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!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The World Ends With You is a game with a long name, but an even longer list of things I love about it

The Nintendo DS is undoubtedly one of the greatest video game systems to ever be released in my opinion. Year after year throughout the little handheld's life, great and unexpected games were released much to the delight of myself and gamers around the globe. Case in point being The World Ends With You, an action role-playing game developed Jupiter, the team at Square-Enix behind the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Contra 4 will kick your ass over and over and over....

Is it awful that I think that Contra 4 is to freaking hard for me? It seems that I say that a lot on this blog and also on Infendo where I am a contributor, but even on easy this game is not cake walk. Anyone who has been following my work knows that I am absolutely in love with anything that Wayforward brings to the table, in fact, I would go as far as saying that they are my favorite 3rd party developer that regularly brings content to Nintendo platforms. This game however is a kick right in the pants, and it will rightfully take hours on end to fully complete the game.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I love Super Mario Sunshine, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Super Mario Sunshine takes a lot of flack from a whole lot of gamers as one of the weaker Mario titles. Not me. I actually really like the game, and find the non-traditional gameplay quite refreshing for a Mario title. Jetpack fueled by water? Sign me up.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Double Dragon isn't just the Chinese restaurant down the road, it was once a fantastic video game series!

When beat 'em ups were king, there weren't many better out there than Double Dragon. A good beat 'em up was akin to what the first person shooter genre is today. There really isn't anything like a good couch co-op game, and one of the best in the business was most certainly Double Dragon. The games were so popular, they even spawned a live action movie!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Hate to break it to you, but Metal Gear didn't originate with Sony OR Nintendo

Fact. The  Metal Gear series did not start on the Playstation. In truth, the game didn't start on a Nintendo console either, it actually was first released for the MSX2 computer that was popular in Japan and parts of Europe. The NES version of the game was drastically different from the MSX2 original, and actually wasn't developed by Hideo Kojima at all. Kojima has been very outspoken about his disappointment in the title, and even goes as far as saying that the care that he put in the original title just wasn't present in the NES version.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

How tough were games in the late 80's? Well, how many NES controllers did I manage to break...hmmm

Aside from Nintendo, Capcom was really the bell of the ball in the 8-bit era. Just look at the franchises they brought to the table in the 80's and early 90's. You have Mega Man, Ghosts'n Goblins, Bionic Commando, and a little game not many have heard of, Section Z. If you haven't heard of Section Z, you're missing out. It was, and still is, a pretty great side-scrolling space shoot-'em-up that was originally released as an arcade coin-op, and was later ported to the NES.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The hardest part about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles? Finding three friends to play with.

One of my favorite memories of the Gamecube era was gathering four friends and four Gameboy Advance + Link Cables, and huddling up in front of the television to play Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. At the time, Gamecube to GBA connectivity was all the rage. Well, all the rage may be going a little bit too far. Nintendo touted the connectivity feature as being groundbreaking, and at the time in many ways it was, but unfortunately not many people were able to take advantage of it due to how relatively expensive it was to gather together all the necessary equipment required to fully take advantage of the feature.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

On the NES there was no Call of Duty, there was Heavy Barrel

One of my absolute favorite co-op experiences to be found on the NES would have to be Heavy Barrel developed by the late Data East. The game is actually an arcade port of a game of the same name, and it is addicting as all get out. Basic premise: you're a red dude. If you have an extra controller and a friend, they are the blue dude. Red dude and blue dude team up to kill all the grey dudes. As it should be.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Oh Nintendo, why can't you make a Star Fox like Star Fox 64? That's what we want, honestly.

My first exposure to Star Fox 64 was a promotional VHS (yeah, like those rectangle plastic things) that came with my subscription to Nintendo Power. Not only did the video hook me because of the video making fun of Sony and Microsoft (I was, and am, a huge Nintendo fanboy), the intrigue of the brand new gameplay feature certainly got me interested. The rumble pak.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Remember when there weren't 25 million Mega Man titles and the series was actually good?

Capcom and Nintendo. The two video game giants have had a long relationship, starting way back on the NES. One of, if not the most popular game franchise on the NES for Capcom was the Mega Man line of games, and no Mega Man title is more special to me than Mega Man II. If forced to play the game with   a blindfold on with only my toes, I could probably beat at least three of the robot masters, not joke. As I've stated before, the only other game on the NES that I have put more time into would be Castlevania, so I know both games like the back of my hand.