Overall, issue 8 feels like it spends a lot of time looking forward and not as much on what’s current. But given that this issue would have been produced during the summer of 1989, there wouldn’t have been too many games coming out around that time. Still, in this issue we get a great look at the NES classic Ducktales and more information on the RPG that Nintendo hoped would storm America, Dragon Warrior. We also get a feature on the NES Satellite which allowed 4 player gameplay on games that supported it. The games listed that support it are mostly sports game but I was a bit surprised to see that Nightmare on Elm Street supports 4 players. Read More
Sometimes the timing of things is funny. As you know by now (hopefully) we just had an amazing Review a Great Game Day. As you may also know, or else are about to hear about, we have a second game review holiday here at 1 More Castle called Review a Bad Game Day. You’ll hear more about that one in the coming weeks. I mention it, though, because the next game in my project to unite my original eight Nintendo 64 reviews with the rest of the project is a review that happened to fall on Review a Bad Game Day. As a fun side note, this was also the day I started a really bad job. From August 8, 2013, my review of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue. Read More
Genesis Moss back again this time with a console review. Today I am reviewing the Turbo Grafx 16 and the PC Engine! These are two great systems and now that they are both finally in my grasp I can give them the proper love they deserve!
I first played Faxanadu as a kid, likely during the first year it was released, so in 1989 or 1990. One of my aunts had rented it when I came over to visit. I immediately loved the game, despite the fact that it is impossible to kill the first enemy in the game. That might not sound like a big deal, but I probably died twice trying to kill that slow-moving spike-covered bastard, figuring there’s no way a video game would throw you in front of an enemy you can’t kill as soon as it starts. Right? RIGHT?! I’m starting to think I might have a thing for games that are a dick to the player: (e.g., Zelda II, Simon Quest).
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the news in the world of TMNT. If you haven’t, move on.
OK, you’ve been warned.
By Theodore Ipecac Effete III
The Odyssey, Icelandic sagas, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and Tetris. The Faerie Queene, Animal Farm, Gulliver’s Travels, and Tetris. No, this isn’t a Sesame Street’s “one of these things is not like the other.” I shall describe to you how Tetris, especially for the NES, is the contemporary world’s greatest epic and allegory, a multilayered work of art with more meaning packed into it than anything that has come before it or after.
Easter was just around the corner, time to resurrect Holiday themed columns, right? Wrong. Eggs had started to invade us for a while now, from chocolate to painted plastic. However, with the influx of retro-style indie games and the upcoming Pixels movie, it seems Easter Eggs’ other meaning is attempting a barbaric invasion as well. With so many people trying to shove references in our faces, xenomorph style, and so many other begging for them, the gaming scene is quickly turning into a Royal Rumble, make that a Royal Scramble-(d eggs). It’s a shame so many are missing the mark more often than duck hunters on an LCD screen. Few are the ones who were able to cook up a rock solid recipe for references and Easter Eggs. I’m not saying I’m an expert on the matter, but if you have some time, stay a while and listen.
Thank you, dear readers for the excellent, amazing, and spectacular feedback you have given to our question of the month. We say it every month, but we really appreciate you all and could not do this without you. We’re hoping that the discussions started here can lead to further conversation and even friendships across the internet. After all isn’t that the power of retro gaming?
-Alex & Valerie
[Original review date: July 21, 2013]
Tetris has been around for almost as long as consoles have and seemingly continues to grow in popularity. Disney has been around longer than most people who will read this review and they have never lost a step, either. So what happens when you get Capcom to take the two entities and combine them? You get Magical Tetris Challenge for the Nintendo 64. Originally, people were super pissy about this game because it took Capcom forever to break onto the N64 and this is what they came with, a 2D Tetris game. Let’s see who’s laughing now. Read More
Happy Anniversary! Since the Nintendo Fun Club News, Nintendo publications were on a bi-monthly release schedule so issue 7 marks the 1 year anniversary of Nintendo Power. There wasn’t to many changes to the layout of the magazine but they included a fun addition that would give gamers a reason to pull out their copy of Super Mario Brothers 2 and play it again. Read More
Take a journey back into the mid 90s arcade scene with me.
What was popular? Street Fighter. Mortal Kombat. NBA Jam. Daytona USA.
All fantastic games, mind you, but it’s a far cry from the cutesy characters of the 80s. Pac-Man and Frogger were long gone, either a distant memory or a distant walk to the back end of the arcade. These games were in your face, with announcers screaming “FINISH HIM! BRAZIL! BOOMSHAKALAKA!”
If you follow me on Twitter you may know that my wife and I are expecting our second child in a little over a month. We are both extremely excited and utterly terrified at the prospect of two kids. Preparing for a newborn is akin to prepping for an impending natural disaster…just replace batteries with diapers. I remember how crazy those first few months were with our daughter, Mae. We were young parents on our own and had no real experience with kids. Even though it has been nearly 5 years since our first child was born, I hope I can remember the challenges and apply some of those lessons learned with Mae to baby #2. Today I propose something a little different than what normally appears in my series. I wanted to share a few gaming related tips I recall from my first go around at raising a gamer. Read More
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know, it was Tuesday but that is when I’m writing this. As I sip on my whiskey and enjoy the music of my people (I am super Irish, FYI), the time has come continue reuniting my first eight Nintendo 64 reviews with the rest of the class. It has been a fun project for sure, but I am getting antsy to write some new reviews. Still, at only half way there is still much to do. It was about at this point in the review series I realized that I needed to start mixing in games I wasn’t familiar with and that lead to this review from July 14, 2013 of Milo’s Astro Lanes. Read More
Hey folks… I have to admit, I’m kind of ashamed of myself after that last post… Publishing an article I wrote while half drunk on a beach chair lacked some professionalism and I apologize. Not wanting to repeat the same mistake, I was in dire need of some motivation. Fortunately, gaming has a solution for everything. This time, the answer was Classically Trained by Jon Harisson. Some of you may know him as @CT_Blog on Twitter, others may be familiar with the website. Basically, using “allegamy” to further your personal and professional development. I don’t want to dig too much into it, just check out this example instead.
In the early summer of 1996, I was obsessed with getting a Sega Saturn.
Like, I couldn’t eat, sleep or breathe without thinking of this system from the same folks who brought me Sonic the Hedgehog and a sorely underrated X-Men game on the Genesis. More than likely I was being brainwashed by the good people at Sega Visions magazine, who made no mention of the Sega’s blunders in debuting the Saturn in the United States. They just made sure I knew all about this fantastic machine and the amazing games it could play.
Saturday mornings and retro games go together like bacon and, well…everything. We have been preparing for a new addition to our family recently and have had to schedule our gaming time very carefully and Saturdays are perfect for us. There is something about cereal and pajamas that just makes retro games a little more fun. Our past few Saturdays together resulted in some really great Sega moments. The Genesis may not be the best console out there, but it’s ability to bring people together makes it really special. Earlier in this series I had discovered that at one point Sega had a small collection of games branded “Sega Club” that were specifically targeted at 3-5 year olds. My track record for choosing games that fit my daughter’s skill level has been pretty poor lately so I thought I would let the professionals over at Sega Club help point me to age appropriate games. So far we have only had a chance to play one other Sega Club game, Sesame Street Counting Cafe, and thought that it was fun; yet somewhat bland. I finally got my hands on Ecco Jr., another Sega Club exclusive. The game features two adorable dolphins and an orca whale that go on an adventure to meet their hero, Big Blue…why yes you’re right, that does sound delightful. Read More
Greetings once again, true believers. This month we’re writing to you from the far side of the galaxy, somewhere close to the Delta Quadrant. There may have been some interference with our communications, and as such we have not received any reader submitted answers to our question of the month. We realize that the process for submitting answers has been a bit cumbersome in the past, and that is changing. From here on out we will be using a Google Form to take answers. What this means for you is that you may now submit an answer more quickly. The link to the form will be at the end of the article, and we’ll be tweeting it out periodically. Of course it’s still ok to email in your answers, or to leave them in the comment section. We’d really like to keep this a community-oriented project, and cannot do that without you.
Man, I gotta tell ya. Sometimes being a reviewer is tough. You see, as a reviewer, it is my sworn duty to be objective. I can’t let personal feelings or affiliations get in the way of my responsibility, nay, my duty to you the reader. The quest to reunite my first eight reviews with the rest of the project continues with a game I love in a nostalgic sense. Unfortunately, I had to face the reality about the quality of this game. On May 25, 2013, I was forced to tell the truth about Cruis’n USA. Read More