Genre: Horror Platformer
Admittedly, I haven’t had the most exposure to the Super Nintendo. It’s not that I find it a bad system by any means, but I have a lack of exposure outside of big name titles and two player games I’d enjoy with friends. When digging around to find out more about Ghouls n’ Ghosts, I found a spin-off series that I realized I had played back on my Game Boy – Gargoyle’s Quest. In particular, though I had played the original game, I was intrigued to try Demon’s Crest, the entry in the series on the SNES.
MEGA MAN 3
Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre: Action Platformer
A while ago, I had taken a new approach to the idea of reviewing retro games. I had placed myself in the hands of those I confer with on Facebook. I had to ask one simple question to get a deluge of responses:
“What retro game should I play through next?”
Bearing in mind, I got some answers that I’m not sure I’ll ever get good enough to go through (the original Doom on Nightmare? We’ll see.), but I got some good ones, too. One came from a good friend of mine, and since it’s one of my favorite games on the NES for a while, I decided to take him up on it. So here it is: Mega Man 3.
Genre: Action Sidescroller
With the announcement that a barcade will be opening right up the street from me in a few months, I thought it was time to start brushing up on some of my favorite arcade games from that sweet spot in the late 80’s and early 90’s. An arcade that I had played a few times online, but had never seen a cabinet in person until I went on a vacation a year and a half ago has quickly turned into one that ranks in my top five arcade games, easily. Continue reading
Somehow? I did not die after taking this screenshot.
Ahhh, October. Easily my favorite time of year. I grew up and live in a city that treats the entire month as an opportunity to prey upon tourists – every day of the month is Halloween, and an endless stream of people come into the city to enjoy that atmosphere. It will come as a surprise to no one that knows me that, while I loathe crowds and touristy kitsch, I am a huge fan of horror movies and videogames. For this creature double feature, we can start with one of my favorite series, before delving into a fantastic standalone game.
Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action Platformer
Hang gliders: the high tech travel we have ready for us in 30 years.
Back in the 80s, you could generally know three things about ninjas: they would take down hordes of faceless enemies with little to no effort, they weren’t good at hiding, and they were usually the good guys. Strider Hiryu is the protagonist in this story of a sort of dystopian future ninja in the year 2048, sent to assassinate the terrifying dictator known as Grandmaster using his mechanical animal companions, and his laser beam tonfa. This game was definitely written with every cool thing in the 80’s in mind, but how well did this hack-and-slash play? Continue reading