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(Really, REALLY) Old Video Game Review: Super Mario Bros.

Shigeru Miyamoto – the man behind the virtual creation of some of the most beloved video game characters – gave the world Mario.  Who would have thought a mustached Italian plumber would save the video game market?  Super Mario Bros. creation was the saving grace of video game consoles and the rise of Nintendo.  And the brought a beloved franchise to past, present, and future gamers.

Super Mario Bros. originally intended to be a shooter, but eventually the jump mechanics took over and became the game everyone recognizes today.  The colorful 8-bit graphics and tunes delivered something new and unique to gamers worldwide and became a pop culture phenomenon.

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(Really) Old Video Game Review: Mission: Impossible (Nintendo 64)

I usually buy or receive video games based on viewing multiple reviews to get a better idea on the games worth getting.  The higher-rated games are always going to be at the top of my list, but once in a while, an average or bad video game will come across my gaming history.  Mission: Impossible is one of the few games that sneaked through my “good games security checkpoint” and it wasn’t a pleasant experience.

oceanMission: Impossible wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.  The sound was terrible, the graphics weren’t excellent, the controls were wonky, but there was some solid gameplay. Ocean could have made the game better if they just fine-tuned the game a little bit more, but either time wasn’t on their side or they probably just wanted to release it after the movie came out.  It’s a shame they didn’t do a better job. Continue reading

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(Really) Old Video Game Reviews: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!

One of the weirdest games I have ever played, but it was also one of the most fun I ever had on any system.  The quirky and quick gameplay is for those with short attention-spans.  Nintendo brought this game to North American shores on May 26, 2003 and it still stands as one of the best Nintendo Game Boy Advance games ever.

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FALCON PUNCH!

The story follows Wario trying to create a video game empire.  And to do that, Wario recruits his friends to help build games.  Each character has a specific “theme”, where the player has to figure out the instant puzzles.  Using only the directional pads and the A button, the player needs to determine the answer or have the quickest reaction to successfully pass the level.  The game gives you four lives to complete as many levels as possible.  There are eight different characters, each with their own set of games. Continue reading

(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 Video Game Review: Tetris

Tetris is one of…no, Tetris is THE best puzzle game I have ever played to this day.  C’mon most people still make references to this pop culture icon.  If it wasn’t for this game, there would be no Bejeweled or Super Puzzle Fighter.  This alone created the puzzle genre for video games.  Thank you Alexey Pajitnov for creating this simple, yet hella fun and challenging game.

The original Gameboy version.  Look at that gray scale!

I first played Tetris, all thanks to Nintendo’s smart ass marketeers to bundle Tetris with the original Game Boy.  Because of Nintendo’s sneaky ways, I was hooked on this game for years.  Tetris exists on virtually every game system that came out after Game Boy.  It’s crazy.  This game will never, ever be forgotten because of its simple gameplay.  For those of you are just new to this world or something, all you do is just try to stack each various block, while trying to get rid of lines to create more space.  Each 10 lines you get rid of, the level increases and so does the speed of the falling blocks.  It’s so simple.  I mean there are other puzzle games that have become a bigger icon today, especially online games, but it took more than two, TWO, decades before it to be dethroned as one of the best known puzzlers. Continue reading