3-in-1 was a surprise high point of transitional 8-bit to 16-bit games, clinging to an 80’s arcade aesthetic while promising faster and brighter graphics. And wait – 3 games on 1 cartridge? That seemed like an incredible feat of 1990s engineering, which we were happy to abuse.
That was a good Christmas – 3 games at the top their stride, already with one foot in the retro-zone, on a single cartridge at a cheaper price than a Christmas Turkey. Those January sales didn’t know what hit them.