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Posted on Sep 24th 2011 at 11:36:03 PM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES, Help Wanted

With me nearing my big goal this year of getting 75% of the licensed NES library, its time I start playing the crap out of them now. I've decided to challenge myself to beating 100 NES games over a 100 day period. I havnt pinned down a start date yet, but it will be in the near future. I do need a bit of assistance from the community though.

Obviously I'll have the final say in what "beaten" means with each title. But I'm curious to know if there is a general consensus on a few different things. With each title my goal will be to beat the game on the default difficulty setting with no cheat devices or codes.

Whats the general consensus on games like Ghosts n' Goblins which have an ending and then a "true" ending by playing through a slightly harder game again? Would beating it once be considered beaten by most and the second quest left for completionists? or is it neccessary to beat both quests for the true ending to call it beaten?

Is there a rule of thumb for calling arcade style games completed? Would seeing every different screen in Donkey Kong and beating the default highscore be beaten in your eyes? Each game will obviously be a case by case bases, but does that sound about right for most arcade style games?

For Shmups like Sky Shark would it be considered a victory to have the game loop?

While I am against using codes like the Konami code, I'm not ashamed to exploit different aspects of games. Such as spamming respawning enemies to refill health/ammo/score.

Here is a list of games I'm currently going to take on:

Adventure Island
Adventure Island 2
Adventures in the Magic Kingdom
Blaster Master
Bonk's Adventure
Bubble Bobble
Bubble Bobble 2
Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout
Castlevania II
Castlevania III
Caveman Games
Chip n' Dale RR
Chip n' Dale RR 2
Circus Caper
Contra Force
Donkey Kong Classics
Duck Tales
Duck Tales 2
Felix the Cat
Flintstones Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
Ghosts n' Goblins
Gremlins 2
Journey to Silius
Kickle Cubicle
Kirby's Adventure
Kung Fu
Legendary Wings
Little Samson
M.C. Kids
Mega Man
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5
Mega Man 6
Metal Storm
Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!
Monster in My Pocket
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden II
Panic Restaurant
Power Blade
Power Blade 2
Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckeroo$
River City Ransom
Simpsons: Bart vs. The Space Mutants
Simpsons: Bart vs. The World
Simpsons: Bart Meets Radioactive Man
Sky Shark
Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular
Snow Brothers
StarTropics 2
Super C
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 2
Super Mario Bros 3
Super Spike V'Ball
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles
Where's Waldo?
Wizards & Warriors 2: Iron Sword
World Games
Yo! Noid

That list is just over 70 games. So I need some suggestions from you guys too! I'd like to have a list of about 120 ideally, so that I have some wiggle wrong if I need to move on from a game. I'm looking for stuff that isnt to time consuming (obviously). Games with infinite continues are fantastic so if you know of any please let me know. I'm not against padding my list with stuff like Fisher Price, Jeopardy, Mario is Missing, etc, but if I can do it without resorting to those kind of titles I'd be happy.

During the challenge I'll be staying away from online guides, but will be using print guides that I have and asking for community help on occasion. Thanks in advance for the help!!

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Interesting.  I think you pretty much have the right idea, Crab.  Shooters (and arcade games) should be considered beaten when you "loop" (unless there is a story mode).  While you shouldn't ever be ashamed of using codes (they're in the game for a reason), in this instance you must ask yourself what is more important for your experience, seeing the completion screen or doing it the hard way. 

Ghosts N Goblins has always been controversial.  I've never personally beaten it, though I did make it through the first "quest".  In this case (which may be somewhat unique on the NES), the only way to beat it is to finish it twice.  This stands in contrast to Legend of Zelda, where there is a second quest, but it stands apart from the first quest (though the goal is still the same).  On that note, I recommend exorcising it from your list.  In my opinion GnG makes Battletoads look like Kirby's Adventure.  In its place I would recommend Gargoyle's Quest II.

While I don't think I could provide much help, I can certainly support (and applaud) your efforts.  On a side note, do you really want to tackle all the Mega Man games?
Sounds awesome man. As I am currently in the process/sort of already started taking on a large list of titles to play though, I will chime in on the "what do you consider beaten" sort of thing. And I think you are correct in saying, in the end it is what YOU consider beaten.

Ghosts 'n Goblins for example is insanely difficult. By the time you get to the end of the first quest you are probably going to want to consider it beaten so you don't have to play through again with a higher difficult. Or you might have that itch to continue. Either way it is what you want.

I personally feel a game is "beaten" when you see the credits roll/ending cut scene. Arcade games don't usually have that so I just think they should be played until you feel like you've gone as far as you need to on a case by case basis (i.e. rolling over in Sky Shark).

And I think you should totally play through all the Mega Man games. About three years ago my roommate and I played 1-8 and then X-X4 before we burned out. It was awesome.
Thanks for the input guys!! I've actually already beaten GnG in the past, including the second quest (thanks to a push from Shadow_Kisuragi). I was using it more as an example incase someone had another game with a similar ending (Super Mario World?).

Isnt Gargoyle's Quest II a RPG? Is it possible to beat in a reasonable amount of time?

To answer Bomba's questions. Yes I REALLY do want to play through all 6 Mega Man games. Its by far my favorite series on the system and I've beaten all 6 of them numerous times in the past already. I dont seem to ever get burned out on Mega Man. Mega Man 3 is the game I've beaten more time than any other game I own. I've easily finished it over 50 times in my life.

@raptor: about 7 or 8 years ago I played through MM 1-8 with a roomate in a 2 day period. It was a blast.
Don't forget about Lifeforce, which you could choose to use the Konomi code in if you wanted.  Rygar and Battle of Olympus are a little lengthy, but I think could be beaten quickly with a guide.  If you are doing Wizards & Warriors 2, you should also do the first one.  Once you know how to find all of the keys, it's a pretty simple game with unlimited continues.  Any of the Lolo games would be good and help you catch up if you get behind.
top gun 1-2

P.S: Kirby's adventure is AMAZING....ive beaten it roughly 30-40 times.

@banana - How long would you estimate Rygar and Battle for Olympus would each take without the use of a guide? I should definitely add Wizards & Warriors to the list and feel a little silly for not doing so already.

Isnt Lifeforce very similar to Gradius, aka crazy hard?

I've beaten all 3 Adventures of Lolo games in the past, but often need to spend a lot of time on the later puzzles (especially in the 3rd game). I left them off the list because I didnt want to invest my time in them only to lose a lot of time near the end. If I find I'm nearing my goal quite early I may try and tackle the first 2 two though.

@NeoMagicWarrior -

Thanks for the game suggestions. I own 4 of the 5 of those so I'll definitely be looking into them. I havnt played Top Gun since I was a kid. Might be fun to revisit those.
You should add Shatterhand to your list. I love that game.

I've yet to beat it (though I would like to remedy that someday) so I can't comment on the length of time it would take. I've played through two or three levels though and the difficulty doesn't seem too bad.
I love Shatterhand too, but there is a part near the end that has me beat so far. I havnt been able to get past it for the life of me.
I thought of another one you should add. Air Fortress. Once again, I have only played through the first 3 or 4 levels, but the difficulty doesn't seem too bad for a quick play through. I could be wrong though, just like I was with Shatterhand apparently. Wink
Thanks Raptor! I've got a copy of Air Fortress so I'll look into that one as well.
So I tried out Air Fortress, NARC and Commando today. Air Fortress and Commando seem doable, unless something surprises me late in the game.

How many levels are in NARC though? I got killed on the "Kinky Pinky" level. I had some lolz when I accidently shot my rocket launcher the first time and saw 8-bit body parts flying everywhere. Good times!!
@Crabmaster2000: Rygar and Battle of Olympus have a lot of backtracking to areas, so I'd definitely suggest some sort of guide to put you in the right direction.  Lifeforce is tough, but you could use the Konomi code if you so choose.  I wouldn't put it up there with Gradius as far as toughness though.
Add Strider to that list. It's the first game I ever played to completion. It was over 20 years ago and I still remember how much fun I had doing it.

Double Dragon II should be a quick beat as well.
Thanks Den. I was a bit curious about the Double Dragon games. Just add II, or would all 3 be doable?

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