Reviews


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Below is the ever-growing list of games that I’ve either completed or at least given a valiant effort in attempting to play.

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WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game

What do you get when you take Midway’s trend of digitizing Mortal Kombat actors and NBA Jam players with the sports entertainment goliath then known as the WWF? You get Vince McMahon saying “boomshakalaka”! And no, that isn’t a joke! Back in the 90’s it was still a somewhat guarded …

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Remastered)

What do you get when Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis write treatments for a third installment of the Ghostbusters movies but never get it produced? You get Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Before I get started, a disclaimer: I am reviewing the remastered edition on the Xbox One which came out …

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Streets of Rage

From the moment the menu screen starts, you realize Streets of Rage isn’t your typical beat-em-up. Modeled after games such as Double Dragon, Final Fight, and Komami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and its many arcade clones) Streets of Rage is Sega’s take on the genre which has a unique albeit …

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Yoshi’s New Island

Somewhere along the line the Yoshi’s Island series of game became lost. Originating with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, of which this game takes it’s namesake, Yoshi spun off into other games, but always retained a similar feel to its Super Nintendo roots. That is, you eat enemies, create …

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WWF Super WrestleMania

After dealing with the limitations of the 8-bit era pro wrestling games, WWF Super WrestleMania came along and blew everything out of the water during the 16-bit era. Interestingly enough the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo had different versions of the same title: this one reviews the latter which had …

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

At my household we decided to dust off an old relic of an accessory known as the Wii Balance Board. In doing so, we started looking up games which supported this century’s version of the NES Power Pad… and in doing so, we found a game that was a blast …

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Commando

No doubt you’ve experienced this quarter-sucker of a game in the arcades as a youth, or at least another game which was inspired by it. Button-smashing was prevalent in a lot of arcade games, but Commando may take the cake for non-stop action. Back when you had to “get gud” …

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Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

Super Mario Land 2 returned to its roots following a bizarre entry on the Game Boy platform which had an Egyptian theme mixed with UFOs… this iteration also filled your screen and looked more like a “Mario” title as opposed to the very basic and tiny graphics found in the …

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Mega Man 9

After praising the last two iterations of Mega Man games (7 and 8, which were on the SNES and PlayStation respectively) the ninth game in the traditional series takes us way back to Mega Man 1 and 2 visuals and gameplay… sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worst. A …

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is yet another game I had completed when I was younger, but damn if I know how! I don’t recall half of this game: particularly the items. If not for a guide, I can’t imagine how many hours I would’ve poured …

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Wario Land II

Wow was this game frustrating. I honestly can’t believe how many people liked this game… to the point where I feel it must be one of those cartridges their parents bought them and they played it for weeks at a time without completing the game! I know, because that’s where …

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Splatoon

Splatoon for the Wii U will go down as one of the most overlooked and often forgotten titles of the console’s life cycle. Due to the low sales of the system, and no re-release for the newer Nintendo Switch (which received the sequel) I feel as if most people will …

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WWF WrestleMania

It’s not uncommon for an NES game to be rough around the edges or brutally difficult – thus is the case for WWF WrestleMania, the wrestling giant’s first foray into a licensed console game. It all starts off innocently too. The opening game menus welcome you to the big event …

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NBA Jam: Tournament Edition

You’re not seeing double, I swear! Following the review of the Sega 32X version of this very title, I had forgotten that it was also ported to the original PlayStation in 1995 for its launch as well. Like other CD-based games of its time, NBA Jam T.E. was an arcade-accurate …

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The Little Mermaid

Okay, this wasn’t on my bucket list: but it was a special request by a special someone! (My daughter, in case you were wondering). The game actually isn’t terrible… that may seem like an odd thing to say about an obvious movie tie-in video game, but younger persons who didn’t …

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