Wow, this year kinda sucked… In a way.
Usually I do a lot of GotY posts, with one per major system/handheld and one for multiplat releases (since including multiplat releases in “best of X system” awards is retarded GameTrailers), as well as overall winners, with 3-5 winners in each category if possible (because I feel it’s ridiculous to call anything a “best” game, and I like choice). This year there just aren’t enough great games for that.
Not to say there weren’t good games, but very few that I feel were good enough to be in the running for GotY. So, due to that, I decided to go at it in a very simple manner and do one post, and maybe put a couple honorable mentions at the bottom for games I didn’t feel were GotY caliber.
So… let’s go with this year’s winners right away!
(Please note: I may not have played every game that came out in 2012, so sorry if I missed anything that you feel should win… oh, and FUCK Journey and FUCK anyone who likes that vapid non-game POS… yes, that means you Jim Sterling)
3DS, Console, Game of the Year, Games of the Year, Handheld, impressions, NES, PC, ps3, PSN, sexy, XBLA, xbox 360
Aww yeah, it’s Battletoads! One of the most hated and yet most loved classic game series. It’s notable due to every game in the series being balls hard, but a lot of people don’t look past the difficulty, like me, and see that they’re also really good games.
So let’s go and talk about one of my most played NES games and its series and see why I want it to come back!
arcade, Console, Dust Off The Cartridges, Games, Genesis, Handheld, impressions, NES, Opinion, Rant, retro
For the first post of this type, I’ll talk about one of my favorite games (amongst many others). It does have a pretty decent reputation among retro gamers and did get quite a bit of recognition recently, but it’s not frequently mentioned as one of the better games on the NES and it frankly should. Star Tropics is a truly unique action-adventure game in the Zelda mold, but with very unique gameplay design to it.
Let’s check out why I think it deserves to return!
Console, Dust Off The Cartridges, Games, NES, Review, Virtual Console, wii
And now the slow time of the year. July is usually very light on releases, one of the lightest months of the year except maybe for December, and this July is no exception other than for the 3DS.
We’re still getting some stuff. The 3DS has a staggering 4 releases, the Wii has a release, the PSP has a release, PSN and XBLA are getting something (I’m not sure when Jet Set Radio HD is supposed to come so I haven’t included it), and the NES is pretty likely to get something too. And it’s pretty much quality all-around.
Those include either games I’m interested in, or games that may be/become popular… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning, whether I’m personally hyped for it or not. No shovelware here.
3DS, Console, Games, games of the month, Handheld, NES, ps3, PSN, psp, wii, XBLA, xbox 360
I love when new NES games come out. It’s something of a rarity, so it’s always great to see an old system getting an actual game, instead of newer systems getting new games made to kinda look like they were made on the older systems. There’s just something really cool about it.
This is Nomolos: Storming the Catsle, an NES game that I frankly have trouble comparing to other games. Some people have been saying it’s like Castlevania, but I find it very different.
So read on and see if the game is worth checking out! This’ll be a quickie.
Console, Games, impressions, independant, NES, retro, Review
June! Games! Stuff! Words! Yeah, I don’t have anything to say this month. Let’s just talk about the games that are coming out.
So there’s a couple things coming out in June. Let’s see… a 3DS release, a DS release, a PSP release, 2 Vita releases, a Wii release, a PS3 release, 3 Xbox 360 releases (whoa!) and five multiplatform releases… And even possibly another NES release! Seems like everything is getting something in june!
Those include either games I’m interested in, or games that may be/become popular… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning, whether I’m personally hyped for it or not.
3DS, Console, ds, Games, games of the month, NES, ps3, PSN, Releases, wii, XBLA, xbox 360
Reviewing an old NES game, yay! This isn’t any old NES game though, it’s Mr Gimmick, a Sunsoft game that never came out in America, and some would say one of the best games on the system.
It came out in Japan and Europe, seemingly both including special chipsets for enhanced music. The game was also planned for an American release, to the point where it got a prototype that was pretty much ready for release. It had a few minor changes, specifically to the music so that it could play it without needed special chips in the cartridge.
The prototype was eventually found, and the folks at retrousb.com went and made a reproduction cart for all to play. So is it as good as people have said? Read on and see!
Console, Games, NES, Review
Releases on the virtual console have been few and far between lately on the Wii, almost has few and far between as Iâ€™ve been posting lately. Is it because theyâ€™re running out of good games to put on it? I highly doubt so. Only Nintendo would really know what the hell is going on.
I wrote most of this review a while back, so Iâ€™ll keep the old format, but from my next post, Iâ€™ll use the same system Jo started using.
But enough rambling. This week they released a NES/Famicom gem that hadnâ€™t seen a release in North America. It was called Hebereke in Japan and Ufouria in PAL regions. It was featured adventure-action gameplay similar to games like Metroid, but overall took from all that was good about games from the NES era while also showing hints of more recent standards in videogames, like infinite continues and the ability to pick right back up where you last left (assuming in this case you wrote down the password, which youâ€™ll probably wonâ€™t need as you can beat the game in one sit).
So was the 20 years wait in North America worth it? You know the drill, find out after the jump.
NES, Review, Virtual Console
Didn’t think that would ever happen. Here I am, reviewing a new NES game. It came out just a few weeks ago(as of the writing of this post), and it was all made by one guy, nicknamed Sivak (click here for his youtube channel). Yeah, when I heard about the game and saw gameplay videos, I was instantly excited for it. I mean, a new NES game in an NES cartridge, and it actually looked good? I had to play it. And what a nice addition to my continually growing NES collection too, which is now over 120 games big.
After a few months of waiting, it finally came for sale, and I got it within minutes, not long before it sold out.
Read on and see if Sivak made a masterpiece, or if was just a dud.
Games, NES, retro, Review
AH yes, Capcom milking something that hasn’t really been milked since the early 90s. After the success(and awesomeness) of Mega Man 9, it was no surprise that people wanted more, and Capcom never misses the opportunity to make easy money.
Since the fans loved it so much, myself included, this game goes back to the NES style of Mega Man games again. Cover art and all. Yeah, I really love that cover art… The game features nostalgic graphics, nostalgic music and nostalgic gameplay.
Does it hold of as well as Mega Man 9, or should have Capcom stopped milking the cow already?
Read on and see! Read more…
Announcements, Console, News, retro, video, WiiWare