Archive for the ‘Retro Reset’ Category

Retro Reset – Metroid (NES)

February 3, 2009

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With seemingly no significant news hitting today, I figure a Retro Reset is in order. We’ve paid tribute once to the Metroid series some time ago with the Swampy Caverns songĀ from Super Metroid, but now with a bit more focus, and a few more viewers, a revisit wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

However, this one won’t be about a single song, it will be about an entire game. Oddly enough, I’m not speaking of Super Metroid.

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Retro Reset – Street Fighter II

January 28, 2009
This is awesome on so many levels.

This is awesome on so many levels.

Street Fighter IV is right around the corner, and I’m pretty damn sure the entire world is excited for it. It’s beautiful, buttery smooth and it’s Street Fighter for crying out loud.

In honor of its fast approaching release date, let’s take a look back at what, in my mind, is the game that introduced me into the world of fighters: Street Fighter II. With so many iterations of it, I’m going to make this entire process easier by saying that this Retro Reset applies to whatever Street Fighter II you love. Be that an arcade version, a Super Nintendo version, Sega Genesis version, whatever.

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Retro Reset – Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll

January 14, 2009

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I’d been a Rare fan before I even knew it. As a kid, I didn’t give a damn which company made the game, so long as the game was fun. Ah, what glorious days those were – playing games without being a critical bastard.

You guessed right, it’s time for another Retro Reset. I loved this NES Rare title growing up, and it’s probably not the game you might be expecting. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Battletoads, but this post is about another Rare gem, Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll.

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Retro Reset – Jet Grind Radio

January 2, 2009

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There was once a time when Sega was completely on top of its game. In the long history of the company, it seems like such a small blip on the radar, but when it put out the Dreamcast, Sega graced the gaming scene with a truly excellent system. Having never given a damn about a Sega console before, the draw of the Dreamcast was just too much.

I took my first true spin into the companies world with the Dreamcast, and with it, I was able to experience some of the greatest games ever created. One game that strikes up fond memories is Jet Grind Radio (Jet Set Radio in Japan). Jet Grind Radio was my first experience with cel-shaded gaming, and it left a lasting impression. It was a bit hard to comprehend the odd nature of cel-shading, but all I knew is that it was awesome.

For any game to make rollerblading seem cool, you know it’s a damn good game. The characters were wild and colorful in style, and the urban and thumping soundtrack fit the big city setting.

It’s been too long since I took Jet Grind Radio for a spin, but the rollerblading, spray paint tagging and running from the cops is what makes the game so great. A modern Jet Grind Radio in HD would be bliss, assuming Sega can strike up the ability to actually develop a game worth a damn.

If you haven’t experience it yet, Jet Grind Radio is a game you have to play. It looks great to this day, and its odd styling has yet to be matched.

Retro Reset – Eggplant Wizard

December 30, 2008
Written by: Justin Sanchez
He's an evil son of a bitch.

He's an evil son of a bitch.

Ah, the Eggplant Wizard. What a dick. Not only does he humiliate Pit by turning his body into a giant eggplant with legs, he forces Pit to seek out a nurse who is, oddly enough, stationed somewhere in the complex maze that is a Kid Icarus dungeon.

Not only that, Pit must often navigate right back to the very room where that purple menace dwells to get to the end of a dungeon, only to get eggplanted all over again. And to be more accurate, it’s actually Eggplant Wizards, as in, more than one.

So when entering one of the rooms where the big lipped bastards rain down vegetable (it’s a vegetable, right?) terror, often they come in pairs. Have fun with that.

For however frustrating they may be, I love them. They are a classic Kid Icarus enemy, and stick out in my mind more than any other creature in the series. They’re somewhat humerous, being an Eggplant Wizard and all, but they’re 100 percent cruel – and honestly, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

If one magic day Nintendo decides to do Pit justice and announces a new Kid Icarus game, Eggplant Wizards absolutely must be included. In fact, I think it’s a damn shame that the character wasn’t playable in Smash Bros. Brawl. Give me full control of an Eggplant Wizard over Lucario any day of the week.

Retro Reset – Super Mario Land 2

December 24, 2008

Super Mario Land 2 was my first Mario experience on a handheld and to this day, it remains one of my favorites. With diverse environments and gameplay, including typical platforming elements, floating around in bubbles, taking it underwater and drifting through space, it was a refreshing take on the series that I noticed even as a wee young lad.

Here lately, it’s been on the mind a lot, and eventually, I’d like to replay the game. It’s with great shame that I admit to never beating Wario as a kid, so that’s definitely something I need to do.

The clip above eventually works its way into Space Zone, one of my favorite areas in Super Mario Land 2. Enjoy.

The Daily Clas…Retro Reset

December 18, 2008

After only a week or so of having them, the Daily Classic is undergoing a change. Maybe I should have seen this coming, but by updating with one everyday, it won’t be too long before I’ll have to start reaching for something to post.

With that in mind, the Daily Classic will become known as Retro Reset. Updates will not be on any set schedule, but expect to see a fair number of updates every month. It could also morph into something else if the interest is there. Rather than simply plopping down a link, with a bit more thought, it could have full-blown articles to boot.

The Daily Classic #4 and #5 – A double dose of awesome

December 15, 2008

The weekends sometimes prove to be busy, and as it turns out, I’ve made a little mistake in creating this site in the manner I have. What it boils down to is that we will be changing hosts soon, but apparently that can’t happen until a 60 day new domain time is up. So come February, we’ll be changing hosts but this won’t change anything about the site.

Alas, here are Daily Classics for Saturday and Sunday:

Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 defined 3D platforming when it launched with the Nintendo 64. For me, it also served as the first time I felt like I was playing a truly 3D game. So many issues come into play when translating an historically 2D game into 3D (just ask Sonic), but Nintendo nailed it with Mario 64. It became what other 3D platformers strived to be and is still regarded as one of the best games of all time.

Donkey Kong Country

Speaking of amazing looking games for their time, Donkey Kong Country dropped jaws with its stunning visuals when it hit store shelves. It did things graphically that people thought were impossible on the SNES, and I was one of those people. While there is a small crowd that call into question the quality of this game today, I still find it great. The platforming is solid, the visuals are slick, and the soundtrack is amazing. Simply put, Donkey Kong Country is fucking awesome.

The Daily Classic #3 – LoZ: Ocarina of Time: Getting the Master Sword

December 12, 2008

Today’s Daily Classic is the first of its kind — A moment in gaming history, rather than a piece of classic music. Obtaining the Master Sword and turning into adult Link is definitely one of the defining moments in the entire Legend of Zelda series. Anybody who has ever played through Ocarina of Time knows just how awesome this scene is as it unfolds.

The Daily Classic #2 – Kid Icarus: Skyworld Theme

December 11, 2008

The second edition of The Daily Classic brings us to one of my favorite games ever: Kid Icarus for NES. While the opening theme is awesome and the dungeon theme is oddly creepy, I’ve always been extremely fond of the music in Skyworld. So sit back, let your eyes glaze over and breathe in all of the nostalgic goodness.