Archive for October, 2012

Growing up, I was all about Nintendo. I still prefer Nintendo to this day. That’s not to say I don’t like Sega, Sony, or Microsoft. But I feel that with Nintendo being a big part of my life for the better part of 25 years, I could do them justice with a Top 5 list of my favorite Nintendo consoles. Now, of course, this is purely subjective. This list isn’t to say “These are the best, in order, and what you think is wrong.” I will be doing a “Handheld-only” list sometime down the road. This will concentrate on the ones that required a TV to enjoy. I currently own all 5 of these consoles (only 1 of which I’ve never had to re-buy over the years, I’ll explain that later).

#5- Wii

The Wii is a fantastic system. Don’t take me putting it at #5 as anything bad. There are only 5 Nintendo consoles anyway. This just happens to be my least favorite of the 5. I still like it though. I was able to get my hands on one only about 3 weeks after it launched (and if anyone remembers these things coming out in 2006, you know how freaking impossible it was to find one). I had a blast playing Wii Sports and… and… well, I never really bought much for the Wii. I rented and borrowed a lot of games. There really wasn’t much for the Wii where I felt “OMG, I MUST HAVE THIS!” Some games I likely would have bought anyway, I received as gifts, such as New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns. I think in the time I’ve owned a Wii I’ve actually purchased about 5 games. For me, this was a revolutionary console, without the revolutionary games I thought it would have.

#4- GameCube

Back when the GameCube was released my friends all made fun of it. They all made the same “lunch box” jokes that everyone else did. They badmouthed the mini-disks. I thought the GameCube had potential though. I wanted a GameCube so badly, I put a GameCube sticker over the logo on the front of my Nintendo 64 and wished it was a GameCube. None of them thought it could unseat the dominance of the PS2 (it wouldn’t, but they all eventually got GameCubes anyway). So when my 15th birthday came up, I had a decision to make. Did I want a Playstation 2 which had Grand Theft Auto III and was getting Grand Theft Auto Vice City in a few months? Or did I want to remain loyal to The House of Mario and hope the rumor I read in EGM about Vice City coming to GameCube was true? I went with the GameCube and Super Smash Bros. Melee, was sad about the false rumors, but still had fun. I don’t have quite the warm and fuzzy memories I do with other systems that I have with the GameCube, but I remember being a staunch defender of it with my friends, then hearing all those criticisms fly out the window when they all played Super Smash Bros. There are still some fantastic games I’ve yet to discover on this system and some games (such as Windwaker and Mario Kart Double Dash) command a higher price than the system itself in most used game stores.

#3- Super Nintendo

I was torn about what to put in this spot. I didn’t know whether what I had at #2 should go here at #3 and the SNES goes to #2. But I took a step back and thought about it. Even though this system was the 1st I could truly call my own (not counting the Game Boy), I didn’t necessarily “grow up” with it. I got my Super Nintendo for Christmas in 1995. I was completely excited for it. I loved it. I played the HELL out of it. The only problem is that the Nintendo 64 was just on the horizon and the SNES was soon to become old news. Despite the amount of time I played my Super Nintendo when I was a kid, I’ve done more SNES gaming as a “retro gamer” than I did when the SNES was the bees knees. The Nintendo 64 replaced my SNES only about a year-and-a-half after I got it. But the Super Nintendo still has some of my favorite games. Super Mario RPG introduced me to role-playing games. Kirby Super Star totally suckered me in with the whole 8-games-in-1 thing. This is still a very fun system to play.

#2- NES

I spent the first 13 years of my life with this guy. I have so many fond memories with the NES, some of which were covered in my 1st Top 5 article. I was devastated when it was stolen along with all my games in 2000. I think I would still have it today if not for that. I re-bought one a few years ago, and have tried to build back up the original collection and then some since. But my earliest memories of gaming involve the NES. Not only that, but some of my earliest memories in my entire life involve watching my dad play the Nintendo. My favorite game of all-time, Super Mario Bros. 3, calls this system home. The love-hate relationship I went through with Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! started and ended on my Nintendo. Overall though, there is still one I hold above all others…

#1- Nintendo 64

Here it is. Not only my favorite Nintendo console, but probably my favorite console of all-time. I still have the very same Nintendo 64 that I got for my birthday in 1997. I don’t think I would ever let it go. Over 15 years I’ve spent with this machine. Loving it when I first played Super Mario 64. Hating it for 6 months when I was wishing I had a GameCube. There are so many great games on here and so many games I wish modern-day games would take a page from. I wish they made wrestling games today like they did with Wrestlemania 2000 and No Mercy. I wish they made action-adventure games like they did Super Mario 64. Mario Kart 64 is THE BEST Mario Kart. When I have a crazy idea for a created wrestler, I don’t boot up WWE ’12, I pop in WWF No Mercy. Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2 helped me get through some tough days when my dad and stepmom divorced. The rollercoaster of emotion one feels in just a few seconds in Ocarina of Time is amazing. One second, you feel sad when Saria stares longingly at Link as he leaves Kokiri Forest, then the very next moment you feel inspired by the panning shot of Hyrule Field as you take your first steps out of your home. When I got my 1st car and drove somewhere on my own for the 1st time, I felt just like Link stepping out onto Hyrule Field. The Nintendo 64 had this middle ground between when you had more ability to tell a story with graphics than the NES and SNES, but not so much that you could rely on voice acting in games on later consoles. There is a reason why when people talk about moments they love in Zelda games, a lot of it centers around Ocarina of Time cutscenes. The Nintendo 64 was the 1st party machine. It was the 1st time I could remember me and a bunch of friends all sitting on the couch and gaming. There was no “taking-turns.” Everyone could play Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart and Wrestlemania 2000 and Mario Party at the same time. The Nintendo 64 was, and arguably still is, the ultimate dorm room machine. It is also my ultimate Nintendo machine. Nintendo may claim that the Wii and soon, the Wii U, will bring families and friends together, but for me, nothing does it better than the Nintendo 64.

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The Detroit Lions had a bye week this week, so I’ve decided to play as a different team this week! I was treated to 2 different viewing options in lieu of a Lions game this week. On CBS we had the Ravens visiting the Chiefs and over on FOX (where the Lions would normally be seen) we had the Green Bay Packers taking on the Indianapolis Colts. The Ravens/Chiefs game ended up being a defensive struggle, while the Packers/Colts game ended with a thrilling finish as the Colts engineered an 18-pt comeback to win 30-27. The comeback win was made even more special by the fact that their Head Coach, Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, and thus, had to miss the game. I went with the Ravens/Chiefs game to play for this weeks TSB2013 game because I don’t think I could improve on the story that was the Colts/Packers game. Plus, the Chiefs are my secondary (eh, maybe tertiary) team behind the Lions (or… well… the Colts). With that said, I will be playing as the Chiefs for this one. Let’s get going!

Week 5: Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs

1st Quarter

  • The vaunted Ravens defense flexes its muscle on the first drive. Shutting down RB Jamaal Charles on the 1st two plays, and then forcing WR Steve Breaston to fumble. Ravens recover.
  • Chiefs LB Tamba Hali nearly blocks the field goal attempt, but the Ravens miss anyway.
  • Ravens DE Haloti Ngata drops QB Matt Cassel for the sack.
  • I foolishly go for it on 4th-and-20. Luckily Breaston catches the long bomb. I run out of bounds, lest he fumbles.
  • Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki dives to make the long catch and barely slides in for the TD! 7-0 Chiefs.
  • This is already more than the Chiefs scored against the Ravens on Sunday, so I guess I’m doing alright!
  • The Chiefs force a fumble and Tamba Hali comes up with the recovery! Chiefs ball!

2nd Quarter

  • Jamaal Charles punches it in from the 1-yard line for another TD! 14-0 Chiefs.
  • I’m getting lucky on these defensive play choices I think. After two straight Ravens runs for loss, Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson drops Ravens QB Joe Flacco for the sack. Ravens go 3-and-out.
  • On the 1st play of the following Chiefs drive, Cassel scrambles, but is eventually sacked.
  • Don’t know if I was playing Madden yesterday, but I decide to go for it on 4th down again, but it works out in my favor as Cassel dishes it to WR Dwayne Bowe for the TD! 21-0 Chiefs.

Interesting Halftime Stat(s): Boy, I thought 3 yards of offense allowed against the Vikings was miniscule. How about exactly 1 (one, uno, eins, une) yard of offense allowed by the Chiefs defense?

 

3rd Quarter

  • Gotta love accidental onside kicks. Love ‘em even more when they go my way. Sadly, this one did not.
  • Ravens nearly gain some actual offense, but a fumble shuts that down. They recover though.
  • I erase their gains with a drop of Ravens RB Ray Rice in the backfield.
  • Copy and paste the line above, then add “Ravens punt.”
  • As much as I’m making fun of the Ravens not moving the ball, I’m not doing so hot on the ground at all.
  • Grrr… At least I have a comfortable enough lead to where I don’t HAVE to go for it on 4th down. I GUESS I can punt it.
  • For the first time all game, the Ravens get a 1st down. OHHHHHH NOOOOOOO!
  • And it’s their only 1st down as they are forced to punt!
  • That was one of the silliest plays I’ve ever witnessed in Tecmo Super Bowl. Matt Cassel attempts a pass, targeting Jamaal Charles. It’s picked off by Haloti Ngata. Ngata FUMBLES THE BALL! Dwayne Bowe recovers it and runs it in for the Chiefs TD without any Ravens defender within 20 yards of him. 28-0 Chiefs.

4th Quarter

  • Aaaaaaaand the accidental onside kick goes my way!
  • Ravens LB Jameel McClain drops Cassel for an 11-yard sack.
  • I attempt a loooong field goal. Soon as I hit A, I said “Nope!” But it bounced off the crossbar and went in. It’s good! 31-0 Chiefs.
  • Ray Rice breaks open a long run for a Ravens TD. Too little, too late, my black and purple avian friends. 31-7 Chiefs.
  • I don’t care if I’m up 24 points late in the 4th quarter! I’m passin’ this f’n ball! And I pass it right to Fullback and Madden 12 cover star Peyton Hillis for the TD! 38-7 Chiefs.

Final Score: Kansas City 38, Baltimore 7

Stat of the Game: OK, so Charles and Rice both finished with 12 yards on the ground, but Rice’s 12 yards are even after that long (maybe 40 or 50 yards) TD run he ripped.

Compared to how the real life game turned out, this was the exact opposite. The Raven’s won that one 9-6. I scored over 6 times as many points, while allowing 2 fewer.

Well, we get back to Detroit next week as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles. I’ve been told by someone who has this same ROM that the Eagles are unstoppable in this game. Yikes.

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System: NES

Release Date: November 1988

Rarity: 20%

Price/Location: $3.99/Gaming Warehouse (Grandville)

July 11th, 2012

Dear Journal,

Today I went in to the local game shop to purchase some games for my new blog. I picked out a lot of neat games, seven to be exact, but one game really caught my eye. It’s called Super Team Games! It looks like a really fun game! I’ve never seen any other Power Pad game aside from World Class Track Meet, let alone played one. I think a game as unique as this one will make a fun addition to my fledgling blog. But for right now, I’m going to play another fun-looking game I picked up called Dewy’s Adventure!

July 22nd, 2012

Dear Journal,

Well, Dewy’s Adventure was a bust. But what else can you expect from a Wii game that cost $3? I really want to play Super Team Games, but I finally managed to track down an old Nintendo game I’ve been looking a long time for, The Guardian Legend! I want to space out the different systems I play games for a bit, so Super Team Games is going on the back burner for the moment. I hope The Guardian Legend turns out alright, considering how hard it was to find.

August 2nd, 2012

Dear Journal,

The Guardian Legend turned out really fun! It was well worth the trouble of tracking it down! Something odd happened though when I went to put it away. I went to set it on my NES shelf and Super Team Games was sitting in the spot where Guardian Legend was sitting previously! It freaked me out for a second, but I realized I had been really sleepy when I cleaned up my game room. Still, why would I put Super Team Games on the shelf, but leave the other games in the bag? Chalk it up to a lack of sleep, I guess!

August 14th, 2012

Dear Journal,

So I think someone is messing with me. I came down to my game room to work on my Game Boy games article, when I noticed something strange. Super Team Games was sitting on my chair! My girlfriend’s father is always pulling jokes on me, so I just chalked it up to him playing a prank. Strange thing is though; I never mentioned anything about the game to him before. Maybe it was a coincidence.

September 2nd, 2012

Dear Journal,

Ugh, gotta love summer storms right? Unfortunately the power went out and the circuit breaker is in the basement. I’ve been avoiding the basement since last week since I found Super Team Games sitting in my NES! I knew this was no prank that someone was playing! I was the only one home and I had JUST got done playing Bad Dudes! I walked upstairs to grab a Diet Pepsi and came back down and there it was! Then today, when the power went out, I mustered up the courage to go down there… and the red NES light was on and blinking. How?! The power was out!

September 10th, 2012

Dear Journal,

I took my NES to get repaired. I don’t know if it had anything to do with my NES being on while the power was off, but better safe than sorry. I came home to find my Power Pad sitting on the couch! I could have sworn I left it at my dad’s house up north! I need to take a break from playing games in my game room. I’m gonna start a new segment on the blog where I play a hacked ROM version of Super Tecmo Bowl. That will suffice for now.

September 15th, 2012

Dearest Journal,

I’ve been having some strange dreams lately. The children on the box art of Super Team Games came to life. They started throwing logs at me. Each night the logs get closer and closer. I’m afraid to sleep tonight.

September 18th, 2012

Oh God, Journal,

I had been up for 3 straight nights. I must’ve nodded off because I had another nightmare. This time the Super Team Games children had me hooked up to all these wires in some kind of laboratory. The room was a bright white. They were forcing me to play some kind of nightmarish version of their game. I was being forced to use the Power Pad to make someone who looked just like me run down a track made of souls and leap over hurdles made of bloody bones. If that wasn’t freaky enough, when I woke up I was wrapped not in my blanket, but the Power Pad.

September 30th, 2012

Dear Journal,

Things have been going great! The dreams have stopped, the freaky occurrences have gone away, and I’m a lot happier! I’ve gotten back to writing for my blog! I had a little assist from my girlfriend on this one, but it was the first time I went into the basement in almost a month! Baby steps, you know! Hahaha! Of course you don’t! You’re a non-sentient book of paper! Oh, it’s 5:30! Time for my meds!

October 7th, 2012

Greetings and Salutations, Non-Sentient Book of Ground-up Wood Pulp!

Didja know what’s fun? Playing airplanes in the middle of the road! But those stupid big loud metal things that roll down them don’t like it when you do. One shouted “Put some pants on freak!” So I went onto the roof instead! Strange as it may sound to you, NSBGUWP, I can’t fly! Super Team Games said I could! Especially if I used the Power Pad as a cape! Then it suggested my REAL superpower was SUPER LUNG STRENGTH!So it told me to fill the tub up and test it out. Super Team Games said I should bring the toaster with me, just in case I get hungry.

October 8th, 2012

Enough of this. I need to PLAY this game if I am going to get over it. I got everything hooked up and ready to go. I turned it on. Don’t let the cutesy graphics fool you, this game is a monster! I selected “Super Obstacle Course” because if I’m going to conquer this game, I’m going all the way. Our first event is “Log Hop” I start running as fast as I can. I leap over the logs with gusto, nothing standing in my way. I am going at what I think is a torrid pace… until I see my opponent has an enormous lead on me. It’s discouraging, but I press on, hoping to gain ground later. This event smoothly transitions into the Belly Bump Ball. At the speed I’m going I send the ball flying! This may not be so bad! I can finally catch up! But I slip! I lose momentum! The ball is barely moving now! I’m fading! My legs are weak! I’m out of breath! Drenched in sweat! Done. The game has beaten me. Journal, Super Team Games is a force to be reckoned with. No game, retro or modern, has given me the workout this one did. You have to be in tip-top shape to succeed. It was a wake-up call. In a sense, I respect this game.

Final Verdict: HIGH FIVE

In all seriousness, this game kicked my ass, but it is quite the workout. Everything about this game is technically functional, but you have to be in shape to play it for an extended amount of time. This isn’t like World Class Track Meet where the events were short and sweet. The sprints on this last quite a bit. That first “Log Hop” event was 2 straight minutes of full-blast sprinting speed. If you want a good workout, forget DDR, forget Wii Fit, and forget P90X. Get yourself an NES, a Power Pad, and a game that defines evil workout, Super Team Games.

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The disappointing season for the IRL (In Real Life) Lions continues. They lost an ugly game 20-13 to the Minnesota Vikings. The difference may only have been 7 points, but Minnesota looked like the better team by a mile. After 4 weeks the IRL Lions are 1-3 and the IRL Vikings are 3-1. Coming into this week’s Tecmo Super Bowl game, the TSB2013 Lions are 2-1 and the TSB2013 Vikings are 0-3. This is what most would have thought these teams would be sitting at at this point in real life. The IRL Vikings pulled a massive upset against the 49ers, with their only loss being a 3-point difference to the Indianapolis Colts. As far as Tecmo Super Bowl 2013 goes, the Vikings stink and the Lions have scored the 2nd most points in the league. Only Miami (what?!) has scored more. Enough with the chit-chat… LET’S GET READY TO TECMOOOOOOOOOOO!

Week 4: Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions

1st Quarter

  • Before my opening drive I put Mikel Leshoure in at running back in favor of Kevin Smith. Leshoure went on to fumble it on the first play. Luckily it bounced out of bounds.
  • After a few 1st downs on the ground, Stafford airs it out to Megatron for the TD! 7-0 Lions.
  • An accidental onside kick works out in my favor as the Lions recover it. Yay, happy accidents!
  • A long pass to Titus Young sets up Leshoure to punch in a short 3-yard TD. 14-0 Lions
  • This is the 1st time the Vikings have been on offense this game and it’s 2 seconds to go in the 1st. RB Adrian Peterson is dropped for a 4-yard loss. Pity.

2nd Quarter

  • Vikings are forced to punt after going 3-and-out. Am I finally getting a game where I can breeze through unpressured?
  • Maybe not. I also go 3-and-out.
  • Another 3-and-out for the Vikings.
  • Mikel Leshoure says “NO!” to another 3-and-out and breaks a 40 or so yard run on the opening play of the drive.
  • “Hey Nate Burleson?” “Yes, Matthew Stafford?” “Can you catch this ball so we can blow this game open?” “Sure thing, Matt!” 21-0 Lions

Interesting Halftime Stat(s): I’m gonna have to go with Minnesota’s 3 total yards of offense. As much as I’ve had a problem containing running backs so far, it’s surprising to see I’ve held Adrian Peterson to 0 or less yards.

3rd Quarter

  • I tried an onside kick on purpose this time to open the 2nd half. I so recovered the ball. I recovered the hell out of it.
  • Stafford throws a TD pass to Megatron that would have hit his home planet of Cybertron it was thrown so hard. 28-0 Lions
  • Accidental onsides kick again. Different result. Vikings recover and start on the Lions 21.
  • So much for the shutout. QB Christian Ponder to WR Percy Harvin for the TD. 28-7 Lions.
  • I get sacked by a guy named Erin. 4th-and-22 forces me to punt.
  • Ponder gets sacked by a guy named Kyle. 4th-and-29 forces the Vikings to punt.

4th Quarter

  • After a couple long bombs to close out the 3rd quarter, Leshoure opens Q4 with a short TD run. 35-7 Lions.
  • The Vikings give it to RB Toby Gerhart and he nearly takes it all the way for a TD, but fumbles the ball! Lions recover!
  • I put in Jahvid Best to spread the love amongst my RBs. Best fumbles it on the next play and the Vikings bring it back to about where Gerhart had fumbled. Balls.
  • Ponder tosses it to WR Jerome Simpson 2 plays later. 35-14 Lions.
  • Vikings try the onsides. Nate Burleson recovers it and nearly brings it in for a Lions TD… if I hadn’t zigged when I should have zagged. D’oh!
  • Lions RB Keiland Williams scrambles for 10 or so yards to get the TD. Just to recap… Leshoure: Sure. Keiland Williams: The Kei to a TD. Jahvid Best? Not the best. 42-14 Lions.

Final Score:  42-14 Lions

Stat of the Game: Once again, Minnesota’s offense gets spotlighted here. 45 total yards. All passing. I’m guessing this particular game was played at night because “All Day” Adrian Peterson failed to show up.

Compared to the IRL game: Way better than the IRL game! Detroit lost an ugly one last Sunday. I won big.

The Lions have a bye week next week, but I’ll still be playing a game and writing about it. I’ll be posting a poll on my Facebook page asking you which Week 5 game I should play. Yay!

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System(s): Super Nintendo (also available on: *deep breath*Acorn Archimedes, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy, Game Gear, Mega-CD, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis)

Hoo-boy! This game I wavered on back and forth for a long time. Those that pay attention to my Facebook page may remember that I mentioned this game when talking about troubles you were having with puzzles in certain games but their solutions made you go “Duh, why didn’t I realize that sooner!” The reason I wavered back and forth on this is because I wasn’t really sure if I hated the game enough to give it the landfill treatment. But then I realized something. After all the time spent trying to figure out that puzzle, the game doesn’t get any better, and in fact, gets worse. The game was already bad before and the frustration I felt with getting stuck left a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of my time with the game. Bad level design, WAY too many enemies on screen, and a melee attack that looks like air humping (it’s actually belly bumping, but it looks gross) make for a package ripe for the back of the Waste Management truck.