Although arriving two years before the hit UK TV show Gamesmaster, gamers in the US had their very own video game broadcast known as Video Power featuring news, hints and reviews. The show was also accompanied by The Power Team, a cartoon tailored around characters from various Acclaim games.
Never heard of Video Power? To get you up to scratch, Video Power was a TV show hosted by Stivi Paskoski, which aired in the US between 1990 and 1992 covering the wonderful world of video games. Alongside the show, the cartoon known as The Power Team played out which could easily be described as Acclaim's attempt to copy the more popular gaming show- Captain N: The Game Master.
Like its inspiration, The Power Team was nothing more than one big advertisement for the games it represented. The show includes the likes of Max Force from NARC, Kuros from The Wizards and Warriors series, Kwirk, Tyrone from Arch Rivals and even the BigFoot car from the Nintendo NES game of the same name.
By the time Video Power had reached its second series it had been completely reworked from the ground up into more of a game show, similar to the format Gamesmaster viewers will be familiar with. With various challenges played out during each episode, you'll start wondering if an American movie director got hold of Gamesmaster, removed the innuendos and added the glitz and glamour from Saved by the Bell.
Various episodes of Video Power and The Power Team have surfaced on YouTube over the last year, giving us a fantastic look back on what American gamers in the early 90s were enjoying on their televisions. But before grabbing the popcorn, be warned these episodes will have you feeling like you've stepped back to one radical time...
The Power Team
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