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N64 Retrospective

The New Tetris: It is Tetris on your N64

Well I put up the good fight. I bought a new Dazzle DVD Recorder HD. I plugged it on my main laptop, completely refused to work. I brought out my older laptop, it did work, but completely unplayable when capturing. Since nobody is reading these, and I mean literally no one, other people’s media it is until somebody donates me a more powerful laptop(Ha Ha Ha).

Forget that, I found a program called Debut, which records, while Pinnacle Studio does not. This means original content from this review forward!!!

newtetrisThis is Tetris on your N64. That’s pretty much what it is and nothing more. Note that this is not actually the “new” Tetris that came about in the early 2000s, which allowed infinite spinning, so this is actually the “old” Tetris, which didn’t. Which rule set you prefer is entirely up to you, so keep that in mind when considering to play this.

It is really, really hard to screw up Tetris. And this rendition of Tetris is done beautifully and without flaw. It’s even important to note that the brick swapping feature, which allows you to “hold” a piece and swap it at will, is new in this version and still in Tetris games to this day.  The graphics are clean and crisp and the music is wonderful. It even has four player mode.

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What were you expecting?

So should you go back and play it? Up to you. This is Tetris, granted the old version, but still Tetris. You’ve probably played it elsewhere.  Still, this is a great Tetris rendition. So if you want it and its four player mode, pick it up. If you decide to skip it, you’re not missing much, it is still Tetris after all.

Ign Score: 8.8 They love this version, and so do I!

Amazon link: The New Tetris

N64 Retrospective

Bass Hunter 64: For the inner-fisherman in all of us.

Do you like bassbasshunter-64? Do you like fishing for bass? If so, do I have the game for you. It’s called Bass Hunter 64, and in it, get this, you fish for bass. Amazing I know.

Bass Hunter 64 is a very simple game. Its you, a rod and a motor boat. You zoom around a lake to the right spot, you pick the right lure and cast your line. Then you hope a fish bites and you fight that sucker until you reel it in. Then you do it all over again.  I never said it was the most interesting game.

This is about as interesting as it gets.

This is about as interesting as it gets.

There are two modes, Championship and Fish for Fun. In Championship, you have a set amount of time to catch the biggest bass possible in a particular lake.  If you place in top #3, you get points which allow you to buy better equipment. In Fish for Fun, you… fish for fun. Though in a game like Bass Hunter 64, fun is a relative term.  To be honest, without the goal and pressure of a time limit, things get boring real fast in Fish for Fun, so just stick with the Championship mode.

So should you seek this out? Well, like I said at the start, do you like fishing for bass? If so, seek this out. I don’t exactly have much experience with fishing games, but its actually a pretty good bass hunting game from what I could gleam. The graphics were decent, the controls were good and the bass simulation seems pretty real(for the n64 anyway).  I honestly couldn’t find anything wrong with this game. It’s a solid fishing game if that’s what floats your boat.

Ign score: 7.6 Their bottom line was that this was cool game for fishing fans, everyone else give a rent. I agree with that.

Amazon Link: Bass Hunter 64

 

N64 Retrospective

Super Smash Bros.

This isuper-smash-brothers-1s the game that started it all. This is a classic. You know this formula by now. You pick your favorite Nintendo characters and you fight each other on crazy stages. Nothing much has changed in 17 years. Sure things have gotten more complex with more characters each iteration, but the basic formula was perfected here and has changed little over the years. It hasn’t needed to really.

One thing that is missing from later iterations that I enjoy in this one are the customized bonus stages that take advantage of the character’s special moves. But I understand why it was removed, making customized stages for 56+ characters(as are in Smash Bros for WiiU and 3DS) would be a pain.  Still its a nice touch.

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Now the big question. Should you go back and play this game? That depends. Do you want a large and deep roster of fighters? Not here as there are only 12. Do you like stages where you fight them more than the other fighters? Not here as the stages are largely very simple affairs. Do you like Assist trophies and pokeballs? They aren’t here. Do you like final smashes? They aren’t here. Do you like collecting trophies? They aren’t here. Do you like collecting music tracks? They aren’t here. Do you like have matches on Final Destination with no items? That option isn’t here.
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Remember that this was first game in the series and simply laid down the fundamentals. In fact, the series did not really become a phenomenon until Melee(which is still played at fighting game tournaments to this day).  So, if you all want the bells and whistles that have come to define Smash Brothers, this is not your game. If still you want to play the classic game that started it all, by all means, seek this out.  It is still a great game, after all.

Ign Score: 8.5 Their bottom line as was this was great multiplayer game, but had a weak single player and was not a proper fighting game. I’d agree with that. It did not become a fighting behemoth until Melee and didn’t really have a robust single player until Brawl.

Amazon link: Super Smash Bros.

N64 Retrospective

Golden Nugget 64

Golden Nugget 64I started this feature with a game you should go back and play. Now its time for a game you shouldn’t go back and play: Golden Nugget 64. 

Golden Nugget 64 is a casino simulator where you go to a virtual Golden Nugget and gamble with fake money, with the cpu or your friends, until you get bored and quit. You have your standard slots, video poker, craps, roulette and 3 types of poker, plus big six wheel and mini baccarat. All are done well and there’s nothing really negative to say about this game. It does what it does and that’s that.

But if you haven’t guessed by now, there really isn’t much reason to play Golden Nugget 64. There’s no point to this game. Unlike the SNES classic Vegas Stakes, where the point was to win enough money to win the game, here there is no ending. You just gamble until you decide to stop.  I mean yes there is multiplayer gambling, but what’s the point of 4 player split screen poker when you can see your opponent’s cards?

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This is Vegas Stakes. Go play this game instead.

If you notice, these types of games don’t aren’t really made anymore. What has replaced them is free-to-play casino sims where each bet costs real cash, except there’s no point in playing them either. You just feed cash into a virtual slot machine and win nothing tangible.  And if you want to actually gamble where you can actually win real money, there are plenty of online casinos(of questionable legality) and poker sites.

The most interesting thing about this game is the size of her "nuggets."

The most interesting thing about this game is the size of her “nuggets.”

The bottom line is, if you want a casino sim to blow some time that you don’t continually feed cash into, you can’t go wrong here. I just don’t see a point to this game.  It was pointless back in 1998 and its pointless now. Go play Vegas Stakes.

Ign score: 7.8 No argument here.

Amazon link: Golden Nugget 64

 

N64 Retrospective

Mischief Makers

It is time for this site to rise from its grave and for me to actually do something with it. That something, at least until I re-release Deltan Skies next year, is to do a weekly feature called the N64 Retrospective. You see, I’m currently in the process of spending obscene amounts of money I don’t have to collect Nintendo 64 games. But instead of these games just sitting in a drawer, I will take one out every week, play it, and then come on here and review it. Right now I have enough games to do one a week for well over a year and, depending on the popularity, I will collect even more to play for this feature.

mischief_makersThis week we start with Mischief Makers, one of my favorite games of all time and of the only games on the N64 which starred solely a female protagonist. Ok she’s a “Ultra-InterGalactic-Cybot G” or a robot maid, but still counts as female(and strangely isn’t mentioned on the geek feminism wiki).

You play as Marina, the aforementioned robot maid to a Professor Theo, a bumbling old man. You have landed in your spaceship on Planet Clancer home to the Clancer people, currently under the boot of the evil intergalactic empire. The professor gets kidnapped by evil Clancers and off you go.

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Mischief Makers is a 2d platformer game which you catch, toss and shake everything that moves to victory. But what sets this game apart are its inventive levels. Each one tends to have a gimmick of some sort. One level you’re riding a bee dodging missiles. Another level has you fighting mini-bosses to bring seven kids back home. One level is an sports tournament where you have to win at least four out of seven events to move on. And then are the big boss battles, which are awesome and the highlight of the game.

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Like the guy above, Migen Jr. You have to catch his arms and throw it back at him. Another boss has you riding on the back of a cat while riding missiles. It is fun, it is exciting.

It’s all pretty easy, except for a boss called Phoenix Gamma, which is a bastard. Going back and replying it, I was shocked with how it easy it generally was, until I got to Phoenix Gamma, then the frustration came flooding back. Plus, there are gold gems, where each one extends the length of the ending, so you need them all to see the entire thing. Getting them can be a real challenge(try not getting hit by Phoenix Gamma).

Seriously, fuck this boss!

Seriously, fuck this boss!

Still, it won’t go down as a difficult title. In addition, the game is short. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a guy playing the whole thing in 2 hours and 55 minutes:

Granted, he does not get all the gold gems nor get the S-rank time in every level(and even has some trouble with Phoenix Gamma), but if you don’t bullshit around and are a decent player, you can beat it in that length of time.

But of course its one thing to watch some guy beat it in less than 3 hours. But the is worth going back and playing Mischief Makers? Yes, it is. Despite being almost childishly easy at times and short, this is considered by many to be an underrated classic. And I’d call it that. After all, this is one of my favorite games.

And when I mean seek it out, I mean search out a cartridge and play on your N64, of course. Hence, at the bottom of every review, I will post an Amazon link where you can go and pay actually money for the game.

IGN Score: 6.2 I have no idea what they were smoking when they handed this one out. Their: bottom line was “Mischief Makers is a great little game, but its graphics are mediocre. 6.2!” I think it is worth at least a 7. But then, I am biased.

Amazon Link:  Mischief Makers by Nintendo.

PS. For right now, I’m only going to use media I find lying around on the net. If and if only if this feature gets significant readers will I look into a capture device and record original footage and screenshots.

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