Back To The Future Part II & III
Developer Beam Software
Publisher LJN
Game System NES
Release Date 1990
Genre 2D Platformer
Number Of Players 1
This article is about the NES game. For other games of various formats with similar titles, see Back to the Future video games.

Back to the Future II & III is the name of a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System based on the last two films in the trilogy of the same name. The game was produced by LJN.


The game is a standard platformer with similarities to Super Mario Bros., where the player, as time traveller Marty McFly, defeats enemies by jumping on them or throwing projectiles, and collects icons in order to successfully clear each stage.

The first stage of the game is based on Back to the Future Part II, and takes place in the three time periods seen in that film (1955, 1985-A, and 2015.) The player starts in the year 1985-A and must find 30 items that have been scattered from their proper time periods, enabling Marty to retrieve the sports almanac back from the corrupt and powerful Biff Tannen. While the player can jump between the three time periods, he must be conservative with his time travel, for every time the DeLorean is used, it leaves behind a clone of Marty, and should the player come into contact with one of these clones, he will lose a life. Other factors in the game change history, such as the player planting an acorn in 1955 then going to 1985 to climb what is now a thirty-year old oak tree.

The second stage, based on Back to the Future Part III, takes place in that film's Old West setting of 1885 (indicated as 1875 in the game.) Only 10 items must be collected in this significantly shorter stage, enabling Marty and Doc Brown to use their locomotive to travel back home to 1985.


Like its predecessor, this game has received generally negative reviews. Critics cite its difficult gameplay, substandard graphics and sound, and lack of faithfulness to the films.


While holding B, A, and Select and then pressing Start at the title screen, the player goes to a special screen where he/she must unscramble a message that reads FLUX CAPACITOR IS THE POWER. When that is done, pressing Start from that point on will result in a modified intro sequence where the sports almanac is burned, and the player will start his game in the Part III section of the game.


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