Classic video gaming information including collecting, repair, modification, gameplay videos, and best and worst of Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Master System, Turbografx16, and Atari.
16 bit games and game systems such as the Super Nintendo (SNES) and the Sega Genesis
A compilation of Sega Genesis Opening Title Screen Intro Videos. Some games have the title theme and demo gameplay footage while others just are the static title screen. These videos are sometimes called “attract mode” on arcade machines, which is meant to make the player familiar with the gameplay. It’s funny how the quality of the gameplay can vary so much from game to game. It seems that some games were played by experts and others were played by someone who had no idea of what the point of the game way. Depending on the game it will either loop through the same short video over and over indefinitely while some other games will show you many different levels that you can play.
Released in 1991 by Nintendo Super Mario World was a pack in game for the SNES. It’s the fourth game in the Super Mario Brothers series and one of the best Mario games ever.
The gameplay is similar to the other Super Mario games (most closely to Super Mario Bros 3 for the NES) which is a good thing. You have the same type of world map as in Super Mario Bros 3 where you can play as just Mario or with a friend as Luigi.
Super Mario World has a total of 96 levels. There are seven different worlds with a Koopa boss in a castle to be defeated. The seven worlds are Yoshi’s Island, Donut Plains, Vanilla Dome, Sky Land, Forest of Illusion, Chocolate Island and the Valley of Bowser. The Koopa bosses you will be facing are in order Iggy Koopa, Martin Koopa Jr., Lenny Koopa, Ludvig Von Koopa, Roy Koopa, Wendy Koopa and Larry Koopa. There’s also a bonus world called Star Road that is unlockable by taking hidden exits in certain levels using keys.
The last boss in the game was of course the evil Bowser. He’s kidnapped Princess Toadstool again and it’s Mario and Luigi’s quest to save her. Now the story wasn’t exactly original but nobody cared about that because the gameplay, graphics, sound, and control were top notch for it’s time.
Super Mario World is an important classic game. It was the first time in the world gamers got introduced to a cute green dinosaur named Yoshi. Yoshi was super popular and has been a character Nintendo has used in many games since Super Mario World. Super Mario World appeals to gamers of all ages. It’s not a long game but it’s a very enjoyable one to play.
Super Mario World was also used by Nintendo to show that the SNES was superior to the Sega Genesis. Sega got the head start into the 16bit gaming console wars and Super Mario World was Nintendo’s weapon to battle Sonic the Hedgehog. Super Mario World was used to show off what Nintendo’s new hardware was capable of doing.
Road Rash was released in 1991 by Electronic Arts (EA) for the Sega Genesis. It’s a classic motorcycle racing / fighting game. The goal is to finish each race in the top position by any means necessary. You can attack your opponents with your bare fists or with weapons.
There are eight different bikes you can choose from. You start out with a bike and by winning races you earn money that you can use to purchase other bikes. Once you can get a fast bike it’s a lot more fun to race.
You can attack other racers by driving them off the road or into oncoming traffic. If beating racers down with your fists isn’t enough you can use chains or big clubs.
The gameplay has you racing on the following California roads:
Road Rash is a must have if you like racing or fighting games. It’s a very inexpensive and fun game to add to your collection.
Final Fantasy 2 was released in 1991 by Square for the Super Nintendo. It was one of the best RPG’s on a system (the Super Nintendo) that would later be known and remembered for quality RPG’s.
Developer Square turned a lot of gamers into RPG fans after playing this game. FF2 introduced numerous playable characters and an enormous story filled with twists and turns.
The story has twelve playable characters in all. The main hero of the story is Cecil, the Dark Knight of Baron. The story revolves around Cecil, his good friend Kain and his girlfriend Rosa. In all there is thirty to forty hours of story. The main antagonist is Golbez and it’s your quest to destroy him.
This game is actually the fourth in the series but it was only the second game that gamers got in the United States. The general consensus with game publishers at the time was that role playing games weren’t very popular with western audiences. Couple that with the fact that translating Japanese RPGs to English was a long and expensive process which was enough to scare many publishers away for such a task. It was just too much risk with what was perceived as little reward.
Even if you’re not an RPG fan this game is worth a try. The graphics aren’t anything to write home about but that’s not to say that they aren’t bad. Graphics aren’t usually that important with most RPG’s as the emphasis is normally a deep rich story and an character progression. The music is top notch. The theme song to this game is truly epic. Each character has their own theme music that helps immerse the player in the game and connect with each personality.
This game will always be one of my top 3 RPG’s of all time. It’s collectable but not priced out of the budget of the average retro gamer.
Super Mario Kart was released by Nintendo in 1992. It was the first of a long series of quality racing games.
Super Mario Kart’s use of the Super Nintendo’s Mode 7 technology looked revolutionary. The gameplay was and still is fast paced, challenging and a lot of fun!
The game allowed you to play as several different Nintendo themed characters including:
Mario, Luigi, Princess, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Toad and Koopa Troopa. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses which balances out the playing field. No character was “better” than another which kept things even and fair.
The game consisted of 4 different modes: Grand Prix, Time Trial, VS, and Battle Mode
There are 3 different racing classes to choose from 50cc, 100cc or 150cc. The higher the cc the faster the karts and the better your opponents are. You have only the 50cc class open by default but by winning races you can unlock first the 100cc and then the 150cc.
Just you against the clock. You try to beat your best lap times. You can record and play a ghost to see how you did on your best lap.
You race with a friend in split screen action. Compete against the computer with your friend.
You play against your friend on one of 4 tracks. The goal is to hit your opponent 3 times to win. It’s a lot of fun and one of the modes you have to try!
This game aged well and is still fun to play today. No retro gamer’s Super Nintendo collection should be considered completed without this excellent title. The kart racing formula has been copied over the years but it can never be duplicated.
Super Mario Kart is inexpensive and well within the reach of any retro gamer.
Phantasy Star 2 was the Genesis’ Final Fantasy. If you liked RPGs back in the day and had a Genesis chances are you played Phantasy Star 2. It was the sequel to the classic released for the Sega Master System in 1987. Phantasy Star was known for having great graphics and it was one of the first story driven games released in the US. The second game is twice as long as the first one. It takes place 1,000 years after the first one.
Sonic the Hedgehog was released in 1991 by Sega for the Sega Genesis. Sonic the Hedgehog become know as one of the best platfomer games ever. It was definitely Sega’s biggest hit for the Genesis and the character Sonic has spawned countless sequels and spin offs. It sold more than 4 million copies for the Genesis.
The story goes that Sonic is trying to save his friends and the world from the evil Dr. Robotnik. The evil doctor is trying to collect chaos emeralds. Whomever has possession of all of the chaos emeralds could easily take over the world. Dr. Robotnik is transforming animals into monsters so Sonic needs to save all the animals and defeat Dr. Robotnik.
The gameplay is easy to pick up and fun to play. It’s a game that people of all ages enjoyed playing. Each stage is filled with rings that can be collected and used as Sonic’s energy. If you get damaged by an enemy and have rings Sonic will lose the rings but they can be recollected if you’re fast enough. If you don’t have any rings and you get damaged from an enemy you will lose a life. If you pass act one or two with more than fifty rings you have the chance to jump into a giant ring at the end of the stage for a bonus level.
Sonic can roll up into a ball and go through loops and jumps with great speed. The speed of the gameplay is what led to Sega calling it “Blast processing”.
Sonic the Hedgehog gave Sega a game that was quality enough to compete with Nintendo’s immensely popular Mario. It wasn’t uncommon to see Sega and Nintendo comparing Super Mario World and Sonic the Hedgehog.
As far as collecting goes if you don’t have Sonic the Hedgehog it’s very inexpensive to buy on eBay. You can find the loose cartridge for around $5.00.