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Dr. Mario (Gameboy) Turns 30 in the US

Dr. Mario (Gameboy) was released 30 years ago on December 31, 1990. That definitely makes me feel old. I remember buying this at the K-Mart in Blacksburg, Virginia when I was 13. Sadly a K-Mart that hasn't existed in a long time. Unlike a lot of puzzle games at the time, Dr. Mario had an easier learning curve and great background music.  Dr. Mario was a simple on the surface real-time action puzzler (puzzle) game. It was basically a falling block matching game in the spirit of Tetris which really was the game that started the portable puzzle game craze.  While it's generally a pretty safe family friendly game today, the game was quite controversial when it came out. The US was still heavily winding up the war on drugs propaganda and anything remotely connected to drugs was often attacked by special interest groups.

Smashing Drive (Arcade) Turns 20

Who remembers playing Smashing Drive in the arcade?  It came out 20 years ago on December 10, 2000.  Sadly this was past the heyday of arcade but I recall playing the game a couple times at a movie theater.  There at still a few of these machines floating around for sale online but I haven't seen one in person for a few years now.  Namco America made some awesome game back in the day! Doesn't seem like 20 years on this this one but time flies. Too many games ... too little time.