He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a popular franchise in the 1980s, with a successful cartoon series, toy line, and even a live-action movie. However, when it came to console games, the franchise was not as successful. In this blog post, we will take a look at the console games that were created for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and why there was a lack of games that continued as Nintendo and Sega became popular.
The Console Games of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe:
The first He-Man console game was released in 1983 for the Intellivision console. Titled “Masters of the Universe, The Power of He-Man” the game was a side-scrolling action game that allowed players to control He-Man as he fought his way through levels filled with enemies from the cartoon series.
In 1987, a He-Man game was released for the Commodore 64 computer. Titled “Masters of the Universe, Super Adventure” the game was a text adventure game that tasked players with finding the Ilearth Stone, a powerful artifact that had been stolen by Skeletor.
Why There Was a Lack of Games That Continued as Nintendo and Sega Became Popular:
Despite the popularity of the He-Man franchise in the 1980s, the console games were not as successful. One of the reasons for this was the timing of the games’ releases. The first He-Man game was released in 1983, before the Nintendo Entertainment System was released in North America. By the time the NES became popular in the late 1980s, the He-Man games were already outdated and did not offer the same level of gameplay and graphics as games released for the NES.
Another reason for the lack of He-Man games on Nintendo and Sega consoles was the declining popularity of the franchise. By the early 1990s, interest in He-Man had waned, and the franchise was not as popular as it had been in the 1980s. This made it less attractive for game developers to create new games for the franchise.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a popular franchise in the 1980s, but the console games were not as successful. While there were a few games released for consoles like the Intellivision and Commodore 64, there was a lack of games that continued as Nintendo and Sega became popular. This was due to a combination of factors, including the timing of the games’ releases and the declining popularity of the franchise. Despite this, He-Man remains a beloved franchise among fans, and there is still interest in seeing new games and other media based on the characters and stories from the franchise.