I haven’t updated this blog in quite some time. I have had larger projects demanding my attention. It all takes energy. These days I’m trying to run a magazine, write a book and produce a short movie, as well as having another job. I also like to read books, watch movies and stuff. I also spend time just thinking, and trying to understand everything. I feel so incredibly lazy and incredibly busy at the same time. For better or worse it keeps me busy at least. I don’t have to wake up feeling everything is meaningless, because I simply don’t have time for that. It’s always more a worry getting the ball rolling on different fronts. Things get frustrating when I’m having blocks from working. Luckily, I also know it doesn’t matter too much. Life’s too fragile to think your own stuff matter that much. You’re here one day and gone tomorrow. Your goals and dreams are only to fill your time, and if you’re lucky you get win a toaster. If you don’t then you don’t. Which is both a blessing and a curse to concede.
But I’ve had a side-project I planned on perhaps posting about the progress here. I just never did.
I’ve written about nostalgia before on this blog, and how it’s a very odd thing to have as a hobby. When I was a kid I loved the Nintendo 8-bit system.
I got a few games, and I also played games at my friends house, and others house and I read a Nintendo magazine. Together its 48 games somehow. My old Nintendo broke down ages ago, but I did manage to find a working one used. I also started collecting and playing the old NES games again. It became a hobby. It is nostalgic playing games thats only in a faded memory. Perhaps of a happier time, or at least a different time. I started beating some of them, like the old Mario games. I also noticed there’s a pretty interesting retro-culture of gaming out there. Some people even had projects beating all the games for the system. Which is insane as there’s over 700, and many are not easy.
To make the story short I got the idea of making it a mission to not only experience all those 48 games, but also beat them.
I kept my own blog/thread over at the NintendoAge-forums, and as of 8th of July 2018 I had beaten 48 Games. Last game being Lolo 3, which was by far the one I spent most time on(since I refused to use a walkthrough).
I also wrote reviews of all the games, and rated them in terms of difficulty.
Here’s the games in term of difficulty:
Note: Some games were easier for me since I played them so much as a child, and some I’ve played many times, but my rating was an attempt to rate them for someone who’s blind to the game.
- Adventures Of Lolo 3: 10/10
- Adventure Island: 10/10
- Top Gun: 9/10
- Werewolf – The Last Warrior: 9/10
- Ice Climber: 9/10 (the whole game beaten on 1 continue)
- Carmen Sandiego In Time: 9/10
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 9/10
- Tiny Toons: 9/10
- Track & Field 2: 8.5/10
- Double Dragon 3: 8.5/10
- Willow: 8/10
- Kid Icarus: 8/10
- Bubble Bobble: 8/10 (with real ending)
- Faxanadu: 8/10
- Little Nemo: 8/10
- Punch Out: 8/10
- Ninja Gaiden. 8/10
- Bart Simpsons Versus The Space Mutants: 8/10
- Ironsword – Wizards & Warriors 2: 7.5/10
- Bart Simpsons Versus The World: 7.5/10
- Bionic Commando: 7/10
- Ghostbusters 2: 7/10
- Super Mario Bros 2: 7/10
- Total Recall: 7/10
- Tecmo World Wrestling: 7/10
- Super Mario Bros 3: 7/10
- Tecmo Cup Soccer Game: 7/10
- Mega Man 2: 6 or 7/10 (depending on if played on Medium or Hard)
- Flintstones: Rescue Of Dino And Hoppy: 6-7/10
- River City Ransom: 6/10
- Trojan: 6/10
- Kung Fu: 6/10
- Mega Man 4: 6/10
- Mega Man 3: 6/10
- Super Mario Bros 1: 6/10
- Turtles 2: 6/10
- Casino Kid: 5-6/10
- Double Dragon 2: 5-6/10
- Mega Man 5: 5/10
- Duck Hunt: 5/10
- Nintendo World Cup: 4.5/10
- Chip & Dale: 4-5/10
- Mega Man 6: 4/10
- North & South: 3-4/10
- Duck Tales: 3.5/10
- Adventures In The Magic Kingdom: 3/10
- Mario Bros: 3/10 (to get to Level 12, where anything new stops)
- Ice Hockey: 2-3/10
- Rockin’s Kat: 2/10 (Secret bonus levels: 8/10)
Doing the run was very fun, and I’ll probably do similar runs in the future. Feel free to steal the idea and do similar stuff yourself.
Its weird rating some of these games in terms of difficulty because it might be tempting to rate them in how hard you see them presently. Most of these games would not go over 5 or 6 in difficulty (and in many cases a lot lower) if I rated them like a point where I already have beaten them. Looking back playing through Lolo 1, 2 and 3 that was the toughest challenge. I played them in sequence and it took forever. Especially the third one was twice as long as the other two combined and many puzzles were just near impossible. Some levels had me stuck for over a week figuring out. Being stumped for days was very frustrating. Adventure Island might seem like a nice and easy game if you haven’t tried beating it, but it actually becomes complete hell in the latter levels. Maybe because of poor level design, but who knows. Top Gun I absolutely hated, because I never figured out how to dodge certain missiles, so I had to play it cheap to get through (pointing the nose up in the air through the level, it surprisingly works, not sure if its cheating or not). Carmen Sandiego was a lot of memorizing facts and so on. Helped to keep notes. It wouldn’t have been too bad hadn’t it been for how painstakingly slow a mission is and for how many missions you had to do. After catching Carmen you’d think it’s done, but nope. You have to due endless missions after that until you retire, and the game has the nerve to make the missions longer too despite you answering the same questions.
Turtles is a very hard game. When we were kids I didn’t know anyone who had come very far into it. I only saw people coming far into the fourth level and it was very impressive. Seems like many people didn’t get past the dam, and thats just the third level and not nearly as hard as the later stages. It’s a long game. I’m impressed if anyone beat it as a child. The worst stage is the Technodrome, where I still am not sure how to beat it without using a glitch to make the astronaut-ghosts disappear. Shredder ironically is a joke of a boss though. Tiny Toons I’m not sure deserves the 9/10 rating anymore, but its true that the last world at Max Montana is pretty brutal, long and without checkpoints. It’s the only game I owned that I never beat, which to me says something. Games like Ninja Gaiden are quite hard, and often has a rumor for being hard, and it kind of is… but it has endless continues and is so fun it evens out the difficulty. To me the most difficult games were the one that was unforgiving and had clunky controls. Punch Out is a game I owned as a kid, and I beat back then too. I might not be able to judge it «objectively». The later part of the game you need to practice a lot. Mr Dream (or Mike Tyson) is hard as nails at first, but it’s a memory game. When you know the patterns of the boxers they’re all suddenly tons easier.
On the easier side, yes, seems like Rockin’s Kat was the easiest one. I owned it as a child and I had the whole game in muscle-memory still, despite it being ages since I played it. Beat it in my first run. It’s an easy game.
I also think Chip & Dale and Duck Tales are easy games. Same with Adventures In The Magic Kingdom. The Disney games usually weren’t the hardest ones.
If I had to pick 5 favorite games:
- Mega Man 2
- Adventures Of Lolo 3
- Tecmo Cup Soccer Game
- Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors 2
Mega Man 2 is probably my favorite game on the system, and one I beat now and then. Tecmo Cup Soccer Game is ironic for me to pick since I don’t like soccer, but I am impressed with the originality of mixing RPG with sports and how well it works. Faxanadu is just very atmospheric and dark, and it’s also very long. Ironsword is also an old nostalgic game I remember spending a long time trying to re-find. I remember having flu as a child and playing that game instead of going to school. it’s one of my favorites. Lolo 3 I love just because I spent so much time with it finishing this run. I am also insanely impressed with the level designs. I like all the games in the run though.
Game Boy Run
It was pretty fun completing the NES run. I thought I’d do the same with Game Boy. At the moment I’m 7 games in out of 38. You can follow my progress here. I play very casually when I find time.
I’m playing the Pokemon games currently and while its quite entertaining it takes forever.