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Retro Sports Report #2 Ice Hockey NES

The Retro Sports Report is about highlighting the sports games that still hold up!

Ice Hockey NES (1988)

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A simple sports game at its finest. Ice Hockey has effective strategy by allowing you to customize your lineup of 4 players with small, medium and large sized players to choose from. Small guys are the fastest but get knocked down the easiest, large guys are the exact opposite, and of course medium guys are exactly in between. It may take you time to find which combination works best for you and that also may change over time or depend on who you are playing against.

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The other part of the game that allows you to control the difficulty is the Speed setting of 1 – 5 ,  at the highest setting (5) it makes even the large players move very quickly.

This came is great for highly competitive people who enjoy their retro gaming. The challenge of being able to control your goalie and the skaters at the same time provides fun gameplay for all ages and as everyone gets better raise the speed up and enjoy improving at a whole new pace.

This game is best played 1v1 but can be enjoyed solo, but hopefully only to practice for the next time you have a group around to play!

I rank games on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the game that is so great it will never actually be made.

Ice Hockey 7.5/10

 

Retro Sports Report #1: NBA Give ‘N Go

The Retro Sports Report is about highlighting the sports games that still hold up!

NBA Give ‘N Go (1995)

 

Konami’s NBA licensed home version of the non-licensed basketball arcade game Run and Gun.  There are many good things to be said about NBA Give ‘N Go, the graphics are easy on the eyes , the gameplay is very solid and the presentation is top notch. The versatility of gameplay options is great for both casual  and hardcore gamer alike, anyone looking for a great arcade gameplay experience with all the features you’d only expect to get out of a console developed sports game.

 

With a standard exhibition mode it also features a full 82 game season, or choose a shortened season mode with only 6, 28 or 52 games. It does not have a save battery, but it does have a password save system for continuing your season. The biggest setback to this game really is the lack of a save battery, having to use a save code for this game leaves it up to you to find a good way to store your password.

Roster edit mode is available to trade players and edit the NBA All-Star Teams. This is also where the two “original teams” the Shooting Stars and the Supreme Team are edited, which allow you to build your own dream team without altering the game roster to use in exhibition.

A great game solo, this game also caters up to four players in either co-op or competitive play. There is also an option of playing through season mode with up to 4 teams controlled by 4 human players.

In Arcade mode you select a team and play through 1995 NBA Playoffs, the only setback to historical lineup accuracy is the absence of Shaquille O’Neil and Charles Barkley because of their conflicting video game deals at the time.

The audio in this game is a constant reminder of its arcade roots, from the background music to the buzzer marking the end of a quarter. The energetic play by play announcer is another great part of the presentation that adds personality in the game with an array of quotable soundbites that you’ll be repeating alone or with friends after playing a few games.

I rank games on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the game that is so great it will never actually be made.

NBA Give ‘N Go 7/10

TLDR reasons:

+ Fun Arcade basketball for 1-4 players with home console perks!

– Lack of save battery, find a good place to keep those passwords!

 

 

 

 

ATTACK OF THE MOVIES 3-D

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Price = $ 5-20
Players = 1-4
XBOX360 and Nintendo WII
 
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S EXPLANATION/BOX ART? (5/10)
 
This 3-D cover explodes with all the things that you would have been excited for ten years ago. Skeletons, sharks, giant bugs, and GUNS splatter this zooming cover. But, what is this exactly?
 
Well apparently you are the only hero that can save the world when the movies come alive and start attacking the planet!
 
Now the back of the box does explain that it is a shooter and you’ll have survive/survive/survive, but if you have an untrained eye to the normal random back of the box pictures. You might not see that this game is a Rail Arcade Shooter. ( A rail shooter means, you don’t control the camera at all. You’re just hear to point and shoot)
 
P.S. Did i mention you get to wear 3-D glasses if you’d like?
 
 
 
HOW IS THE GAME PLAY? (4/10)
 
Well at first this game seems really lame and honestly it is. It doesn’t really give anything new to the arcade rail Shooter world. (Rail shooter also means you DO NOT control your character) The graphics are pretty bad, the worlds don’t look that great for this generation, and some of the ways the enemies attack are impossible to stop unless you are playing multiplayer. (Which i doubt really helps that much)
Sidenote: This game is a lot easier on the WII than it is on the Xbox 360 since you can just point your WIImote at the television and fire. So the game play scored a 8/10 on the WII.
 
 
 
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S GENRE? (3/10)
 
Rail shooters are generally meant for arcade play. There are some great ones out there. (Time Crisis, House of the Dead) This one isn’t in the top shop for your library. It does have some pretty quick achievements if you are going for some quick score, but other than that it’s not good at all.
WII- Most of the above is the same. This game isn’t really good, unless you just want another point and fire game to play with your friends.
 
 
THE ‘GAME OVER’ ALL? (40% for XBOX360  / 53% on the WII)
 
As far as i know there is no light gun for the 360 as of yet. Probably because Rail shooters like this one are pretty dead in the water. No one really wants to play arcade style games like this anymore unless you have a gun. The reticle moves horribly across the screen causing you to miss half of your shots, and makes you annoyed more then happy.
But, on the WII the game is kind of so easy that you don’t really care, and the system already has so many games like this already.
 
When playing it multi-player it was a little bit better. But, that was probably because more people making fun of the same bad thing, is a lot more fun. 
 
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I found out that I have a box variant today

I’ve never read about this one. So I may be the first person to mention it.

 

This is the 3 Screw version where Programmable is spelled correctly in the bottom corner.
This is the 3 Screw version where Programmable is spelled correctly in the bottom corner.

 

This is what I found on my copy after trying to remember what series these two were from, while talking to Mr. Crash Adams the night before.

 

Wrecking Crew is on the left and the world Programmable is mis-spelled with on M.
Wrecking Crew is on the left and the word Programmable is mis-spelled with on M.

 

Now there are 3 versions of this game already. There is the original print, which mine is, where originally instead of being sealed; the games had a black circle sticker holding the front lip down because there were hang tabs built in the box. That is the version I have. (Example reference photos)

Sticker seal is at the top of this Duck Hunt.
Sticker seal is at the top of this Duck Hunt.

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Donkey Kong has the hang tab. Just like my version of Wrecking Crew. There are other 5 screw releases with a different box that doesn’t have the hang tab, and also the 3 screw versions that weren’t in hang tab boxes either.

These are the differences between the carts. You need the 5 screw version.
These are the differences between the carts from 3 screw to 5 screw.

Now I’m not sure if anyone has ever noticed this. I haven’t ever seen it listed on anything. So, If it has been seen or named. I’m repeating it, but if it hasn’t I’m claiming it here on my website.

So, regardless some cool information for you collector’s out there that love variants.

Happy Hunting,
XO from The Brett.

SHOVEL KNIGHT 3DS REVIEW

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Game Price = $14.99 (DLC GAME)
One player

“Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic created by Yacht Club Games. You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this valley with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. He wields a ShovelBlade; a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic created by Yacht Club Games. You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this valley with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. He wields a ShovelBlade; a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!

HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S EXPLANATION/BOX ART? ( 10/10 )

Well, unfortunately there is no box for Shovel Knight. So rating that isn’t applicable. But, you can read the description before you download, and I would say that it is pretty dead on!

HOW IS THE GAME PLAY? ( 10/10)

If you have ever played Mega Man, Metroid, Castlevania, and Zelda 2 on the original Nintendo (NES), you are already equipped with the brain power and finger knowledge to play this game.

If that makes no sense to you at all for some reason. This game is a 2D plat-former. You play stage to stage beating awesome villains of the Shovel Knight, blocking his ultimate goal of saving his friend Shield Knight.

You have to jump, bounce on your shovel, defeat monsters, and puzzles to level up your shovel for new and more amazing attacks!

HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S GENRE? (10/10)

As I just said this game is a lot like the previously mentioned games. I’m sure you’ve actually played a few of those before.

But, at any rate, Shovel Knight fits into the classic plat-former perfectly. I would have to say that it controls so precisely that you can’t mess up… unless you aren’t very good at plat-formers… and then! It’s just that frustrating style that makes you so mad that you try again!

 

 

The Game ‘OVER’ ALL? (100%)

Okay, I waited a long time for this game and was super stoked that it got all it’s money raised to be finished. I haven’t played a game this good in a really long time. I loved all the quirks, style, comedy, and art design.

I was just talking to a buddy of mine about how the last plat-former that I played that I really got into was Super Meat Boy. (also a DLC game, but it’s on ps3/xbox360/pc).

Shovel Knight is nostalgia at it’s finest. If you are a classic gamer there are soooo many things in this game that bring you back. Put those little smiles on your face if you remember or get the reference. It’s like the perfect homage to all the fantastic plat-formers from the past.