Monday, September 3, 2012

I would love to visit a country were donkeys were apes

Has it really been since March since I have updated this blog?! Well either I have been super lazy (which I have) or life has taken a few unexpected turns in the last year (which it has). Regardless, today is a new day, and for some reason or another I have the urge to update Nintentunes, so for anyone who still cares, here we go!




Who doesn't remember the soothing tunes of Donkey Kong Country for the SNES? In its time, Donkey Kong Country was one of the best looking games around, period. The pre-rendered 3D graphics were unmatched at the time, and the game was one of the first to use the technique. While some criticize the game for not having precise platforming like its Mario counterparts, the visual style and sense of exploration found in the game is unmatched even by Nintendo first party standards.


It wouldn't take long for Nintendo to realize that they had a hit on their hands, after a demonstration of  their technology running on the SNES, Nintendo was quick to purchase a 25% stake in the company. From there, Rare went on to be one of Nintendo's most successful developers before the Microsoft acquisition in 2002.

Although Rare is no longer a Nintendo owned company, they have left behind a legacy that has spanned from Goldeneye 007 to Killer Instinct. In the N64 era, there was no company that whose games I looked more forward to than Rare, and it is truly sad that they company is in the state that it is in today. Who's to tell what the company would be about if it was still Nintendo owned, but you would think that Kinect Sports and Xbox Avatars wouldn't be on the top of their recent resume.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

When Fabio was still relevant, he used to appear on video game covers



There was once a time when all a game needed to be successful was a catchy name, and Fabio on the front cover. Ok, so it wasn't until Wizards & Warriors II until Fabio was introduced, but still. FABIO! Developed by Rare and published by Acclaim, the game is an action platformer in which the player takes control of Kuros the knight.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Who wants to touch my Life Force?



Life Force is actually an NES port of arcade game Salamander, which is a spin off to Gradius. A side-scrolling shooter with power ups,  Life Force was my first look at what is known as the bullet-hell shooter genre. Playable in 2-player, the game is one heck of a time with a friend.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Was Ninja Gaiden hard, or am I just really bad at games?



There's no denying that video games of the late 80s and early 90s on the whole were much more difficult than they are today. It may just be because I was young at the time, or maybe I'm just bad at games, but there are titles in my NES library that I STILL haven't beaten. Not because I haven't had time to beat them, but because I can't beat them. They are just too hard....too hard without a Game Genie. Ninja  Gaiden is one of those games.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yeah, guess who hasn't posted in a long, long, time. This guy!



So I've been slacking. Really, I haven't posted in almost two weeks! Come on! I owe you all better than that. Well, It's spring break now, and I have vowed to myself that this week I will post at least once a day. Deal? What better way to kick it off than one of the best games on the SNES, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past? You game? Then join me after the break!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Gargoyle's Quest II: a game about shooting fireballs and sticking to walls



One of the last game I ever played on my NES was Gargoyle's Quest II after acquiring it from a local pawn shop. While the game doesn't do anything remarkably groundbreaking, on the surface it is a basic get from point A to point B platformer, it does contain fun RPG elements that will keep you coming back for more.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Star Fox: My first official foray into 3D



The most important part about being a gamer in the early 90's was whether you preferred blast processing, or if you would rather have a Super FX chip. I was always a SNES guy, so Super FX was for me. I'm not even sure what the two buzz terms actually mean, but hey, it got me to buy a SNES so who am I to judge!