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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Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble


The Game Gear was Sega’s attempt to compete with Nintendo’s wildly popular Game Boy handheld console. As such, it produced some interesting results throughout the years. The hardware, which unlike Nintendo’s offering, had a color screen, was based on the 8-bit Sega Master System. Because of that, many games shared …

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New Super Luigi U


During the “Year of Luigi” marketing campaign by Nintendo, Mario’s brother became the protagonist in a number of Luigi-inspired games. These games were far from being simple palette swaps however, as the long-neglected plumber got some serious attention. One of those games is an expansion on New Super Mario Bros. …

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Cruis’n USA


Anyone who grew up as arcades were all the rage can attest to the buzz surrounding the jump from Nintendo’s 16-bit SNES to the next generation. The promotional hype began in those very arcades as Nintendo worked with Midway to release a few titles under the “Ultra 64” name, which …

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Mario Paint


This one took me wayyyyyy back! How many of you cool kids had the SNES Mouse back in the day? No? Well, I was one of them. As I write this in 2022, I imagine most kids would look at this and think, what’s the big deal? Back in 1992, however, …

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Mortal Kombat: Deception


I’ve long vented my frustrations and disappointment with the Mortal Kombat series’ move from 2D to 3D. Unfortunately, Mortal Kombat: Deception doesn’t move the needle much for me in the advancement of the series department, as it continued to make MK feel more like an annual update in the vein …

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Halo 4


I was pretty hard on Halo 3, which was Bungie’s swan song developing the series, Halo 4 would see a new in-house developer, 343 Industries, take over. They would have big shoes to fill, as the Halo series was and is super popular. I must say, they hit one out …

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Wild Guns


There’s a fascination with this game that probably exists with nostalgia: because I’m having none of it. Let’s talk about Wild Guns, a shooter game that’s a bit different than your usual run-of-the-mill variety. If you can think of the Contra levels in which you face the backs of the …

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Black


Recently perusing the offerings from Xbox Game Pass and the added EA Play selection, I came across a game I had personally forgotten about: Black. At a time when games like Rainbox Six or Soldier of Fortune were more of the Modern Warfare experience (as that series of Call of …

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Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2


It takes a lot for me to be disappointed in a Super Mario game. And for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why it took me so long to play this one, since I had (mostly) enjoyed the other Super Mario Advance GBA ports. Well, it looks like …

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Star Wars: Dark Forces


Star Wars: Dark Forces has been called a Doom clone by those who don’t know any better. The honest to God’s truth is, if you like Doom, you’d love Dark Forces even more: especially if you’re a Star Wars fan. It’s hard to imagine this, but back in 1995 Sony’s …

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Excite Truck


Have you heard of Excite Truck? If not, you may not be the only one. A title which flew under many radars on the underpowered Nintendo Wii, Excite Truck is a successor to Excitebike series on previous Nintendo consoles, except this time motorbikes have been swapped out for offroad inspired …

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Gears of War 2


It’s really hard to not see how the Halo and Gears of War games cross paths at times, and while there are similarities here with Gears of War 2, the one that stands out the most is that Gears 2 is an incredible follow-up to the original, just as Halo …

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Eternal Champions


I will preface this review by saying, if I’m in the present day and age when this game was released, and a proud owner of a Sega Genesis, I’m likely a happy camper. However, that’s not the case judging this game many years later. Sega jumped aboard the fighting game …

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Top Gear


Here’s a fun game that flew under my radar for many years. The SNES really blew up the racing genre with its Mode 7 graphics capabilities. Top Gear (unrelated to the TV series of the same name) takes advantage of this, but in a strange presentation if you weren’t aware …

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Halo 3


I complain about a lot of games on my blog, and there are others I rave about. Whereas Halo and Halo 2 felt like progressions in the series, my opinion of Halo 3 is that the story was a bit harder to follow. Despite the natural upgrades moving to the …

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Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six


Once upon a time Nintendo games challenged the patience of young kids everywhere. Video games used to present a repeating challenge, such as Pac-Man or Space Invaders, with the idea being each level gets more difficult so the arcade machine sucks more of your quarters. The 8-bit home console era …

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Metroid: Zero Mission


Hot on the heels of the latest Metroid series release, Metroid Dread for the Nintendo Switch, I just had to revisit this Game Boy Advance classic, which I overlooked as simply the original Metroid with updated graphics. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Just as Nintendo had done with rebooting …

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Battletoads


For years I’ve heard the urban legends of Battletoads, a game considered to be one of, if not the hardest ever created for the NES. I have some vague memory of playing this as a youth, and at some point around the time I started to found this site. For …

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