Don't worry about quick reflexes and making lucky jumps, because this is a thinking man's platformer. You spend most of your time laying down items and deciding which order to pick up the unhatched chicks. Levels can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, making this the perfect portable game. The core mechanics are ageless and it's one of the best Game Boy Color games on the Virtual Console. Toki Tori is a must-buy!
Rock Band Blitz works as not only an extension of the Harmonix brand, but also as a stand-alone action game full of cool power-ups and competitive leaderboards. Plus, it's a set of mostly great songs that can be played in Rock Band 3. It doesn't matter if you shred with a fake plastic guitar, retired from the road long ago or are playing for the first time; Rock Band Blitz has a little something for everybody!
Metal Slug X is a great game, full of charming visuals and exciting power-ups. There's just one problem: It's a rip-off on the Virtual Console! You can buy this game for much cheaper elsewhere, including a Metal Slug compilation disc for the Wii. This is a great game, but a terrible value. Be careful!
In this episode of A Brief History of Gaming, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at six of the most memorable video game stress balls. Will Sega finally come out on top? Does the size and shape matter? Do these balls even relieve stress? All these questions will be answered as we dig into The Great Video Game Stress Ball Test!
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD may accomplish all of its goals, but there is still a lot to be desired. The graphics are outdated, the gameplay is missing a key component, there aren't enough levels and the create-a-character mode has been removed entirely. If you can get around these disappointments, you'll find a good, but not great, skating game for cheap!
If it's Friday it's This Week in Defunct Games! It's a slow week on the Virtual Console. After several weeks of multiple releases, we're back to the drips we're used to getting. This time around it's a classic fighting game for the Wii Virtual Console. Is Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special the reboot the franchise desperately needed or just another boring sequel? Find out when we dig into this week's one and only retro release!
Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special marks the eighth Neo Geo release on the Virtual Console in 2012. Some might call that overkill, but I have no complaints as long as the quality remains this high. Real Bout tweaks the controls and toys with the roster to create one of SNK's best fighting games. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special (Virtual Console) for the Nintendo Wii!
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone suggested that Hudson Hawk makes you "want to throw things, yell at the actors, beg them to stop." But as horrendous as the movie is, at least it's interesting. Nothing about Hudson Hawk pulls you in and makes you care about Hudson or his crimes. I feel like this game stole three hours I'll never get back. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Hudson Hawk for the Nintendo Entertainment System
Considering its age, The Holy Bible is packed full of epic moments that would translate well to the video game screen. Wars are fought, there is smiting, a dude walked on water and just about everybody is tortured in one way or another. You would think that this could be turned into an incredible video game. Find out if Bible Adventure delivers when you read Cyril's full review of this NES game!
When I agreed to take part in Review A Bad Game Day, I knew exactly what bad game to tackle. There are many horrible titles out there, but only one of them is the worst of all time. Today's truly terrible review is actually worse than Myst, more mind-numbing than Duke Nukem Forever and, yes, even more ill-conceived than Mortal Kombat Advance. The worst game of all time is none other than Alex Kidd: High Tech World.
Terrible, ill-conceived, unnecessary, ambitious and a train wreck. These are words I would use to describe Race Drivin', one of the worst 16-bit sequels of all time. Tengen tries its hardest to make this arcade hit work on the Genesis, but they just couldn't get it to fit. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Race Drivin' for the Sega Genesis!
Total Recall is everything wrong with movie-based games. It has no interest whatsoever about the main character's plight, instead opting for a non-stop action game with little to no substance. To make matters worse, the difficulty makes beating this game near impossible. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Total Recall for the Nintendo Entertainment System!
Last week we passed a milestone and hit our 200th episode. But even after digging deep into our ratings, we discovered that a lot of people still had questions. Whatever happened to the co-host? What about the missing games? To clear up some of the confusion, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the show's feeble starts and how it has evolved over the years! This is the Positively True Story of "This Week"!
On Wednesday, Defunct Games is taking part in Review A Bad Game Day, the first new holiday I can get behind. To show my support, all week long we're going to be reviewing some of the worst games ever made. All five of the retro games talked about this week scored a failing grade. Some are fundamentally broken, while others lowered the bar for the entire industry. This is a week of truly terrible games. You've been warned.
With the Wii on its final legs and This Week hitting its 200th episode, we thought it would be fun to look back and see how each system stacks up. To do this we counted the review scores, added up the games and figured out each system's averages. Did the Genesis finally get the drop on the Super NES? Who had the lowest scores? And what is the greatest system on the Virtual Console? We get to the bottom of all these questions in this very special episode of On Running Feuds!
This week marks our 200th episode of This Week in Defunct Games! For five years we've been reviewing the best and worst games for the Virtual Console, PSone Classics Store, Neo Geo Station and more. To make this episode as big as possible, we've decided to play catch-up and review all eight Virtual Console games released between July 12 and July 26. We have fighting games, pinball games, action games, RPGs, puzzlers and more. The 200th episode of This Week in Defunct Games has a little something for everybody!
Only a few months we were talking about The King of Fighters '97, and now here we are looping back around to fill in the missing 1996 edition. The last thing we need is another King of Fighters game on the Virtual Console, let alone one that is out of order. SNK loyalists will point to the consistent production value and strong line-up of characters, but it's hard to get excited about this 1996 model when you already own The King of Fighters '97.
HAL Laboratory knows a thing or two about making addictive pinball games on the Game Boy. Kirby is ready to win over anybody who ever doubted the fun and excitement of video game pinball. This is a terrific portable game at the right price. Kirby's Pinball Land is precisely the type of game you couldn't pull off in real life; it's full of fantastical flourishes that makes this more than your typical pinball table. This is what video game pinball is supposed to be!
At long last, the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console finally has a proper Japanese role-playing game. The Sword of Hope II isn't as grand and epic as its console counterparts, but it offers a strong story, quick combat mechanics and an interesting world to explore. Fans of both Shadowgate and Final Fantasy will instantly fall in love with style, and even new gamers will get wrapped up in the storytelling. The Sword of Hope II is not to be missed.
It's no secret that Kid Icarus isn't a very good game. These days it's heralded as a Nintendo classic, but the actual game is frustrating and no fun to play. The good news is that the Game Boy sequel, Of Myths and Monsters, is a marked improvement over the original. Too bad that doesn't make it worth recommending. This isn't a terrible game, but there are better choices on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Tumble Pop is a cross between Lode Runner and Ghostbusters. This may not be the most exciting Virtual Console game of July, but it offers a lot of gameplay for not much money. The vacuum mechanics are fun, even if the game overstays its welcome. This is the kind of smaller Game Boy game I would like to see more of on the 3DS Virtual Console; let's hope it doesn't get lost in the rush of bigger releases.
Pretentious name aside, World Heroes Perfect is the fourth and final game in the SNK fighting franchise. Compared to The King of Fighters and other similar SNK games, World Heroes has always felt a little loose. Forget World Heroes 2 and Jet, just pick up this fun (albeit flawed) fighter and you'll be set for the future.
From the creator of Mario, Zelda, Yoshi Donkey Kong and Star Fox comes ... Mole Mania? This is yet another example of the 3DS Virtual Console shining a light on a game that otherwise might have been lost forever. Mole Mania isn't as endearing as past Miyamoto products, but there's a lot to like about this action/puzzler.
This is the Nintendo I fell in love with in the mid-1980s. Wario Land is Nintendo creating new worlds, characters and enemies from scratch. This is what they've always been good at, and it's amazing to see the masters at work. But at the same time, Nintendo is quit to get in a rut. They recycle concepts and rely on proven characters (namely Mario) to sell their products.