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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Contra 4

For not liking or being very good at Contra as a kid, I sure do love revisiting these games as an adult. This one, made for the Nintendo DS, continues the Contra legacy with an excellent two-screen rendition which may be one of the better titles to use the DS …

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Halo: Combat Evolved

When everyone pointed to this game as a franchise for the (then) brand-new Microsoft Xbox, I was leery. I came from the era of Goldeneye and Perfect Dark, just how good could this game be? Returning to Halo years later, the storyline-driven game content, the near seamless loading times and …

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

In a previous review I had mentioned that the TMNT arcade game is one of my all-time favorites. As a child growing up, the Saturday morning cartoon was life. The arcade game because a quarter-sucker for me and a literal cartoon brought to life by the Konami game, with up …

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project

Well color me stupid. I never knew about this game, despite it being a pseudo-sequel to one of my favorite games of all time. I used to play the heck out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. As noted in a previous review, I had the NES port …

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

The NES port of one of, if not my favorite all-time arcade game is this one. Now for the surprising news: I didn’t own this game until the NES was practically collecting dust. I received a handful of NES games well after I owned my SNES, probably because the games …

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The Karate Kid

Love The Karate Kid movie? Awesome. Me too. It’s a classic! I won’t even ask if you love The Karate Kid video game… it’s not a classic. This may be one of the earliest movie to crap video game conversions ever. Don’t get me wrong, the game is playable and …

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Ask anyone who grew up with this game as a kid about it, and the likely reaction is repressed feelings and nightmares. Unlike it’s (far) superior arcade cousin, the first TMNT game on the NES was a total disaster. Most of the non-boss enemies were not taken from the cartoon …

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Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan)

If you ever wondered why Super Mario Bros. 2 was so freaking weird compared with the other SMB games, it’s because it wasn’t the true sequel to the original game, rather, a conversion of a non-Mario game due to decision makers rejecting the release of the much more difficult Mario …

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Double Dragon

Alright, how many of yinz are going to admit playing this in single player and beating it with no cheats?! Huh?! That’s what I thought! This game would’ve made me cry as a kid… As an adult, it nearly brought me to tears still the same! This is as painful …

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Mega Man (Game Gear)

Well, well. This was a quirky little find. For those unaware, Mega Man’s developer, Capcom, had been an exclusive partner of Nintendo’s from way back when the NES launched. Following Sega’s successful market penetration with their Genesis, Capcom broke that exclusivity by releasing games for both, the Genesis, and Sega’s …

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Sonic Advance

This game restored my faith in the Sonic franchise. The last “great” Sonic game I had played along my adventures was Sonic CD. Naturally, that came after the three Genesis titles and the Sonic & Knuckles add-on, which were all stellar. Then came the (five) horrid Game Gear titles, which …

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Nintendo World Cup

I’m bringing some more complaints to my video game bucket list… this time it’s a game I really enjoyed as a kid, probably because it was the only thing available! World Cup Soccer is more arcade than realism. That’s the part that made it fun. The only thing is, I …

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Super Mario World

How could you not love all of the Mario games? Growing up, this was the penultimate Mario game. It took SMB3 and injected it with steroids. The graphics were better, sound was better, controls were tight, and everything just popped off of the screen. Gameplay elements introduced here became cornerstones …

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Street Fighter: The Movie

Oh yeah… this is the video game version of the flaming pile of monkey poo known as “Street Fighter the Movie”! Now, let me be fair about this game: it may have worked if the source material (the movie) wasn’t so horrible. Capcom, in an attempt to mimic the digitized …

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Super Mario Bros. Deluxe

Continuing on my quest of playing Mario remakes, this edition of the original game retains the 8-bit style, but also adds a lot of different things to the game. Luigi’s outfit differs from Mario’s, akin to how we know them both know with their red/green costumes. Various sounds were added …

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