Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Game Collecting: New Console Ahead

Last weekend while retro game hunting, I made another great console find! It's one of the less commercially successful consoles, which is a shame, because it's got some jaw-droppingly amazing games. Any guess at what it is?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Collecting Dust: Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (NES)

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
Adventure, Nintendo Entertainment System
1991 Hudson Soft

Certain games are bizarre, and certain games aren't that bizarre but have disturbing cover art. I think Princess Tomato falls into the latter of the two categories. Even with the blank, desolate stares of the clay vegetable-headed figures on the box art, that famous Hudson bee must mean it's a quality game, right? Let's take a look.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Suikoden (PlayStation)

Role-Playing Game, PlayStation (PS1)
1996 Konami

Suikoden was one of the first RPGs I played on the PlayStation, right around the same time I was exploring titles like Final Fantasy VII. It was Konami's first RPG on the fledgling console, and they certainly came out with guns blazing. Depending upon how it's played, this game can be either a fairly long, or extremely long endeavor, so let's begin our journey.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: StarTropics (NES)

Action-Adventure, Nintendo Entertainment System
1990 Nintendo

StarTropics is an RPG-flavored action adventure game from the cusp of the early 90s. I'm lucky enough to have a cartridge of this one, and as I promised in my game collecting post about it, here is the review!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rate With Friends: Top 5 Educational Computer Games of the 90s

Anyone who was a child in the 1990s likely had the joy of playing educational computer games at school or at home. From kindergarten through fifth grade my school had "computer lab Fridays". We got to learn how to use computers and play some awesome games in the process. But which among those educational games were the best? Andrew from Yes, These Things Matter is back once again - and that means it's time to rate with friends!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Game Collecting: Time to Buy a Sega Genesis

This week I followed my usual route of local thrift stores, but I changed one thing - I went on a different day. And whether it's because I picked a better day of the week to look for retro games, or I just had some good luck, I found something great!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Platformer, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1995 Nintendo 

Yoshi's island is a spinoff from the original Mario series of platformers, with the character roles reversed: Yoshi, the noble reptilian steed of Mario, is now the hero. It's actually a sort of prequel to the other Mario games, because in this one Mario is an infant. His brother Luigi was kidnapped by baby Bowser, so Yoshi takes the helm to save the day.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Retro-ish: Appy 1000mg

For the Retro-ish series, I'll be taking a look at present-day games that are evocative of retro games either visually or otherwise. First I'll be checking out Appy 1000mg, a game created by Sebastien Benard from Motion Twin for Ludum Dare 20 (May 2011).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Blue Ribbon: 5 of the Best Final Bosses in SNES RPGs

I've decided to expand my "Blue Ribbon" series of posts to list specific elements of games in addition to games themselves. There are a lot of games that aren't necessarily my favorites as a whole, but do have elements or characters I am fascinated by. With this expansion of the format, I can honor some of the titles that I might otherwise gloss over. Today's category is the best final bosses in SNES RPGs.