. They’re just two orangish blobs, which is a shame because a mulleted 8-bit Costner would’ve made my day.

Al Pacino
Game: Dick Tracy
Much like the Batman screen capture, we’re robbed of a lot of fun here because Pacino had on so much makeup as “Big Boy” Caprice to begin with. He looked cartoonish in the film, so he naturally looked cartoonish in the NES game.

Anne Ramsey
Game: The Goonies
You may remember Anne Ramsey better as Mama Fratelli in The Goonies, and as just plain Momma in Throw Momma From the Train. Here, she looks a lot like a winking leopard with a dead skunk on her head.


Filed under Humor, Movies

21 responses to “Actors and Their NES Game Equivalents

  1. I had no idea so many of these were turned into NES games. What would do in a Wayne’s World game?

  2. Why anybody would want to play Bram Stoker’s Dracula is beyond me.

    • Yeah, it’s a really strange and funny tie-in. It reminds me of that old SNL fake commercial for the Philadelphia-themed action figures (the movie Philadelphia with Hanks and Denzel).

  3. The guy who met Kevin Meany

    I had the Goonies Nintendo game. Great game. Mostly games with movie tie-ins sucked. It’s interesting that they used to make games for movies that come out. Now they make movies for games that come out. Give me Legend of Zelda, Faxanadu, or Castlevania any day.

  4. aleksa

    1. Is it just me, or does the Bruce Willis likeness look a little like Stallone?
    2. I like how the screen capture of Jason just looks like a dejected kid on a time-out.
    3. Your description of Anne Ramsey from “Goonies” made me laugh.

  5. I want to play the Diehard game!!!!

  6. Oh man, nice finds. Definitely a trip down memory lane. I remember that Dirty Harry game being hot shit at elementary school for some reason.

  7. Arnold from Total Recall was the first thing I thought of

    There are a few others I can think of that I can’t find decent pictures of

    • There was a Total Recall game?!? I don’t suppose it had the woman with the three breast, did it? Inquiring minds have to know.

      • It’s such a terrible game I’m not sure anyone played it long enough to find out…

        There was also a Predator 2 game that seemingly had nothing to do with the movie.

        Oh, and a Cliffhanger game too.

  8. I’m not certain if I should be proud, or ashamed, of the fact that I played The Karate Kid on NES. Quite a bit in fact.

    One other that would have been a good match for this – Back To The Future. It was actually a reasonably challenging game back in the 80’s and certainly enjoyable.

    Great list!

  9. Wow these are very cool. And the commentary on them is hysterical as always. Awesome post, John!

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