Something Just Prossessed Me – Nintendo Entertainment System – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – 1987


CASTLEVANIA II: SIMON’S QUEST
Nintendo Entertainment System
Konami
1987
Genre: Horror Role-Playing Platformer

Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be bad. It’s not always the case, but nowadays, when a sequel arrives on the scene merely a year after the original, people complain, arguing that not enough work had gone into it or that the company was just trying to cash in while they could. Heck, look at Left 4 Dead 2, and listen to some of the fanboys go off. However, this was par for the course in the days of the good ol’ NES. Such was the case with Simon’s Quest, the second in the Castlevania series for Nintendo. No one can deny, though, that good or bad, a lot of effort was shoved into this little game over the course of one year.

Continue reading

Better Than a Triple Matinee, It’s… – Sega / Super Nintendo – Zombies Ate My Neighbors – 1993

[Zombies+Ate+My+Neighbors000.png]

ZOMBIES ATE MY NEIGHBORS
Sega Genesis/Super Nintendo
Konami
(c) 1993
Genre: Horror ‘Run and Gun’

Great games come along every so often. Games that may not stand out in the mainstream or change the face of video games forever, but certainly achieve a standard of excellence that most other games could only hope to. When the stars align and shadow of Mars lands on the face of-
Okay, maybe that’s a bit too much fanfare. However, when introducing a game like Zombies Ate My Neighbors, you have to give credit where credit is due. This tongue-in-cheek satire of all things horror movies is and incredibly made piece of work from Konami and LucasArts really is my fondest memory of 16 bit gaming. Some may not agree with the tone or subject as this could be considered a niche game, but if you’re looking at this title asking ‘What the hell is Zombies Ate My Neighbors’, then I have to preach that you are missing an incredible retro gaming experience. Continue reading

What Do You Do? – Goonies II – Konami – 1987

Goonies II, The (U)_001

GOONIES II
Nintendo Entertainment System
Konami
(c) 1987
Genre: Adventure Platformer

Video games and film go hand in hand often enough. Almost every movie made in the 80’s has some kind of video game tie-in. With ease, you can find plenty of games based on movies. How many games can you find based on hypothetical movies, though?

Not many.

The sequel to The Goonies, the absolutely awesome kids’ adventure movie from the 80’s, is exclusive to the Nintendo Entertainment System. The world may never know why there was no sequel to the actual film or why the United States never saw the original Goonies game, but what they did get is a great, if not somewhat confusing, title to stock their pile with. Continue reading

A Lost Chapter Found – Castlevania Legends – Game Boy – 1997

Castlevania - Legends (U) [S]_09

CASTLEVANIA: LEGENDS
Game Boy
Konami
(c) 1997
Genre: Platformer

Everyone who grew up with Nintendo has heard of a little game called ‘Castlevania’. There have been countless chapters to the story of Castlevania, but while researching the series, it can be found that some chapters of the series have been treated as alternate timelines or retracted from the series’ canon entirely. One such entry was ‘Castlevania: Legends’. Continue reading