My Top Five Retro Games You Really Must Play

I’ve been playing video games since I was a 5 year old little girl, I was even lucky enough to have a BBC Micro at my school and some of my friends had games consoles I didn’t own so we’d go around to each others houses just to play a variety of games. But that was over 20 years ago and over that time I’ve played some amazing gets as well as some not so great games. So I thought I’d make a list of five retro games that I think everyone should at least have a go at playing. I’m going to keep away from Mario and Sonic games because they are already pretty well known and played by most people so here we go!

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SEGA Master System)
This has to be my most loved retro game out there. Alex was originally the mascot for SEGA, well unofficially as mascots weren’t even considered back then. He could pack a punch and people knew it too, with one French magazine giving this video game a 99% rating and Sega Pro giving it a 95%. Not bad for Alex’s first video game. This game was put in as a built-in game for the Master System 2 and would easily become the first video game many children would play in the late 80’s and early 90’s. However this changed when Sonic was given the mascot crown and Alex was taken out of future Master System 2 consoles and replaced with the Sonic the Hedgehog built-in instead. It is still a worthwhile video game to play with a very catchy theme song, fun levels and interesting baddies.

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Kirby’s Adventure (NES)
I love Kirby and all the Kirby games, infact my first Gameboy game was Kirby’s Dreamland which I was going to put on this list but I wanted to keep this as consoles and perhaps do a handheld list another time. Kirby is adorable, you cannot ignore that. But don’t let the cuteness fool you for Kirby can fight back and save the day. Kirby games are usually fairly similar in some way and often include eating, food and sucking up baddies. Basically Kirby’s power is his mouth. This game was out on the NES and a late-generation game for the system. This meant to used the power of the NES to it’s full potential and for a game on the NES it looks pretty darn good! It was awarded Best NES Game of 1993 and reviewers loved it. And you will too so give it a try!

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Super Bomberman 3 (SNES)
Now this is an interesting one because for those of you in America you’ll be weeping because this game never made it over there. Sorry! I did play many of the Super Bomberman games (yes Super Bomberman, I didn’t get to play the original Bomberman games) but this one always grabbed me. Perhaps it’s because of the cute Louies that caught my interest. But if you are unable to get hold of this game then I’d say Mega Bomberman for the Mega Drive/Genesis is just as enjoyable. And I don’t just mean because it never came out in America, but also because Super Bomberman 3 can sell for stupid amount of money on eBay whilst Mega Bomberman sells for a lot less, so don’t pick what you can afford! Also if you got friends who are in to retro games as well this is a great game to get them together and have a good time.

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Mortal Kombat 3 (Various)
This is on my list for a few reasons. For one it’s a game that came out on so many platforms can so pretty much anyone could buy it whether they owned a SNES, Mega Drive (Genesis) or were just handheld owners, anyone could play this game pretty much. But that’s also another reason I have this on my list. Anyone could play this no matter what age you were. My friend had this on his SNES (American cartridge, which I thought was amazing and mind blowing) and there was a lot of blood, awful fatalities and pretty nasty stuff that kids of our age probably shouldn’t be seeing or playing. And this game is why we have our rating system, in the UK and Europe we have the PEGI rating whilst in the USA they have the ESRB. These were pretty much created thanks to the home console version of Mortal Kombat (and a few other games but this was brought up in court a lot) and so I think it is well worth playing as it’s part of video gaming history. And trust me, the pixelated blood and gore doesn’t make you want to kill people. Because blood isn’t made of little squares, funnily enough.

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Disney’s Aladdin (SNES/Mega Drive)
This was really hard as I was stuck between this and The Lion King, but there had to be at least one Disney game on my retro list. Both are awesome Disney games but there’s some levels in Aladdin that just stand out more compared to The Lion King. Now I played the Mega Drive version (Sorry I was a SEGA gal) and having seen the SNES version I kinda have to say the Mega Drive is way cooler. But I know Nintendo fans prefer the SNES version, so I’d suggest you look them up first or just get the one for the console you already own. This is the Virgin Games one I’m talking about, who also made a bunch of other Disney games which were also pretty fantastic. Remember the movie? Remember the main scenes of the movie? Picture yourself being part of those moments and playing them as a levels in a game. That is how Virgin Games got this game so perfect. There’s a level made out to “You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me” scene and the music (whilst limited to what the consoles could play back then) was amazing! Remember when Aladdin rides Carpet away from the rushing lava? That’s a level and oh my god it’s intense! Seriously why are you still reading this, go find this game and play it. Now!

So there you  go, those are my five retro games that I think you should go and play. I tried to pick a mixture of games although several are platformers because that was what was popular back then. But I hope you like my choice of games and if you have played any of these what were your thoughts? Do you have five you would recommend? Comment below, would love to hear them!

Nintendo and the Lack of Stock

I like to think this could become a movie or something as Nintendo seem to do this on such a regular basis it could become as big as the Harry Potter series. For you see every single time Nintendo release a console or video game they fail to prepare a decent amount of stock for the consumers. It’s been going on for so long now I cannot remember when it first began.

To give a more recent example let us look at the Nintendo Classic Mini. It was obvious from the start that people would be desperate to get their hands on this. They had seen other companies (such as SEGA) do well in reselling their old console with built in games and they certainly know there’s people out there with a high level of nostalgia (they need to only look at the virtual console game sales to give them an idea) to have known how much we would want this miniature NES. People had put in pre-orders back in July/August time and the console only came out on 11th November (also… did Nintendo really pick 11th November for a release day? Seriously?)  yet some people are still waiting for their pre-orders.

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No stores have the consoles for sale, no one even has the controllers which can be used with the Wii U making the virtual console even more enjoyable, but no they couldn’t be bothered to make enough controllers either. Why, Nintendo? Why!

This is common for Nintendo to the point I will even say “they pulled a Nintendo” whenever this happens. Heck lets look at Amiibos, they sold out stupid fast and Nintendo said they didn’t think they would be so popular. What? You thought gamers would not want to collect bits of cute plastic of their favourite characters to be used in some of your video games? Are you for real, Nintendo? Because of this we would see some Amiibos sell on eBay and Amazon for nearly £100 each. I wanted Rosalina so badly but not enough to pay triple figures for her. She’s cute and gives me a nice outfit in Mario Kart 8 but not worth filling the wallet of some douche.

Perhaps Nintendo need to fire their PR and Marketing team for doing a very good job, because had they not bothered perhaps they’d not have sold out so quickly and had some stock left for Christmas. Or perhaps Nintendo need to sort themselves out and buckle up on creating enough stock in the first place.

Insomnia 59 – Will You Be There?

Insomnia Gaming Festival has become a stamp in my gaming diet. I went to i56, I was booked to go to i57 however fell very ill and went to most recent i58. I’m already booked for i59 and honestly I’m super hyped! With it being close to Christmas I can foresee some excellent games being shown to push for Christmas. Oh and let’s not forget my favourite area…

RETRO GAMING AREA!

But seriously the last one was bigger and better then ever before. I watched a lot of stage stuff, had fun meeting some of the YouTubers, entered loads of competitions, got to once again meet Special Effect charity, drooled over so many retro games and got myself some Insomnia clothing. Because you cannot got there without getting at least a t-shirt! There was also a HUGE area for Twitch where many streamers were live streaming at the event and then there was League of Legends. Now if you’re a LoL fan then my god why haven’t you been to Insomnia yet?! Get your wallet out, buy those tickets and enjoy some amazing championships. You’ll not regret it.

So will you be there? If you want a little idea of what to expect I did a video at i56 to show what it’s like. Honestly there is way more to it and I only show off some of the exciting and cool bits. You can buy tickets online at Insomnia Gaming Festival’s website if you haven’t already, it’s over at the NEC where there’s hotels all around but you can always consider the indoor camping option if you prefer. Hope to see you there!

Nintendo Switch – Switching Up Game Play?

It’s been a while since Nintendo released information and a video showing off the Nintendo Switch console. I’ve not written anything yet mostly for two simple reasons. One being I’ve been busy, sorry! The second reason being I wanted to see if any more information would come out and ponder my thoughts a bit more once the hype starts to settle.

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Now first impressions were “thank goodness the name isn’t dumb!”. Not that long ago I bought a Wii U even though the advertising and promoting of the console were pretty much non-existent here in the UK and we owned an Xbox One where the graphics were just way better and most games could get either on PC or Xbox, however I had watched people on Twitch play Mario Kart 8 and I thought “holy cow this game looks pretty and fun” and realised I actually didn’t like the Wii U because… it has a dumb name. Seriously are you ever going to tell people you own a Wii U? Probably not. The name “Switch” suits what the console does but also doesn’t sound silly. So I’d like to thank Nintendo for not calling it Wii Too or something just as dumb. Not long after buying the Wii U Splatoon came out and oh my god I fell in love. So within a few weeks I was converted, I still love my PC and Xbox One but the Wii U is just as enjoyable and it’s a shame it hasn’t done well sales wise.

The Nintendo Switch video was so much fun to watch. They had the right music and didn’t do anything silly (anyone remember the Wii advert with the Japanese men in a Smart car come over and say in very broken English “Wii would like to play” – CRINGE!) and made gaming with friends look cool, it made having a Nintendo console look cool again! Remember the days with the NES finding out your friend owned the zapper? That was epic! Nothing is cool about going to your friends’ house to play a game of bowling and accidentally smashing their TV. This console looks cool, looks fun and doesn’t restrict you to being inside the house of the console owner. They are promoting it in way that you and your homies (can you tell how street I am?) can go off playing basketball for the day and then afterwards chill out and play on the Nintendo Switch at the park bench. Does that sound cool to you? It does to me. Although I’m too short for basketball so I’ll probably just sit in a Costa coffee as my hobby instead.

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The thing that interested me about this was the gameplay shown was all Wii U games, but some of them had some changes or twists to them to showcase something new. They showed off Mario Kart 8 but one of the players was a Boo ghost which isn’t a playable character in Mario Kart 8. I’ve not really seen anyone pick up on this but it instantly caught my attention. Were we going to see another DLC for Mario Kart 8? Or was this signs of a new Mario Kart game to come in the future? We’ll have to wait and see! The other big thing people went crazy over was Splatoon. Now this game came out not that long ago and has done pretty well for Nintendo as something different and uses the Gamepad rather well. But in the Nintendo Switch video you notice the Inkling kids have various hair styles and look like they can be more customised. People on Nintendo’s Miiverse have been going insane for “Splatoon 2” but honest I think it’s more likely a DLC that I really hope doesn’t cost extra, but you never know with Nintendo. I can easily see a hair salon opening in the city for Inklings to go to and change their look.

My concerns were originally that the release date for this console was due when the new Wii U Zelda game was going to be out, March 2017. I was already feeling the disappointment and frustration of the lack of a Zelda game on the Wii U (I’m not a Zelda fangirl but I did enjoy Wind Waker and have a desire to catch up on some of the more recent 3DS games – give me time I’m sure I’ll do this!) so I was worried and rather confused. It also made me believe the Switch wouldn’t come out in March and would end up coming out much later in the year. However Nintendo have since said this console isn’t to take over the Wii U. That bit of news from them was very interesting to hear. If this console isn’t the next generation console then this really is something new and unique. A console that is also a handheld. And that also gives a more confirmation that it’ll play Wii U games, just give you the power to play outside.

Another concern is battery life. I cannot see this thing lasting for more then 2 hours, maybe less. What then? Will people be able to charge it back up with a power bank or from their car? In the video we see some young lads playing the Switch whilst in a campervan (Nintendo really are trying to give us a nostalgia boner this year) so I did wonder if could keep the battery going a bit longer with some sort of car charger adaptor. We’ll have to wait and see I guess!

But also let’s not overlook something big here. We see a ton of games that haven’t been on Nintendo’s consoles actually show they are backing this Nintendo Switch with what looks like Skyrim showing up on the video. I’ll be really happy if we start seeing a more mixture of games on a Nintendo platform, not just Mario and his buddies.

If you haven’t seen the video then I’ll link it below. But if you have seen it please comment below saying what you think of the Switch so far. Excited? Not bothered? Love to hear your thoughts!