For Beat it or Die Trying
For Beat it or Die Trying
I forgot that I had played through this after never actually finishing it in at least 15 years.
It was pain.
I’ve never read about this one. So I may be the first person to mention it.
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.
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)
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.
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.
XO from The Brett.
If you aren’t sure what to look for in your Nintendo games to find these. They only came out in the original prints of the games when Nintendo didn’t have enough time to produce enough 9 pin adapters. So the easier way for them at the time was to use converters with famicom boards.
So, if you are out looking for them to complete your variants or to make some quick cash or trade money, you will need to look for flat tab top games with 5 screws in the back of the cart.
The only known games with them in them are these.
Clu Clu Land
Donkey Kong Jr.
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Raid on Bungeling Bay
Wizards and Warriors
Happy hunting and share with your pals.
X’s and O’s
Game Price = $14.99 (DLC GAME)
“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.
Sesame Street The Count
Game Price = 5 (box = 5-10 / Manual – 1-5)
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S EXPLANATION/BOX ART? ( N/A )
According to the box. “NOT a game, a drawing and animation system”
I can’t really rate it as a game So this category doesn’t really apply.
HOW IS THE GAME PLAY? ( 8/10)
There isn’t really any game play. It’s an art studio. So if you didn’t have a computer at the time with the program MS-PAINT or any other variant, Videomation could have been a fun choice.
It has several options of things you can do with it, and a small amount of colors to paint with. It seems to me that they spent more time adding in “stamps” and silly GIF style animations before giving a lot of options for artwork. But, It is a very old program, so it isn’t completely rate-able for that.
The only other games / not games on the NES are Color a Dinosaur which is just terrible, and Tiny Toons cartoon Workshop, which is similar but not the same.
If you were a kid and wanted to make art on your nintendo this is a pretty cool feature. Not as good as Nintendo’s Later release of Mario Paint on the Super Nintendo, but not completely terrible either.
If you watch the video play through I did. I rate the game as bad, because in this day and age. It’s pretty bad in a worthless sense of the word. But, back in the day, this would have been a neat way to make some artwork. And since this is the only Rate-Able area for the game it doesn’t score too bad at the end of the review.
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S GENRE? (N/A)
Again this is not a game, and like I said the only things to compare it to are Tiny Toons Cartoon Workshop and Color a Dinosaur.
These two titles are also not games, but aren’t fun in this day and age either. But, I’ll get to those two at a different period of time.
The Game ‘OVER’ ALL? (80%)
I know I am still using my 4th category The Game ‘Over’ All, but since this isn’t really a game. I’m rating it more on Accessory title. There are tons of accessories on the NES that are just awful, and beyond awful. Cool thoughts if they would have functioned properly, but most of them do not work at all, or work so poorly you give up.
And, Like I said, it doesn’t score bad at the end of the day.. It does work pretty well for what it is in comparison to some other things.
Above all, It functions.
You can’t really save the stuff you worked on, or have a mouse to control stuff (You use the controller), which is what makes this not that exciting. But, it’s still pretty neat in comparison to junkie clunky accessories (And COLOR A DINOSAUR)