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 II

As mentioned in in a previous update, I’m plowing through the handheld versions of this series… and most of the iterations are underwhelming additions that transpose ideas from their NES siblings. This one, in particular, is a mashup of MM2 and MM3 from the NES, featuring bosses from both. (Plus …

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Mortal Kombat 4

MK4 was not my cup of tea. Moving from the 2D plane to the 3D realm to compete with the likes of Soul Calibur, Tekken, DOA, Virtua Fighter and others diminished my interest in this series. The initial appeal was to see how the conversion of motion capture actors to …

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Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge

I really want to call all of the Game Boy Mega Man games steaming piles of monkey poo, but it’s simply not true. Each has its strengths as well as its faults. Each iteration is essentially the same game. Yes, the NES Mega Man games were the same basic premise …

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Mega Man 4

In case you were wondering: yes, playing these games is repetitive. But it’s my goal to check out and attempt to complete all of them. The fourth iteration of Mega man somehow still pushed the graphical limits of the NES. The charging “mega buster” was the latest innovation, and in …

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Contra Force

I have no idea what Konami was thinking when they released this game. My initial thought is that they developed a game that sucked and had to slap the word “Contra” on the box to get some sales. Contra Force has zero ties to the first two Contra titles released …

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Mortal Kombat Trilogy

The definitive versions of the MK series came in a few forms with the next-gen consoles. First, the 32X version of MK2 was a near perfect arcade translation. PlayStation and N64 both saw a release of MK Trilogy, which included every character, board, etc. from the four 2D fighters: each …

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Mega Man 3

I have to admit a few things about the sequel to Mega Man 2: It had some equally crappy portion of the game that were near impossible to beat, but far less of those and a tad easier in difficulty than MM2 The bosses (and their corresponding upgrade weapons) were …

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Contra III: The Alien Wars

Like most SNES titles, Contra 3 is a worthy upgrade and successor to the original series. Upgraded features, graphics, sound, the whole she-bang. I usually have a lot of things to say about a game, but other than this being frustratingly difficult at times, what is there to say? It’s …

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TimeSplitters 2

It took me awhile to beat this one, but I finally came back around to the TimeSplitters series, with the game I felt was their best effort: TimeSplitters 2. As with the original, much of the development team was carried over from former Rare employees who worked on Goldeneye 007 …

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Months following the fiasco that was Mortal Kombat 3, which stripped out many popular characters from the previous two MK titles, Midway answered their fans with UMK3. Essentially borrowing everything from MK3, the “ultimate” remake corrected many of the complaints with the standard MK3 title. Scorpion, Reptile and Kitana are …

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Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! is without a doubt one of the greatest games of all time. Few games come instantly to mind when you mention “button mashing” but this one does. It also offers quite a bit of strategy, comedy relief, and anxiety. This is a timeless classic, and the first …

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Punch-Out!! (Featuring Mr. Dream)

One of the more odd games of its time, this version of Punch-Out! is exactly the same as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! minus one thing… Mike Tyson. Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream came out after the Mike Tyson version but wasn’t a sequel. Instead, it was a way for Nintendo to continue …

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Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3

A reissue of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island for the GBA, SMBA3 (love these acronyms) makes some slight adjustments for the small screen while also cleaning the game up. One of the most notable changes is playing with shoulder buttons, as the GBA handheld only had two face buttons …

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Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

Continuing on my quest to play all things, Mario, this game may come as a surprise to anyone who never played it, as it contains what I feel is the best-kept secret in the side-scrolling Mario universe: World E. First, this SMB 3 remake is based on the Super Nintendo’s …

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Mortal Kombat 3

Here’s a game that I get some flack for not liking: Mortal Kombat 3. Front the get-go we don’t have the Roman numerals in the title and it goes downhill fast from there. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing technically wrong with the game itself. Graphics, audio, etc. are all …

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