Formerly known as BreakOut, Arkanoid reinvents the genre with power ups, retro references, and enemies. I kid of course about BreakOut, that game is a completely separate game made by a different company. But, the point remains that everyone who has played video gaming more than once is familiar with this style of game. There are plenty of people who have never played a First-Person Shooter or an Adventure game, but anyone familiar with the hobby knows the game where you hit the ball at the blocks and they break. It’s about as ubiquitous as Pac-Man, but not quite Pong. Most of this is because BreakOut/Arkanoid clones were released all over the web and mobile completely for free. There’s some variation to how those games function and I can’t recommend the article in the show notes enough to help explain what makes a BreakOut game what it is. All of this to say, if you’ve played any of the free versions available on the web or mobile, this version of Arkanoid on NES is not going to offer anything worth spending time on.