Show Some Love

Posted on Feb 9th 2013 at 07:49:47 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, Fisher Price I Can Remember, Fisher Price Perfect Fit, Mickeys Adventure in Numberland, Mickeys Safari in Letterland, Pi

The title of this blog is particularly fitting as I recently registered myself for Kindergarten. Apparently the spot for my child's name wasn't clearly labelled enough for me and I mistakenly entered my own. Oh well, at least I'll be prepared after these last few batches of games!!

What better to follow up Sesame Street games than with some Fisher Price!! I don't like to brag or anything, but my matching and remembering skills were a bit too much for poor Electro to handle. I played Perfect Fit a few years ago with my son and I think it helped him get comfortable with the D-Pad.

Padding my list further I popped in both of the Mickey Mouse educational games, Numberland and Letterland. The both actually surprised me a bit in that they were actually games Cheesy Letterland in particular had some platforming and exploring elements to it. They were probably the least effective in terms of actually teaching anything to the player, but they were the most fun to play of the educational games I've come across so far.

While I've been knocking off a few easy titles a night for a quite a while I've also been sinking a LOT of time into NES Open Tournament Golf over the last week or two. The goal is to get your prize winnings to at least $1,000,000. The unfortunate part is that that amounts of money you win for most things are pretty low so it takes quite a while. You can increase your rank, but while doing that you gain $0. Regardless I spent the first couple nights increasing my rank to pro so that it would increase my tournament prize money. Then it was just a matter of getting decent enough to place high in the tournaments. I started to be able to win a tournament every time or two until I reached $500,000. At that point the competition started going from -3 to -6 under par for a round to -9 to -11. I started placing around 15th and worse from my consistant top 3 victories. The easiest source of income at this point seemed to be by playing 1 hole at a time bets. First hole was worth $2500 then $3500 then $5000. I basically just started practicing those first three holes and got decent enough at them to walk away with some prize money in most situations. Eventually my persistence paid off and I got my $1,000,000.

After a few nights of golf and a couple more of Super Mario Bros 3 for a high score competition at nintendoage I just wanted some more quick easy games. So I dug into my game show vault and pulled out Pictionary and Anticipation. Both follow the same premise of guessing pictures. In Pictionary you have to play a little mini-game which depending on how you do will unlock a certain percentage of the picture you need to guess. Some of the mini-games are decent while others are pretty boring. Its a pretty short game with just 1 player as it was obviously meant for more. Ancitipation requires you to guess the picture as its being drawn before your opponents do. If you guess a correct picture in each of the 4 categories you are raised to the next level. After solving 12 different categories and moving past the 3rd level of the game you are declared the winner.

I was hoping that Chessmaster might be a great follow up to my ever popular Othello video, but unfortunately you get the option to rush the computer opponent if you choose so it doesn't quite have the same appeal Wink. By forcing the computer to make moves in a timely fashion its not nearly as challenging either.

Lastly I busted out some more learning and tried my hand at DK Jr Math. Much like Pictionary this game is meant to be played with a friend. So it was pretty easy to stomp my inactive opponent and prove my superior mathematic skills!!

2013 NES List

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
Jeopardy! 25th Anniversary
Cowboy Kid
Crash n The Boys: Street Challenge
Color A Dinosaur
Sesame Street 123
Sesame Street ABC
Sesame Street Hide & Speak
Classic Concentration
Fisher Price I Can Remember
Fisher Price Perfect Fit
Mickey's Safari in Letterland
Mickey's Adventure in Numberland
NES Open Golf
DK Jr Math

52 Games Beaten Over 40 Days

Got myself a nice little cushion to fall back on now which is pretty nice especially considering how much time I sunk into NES Open Tournament Golf. Now I'll be a bit more comfortable playing a few  of the more interesting titles on my list. Plus I'm running out of Edutainment options Tongue

Future Plans - It would be nice to give myself an even further boost ahead of my goal if possible so I think I might do a little Black Box spree tomorrow and check out stuff like Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong 3, Urban Champion and Pinball.

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Another great blog of overlooked games. I've actually wanted to play Anticipation ever since I started collecting. Kinda jealous that you were able to beat NES Open Tournament Golf... I stunk at that game.

Good luck in Kindergarten. Wink
DK Jr Math comment made me laugh.
When I saw the title of this entry I couldn't help to call BS, aloud, at your radical claim...

but after reading it I can see the error of my ways.

I tip my hat to you Kinder-Scholar!
@Fleach: I wasn't great at it at first. Took a while to get decent at it.

Glad I could amuse you guys Wink
Just watched (and commented on) the vids.  They were.. amusing.  I did like the Anticipation video, though.  Kept wanting to yell out the answers.  Man that R2-D2 one really got under my skin for some reason...
I still say that the NES has some of the greatest golf games of any system out there, including the black box "Golf." Unbelieveable that as early as those games were, the swing mechanics in new gold games are basically still the same. Kudos Crab! On to first grade.
Black box Golf  < NES Open

Have fun finger painting, Crabs.

I'm more of a alphabet blocks kind of guy Wink

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