Opinions: My Personal Examination into Video Games and Gender!

I missed posting yesterday, thus ending a successful streak of content where I praised many of the women who have touched my life in games, music and beyond. To make some mild amends for that, I’d like to take a moment to spotlight some pre-existing content I have done regarding women in video games over…

Femicom – Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2)

Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Boss Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Catherine is a dinosaur who first appeared in Doki Doki Panic! as a recurring sub-boss in most of the game’s levels. She defends a crystal or key needed to progress to…

Femicom – Lina (Doki Doki Panic!)

Lina (Doki Doki Panic!) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Main Character (of four) Any Subsequent Appearances: No Introduction: Nintendo collaborated with Fuji Television for their “Yume Kōjō ’87 (Dream Factory ’87)” event by creating a unique game featuring the mascots. Inside a book lies the land of Muu, a…

Femicom – Mama (Doki Doki Panic!)

Mama (Doki Doki Panic!) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Main Character (of four) Any Subsequent Appearances: No Introduction: Nintendo collaborated with Fuji Television for their “Yume Kōjō ’87 (Dream Factory ’87)” event by creating a unique game featuring the mascots. Inside a book lies the land of Muu, a…

Femicom – Honey (Takahashi Meijin no Bug-tte Honey)

Honey (Takahashi Meijin no Bug-tte Honey) Release Date: June 5, 1987 Developer: Hudson Soft Publisher: Hudson Soft Format: Cartridge Role: Main Character (Playable in Stage 1) Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Honey Girl (Bug-tte Honey) first appeared in Hudson’s Adventure Island as a power-up granting Master Higgins/Takahashi Meijin invincibility, but her role was greatly expanded in…

Femicom – Yoko Misono (Tantei Jinguuji Saburou: Shinjuku Chuuou Kouen Satsujin Jiken), Hero (Seiken Psycho Calibur)

Yoko Misono (Tantei Jinguuji Saburou: Shinjuku Chuuou Kouen Satsujin Jiken) Release Date: April 24, 1987 (JP) Developer: Data East/Sakata SAS Publisher: Data East Format: Disc Role: Sidekick (Non-Playable) Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Data East’s Tantei Jinguuji Saburou series has mostly been a Japanese-only affair, beginning here with Shinjuku Chuuou Kouen Satsujin Jiken on the…

Femicom – NES Games with Playable Female Characters, 1985 – 1994

Eventually I would have gotten such a list compiled by default, but thanks to some recent book acquisitions I am able to establish a definitive list of every NES game released in North America that had a female character as its primary protagonist. I am defining this as a woman/girl/female character that the developer deliberately…

Femicom – Peach (Other Appearances on the NES/Famicom)

With Peach’s (Princess Toadstool) debut and most notable appearance covered in their respective articles, I feel that she should have one last article detailing her other roles and cameos on the NES/Famicom. After all, Peach has gone on to be the most prominent woman in all of video games, appearing in more titles than any…

Femicom – Peach (Super Mario Bros. 2/USA)

I’m skipping ahead a little to continue chronicling a character previously discussed in this series, Peach. Normally I wouldn’t give a second article to a character previously covered, but Peach is unarguably the most prominent woman Nintendo or any other company introduced on the NES/Famicom both in terms of popular culture and in quantity, so…