Random Game Wednesdays: Mario Bros. (NES)

Everyone remembers Super Mario Bros. It’s a classic, and for good reason. It also spawned Nintendo’s biggest franchise, which is still going strong to this day. But, at least anecdotally, I’ve noticed a surprising amount of people who aren’t aware that Super Mario Bros. isn’t the first game in the Mario series. That would be Mario Bros., an arcade game that came out in 1983 and was itself a spinoff of Donkey Kong. The game was also released on the NES, which is the version that I played. Continue reading

Random Game Wednesdays: Star Soldier (NES)

I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable about video games, but every once in a while I come across a game that I’ve never heard of before. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that Star Soldier is one of those games. When the random number generator gave me this game, I honestly didn’t even know what genre it was. Turns out it’s part of a long running series, one that’s had sequels, re-releases, and remakes going all the way until 2013. But yeah, I had no idea what this was. Continue reading

Random Game Wednesdays: Predator (NES)

It’s been a while since the random number generator gave me a crappy NES licensed game. But, today it gave me one that I had played a lot growing up. I’m pretty sure I had actually played the game before I had ever even seen the movie. This was one of those games that even though you knew it wasn’t very good, you just kept playing it. There’s a lot of those for me on the NES. So, how does Predator stack up so much later? Continue reading

Random Game Wednesdays: Cobra Triangle (Rare Replay)

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen that my laptop’s hard drive recently died on me. I did all of my blogging on that laptop, including capturing game footage for screenshots. I’m now using my desktop, which is connected to my TV because I couldn’t get my monitor to work for some reason. I have my keyboard and mouse sitting on my coffee table and I am sitting on the floor. As of right now, I don’t have the capture software installed on my computer, so for the sake of time, I thought it would be best to play something that didn’t require capture equipment to make screenshots. So, I returned to Rare Replay this week. Continue reading

Random Game Wednesdays: Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll

I thought I’d do things a little bit differently for Random Game Wednesdays this week. If you’re new here, the way that I decide what game I’m going to play for this feature is pretty simple. I choose a console, with no real rules on how to choose. Then, I count how many games I own for that console. I then go to a random number generator and enter the number of games as the highest possible number. The generator spits me out a number, and I count that number of spots on my game shelf to determine the game. For this week, instead of picking a console, I picked Rare Replay for the Xbox One. Rare Replay contains 30 games, so I entered 30 as the highest number. It gave me “11”. The eleventh game on the main menu is Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll. Continue reading

Random Game Wednesdays: Top Gun: The Second Mission

I collect video games. A lot of the games in my collection are bought from Goodwill, or flea markets, or wherever you might find old games. As a result, there are a lot of games in my collection that I have little to no experience with. Top Gun: The Second Mission is one of those games. After spending an hour or two with the game, I kind of wish I hadn’t. This game is impossible. Continue reading

Random Game Wednesdays: Jurassic Park (NES)

Most of the time, movie licensed games turn out to garbage. Sure, there are exceptions, like GoldenEye 007, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, but those are the exceptions to the rule. But every once in a while, you come across a game like Jurassic Park on the NES. A game that’s not exactly a great game or anything, but it’s certainly much better than what you’d expect. Continue reading