Pictures of my two complete in box (CIB) variants of Rad Racer for the Nintendo NES from my personal video game collection. You can see that the Nintendo seal’s are different on the game paks as well as on the game boxes. One is known as the “circle seal” and the other is known as the “round seal”. I only have the instruction manual and the 3-D glasses for one of them unfortunately.
Final Fantasy was released in 1990 by Square for the NES. It was the first of many epic games that Square would produce in the Final Fantasy series.
This game was responsible for teaching many gamers what a role playing game or RPG was. The story was huge and had you exploring dungeons, sailing ships, flying airships and more.
It’s about a team of four light warriors who set out on a quest to destroy evil and bring peace to the land.
You must defeat the bosses of the different elements earth, fire, water, and wind. There are a vast amount of items to collect. You can customize your characters weapons, armor and purchase different spells for certain characters.
The cool thing is you can choose your own characters to make your team. You can choose from a Fighter, Thief, Black Belt, Red Mage, Black Mage, and a White Mage. Later on in the game your characters will grow up and you will realize the full potential of their skills.
The graphics and music are classic 8 bit at it’s best. The music has been remixed multiple times and is regarded as instantly recognizable and timeless.
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.