Show Some Love

Posted on Feb 7th 2013 at 08:56:47 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, Classic Concentration, Soccer, Sesame Street Hide and Speak, Sesame Street ABC, Sesame Street 123, Popeye, Millipede, Co

If you got the title reference then you know your in for a treat this time around!!

After having several pretty slow days I decided it was time to pull out the big guns and knock out several relatively easy victories in order to pad my numbers. For starters I choose a few old arcade ports that that all had pretty low high scores or levels to loop.

Galaga was the first one. Pretty solid port it seemed. Game controlled well and played much like you'd expect it to. Not much to say, its Galaga!



The next old arcade port was Millipede. This one I've never actually played in the arcade so I'm not sure how good of a port it is. Definitely not as much fun as Galaga, but it was interesting for a very short while. Had two difficulty modes so I played to a high score on each.



Last of my arcade port trifecta was Popeye. This one was definitely my favorite of the three. Played great, looked great, had a few different levels each with a slighly different goal and every level had a gradually increasing difficulty. Pretty solid for a Black Box title. Definitely check it out if you're a sucker for high score type games.



After playing these classic Arcade titles I was feeling a bit old. So I decided to play a few games that would make me feel young again! Like Color A Dinosaur!! I colored the crap out of each and every Dinosaur in the game. I want to say it does what its supposed to, but it doesn't even do that well. The color palette you get to choose from is pretty sad and limited. Not a great title even for its intended purposes me thinks.



Followed that up by brushing up on my math skills with some Sesame Street 123. Ernie and Grover helped me prep for my upcoming rematch with long division when I try to take on DK Jr and his damn math again!



To keep up with my studies I also played some Sesame Street ABC. I don't know what giving Ernie a bath has to do with the Alphabet, but its pretty fun for a bit. I actually used to play it at my neighbours house as a kid so it was kind of neat to re-experience it again.



Before doing something a bit more grown up I snuck in the final Sesame Street game and played some Hide & Speak. The digitized voice work in the game is pretty awesome!!



Needing something a bit more manly after that trip down my 5 year old self's memory lane I plugged in some organized sports, Soccer!! Like most of the black box sports games its fairly basic and the only real goal is to win a match. Not to hard, but it did control a bit better than some of the other BB sports titles like Volleyball, Baseball or 10 Yard Fight. Not great, but better then some of its brethren.



Lastly I just couldnt stay away from the game shows for too long and had to get my fix with some Classic Concentration. I have extremely vague memories of seeing this show on TV........I think. I'm kind of a sucker for game shows so I though it was pretty fun. Probably pretty decent with a friend to play against.



2013 NES List

43 Games Beaten Over 37 Days

Sesame Street Countdown
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters
Shooting Range
Space Shuttle Project
Double Dare
Win, Lose or Draw
Othello
Whomp Em
Dragon Fighter
Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle
Family Feud
Tale Spin
Platoon
Gotcha!
Gun Smoke
Kiwi Kraze
10 Yard Fight
Tom & Jerry
Wrecking Crew
Hatris
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
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[URL=http://youtu.be/YfR-hBRN6pQ]Jeopardy! 25th Anniversary

Cowboy Kid
Crash n The Boys: Street Challenge
Galaga
Color A Dinosaur
Millipede
Popeye
Sesame Street 123
Sesame Street ABC
Sesame Street Hide & Speak
Soccer
Classic Concentration

So far I'm 6 games ahead of schedule.

Future Plans - Slowly plugging away at NES Open Golf. Stalled on The Black Bass for the time being. Gonna slam out several more early childhood games to pad my numbers further too!


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Comments
 
Fix your Jeopardy URL links Tongue

If you haven't yet, I would try working on Bionic Commando to prevent yourself from getting burned out early on the simple stuff. It's a fantastic game, and personally not difficult enough to get stuck on for more than 2 nights.
 
@Shadow Kisuragi: Bionic Commando not difficult??? I always thought it was, since you can't jump. The claw takes a bit of getting us to IMO.

Saw the shout out to DK Jr. Math. I know it gets a rather bad rap, but I love that game. It's really fun with 2 players.
 
It is sad that the best looking games here are ABC/123
Barring the hole in cookie monsters face that you can see the ferris wheel though.
 
Millipede was one of my Mom's favorite to play at the arcade 2nd only to BurgerTime. On the other hand I love that Popeye game, as well as the cartoon.
 
@singlebanana:
Things get much easier once you get certain weapons.
 
@Shadow Kisuragi: Oh, me not getting that far explains a lot then....
 
Galaga and Popeye are great translations, in my opinion.  Can't tell you how many hours I put into that game.

Second Shadow's suggestion about Bionic Commando.  You'll blow through that in no time, and lets face it, you can't rely on games like Color a Dinosaur forever ;P

On a side note, I did fall asleep during the Color a Dinosaur video, so maybe you can create a "Papa Crab's Sleeping Tonic" playlist and add it (along with Othello and the Sesame Street games).
 
I'll have to agree that Hide & Speak does have really great voice samples. You can tell they used up all the ROM space for those though, as there really isn't much else left.
 
I'm gonna try and hold off on Bionic Command for now Shadow. I've beaten it years ago anyway so I don't think it'll be much of a problem doing it again. I just want to make sure I save some "good" games for later on in case I end up slogging through a lot of garbage and need a refresher. If you look at my master list I'm actually havn't done quite a few pretty iconic and important games yet (either zelda, metroid, kid icarus, final fantasy, any dragon warrior, rad racer, RC Pro Am, etc, etc)
 
RC will take you some time, just an FYI.

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