I recall the C64 making a pretty noble stand over here, but by 1988 or so, nothing could withstand the mighty NES. I remember seeing ads for NES ports of Codemasters games, like Dizzy, in games magazines back then. I'm pretty sure they didn't have a license from Nintendo of America, and were making their own bootleg cartridges and selling them directly, though maybe I should check my facts
EDIT: Duh! The Game Genie! Perhaps Codemasters' single largest contribution to the collective consciousness of young NES players in the States. That thing was huge
over here. So huge Nintendo tried to sue its distributors. And Codemasters did
have an unlicensed American publisher, Camerica, manufacturing goony-looking gold and silver carts that zapped the NES' lockout chip to get them to run.
I always meant to try the Dizzy series, beloved as it is. But I don't think the Speccy has ever had a large retro following over here, and I think it's because we don't have the same nostalgia for its trademark graphical style. Something about how every individual object is only one single color... I'm sure we don't mean to judge a book by its cover, but there's something, I don't know... very Euro
But hey, many English studios have been huge over here: Rare, especially, and of course DMA (Rockstar North), but also Psygnosis (now SCE Liverpool), Bullfrog>Lionhead>Microsoft Game Studios, and even Codemasters has a small but devout following among the racing crowd.
@Dr. Jon: Yes. I would love to do a hacking/modding consoles segment. I'll see what I can do about that
Oh, not in Utica, no...It's an Albany expression.