Saturday, September 5, 2015

Would You Recommend This? - SFC/SNES Edition

Written: September 5th, 2015
 
6/20/16 Update: I've taken Super R-Type out of the list because I felt the need to play it whether I'm recommended to play it or not.
Hello everyone, StarBoy91 here; passionate about video games, big retrophile, and fan of all things 16-bit.  As you may all be aware, I have a strong affinity for the Nintendo 16-bit console, and I love collecting SFC/SNES (whether physical carts or the Nintendo Wii/Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console downloadable service).  =)  Sadly, I think I've gotten to the point where I just don't know how to decide anymore; and it's not just attributed to the fact that I currently own 136 SFC/SNES titles in my collection (both physical and digital) but also because being there are lots of titles on my wishlist that I'd like to play, but was intervened by the fact that there are so many to choose from.  =(
I know I've said it before and I hate to sound like a broken record, but being a collector is hard; even more so when you're one that spends conservatively.  ={  So I figured that I would take the time to share some of the games I would like to experience but couldn't because I often chose other titles in their stead or other titles got my attention.
 
And this time I wanted to do something different: I'll get to the point when it comes to why I want to play these games, and (since it's been a month since I've last gotten an SNES game) I'm giving you (yes, you) the honorary privilege to select one of my next Nintendo 16-bit titles for me.  It can be any one of the ones I've listed below that I'm curious about (in alphabetical order) or if not any of them you may feel free to offer your own suggestion at what I should play.  I'm feeling rather generous today. =}
 
For years I've been recommending (and not recommending) which video games to play when I reviewed them on my blog, so I only thought it fair that I let you, my reader, recommend which one I should play.
 
So the big question regarding any of them is: Would You Recommend This?
 
I've been curious about Chuck Rock for a few years now, and one of the main reasons behind it is its overlying premise: a caveman that can attack enemies not just by chucking rocks towards them but with his bulgy flabby belly too.  It does sound quite interesting, and I wanted to play it for awhile, but I consistently kept catching the attention of other titles.  I hope it's a fun game, as I had heard a few good things about it.
 
More caveman madness, only this one was made by Data East.  Of their caveman games I played the original Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja on Data East Arcade Classics and I played Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics (oddly enough, numbered "3" in Europe) on the SNES this year, but I'm quite curious to see how this title that doesn't star Joe and Mac fares.  I hope Congo's Caper is as decent fun as those two.
 
Yes, for this entry I'm including both sequels and spin-off to the original James Pond: Underwater Agent (which I did play on the Genesis earlier this year, and it's... okay; though I hear what came after is a lot better and fun).  I just became interested in the series late last year, and I like the premise behind them and their obvious inspiration.  I know all these games are also available on Sega's 16-bit machine, but I want to try the SNES editions in particular (but I also wouldn't mind the other format either).  I hear James Pond 2: Codename Robocod (Super James Pond) is the best in the series and the most successful, I hear (Super) Aquatic Games is a decent Track & Field parody, and I'm not too certain about James Pond 3: Operation Starfish but I know there are NTSC SNES repro carts made for it.  These all seem like they would be fairly enjoyable to play, and I hope they're all as good as I'd heard.
 
Image from Wikipedia
To this day I've not played Lemmings, any version of it or any of its iterations, and I'm twenty-four years old!  XD  That is so wrong.  Well anyway, this is an action/puzzler that I've oft been curious about, and from what I've gathered it sounds like it's both ambitious and fun in terms of gameplay and intricate challenge.  I'm hoping that when I get to it it'll be enjoyable, since I like action/puzzlers too. 
 
Image from MobyGames
I'm very intrigued about wanting to play this SquareSoft RPG, and the fact that there are seven different stories each with different characters that do not connect to each until the end (as far as I looked up) is really interesting.  I wouldn't even mind buying a repro cart of Live A Live, as I currently own two of them (Ganpuru: Gunman's Proof and Magical Pop'n), and more obscure RPGs to discover and experience (especially when made by Square) is a good thing.  =)  I hope it's good fun.
 
I've heard plenty of good things about Out to Lunch, and from the screenshots I've seen online it looks appealing.  What also intrigues me about this food-based game is that it's a hybrid action/puzzler, which I can get behind as there are plenty that I like (I love The Lost Vikings, I enjoy Super Morph, I like Puggsy, and Mickey Mouse: Magic Wands! is a guilty pleasure).  =)  I definitely want to play it, but I keep getting sidetracked by other titles to choose from.  Also, given its Amiga-based origin, I almost expect there to be some sort of bizarreness not unlike Soccer Kid and (Super) Morph, but even if it doesn't I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun.
 
*sigh*  Yeah, I sill haven't played this one, yet I played some of the other Star Fox titles over at my relatives' many years ago.  But I am still curious to see how a 3D rail shooter of this caliber fared on the SNES console; if it's anything like Stunt Race FX I hope it'll be fun with interesting visuals to boot, and I hope it's as good as I heard it to be.  The sad thing is that many years ago I could've bought a copy of it over at GameStop (long before I owned an SNES console; I wish I had considered getting it for my cousins, who did at the time), but because I didn't consider it I let the opportunity slip, and it was right there.  Man!  =(  I hope to rectify that really soon (and hope no other title catches my attention).
 
I know, it doesn't seem like much considering it's a tennis title, but I actually heard good things about Super Tennis, and in fact I have been meaning to play it for years but I never got to because I've been sidetracked by selecting other titles.  I'm sure it'll be a fun sports title when I get to it.
 
UMIHARA KAWASE
I've been interested in playing this action/puzzler for years, but the original Super Famicom cart cost a lot on eBay.  Only this year have I found out about it being converted to repro cart format, which I'm all for and would not mind paying for (provided the price tag is reasonable at less than $60).  I like the idea behind it, and I heard Umihara Kawase is a lot of fun and has got an interesting gameplay and visual style to boot.  =)
 
I would make a Ghostbusters/Zuul joke building up to this game, but that wouldn't really work as well in written format as opposed to if it was an audio-based homonymous cue.  =|  .........  Anyway, Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension!  This game stars a green alien ninja, and it's one of those speed-based platformers that tries to give Sonic a run for its money (and I'm cool with that; personally I like Bonkers, even though it's a bit on the disappointing side Buster Busts Loose! is decent fun, I love TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventure; hell, I don't even mind Bubsy--the first one, Bubsy II sucks). From what I've seen and heard online it seems like it could be a fun game to play. =) I just hope it's good.  =)
 
Well, thank you all for taking the time to read this, and if you'd like to throw in your suggestion as to which SNES game I should play, please feel free to do so.  <=)  I look forward to your replies, I hope you have a great day, and take care!
 
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