MTV Sports: Snowboarding

In the mid to late 90s sports video games were an open market. It was a time when seemingly any company could publish whatever sports title they wanted, which kept EAvil companies from monopolizing every sport known to humanity. This was good for the consumer as it meant developers actually had to try harder with each installment, instead of merely updating rosters for each subsequent year. However, this left developers fighting for an ever-dwindling slice of the same pie, causing developers to turn to up and coming sports such as snowboarding, giving birth to titles such as MTV Sports: Snowboarding. Developed ... Read more
Posted 5 months ago

Confession: I’ve Never Played Super Mario Kart

It's true, until this year (2021) I had never really played Super Mario Kart. I can remember watching other kids playing it at the Super Nintendo kiosks in Sears or Walmart, but I never got a turn. I didn't personally own an SNES until 2001, and to be honest playing Super Mario Kart wasn't a top priority back then. When I started hunting for video games in my adulthood Super Mario Kart didn't cross my path as much as you might think. It did pop up from time to time in retail stores, for a retail price, but I always ... Read more
Posted 5 months ago

Road Riot 4WD: What the Heck?

Since I spent most of 2020 with my N64 I decided 2021 would be the year I spent a little more time with my SNES. I initially embarked on an attempt to figure out where I had left off in Breath of Fire some 16 years ago, which ended up with me using the Game Genie to set earned EXP to max and grinding for levels without any real resolution to the original goal. After I gave the Donkey Kong Country series and Super Mario World + All Stars a fairly ... Read more
Posted 6 months ago

Mario Kart 64 vs Diddy Kong Racing: Who wins the race?

The Nintendo 64’s library is peppered with classics, including two standout kart racers in Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing. Powered by their own merits, each title exhibited strong, unique features that gave the system a powerful one-two punch in a young genre. More importantly, each game is responsible for tons of memories, flying tempers, and late comebacks amongst friends. Whether you were hosting a childhood sleepover, having a few coworkers over for drinks after a long week, or just kicking back and playing either game on your own, you could always find refuge in Mario Kart 64’s Block Fort or Diddy Kong Racing’s challenging ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

N64 Controller Showdown

This year has allowed me to spend more time with my Nintendo 64 than ever before. This extra time allowance also helped me to decide that acquiring more games and controllers for the console would be a beneficial move. After thoroughly enjoying most of the games I've acquired, I have to admit that I'm also quite fond of the controllers I now own. After giving each of my new controllers quite a bit of play time I feel I can now discuss the three different N64 controllers and how I feel about them. First up I'll discuss the unbranded fire orange ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

GT64: Championship Edition

A short while ago I reviewed World Driver Championship, a game I played in an attempt to find out if the Nintendo 64 ever had a Gran Turismo killer. Although I've come to really enjoy World Driver Championship, the game that caused me to start this quest was GT64 Championship Edition. I had played GT64 through an emulator quite a few years ago, but due to limitations in the emulator I never really got into the meat of the game. After acquiring a real cartridge I felt it was time for me ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago

Peripheral Vision: Third-party Fire Orange N64 Controller

Ever since I bought and reviewed Retro Bit's Tribute 64 I've wished they made one in the fire orange color. Sadly, they do not, although an orange version was part of the 2019 color poll on their social media -- and it lost.. to Classic Grey! So what is a person to do when they're too cheap for their own good? Go to Amazon and buy a third-party controller in the exact same color to tide them over until they can find the genuine article. I could have ... Read more
Posted 1 year ago