Smart Ball Review

Smart Ball Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda In the game Smart Ball, the player controls a nameless blue thing: a viscous blob with big eyes and a small mouth that looks like a moving drop of water. This guy has no name because the English translation removed every trace of the original story for …

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Wayne’s World Review

Author: John Legendoffzelda A bad THQ game from the early 1990s is a soulless, turgid mess designed without any sense of individuality. It looks and sounds awful, marred by crude graphics and tuneless music. It plays like the development team wasn’t done with it yet, and licenses an outside property not to …

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Ninja Gaiden Trilogy Review

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda I believe in a sort of honor system between video game companies, at least when it comes to the compilations they make. These updated collections get created when they are important, when the amassed games matter. They aren’t just made to serve only nostalgia, but the justification …

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Inspector Gadget Review

Inspector Gadget Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda The DiC produced syndicated TV show Inspector Gadget, about a rubber-limbed cyborg detective and his adventures defeating a criminal mastermind, had a video game made of it a whole seven years after the series ended. For an adaptation to come out seven years after its source material …

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Firepower 2000 Review

Firepower 2000 Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda On the opening screen of Sunsoft’s Firepower 2000, a silvery dune buggy and a golden helicopter attack a fortress in the middle of a desert. The yellow starburst on the fortress’ outside emits a direct laser, clipping the helicopter’s landing brace. The title’s logo doesn’t just appear, it …

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The Tick Review

The Tick Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda The time was right for The Tick to have shown his dumb grinning face when he did. Being a staple of the old Fox Kids lineup next to Animaniacs, another well-regarded piece of accessible 1990s satire, the show gave a needed contrast to the current state of …

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Super Smash TV Review

Super Smash TV Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda Released in video arcades back in 1990, the satirical and gory gun-fest Smash TV only wished it could adequately contribute to the decline of western civilization. Superficially grafting the bad-future aesthetic of The Running Man onto the design of Robotron 2084, the game presented monotonous and static action supposedly made relevant by the …

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Choplifter III Review

Author: John Legendoffzelda The only entry in its series made for the console, the pleasantly rudimentary helicopter adventure Choplifter III came a long way to reach the Super Nintendo. The first installment was made back in 1982 for the Apple II home computer; the high-end machine of the days when …

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The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse Review

Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse Review Super Nintendo

Author: John Legendoffzelda An inescapable cultural icon throughout the twentieth century, by the time of the early 1990s, Mickey Mouse had appeared in almost everything. Walt Disney’s and Ub Iwerks’ creation lent his image to a treasury of popular media in a series of logical extensions that eventually reached the …

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Killer Instinct Review

Killer Instinct Revew SNES

Author: John Legendoffzelda “Available for your home in 1995, only on Nintendo Ultra 64!” Video arcade customers in 1994 could regularly hear this message rumbling from cabinets of Nintendo and Rare’s Killer Instinct, an assured boast about the game’s longevity and a prediction of Nintendo’s future in the home console …

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