Most Nintendo fans are familiar with the Mother/EarthBound franchise, but it wasn’t the only Western-themed Nintendo series to star a hero who fought off aliens and monsters with a yo-yo and a baseball bat. Often forgotten among the numerous Nintendo franchises is the NES series StarTropics. Developed specifically to appeal to North American gamers, StarTropics is a rarity as a Nintendo-developed game that never released in Japan. The latest episode of The Gaming Historian explores the history of StarTropics and its sequel, Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II. It’s an interesting look into a lesser-known Nintendo IP, and you can check it out by clicking above.