Hello fellow Mega Man connoisseurs! Today, thanks to my E-Tank filled with coffee and determination, I have vanquished Mega Man 2 and am eager to write about it. HOWEVER, reviewing Mega Man 1 was quite the undertaking; much more so than I had originally anticipated. Couple that with a strangely busy work … Continue reading Mega Man Week has turned into Ongoing Mega Man Updates!
The PAL cover… still far superior to Pops Lumpy on the American cover. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Capcom DEVELOPER: Capcom GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: December 1987 Instead of Mega Man’s typical eight bosses, there are only six here: Bomb Man, Guts Man, Cut Man, Elec Man, Ice Man, and Fire Man. You … Continue reading #401 – Mega Man – Part 2 of 2
Tron? Blade Runner? A gay porn? What was Capcom’s inspiration and motive behind this most atrocious of covers? Once again, Japan brings it on home with this excellent – and accurate – Famicom cover. Did you see that cover for Mega Man? Of course you have, dozens of times, and … Continue reading #401 – Mega Man – Part 1 of 2
The original Mega Man series is one of my favorites on the Nintendo. The graphics are excellent, the music is timeless, the controls are tight, and the gameplay – oh, the gameplay. You’ll be hard pressed to find Nintendo games more frustrating – and rewarding – than the first six Mega Man games. Indeed … Continue reading Mega Man Week – 09/14 – 09/21
I’ve had a vendetta against dogs and divers for years… Your battleship can’t help you now, unholy diver! PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: SNK DEVELOPER: SNK GENRE: Light Gun RELEASE DATE: June 1990 In the late 80s and early 90s, the arcade scene was exploding with shooting games. These were … Continue reading #400 – Mechanized Attack
The final seven games reviewed for your bemusement! PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Various GENRE: Various RELEASE DATE: 1992 STAKK’M There’s that yum yum stakk’um I’ve been longing for. Please won’t you stakk’m… for the children? This is another one of those “falling … Continue reading #399 – Maxi 15: Part 2
The Maxi 15 cartridge gives itself five out of five stars. “I’m awesome!” it declares. PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous/alternating PUBLISHER: American Video Entertainment DEVELOPER: Various GENRE: Various RELEASE DATE: 1992 The unfortunately titled Maxi-15 takes it to the hoop with fifteen games of varying quality. All of the games, save for two … Continue reading #399 – Maxi 15: Part 1
The lesson of this cover is that drunkards always come out on top. Gimme dem yin-yangs! PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Color Dreams DEVELOPER: Sachen GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 1989 Well, round about the Far East, there were these two fellers, Chu and Hu. Both were Masters with a … Continue reading #398 – Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu
Mario blissfully ignores Abraham Lincoln’s cries to turn the time machine around and pretend this game never existed. Ugh. They couldn’t even get the original Mario Bros. layout correct. PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Software Toolworks DEVELOPER: Radical Entertainment GENRE: Edutainment RELEASE DATE: June 1994 Less than a year after Mario’s … Continue reading #397 – Mario’s Time Machine
This cover makes Luigi look like an absolute idiot. HE’S RIGHT BEHIND YOU! Excuse me, officer? I’d like to report a missing person – officer? OFFICER?! PLAYERS: 1 PUBLISHER: Software Toolworks DEVELOPER: Radical Entertainment GENRE: Edutainment/Adventure RELEASE DATE: July 1993 Mario is missing, alright, along with the typical … Continue reading #396 – Mario is Missing
I still don’t understand Nintendo of America’s need to replace the original goofy Mario Bros. Mario with the Super Mario Bros. Mario sprite. Continuity, sure, but it’s cooler to see how the character evolved. This is more like it. Ah, sweet Famicom covers. When sewers strike back… … Continue reading #395 – Mario Bros.
“And here comes the black ball from the top and WHAM! Blue is off the field, with red narrowly avoiding destruction! What MADNESS have we just witnessed!” WEEEEE!!!! PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Milton Bradley DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Arcade RELEASE DATE: March 1989 Marble Madness is all about controlling a … Continue reading #394 – Marble Madness