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On the Eleventh Day of Christ-NES my true love gave to me:
Well I am back to Gauntlet again, not terribly surprised this game did not make it past licensing to make it onto the Wii VC but it is a pretty faithful port at the time. Not that the first game was bad but it did not have the full multi-player experience on the NES.
With an adapter and four controllers you and your friends could get the "full" experience of playing Gauntlet 2. Which is pretty impressive considering the very few amounts of 4 player titles on the NES.
However, ther improvements came at a cost.
First of all there is no music, which is more or less because they used the processing to allow 4 players at once.
Then the really big one is that there is no real ending... which is really quit the bummer when the original was so good. (probably to perfectly emulate the arcade and allow player to continue to rack up points)
Great fun multi-player game in the NES library.
On the tenth day of Christ-NES my true love gave to me:
It was 1997, I just moved to a new town and had no friends. Previously I had been a school bully and was on the track of becoming a homebody with an overly high sense of confidence. That all changed when I was taken to a far out and almost alien city where I was told that I could no longer just print in school but that I had to do half-cursive half-print. (They called it deneral, but I have never seen it anywhere else) They really wanted to hold me back another grade, as I was hyper active and yet dyslexic kid. ( they had no clue I was dyslexic but thought I had some form of learning disorder)
But already being a year older than necessary in my grade they could not force me to follow their rules.
So it was really hard for me to find friends at a young age, just felt like a fish out of water and I mostly stayed home and helped my mother around the house. One day I was helping her clean out our chestier drawers and I found a box not much different from the one above. I of coarse asked my mother about it and she told me that it was a gift for me and that I should re-hide it and not tell my father I saw it.
However, I knew it was there and I spent many months wondering what type of game this was going to be. I cannot stop thinking how my father's love of science fiction really brought me to a lot of different good games and books.
Finally the day of I got to open the package and I ripped the box wide open.
If only I still had that box...
My father and I played the game for a few hours and my brain was exploding as it was trying ever so hard to keep up with the expansive world to explore. Which most of the fun in the game was simply getting lost and trying to find your way out. Sometimes I would get stuck and not understand what the game was expecting of me, but nothing that a swift death could not cure.
I think the first month I had the game I simply brought the manual to school with me to read when I got bored of my classes. It was really neat being able to read the back story and learn all the controls and power-ups. There was a few tips and tricks but for the most part it was really nicely printed artwork.
I had played video games before. Like Super Mario Bros 1 & 3, but the world structure of Metroid was just so different and larger than any other game I have played before. Soon I was filling binders with passwords, where I learned the difference between 0s and Os. I kept the system of putting a line through my zeros and leaving the vowel blank.
Not having access to games that had save states, I could not but feel that Metriod had so much more value to the game as all of the progress could be re-loaded the next time I played. (well if I had enough time to write the password before my mother got angry at me XD)
Exploring Zebes, was probably the most I spent playing my NES as my child mind was not capable of really playing the game properly untill high school and even then I did not spend too much time mastering it as I ould go over to my friends house to play GameCube, N64, or Sega Dreamcast. ( I had a Dreamcast at the time.)
I do not think it was untill I was living alone at my Grandparent's house when I first sat down and just decided to play straight through that I first completed Metroid. ( I did not get the best ending) But it was in that week were I just sat in a forty degree Fahrenheit house that I really appreciated the game-play and the nice difficulty curve that always eluded my younger mind.
8bit games for adults, never really though there would be such a thing as at the time I though video games were for younger kids and socially inept people like me. But this was so much more than just Bubble Bath Babes, the game-play really challenged a person's sense of direction and asked for a higher level of problem solving than I had as a kid.
Any way Metroid is a really great game. I have really enjoyed I a lot of the sequels and the Prime Trilogy. But I always find myself coming back to the original Metroid to get my kicks. Not that the other game are not superior in many ways. But all the restraint due to system restriction forced them to a level of simplicity that made the game much more technical and complicated.
Another great title for the NES library, and hopefully a series that we will be talking about for a long time to come :D
On the ninth day of Christ-NES my true love gave to me
Atari publishing under the Tengen title to get past Nintendo's lockout chip licensing. Rather interesting port as it includes music and somewhat more fluid. Though graphically and control wise inferior port. Which is interesting that it would ever be consided a port as most games had to be rebuilt from the ground on every system they wanted them to be on.
No wonder most of the ports back in the day were a lot better than what we get now :(
This game repeats a lot: color pallets, objects, music, enimies. But for all that it repeats it makes up for in many differnet levels to play through and voice sound effects.
Sad thing is ai never had a friend to play it with me, so I never really go too far by myself.
Another really fun NES game :)
Okay so this will be a quike I gotta go to some new years party and forgot to pre-write this so please forgive me.
On the eight day of Christ-NES my true love gave to me:
Arguably one of the best first movie licenced video games, it is hard to beat what this game created.
Figurativly and litterally this game is one hard hard hard hard core game, not only does it vividly follow the movie scene for scene but it had some really good music with it to.
It is really easy to poke fun at how badly tranzlated this game can be as many people cannot remeber the terrible cave slimes and other liberties that are taken in this game. But the nice thing is that it actually loosly follows the movie faithfully. For NES game that is quit a huge feat.
Not to mention the vastly superior sequels on the SNES: Super StarWars.
Overall this is a fun game and a great addition to NES library.
On the seventh day of Christ-NES my true love gave me:
Arguably the best introduction story on the NES is SNK's Crystalis. Nuclear war, waking up from cryogenic sleep, Monsters taking over the world. You just cannot help but notice that the story in this game is just in a league of Kabuki Quantum Fighter when it comes to creativity and appeal. Basically this game is what would happen if Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy had a baby.
Real time action with all the RPG elements you would expect from a text biased game at the time.
One of the largest cartridges on the NES, it holds 3 megabits!!! Which is still half of the size of Kirby's Adventure at 6 megabits. But this is quite a costly cartridge at the time.
The graphics are pretty awesome and really show off the skills of SNK that will become the future staples of their 2D animation as even on the NES they had animation that reacted like 3D objects.
The music is pretty well done as it uses a lot of instruments that other games would not use on the NES. So this game sounds a lot different than other games on the system. Which makes this game truly a very unique experience :D In many ways it advanced for the time with open world save states, free roaming, live action bosses, and exploration without too much guidance.
There is a lot of grinding needed for this game, but if you are able to kill higher-level monsters you get rewarded quite hefty.
This game is another great treat :)
On the sixth day of Christ-nes my true love gave to me:
I am sure you already know about this game, but let me tell you my story:
When I was 10 and my Dad and I were alone on the weekend (mother and sister went somewhere) We rented this game to play on a random whim.
We spent the whole weekend taking turns on playing through the levels and just enjoying the energetic title. Kirby's Adventure is a tour de fource on the NES as the graphics are amazing, the music is amazing, the level desgin is also amazing.
I still think Island Paradise is the most amazing song out of the whole OST: (cannot get the intro at 16:28 cause of some silly glitch )
It might be a tad too easy but with so many diffrernet levels to find and mini-games to explote it is like a party that never stops. My father and I enjoyed using different combinations of powers to go through levels, though I think we had more fun playing the quick draw mini-game.
It has to be the most stylized game on the system as there were quite few that managed to have as complex animations. (probabbly due to the fact it is on the best cartridge on the system)
But by all means, this is a great game :D