No, I didn’t decide to look at these late 80s/early 90s games purely because the click-through rate on the thumbnails is likely to be high. I wanted to look at them because the idea of a “sex” game on an early Nintendo console just fascinated me. Turns out, there’s a real rabbit hole to dive into on the subject. Asian bootleg game companies were making “adult” content for the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80s and 90s despite the lack of support from Nintendo, and some companies such as Hacker International and Sachen were absolutely pumping these bad boys out.
Now with the graphics available to developers making titillation on the NES, it wasn’t so much a case of “sex sells” as it was “desperation sells”. Erotic video game company Mystique had already chucked some utterly awful adult games into the fray with their Atari 2600 titles (Custer’s Revenge, Bachelor Party), so presumably, there was a market. A market that reeked of desperation, but a market all the same.
In places like Japan in the early 90s, “erotic” video games weren’t difficult to come by. In the USA however, the publisher Panesian putting its three raunchy titles to the market was a bit of an oddity. The games weren’t available in stores, and could only be acquired by mail order. Which adds another layer of desperation when you think about it.
In 1991 or thereabouts, Panesian gave America Bubble Bath Babes, Hot Slots and Peek-A-Boo Poker. Here is my video documentary on the subject, which also goes into the related games Magic Bubble, AV Pachi Slot Big Chance and Poker Jingling.