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Posted on Jan 30th 2013 at 09:28:45 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Cowboy Kid, Bo Jackson Baseball, Crash n the Boys Street Challenge

Over this last week I had a few unexpected set backs one of which was work related (where I play most of my games). My boss occasionally goes off the deep end, and, oh boy, did she go off the deep end this week. Seems like things have settled back to normal now and I'm back to it. To make up for some lost time I tackled several more of the game show type games for a few relatively easy victories.

Last time I gave you guys a healthy dose of Wheel of Fortune. This week I'm back with an equal serving of the Wheel joined by several pieces of Jeopdary! for dessert. The plain old Wheel of Fortune plays nearly identical to the two that I played through during last weeks update. The Featuring Vanna White version plays a lot different though. It has a much stronger focus on graphics and being bright and colorful in comparison. Much like Super Jeopardy is when compared to all 3 other versions. Other than the graphical differences and a slightly modified wheel to spin its your basic Wheel of Fortune. Here are the end screens for both of them (where I won myself a brand new kitchen!!):

Instead of jumping right into Jeopardy I thought I'd take a quick break and explore a couple other games. The first of which was The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. I'm not a huge Rocky & Bullwinkle fan, but I did grow up watching old reruns of the show and had pretty fond memories of the series. This game doesn't do ANY justice to the source material. I fee like I'm fairly generous when playing most of these games. After 250+ there is only an extremely small handful of games that I'd genuinely say I thought were absolutely terrible. Rocky & Bullwinkle is unfortunately one of those games. From the controls, to level design, to visuals, to enemies to the music it was just bad all around. The only thing that I can say positive about it is that it was quite short. I'm thankful for that!

If you followed me at all last year you'll know I played through several long baseball seasons that only Wildbil52 was brave enough to watch Wink Well I started my baseball season early this year, but fortunately it was only about 2 hours long instead of 10+ times that. Gave Bo Jackson Baseball a go. I'd like to play some of the other ones again for comparison, but it seems like one of the best I've come across yet. Everything is pretty basic, but it all works very well. Its got the tightest controls and that alone is a good enough reason to rank it high on the baseball list.

The next 3 were the rest of the Jeopardy games on the system. I'm going to lump them all together since they were so similar. The regular and 25th Anniversary games were basically identical. Different titles screen and I'm sure different categories, but otherwise you were playing the same game. Jr had questions that were obviously for a younger audience at least which helps distinguish it from the others. Not much else to say. Its Jeopardy so if you like that sort of thing (I do) then you'll probably get some enjoyment out of them.

One of the newest games in my collection is Cowboy Kid, which I picked up earlier in the month. All I knew about it going in was that it was supposedly a fairly unique game. At first it seemed like the gameplay was going to be quite similar to Time Lord. After a bit of exploring it (thankfully) turned out to be quite a bit more enjoyable. There are 6 different outlaws for you to capture in the order of your choosing. Each outlaw is in a different town or settlement. Your job is to explore each area, collecting money and finding items and equipment as you go, and apprehend each of them. Most of the levels involve a bit of exploring and sometimes even puzzle solving. One of the stages it even a scrolling shmup type level. When I played the first mission it seemed like the game was gonna be pretty tough with just a little knife at my disposal. After playing a few more I was able to equip a hand gun and rifle which made the game a lot more enjoyable though. After capturing the first 6 outlaws you are presented with a final outlaw to capture being getting the ending. Pretty neat game overall.

Last up for this update is probably also my favorite, Crash n the Boys: Street Challenge. Its one of those Olympic types games in which you compete in several events trying to get first place overall. There are only 5 events, but all of them control really well and are pretty enjoyable for the most part. In between matches you can also use the medals you've earned during your events to purchase stat boosts or special items ala River City Ransom. Pulling someone under water and beating them until they've drowned is surprisingly awesome! Pretty cool game and one that I've had the pleasure of playing multiplayer in the past. Its a whole lot of fun with a few friends.

2013 NES List

34 Games Beaten over 30 Days

Sesame Street Countdown
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters
Shooting Range
Space Shuttle Project
Double Dare
Win, Lose or Draw
Whomp Em
Dragon Fighter
Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle
Family Feud
Tale Spin
Gun Smoke
Kiwi Kraze
10 Yard Fight
Tom & Jerry
Wrecking Crew
Time Lord
Orb 3D
Wheel of Fortune Jr
Wheel of Fortune Family Edition
Captain America and the Avengers
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune Featuring Vanna White
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
Bo Jackson Baseball
Jeopardy! Jr
[URL=]Jeopardy! 25th Anniversary

Cowboy Kid
Crash n The Boys: Street Challenge

Future Plans - Been putting some time into NES Open Golf and The Black Bass. I'm stalled out on Black Bass at the moment. I've gotten to the final lake/tournament and I don't much too much trouble catching the fish. I just can't seem to get the damn things to appear most of the time. NES Open Golf is just gonna be a matter of time since I have to figure out how to rank up and rank in some decent $$$ to get to $1,000,000.

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Those sound like a bunch of great games, especially Crash n the Boys. I'm loving this series. It's helping me know what NES games I should an eye out for while hunting.

Oh, and enjoy your new kitchen! Wink
Tecmo Baseball was my favorite NES baseball. Have you given that one a spin yet? Don't remember if it was in your 2012 list.
@Shadow Kisuragi: There are still quite a few I need to try out. Havn't actually gotten around ANY of the Tecmo sports games yet Sad

@Fleach: Crash N The Boys is definitely a pick up if you come across it. So much fun!
God, I nearly woke my daughter up laughing during your Rocky and Bullwinkle playthrough, Crab.  I'm not sure, but did you really have to switch to Bullwinkle to climb stairs?  At least it didn't last long.

Coyboy Kid looks very interesting.  The gameplay looks almost identical to Mystical Ninja on the SNES. Makes me wonder if this game was converted from a Goemon game on the NES.
@Shadow Kisuragi: Whaaaaaaa??? Come on man, what about Baseball Stars?  By far my favorite baseball game on the NES.  Love the ability to customize your team.  I'd throw RBI Baseball as one of the better NES baseball games as well.  Tecmo, Little League, Dusty Diamond (technically softball), and Bases Loaded are solid games.  When you think about it, the NES had some great baseball titles.
@bombatomba: you do have to swap to Bullwinkle to walk up stairs. I had it let me pass as Rocky a couple times, but he usually fell through them instead

@singlebanana: Yeah there are a massive number of Baseball games on the system. I've still got a lot of them to play through.

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