Near the peak of the NES era in the early 1990s, very few video games were allowed to simply exist in game form. Instead, unspoken rules dictated that every video game had to be adapted and repurposed to within an inch of its life—as a crappy TV cartoon, a crappy breakfast cereal, a crappy comic book, or anything else that marketing types could dream up. The NES craze caught the culture by surprise, and mass-marketers responded by flooding the zone in a mix of profiteering of panic.
This crucible produced the Worlds Of Power series, a line of game-inspired novels intended to get the Nintendo generation interested in books. They were quite terrible, often taking huge licenses with the source material. In the book based on Castlevania II, for instance, the young hero first meets Simon Belmont in the boys’ bathroom of a junior high school. Because Simon’s backstory was always missing that pedophilia element.
Philip J. Reed of Noiseless Chatter has realized that, in retrospect, the idea of slapdash, anything-goes NES novelizations is pretty funny. Thus he intends to usher in a new era of hilariously lousy video game prose with a new anthology called The Lost Worlds Of Power. Reed is looking for volunteers to write short novels based on any of the hundreds of NES games that the original 10 Worlds Of Power books missed. Drafts are due by Jan. 31, 2014, after which Reed will select the best writing for inclusion in the free, electronic anthology. Yes, it’s a little different when the humor is intentional rather than accidental, but this still seems like the type of thing that could end up being a lot of fun. And it also seems like the type of thing that might interest Gameological readers, since many of you publish hilarious novellas in the comment threads on a regular basis.