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The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (Super Nintendo)

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (Super Nintendo)

The hunter becomes the hunted

Following their release of the first Super Nintendo Addams Family game, Ocean Software’s programmer, James Higgins, gave an interview to Super Play magazine to promote the development of their second, Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt. He highlighted the fact that the arcade platforming feel of this sequel was initially...

Addams Family Values (Super Nintendo)

Addams Family Values (Super Nintendo)

The Legend of Addams

When anyone drops a mention of licensed games, it's generally appropriate to tune out. With very, very few exceptions, almost every single game based on a movie, TV series, comic or what-have-you is mediocre at best, and frequently completely terrible. There are exceptions – everybody knows about classics like DuckTales and GoldenEye 007. One series of titles that is not..

The Addams Family (Super Nintendo)

The Addams Family (Super Nintendo)

Morticia's marooned in a maniac mansion

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Manchester-based Ocean Software became synonymous with movie licensed games and established themselves as the go-to developer for Hollywood. They delivered their software on the home computers that were flourishing at the time and handled a huge list of movie licenses, with standout titles including Robocop, Batman:..

Rival Turf! (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Rival Turf! (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Two isn't always better than one

When approaching Jaleco’s Rival Turf! (known as Rushing Beat in Japan), it’s important to understand the context of its release. In the early days of the Super NES, Capcom duly ported over its illustrious arcade brawler Final Fight, which dazzled gamers with its arcade-quality visuals and sound. It was a...

NBA Jam (Super Nintendo)

NBA Jam (Super Nintendo)

The very definition of Boomshakalaka

Released amid a surge in the popularity of professional basketball during the early 1990s, NBA Jam rode the wave along with many other basketball video games. In spite of all the competition, it became a legend in its own time and is still remembered fondly today. Often sport-based games become obsolete a year after their release, but Midway shattered that..

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A simplified Final Fantasy experience

Back in 1992, role-playing games were still largely ignored outside of Japan, but Square tried to remedy this with the release of Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. The game not only added a bit more action to the experience, it also greatly simplified the gameplay mechanics as well. While this certainly offered up a...

Plok (Super Nintendo)

Plok (Super Nintendo)

The original Rayman

A few years before Rayman hit the scene, there was another lesser known platforming hero with floating hands and feet that he could throw at enemies. Created by John and Ste Pickford, two fairly well-known British video game designers, Plok is perhaps one of, if not the best, examples of a cult classic Super Nintendo platformer...

Another World (Super Nintendo)

Another World (Super Nintendo)

Simply out of this world

Poor old Lester Knight Chaykin (Les to his mates), an unwitting physicist, innocently went to put in some overtime in the lab during a thunderstorm one night. Who’d have thought that playing with a particle accelerator could magically teleport him to a strange alien planet when his lab gets struck by lightning? In the...

Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy (Super Nintendo)

Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy (Super Nintendo)

Oh, we laugh at this game! Gradius is fine but this is nicer!

A fiendish giant octopus by the name of Zeo and his intergalactic mutant penguin mates are up to no good, wreaking havoc on the inhabitants of the Parodius Zone. Thankfully, help is at hand as Vic Viper, Pentarou the penguin, Twinbee and a gun-toting octopus have come to save the day. As a parody of Konami’s famous Gradius series, this..

Aero the Acrobat 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Aero the Acrobat 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Everything you could want out of a sequel

About the time mascot games began exploding on the Super Nintendo console, Sunsoft jumped on the bandwagon with the release of their original platformer Aero the Acrobat. While the game featured many of the classic platforming elements that were showing up in the games of the time period, it was criticized for its bland play control and limited level..

Aero the Acrobat (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Aero the Acrobat (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Will you go aerobatty for Aero?

Everybody into gaming at the time remembers the "cool mascot" craze during the early 90's; Sega was heavily in on it with Sonic and a whole bunch of other companies tried to cash in on it as well. Sunsoft's attempt came in the form of Aero the Acrobat – a bat with attitude who works as an acrobat in the...

Vortex (Super Nintendo)

Vortex (Super Nintendo)

Transform and tear your hair out

The magical mystery core has been stolen and taken away. The Aki-Do forces are the ones responsible and naturally they've split it in to five parts and scattered them across the galaxy. But forget that cobblers, the cool part about Vortex is that you take control of the Morphing Battle System which as the name...

Arcana (Super Nintendo)

Arcana (Super Nintendo)

Magic is on the cards

FTL's seminal RPG Dungeon Master kick-started an entire genre when it was released at the tail-end of the '80s; the gaming public fell in love with the concept of immersive, first-person adventures and developers fell over themselves to replicate the same atmospheric feel witnessed in the Atari ST classic. It wasn't just Western game designers who caught the first-person bug,..

Illusion of Gaia (Super Nintendo)

Illusion of Gaia (Super Nintendo)

This being a great game is no illusion

In the early days of the SNES, Enix made the beloved action RPG Soul Blazer. A strange but incredibly effective mixture of RPG and very light town-building elements resulted in one of the system's most underrated games. Although the game itself did not sell too well, Enix decided to try again, making a spiritual sequel with very loosely linked gameplay and..

Wild Guns (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Wild Guns (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Wild West or limp at best?

Whether the game had any influence over the film Wild Wild West is debatable, but what can't be denied is that the two have a similar, inextricable link between cowboys and steampunk. While the traditional steampunk time period might still be Victorian England in the late 19th Century, the setting for both is somewhat...

Kirby Super Star (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Kirby Super Star (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Suck on this!

Kirby Super Star made its debut on the Super Nintendo console in 1996, and although the game came late in the system's lifecycle, it's gone on to become one of the most sought-after games in the series. Now with the release of the game on the Virtual Console, Wii fans can enjoy the classic in all of its original glory. The gameplay of...

UN Squadron (Super Nintendo)

UN Squadron (Super Nintendo)

Another Capcom classic

With various versions of Street Fighter II, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, a bunch of Mega Man games and two exclusive Final Fight sequels, the SNES was a good machine to own for Capcom fans. They also released many other games on the platform including U.N. Squadron, a frantic side-scrolling shooter originally released in arcades in 1989. The game is based on Area 88, one of the..

Seiken Densetsu 3 (Super Nintendo)

Seiken Densetsu 3 (Super Nintendo)

An action-rpg for the ages!

When it came time to create a follow up to their fairly successful action-rpg Secret of Mana, Squaresoft decided to try something a little different. While they were already developing the direct sequel Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan, they created a US development studio and put them to task creating a more...

Final Fantasy II (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fantasy II (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Still a timeless RPG classic.

While the game was the second numbered Final Fantasy when it was released in North America back in 1991, it's actually the fourth entry in the series due to the second and third 8-bit releases remaining in Japan at the time. It marked the series debut on Nintendo's 16-bit console and added quite a few new gameplay elements to the mix, namely Square's new Active-Time..

Ghoul Patrol (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Ghoul Patrol (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Bustin' makes me feel alright, I suppose

When it came time to follow Zombies Ate My Neighbors, LucasArts decided to go with a third-party developer. Using basically the same gameplay engine as the one found in Zombies, the developer was able to successfully create a game that looked and played very similarly to the original release called Ghoul Patrol. Unfortunately, the addition of a few sloppy..