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Posted on Jan 1st 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Community Playthroughs, NES, Nintendo, Community, Mario, Zelda, Contra, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Capcom, Konami, Taito, Challenge

With 2019 upon us, I propose a challenge to all my RFGeneration friends. Let's join forces to tackle the Nintendo Entertainment System licensed library in one year starting TODAY!! I think if all of us pool our combined knowledge, resources, collections, gaming skills, and support each other throughout the year, we can accomplish this lofty goal.


Continue reading Can RFGeneration Defeat the Nintendo Entertainment System??

Posted on Sep 1st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Super Mario Sunshine, Nintendo, Mario, Gamecube, Platformer, Delfino, Bowser Jr

Lately I've been digging deep into the world of Super Mario, from the 1985 NES release and working my way towards Odyssey, leaving no Goomba unstomped. Many of these games I've played many times, but there are several I hadn't played before and I got to experience them for the first time. Currently I'm 15 games into my project and got to revisit the GameCube staple, Super Mario Sunshine. This game has always stuck out in the series to me, but I haven't quite been able to articulate why. Having so many Mario experiences in such a short time I feel has finally given me the perspective I've always lacked and may allow me to better discuss why I think Super Mario Sunshine feels so out of place as a Super Mario title.

Continue reading We Need To Talk About Super Mario Sunshine

Posted on Mar 2nd 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Mario, Nintendo, Platormer, NES, SNES, N64, GCN, Wii, Wii U, Switch, GB, GBA, DS, 3DS

I've reviewed games casually on and off for the better part of the past 15 years. It's something I enjoy doing and I feel like I've got a relatively decent handle on objectively looking at the whole package of what a particular game consists of. What I don't have a lot of experience doing is comparing a game directly to another game, as I usually just look at what is in front of me and for the most part ignore any past or future releases. Can games even be, or should they even be, directly compared to one another?

Continue reading Comparative Mario

Posted on Jan 3rd 2018 at 12:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under New Releases, Mega Man, Spider Man, Nintendo, Switch, Playstation, Monster Hunter, Capcom, Quantic Dreams

2018 is now upon us! That means a whole new year of games to look forward to! Here's a few that I can't wait to dig into this coming year in no particular order


I said no particular order, but Spider-Man is the exception. I am more excited for Spider-Man than any other game on this list by a significant amount. I have high hopes for this game as well as licensed franchise games in general. My hope is that Insomniac is able to tell a new unique Spider-Man story as they see fit and build the game they want to build around that story. Batman Arkham Asylum was so special and I believe this game can have a similar impact. I don't necessarily want it to become a franchise or even have a sequel. I just want Insomniac to put out a great game and get rewarded with great sales to match. Hopefully it's significant enough that other companies take notice of what Batman and Spider-Man have done and see that if they put their licensed properties in the hands of caring studios and don't require them to tie it to an upcoming movie (or other property), they can be rewarded with critical and commercial success that helps their brand overall. I want to see better Star Wars games, Ninja Turtle Games, Transformer Games, and of course, better superhero games in general. I believe this game is the next stepping stone on that path.

Continue reading A Lot To Look Forward To

Posted on Nov 2nd 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Mario, Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo, Platformer, Bros, Switch

The Switch has been out for roughly 8 months as of this article. It's been selling at or above expectations each month. Software attach rates are incredibly high. In general, people seem quite enthusiastic about the system. I picked one up at launch hoping Zelda would tide me over while I waited patiently for much of the future software that has been promised. Zelda didn't strike me like I'd hoped it would. Arms and Splatoon 2 are for a different audience than myself, and while I had a bit of fun playing both with my son, they are not games I've returned to or have ever been interested in playing by myself. As a day one Wii U owner, I've played a significant amount of Mario Kart 8 already, so the deluxe version isn't quite what I want to justify owning the system.

With games like Fire Emblem, Shin Megami Tensei V, Kirby, Dragon Quest and others looming in the distance, I've never been worried that I'll regret my purchase in the long run. But after 8 months, I really do long for something to play that gets me excited to own a Switch. With that in mind, I have very high hopes for Super Mario Odyssey and how it will make me feel to be a Switch owner.

Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey

Posted on Sep 1st 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Mega Man, Rerelease, Collection, Legacy, Capcom, 8 bit, Nintendo, Wily, Light, Rush, Roll, Protoman

Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 was recently released very much to my delight. Beyond just loving me some classic Mega Man this has been the first opportunity to own Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 on a physical format. That for me was reason enough to pick it up right away. The first Mega Man Legacy Collection was a fantastic compilation where the passion of the team involved was plainly evident, so I had no hesitation picking up Legacy 2 after that experience. Turns out I should have maybe been a bit more skeptical.....

Continue reading A Legacy Worth Investing In?

Posted on Apr 2nd 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Nintendo, Zelda, Fire Emblem, Pokemon, Depression

Over the last several years I've noticed that popular gaming trends have been moving in a direction that largely doesn't appeal to me. That's not to say I don't still get excited for new game. I am beyond thrilled for the release of Persona 5 in a few days. Injustice 2 looks like a stellar follow up to the first game. South Park: The Fractured But Whole seems like it's going to improve on the previous game in every way. Ni No Kuni II is sure to live up to the pedigree of the first Ni Nu Kuni. And Bloodstained already has my money and is working hard to impress.

There is a lot to be excited about even if 90% or more of the AAA releases are for a different audience these days. One thing that is very new to my "Day 1" purchase list is the exclusion of Nintendo franchises. Usually I'm 100% on board for the next Mario, Zelda, Fire Emblem and more. But my world got a lot darker on March 17th.......

Continue reading What happened Amiibro?

Posted on Aug 2nd 2014 at 12:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Overlord, unloved, nes, nintendo, rts, strategy, scifi

Continue reading Unloved #28 - Overlord

Posted on Apr 20th 2013 at 08:09:49 PM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Nintendo Wii, Wii, Nintendo

With my recent pick up of Pandora's Tower for my much adored Wii I was struck with the thought that it will likely be the final Wii game I buy at MSRP. I'm a bit saddened by that as the Wii was by far my favorite console of the last generation's choices. We picked it up on launch day and never looked back. It easily got the most usage of the 3 consoles in our house and that is because we primarily use our game consoles for gaming (*gasp*), and rarely for the other features. And with my aversion to digital gaming the Wii had the software that I was most interested in spending my money on. There are far too many great games for me to mention them all so I'm just gonna spend some time outlining some of my favorites.

If you feel I missed out on one of your favorites I'd love to hear about them too!

Continue reading Wii Loved U

Posted on Jul 6th 2012 at 04:02:50 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Volleyball, Nintendo, NES, Vball, Spike, Super Spike Vball, Kings of the Beach, Volley ball

It may not be the most popular sport around, but Volleyball was well known enough in the NES era to warrant 3 licensed titles on the system. Luckily each of these titles offers a drastically different take on the sport. Each game shines and stumbles in its own distinct areas.

Curious to know which of them are worth your time? I was, but no longer.

Continue reading Crabmaster's Guide to NES Volleyball

Posted on May 18th 2012 at 08:42:58 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, NES, Nintendo

Most gamers that have been around for any amount of time have experienced Super Mario Bros in some fashion. I'm no exception and grew up with Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2 and Super Mario Bros 3 as staples in my gaming education. All three are regularly named for their high quality, impact on the industry and most importantly for being fun.

Over the years my gaming tastes have waxed and waned, constantly evolving as I experience (or re-experience) more titles, reflect on past adventures and struggle to overlook my nostalgic feelings. The Mario brothers are often at the fore front of such conflict. With all three of these games being so important to my gaming career (I like to pretend I get paid) did one stand above the others? If so, which one?

Continue reading Whats Your Mario?

Posted on Aug 16th 2011 at 11:54:55 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under TMNT, Ninja, Turtles, Nintendo, Speed, Run

So I got some video capture equipment and software running my my old PC now. Which means I can finally upload my TMNT video for those of you interested. I wasnt really concerned with the editing (as you can probably tell) so I just chopped the video in half in order to upload to youtube. For some reason the second half failed to upload so I'll try it agian tomorrow. In the mean time here is the first part of the speed run:

Posted on Aug 8th 2010 at 11:11:31 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Lost Magic, Unloved, DS, Nintendo, Action, RTS, RPG

Continue reading Unloved #15: Lost Magic

Posted on Mar 3rd 2009 at 06:56:21 PM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Megaman, NES, Nintendo, Mega, Man, Sucks, Awesome, Mediocre

Over the next couple months I'll be taking a trip down memory lane. Those memories will include Robot Animals, Fat Bearded Scientists, Blocks Appearing out of nowhere (seriously), and Mega Busters.

Ill be trying to put up one Top 10/Bottom 10 (maybe 5 in some cases) per week. These lists will range from: Master Robots, Weapons, Levels, Music, Non-Master Robot Bosses, Wily Levels, Regular Enemies, Upgrades From Game to Game and anything else that pops into my head (or is suggested by you guys!!).

We'll start off with something easy and do Top 10 Master Robots. This should be up by the end of the week.

Posted on Feb 12th 2009 at 06:39:15 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Top 10s, Video, Games, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, List

Just something fun I thought I'd try out to add some depth to my top 100 list.

1. Mega Man 3
2. Mega Man 2
3. Adventures of Lolo
4. Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers
5. Super Mario Bros. 2
6. Totally Rad
7. Bubble Bobble
8. Contra
9. Dr. Mario
10. Duck Tales

1. Super Punch Out!!
2. Street Fighter 2 Turbo
3. Super Mario RPG
4. Maximum Carnage
5. Mega Man X2
6. Mega Man X3
7. Mega Man X
8. Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
10. Killer Instinct

1. Mario Golf
2. Mario Kart 64
3. Resident Evil 2
4. Super Smash Bros.
5. Star Wars Rouge Squardon
6. Mario Party
7. Iggy's Wreckin Balls
8. Zelda Marjora's Mask
9. Hybrid Heaven
10. 1080 Snowboarding

1. Fire Emblem Path of Radiance
2. Resident Evil
3. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
4. Resident Evil: Code Veronica
5. Resident Evil 3 Nemesis
6. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
7. Beyond Good & Evil
8. Resident Evil 0
9. Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance
10. Chaos Field

1. Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn
2. Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles
3. Super Paper Mario
4. Zack & Wiki
5. Metroid Prime 3 Corruption
6. Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
7. Sonic and the Secret Rings
8. Super Mario Galaxy
9. Link's Crossbow Training
10. House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return

1. Lost Magic
2. Trace Memory
3. Yoshi's Island DS
4. Contact
5. Mario & Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
6. Pokemon Pearl
7. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
8. Elite Beat Agents
9. Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
10. Crosswords DS

1. Sonic 2
2. Earthworm Jim
3. Earthworm Jim 2
4. Streets of Rage
5. Sonic
6. Sonic & Knuckles
7. Castlevania Bloodlines
8. Maximum Carnage
9. Gunstar Heroes
10. Golden Axe

1. Final Fantasy IX
2. Lunar 2 Eternal Blue
3. Marvel Vs. Capcom
4. Legend of Dragoon
5. Castlevania Symphony of the Night
6. Xenogears
7. Worms Armageddon
8. Twisted Metal 2
9. Resident Evil
10. Resident Evil 2

Playstation 2:
1. Castlevania Lament of Innocence
2. Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 2
3. Xenosaga
4. Xenosaga 2
5. Xenosaga 3
6. Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s
7. Raiden III
8. Shadow of the Colussus
9. Resident Evil Outbreak
10. ICO

1. Jade Empire
2. Call of Cthulhu
3. Guilty Gear X2

Virtual Boy:
1. Vertical Force
2. Warioland
3. Mario Tennis
4. Galactic Pinball
5. Kemco Baseball

1. Marvel vs. Capcom 2
2. Resident Evil Code Veronica
3. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
4. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
5. Soul Calibur
6. Sonic Adventure

By the end of the year I should be able to get both the Dreamcast and Saturn to a solid ten titles, but right now I've only had very short experiences with the systems and not a lot of titles I would consider as "must have" titles. The Virtual Boy may even see a couple titles added if I'm lucky. Unfortanutely for the Xbox though it'll probably sit at a measley 3 titles unless something really surprises me.

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