Sunday, December 18, 2011

Clash at Demonhead and Other Video Game-Inspired Band Names

A short list of Nintendo Entertainment System video games whose titles — whole or in part — could be Scott Pilgrim vs. the World-style alt rock band names in the style of Sex Bob-omb, Clash at Demonhead, Sonic & Knuckles, Crash and the Boys and Kid Chameleon.
  • Abadox
  • The Adventures of Rad Gravity
  • Air Fortress
  • Arkista’s Ring
  • Bandit Kings of Ancient China
  • Boulder Dash
  • Casino Kid
  • Color a Dinosaur
  • Conquest of the Crystal Palace
  • Dash Galaxy in the Alien System
  • Destination Earthstar
  • Elevator Action
  • Faxandu
  • Flight of the Intruder
  • Gotcha! The Sport!
  • Gyromite
  • Ikari Warriors
  • Image Fight
  • Isolated Warrior
  • Kabuki Quantum Fighter
  • Kid Niki
  • King’s Knight
  • The Krion Conquest
  • Laser Invasion
  • Little Samson
  • Lee Trevino’s Fighting Golf
  • Legend of the Ghost Lion
  • Lunar Pool
  • The Magic of Scheherazade
  • Magmax
  • Marble Madness
  • Mechanized Attack
  • Mighty Bomb Jack
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition
  • Parasol Stars
  • Qix
  • Rainbow Islands
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms
  • Rygar
  • Shingen the Ruler
  • Smash TV
  • Stanley and the Search for Dr. Livingston
  • StarTropics
  • Swords and Serpents
  • Touchdown Fever
  • Twin Cobra
  • Twin Eagle
  • Ufouria
  • Wizards & Warriors
  • Wrath of the Black Manta
  • Xevious
I have only linked the one title because I wanted to draw attention to the title that served as the inspiration for Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge from that one Christmas episode of The Simpsons. (Hey! Holiday tie-in!) But of all these, I have to say that Clash at Demonhead is easily the best. I’ve never played the game myself, but I decided long ago that it had to be the most awesome thing ever after I laid eyes on the box art.

It is, of course, an assemblage of images chosen deliberately by scientists to draw the eyes of boys aged five to twelve, and I am completely aware of this, but also how could anything associated with this not be the absolute coolest?

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