So it’s official… my NES collection is down to a mere 13 games. Of course there are the big 5 very heavy hitters left to acquire: Little Samson, Flintstones 2, Panic Restaurant, Bonk’s Adventure, and Power Blade 2. My goal is to get all the other games besides these 5, and sit on my collection for a few years. I have a strong feeling that the price of these rare retro NES games is trending downwards. I see them all the time at game shows, but only once have I seen a sale at what I consider these ridiculous prices. I did see three guys all pony up to buy a copy of Dinosaur Peak… but how does that work… who gets it when… and do any of these dudes truly have this game?!
Please don’t get upset, but I’ve never played the NES version of this Sega classic. On the Master System I thought Fantasy Zone part 1 and 2 were fantastic games! Such vibrant colours, interesting music, and surreal (clearly drug induced) graphics… I always thought it would be really cool to design a remake of this game, but with more realistic graphics as opposed to cartoonish. You know, make Opa-Opa a really bad ass killing machine! That would be awesome! And YES I actually did beat this game in front of an audience for verification purposes… exactly the kind of difficulty I look for in a shooter… or any game for that matter… hard but not impossible. That being said, have you every played the arcade version? It’s damn near impossible! The Turbo Grafx 16 version is slightly more forgiving, but also very very difficult!
Jimmy Connor’s Tennis… is thankfully the last of the sports games I needed on the NES. I bought this game in great condition on Ebay for $55US; expensive as it is kind of rare because it came out near the end of the NES era. I would definitely say that this game is in the top 10 sports games that only “mostly suck”… which is the best honors a sports game can get (besides Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out which is awesome!). By no means am I saying this game isn’t a complete turd, but it is playable. The graphics are very basic and lame, but the music is decent. The sound FX are like Atari 2600 and there is no voice over which would have been a nice touch. The controls are pretty good, and the fact that you just have to push a button to serve is nice. Considering this game came out so late in the NES’s lifespan I think a lot more could have been done here… even for an 8-bit game.
SEGA Corner: I talked about Fantasy Zone at the beginning of this post… what more do you want?! Hail Opa-Opa!
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