Aladdin. Capcom (1994) Super Nintendo

The only real fight in the Great 16bit Console War me and my mates had was between Aladdin on the Megadrive and Aladdin on the SNES. So forget your Crash Bandicoot vs Super Mario 64 as that wasn’t a contest. Forget Last of Us vs whatever toss Gears of War shite XBox360 had, and forget Sonic vs Mario. The only thing us “90s kids” actually cared about was Aladdin or Aladdin.

And with that, Aladdin on the SNES. Continue reading

Donkey Kong Country 2 : Diddy’s Kong Quest. Rareware (1995) Super Nintendo

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The absolute titanium balls on Rare, eh? Given creative control of one of Nintendo’s most beloved mascots in Donkey Kong, Rare proceeded to take the proverbial mile, creating it’s own lore and characters for the first game. A smash hit, it allowed them even more creative freedom – to the point where they made a Donkey Kong game WITHOUT DONKEY KONG IN IT. I like to think that Rare at this point was being run by nihilistic anime edge-lords. How else do you explain Kiddy Kong? Continue reading

Street Racer. Vivid Image (1994) Super Nintendo

I am going to shout this. THIS GAME IS SO 90s YOU GET POGS WITH THE GAME.

Now, I am going to whisper these three things very quietly, 1) I never knew there was a space between Ubi and Soft 2) Super Mario Kart on the SNES is borderline unplayable trash 3) I thought this game was a Street Fighter spin-off.

I’m not too proud to admit to two of those things, but I felt I needed to be honest with you all and since I clearly know nothing about this game, here we go.

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Knights of the Round. Capcom (1994) Super Nintendo

I made the bold claim that Turtles in Time was probably the best Beat ’em up you’ll ever play, and Reddit being Reddit proceeded to do what Reddit does best. Flame you for hours on end for: a) Having an opinion that differs from somebody else, and b) having not played a game that didn’t get a release in the continent you’re from.

Now I know opinions are like arseholes, in that everyone has them, but it did make me think is Knights of the Round any good, or is this just some douche on the internet smug raging?

Anyway, I bought a copy from Spain that turns out to be a dodgy PAL conversion. So with that in mind, how is Knights of the Round? Continue reading

Sunset Riders. Konami (1993) Super Nintendo

For a while now people have been telling me to try Sunset Riders out, and while I wasn’t ignoring them I just couldn’t be fucked paying the exorbitant prices for a copy in the UK. Fortunately I have found a Spanish retailer that will post to the UK meaning I was able to get this for £35 including postage, which is a saving of about £60. So WOOOOOOOOOOO!

Anyway, the game came highly recommended, so prepare for me to shit all over your dreams! Continue reading

The Addams Family. Ocean Software (1992) Super Nintendo

One of the challenges of attempting to review Retro Games is the ability to take off your own nostalgia glasses. Just because you loved a game when you were 8, doesn’t mean that you have to still like it. And just because you thought a game was good, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a steaming pile of Sonic Adventure.

I think I first played the Addams Family game in early 1993 at a mates house, and while the memories were good, the game is not. Continue reading

Total Carnage. Malibu Games/Black Pearl (1993) Super Nintendo

I kinda liked Super Smash TV, it was bloody difficulty, but if you were in the zone, and everything just “clicked” it was bloody fun and a hell of a laugh.

So what would Acclaim do to follow that great game up? Well, them being a lazy game developer they pretty much reskinned Super Smash TV into a Faux-Schwarzenegger commando type military shooter in the vein of MERCS. Continue reading