Rockin Kats for the NES

In 1991 the good people of Atlus released a game by the name of N.Y. Nyankies for the Famicom in Japan. Later that year North America would receive it as Rockin' Kats. When I finally got my hands on a copy of Rockin' Kats, many years later, I remember loving it right from the start. At its core the game is a platformer much the same as the Super Mario Bros. series, but Rockin' Kats brought its own style to the genre and added aspects that made it feel completely unique. ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

Can Google Translate Help Play Imports?

Throughout the years there have been a few video games that I've desperately wished would be translated into English, but for whatever reason simply never got that treatment. Whether it's an official localization or a fan translation from websites such as RomHacking.net, many video games are readily available to be enjoyed by nearly anyone speaking any language. But what is a potential fan of any given game supposed to do when that game is left in the language it was originally released in? While learning other languages is something I recommend, doing so just for one ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

Peripheral Vision: Quick Shot XII QS-112 and RadioShack Archer Joysticks for the NES

Remember being a kid and wanting something so badly but you only ever got the chance to own it as an adult? I do! And for me that was a Quick Shot joystick for the NES. I was actually quite fond of Top Gun, but highly frustrated by the convoluted landing scheme to finish the level. In my dumb childhood brain I thought if I owned a Quick Shot joystick I could land on the carrier every single time. Fast forward to finding one at a thrift store as an adult and ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

Board Game Top Shop Review

Throughout the lifespan of the original Playstation many games were haphazardly published just to see what would stick and what wouldn't. When it came time to make room for Playstation 2 games, many stores were all too happy to bundle together the games left unsold from the previous console and hand them off with almost any purchase. Buying a bunch of bananas for $1.99? Here are your included 45 Playstation games that nobody else wants. And that is how my Playstation collection grew from a well cultivated dozen games to over 100 within a matter of months, back in 2002. More ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

A Tribute to the Nintendo 64

As the Nintendo 64 nears its twenty fourth birthday I can't help but feel ever more enamored with the aging console. You see, when I was 16 I walked into a Target store and experienced Bloody Roar playing on the Playstation kiosk, and being 16 meant expendable time and income were my only assets. It was right then and there that I made the choice to buy myself a Playstation. Within an hour I was back home playing through a demo disc and thoroughly loving it. Nearly all of my future paychecks were spent on Playstation games, so I never ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

Peripheral Vision: Wico Command Control for the NES

I own a couple of the Wico Command Controls for the Atari 2600 and think they're an ok alternative to the original controller. Imagine my surprise when I found out that they produced one for the NES. Why would someone want a joystick for NES games instead of the D-Pad that Nintendo gave to the world that has become an industry standard? Ok, there are a handful of arcade ports on the NES as well as some flying games that perhaps I could see someone wanting a joystick for, but does the ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

Super Cars for the NES

Until I first saw Super Cars for the NES at one of my local media resale stores I had never heard it. The label, unashamedly, shows a pair of Nissan 300zx IMSA racing against two other opponents, which made me wondered if this was going to be some kind of Gran Turismo style game for the NES. For the couple of dollars the store was asking I was willing to take the risk to find the answer. Super Cars was ported to the NES in 1991 by Electro Brain, after Gremlin ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago