Chrono Trigger

(Really, REALLY) Old Video Game Review: Chrono Trigger

What do you get when Hironobu Sakaguchi (producer and creator of the Final Fantasy series), Yuji Horii ( the creator and director of the Dragon Quest series), and Akira Toriyama (famous for drawing the Dragon Ball series) come together to create a game?  Chrono Trigger, one of the biggest and most ambitious projects at the time and came out to be a critical success.  I consider Chrono Trigger to be my number one all-time favorite game.  Of.  All.  Time.  That is obviously just one opinion and my opinion.  But, let me assure you that Chrono Trigger is still one of the best games ever created.  First released for the Super Nintendo on March 11, 1995 (damn, that’s a long time ago), it has been ported multiple times to systems like the original Playstation and the Nintendo DS.

Chrono Trigger

This game is one crazy ride.

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(Really, REALLY) Old Video Game Review: Mortal Kombat

FINISH HIM!  Who can ever forget those words, especially when you are about to pull off a fatality move on your opponent.  One of the most violent games that came out in the pixelated era.  A game to created to go heads up against Street Fighter.  NetherRealm Studios probably knew Street Fighter was one game that would be hard to knock off of the fighter’s podium, but it can heavily challenge its ways by putting in something extra; something a little different. NetherRealm decided to release this game with a little, flair.  And by flair, I mean blood.  Lots of it.  This is one of the main highlights that got this game noticed in the 90s.  Who can forget Sub-Zero ripping an opponent’s head off?  Or Sonya giving one of the characters a kiss of death?  So many violent, yet memorable moments.  As a kid in the 90s, violence in video games weren’t rare, but they weren’t shown off graphically like the way Mortal Kombat did. Mortal Kombat showed off violence and blood like how Playboy shows off women.  They meant to show as much violence as possible.

Showing up at arcades and video game retailers all across the world on August 8, 1992 (1993 for console ports), games would never be the same.  Ever.  Mortal Kombat heavily borrowed from Street Fighters’ great formula, but they decided to tweak the formula here and there.  The biggest change was the addition of the fatality move.  Usually Street Fighter just ended once one of the player’s health bars goes down all the way in a 2 out of 3 round match. But the developers added the fatality to humiliate your foe’s defeat, in an awesome way of course.  The game was crude compared to Street Fighter’s formula, but it still made the best of it.

FATALITY!

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(Really, REALLY) Old Video Game Review: F-Zero

I don’t know about you guys, but F-Zero is for the real “need for speed” freaks out there.  A futuristic racing game that makes you fly at speeds faster than the speed of sound.  Nintendo brought out one of the best racers on the Super Nintendo on August 23, 1991 (over 20 years ago…damn I’m old).  A game that is still remembered to this day, all thanks to the godfather of video games, Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario and Zelda for you ignorant ones).

Just plain awesome.

I loved this game, but for the sheer ridiculousness of speed and simplicity.  Set in 2560, Earth made contact with various alien species and humanity began to grow.  A racing league called F-Zero grew and became one of the biggest entertainment venues on Earth.  Various racers raced in plasma-powered hover cars that were faster than the speed of sound.  A dangerous sport, where racers are faced with various obstacles that not only test their vehicle’s speed, but its durability as well. Continue reading

(Really, REALLY) Old Game Review: Super Mario World

Super Mario Bros. saved the gaming industry.  It was simple and beautiful.  It was the flagship game of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  So, once the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) came out, it also needed another Mario game.  It was one of the most beautiful games at that time.  It truly kept the original recipe of Super Mario Bros. intact and then added some ingredients to make it even better.  Think of it this way…the original is a hamburger, a simple recipe anyone can enjoy and Super Mario World is a bacon cheeseburger, it just added so much more to an already great recipe.  Super Mario World is a classic and here’s why.

Super Mario World came out on November 21, 1990.  It was one of THE most anticipated games at that time, because…well…Mario is to gaming as Michael Jordan is to the NBA.  The new ideas implemented in the game were just something everyone wanted to try.

A giant Bullet Bill never stops amazing me.

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