Category Archives: Nintendo

#753 – Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II

                                                                    Zoda, at his book signing. “To Mike: Deadest Wishes! MWAHAHAHAH!”                                                                                                                                                                 Don’t forget the opium!   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: March 1994   Mike, the innocuous, yo-yo lovin’, all-American blank slate returns for more island hopping in the sequel to Star Tropics. This time, Mike … Continue reading #753 – Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II

#751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

                                                                                                                                                 “Ultimate challenge” indeed.                                                                                                                      That ol’ boy needs to learn him some respect.   PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action/RPG RELEASE DATE: December 1988   Zelda II is white-hot rage pockets mixed with moments of fleeting joy. It’s a jilted ex-lover employing a psychosexual hold over your thoughts, emotions, … Continue reading #751 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

#706 – Volleyball

                                                                       Wipe those smiles off your faces! Nobody’s enjoying themselves here!                                                                                                                          A more pathetic display I’ve never seen.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: March 1987   Volleyball makes you feel like you’ve never played a game before. After team U.S.A. – my pride and … Continue reading #706 – Volleyball

#700 – Urban Champion

                                                                             Don’t ever hand someone a firecracker next to an open sewer.                                                       The moral of Urban Champion is, street violence should be rewarded with confetti.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: June 1986   Two nameless hoodlums drop everything to brawl. They stand on either … Continue reading #700 – Urban Champion

#657 – Tetris 2

                                                                                                                                                                                       Poor Tetris.                                                                                                                                        Even the COM isn’t doing that well.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: October 1993   The original Tetris for the NES is a complete work, perfect inasmuch as any game can be perfect. So why Tetris 2? Perhaps a Tetris sequel … Continue reading #657 – Tetris 2

#656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

                                                                                                                                                                                           Dah.                                                                                                                                                                    Love the Cossacks.                                                                                                                “From Russia With Fun”? C’mon, Nintendo…                                                                                 Nintendo’s version has more vibrant colors for the Tetris pieces.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous (Tengen)/ 1 (Nintendo) PUBLISHER: Tengen/Nintendo DEVELOPER: Tengen/Nintendo GENRE: Puzzle RELEASE DATE: 1989 (Tengen)/ November 1989 (Nintendo)   Tengen’s Tetris is … Continue reading #656 – Tetris (Tengen/Nintendo)

#652 – Tennis

                                                                                                                                        But… his shirt is blue in the game.                                                                                                                                                Mario reffin’ like he’s got a pair.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: October 1985   Twenty years before Wii Sports lit up retirement homes worldwide, Tennis was Nintendo’s first stab at the back-and-forth racket game. … Continue reading #652 – Tennis

#625 – Super Mario Bros. 3

                                                                                                                                Soaring to new heights of excellence.                                                                                         Love those cinnamon bun clouds.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: February 1990   If there is such a thing as “the perfect NES game,” Super Mario Bros. 3 is it. From the moment the curtain rises to … Continue reading #625 – Super Mario Bros. 3

#623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 4: Worlds 5-8

                                         Europe put a black border around the Japanese cover – pure genius!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1985   Missed the previous posts? PART 1, PART 2, PART 3                                                                                                     World 5-1                                                                                                                                                   Three-fer Madness.   The Bullet Bill’s arrival marks the second half … Continue reading #623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 4: Worlds 5-8

#623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 3: Worlds 2-4

                                                                                                       Bowser and Toadstool/Peach have come a long way.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1985                                                                                                     World 2-1                                                            The lack of oxygen doesn’t hold Mario back from dancing on a vine.   With the second world, Nintendo tweaks an important ground rule … Continue reading #623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 3: Worlds 2-4

#623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 2: World 1

                                                                                                                                                               In case you forgot…                                                                                                                                                Hooray! The title screen!   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1985                                                                          World 1-1 or “How Mario Got His Pilot Wings”                                                                                                       It happens to the best of us.   Mario starts off small and weak. … Continue reading #623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 2: World 1

#623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 1 – An Overview

                                                                                   The Lord of the Jump makes a significant, life-destroying error.                                                                   Bowser looked a lot more frightening back in the day.   PLAYERS: 1-2 alternating PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Platformer RELEASE DATE: October 1985   The original Super Mario Bros. is one of the most analyzed and discussed games of … Continue reading #623 – Super Mario Bros. Part 1 – An Overview