カテゴリー: Console Games

Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos

Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos, known as ‘Sonic and Tails’ in Japan, is one of the final 8bit incarnations of everyone’s favorite hyperactive blue hedgehog, and the first 8bit appearance of his unassuming fox-that-flies-for-some-reason, Tails. Released in late 1993 for both the Sega Master System and the Game Gear, Sonic the Hedgehog: Chaos (or just ‘Sonic Chaos’ as it is normally called) was met with positive, yet unenthusiastic, reviews. Kind of like a hungover father, half asleep at his daughter’s ballet recital and giving her a thumbs up with one hand while using his other to cover up a yawn. Sonic Chaos is one of the easiest games I have ever played, ever.… Read the rest

ドラゴンクエスト Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest, or Dragon Warrior as it was known outside of Japan, is the first in a series of role playing games that really need no introduction. The game launched a legitimate phenomenon in Japan which continues on to this day. The game’s artwork being penned by Dragonball creator Akira Toriyama is the icing on the cake. But while this is all well and good, I recently realized that I have never actually played the very first instalment of the series. Partly due to not having a NES as a child (long live the Sega Master System). As I grew up and started getting my grubby hands on new systems, and even discovered the world of emulation, I still never got around to playing the game which started the Dragon Quest series.… Read the rest

北斗の拳 Fist of the North Star (Famicon)

Fist of the North Star is a legendary manga series which ran for several years during the mid-80’s in Japan. Naturally it spawned an anime series, a (terrible) live action film and, of course, a string of tie-in video games. The Famicon version isn’t the very first video game incarnation of the series, but it is as good a place to start as any. For those who are not familiar with the original manga series, it revolves around Kenshiro, a wandering ass-kicker who wanders around a post-apocalyptic wasteland kicking the asses of all he feels deserve and ass kicking. His signature move is the ‘Holy Fist of the North Star’ which consists of Ken attacking his opponent with a flurry of well-placed blows to the abdomen which results in a delayed explosion of the body.… Read the rest

Games Based on Movies that Don’t Exist: James Bond – The Duel

James Bond : The Duel was released on the Sega Genesis and its 8bit relative, the Master System in 1993 by Domark, which no longer exists as a game creator. Domark actually produced a long list of games before being swallowed by Edios software, with Klax and Desert Strike being among their more notable releases. They also produced video game adaptations of A View to a Kill, 007: License to Kill, The Spy who Loved Me and The Living Daylights, so it’s probably safe to say that they know their shit when it comes to James Bond video games. The game stars Timothy Dalton in his last ever role as 007.… Read the rest

Game Review: Dragon Crystal

Dragon Crystal is a rogue-like rpg for the Sega Master System. Released in 1992 on the Sega Master System and Game Gear, it would go on to gain somewhat of a cult following and was eventually released on the 3DS virtual console in 2012. It was released to rave reviews back in the early 90s and currently holds a 4.5 out of 5 star user rating rating in the 3DSs’ Virtual Console. So it’s basically been getting top reviews for over 20 years. Nice. The game is a rogue-like. This means that it is based on the core principal of the game Rogue and it’s close cousin Net Hack.… Read the rest

Game Review: Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy III : The Dragon’s Trap is the third Wonder Boy game on the Sega Master System, following on from Wonder Boy in Monster Land. The game was created by West One studios, published by Sega in 1989 and was later ported to the Game Gear. Despite being created by a Japanese company, Wonder Boy III was first released in English on the Sega Master System in North America and Europe, before being ported to the PC Engine in Japan a few years later as an Adventure Island title. In fact, Wonder Boy III, in it’s original form, didn’t see a Japanese release until 2007 when it was bundled with the Sega Ages : Monster World Complete Collection for the Playstation 2.… Read the rest

Wonderboy

Wonderboy was first released as an arcade game in 1986 and was later ported to the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. It featured a young man in a grass skirt taking down defenceless animals with a tomahawk and jumping skateboards over ice caverns. Needless to say this game blew me away as a small child. Wonderboy eventually found it’s way from the arcade to the living room via the Sega Master System and is considered to be a classic by most Master System fans. Any NES fans who play Wonderboy for the first time are bound to get a strange feeling of deja-vu.… Read the rest

忍者君:魔城の冒険 Ninja Kun : The Demon Castle Adventure

Holy shit, where do I start with this one. I found this cart while browsing around a local second hand shop. It was about 80 yen (still less than a dollar) so I thought “fuck it” and added it to the already sizable pile of carts that my wife would no doubt grill me over once I got home. Seriously, I’m a simple man, as long as I have my whiskey and my vidya games I’m happy. And being a Friday night with no work the next day, the door to an all night bender was wide open, but really, not even alcohol could help me enjoy this game.… Read the rest