Beg your Mom for some quarters, jump on your bike, ride down to that dark, smokey, noisy and slightly dangerous home for one of your video games– the Arcade!
This is “Analog Agent Benjamin” coming at you this week with…. Bible NES Games
If you had a Nintendo NES system as a kid and you also had some very religious relatives, then you must have gotten a Bible NES Game like this one for your Birthday or Christmas.
From what I remember, all the Bible games I ever had for the NES were made by a game company called Wisdom Tree (once also know as Color Dreams), and the cartridges for the games came in either Black, Light Gray, or Baby Blue colors. At the time, many game companies had a very strict no religious icons or items in games policy (Nintendo being one of them), and Wisdom Tree was the only company that made any religious video games for the Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and Sega Genesis. But just like the games that were made by Tengen, Wisdom Tree’s games were unlicensed games that could not be sold in Toy Stores, so they were only sold at Bible Book Stores.
The games were not bad, but they were not that good either. They were what my Mom called “The Thought That Counts” type gifts. They were something that you got as a gift from your Grandma or any other relative and you had to pretend that it was the game that you wanted (even though it wasn’t). You just knew that their heart was in the right place when they got it for you and thought that it would be something that you would love to play.
Did you ever get a Bible game as a kid? Were you disappointed that you got a Bible game instead of the game you wanted the most for your Birthday or Christmas? Why make Bible games?