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Sat 21st Nov 2009

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michaelmax commented on Review: Data East Arcade Classics (Wii):

For the low price. I couldn't help getting this for Bad Dudes, Street Hoop (a very under-rated arcade basketball game), Crude Busters, and Caveman Ninja. Bad Dudes is so freaking classic. If you look up the word classic in the dictionary, it says: See Bad Dudes vs Dragonninja by Data East!



michaelmax commented on River City Ransom:

Almost as good as Double Dragon, just missing the gritty tone of the DD games. The gameplay and use of dialogue make it a worthwile addition for a beat'em up collection though.



michaelmax commented on Shinobi:

I bought this game thinking i'd get a bit of nostalgia out of it and little more. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that the gameplay, sound, graphics, and challenge all hold up very well for such and old game. WELL worth 800 wii points!



michaelmax commented on Double Dragon:

Please give us the rest of the double dragons. I'd download DDII and III the minute they're available. All three of these games are must-haves for any serious nintendo collection.



michaelmax commented on Pro Wrestling:

Definitely one of the important classics that any true 80's gamer will remember fondly.



michaelmax commented on Review: Doc Louis' Punch-Out!! (WiiWare):

Wow, it's free. Awesome. I liked Punch out wii. But I think for the next punch out game, I would love to see more story, interactive training, and more story...did I mention more story? I'm a huge boxing fan...Nintendo made the best boxing game of all time with punch out in the 80's but lately EA sports is the undesputed champion in this category. Fight Night Round 4 is the quintessential boxing game. Even though no one could top EA's realism...Nintendo still needs to do more in my opinion to get a shot at EA's title. If they combined the story aspect of Victorious Boxers, the tight gameplay and great characters of Punch out...and throw in a deep training system, and we may just have a contender on our hands.



michaelmax commented on Ten Arcade Games We'd Like To See On The Virtu...:

First of all... Good list! I totally agree on most of them, especially's the rest of my list:

Final Blow
Bad Dudes vs. Dragon-ninja
Punch Out
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
3 Count Bout
Street Hoop
Double Dragon (I, II and III)
Pit Fighter
Mortal Kombat
Virtua FIghter



michaelmax commented on Talking Point: Are Rereleases Killing the Retr...:

I could care less what some hoarder gets for his mint condition copy of some old game that he kept because it would be "worth something". I do think people who collect original games will still want to collect them. As for me I'm not into the whole collecting thing if you couldn't tell. What i am into is being able to conveniently (and legally) enjoy retro games at a fair price. Something that wasn't really possible a few years ago. So I'm thrilled and very grateful for the VC market. Finally the retro gaming market has caught up with the rest of the world. For instance, if you wanted to watch a really old movie or buy a really old music album, all you have to do is go to the store and buy it for a reasonable price. Or better yet, buy it from itunes or something like that. You don't have to actually find the "originally packaged" record or vhs from some collector in another part of the world who will sell it to you for 300 dollars. Well, that's how it was with games (either that or illegally emulate the roms...which i'm against), but thankfully not anymore. The collectors can still collect, but for us regular gamers...long live the vc.



michaelmax commented on Review: Super Mario Bros. 2 (Virtual Console /...:

I know a lot of people who think this is the best of the first 3 mario's. I can't pick a favorite. The first one is great because it's classic. The second is great because it's the most unique, and the third is just all-around amazing! Got this one because my wife wanted it. It's a great game for it's time but to me it hasn't aged as well as 1 or 3. Still awesome though.



michaelmax commented on Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars:

I bought this and loved it when it first came out. Probably the only rpg that i ever finished because I liked it enough to stick with it. I'm not usually an rpg fan, so maybe that's why i liked the easy access style of this one. In my opinion this is a VERY good game.



michaelmax commented on Review: Art of Fighting (Virtual Console / Neo...:

Only 2 selctable characters...So what!!! This game is awesome. Who cares how many charcters it has? It has personality, great graphics (the zoom effect was way ahead of it's time), great story, great sound. Ok the controls and difficulty are frustrating but so what. I love this game! Get SNK arcade classics disc instead of downloading though...16 great games/better value and infinite continues!



michaelmax commented on Review: Renegade (Virtual Console / NES):

I give it a 7. Not as good as double dragon but still not without it's charm. The control is pretty fast and responsive, but of course getting punches off fast enough to fight off a bunch of foes at once is pretty much impossible. Welcome to the nintendo era. I had to buy this one though for pure nostalgia.



michaelmax commented on Review: Double Dragon (Virtual Console / NES):

This is a great title. It's one of the most classic games of the 80's. If you're playing this game for the first time you probably wont get past level 3. I still haven't beaten the game yet. The challenge is fairly high as to be expected from a game from it's era. My friend who is VERY good at video games played it and got to about midway through stage 3 and died. Which is about where most first timers will make it (after making it past the 2 Abobos i always get clobered by those falling rocks in the cavern!!! I hate those things). The farthest i've gotten is level 4 right before the final boss. But I'm pretty sure I could beat it with a few more tries. Anyway, I'm just saying that this game isn't a cakewalk unless you were a hardcore nes player back in the day that spent lots of time mastering it. Great title though. Great music, characters, and overall feel! Buy it!



michaelmax commented on Review: Ninja Gaiden (Virtual Console / Virtua...:

Got it. Finally! And yes. It's a nine or ten in my book. The nes version is also great. But this version has better graphics and of course its a true arcade game. To answer your question Vermithrax...they are completely different games,'s definitely worth getting both if you are a fan of old school beat 'em ups like this.
This version's got better graphics, animation, character art, and stage art. More moves. Vertical & horizontal side scrolling. BTW...the review lists the high challenge as one of the negative things about this game. I don't see how challenge is a factor in a game with unlimited continues (and adjustable life gauge). This game isn't difficult IMO.



michaelmax commented on Review: Street Fighter II': Champion Edition (...:

A very good port of SF. I allways liked the basic Champion Ed. better than all the other turbo and super editions so this was perfect for me. Aslo the bonus stages are both there (car and barrels) and the graphics sound, and gameplay are all solid (for 1993). The challenge level seems just right also, I got to Vega (japanese name...last boss) using only about 2 continues, then it took me like 5 more continues to beat the game. Great old school port of SFIICE!