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Super Nintendo Review Fridays

Posted by Corbie Dillard

We're going to show the Super Nintendo console some love each Friday.

You might remember that we recently gave some love to Nintendo's Game Boy system in our Game Boy 20th Anniversary Special. Well the feature went over so well that we've decided to do another one and this time we're going to be showering some attention on another legendary Nintendo console you might have heard of.

After the mammoth success of the Nintendo Entertainment System, gamers were anxiously awaiting the release of its successor and Nintendo certainly didn't disappoint. Although the Super Nintendo console was widely criticized for its slow processor, it's unique Mode 7 scaling and rotation effects and amazing library of games made it a huge hit with gamers and set its place in stone as one of the all-time great video game consoles.

While the console features a wide variety of game genres, it was the console's fantastic platformers and RPGs that's made it such a popular console among retro gamers, who still clamor for the console on online auction sites.

Some offices have casual Friday, but we here at Nintendo Life decided to have a Super Nintendo Review Friday instead. So starting this Friday, we'll be featuring a Super Nintendo game review each Friday from now until December 25th. That's 15 Super Nintendo reviews for you to enjoy. Many of the best games have already seen a release on the Virtual Console service, but we've put together an interesting and varied list of a few games that are still awaiting a release on the service and should make perfect candidates for retro reviews.

This Friday we'll kick things off with a review of an outstanding, albeit somewhat overlooked, action-RPG called Soul Blazer. As for the other games on the list, you'll just have to wait in suspense and find out on Thursday when we'll be posting a hint topic in the forums where you can make your guesses as to what the game that will be reviewed the following day will be.

We'd also like to hear about games you guys would like to see reviewed. Who knows, we might even choose a few of them. :D

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JonWahlgrenAdmin

#2

JonWahlgren said:

Do you not like retro Nintendo video game reviews? 'Cause I gotta tell ya, I think you're in the wrong place if you don't.

WolfRamHeart

#3

WolfRamHeart said:

Amazing! When I saw this article just now the very first game that popped into my mind was Soul Blazer! Way to read my mind Corbie!;) I am really looking forward to this, it should be good!:)

ReZon

#4

ReZon said:

Great idea.. and a great game to kick it off with. Soul Blazer is awesome! I've beaten the Japanese version several times... I'm still waiting for it to get released on the VC so I can find out what it's actually about.. :D

GN0LAUM

#5

GN0LAUM said:

I'd love to see reviews on Maximum Carnage, King of Dragons, Super Double Dragon (yes, I love beat-em-ups) and King Arthur's World!

ReZon

#9

ReZon said:

Also, reviews that I'd like to see:

Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Mario Paint
Mega Man X
Secret of Evermore
Sunset Riders
Killer Instinct
Drakkhen
TMNT Tournament Fighters
TMNT Turtles in Time

Noire

#10

Noire said:

Oh heck yes. Now these are the kinds of retro reviews I can get into. :) I love the SNES so much; it'll be cool to see some gems I missed along the way and (hopefully) a couple of games to take me back down memory lane.

And just so that I have one game I can wax nostalgic about, I'd love to see either Mega Man X or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, if at all possible. :)

WanderFan91

#13

WanderFan91 said:

YAY!!!! My favorite console Ever!! :) I can't wait to see reviews like SoulBlazer and Chrono Trigger and ActRaiser 2 (if at all) and Mr. Nutz (highly unlikely) as well as licensed titles too (if at all they will be reviewed). Not that I'm requesting anything, just sharing what reviews I'd like to see is all. Congrats on your 20th, SNES. I should probably get Hook by tomorrow. Awesome!!!!! :)

WanderFan91

#14

WanderFan91 said:

Oh, I didn't read the bottom print. Apparently the titles I mentioned were requests (except ActRaiser 2). Will we see a Turtles in Time review? That was a childhood favorite of mine, and I still have fun with my cousins playing it today.
Yay, SoulBlazer's coming Friday, one of my favorites ever. I actually like it more than Chrono Trigger, but that's just me.

SmaMan

#15

SmaMan said:

If you do Soul Blazer and you've done Terranigma, I guess you gotta do Illusio of Gaia to round it all out. Definitely E.V.O. Search for Eden as well, though it's only kinda-sorta in that series.

My other requests:
Another World
Breath of Fire
Feda - The Emblem of Justice (If you're doing import SNES games, but this one has been translated)
Jaki Crush
KILLER INSTINCT!!!
The Lawnmower Man
NBA Jam
Stunt Race FX

And if you want to do unreleased games, definitely do Star Fox 2

WanderFan91

#16

WanderFan91 said:

Yes, Breath of Fire, another great game. Though I wish I had played it on the SNES, because the GBA version altered the battle system. :P I would not have had a problem with the original battle system, thank you very much, Capcom! Oh, and Mega Man X, why isn't Mega Man X on there yet? It's my favorite Mega Man game of all time. :) <3 <3

PopeReal

#17

PopeReal said:

NCAA Basketball
Tecmo Super Bowl
NBA Jam Tournament Edition
Stunt Race FX
Uniracers

JaredJ

#18

JaredJ said:

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
Super Mario All-Stars
Terranigma
Goof Troop
I will think of more later

Knux

#19

Knux said:

Awesome news! I would like to see reviews of Teengae Mutant Ninja Turtles IV:Turtles in Time and Mega Man X. :)

Aenaida

#20

Aenaida said:

Sounds awesome! :) Here are some games that I'm curious about:

The 7th Saga
Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind
Demon's Crest
E.V.O.: Search for Eden
Eye of the Beholder
Illusion of Gaia
Jurassic Park
Lemmings
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom
Mario Is Missing!
Mario's Time Machine
Mortal Kombat
Plok
Power Instinct
Q*bert 3
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots!
Revolution X
Robotrek
Shaq Fu :P
Spider-Man: The Animated Series
Tin Star
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Ski_Deuce

#21

Ski_Deuce said:

This is great news. I wish NintendoLife would hire me back. It's not like I'm the one who quit! Ah well. There are pros and cons to everything. I have more time to read reviews than to make them at least.

BulbasaurusRex

#23

BulbasaurusRex said:

Just review TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, and I'll be happy.

I hope you do this for the Sega Genesis sometime.

CorbsAdmin

#24

Corbs said:

We probably won't be doing a Sega Genesis special since this is Nintendo Life and we don't have a Genesis retro section. :D

CorbsAdmin

#26

Corbs said:

Sorry, but that's just a hack of Speedy Gonzales: Los Gatos Bandidos. But we might review the Speedy Gonzales game. :)

RadioShadow

#28

RadioShadow said:

But it's the Mega Drive's 20th Anniversary are you are not going to review games for that system instead? SHAME ON YOU NINTENDO LIFE! SHAME ON YOU!

Hope you review Panel De Pon! :D

Fuzzy

#32

Fuzzy said:

Reviews for games on the best console ever? Yes please. I second the review of Illusion of Gaia to complete the trilogy!

JamieOStaff

#34

JamieO said:

Oh yeah, Nintendo Life 'Super Nintendo Review Friday' is a great idea, we are in for a treat all the way up until Christmas :)
@Maniac (comment 5) I was always mad for side scrolling beat 'em ups in their early '90s heyday too. 'Super Double Dragon' was underrated, its block and cheeky repeated slap moves were cool. Trouble is, it was so slow, even when played as NTSC 60 htz.
@SuperSonic1990 (comment 19), @PhoenixSage (comment 10) and @BulbasaurusRex (comment 23) I am a fan of 'Turtles in Time', too. It was a simple brawler, but packed colour, fun animations, mode 7 enemy launching and was worth a blast in multiplayer. I think that I will download the "fresh lick of paint" version off PSN soon.
I would really love to see a 'Ninja Warriors Again' review, I would even lend Nintendo Life my Japanese cartridge if it meant that it got included, although I am sure that they will already have it in their collection. lol
That would make for a cool feature; 'Nintendo Life: Staff Gaming Collections'.
Anyways, roll on this Friday.

MrPinguy

#36

MrPinguy said:

Yay Super Nintendo!!! :D ...
And no Mega Drive love? shakesfistangrly Damn you NINTENDO LIFE... oh right....

Want a EarthBound review, but not from Corbie for obvious reasons.
And Final Fantasy IV and VI, and V too if you also include Famicom exclusives.

Ryuuga

#39

Ryuuga said:

Super Mario All-Stars, Donkey Kong Country, Street Fighter II and Final Fantasy IV should be on the list :)

Stuffgamer1

#40

Stuffgamer1 said:

@StarBoy91: What are you talking about with a changed battle system for Breath of Fire? I've played both versions, and the only difference is a very welcome menu tweak to make it look nicer.

I love the screen shot for Soul Blazer in this article. Working to level 50 is such a pain in the butt, and the last three levels aren't even worth anything! But I've done it...once. Love that game. :D

JamieOStaff

#44

JamieO said:

@Betagam7 If you know about the original C64 Mario Bros then I'm guessing that you also know that I meant the time when he put on a fetching yellow wig, transformed into a punk rock chick, looked like he had bust his face up falling through the ugly tree for the 'Rainbow Arts' cassette art,.....
....oh and he changed his name to 'Giana'. :)

JamieOStaff

#46

JamieO said:

@redflicky I can't tell if I am confusing people left right and centre, if you're are making jokes or if I am missing the point and you are asking a real question. There is hardly any inference or gage of expression on a comments board, so I'll stop acting daft for a minute.
I thought you were joking, so I was joining in by making silly references to a Commodore 64 'Super Mario Bros' rip off called 'The Great Giana Sisters', a game in which Nintendo's legal might put an end to, because it was so similar in gameplay to their title. It merely replaced Mario with a blonde haired female character.
No, Sonic the Hedgehog was not on the SNES. The closest game available was one which was similar in gameplay. This was Konami's 'Sparkster', which is still a nice little fast paced SNES platformer.
I hope that this does not come across as patronising.

SmaMan

#50

SmaMan said:

@JamieO @Redflicky @anyone else who's confused
The Sonic the Hedgehog on SNES was a pirated game not made or endorsed by Nintendo or Sega. It was a shameless hack of Speedy Gonzales: Los Gatos Bandidos, but they just replaced him with Sonic and put Mario in the cages instead of other the other mice. (at least I think that's what was in there.)

Rawk_Hawk

#51

Rawk_Hawk said:

I would suggest for review to do Super Double Dragon (never played it) and Super Mario All-stars( so you can talk about how great the graphics are).

JamieOStaff

#52

JamieO said:

@SuperSonic1990 Cheers to you for helping me to decide that my "Friday, just finished a tough week" game will be 'Turtles in Time Re-Shelled' on PSN.
@SmaMan Thank you for sharing your knowledge, I did not know there was a hacked Sonic type cart. You learn something new every day!
@Tony I'm glad that other gamers shout out for Super Double Dragon/ Return of Double Dragon, it was little bit neglected back in the day, but I still somehow managed to end up with two carts (Pal and Japanese). There was one stage where they cranked up the original Double Dragon music and I was brimming with 1987 nostalgia, even in 1992!

JamieOStaff

#54

JamieO said:

I am with @redflicky on that one, pirated games completely suck. The developers have put their work and creativity into building all these virtual worlds, so I pay to play. If I can't afford brand new titles, then I wait and buy on discount or second hand. Modding your consoles with 60 htz switches and the ability to be region free is cool, but chipping to play copied games sucks, too.
It is interesting the lengths that pirates must have gone to have Sonic's little red sneakers running on the SNES, though. It was a big deal in the playgrounds of the time, that MD had Sonic and SNES had Mario and each fanboy at the time secretly wanted to be able to play their mates exclusive "system seller" on their own console.
Ah, the wonders of choice the multi-format 'Virtual Console' enables. :)

WanderFan91

#55

WanderFan91 said:

What I meant about GBA Breath of Fire is that the battle system was changed to that of Breath of Fire II's battle system (for understandable reasons [cough*small screen resolution*cough]). I looked up that the original SNES game had a complicated battle system. Of course, that's just me nitpicking again. Great game, either way. :)

WanderFan91

#56

WanderFan91 said:

I'm also considering Arcana, but the problem is: I feel it will score below average here (considering it's a fun game). (At least, that's what it seems like to me) So, for the time being, I'll go against my consideration here.

WanderFan91

#57

WanderFan91 said:

Oh, and I love SoulBlazer so much!!! Does any know how to make an emoticon with a big heart out there? Just to show how I feel? <3 :3 <3 :3

SmaMan

#59

SmaMan said:

@JamieO
If you think software piracy on the SNES/MD is bad, wait till you see some of the pirated crap you'll find on the NES! Some of it makes me almost puke, like Somari... and Pokemon Gold... uuuggghhh.

KnucklesSonic8

#60

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Fantastic! Here are some of my suggestions:
The Lost Vikings
Bust-a-Move
Troddlers
Wrecking Crew 98
Mario is Missing
Micro Machines
Bubsy
Pac-Man 2
Hyper Zone
Pocky and Rocky
Secret of Evermore
Space Megaforce
Goof Troop

JamieOStaff

#61

JamieO said:

Yay, today is Friday, (18th Sept, 7.45am to be specific). When I get back from a bit of volunteering work, I'm going to check straight in to Nintendo Life and read all about 'Soul Blazer'. Cheers @Corbie

Ricardo91

#62

Ricardo91 said:

All I can say is... Awesome! The SNES has one of the greatest libraries of any game system to date, and it would be great to see some lesser-known titles a chance to shine. I really wish I owned one. :(

WanderFan91

#63

WanderFan91 said:

[I feel ashamed for having posted my " If I Were To..." topic long ago :( :( I should not have implied something like that]
Still, I can't wait to read SoulBlazer; my second favorite Action RPG, with my first one being Zelda 3 :) [ <3 ]

Rawk_Hawk

#65

Rawk_Hawk said:

"We probably won't be doing a Sega Genesis special since this is Nintendo Life and we don't have a Genesis retro section. "

Well sorta
The Virtual Console section will provide a lot of Sega Genesis reviews

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