Journal Entry: Fri Jul 29, 2016, 6:05 PM
Watching: Various Youtube videos
Playing: Various Wii U download games
Drinking: Coca Cola
It's been a couple of days that we've heard some news about the announcement of a new NES Mini here and i have to say thst, while i do own some of the games that are included on this Plug-In And Play thingy of theirs, it'll be fun to re-experience the 30 games that are on that little console of theirs.
However, i'm gonna be honest about some of the games that they added on this thing, as i might not have any interest in playing these. But other included games, i won't mind at all, despite having them on my 3DS and Wii U already. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the 30 games that are in there.
Bubble Bobble: Ahhh, a very cute bubble blowing game, based on the arcade game itself from 1988. I have to say that while the game is long, hard and challenging, at least the password system makes up for continuing right where we left off. Definitely worth playing for me.
Balloon Fight: One of the early black box NES games that i love playing with, whether on a legit cart or a pirated one. Quite fun to play with.
Castlevania: One of Konami's hardest games to play with, but an enjoyable one regardless, i remember first laying my eyes on this one back in grade school's recess. The fun factor of that one has gotten me curious and i truly fell in love with this classic.
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest: If the first game was enjoyable, its sequel, on the other hand, was not. Not only was it too complex, but it was too cryptic for me to follow the story of that one, especially since you had no idea where to go. Not worth playing for me.
Donkey Kong & Donkey Kong Jr.: Both classic games in the Donkey Kong series were enjoyable... although i first laud my eyes on the Atari 2600 version of the first DK game. As for DK Jr., i mostly remember seeing this as a paper kind of game... i think. Anyway, while i was not too keen on the DK series at first, i then warm up to the big ape when the Donkey Kong Country series came along... as well as the Game Boy Donkey Kong game that was released in 1994.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge: Mostly saw this game in the arcades at first, but never thought i could see an NES version of it. Still, i fully beaten it in my pirated Plug-In And Play controller. Problem was, it was all in japanese in that one. Oh well.
Dr. Mario: Never owned the NES carr, but i did own it on Game Boy, on the Super NES (via Tetris & Dr. Mario), on the Nintendo 64 and as downloads on my 3DS and Wii U. I just can't get enough of this classic, as well as the music that came with it.
Excitebike: Another enjoyable NES black box game that i liked playing, but mostly as a pirated game in the pirated cart i still have, but don't play with anymore. Have it now as a 3D Classics on my 3DS and as an NES download on my Wii U... well, two of them, to be exact. I'll play that one again for sure.
Final Fantasy: Not a big RPG fan, so i'm gonna skip that one.
Galaga: Played it as an NES game, as well as on Game Boy and on my Namco Museum games. Truly fun to shoot those evil aliens and upgrading your ship to a dual one.
Ghosts 'N' Goblins: Hmmm. While this game us fun to play, it truly is a majorly frustrating game to go with. I might continue playing with it, but we'll see.
Gradius: Another one of Konami's fun classic to go with. Played it mostly as a pirated game on NES, although i've also played it on the Gradius Collection game on PSP. Very fun game if you like shooting monsters in outerspace.
Ice Climber: Another NES black box game i enjoyed playing, even if the simplicity and sometimes repetitiveness can really bore myself to no end.
Kid Icarus: There msy be some of you who liked this game, but for me, it was yet another cryptic game that i never understood at all. I'm gonna skip this one.
Kirby's Adventure: Never played it as an NES cart, but i did played it on my Kirby's Dream Collection game, as well as a 3D Classics download and a Wii U NES download. Worth playing with, even though it's a tough one at later points of it.
Mario Bros.: I can't recall if i've seen this on the Atari 2600, but i do know i've played the pirated one on NES AND in the arcades, back at my camping site long ago as a teenager. Man, i kinda stunk playing the arcade original, though i had better fun playing it on my NES. Worth playing fir sure, seeing this is where Luigi had gotten his start.
Mega Man 2: I don't know how many times i've played this one, but the popularity of this classic helped blast the blue bomber all the way to the top. A true classic that cannot and should not be denied.
Metroid: Another cryptic game that i'll skip. Sorry.
Ninja Gaiden: While i have never played it on my NES, i did downloaded it on my 3DS...and boy, this one can truly kick your ass in more ways than one. I kinda disliked that one, seeing that it was way too rough for me to beat.
Pac-Man: A truly great Wakka-Wakka-Wakka fun game to play and one of the classics that truly define the arcade genre in the 80s. You can't go wrong with the Pacster there.
Punch-Out Featuring Mr. Dream: This is the revamped version of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, right after Nintendo didn't resign the legendary boxer to be in their games... and we all know why. Still, i truly like Punch-Out and all of Little Mac's opponents.
StarTropics: Skipping that one, too complicated and cryptic to understand. Sorry.
Super C: I've yet to beat the downloadec NES classic on my 3DS, but i really liked this one regardless.
Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 & 3: All three Super Mario games are truly fun to play and they're the ones that helped put Mario in the map for sure. All three are worth playing again and again.
Tecmo Bowl: Not exactly a fan of this one, much less football, so... pass!
The Legend of Zelda & Zelda II: The Adventure of Link: Two games that are hard as ass, but that i have in my Zelda Collector's Edition game on my Gamecube. Not sure why i wanted to get this rare compilation though, much less why i have those in the Classic NES Series line-up on Game Boy Advance. Nevertheless, i kinda was curious about the instruction manuals' artworks, but couldn't see those, since they were not shown in any manuals of the later releases to newer consoles. Anyway, these two are considered to be cryptic, not to mention that i'll take these two last games under consideration of playing them... or not.
Botton line is that while i will get it this November, i'm not sure if it'll be worth checking ALL 30 games... though i sure hope they'll include that NES book that i want to read, concerning their greatest classics... and misses.
-Eric B. (Shnoogums)