Reviews


The whole enchilada is right here!

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 2

This almost ended up with being on my dreaded blacklist! After playing the original Mega Man, I can see how part two was a genre/series defining title. Several improvements were made to this sequel, but none more than the graphic makeover. Capcom really found a way to squeeze some life …

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Mortal Kombat (SNES version)

Prepare for a deluge of fatalities and body-ripping reviews on one of my favorite series of all-time… well, at least the 2-D versions. Mortal Kombat was a trendsetting series in many aspects. Each console version has its strengths, weaknesses, and differences, plus Acclaim (who released the home versions of the …

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Final Fantasy

This one is many years in the making. I finally beat Final Fantasy. I had the original cartridge for Nintendo and twice, I played through the entire game only to have it crash upon entering the final board. The only way out of it was to power off the console, …

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Super Mario Bros. (All-Stars Version)

For those of you who haven’t played the SMB remakes on the SNES “Super Mario All-Stars” cartridge, these were graphically revamped games that also removed some of the bugs/glitches. The main draw is that Nintendo revamped the graphics and music. It’s odd, but I like these almost equally as much …

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Sonic the Hedgehog

Having not owned Sega consoles growing up I have a new appreciation of this series. The three-button Genesis controller layout was so foreign to me and I don’t think I ever quite had enough time to sit and understand how the Sonic games worked. Going back and playing them now, …

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Star Wars Episode I: Racer

I had nearly forgotten about this game if not for a recent re-release of the PC version a couple of months ago. Keep how you feel about Episode 1 to yourself: this game is not only a great racing game, it’s also a great Star Wars game! Taking advantage of …

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The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is yet another in a long line of titles that have become a cornerstone series for Nintendo. The original NES title was unique and somewhat bizarre to the uninitiated. Upon opening the box, which had a vague looking shield on the cover, you’d find enclosed a …

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Mega Man

Continuing the video game bucket list… I started a new series going back to the original MEGA MAN! Here’s a series that I really only know from Mega Man 2 on the NES (also a mother to beat) and the Mega Man X series on SNES. Therefore, I wanted to …

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Contra

Is this game better known for being fun, difficult, or because of the Konami Code? (Which was a necessary evil when trying to beat it back in the day!) Regardless, I tend to think Contra was pretty groundbreaking. While arcade style games were all the rage, Contra took the shooter …

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GoldenEye 007

This was the game to have back when I was in high school! Between this and Perfect Dark, it was the sole reason to buy an N64 when PlayStation was starting to dominate the landscape. (And the Sega Genesis already trolled Nintendo as a “kiddie” system.) There was a lot …

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Super Metroid

One of my favorite games of all time has been consistently regarded as one of the greatest video games ever made. I became a Metroid fan early on as my mother picked up a copy of the game, likely recommended to her by someone at whatever store she was shopping …

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Bad Dudes

Ninjas have kidnapped the President. That’s all you need to know about Bad Dudes, which plays on the steroid-infused action hero of the era in which it was made. You can play as one of two “bad dudes” complete with a tank top and baggy pants plus bulging muscles. Like …

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Super Mario Bros.

This wasn’t really a bucket list item, as any child who grew up with a Nintendo in their living room had (and beat) this game multiple times. I just wanted a quick Sunday stroll down memory lane and to play from 1-1 through 8-4 with no warp zones. This game …

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

This one took awhile to complete, but it brings back some memories… both good and bad. The good: incredible graphics, especially for a Super Nintendo title. Solid gameplay with high replay value. Plus, it’s Mario and an extension of the same Koopa/Mario story, so what’s not to like? I’ll tell …

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