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Answers to The Great Retro Olympics!: Opening ceremony

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So, I watched the opening ceremony for the Olympics last night and, don't get me wrong, it was spectacular. But I have a little bone to pick with NBC. They have been hyping up the whole "8-08-08" thing for months now (the Olympic start date). It’s a really cool gimmick, but ... um ... the opening ceremony started at 7:30. Seriously, NBC? 7:30? You couldn’t wait just a half hour to make sure it started at 8:00.

Anyway, it’s a minor quibble when the show was so amazing -- it just made me laugh when the dramatic promo guy came on the television last night saying “The Olympic opening ceremony. Live. 8. 8. 08 ... at 7:30.” Wow.

Thanks so much to everyone for participating in the first event of the Great Retro Olympics! You can check the correct answers below (in bold) to see how you did. Did you earn a medal?



1. At the beginning of Castlevania for the NES, which direction does Simon Belmont walk on the screen towards the castle’s front gate?
a. Right to left
b. Left to right
c. Neither; he starts already in front of the gate

2. Name the game opening!
[picture of Metal Gear opening parachuting sequence]
a. Ikari Warriors
b. Commando
c. Metal Gear
d. Contra

3. What event do balloons and fireworks erupt from during the peaceful opening aerial shot in Chrono Trigger?
a. The Carnival of Time
b. The Millennial Fair
c. The Guardia Gathering
d. The Truce Festival

4. Roland Emmerich must love the Super Nintendo! What classic videogame opening most likely inspired the below iconic scene from 1996’s Independence Day?
[YouTube of spaceship blowing up city]
a. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
b. U.N. Squadron
c. Contra III: The Alien Wars
d. Blackthorne

5. RapeTrap™! How many gang members assault Marian during Double Dragon’s classic (and classically violent) opening?
a. 2
b. 3
c. 4
d. 5

6. Quick! Identify Ryu’s father!
[picture of Ninja Gaiden opening battle]
a. [picture of Ryu]
b. [picture of rival ninja]
Ryu’s father is in the orange ninja suit.

7. What wakes Ness up at the start of Earthbound?
a. A gunshot
b. A phone call
c. A strange howl
d. A meteor crash

8. Which of the below spy tools does Otto use at the very beginning of Elevator Action?
a. [picture of binoculars]
b. [picture of night vision goggles]
c. [picture of camera]
d. [picture of grappling hook]

9. Cecil and his nefarious Red Wings attack what helpless village during the opening sequence of Final Fantasy IV?
a. Mysidia
b. Mist
c. Fabul
d. Troia

10. Oh no! An Earthquake struck Hyrule and mixed up all of Link’s furniture! Using the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past as a guide, help Link put his bed back!
[picture of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past blueprint]
a. [picture of upper left corner]
b. [picture of upper right corner]
c. [picture of lower left corner]
d. [picture of lower right corner]
I actually got this question wrong when I first wrote it and I have played this masterpiece almost a hundred times. I remembered the bed in position “d.” Oops. Ha ha.

11. What (or who) appears on the screen once Mike Haggar turns the television on?
[picture of Final Fight opening]
a. His kidnapped daughter
b. A ticking bomb
c. A plane full of hostages
d. His burned down house
His scantily clad kidnapped daughter to be exact.

12. Which of the below scary beasts interrupts Arthur and the princess’s peaceful picnic at the start of Ghosts n’ Goblins?
a. [picture of Strong Brute]
b. [picture of Gargoyle]
c. [picture of Red Demon]
d. [picture of Purple Demon]
Jerk.

13. True or false: Mega Man does not have his helmet on during the opening pan up the building in Mega Man 2.
a. True
b. False

Mario, Luigi, or both? Who appears on the title screen of ...
a. [picture of Mario]
b. [picture of Luigi]
c. [picture of Mario & Luigi]
14. ... Super Mario Bros.? (a.)
15. ... Super Mario Bros. 2? (c.)
16. ... Super Mario Bros. 3? (c.)
17. ... Super Mario World? (a.)

18. What is Aeris carrying during the classic opening cutscene of Final Fantasy VII?
a. A basket of fruit
b. A cloak
c. A staff
d. A basket of flowers

19. Name this character!
[picture of Colonel Campbell from Metal Gear Solid opening]
a. Master Miller
b. Donald Anderson
c. Kenneth Baker
d. Roy Campbell

20. Which of the below Yoshis grabs Baby Mario?
[picture of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island opening]
a. [picture of pink Yoshi]
b. [picture of brown Yoshi]
c. [picture of blue Yoshi]
d. [picture of green Yoshi]
Best game EVER!

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About Chad Concelmoone of us since 5:18 PM on 01.31.2007

Destructoid's former Features Editor. Chad loves the Super Nintendo, pinball, Pixar, and dolphins. His dream is to one day be taken to the undersea kingdom of the dolphins and made their new king. Since that may not happen right away, he bides his time writing features for Destructoid and managing all of the original content that is posted to the site.

He absolutely adores Destructoid and the incredible community that goes along with it. The site has truly changed his life for the better.

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My Top Ten Favorite (updated as I play) ...

... Role-Playing Games:
1. Final Fantasy VI
2. Mother 3
3. Chrono Trigger
4. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
5. Final Fantasy IV
6. EarthBound
7. Lost Odyssey
8. Kingdom Hearts
9. Paper Mario
10. Final Fantasy IX

... Adventure Games:
1. Day of the Tentacle
2. Full Throttle
3. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
5. Sam & Max Hit the Road
6. King�s Quest III: To Heir is Human
7. Grim Fandango
8. King�s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
9. The Secret of Monkey Island
10. Professor Layton and the Curious Village

... 2D Action/Adventure Games:
1. Super Metroid
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
3. Cave Story
4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
5. The Legend of Zelda: Link�s Awakening
6. Fez
7. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
8. StarTropics
9. Shadow Complex
10. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime

... 3D Action/Adventure Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Shadow of the Colossus
3. Beyond Good & Evil
4. God of War II
5. God of War
6. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
7. Metroid Prime
8. Okami
9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
10. Ico

... Survival Horror Games:
1. Resident Evil 4
2. Dead Space
3. Resident Evil 2
4. Dead Space 2
5. Resident Evil
6. Dino Crisis 2
7. Resident Evil 5
8. Alan Wake
9. Silent Hill
10. Dino Crisis

... Open World Games:
1. Red Dead Redemption
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
3. Bully
4. Grand Theft Auto IV
5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
6. inFamous 2
7. inFamous
8. L.A. Noire
9. Prototype
10. Crackdown

... 2D Action Games:
1. Contra III: The Alien Wars
2. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. ActRaiser
5. Contra 4
6. Ninja Gaiden
7. Gunstar Super Heroes
8. Viewtiful Joe 2
9. Snake Rattle 'n' Roll
10. Viewtiful Joe

... 3D Action Games:
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2. Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception
3. Gears of War 2
4. Bayonetta
5. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
6. Ninja Gaiden II
7. Gears of War 3
8. Vanquish
9. Gears of War
10. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

... Strategy Games:
1. Valkyria Chronicles
2. StarCraft
3. Fire Emblem
4. Pikmin 2
5. Advance Wars
6. StarCraft II
7. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
8. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
9. Pikmin
10. Plants vs. Zombies

... Sports Games:
1. Punch-Out!!
2. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
3. Wii Sports Resort
4. Wii Sports
5. Super Punch-Out!!
6. Mario Golf
7. Mario Tennis
8. Pilotwings 64
9. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
10. International Superstar Soccer 64

... First-Person Shooters:
1. Half-Life 2
2. Portal 2
3. Portal
4. BioShock
5. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
6. Singularity
7. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
9. Resistance 2
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops

... Racing Games:
1. Uniracers
2. Mario Kart DS
3. Diddy Kong Racing
4. F-Zero
5. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
6. Mario Kart 64
7. Wave Race 64
8. F-Zero GX
9. Excitebike 64
10. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

... 2D Platformers:
1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
2. Super Mario Bros. 3
3. Super Mario World
4. Super Meat Boy
5. Rayman Origins
6. Donkey Kong Country Returns
7. Mega Man 2
8. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
9. Mega Man 9
10. LittleBigPlanet 2

... 3D Platformers:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Super Mario Galaxy
3. Banjo Kazooie
4. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
5. Super Mario 3D Land
6. Super Mario 64
7. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
8. Jak 3
9. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
10. Jak II

... Fighting Games:
1. Super Smash Bros. Melee
2. Mortal Kombat
3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
4. Street Fighter IV
5. Super Smash Bros.

... Puzzle Games:
1. Tetris Attack
2. Planet Puzzle League
3. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
4. Meteos
5. Puzzle Quest 2
6. Tetrisphere
7. Tetris DS

... Variety Games:
1. Journey
2. World of Goo
3. Shatter
4. Wario Ware: Twisted!
5. Katamari Damacy
6. Pac-Man: Championship Edition
7. Devil�s Crush
8. Flower
9. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
10. Boom Blox

... Rhythm Games:
1. Elite Beat Agents
2. Parappa the Rapper
3. Rock Band 2
4. Rock Band
5. Guitar Hero
6. Um Jammer Lammy
7. Guitar Hero II
8. Karaoke Revolution - Volume 2
9. Karaoke Revolution Party
10. Karaoke Revolution

... Shooters:
1. Ikaruga
2. Star Fox 64
3. PixelJunk Shooter
4. Gradius III
5. Air Zonk
6. PixelJunk Shooter
7. Galaga Legions
8. Space Invaders Extreme
9. R-Type III: The Third Lightning
10. Omega Five

... Party/Multiplayer Games:
1. Mario Party
2. Mario Party 2
3. Scene It?
4. Mario Party 6
5. Mario Party 7
6. UNO
7. Mario Party 3
8. Pac-Man Vs.
9. Mario Party 5
10. Mario Party 4

... Simulations:
1. Roller Coaster Tycoon
2. Animal Crossing
3. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
4. Nintendogs
5. Animal Crossing: Wild World

... Light Gun Games:
1. Link's Crossbow Training

... Collections:
1. God of War Collection
2. Metroid Prime Trilogy
3. God of War: Origins Collection
4. The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
5. Final Fantasy Anthology
6. Final Fantasy Origins
7. Final Fantasy Collection
8. Sonic Mega Collection

... Beat 'em Ups:
1. Castle Crashers
2. River City Ransom
3. MadWorld

... LEGO:
1. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
2. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
3. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
4. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
5. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
6. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
7. LEGO Batman
8. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
9. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

... NES Games:
1. Super Mario Bros. 3
2. Mega Man 2
3. Mike Tyson�s Punch-Out!!
4. StarTropics
5. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
6. Castlevania III: Dracula�s Curse
7. The Legend of Zelda
8. River City Ransom
9. Ninja Gaiden
10. Snake Rattle �n� Roll

... Super NES Games:
1. Super Metroid
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
3. Final Fantasy VI
4. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
5. Contra III: The Alien Wars
6. Chrono Trigger
7. Final Fantasy IV
8. EarthBound
9. Super Mario World
10. Uniracers

... Genesis Games:
1. Gunstar Heroes
2. Earthworm Jim
3. Sonic the Hedgehog
4. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
5. Shining Force
6. Beyond Oasis

... TurboGrafx-16 Games:
1. Air Zonk
2. Devil's Crush
3. Neutopia II
4. Neutopia
5. Bomberman '93
6. Bonk's Adventure
7. Alien Crush
8. R-Type
9. Cho Aniki
10. Bonk's Revenge

... Nintendo 64 Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Paper Mario
3. Banjo-Kazooie
4. Super Mario 64
5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
6. Goldeneye 007
7. Star Fox 64
8. Conker's Bad Fur Day
9. Banjo-Tooie
10. Diddy Kong Racing

... PlayStation Games:
1. Final Fantasy IX
2. Metal Gear Solid
3. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
4. Final Fantasy VII
5. Resident Evil 2
6. Final Fantasy VIII
7. Spyro the Dragon
8. Parappa the Rapper
9. Dino Crisis 2
10. Ape Escape

... GameCube Games:
1. Resident Evil 4
2. Beyond Good & Evil
3. Pikmin 2
4. Metroid Prime
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
6. Pikmin
7. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
9. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
10. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

... PlayStation 2 Games:
1. Shadow of the Colossus
2. God of War II
3. God of War
4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
5. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
6. Kingdom Hearts
7. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
8. Ico
9. Final Fantasy XII
10. Okami

... Xbox Games:
1. Halo
2. Ninja Gaiden

... Wii Games:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Super Mario Galaxy
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
4. Donkey Kong Country Returns
5. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
6. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
7. Kirby's Epic Yarn
8. Punch-Out!!
9. Wii Sports Resort
10. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

... PlayStation 3 Games:
1. Valkyria Chronicles
2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
5. LittleBigPlanet 2
6. Demon's Souls
7. LittleBigPlanet
8. God of War III
9. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
10. Final Fantasy XIII

... Xbox 360 Games:
1. Half-Life 2
2. Portal 2
3. Portal
4. Lost Odyssey
5. BioShock
6. Red Dead Redemption
7. Rayman Origins
8. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
10. Batman: Arkham City

... PC Games:
1. Day of the Tentacle
2. Full Throttle
3. StarCraft
4. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
5. StarCraft II
6. Sam & Max Hit the Road
7. King�s Quest III: To Heir is Human
8. Grim Fandango
9. King�s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
10. The Secret of Monkey Island

... Game Boy/Game Boy Color Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
2. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
3. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
4. Metroid II: Return of Samus
5. Final Fantasy Adventure
6. Final Fantasy Legend
7. Golf
8. Tennis

... Game Boy Advance Games:
1. Mother 3
2. Fire Emblem
3. Wario Ware: Twisted!
4. Advance Wars
5. Drill Dozer
6. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
7. Metroid Fusion
8. Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising
9. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
10. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

... Nintendo DS Games:
1. Mario & Luigi: Bowser�s Inside Story
2. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
3. Elite Beat Agents
4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
5. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
6. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
7. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
8. Contra 4
9. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
10. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

... PSP Games:
1. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
2. God of War: Chains of Olympus

... Nintendo 3DS Games:
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
3. Resident Evil Revelations
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Pilotwings Resort

... WiiWare Games:
1. Cave Story
2. World of Goo
3. Mega Man 9
4. Fluidity
5. Mega Man 10
6. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

... PSN Games:
1. Journey
2. Shatter
3. PixelJunk Shooter 2
4. PixelJunk Monsters
5. Flower
6. PixelJunk Shooter
7. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
8. PixelJunk SideScroller
9. Noby Noby Boy

... Xbox Live Arcade Games:
1. Super Meat Boy
2. Limbo
3. Fez
4. Shadow Complex
5. Spelunky
6. Pac-Man: Championship Edition
7. Braid
8. Plants vs. Zombies
9. Costume Quest
10. Castle Crashers
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