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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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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NBA Jam: Tournament Edition

One of my favorite all-time arcade games is NBA Jam. When it first released, it gave you the thrill of a rookie Shaquille O’Neal breaking glass backboards along with actual NBA players in a fantasy 2-on-2 setting. The series jumped to the forefront with an announcer who parodied the NBA’s …

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Pokémon LeafGreen

Pokemon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen were both enhanced remakes of the 1996 original Pokemon Red and Blue RPGs. As my first foray into the series, I decided to skip the crappy Game Boy graphics and jump right into the updated versions. Knowing that each game has little difference (other than …

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Mega Man 8

Sometimes my retro gaming adventures seem to feel mundane, as if my queue is filled with only one series or genre of game. Aside from Super Mario Bros., which spans so many different spinoffs, only one other series fits the bill of having a vast amount of titles to play: …

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Welcome to the bastard child of all Zelda games! Zelda II: The Adventure of Link follows an odd NES pattern of changing up the sequels of Nintendo’s main franchises. Super Mario Bros. 2, for example, was a large departure from the original (at least the United States version was). Yet, …

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Perfect Dark Zero

Here’s a game I had much higher expectations for and wish I had a different rating system to give it a different score. A thumbs-in-the-middle still seems fair, but a lot of my criticisms with Perfect Dark Zero stem from the large shoes it had to fill from the Nintendo …

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Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

I’ve never disliked a sequel so badly in my life. For everything the GameCube’s launch title Luigi’s Mansion was, the 3DS follow-up wasn’t. I’ll retract on that a bit, but not much. The game begins with all of the same setup, charms, and quirks you’ve come to expect from the …

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Super Mario Kart

The trendsetter for all “kart” racing games holds up very oddly when reminiscing for this review. Let’s start with the basics: no one thought a racing game based on Mario characters was ever going to work. Yet it did, and here’s why. First and foremost, Super Mario Bros. is a …

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Soul Blade

Way back when fighting games were all the rage. As consoles moved from the 2-D realm to the 3-D world with the introduction of a new generation of hardware, these fighting games evolved with them. Such is the story of Soul Edge, which was an arcade game that was ported …

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