Eat My Shorts: ‘The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants’ Turns 30!


The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America 30 years ago, and to this day, it remains one of the most memorable classic games of the NES. While the game is not without its criticism, it’s remembered with a certain nostalgia by so many of us former ’90s kids who remember playing the classic game three decades ago.

Even as an adult and as a big fan of John Carpenter’s They Live, it’s hard not to appreciate the premise of Bart vs. the Space Mutants. Its plot sees hostile space aliens invading Springfield, and it’s up to 10-year-old Bart Simpson to stop them. He’ll be doing so using the help of his special X-Ray specs. Much like the shades Roddy Piper wears in They Live, the glasses allow him to separate real people from space mutants in human form.

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