This was a classic game, made infinitely easier by using the NES Advantage, or another super-controller allowing for turbo. The basic setup is you’re a cowboy, referred to several times as “lone gunman,” who has arrived the town of Hicksville to kill a group of thugs who have been terrorizing the people – the Wingates. I remember the days when games were so few that you could get away with having one that was utterly generic in every way, unique only in that it was, for example, a cowboy game. Remember when if you wanted to play a baseball game, you loaded up the cartridge called “Baseball,” and not some pretender called “Ken Griffey Presents: MLB Season 2002 Extreme Innings!”? Anyway, while Gunsmoke may not have a very memorable plot or characters, its gameplay was innovative and consistently fun, and still is almost 20 years later. You kick your spurs down the main street of Hicksville (to start with) at a steady rate, and baddies come at you from all sides. As in the best games, there are only two things to do, really: move and shoot. A shoots up and to the right, B up and to the left, and both together fires straight ahead. This is an interesting way to set the controls and allows for some pretty complex tactics. The only problem was tapping the buttons fast enough, and that’s of course where turbo came to save the day. Occasionally you will happen upon a townsperson who wants to talk. With your accumulated points, you can buy new weapons, ammo, or a horse. The horse is fun, but I always feel bad when it gets shot so I try not to rely on it. You must collect a wanted poster, or buy one, before facing the boss you set out to kill at the beginning – the first, for instance, is Bandit Bill, bearing a rifle and a bounty of $10,000. You move through towns, canyons, deserts, Indian settlements, and forts, leaving a pile of bodies behind you – that is, if they didn’t flicker and disappear a moment after dying horribly at your hands. The opening music to this game, I’d like to add, is quite well composed and grim for a Nintendo game, and I recommend letting it play out completely before starting your rampage.