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
c. Metal Gear
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
5. RapeTrap™! How many gang members assault Marian during Double Dragon’s classic (and classically violent) opening?
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?
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]
13. True or false: Mega Man does not have his helmet on during the opening pan up the building in Mega Man 2.
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!
Remember to check back on 8/12 for the Decathlon!