Living the Dream – NES – Kirby’s Adventure – 1993

Kirby's Adventure (U) (PRG1) [!]_001

Kirby’s Adventure
Nintendo Entertainment System
HAL Laboratory
© 1993
Genre: Platformer

Since I have become friends with @3pstart, I began to do something I never really did before: pay closer attention to who is actually making a game.  Yes, I am ashamed to admit it, though admit it I must: for someone who enjoys gaming as much as I do, I didn’t really pay the companies who make them much attention.  There are exceptions of course (all those years of arcade fighting games from Capcom in particular), but I hadn’t even really given it any thought.  Imagine my surprise as I was looking up information for Adventures of Lolo and found that they were the same company that had created the Kirby franchise!  This week, at the request of one of our readers (thanks ParticleBit!), I present you with Kirby’s Adventure. Continue reading

Your Future Looks Promising – Super Nintendo – Arcana – 1992

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Arcana
1992
HAL Laboratory
Genre: Dungeon Crawler RPG

As it may have been mentioned before, the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis days were the heyday of role playing games.  Plenty of milestones have come along since, but so many games from the 16-bit era had quality, immersion, and charm that it’s hard to debate how great and influential those games really were.  Between the well-known series that were dominating attention at the time like Final Fantasy, there were other games eking their way into their shadows, falling into a obscure nostalgia years later.  For me, Arcana has always been one of those games.  It was one of the first role-playing games I ever played, and I decided that going back to see what the game was like beyond the first dungeon would be a fun endeavor.

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Suicide is Painless – NES – Adventures of Lolo – 1989

Adventures of Lolo (U) [!]_004

Adventures of Lolo
(c) 1989
HAL Laboratory
Genre: Puzzle

I have had relatively little exposure to the NES, and since it doesn’t hold much nostalgia for me, I tend to avoid exploring the system.  While having a few drinks at a friends house and playing around on his Wii-U, we were downloading the games he had previously purchased.  I spotted Adventures of Lolo, and it’s sequel, and asked him about it – I hadn’t seen them before.  He happily informed me that Adventurers of Lolo was one of the first games he had owned, and asked if I would like to play it.  I made the mistake of saying “Sure, of course!” Continue reading