As I'm writing this review for this website, you probably already know that I love retro games. But what you probably don't know is that I work in a comic book store and I also love comics. So when issue #1 of Mega Man came in I can assure you I was stoked!
Written by Mike Towns.
I’ve been playing Video Games for quite a while, nearly two decades in fact. I was first introduced to the medium by my siblings who let me play their Commodore 64 when I was around three years old. My brother had me programming in Basic and even though I couldn’t exactly read or write proficiently I was able to create a little bouncing ball on the screen and I was thoroughly amazed
Ok, here’s the story. There’s this truck. It’s red. On the back of this truck is a giant nuclear freaking warhead. Not a problem I hear you think, it’s on a truck with a driver who is carefully driving it to safety. WRONG! There is no driver! What would be the logical step? Find a way to halt the truck to an easy stop? Helicopter bomb experts onto the warhead to diffuse it? Or hire a demolition team to use a wide array of vehicles to smash apart anything in the trucks way
This one is a bit of an oddity. Manufactured by a German company (from what little I can find out online about it) named Bit Corp. (which sounds like a really cool chiptune artist name if you ask me) is the Black 4 In One cartridge. Why I refer to it as the Black 4 In One cartridge is because years after acquiring that one (I’ve had it since I was about 10 or 12) I managed to acquire an orange one with a different mix of games on it and the same name (which I may review later).
Ah yes.. Mortal Kombat.. one of my all-time favourite 1 on 1 fighting series made.. Hell, depending on which in the series, I tend to like it more than Street Fighter.. Yes there I go, I said it.. Maybe because I’m better at it (it as in Mortal Kombat 2 in particular), than I am at other Street Fighter games from the same era. Oh sure, different control mechanisms involved, but a 1 on 1 fighter is a 1 on 1 fighter…
The SEGA Master System was quite a unique console, especially with it’s titles, and later in the years (as in the mid 90’s) many 3rd party companies continued to develop titles for the platform, take Tectoy’s port of Street Fighter 2 for example. Due to the overwhelming competition that SEGA had with the NES in the 8-bit era, it was hard for SEGA to bring out original titles that would win audiences over. Sonic the Hedgehog was the exception naturally, and whilst talking about big-named platform titles, another title, which never got to see the day on SEGA’s 8-bit console was Castlevania.
I will cover Tom Boy first as that is the game we first acquired. I remember getting this game at some point when I was 8 or 9. We got Tom Boy and The Year 1999 (what a laughable name for a game given its 2010 - I’ll have to review that one in the future) together. Tom Boy was supposed to be my sister’s and The Year 1999 mine although we shared everything with the Atari anyway.
In 1993 a movie came out. Not such a big deadly, I mean a lot of movies come out in a year. That is true, however once in a while, a movie comes out and changed the game. A movie with such mind-blowing special effect, fantastic acting and brilliant plot and characterisation, all of humanity “awwwww’s” at its awe. Super Mario Bros is not one of these movies.
The 90’s era of gaming, my favourite era of gaming, it was the era where games would come out on more than 4 platforms, to the range of over 10 or so at one time. Perfect example was Prince of Persia. I mean this title first came out on the Apple II then Mac OS, DOS, NES, SNES, GameBoy, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST, PC Engine/TurboGrafx-CD, Master System/Game Gear, and the Mega Drive/Mega CD. Nowadays if a game is released for cross-platforms, what do we have at the moment: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP, Wii, DS, PC, Mac, iPhone. That is it really.
Every week my girlfriend and I go food shopping at a nearby shopping centre. Within the complex is a Gametraders and each week I look for bargains to review. This week I came across a NES game called Section Z. Even though I didn’t really recognise the game, for some reason something in the back of my mind tweaked over the cover art and title. This feeling of nostalgia for something familiar from my past compelled me to buy the game
If I was to ask you to name at least one side-scrolling beat’em up from the arcades that you can recall off the top of your head from the late 80’s to early 90’s, the more well-known titles would include Double Dragon and Golden Axe, and then there’s Final Fight.
I’ll never forget the first time I got my copy of this game.. From a friend in high school back in 1996, in the form of 10 floppy disks with .rar files on each one. Very exciting times, even though it was a shareware version..
The SEGA Master System 2 was the first home console I’ve had. It was a new experience in gaming for me as I was used to the arcades and Game & Watch games prior. I still don’t remember why we went for the Master System over the NES at the time. Might be the cost factor, as I did enjoy the games on the NES at the department stores when trying out which home console to go for. Although one thing about the Master System, was even though it had a large library of games, a lot of them were quite bad. This is one of the worst. Enter Running Battle.
The good old arcades, the first mainstream exposure to video games for me. Back in 1984, of course at 3-4 years of age anything that is loud and noisy in a confined space would excite me. This is the period, that home consoles would come and go, but arcades always stuck around, but not for long. Sadly the home console invaded the arcade market and the video arcades that we know and love (where the games aren’t just controlled with steering wheels dance mats and plastic rifles), are dead.
Oh yes, A lot of people that know me, tend to forget that I was once deeply involved in what I consider to be the dark ages of my gaming journey. The PC-gaming era.. It wasn’t all bad, it started great with the DOS/Windows 3.1 era where I didn’t have to worry about performance of games or anything, as I was still getting used to the simple factor of console gaming (I sold my SNES to put towards a 486 DX4 100Mhz with 8MB RAM, a 1MB video card and 540MB storage 1995), all I had to worry about was fuffing around with autoexec.bat and config.sys.