Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Arcade Game Review

The turtle’s franchise took an enormous turn for the better with TMNT II: The Arcade Game. Don’t get me wrong, the first turtle’s game on the NES was good, but very hard. With the turtle’s in the arcade already, a port to the NES was all this series needed. Turtles II The Arcade Game was the second installment of the tmnt series Which was a side-scrolling beat’em up game. You have a choice to choose to play as any one of the four turtles. As already know, each turtle has their own weapon of choice you can use if you select a particular turtle. Turtle's And Description of Weapon Leonardo – Katana Blades (Dual Welding)Donatello – Bo (Long Wooden Staf)Raphael – Sai (Dual Welding)Michelangelo – Nun chucks (Dual Welding) Turtles II has the option for either a one (1)-player game or a two (2)-player game. The controls of the game are...

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Jordan Vs Bird Nintendo NES Review, A Basketball Classic

Taking arguably the two biggest NBA stars at the time, and putting them together in a basketball game, only makes sense.  You have Larry Bird from the Boston Celtics, whom is the best out-side shooting forward in the game.  Then you have Michael Jordan, perhaps the best basketball player during his playing career from the Chicago Bulls.  Jordan Vs Bird was released after both players won their respected NBA All-Star events.  Michael Jordan just won his first Slam Dunk contests and quite frankly “flew” him self into fame.  Then Larry Bird just won his third, and final, three point contest.  So What Makes This Classic Title, Jordan Vs Bird so Unique? The Gameplay: It seems fitting to pair two of the NBA’s best in a head-to-head challenge.  At the time when this game first came out, it was awesome to be able to dunk like Jordan and Dr. J.  Jordan Vs...

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Batman The Video Game Nintendo NES Review

 The Intro: My fingers are still hurting after playing this little gem last night. This game came out shortly after the Batman Movie released in 1989 with Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as Batman.  This maybe one of the hardest NES games ever made. As a kid, I never could beat Batman there are certain spots in this game where definite nes skill play comes in handy. The object of the game is to make all the way to the bell tower to defeat the joker. You will have to go through grueling level after level, defeating the jokers Henchmen and making jump after jump. The game does follow the plot of the movie somewhat, but not all the levels do. It does seem most of the levels take place in the Axis Chemical Plant. Game Play: This is another side scrolling NES game, where you start at...

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Consider Yourself a Hero: A Retro NES Review of Contra

Contra Intro:

Contra is a huge nostalgia game for me. I have many fond memories of sitting in a dark basement with a friend blasting away at this and Super C for hours. This is the first run-and-gun game I remember playing, and it was mind-blowingly fun, especially in co-op.

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NES Snow Brothers Review - A Silly Concept, with a High price

Definitely a goofy game, the gameplay is very similar to that of Bubble Bobble. The overall game isn’t very hard, just long and a little redundant. You have to complete 50 stages in the game, with a boss battle after each 10. The bosses are some crazy looking reptilian type characters. You play as either one or two snowmen, named Tom and Nick. Whom have been transformed into snowmen by the evil king. You can play the game as either 1 player or with 2 players. Snow Brothers is certainly more exciting with a friend, but not many changes if you play by yourself. Each level has a variety of enemies you need to defeat in order to proceed. Each level is a little like a puzzle. You have enemies coming at you from all directions, you’ll have to jump around the maze or puzzle to destroy your enemies. Your character...

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Castlevania NES Review, The Original Retro Nintendo Game

There are portions of Castlevania that will defeat you. Portions that will make you look back mournfully over your life and the decisions that led you up to this point – your 17th straight death courtesy the Medusa heads. The Intro: You will curse at the heavens, at this wretched castle and all the gothic horror it contains within. But then, just as a true hero tasked with vanquishing the foes of the netherworld would, you will look at the whip in your hand, take a deep breath, and begin again. Castlevania first came out for the NES in 1987. The Famicom version of the game came out a year earlier. Yes, this is a game that is over 3 decades old. Let that sink in for a minute. The GamePlay: You are Simon Belmont, an upstart member of the Belmont clan that has found his way into a quest that will...

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Double Dragon Review, (The Original) Nintendo NES Game

Double Dragon is one of the first side scrolling beat'em up games, very popular in the arcade platform.  Really, this is the first released game in the ever-popular series of double dragon games.   The Double Dragon series became very popular on most gaming platforms Especially in Arcades across America, in the 80s and 90s.  It seemed every video game console during the time period listed had a version or two of double dragon.  So let's pop in double dragon for our Nintendo NES and write a Double Dragon Review. Here is another great review from our friends at vintage is the new old. The story of the game You play as two brothers fighting your way through the black warrior's gang in order to rescue Marian, who you see getting captured in the opening scene of the game. Gameplay: I will first admit, when I put the game into play with...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project Review - Nintendo NES

I’ve certainly realized why Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III was voted the best video game of 1992 on the Nintendo NES. This release of the turtles game was similar to Turtles II: The Arcade Game. It featured side-scrolling action. What certainly made this game stand out in the series were additional fighting moves. Each character is equipped with a special move, which they can inflict at any time during game play. The Story: It’s been a long time that I’ve seen the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, but many elements of this game reminded me exactly of that. Most of the characters from the cartoon are included in this game, which is cool and certainly gives character recognition during game play. My understanding of the story is to destroy the foot clan’s presence in New York City. The game starts with the turtles being on a beach in Florida as they...

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Super Mario Bros 3 Nintendo NES Review

In the pantheon of game franchises, there are very few single entries that can lay claim to bringing sweeping, long-lasting changes to the franchise. In a storied franchise such as Mario, this feat is even more impressive. Which is why Super Mario Bros 3 is a classic retro game that has stood the test of time and brought to the series mechanics and changes that we are still feeling the echoes of over two decades later. Super Mario Bros 3 on the Nintendo NES, truly changed the complete formula for the Mario series, and influenced every 2D platform entry in the series after it. Released in 1990 for the NES, Super Mario Bros 3 was an absolute smash-hit. Gamers loved the new overworld map, the wide variety of suits Mario could now use, item storage and even the Koopa Kids first made their appearance in this game. With more than 18...

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Sword Master Review - Nintendo NES - The Old School Game Vault

The title of the game "Sword Master" to me sounds a lot like a classic dungeon crawling RPG. Surprising, it is not; the game is centered around on your sword welding character. Sword Master is your typical side-scroller action adventure game. The goal of the game is to fight through various levels, trying to defeat the evil wizard and demon. The GamePlay of Sword Master: Your character walks through the various levels, swinging his sword at anything that comes in his way.   As you proceed through a level, you’ll come across a mid-level boss every couple of screens. None of the mid-level bosses are too difficult to defeat, but some can take longer than others to defeat. Most of the mid-level bosses have the same abilities as you, a sword and a shield. These bosses can block your attacks, so figuring out their pattern of attack becomes crucial to easily defeating...

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Gun Nac Nintendo NES Review - Flying by the Seat of our Pants

Nintendo NES Gun Nac: “Gun Nac”, which seems like a hybrid of Blazing Lazers for the turbografx 16. If you’re into old school top scrolling shooter’s this game is for you. Gun Nac is packed full of enemy sizzling weapons; to blast away anything that steps in your way. The Story: The idea of gun nac is much like that of gradius or other shooters of the same shmup genre. You go level by level and destroy anything that approaches you. There are a total of 7 levels to defeat, and a boss to defeat at the end of each level. The fun thing about the game is it has animals trying to kill you. You have crazed rabbits throwing huge carrots at you, not to mention a rabbit is an end boss. So you have that strange element of crazed animals, but the game really isn’t about that. The Gameplay: Your...

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Nintendo NES Review Super C - The Old School Game Vault

Super C is a throwback to the glory days – when men were men, and video games were punishingly, brutally difficult. Super C, the North American NES version of Super Contra, was released in 1990. It features the same muscle-toting, cigar smoking badass heroes that everyone loves. Your mission? To fight through incalculable numbers of alien hordes to save Earth. Just like Contra, Super C has you fighting through 8 levels of mayhem with all the weapons that you’ve grown used to. Featuring single-player and co-op action, this isn’t just another Contra game. Well, let’s just say the story isn’t going to win any writing awards. Honestly, it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things because when an incredibly ugly alien monster is staring you in the face, it doesn’t matter how this situation came to be. What matters is that you have a gun in your hand, and you must...

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BurgerTime - A simple Concept with Addicting Game Play

The Intro: I certainly remember playing BurgerTime in the arcade at maid rite back when I was younger. The concept behind burgertime is rather silly, but it’s a simple concept that works. The game is about building burgers, and avoiding the monsters along the way, and your character is a chef. This game was released in the early 80s for arcade, and you can find copies of the game on Atari 2600 and the Intellivision video game consoles well before the Nintendo NES release. The Story: Burgertime is like a puzzle or a simple maze game; you need to run over all the layers of the burger. Generally, it works best to make your way to the top of the level and run over all the layers of the burger making your way down through the maze. The whole time you are trying to run over the layers of the burger, there...

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Ikari Warriors Nintendo NES Review - The Old School Game Vault

Ikari Warriors was certainly a game, that when it came out, it was labeled truly impressive. The two-player mode allowed for hours of fun for you and a friend. I know as; my friends and I spent hours playing this game in the early 90s. As, like most NES games I played when I was a kid, I still have in my library today. Unfortunately, Ikari Warriors will be one of those games that I remove from my childhood library. Ikari Warriors seems just like any other Vietnam War/shooter game to me.  It was apparently inspired by the Rambo films of the early 80s. This is a top moving scrolling shooter, with poor controls, and not the best of graphics to stand the test of time. The object is to rescue your trapped friends and allies along the battle lines. Game Play: You have the option to play the game as...

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