If you fully power up your weapons you turn into a flaming, butt-kicking phoenix. River City offered a city to explore filled with rival gangs more than happy to smash things over your head if you happen into their territory. If you have 120 lives, killing yourself was fun. This is all grown up. Unlike DuckTales, however, Rescue Rangers is basically linear. Brawl, the last Kid Icarus game was released on Game Boy nearly two decades ago. Next time you think all movie licensed games are garbage, dust off this old classic and surprise yourself all over again.
But the original is still the best, which is probably why it was singled out for a Game Boy Color release ten years after its Nintendo console debut in 1999. It was integral if you wanted a high score. It wasn't even that compelling. Who wants realism when you get enough of that behind the wheel in real life? Our Fondest Memories Ah, Kid Niki, with your crazy hair and your even wackier spinning sword. And you had side-scrolling stages, the core of the game, in which your character ran, jumped and attacked the invading alien hordes with a laser-whip. Our Fondest Memories All of the Adventures of Lolo games were great, but the third chapter has the best puzzles of the whole series — and almost the most difficult.
There is an art to snagging territory, and players eventually must learn how to manipulate the irrepressible Qix itself. Released in 1988, it pioneered something very important for the racing genre. Those that picked up Jackal merely due to its similarity in appearance to games like Contra and Castlevania were not disappointed. This game was much tighter in control and actually gave a better sense of accomplishment to the player. The game places a greater emphasis on exploration than the first, and can get a bit confusing, but if you hop around enough you can find your way through the game fairly easily.
Pro-Am, and cast players as the captains of a high-speed, heavily-armored attack ship cutting through tropical waters to take on sharks, rival watercrafts and giant sea serpents. It wasn't only the aesthetics that made the original Castlevania a great game, one that spawned one of the most popular and well-known series in gaming history. With Mega Man veterans like Keiji Inafune and Yoshihiro Sakaguchi getting the most out of the technology, Duck Tales proved to be an amazing game in its own right. Two guys with a knife and a suicide complex decide to invade Russia. It's a game you design, a game where everything - from the pit crew to the power boost, from the suspension to the speed, right down to the color of the racing machine itself - is in your control. What a glorious game, from the overall design down to the visuals and music. Our Fondest Memories I will always have a special place in my heart for the original Super Mario Bros.
The detailed, cartoon-like graphics go a long way towards easing the pain of the game's extreme difficulty, as does the inclusion of cooperative play — at least you have someone to blame when you run out of continues on the second level. Our Fondest Memories First off, screw you Nintendo Nerd. Looking at gameplay, there's pure racing, vehicular combat, pulling off tricks, carefully timing jumps, souping up your ride, and any combination of all of the above. Who knew The Goonies were big in Japan? A pretty solid movie, really. The music is as memorable as anything from Nintendo. These powerhouse efforts were complemented by a robust library of third-party titles. There are over a hundred single-screen levels to conquer in Bubble Bobble, clear all the enemies before you timer is up and you are safe to move on.
While a clipper ship and canoe allow you to access new areas of the map, it's the airship that's worth holding out for. Evidence of this is all over the place, from the enemies to some of the music. Our Fondest Memories Choreographing delicate rescue operations with my cousin was a blast, sending one Jeep to collect P. A tremendously fun and underrated game. The key to not being obliterated is, of course, power-ups. Our own Mark Bozon has been working diligently to bring this title back to life, perhaps by way of the Virtual Console. Gradius' unique power-up system makes for some tough decisions: do you beef up your defenses in order to tough out that inevitable meteor shower? As much as I enjoyed, I honestly don't believe I ever beat it.
Wily is behind the madness yet again. You sped through a scrolling track, weaving up and down into and out of four parallel lanes filled with obstacles, traps and humongous hills. You took on the role of a nameless hero setting off to save a village of Elves who are slowly being poisoned by the magic of the malevolent Evil One. As with most run-and-gun games, players lost lives when taking damage in the title, gained lives when they garnered points , and were faced with a myriad off boss battles once they dropped off their rescued comrades at their respective rescue locations for helicopter pickup. You'd leap off the peaks in your path and go flying through the air, and have to adjust the angle of your descent in order to maintain your momentum and keep from crashing — and you'd also have to keep an eye on your engine's temperature gauge all the while, as overheating would cause lengthy cool-down delays that would likely keep you from claiming first place.
This is also one of those games that might not have been given a lot of attention if it weren't for the influence of the magazine, Nintendo Power, which featured it on the cover of its April 1991 issue. Elegant, brilliant, and highly addictive—you won't be able to stop after just one race. Add it to the list! The variety in power ups kept me endlessly entertained and I cherished every moment with the blaring microphone attack. The first thing you'll notice is the great music, from the catchy title screen to the first race to the fantastic. This is easily the best racing game ever released for the Genesis.
Complete a shape and the area is yours. Funny that both of these defining characteristics have carried over through the years into modern day Gaiden sequels. Every Ice Hockey player discovered their own perfect combination of men, and then it was on to the ice. A port of a graphically superior arcade version, Konami gave Super C lots of love to help it make a successful transition, including the addition of several unique levels. When one stage is cleared, Scrooge can pick from any of the remaining stages to undertake his next quest.
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