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Title: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 14, 2018, 03:55:53 AM
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SHORTCUTS
[NES1] - Available Games List
[NES2] - Victory Condition List
[NES3] - Completed Games List
[NES4] - Claimed Games List
[NES5] - Current/Previous Monthly Targets

Rules to participate:

- Be a member of the RFGeneration.com forum
- Have hardware available to play NES games. Emulated versions of NES games are acceptable as long as you avoid Save States, Cheat Codes, Mods, Hacks or any other method
that would alter the original intent of the game
- Must post of a picture or video of your accomplishments when you finish a game or achieve a highscore
- Unless youíre posting videos of your plays this is on the honor system so please donít cheat your way through any titles or get someone else to complete a game for you or any other method that would corrupt the integrity of this community challenge.
- Standard Controllers encouraged for most games, but any controller you are comfortable with is acceptable. Zapper, Power Pad, Power Glove, Miracle Piano, R.O.B., and LaserScope are all usable for their respective titles. Please don't use extra features that many non-standard controllers may provide such as Turbo Buttons or Slow Mode.
- Outside resources such as guides, maps, walkthroughs, tips n tricks books, having a second person helping the player solve puzzles, etc are all acceptable. Try to play each game as it was intended to be experienced at first, but a little extra help every now and then is totally cool
- Codes are not acceptable unless they are taught to the player either within the game or the materials that came packed with the game. For example the Konami code or continue code in Ikari Warriors are restricted, but the continue code for Adventure Island or Solomonís Key are acceptable since they are taught to the player in the game manual and pack-in poster respectively



This is a community effort to tackle the NES library and as such the spirit of this challenge is to encourage each other to participate and succeed. This is not a competition so please freely share tips and advice for challenging games or sections of games. Players are encouraged to share passwords if they want to break up long tedious games or need someone else to tackle a particularly challenging section. As long as all players involved are member of the RFGeneration forums this is an acceptable, and encouraged, way to finish a game. All members will have their usernames noted next to any games they have completed as a record of their participation.

If you are unsure as to what is required to consider a certain game to be ďfinishedĒ please check the post below for clarification. Games that have multiple releases will only be counted once. For example just because there is a cartridge for Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt and World Class Track Meet/Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt the Duck Hunt game only needs to be beaten once on any of these carts to qualify.

Not required, but a short synopsis of your time with each game would be greatly appreciated. Did you have fun with it? What where the biggest challenges to finishing the game? Do you intend to try more games of the genre/publisher/year? Would you revisit it later or recommend it to another player? How does it compare to other similar games youíve played?

Letís all play some NES, talk about NES games and have fun!!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 14, 2018, 03:56:01 AM
[NES1]
Available Games List:

3-D Worldrunner
8 Eyes
Addams Family, The
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonstrike
Adventure Island II
Adventures of Bayou Billy, The
Adventures of Dino Riki, The
Adventures of Lolo II, The
Adventures of Lolo III, The - MetalFRO
Adventures of Rad Gravity, The
Air Fortress
Airwolf
Alien3
Alpha Mission
Amagon
American Gladiators
Arkista's Ring
Athletic World
Back to the Future II & III
Bad Dudes
Bad Street Brawler
Bandit Kings of Ancient China
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting
Baseball Simulator 1.000
Baseball Stars II
Bases Loaded
Bases Loaded II: Second Season
Bases Loaded III
Batman: Return of the Joker
Batman Returns
Battle Tank
Battletoads
Best of the Best: Championship Karate
Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure
Bill Elliott's Nascar Challenge
Black Bass
Blues Brothers, The
Bo Jackson Baseball
Bomberman
Boulder Dash
Boy And His Blob, A
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Bubble Bobble
Bump 'n' Jump
Burai Fighter
Burgertime
Cabal
Captain America and the Avengers
Casino Kid
Castelian
Castle of Dragon
Championship Pool - Crabmaster2000
Circus Caper
Cliffhanger
Cobra Command
Cobra Triangle
Code Name: Viper
Conan: The Mysteries of Time
Conflict
Conquest of the Crystal Palace
Contra Force
Cowboy Kid
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge
Cyberball
Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine
Dance Aerobics
Darkman
Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum
Days of Thunder
Defender of the Crown
Deja Vu
Destination Earth Star
Destiny of an Emperor
Dick Tracy
Die Hard
Dr. Chaos
Dragon's Lair
Dragon Fighter
Dragon Power
Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball
Elevator Action
Evert & Lendl Top Player's Tennis
F-117A Stealth Fighter
Faria: A World of Mystery & Danger
Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge
Fester's Quest
Fire 'N Ice
Flight of the Intruder
Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak, The
Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll
Flying Warriors
Formula 1: Built to Win
Freedom Force
Fun House
G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor
Galaxy 5000 - EZ Racer
Gargoyle's Quest II
Gauntlet
Gauntlet II
Gemfire
Genghis Khan
George Foreman's KO Boxing
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters II
Ghoul School
Goal! - singlebanana
Goal! Two
Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters
Gotcha!
Greg Norman's Golf Power
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Guardian Legend, The - Normatron
Gumshoe
Gyromite
Harlem Globetrotters
Hatris
Heavy Shreddin'
High Speed
Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Hoops
Hudson Hawk
Hunt for Red October, The
Hydlide
Ikari Warriors
Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road
Ikari Warriors III: The Rescue
Image Fight
Immortal, The
Incredible Crash Dummies, The
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Taito)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Ubisoft)
Infiltrator
IronSword: Wizards and Warriors II
Iron Tank
Isolated Warrior
Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off-Road
Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper, The - ApolloBoy
Joe & Mac
Jordan vs. Bird: One-on-One
Jungle Book, The
Jurassic Park
Karate Champ
Kid Icarus
Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
Kid Kool
King's Knight
Kings of the Beach
Kiwi Kraze
KlashBall
Knight Rider
Krion Conquest, The
Krusty's Funhouse
L'Empereur
Laser Invasion
Last Action Hero
Last Ninja, The
Last Starfighter, The
Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf
Legacy of the Wizard, The
Legendary Wings
Legends of the Diamond
Lethal Weapon
Little League Baseball: Championship Series
Little Ninja Brothers
Little Samson
Lode Runner
LoopZ
Low G-Man
M.U.L.E.
M.U.S.C.L.E.
Mach Rider
Mafat Conspiracy: Golgo 13 II, The - Duke0619
Magic Darts - Ikariniku
Magician
Magmax
Marvel's X-Men
Mechanized Attack
Mendel Palace
Metal Mech
Metroid - nupoile
Might & Magic: Secret of the Inner Sanctum
Mighty Bomb Jack
Millipede
Milon's Secret Castle - singlebanana
Miracle Piano Teaching System
Mission: Impossible
Motor City Patrol
Muppet Adventure: Chaos at the Carnival
Mutant Virus, The
NARC
NES Open Tournament Golf
NES Play Action Football
NFL Football
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
Nightshade
Nobunaga's Ambition
Nobunaga's Ambition II
Operation Wolf
Orb-3D
Overlord
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War
Palamedes
Paperboy
Paperboy 2
Peter Pan & the Pirates
Pipe Dream
Pirates!
Platoon
Predator
Prince of Persia
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
Pro Sport Hockey
Pro Wrestling
Punisher, The
Puzznic
Q*Bert
Race America
Racket Attack
Rainbow Islands
Rally Bike
Rambo
Rampage
Rampart
RBI Baseball
Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckaroo$, The
Ring King
River City Ransom - ReddMcKnight
RoadBlasters - bombatomba
RoboCop 2
RoboCop 3
Robowarrior
Rock 'n Ball
Rocket Ranger
Rockin' Kats
Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball
Rollerball
Rollerblade Racer
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Romance of the Three Kingdoms II
Roundball: 2 on 2 Challenge
Section Z
Seicross
Shadow of the Ninja
Shingen the Ruler
Shooting Range
Short Order/Eggsplode
Side Pocket
Silent Service
Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man, The
Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants, The
Simpsons: Bart vs. the World, The
Skate Or Die 2
Ski Or Die
Sky Kid
Sky Shark
Slalom
Smash T.V.
Snake's Revenge: Metal Gear II
Solomon's Key
Space Shuttle Project
Spelunker
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six
Spy Hunter
Stack-Up
Stadium Events
Stanley and the Search for Dr. Livingston
Star Force
Starship Hector
Star Soldier
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary
Star Trek: The Next Generation
StarTropics - Disposed Hero
Star Voyager
Stealth ATF
Street Cop
Super Glove Ball
Superman
Super Mario Bros. 2 - EngineerMike
Super Pitfall
Super Spy Hunter
Swords and Serpents - Fokakis79  
Tag Team Wrestling
Target: Renegade
Tecmo Baseball
Tecmo Cup Soccer
Tecmo NBA Basketball - cverz2
Tecmo World Wrestling
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Wempster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
Terminator, The
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terra Cresta
Thunder & Lightning
Thunderbirds
Thundercade
Time Lord
Tom & Jerry
Top Gun
Top Gun: The Second Mission
Totally Rad
Total Recall - Fokakis79
To the Earth
Touchdown Fever
Town & Country II: Thrilla's Surfari
Town & Country Surf Designs
Toxic Crusaders
Track & Field II
Treasure Master
Trog
Trojan
Twin Cobra
Twin Eagle
Ultima: Quest of the Avatar
Ultima: Warriors of Destiny
Ultimate Air Combat
Ultimate Basketball
Uncharted Waters
Untouchables, The
Vegas Dream
Wall Street Kid
Wario's Woods - boshamp
Wayne's World
Werewolf: The Last Warrior
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Widget
World Champ
World Championship Wrestling
World Games
Wrecking Crew
WrestleMania
Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth
WWF Wrestlemania: Steel Cage Challenge
WWF Wrestlemania Challenge
Xevious
Xexyz
Zen: Intergalactic Ninja
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II - Normatron


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 14, 2018, 03:56:25 AM
[NES2]
Victory Conditions:

10 Yard Fight - Win the Super Bowl
Adventures of Dino Riki, The - Loops after level 4-4
Air Fortress - Similar to Ghosts 'n Goblins, the game must be played through twice to reach the credits.
Alpha Mission - Loops after area 12 (area 13 is just area 1 again)
Anticipation - Win a game versus the computer
Arkista's Ring - Must complete four loops to get to the ending.
Athletic World - Obtain a degree for finishing a round with a good enough score
Bandit Kings of Ancient China - Finish scenario 4 to get the ending
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting - Play and beat each event, including the special ones in Fun Follies mode (stage 4, 5, 9)
Baseball - Win a single game
Baseball Simulator 1.000 - Play and win a season. The shortest is 5 games.
Baseball Stars II - Win a league
Bases Loaded - Must win 80 games
Bases Loaded II: Second Season - Must win 75 games, then the World Series
Bases Loaded III - Beat a level 5 team with a rating of 100.
Battle Chess - Win a single game
Bill Elliott's Nascar Challenge - Play and win the Championship Season
Black Bass - Be ranked #1 at the end of September 25
Blades of Steel - Win a tournament
Bo Jackson Baseball - Beat the playoffs mode
Boulder Dash - Complete 4 loops the get credits
Bram Stoker's Dracula - Must play on hard difficulty to play the full game.
Break Time: The National Pool Tour - Win the national pool tour
BreakThru - Loops after level 5
Bubble Bobble - Beat the game with the good ending. Not necessary to do second quest.
Burgertime - Loops after stage 6
Casino Kid - Must win $2 million.
Championship Bowling - Complete a game of bowling
Championship Pool - Win either the 8 ball or 9 ball tournament (not necessary to do both)
Chessmaster, The - Win a single game
Commando - Beat stage 4-4
Conflict - Must beat all 15 maps to reach map 16, then complete that
Cyberball - Win a single game
Dance Aerobics - Beat all modes
Double Dragon II: The Revenge - Must play on Supreme Master difficulty to finish the entire game
Dragon Spirit: The New Legend - Intro stage must be completed without dying to play as the blue dragon, which allows you to play all stages.
Elevator Action - Loops after stage 4
Evert & Lendl Top Player's Tennis - Must win all tournaments to get the ending (add more details) rank 12 after asmik, rank 8 wimbledon
Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll - Similar to Ghosts 'n Goblins, the game must be played through twice to reach the credits.
Flying Warriors - Play on expert difficulty to get the true final boss fight
Galaxy 5000 - Beat Pluto without continuing to get to the final race - Planet X. Win that race to get "The End:"
Gauntlet II - Consider beating stage 100 as finishing it.
Gemfire - Beat scenario 4 to get the ending
Genghis Khan - Choose "World Conquest" and take over the map
Goal! - Win a World Cup
Goal! Two - Win a Super Cup
Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters - Only need to beat one of the scenarios (or maybe, beat only the hardest mission?)
Golf Grand Slam - Get the best score after 18 holes.
Gotcha! - Loops after stage 3
Greg Norman's Golf Power - Play 18 holes of golf
Gyromite - Must beat Game A & B
Harlem Globetrotters - Win a single game
Hatris - Beat level 9-5
High Speed - Beat the high score
Hoops - Win 15 games
Isolated Warrior - Must beat first 6 stages without continuing to reach final stage.
Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off-Road - Get to race 36 (race 35 is the eighth and final race)
Jordan vs. Bird: One-on-One - Beat the computer in each mode
Karate Champ - Loops after round 10
Kings of the Beach - Win tournament mode for ending, which consists of 5 tournaments
KlashBall - Win the league
Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf - Win a nassau game vs the computer
Legends of the Diamond - Tournament mode
Lemmings - Start on hardest difficulty to reach the credits quicker (you're only required to do the final 25 stages)
L'Empereur - Beat scenario 4 to get the ending
Little League Baseball: Championship Series - Win a championship series
Lode Runner - Complete all 50 stages
LoopZ - Get a high score on Games A & B, and clear Game C
Lunar Pool - Beat the game on a single credit to get the ending screen
M.U.L.E. - Beat the computer opponents on normal.
M.U.S.C.L.E. - Loops after stage 4
Mach Rider - Fighting Mode Level 20, Endurance Mode Level 11, Solo Mode Level 11
Magic Darts - Complete each game of darts
Magician - Complete the game once.
Magmax - Loops after second boss; there's a brief transition period until you return to stage 1
Major League Baseball - Win a single game
Miracle Piano - Finish all 36 Lessons (Child or Adult is fine)
Millipede - Loops after round 16
NES Open Tournament Golf - Win $1 million
NES Play Action Football - Win the playoffs mode
NFL Football - Win a single Super Bowl game
Nobunaga's Ambition - Complete the 50 fiefs scenario
Nobunaga's Ambition II - Choose the scenario "Nobunaga's Ambition" and take all territories
Operation Wolf - Loops after you've completed all 6 missions
Overlord - Play on the hardest difficulty to get an actual ending screen.
Palamedes - Win a tournament to get the credits
Pipe Dream - Loops after stage 16 on game B
Pirates! - Retire with the highest rank of King's Advisor
Pro Sport Hockey - Win a Super Cup
Puzznic - Clear Puzznic and Gravnic
Race America - Best ending is not necessary
Rally Bike - Game ends after playing each stage twice
Rampage - Loops after 128 stages
Rampart - After you see a screen saying "you won the war," you'll start a new level where a single enemy ship approaches waving the white flag. After this you'll get a "The End" screen saying you completed the game
RBI Baseball - Finish the season with a 9-0 record
Ring King - Beat the world #1
Rock 'n Ball - Beat all modes. Specifically: Mode 1: Beat the high score. Mode 2: Get at least the final secret code. Modes 3 & 4: Beat all the sub-modes. Feel free to use the codes once you've unlocked them.
Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball - Pick an NL team (they play 6 fewer games)
Rollerball - Get 1 million points to get the credits
Rollerblade Racer - Get 5000 points to compete in the final race, after which you get the credits for a third place or better finish (10,000+ points)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Win the fifth scenario
Romance of the Three Kingdoms II - Win the sixth scenario
Roundball: 2 on 2 Challenge - Win the tournament
Seicross - Loops after level 6
Shooting Range - Get 40,000 points to win the gold medal
Short Order/Eggsplode - Complete a 10 story burger on short order and 60 bomb round on eggsplode
Side Pocket - Must get 7,100 points to get the final trick shot to appear, which leads to the credits
Silent Service - Finish all convoy missions and war scenarios
Ski Or Die - Compete in all events
Sky Kid - Loops after mission 11
Sky Shark - Loops after stage 5
Slalom - Beat all 8 races on each of the 3 mountains
Spot - Win a game versus the computer
Spy Hunter - Get to the loop point (after each season, ~15 minutes?)
Stack Up - Beat 1 Phase of Each Mode
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Achieve the rank of Captain
Stealth ATF - Loops after stage 8
Tag Team Wrestling - Must beat the champions' mark of 35 straight victories
Tecmo NBA Basketball - Complete a season and win the NBA Finals.
Tecmo Super Bowl - Complete a season and win the Super Bowl.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters - Must play on Hard to get credits
Tennis - Win two matches on any difficulty to win the trophy
Terra Cresta - Get to the loop point (third boss?)
Touchdown Fever - Play and win a tournament.
Town & Country Surf Designs - Finish stage 10 of wood and water rage
Track & Field - Compete in all events and beat the high score
Track & Field II - Play Olympic Mode and reach the closing ceremony after the 8th day
Ultimate Basketball - Win the tournament
Vegas Dream - Must win $10 million
Volleyball - Win a single game
Wario's Woods - Finish 100 rounds of Game A or B
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? - You must complete all 80 cases until you're retired. It's not enough just to catch Carmen.
Win, Lose or Draw - Finish a single game
World Champ - Compete in all events and get the gold medal in each
World Class Track Meet - Win the tournament
World Games - Set a new world record in each event
Wrecking Crew - Beat all 100 stages.
WrestleMania - Win a tournament
WWF Wrestlemania Challenge - Select "yourself" and defeat all the other wrestlers
WWF Wrestlemania: Steel Cage Challenge - Win the WWF Championship
Xevious - Loops after stage 16


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 14, 2018, 03:56:34 AM
[NES3]
Completed Games:

1. Double Dragon - Disposed Hero (1/1)
2. Hook - Crabmaster2000 (1/1)
3. Mighty Final Fight - Disposed Hero (1/1)
4. 1942 - bombatomba (1/1)
5. Felix the Cat - cverz2 (1/1)
6. Baseball Stars - singlebanana (1/1)
7. Gun.Smoke - singlebanana (1/1)
8. Double Dribble - cverz (1/1)
9. Sword Master - Disposed Hero (1/1)
10. Contra - singlebanana (1/1)
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game - douglie007 (1/2)
12. 10-Yard Fight - singlebanana (1/2)
13. Golf - singlebanana (1/2)
14. Kung Fu - singlebanana (1/2)
15. Donkey Kong Jr. Math - Duke.Togo (1/2)
16. Donkey Kong 3 - Duke.Togo (1/2)
17. Popeye - Duke.Togo (1/2)
18. Tiny Toon Adventures Cartoon Workshop - Duke.Togo (1/2)
19. Color a Dinosaur - Duke.Togo (1/2)
20. Fisher Price: Firehouse Rescue - douglie007 (1/3)
21. Tale Spin - Boshamp (1/3)
22. Duck Tales - Boshamp (1/3)
23. Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers - Boshamp (1/3)
24. Volleyball - singlebanana (1/3)
25. Urban Champion - singlebanana (1/3)
26. Mega Man - Duke.Togo (1/3)
27. Mystery Quest - shaggy (1/3)
28. Al Unser Jr. Turbo Racing - EZ Racer (1/4)
29. Castlevania - Disposed Hero (1/4)
30. Shadowgate - shane (1/4)
31. Uninvited - shane (1/4)
32. Tombs & Treasures - Fokakis79 (1/4)
33. Castlevania II - Diposed Hero (1/4)
34. Super Dodgeball - singlebanana (1/4)
35. Super Mario Bros 3 - Fleabitten (1/4)
36. Where's Waldo? - shane (1/5)
37. Little Mermaid - Disposed Hero (1/5)
38. Defender II - Duke.Togo (1/5)
39. Monster Party - Fleabitten (1/5)
40. Wizards & Warriors III - shane (1/5)
41. Ninja Gaiden - Disposed Hero (1/5)
42. Silver Surfer - shane (1/5)
43. Marble Madness - EZ Racer (1/6)
44. California Games - Wempster (1/6)
45. Videomation - Wempster (1/6)
46. Clash at Demonhead - bombatomba (1/6)
47. Super C - Disposed Hero (1/6)
48. Taboo: The Sixth Sense - shane (1/6)
49. Super Team Games - shane (1/6)
50. Battle Chess - shane - (1/6)
51. Classic Concentration - cverz2 (1/6)
52. Arch Rivals - cverz2 (1/6)
53. Lunar Pool - EZ Racer (1/6)
54. Mega Man 4 - Normatron (1/7)
55. Willow - Fokakis79 (1/7)
56. Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - Crabmaster2000 (1/9)
57. Godzilla - Normatron (1/9)
58. Jeopardy 25th Anniversary Edition - Wempster (1/10)
59. Blue Marlin - Fokakis79 - (1/10)
60. Digger T Rock - Crabmaster2000 (1/10)
61. Wizards & Warriors - singlebanana (1/10)
62. Tiger-Heli - Duke.Togo (1/10)
63. Whomp Em - Normatron (1/11)
64. Alfred Chicken - shane (1/11)
65. Jorney to Silius - Disposed Hero (1/12)
66. Rygar - singlebanana (1/12)
67. Balloon Fight - bickman2k (1/12)
68. Donkey Kong - Schlibby (1/12)
69. Monster In My Pocket - shane (1/12)
70. Winter Games - Wempster (1/12)
71. A Nightmare on Elm Street - Disposed Hero (1/12)
72. Mega Man 3 - shane (1/13)
73. Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle - shane (1/13)
74. Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout - EngineerMike (1/13)
75. Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! - singlebanana (1/13)
76. Ice Hockey - singlebanana (1/13)
77. Pinball - singlebanana (1/13)
78. Mega Man 2 - Duke.Togo (1/13)
79. Battleship - shane (1/13)
80. Shatterhand - Disposed Hero (1/14)
81. Beetlejuice - shane (1/14)
82. Dr. Mario - bickman2k (1/14)
83. Soccer - bickman2k (1/14)
84. Faxanadu - Fokakis79 (1/14)
85. Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde - Fokakis79 (1/15)
86. Phantom Fighter - Shaggy (1/15)
87. Roller Games - Disposed Hero (1/15)
88. Gyruss - Normatron (1/15)
89. Wheel of Fortune - shane (1/15)
90. Wheel of Fortune Family Edition - shane (1/15)
91. Wheel of Fortune Jr - shane (1/15)
92. Wheel of Fortune feat. Vanna White - shane (1/15)
93. Athena - Crabmaster2000 (1/15)
94. Vice: Project Doom - Disposed Hero (1/16)
95. Dig Dug II - Crabmaster2000 (1/16)
96. Pac-Man - Crabmaster2000 (1/16)
97. Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Fokakis79 (1/17)
98. Legend of Ghost Lion - shane (1/17)
99. Indy Heat - Crabmaster2000 (1/17)
100. Wacky Races - Crabmaster2000 (1/17)
101. Bigfoot - Crabmaster2000 (1/17)
102. Raid of Bungeling Bay - Crabmaster2000 (1/17)
103. Ms. Pac Man - Crabmaster2000 (1/17)
104. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance - Fokakis79 (1/18)
105. Monster Truck Rally - Crabmaster2000 (1/18)
106. Stinger - Crabmaster2000 (1/18)
107. Gun*Nac - shane (1/18)
108. Power Blade - Disposed Hero (1/18)
109. Maniac Mansion - shane (1/19)
110. Bucky O'Hare - Disposed Hero (1/19)
111. Monopoly - shane (1/19)
112. Jeopardy - shane (1/20)
113. John Elway's Quarterback - Wempster (1/20)
114. Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds - Crabmaster2000 (1/21)
115. Zelda II: The Adventures of Link - bombatomba (1/21)
116. Power Blade 2 - Disposed Hero (1/21)
117. Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom - Crabmaster2000 (1/22)
118. Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu - Disposed Hero (1/22)
119. Sqoon - Crabmaster2000 (1/23)
120. Mappy Land - Crabmaster2000 (1/23)
121. Ninja Kid - Crabmaster2000 (1/24)
122. Kickle Cubicle - singlebanana (1/24)
123. F15 Strike Eagle - Crabmaster2000(1/25)
124. City Connection - EZ Racer (1/25)
125. Dragon Warrior IV - EZ Racer (1/26)
126. Street Fighter 2010 - Fokakis79 (1/26)
127. Double Dare - singlebanana (1/27)
128. Jeopardy Jr Edition - singlebanana (1/27)
129. Hollywood Squares - singlebanana (1/27)
130. Mega Man 6 - EZ Racer (1/28)
131. Tecmo Bowl - singlebanana (1/29)
132. Duck Tales 2 - shane (1/30)
133. Toki - shane (1/31)
134. MTV's Remote Control - singlebanana (1/30)
135. Wild Gunman - singlebanana (1/30)
136. Duck Hunt - singlebanana (1/30)
137. Hogan's Alley - singlebanana (1/30)
138. North vs South - singlebanana (1/30)
139. Galaga - zophar53 (1/31)
140. Donkey Kong Jr - zophar53 (1/31)
141. Barbie - shane (1/31)
142. Mario's Time Machine - shane (1/31)
143. Mario is Missing - shane (1/31)
144. Wrath of the Black Manta - Disposed Hero (1/31)
145. Tennis - shane (1/31)
146. The Great Waldo Search - singlebanana (1/31)
147. Pictionary - singlebanana (1/31)
148. Win, Lose or Draw - singlebanana (1/31)
149. Major League Baseball - singlebanana (1/31)
150. Track & Field - singlebanana (1/31)
151. Super Mario Bros - zophar53 (2/1)
152. Adventure Island - shane (2/1)
153. Mickey Mousecapade - shane (2/1)
154. Bard's Tale - Crabmaster2000 (2/1)
155. Goonies II - Fokakis79 (2/1)
156. Spy vs Spy - zophar52 (2/2)
157. Battle of Olympus - shane (2/2)
158. Blades of Steel - Fokakis79 (2/2)
159. Double Dragon II: The Revenge - Disposed Hero (2/3)
160. Kings Quest V - shane (2/3)
161. Bionic Commando - BuriedOnMars (2/3)
162. Battletoads & Double Dragon - shane (2/3)
163. Mega Man 5 - Apolloboy (2/3)
164. Snow Bros - Normatron (2/4)
165. Base Wars - shane (2/4)
166. Nintendo World Cup Soccer - EZ Racer (2/4)
167. M.C. Kids - shane (2/5)
168. Tecmo Super Bowl - singlebanana (2/6)
169. Ghosts 'n Goblins - Silent Schythe (2/7)
170. Ultima: Exodus - Fokakis79 (2/7)
171. Rad Racer - BuriedOnMars (2/7)
172. Metal Gear - Fokakis79 (2/8)
173. Life Force - Apolloboy (2/8)
174. Times of Lore - singlebanana (2/9)
175. Karnov - singlebanana (2/9)
176. Rad Racer II - BuriedOnMars (2/8)
177. Abadox - Duke.Togo (2/9)
178. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project - Disposed Hero (2/10)
179. Blaster Master - ApolloBoy (2/10)
180. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - Disposed Hero (2/10)
181. Jaws - Silent Scythe (2/10)
182. Batman - Disposed Hero (2/11)
183. Desert Commander - Disposed Hero (2/12)
184. Tiny Toon Adventures - Addicted (2/12)
185. Gradius - ApolloBoy (2/13)
186. Magic of Scheherazade - shane (2/13)
187. Strider - Apolloboy (2/13)
188. 720* - Fokakis79 (2/14)
189. Baseball - ApolloBoy (2/14)
190. Dragon Warrior III - douglie007 (2/15)
191. Frankenstein: The Monster Returns - Disposed Hero (2/16)
192. Anticipation - ApolloBoy  (2/16)
193. Kabuki: Quantum Fighter - Disposed Hero  (2/16)
194. Darkwing Duck - Disposed Hero  (2/17)
195. Dungeon Magic - Fokakis79 (2/17)
196. Bomberman 2 - douglie007 (2/17)
197. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos - Disposed Hero (2/17)
198. Kick Master - Disposed Hero (2/17)
199. Sesame Street: Big Bird's Hide & Speak - ApolloBoy (2/18)
200. Astyanax - Fokakis79 (2/18)
201. Sesame Street: 123 - ApolloBoy (2/18)
202. Adventures of Lolo - Schlibby (2/18)
203. Championship Bowling - Disposed Hero (2/18)
204. Robocop - Fokakis79 (2/18)
205. R.C. Pro-Am Racing - EZ Racer (2/19)
206. Kid Niki - Fokakis79 (2/19)
207. Renegade - Disposed Hero (2/19)
208. Ninja Crusaders (2/20) - Disposed Hero
209. Bubble Bobble Part 2 - doublie007 (2/20)
210. Skate or Die - Fokakis79 (2/21)
211. Bases Loaded 4 - Crabmaster2000 (2/22)
212. Super Spike V'Ball - Fokakis79 (2/22)
213. Sesame Street ABC - ApolloBoy (2/22)
214. Sesame Street Countdown - Apolloboy (2/23)
215. Family Feud - douglie007 (2/24)
216. WWF King of the Ring - bombatomba (2/25)
217. Jack Nicklaus Major Golf Championship - douglie007 (2/25)
218. Jimmy Connors Tennis - Crabmaster2000 (2/26)
219. Magic Johnson's Fast Break - ApolloBoy (2/26)
220. Mario Bros. - douglie007 (2/27)
221. Xenophobe - Fokakis79 (2/27)
222. All Pro Basketball - Crabmaster2000 (2/28)
223. Bad News Baseball - Crabmaster2000 (3/1)
224. Star Wars - Crabmaster2000 (3/1)
225. Qix - douglie007 (3/1)
226. Friday the 13th - Fokakis79 (3/2)
227. Three Stooges - douglie007 (3/2)
228. Mickey's Adventures in Numberland - douglie007 (3/2)
229. Dragon Warrior - Playcast (3/2)
230. Mickey's Safari in Letterland - douglie007 (3/3)
231. Panic Restaurant - ApolloBoy (3/3)
232. Karate Kid - Disposed Hero (3/4)
234. Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular - douglie007 (3/4)
235. Empire Strikes Back - Crabmaster2000 (3/5)
236. Dragon Warrior II - Normatron (3/5)
237. Adventure Island 3 - Crabmaster2000 (3/6)
238. Defenders of Dynatron City - Crabmaster2000 (3/7)
239. Pinball Quest - Normatron (3/7)
240. Commando - Duke0619 (3/8)
241. Swamp Thing - Crabmaster2000 (3/8)
242. Rocketeer - Fokakis79 (3/8)
243. Caesar's Palace - shane (3/9)
244. Mad Max - Crabmaster2000 (3/11)
245. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes - Crabmaster2000 (3/14)
246. Captain Planet and the Planeteers - Crabmaster2000 (3/15)
247. Final Fantasy - bombatomba (3/16)
248. Chip n Dale 2 - shane (3/16)
249. Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wacky Land - shane (3/16)
250. Fisher Price: I Can Remember - shane (3/16)
251. Fisher Price: Perfect Fit - shane (3/16)
252. Little Nemo: Dream Master - shane (3/17)
253. Yo! Noid - shane (3/17)
254. Back to the Future - shane (3/17)
255. Caveman Games - shane (3/17)
256. Bonk's Adventure - shane (3/17)
257. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Hillsfar - bombatomba (3/17)
258. James Bond Jr. - Crabmaster2000 (3/18)
259. Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle - douglie007 (3/18)
260. Cool World - Crabmaster2000 (3/19)
261. Super Jeopardy! - douglie007 (3/19)
262. Excitebike - douglie007 (3/19)
263. Rush'n Attack - Duke0619 (3/19)
264. Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy - EZ Racer (3/20)
265. Guardian Legend - Normatron (3/24)
266. Golgo 13 - Duke0619 (3/24)
267. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance - Crabmaster2000 (3/26)
268. Dirty Harry - bombatomba (3/26)
269. Kung Fu Heroes - bombatomba (3/27)
270. Adventures of Gilligan's Island - Crabmaster2000 (3/27)
271. Fist of the North Star - Crabmaster2000 (3/27)
272. Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Crabmaster2000 (3/28)
273. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Crabmaster2000 (3/29)
274. Wolverine - bombatomba (3/29)
275. Casino Kid 2 - EZ Racer (3/29)
276. Ninja Gaiden III - EZ Racer (3/30)
277. Legend of Kage - bombatomba (3/30)
278. Archon - shane (3/31)
279. Zombie Nation - shane (3/31)
280. Cubby Cherub - shane (3/31)
281. Clu Clu Land - shane (3/31)
282. Resuce: The Embassy Mission - Schlibby (3/31)
283. Power Punch II - Crabmaster2000 (4/1)
284. Demon Sword - bombatomba (4/3)
285. Legend of Zelda - Wempster (4/6)
286. R.C. Pro Am II - shane (4/6)
287. Jackal - Disposed Hero (4/7)
288. Eliminator Boat Duel - EZ Racer (4/7)
289. Silkworm - Fokakis79 (4/7)
290. Ice Climbers - Douglie007 (4/8)
291. Dynowarz: The Destruction of Spondylus - MustyHobbit (4/9)
292. Gold Medal Challenge '92 - MustyHobbit (4/9)
293. Addams Family  Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt - shane (4/12)
294. Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones - Disposed Hero (4/14)
295. Pin-Bot - Disposed Hero (4/17)
296. Breakthru - bombatomba (4/20)
297. Guerrilla War - Disposed Hero (4/20)
298. Break Time - shane (4/21)
299. Michael Andretti's World GP - Crabmaster2000 (4/22)
300. Puss n' Boots: Pero's Great Adventure - Disposed Hero (4/22)
301. Heavy Barrel - Disposed Hero (4/22)
302. Castlequest - Crabmaster2000 (4/23)
303. Day Dreamin' Davey - Crabmaster2000 (4/23)
304. Deadly Towers - Normatron (4/23)
305. Adventures in the Magic Kingdom - Silent Scythe (4/23)
306. Super Cars - Crabmaster2000 (4/25)
307. Grand Slam Golf - Crabmaster2000 (4/26)
308. Crystalis - Disposed Hero (4/29)
309. The Lone Ranger - Crabmaster2000 (5/1)
310. Spot - Misto (5/3)
311. Metal Storm - Disposed Hero (5/6)
312. Wayne Gretzky Hockey - Misto (5/8)
313. Arkanoid - Crabmaster2000 (5/10)
314. Kirby's Adventure - Disposed Hero (5/11)
315. S.C.A.T. - Disposed Hero (5/12)
316. Solar Jetman - Schlibby (5/12)
317. Snake Rattle n Roll - Crabmaster2000 (5/17)
318. Dragon Spirit - Disposed Hero (5/20)
319. Chessmaster - Wempster (5/24)
320. 1943 - Misto (6/01)
321. Solstice - Schlibby (6/2)
322. Joust - Misto (6/5)
323. Captain Skyhawk - Crabmaster2000 (6/7)
324. Yoshi - EZ Racer (6/7)
325. Othello - Misto (6/7)
326. Yoshi's Cookie - EZ Racer (6/8)
327. Tetris - EZ Racer (6/9)
328. Lemmings - Crabmaster2000 (6/10)
329. Bandai Golf Pebble Beach - Wempster (6/10)
330. Tetris 2 - EZ Racer (6/11)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 14, 2018, 03:56:43 AM
[NES4]
Claimed Games List:

Adventures of Lolo 3 - MetalFRO
Base Wars - shane
Championship Pool - Crabmaster2000
Fester's Quest - zophar53
Galaxy 5000 - EZ Racer
Goal! - singlebanana
Jetson's - ApolloBoy
Lemmings - shane
Mafat Conspiracy - Duke0619
Magic Darts - Ikariniku
Metroid - Nupoile
Milon's Secret Castle - singlebanana
Solstice - schlibby
StarTropics - Disposed Hero
Swords & Serpents - Fokakis79
Super Mario Bros 2 - EngineerMike
Tecmo NBA Basketball - cverz
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Wempster
Total Recall - Fokakis79
Wario's Woods - shane
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics 2 - Normatron


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 14, 2018, 03:57:00 AM
[NES5]
Current Monthly Targets:
Community Goal: beat 335 total NES games

Personal goal - beat a puzzle or game style game

Here is the list of qualifying games for the personal goal this month:

Adventures of Lolo II, The
Adventures of Lolo III, The
Adventures of Rad Gravity, The
Arkanoid
Bomberman
Boulder Dash
Boy And His Blob, A
Championship Pool
Chessmaster, The
Fire 'N Ice
Gyromite
Hatris
Krusty's Funhouse
Lemmings
Lode Runner
LoopZ
Mendel Palace
Orb-3D
Othello
Palamedes
Pipe Dream
Puzznic
Short Order/Eggsplode
Side Pocket
Silent Service
Solomon's Key
Solstice
Spot
Stack-Up
Super Glove Ball
Tetris
Tetris 2
Thunder & Lightning
Trog
Vegas Dream
Wario's Woods
Wrecking Crew
Yoshi
Yoshi's Cookie


Past Monthly Targets:

January Goals:

Community Target - Beat 100 games by January 31st
Single Player Goals - Beat 1 game that you've never played before

February Goals:
Community Target - Beat 250 games by February 28th - Failed (Reached 222)
Single Player Goals - Beat at least one sports game in February

March Goals:
Community Target - 300 games beaten by March 31st - Failed (Reached 282)
Single Player Goals - Beat at least 2 games based on a licensed property

April Goals:
Community Target - 325 games beaten by April 30th - Failed (Reached 308)
Single Player Goals - beat at least one driving or cockpit view flight game


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on December 15, 2018, 08:38:11 AM
[NES4]
Claimed Games List:
Can I claim Bomberman 2, TMNT2 and NES Open Golf?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 15, 2018, 08:40:33 AM
[NES4]
Claimed Games List:
Can I claim Bomberman 2, TMNT2 and NES Open Golf?

Gonna start taking claims on Dec.26th. I'll make a reminder post for everybody. Only claim rule is 1 game at a time.

PS - that's a good variety of games! Looking forward to your participation :)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on December 15, 2018, 09:30:59 AM
Oops didn't see that lol well forget what I said


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on December 21, 2018, 03:54:49 AM
Can I still sign up or is it too late?

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 21, 2018, 08:51:06 AM
Can I still sign up or is it too late?

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No need to sign up at all. All you have to do to join in is beat some NES games in 2019 and post about it in here! We'd be happy to have you help out. The more people we have participating the more likely we can achieve this goal. When you've got a few moments over the next week maybe just read the posts above and let me know if you have any questions


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on December 21, 2018, 05:24:13 PM
So getting hyped up for this! Wanted to double check something. If we claim a game that takes some time to defeat, we can beat other games that are unclaimed, and it counts toward the goal as long as we post it? I know we can only "claim" one game at a time, I just want to make sure if we claim a game does it lock us into "only" that one specific title until we complete it?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 21, 2018, 05:31:53 PM
So getting hyped up for this! Wanted to double check something. If we claim a game that takes some time to defeat, we can beat other games that are unclaimed, and it counts toward the goal as long as we post it? I know we can only "claim" one game at a time, I just want to make sure if we claim a game does it lock us into "only" that one specific title until we complete it?

You can totally keep beating other games while you widdle away at your claim. That is exactly the idea behind it. If you're plugging away at at long claim like Romance of the Three Kingdoms feel free to still beat up some Bad Dudes once and a while.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on December 24, 2018, 02:32:14 PM
Can't wait for this. This might give me a reason to go out and add these to my collection just so I can tackle the
challenges.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 24, 2018, 07:12:46 PM
Can't wait for this. This might give me a reason to go out and add these to my collection just so I can tackle the
challenges.

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That's a good a reason as any!! Glad so many of you are eager to get going. Gonna be a great January!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on December 26, 2018, 12:11:51 AM
Can't wait for this. This might give me a reason to go out and add these to my collection just so I can tackle the
challenges.

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That's a good a reason as any!! Glad so many of you are eager to get going. Gonna be a great January!

Screw you guys.  I can't wait.  I'm starting now. :laugh:


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on December 26, 2018, 12:58:51 AM
So it's officially the 26th right? I want to stake my claim on Final Fantasy. I've beaten the PS1 remake a long time ago but never played the NES original.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on December 26, 2018, 01:33:24 AM
Yeah what he said. TMNT2 for me


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 26, 2018, 01:37:46 AM
Start your claims!! Looks like we've got a couple already :)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on December 26, 2018, 05:10:18 AM
I want to claim Vice: Project Doom.  I've played it for many, many hours over the decades.  Time to beat it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on December 26, 2018, 07:13:21 AM
I'll take SNK Baseball Stars to kick it off.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on December 26, 2018, 08:41:15 AM
Doh!  Missed out on Final Fantasy.  Well, I think I will take on 1942.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 26, 2018, 09:28:26 AM
Updated the claim list. In addition to the ones you guys called I'm gonna take Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord for myself. Been wanting to give it a go for quite a while. One of those foundational games that I've always missed out on and been curious about.

I also added a community and single player target goal for us to achieve. I set a lofty goal of 100 games beaten by January 31st as our community goal. That may sound high, but I think it's doable. With the whole library available to us we have tons of quick easy completions open as well as games that people are familiar with and have beaten previously. If we can hit this number in one month while everybody is eager to play it'll take some stress of later in the year as well when things inevitably slow down as the games get less familiar and more challenging or lengthy.

I gave you all a single player goal of finishing one game that you've never played before as well. Hoping you guys will branch outside of your comfort zones and try some new stuff. Maybe something you've always heard about and want to see how good/bad it really is, an important game that you've always meant to try but for some reason never have, an early game in a series that you enjoy but haven't explored the roots of or just something obscure you don't think a lot of other players will have interest in trying.


I'm also curious if any of you guys have any personal goals for yourselves this year. I'm going to push myself to complete at least 135 NES games this year that are new to me. I've currently completed 365 so if I can hit that number I'll have finished a whopping 500 NES games which would be quite a personal accomplishment. There are a few specific titles I'd like to hit, but I'm not going to push too hard to get most of them. I'd rather you guys pick the games you want and I'll try and pick off titles around the fringes that I suspect will be neglected.

Anyone else have a goal for themselves for 2019?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on December 26, 2018, 09:34:28 AM
I'd like to claim Dragon Warrior IV.

Personal note, the Dragon Warriors for the NES are one of the main reasons I got into video game collecting. I'd see ads for them, but I'd never see them available. By the time I actually got my hands on DW4, it got stuck in a backlog, so it will be nice to put time into it.

So it will also fit the single player goal-


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on December 26, 2018, 11:53:26 AM
My personal goal aligned with the single player goal you set, Crabby.  I want to play games I've never played before.  My NES collection is pretty big, leaving dozens, if hundreds I've never touched before.  I want to change that.

That said, Vice: Project Doom is an old shame of mine.  I've had it since I was a kid, played it so much, but never beat it.  (Well, never beat it legit.  I'm sure I Game Genie'd my way through once or twice.)  I wanted to rectify that off the bat.

Aside from that, I guess I would like to beat at least one game a month.  I'm usually a dabbler with games, especially NES games, and never see them through.  I want to change that, too.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on December 26, 2018, 12:22:12 PM
I would like to claim Tombs & Treasure. I dont know much about the game other than its like Shadowgate. Just want to go for something I never would think of playing to start out.

Maybe my personal goal will be to beat as many games on here that I don't already own. I never know what to decide on to  pick up when I start thinking of buying NES games so this will help me out a ton.

BTW, I didn't see a victory condition for Tombs and Treasures so I assume I just need to beat it.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on December 26, 2018, 12:28:32 PM
I set a lofty goal of 100 games beaten by January 1st as our community goal.

Is that a typo, or do we only have one day to finish 100 games?  :P

As far as goals, I don't really have anything definite. When this thing was first announced, I figured I would just play all my old favorites like the Castlevanias, Zeldas, Marios, TMNTs, etc., but I've played all of those plenty of times before and will likely play them all again. Instead, I'm going to try to branch out and mostly play games that I haven't played before and hopefully discover some new gems in the process. Vice: Project Doom is a good example. I played a few levels of that the other day, and it seems like a really great game. I know it's been claimed already, but I'll probably play through it on my own anyway.

Other than a handful of games I have in mind, I'll just plug the available games list into a randomizer and see what I get.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on December 26, 2018, 12:45:26 PM
I set a lofty goal of 100 games beaten by January 1st as our community goal.

Is that a typo, or do we only have one day to finish 100 games?  :P


Typo.  Crabby has the correct date, January 31, in the NES5 post about goals.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 26, 2018, 01:46:30 PM
@EZ Rider - nice claim!! That's a long game, very happy to see someone take an interest in it so early!

@Ikariniku - Vice went under my radar forever. A friend asked to play it with me last year and it was great. If I remember correctly there was one part on the last stage very close to the end that we got stuck on for a while, but since there were infinite continues in the game we just stuck with it and eventually were victorious. Glad to see our goals align!!

@Fokakis79 - Great claim as well! Tombs and Treasures is just one of those games that doesn't get any attention and I would have expected we wouldn't get to it until significantly later in the year. You're correct that the victory condition is simply beat the game. Nothing unusual for that title.

@Disposed Hero - That was absolutely a typo (which I've now corrected). I do have faith in our abilities, but 100 in one day is a little too intense, lol. I love how you're approaching this! Finding new gems on your own is super satisfying. Some of my now favorite NES games are ones I've stumbled across like that. I've also used a randomizer before too. Good way to not get overwhelmed by choices as long as you're ok with the results maybe not matching the style of game you are in the mood for.

PS - all new claims updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on December 26, 2018, 04:28:42 PM
I would like to claim Dragon Warrior 2 for my main game. this one is the game that will take the most time. I hope I can complete random games in between my playthrough and still have them count


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EngineerMike on December 26, 2018, 04:52:35 PM
Can I claim SMB2?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 26, 2018, 05:03:42 PM
I would like to claim Dragon Warrior 2 for my main game. this one is the game that will take the most time. I hope I can complete random games in between my playthrough and still have them count

You absolutely can! As long as it's not a game someone else has claimed feel free to complete other games as you work on Dragon Warrior 2.

I'm just heading out to do some family activities. I'll update the list when I get back with Dragon Warrior 2 and Super Mario Bros 2 as soon as I have some spare time. Thanks for your patience guys :)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on December 26, 2018, 05:42:00 PM
I would like to claim the legend of zelda


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on December 26, 2018, 06:41:32 PM
Crap, didnít realize we can claim yet. Faxandu here.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 26, 2018, 08:50:37 PM
All claims updated!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on December 26, 2018, 08:55:48 PM
I'd like to claim G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor, and if no one would be put out by me taking its predecessor, I'd also like to go through G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: cverz2 on December 26, 2018, 11:49:30 PM
I'm going for Felix the Cat.  I really liked this game.  This will give me a reason to play it again and beat it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 27, 2018, 04:57:47 AM
Claims updated

I'd like to claim G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor, and if no one would be put out by me taking its predecessor, I'd also like to go through G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

I just put you down for Atlantis Factor so that it's fair for everyone else with only one claim. Feel free to play Real American Hero first and finish it while you have claim to Atlantis Factor though. No one can knock that one off while you've got it claimed so might as well play the other first.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on December 28, 2018, 01:42:21 AM
Didnt know where to post this just so its known im starting from the beginning. hope its ok


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 28, 2018, 02:56:35 AM
Didnt know where to post this just so its known im starting from the beginning. hope its ok

This is the correct spot for all your posting. Just hold off until January 1st before you begin!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on December 28, 2018, 03:03:22 PM
I've been setting up my capture devices to record some playthrough videos.  Of course, it didn't work perfectly the first time, but testing and swapping components is part of the fun.

For those interested in the wiring nightmare I ended up with, here's the current setup:

Video: Console --> PVM-9L3 --> Extron System 7SC --> Extron DVS 304 --> Elgato HD60 S --> PC

Audio: Console --> PVM-9L3 --> Monoprice Component to VGA converter --> PC


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 28, 2018, 03:06:24 PM
I've been setting up my capture devices to record some playthrough videos.  Of course, it didn't work perfectly the first time, but testing and swapping components is part of the fun.

For those interested in the wiring nightmare I ended up with, here's the current setup:

Video: Console --> PVM-9L3 --> Extron System 7SC --> Extron DVS 304 --> Elgato HD60 S --> PC

Audio: Console --> PVM-9L3 --> Monoprice Component to VGA converter --> PC


Awesome! Looking forward to seeing you finish Vice!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on December 29, 2018, 03:27:24 AM
I made mine even more complicated by having a switch ones for video and audio that can go to multiple sources but for streams it goes console - switches - pvm - Framemeister - HDMI splitter - pci capture card.  I have the PlayStation Monitor off the other leg of the HDMI splitter so I know if I have any video or audio issues, if it's the Framemeister or OBS.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181229/8878136e06464944263d092345ffed90.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on December 29, 2018, 03:02:53 PM
Cool setup, Douglie.  I'm not part of the Framemeister crew.  I may pick up an OSSC at some point, but that's a future purchase.  My current upscaling solution is primitive and I like it that way.  I'm trying to get a CRT look on LCD screens, and I'm fairly happy with my results. 

As an aside, I also have one of those big, awesome Extron switches, but I don't use it much because I want to redo my setup with it at the center.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on December 29, 2018, 03:50:19 PM
The extron is cool, but it doesn't have audio. So I have old switches to handle that


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on December 29, 2018, 06:00:09 PM
I have a stupid question when I complete my claimed game do I put a claim on another game?

Also what happens if I want to play an unclaimed game while playing my claimed game but it later becomes claimed?

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 29, 2018, 06:56:00 PM
I have a stupid question when I complete my claimed game do I put a claim on another game?

Also what happens if I want to play an unclaimed game while playing my claimed game but it later becomes claimed?

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You can claim another game as soon as you finish your current claim. You never have to claim anything though. You can just beat a game any time. Claim is just there mainly for longer games so that you don't put a bunch of work into a game while someone else is also working on it too.

We are all friends here so if you have put a bunch of work into a game and then it becomes claimed after you started it, I'd just send that member a PM and let them know "I'm 52 games into my Bases Loaded season already, would you mind picking a new claim?". This is all just for fun and meant for us to work as a team. Another way to prevent that is to simply keep us posted in this thread to what you're playing. If we've seen a few posts about how many generals you've recruited in Romance of the Three Kingdoms II I can't imagine someone deciding to make that a claim on it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on December 29, 2018, 10:12:51 PM
Got it and that clears things up

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on December 30, 2018, 01:25:31 AM
Inspired by Douglie to show off a pic of my compact recording station.  Computer desk is too messy to show off the Elgato or the recording monitor.

(https://i.imgur.com/vhYeSyi.jpg)


The extron is cool, but it doesn't have audio. So I have old switches to handle that

Retrogamingcables.co.uk makes RCA to Phoenix connectors that allow you to do audio through a crosspoint switcher.  I don't have any yet, so no reviews on how they work.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 30, 2018, 09:11:15 AM
Loving the setup pics you guys!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 31, 2018, 07:57:20 AM
Tomorrow is the big day!! Hope you're all ready to go!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on December 31, 2018, 12:45:03 PM
Ok, I screwed up. Faxanadu must be at my parents as I canít find it. Iím going to try Mystery Quest. Iíve never played this and hopefully the title hints at a good game!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on December 31, 2018, 01:21:28 PM
Ok, I screwed up. Faxanadu must be at my parents as I canít find it. Iím going to try Mystery Quest. Iíve never played this and hopefully the title hints at a good game!

I haven't played Mystery Quest yet. Be curious to hear your thoughts


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on December 31, 2018, 11:12:06 PM
Ok, I screwed up. Faxanadu must be at my parents as I canít find it. Iím going to try Mystery Quest. Iíve never played this and hopefully the title hints at a good game!

I haven't played Mystery Quest yet. Be curious to hear your thoughts

Hey Crabby, can you update the claims list?  Thanks.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 01, 2019, 02:38:18 AM
It's officially 2019 in some parts of the world, so I'm going to go ahead and post my first contribution: Double Dragon!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLuQdyEzg40

I've been practicing this over the last few days, and it took me several attempts before I was able to get to the point where I could beat it, but I finally got it down. I did a quick run right after midnight to make it official. I actually spent a good bit of time with this game a few years ago but could never quite finish off the final boss, so I'm glad to finally come back to it and finish it. Great game!

Expect more to come soon!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 01, 2019, 07:00:41 AM
Nicely done on Double Dragon! That part on the last stage with the bricks is brutal and like you said that final boss is a monster. Great job knocking down such a tough game so quickly!

Finished one myself tonight too. I needed to redo my Hook video because it kept failing previously. So I slammed through that and then started up Wizardry. Wizardry is beating me down hard so far. I'm really struggling to get a handle on it.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7919/46501839242_10525e38ae_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dRd5H1)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: nupoile on January 01, 2019, 10:45:11 AM

As much as I lack for time, I want to claim Metroid to play through with the 8 year old. Something I've been wanting to do anyways.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EngineerMike on January 01, 2019, 10:50:50 AM
Glad to see a dent already being made. Stuck at work today, otherwise I would be working on my game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 01, 2019, 12:32:00 PM
Nicely done on Double Dragon! That part on the last stage with the bricks is brutal and like you said that final boss is a monster. Great job knocking down such a tough game so quickly!

Thanks! Yes, the bricks were the biggest source of frustration, and I was lucky to get by them with only a couple of hits on this run. I totally cheesed the machine gun guy at the end, but I'm ok with that.  :P

Knocked out another one today: Mighty Final Fight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6e8YzKNn9w

I've played all the other Final Fight games, but I've never played this one before. It's a very fun game, and has a surprisingly fast and fluid feel compared to many other NES games. It only took me two attempts to beat it, so it's also on the easier side compared to many other NES games. Another nice little gem!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 01, 2019, 01:17:56 PM
Finished 1942 - twice.  I tried the second time in an attempt to get the stupid "congratulation" and keep missing it, so the pic below is the best I could get (without trying for a third time). Hilariously enough I tried with my phone the first, and the second time tried to use the "screenshot" shortcut that Macs have (and failed).  The pic below was with the pic shortcut in OpenEmu (which is what I should have been using all along). Oh well.  I think I would like to claim Clash at Demonhead next.

(http://www.rfgeneration.com/images/games/U-027/ss/es/U-027-S-00020-A.jpg)

Time to complete : ~ 1 hour 20 minutes (beat it twice)
Favored System : OpenEmu-EX on my Macbook (Nestopia emulator)
Favored Controller : retrolink NES USB
Notes : Not as bad as I remember, I think because I have mad nostalgia for the "jank" that this game has (in abundance).  It has bad hit detection (in your favor!), terribly monotonous music, and runs like an MSX game - And I love it!  Simple fun from a bygone era.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 01, 2019, 01:47:14 PM
@bombatomba: Nice! 2019 has barely begun and we're already knocking games out left and right!

I'm definitely not going to do an entire video playthrough for Final Fantasy, but I'm planning on recording a few videos here and there, mainly trying to capture the highlights. Here's a 'getting started' video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEkfNUuuGEs

Yes, those weird squiggles you see in place of the text is Japanese. I've been attempting to learn Japanese for a while now and thought that playing a relatively simple and repetitive game like this would be good practice for me. According to what I've read, there are no real content or balancing differences between the Japanese and NA versions, so I hope it's cool that I'm playing this version.

Also, in the spirit of this being a community effort, I decided to take some of you guys along for the ride! In order, my party consists of Hero, Banana, Bomba, and Crabby. Sorry for leaving everyone else out, but there's only so much you can do with a 4-man party.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 01, 2019, 02:23:42 PM
I hope I fight well!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: cverz2 on January 01, 2019, 02:29:32 PM
Well I guess Tapatalk wont let me load a video from my phone.  So for now you just get some screen shots.  LOL

Felix the Cat was fun to play.  A great platformer that plays and looks a lot like Super Mario Bros 3. There are 9 levels with 3 sub levels for each level except level 8.  A little easy except for level 8.  Had a hard time with that.  But overall a great game.  One of the few mid-level/expensive games worth buying.

Spent about 4 hrs with it.  The biggest time consumption is that there is no save states.  So after you use your lives up and your couple of continues you have to start back from the beginning.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190101/e6bf3e881ff1097ef1302f38b81c6b9a.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190101/3e29d72eb3ac0ad6adf494dc24c7cad5.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190101/da6418a70fe186cfb3743486977036bc.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EngineerMike on January 01, 2019, 02:32:37 PM
What party are you using, Disposed? I always liked the Fighter, BB, WM, BM, party.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 01, 2019, 02:58:21 PM
All beaten and claimed games have been updated. Do me a favor and when you beat or claim something keep an eye out that I didn't miss your name when I update the pages. If I did just shoot me a friendly PM and I'll fix it next time I hop on.

Great pace so far guys! If we are going to hit 100 for January we need to finish at little more than 3 a day so this is on pace for us to hit our first target and the day is only half over in my neck of the woods!

@Disposed Hero - That's awesome! What kind of character did you make me? A badass thief perhaps? I tried to do that on Wizardry, but then they all died and I didn't want to recover the members and then realized it was going to be tough keeping track of everybody so I just started naming them Fighter1/2/etc. Made things easier for me :/

also no problem playing the Japanese version for Final Fantasy. Thanks for doing the leg work to make sure there weren't any significant differences in the game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 01, 2019, 03:05:58 PM
What party are you using, Disposed? I always liked the Fighter, BB, WM, BM, party.

I went with Fighter, Thief, WM, BM, so it's a similar setup. I wanted to do something a bit more interesting, but with this being such a tough game, I thought I should go with a traditional well-rounded configuration. I might play the PSP version in the future and do something different.

@Crabby: Due to your affinity for FFIX and Vivi in particular, I made you the Black Mage. :)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 01, 2019, 03:50:42 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/ftnNFkE.jpg)

I knocked off Baseball Stars this morning completing a series. This could have just been a one-game series according to the rules, but I decided to play each of the top 5 teams once. I won all 5 games and didn't give up a single run. I still contend that this is the best baseball game ever made for any system. I love the RPG elements of being able to name your characters and powering up their abilities. There are so many great touches to this game that it's amazing they got it right in such an early title.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 01, 2019, 03:57:54 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/qiH3xM7.jpg)

I wanted to start out with another piece of comfort food today and play through Gunsmoke. I played this game a lot as a kid and was surprised that even after all of these years, I knew where every wanted poster was. This is one of my favorite Shooters of all time and the Western theme is really cool. Did the shock at the end when you take out the boss, but then realize he has a brother. Haha!

For my next claim, I'm going to put myself down for Mario Brothers. I've already made a few attempts and reached stage 14, but I'm going to have to do some work to make it to stage 19. These old arcade games are a challenge and I want to knock off one of the Black Box games this month.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 01, 2019, 04:10:51 PM
What party are you using, Disposed? I always liked the Fighter, BB, WM, BM, party.

I went with Fighter, Thief, WM, BM, so it's a similar setup. I wanted to do something a bit more interesting, but with this being such a tough game, I thought I should go with a traditional well-rounded configuration. I might play the PSP version in the future and do something different.

I always recommend BB, BB, WM, BM (or BB, BB, Th, BM), though on the NES that instantly adds another 10-15 hours of grinding (though if you do an all BB band you can skip the Tower of Ordeals).  Still, it is totally worth it at level 42 when every boss dies in one hit from your BB.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 01, 2019, 04:16:51 PM
What party are you using, Disposed? I always liked the Fighter, BB, WM, BM, party.

I went with Fighter, Thief, WM, BM, so it's a similar setup. I wanted to do something a bit more interesting, but with this being such a tough game, I thought I should go with a traditional well-rounded configuration. I might play the PSP version in the future and do something different.

@Crabby: Due to your affinity for FFIX and Vivi in particular, I made you the Black Mage. :)

That's a LIT choice! I hope your enemies QAKE in my presense! Glad to see you didn't add NUKE.togo to the team, he's always holding me back. Gotta go now, time to RUB one out??

@singlebanana - awesome job Rich!! I really love the Baseball Stars games too. It doesn't have as much depth, but I really like Dusty Diamond also, tons of fun.

EDIT: All claims and finished games updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 01, 2019, 04:32:12 PM
I will lay claim to Tale Spin to start this off. Should be a quick one for me to complete. I'm even going to start it right now. I will be playing it on the Disney Afternoon Collection, but I will do so on time attack mode so I am not able to use the compilation's rewind feature to cheat.

Also, aside from the extremely rare titles only a couple of us may own and not have the time to play quickly, I'm guessing we will plow through this list in 3-4 months, maybe less.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 01, 2019, 04:39:42 PM
I will lay claim to Tale Spin to start this off. Should be a quick one for me to complete. I'm even going to start it right now. I will be playing it on the Disney Afternoon Collection, but I will do so on time attack mode so I am not able to use the compilation's rewind feature to cheat.

Also, aside from the extremely rare titles only a couple of us may own and not have the time to play quickly, I'm guessing we will plow through this list in 3-4 months, maybe less.

You are a crazy person if you think 3-4 months is doable. Don't underestimate how many games are in this library that are hard as heck, long slogs to beat or are just not games that many people want to play. If we do this it's gonna be a nail bitter I'm pretty sure.

I'll mark you down for Tailspin! Thanks for joining in!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 01, 2019, 04:47:48 PM

You are a crazy person if you think 3-4 months is doable. Don't underestimate how many games are in this library that are hard as heck, long slogs to beat or are just not games that many people want to play. If we do this it's gonna be a nail bitter I'm pretty sure.

I'll mark you down for Tailspin! Thanks for joining in!!

I'll definitely stay motivated to pick up some of that slack to not sound like a complete tool in my majority completion guess, I figured with like 10-20 of us playing, and so many of the titles I was hoping to snag already taken, I figured it would be quick, and I stand by it. Ha ha I wanted all of the Dragon Warriors when I first read the blog post, but three of the four have already been taken, so I will have to look at the rest of my library for games I haven't ever played to keep it going.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 01, 2019, 04:52:09 PM

You are a crazy person if you think 3-4 months is doable. Don't underestimate how many games are in this library that are hard as heck, long slogs to beat or are just not games that many people want to play. If we do this it's gonna be a nail bitter I'm pretty sure.

I'll mark you down for Tailspin! Thanks for joining in!!

I'll definitely stay motivated to pick up some of that slack to not sound like a complete tool in my majority completion guess, I figured with like 10-20 of us playing, and so many of the titles I was hoping to snag already taken, I figured it would be quick, and I stand by it. Ha ha I wanted all of the Dragon Warriors when I first read the blog post, but three of the four have already been taken, so I will have to look at the rest of my library for games I haven't ever played to keep it going.

I feel your pain!! Mighty Final Fight and Baseball Stars were games I was hoping to nab myself. I would be thrilled to be proven wrong. Bring it on!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: cverz2 on January 01, 2019, 05:05:00 PM
Claiming Tecmo NBA Basketball. 

Already 5 games in.  It will take a while so I am going to tackle some smaller games during the grind.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 01, 2019, 05:08:19 PM
Claiming Tecmo NBA Basketball.  

Already 5 games in.  It will take a while so I am going to tackle some smaller games during the grind.

Perfect!!

Got a question about posting pics for endings here. Anyone know of an easier method than uploading to Imgur/photobucket/Flickr then sharing it here?

I suppose you guys could upload the end screen to the database as an image assuming there isn't one already there for that game and then link us to it.

EDIT: Claims updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: cverz2 on January 01, 2019, 05:51:43 PM
Knocked out Double Dribble.  My brother and I played this game to death as kids.  It was the first Basketball game we ever owned.  Had to tackle level 1 first to get warmed up then took on level three.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190101/ebed1d642276f3a0ee13e4fa9621e2b0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190101/829bdb2988ee58f2ce5339910601c91c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190101/df831209762e8f161da8dcf18b2a8b90.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190101/44196b56291566faf1f7f1987e77c02a.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Garchomper997 on January 01, 2019, 06:04:48 PM
Claiming Kirby's Adventure if it isn't already taken.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 01, 2019, 06:13:40 PM
Claiming Kirby's Adventure if it isn't already taken.

Welcome aboard!! Consider it yours. I'll update the list later when I'm near a computer :)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 01, 2019, 08:01:41 PM
That's a LIT choice! I hope your enemies QAKE in my presense! Glad to see you didn't add NUKE.togo to the team, he's always holding me back. Gotta go now, time to RUB one out??

Oh man, I should have just made you a thief.

Here's my next contribution, and probably my last one for today: Sword Master

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbDtQKHuPQs

This is an obscure game that I only just learned about recently. It's fairly simplistic and has its faults, but I enjoyed it. It's a good thing that there's not a lot of platforming, because the platforming mechanics are really screwy. I think it would have been awesome if this was more an of adventure-RPG with towns, NPCs, shops, equipment, etc., kind of like Zelda 2, but it was still fun for a quick playthrough. It's a pretty tough game too; it took me several attempts to finally finish it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 01, 2019, 09:48:15 PM
So I started Mystery Quest and can't get the first castle beat. :laugh: This game so reminds me of Milon's Secret Castle.  There are blocks that disappear when you shoot them but unlike Milon's, which I don't believe tells you in the instruction book about this, Mystery Quest does.  I was going to leave the NES on and come back to this but then the kids came running into the room and the screen got distorted so I had to start over. 

Something I don't like about this game is your life gradually decreases over time.  I think this one is going to take a bit for me to beat but at least it has unlimited continues.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 01, 2019, 09:59:15 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/jqrtfbB.jpg)

You know that I couldn't resist bumping off Contra. A little rusty, so not one of my no death runs...damn you Snow Field grenades. But it's in the bag.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 01, 2019, 11:10:58 PM
Have video evidence for it soon, but completed Al Unser Jr. Turbo Racing. Also through Chapter 1 of Dragon Warrior IV.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 02, 2019, 12:36:26 AM
Well, beat the first castle on Mystery Quest.  Finally.  Game is paused and leaving it on overnight.  I'm in for a looong haul.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 02, 2019, 02:45:39 AM
First day is officially over in my next of the woods and I feel like we are off to a pretty solid start! Glad to see people around mucking around in the weeds and working on some obscure titles and sports and racing games right away!

@Shaggy - Mystery Quest sounds a lot tougher than the cover would suggest. Thanks for taking on that challenge for us!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 02, 2019, 05:02:08 AM
Someone needs to save all the end screens so we can make a video of every one.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 02, 2019, 08:34:34 AM
@Shaggy - Mystery Quest sounds a lot tougher than the cover would suggest. Thanks for taking on that challenge for us!

Oh my goodness, I just read you have to beat the game four times to get the true ending.  Do I have to seriously beat this game four times in one sitting?  :laugh:


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 02, 2019, 08:56:25 AM
@Shaggy - Mystery Quest sounds a lot tougher than the cover would suggest. Thanks for taking on that challenge for us!

Oh my goodness, I just read you have to beat the game four times to get the true ending.  Do I have to seriously beat this game four times in one sitting?  :laugh:

Just looked it up to make sure, and yup you've gotta do 4 loops! If you want to back out and start working on a different game that's totally fine.

I put a lot more time into Wizardry tonight. This game is savage. I had my Thief die and the Temple of Cant is supposed to let you resurrect your fallen party members for a nominal fee. So I grinded up with my remaining characters and tried to resurrect him and he turned to ash during the process. So they tell me I can still save him, but it's gonna cost twice as much money. Back to the dungeon to grind for twice as long. Finally get back after an hour and a half and pay to save him and .......it failed sorry he's gone forever now!! Why didn't anyone tell me that was a possibility before I invested all that time!!! Also apparently you can't have evil alignment characters on your team with good alignment characters. Not a problem because my whole team is good and neutral. Oh wait your characters can mysteriously change alignment during after battles and if you don't notice and remove them from your team, they are not welcome back. So now I'm trying to grind out my remaining good alignment characters so that everyone is evil and I can have my team back. This is all still on the first floor of the dungeon too. I have however found a good grinding spot and my fractured team is getting fairly beefy. By the time I have everyone with an evil alignment and I can have all my characters back together I should be able to make it down a few floors without much trouble I think.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 02, 2019, 09:26:16 AM
Amazing first day of work guys!  Looks like we knocked off 11 games (pending EZ Racer's Al Unser evidence).

Someone needs to save all the end screens so we can make a video of every one.

I like this idea. Maybe a slideshow video with the date and name of the member who beat it........set to some metal of course. ;)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 02, 2019, 10:17:45 AM
I put a lot more time into Wizardry tonight. This game is savage. I had my Thief die and the Temple of Cant is supposed to let you resurrect your fallen party members for a nominal fee. So I grinded up with my remaining characters and tried to resurrect him and he turned to ash during the process. So they tell me I can still save him, but it's gonna cost twice as much money. Back to the dungeon to grind for twice as long. Finally get back after an hour and a half and pay to save him and .......it failed sorry he's gone forever now!! Why didn't anyone tell me that was a possibility before I invested all that time!!! Also apparently you can't have evil alignment characters on your team with good alignment characters. Not a problem because my whole team is good and neutral. Oh wait your characters can mysteriously change alignment during after battles and if you don't notice and remove them from your team, they are not welcome back. So now I'm trying to grind out my remaining good alignment characters so that everyone is evil and I can have my team back. This is all still on the first floor of the dungeon too. I have however found a good grinding spot and my fractured team is getting fairly beefy. By the time I have everyone with an evil alignment and I can have all my characters back together I should be able to make it down a few floors without much trouble I think.

Hehe, good to know that Wizardry doesn't stray far from the PC original.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on January 02, 2019, 10:25:53 AM
Finished 1942 - twice.  I tried the second time in an attempt to get the stupid "congratulation" and keep missing it, so the pic below is the best I could get (without trying for a third time). Hilariously enough I tried with my phone the first, and the second time tried to use the "screenshot" shortcut that Macs have (and failed).  The pic below was with the pic shortcut in OpenEmu (which is what I should have been using all along). Oh well.  I think I would like to claim Clash at Demonhead next.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/rbeha9.jpg)

Time to complete : ~ 1 hour 20 minutes (beat it twice)
Favored System : OpenEmu-EX on my Macbook (Nestopia emulator)
Favored Controller : retrolink NES USB
Notes : Not as bad as I remember, I think because I have mad nostalgia for the "jank" that this game has (in abundance).  It has bad hit detection (in your favor!), terribly monotonous music, and runs like an MSX game - And I love it!  Simple fun from a bygone era.

Where were you while we were playing this in the Shmup Club? ;)

Congrats on the completion! Not an easy game, that's for sure.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 02, 2019, 11:00:54 AM
@Shaggy - Mystery Quest sounds a lot tougher than the cover would suggest. Thanks for taking on that challenge for us!

Oh my goodness, I just read you have to beat the game four times to get the true ending.  Do I have to seriously beat this game four times in one sitting?  :laugh:

Just looked it up to make sure, and yup you've gotta do 4 loops! If you want to back out and start working on a different game that's totally fine.

Nope, I've never played this game and I want to beat games I never played.  Because of time constraints, though, I may have to look up a guide but only when I don't know what the heck to do.  I want to try to beat it with no guide.  But maybe there is a Nintendo Power...


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ReddMcKnight on January 02, 2019, 11:13:26 AM
I wish to undertake River City Ransom! I beat it in December, but for this, I will undertake it again...if I'm allowed to play it on the Kunio-kun Collection for Xbox One. I will not use Save States, only Passwords that are given in-game, and I will start fresh!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 02, 2019, 11:42:33 AM
@Shaggy - Mystery Quest sounds a lot tougher than the cover would suggest. Thanks for taking on that challenge for us!

Oh my goodness, I just read you have to beat the game four times to get the true ending.  Do I have to seriously beat this game four times in one sitting?  :laugh:

Just looked it up to make sure, and yup you've gotta do 4 loops! If you want to back out and start working on a different game that's totally fine.

Nope, I've never played this game and I want to beat games I never played.  Because of time constraints, though, I may have to look up a guide but only when I don't know what the heck to do.  I want to try to beat it with no guide.  But maybe there is a Nintendo Power...

OK, halfway done through the 1st play through.  Just got to the third castle.  No guide used yet!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 02, 2019, 12:27:47 PM
In the 4th castle now.  This may not be as bad as I originally thought because the 3rd and 4th castle are the same as the 1st and 2nd castle so I'm making better headway because of this.  I also read that the 2nd through 4th playthrough are the same as the 1st, just harder I think.  Hopefully, my muscle memory is working and I can breeze through the castles.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 02, 2019, 12:47:26 PM
I wish to undertake River City Ransom! I beat it in December, but for this, I will undertake it again...if I'm allowed to play it on the Kunio-kun Collection for Xbox One. I will not use Save States, only Passwords that are given in-game, and I will start fresh!

We will probably have to get a ruling from Crabby on this Redd. Not sure if there are any differences in the NES and Xbox One game that you mentioned, so that will have to be looked into.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 02, 2019, 02:29:10 PM
I wish to undertake River City Ransom! I beat it in December, but for this, I will undertake it again...if I'm allowed to play it on the Kunio-kun Collection for Xbox One. I will not use Save States, only Passwords that are given in-game, and I will start fresh!

You'd probably know better than me Redd. All I know about the differences in versions is that the player and enemy sprites are changed in the two regions. Do you know if this affects gameplay (hit boxes for example)? Are there any different enemy types or areas between the two versions? As long as it's the same game with just the different sprites I'm totally cool with it, just not familiar enough to answer that myself.

@shaggy - so glad you didn't back down! That's the kind of effort we are all gonna have to show to get through this together!! Perseverance!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ReddMcKnight on January 02, 2019, 02:40:13 PM
I wish to undertake River City Ransom! I beat it in December, but for this, I will undertake it again...if I'm allowed to play it on the Kunio-kun Collection for Xbox One. I will not use Save States, only Passwords that are given in-game, and I will start fresh!

You'd probably know better than me Redd. All I know about the differences in versions is that the player and enemy sprites are changed in the two regions. Do you know if this affects gameplay (hit boxes for example)? Are there any different enemy types or areas between the two versions? As long as it's the same game with just the different sprites I'm totally cool with it, just not familiar enough to answer that myself.

@shaggy - so glad you didn't back down! That's the kind of effort we are all gonna have to show to get through this together!! Perseverance!!

Actually, the US Version is present on the collection, and while it has a "Quality Up" Mode that fixes bugs and such, it also has the "Original" Mode as well, which replicates the original NES release.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 02, 2019, 02:44:13 PM
I wish to undertake River City Ransom! I beat it in December, but for this, I will undertake it again...if I'm allowed to play it on the Kunio-kun Collection for Xbox One. I will not use Save States, only Passwords that are given in-game, and I will start fresh!

You'd probably know better than me Redd. All I know about the differences in versions is that the player and enemy sprites are changed in the two regions. Do you know if this affects gameplay (hit boxes for example)? Are there any different enemy types or areas between the two versions? As long as it's the same game with just the different sprites I'm totally cool with it, just not familiar enough to answer that myself.

@shaggy - so glad you didn't back down! That's the kind of effort we are all gonna have to show to get through this together!! Perseverance!!

Actually, the US Version is present on the collection, and while it has a "Quality Up" Mode that fixes bugs and such, it also has the "Original" Mode as well, which replicates the original NES release.

That sounds perfect then. Baring some kind of catstrophic emulation issue I think you're good to go then. Try not to barf on everything!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on January 02, 2019, 05:41:38 PM
Despite my hopes, looks like I won't get Vice: project Doom done before MAGfest.  I still want to keep it claimed, but the earliest I'll get it done is Sunday night.

While I am still very good at the early stages, the later ones are proving tough.  Probably because I haven't practiced them as much.  Vice is a tough game, and I'm not, perhaps, as skilled as others here.  I want to hold onto Vice, though, especially as other of my potential picks are gobbled up.  getting through it is important to me, as is the motivation of the NES Challenge to do it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fleabitten on January 02, 2019, 06:34:14 PM
Is claiming a game mandatory? Or can I just post end screen pics without claiming prior?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 02, 2019, 07:30:08 PM
... TMNT 2 is harder than I remember, I played the arcade a lot and this is so much harder, I think I'm getting it.. I hope the next try is the last... Shredder got me with the quickness last game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 02, 2019, 08:09:09 PM
TMNT 2 is done, I'm picking on to play with the child so  Fisher-Price Firehouse Rescue is my next pick.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190103/f7a000b239c287d1e3df77d67546c133.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190103/026f4152bfe54a6cd666db4afeeaf98a.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 02, 2019, 08:42:20 PM
Tale Spin is complete. I will upload my screenshot as soon as I remember how I used to do it. Ha ha

I thought using Time Attack mode on the Disney Afternoon Collection would be a nice way for me to crank those titles out for the team, but I found out that preventing myself from being able to use the rewind feature to cheat created an exchange for a crappy screenshot. You guys will see when I post, but the time attack records just like speed-runner videos, and it freezes the screen on the final hit on the boss, instead of allowing the end credits to roll.

As far as the game itself goes, I loved it, and wish I could have experienced it as a child. The flying mechanics and the upgrade system between stages were awesome. Although to beat the game, I definitely had to make sure I collected all the funds I could during the first two or three stages to be able to afford the Rapid-fire upgrades ASAP. I am not great at platformers to begin with, and not having those upgrades for the back half of the game would have easily seen me burn through my lives and continues well before the final stage.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 02, 2019, 11:04:05 PM
Is claiming a game mandatory? Or can I just post end screen pics without claiming prior?

No, it is not mandatory. We do it so that we don't double up games that people want to put some time into. Just a way to save effort. It will probably come in handy more as we dwindle this list down. Things like RPGs and the longer sports titles , we definitely do not want to double the effort and time on.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 02, 2019, 11:11:57 PM
I really wanted to start this challenge by knocking off games that where initially released on the system, basically the Black Box games. I'm not claiming these all of course and I'm not going to finish them all for sure, just something I wanted to try. Tonight I knocked off three of them. Kung Fu, Golf, and 10-Yard Fight. I put some effort into Baseball, but the fielding really sucks in that game.

(http://i.imgur.com/ltq9qVg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3TegPu9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LJa5mUm.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 02, 2019, 11:12:12 PM
Donkey Kong Jr. Math done

(https://i.imgur.com/lvd4bXE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rwJ2icE.jpg)

Donkey Kong 3 done

(https://i.imgur.com/WyZLQLZ.jpg)

I gave Panic Restaurant some play, but got bored at the next to last level. The early levels were easy, and I'm sure I could get through it if I put the time in, but not now. Maybe if nobody else knocks it out.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 02, 2019, 11:18:25 PM
Spoiler (hover to show)
"Beat it once".  On the second castle on the 2nd play through.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 02, 2019, 11:38:08 PM
Popeye done

(https://i.imgur.com/LyZSIoO.jpg)

I've played way more of the Colecovision version of this, and I wish there was a really great arcade port. Solid game.

Also, I made a cartoon! Tiny Toon Adventures Cartoon Workshop done.

(https://i.imgur.com/wzA6q1a.jpg)

To end the evening, I colored the crap out of some dinosaurs. Shield your eyes if you dare look.

Spoiler (hover to show)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 03, 2019, 03:03:03 AM
Day 2 was nearly as productive as day 1!! Well done gang!

Despite my hopes, looks like I won't get Vice: project Doom done before MAGfest.  I still want to keep it claimed, but the earliest I'll get it done is Sunday night.

While I am still very good at the early stages, the later ones are proving tough.  Probably because I haven't practiced them as much.  Vice is a tough game, and I'm not, perhaps, as skilled as others here.  I want to hold onto Vice, though, especially as other of my potential picks are gobbled up.  getting through it is important to me, as is the motivation of the NES Challenge to do it.

It's yours as long as you need it. As long as you're working on beating it you can keep it claimed. If you decide to put it down for any reason, just let me know and I'll add it back to the list for others.

Is claiming a game mandatory? Or can I just post end screen pics without claiming prior?

Like singlebanana said you never need to claim anything to beat it. It's just there to make sure we don't have 2  or more people investing time into the same game at the same time.

... TMNT 2 is harder than I remember, I played the arcade a lot and this is so much harder, I think I'm getting it.. I hope the next try is the last... Shredder got me with the quickness last game.

TMNT2 does have some really tough spots. And both the Krang and Shredder fights at the end are brutal. Glad to see you were able to take them down, that's a lot of jump kicks!

Tale Spin is complete. I will upload my screenshot as soon as I remember how I used to do it. Ha ha

I thought using Time Attack mode on the Disney Afternoon Collection would be a nice way for me to crank those titles out for the team, but I found out that preventing myself from being able to use the rewind feature to cheat created an exchange for a crappy screenshot. You guys will see when I post, but the time attack records just like speed-runner videos, and it freezes the screen on the final hit on the boss, instead of allowing the end credits to roll.

As far as the game itself goes, I loved it, and wish I could have experienced it as a child. The flying mechanics and the upgrade system between stages were awesome. Although to beat the game, I definitely had to make sure I collected all the funds I could during the first two or three stages to be able to afford the Rapid-fire upgrades ASAP. I am not great at platformers to begin with, and not having those upgrades for the back half of the game would have easily seen me burn through my lives and continues well before the final stage.

Awesome job! I remember not liking Tale Spin at all and have always considered it one of the weakest Disney/Capcom titles. Glad to see someone found more joy in it than I did. I'll cross it off our list as soon as you're able to get that pic up for it.

@Duke.Togo - coming in with hard hitting titles right off the bat!! Who else was gonna do all those maths AND have the skills to stay in the lines while coloring??

@Shaggy - Only 2 more to go!

EDIT: All claims and games updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 03, 2019, 07:59:58 AM
Trying to fend off the Alzheimerís.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 03, 2019, 08:49:59 AM
Did a ton more grinding on Wizardry tonight, bought some new equipment with my hard earned cash, and then decided to see if I could venture down a couple floors. Floor 1-3 seem like I can handle them now, but 4 was too much. Status effects in this game are the worst. A simple Paralysis or Poison is deadly. I'm also having a heck of time remember what all my spells do. I think I'm going to have the write myself down a cheat sheet with which spell caster can do what for me, because I'm spending too much time looking them up every time I want to cast something.


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 03, 2019, 11:16:12 AM
Day 2 was nearly as productive as day 1!! Well done gang!

Despite my hopes, looks like I won't get Vice: project Doom done before MAGfest.  I still want to keep it claimed, but the earliest I'll get it done is Sunday night.

While I am still very good at the early stages, the later ones are proving tough.  Probably because I haven't practiced them as much.  Vice is a tough game, and I'm not, perhaps, as skilled as others here.  I want to hold onto Vice, though, especially as other of my potential picks are gobbled up.  getting through it is important to me, as is the motivation of the NES Challenge to do it.

It's yours as long as you need it. As long as you're working on beating it you can keep it claimed. If you decide to put it down for any reason, just let me know and I'll add it back to the list for others.

Is claiming a game mandatory? Or can I just post end screen pics without claiming prior?

Like singlebanana said you never need to claim anything to beat it. It's just there to make sure we don't have 2  or more people investing time into the same game at the same time.

... TMNT 2 is harder than I remember, I played the arcade a lot and this is so much harder, I think I'm getting it.. I hope the next try is the last... Shredder got me with the quickness last game.

TMNT2 does have some really tough spots. And both the Krang and Shredder fights at the end are brutal. Glad to see you were able to take them down, that's a lot of jump kicks!

Tale Spin is complete. I will upload my screenshot as soon as I remember how I used to do it. Ha ha

I thought using Time Attack mode on the Disney Afternoon Collection would be a nice way for me to crank those titles out for the team, but I found out that preventing myself from being able to use the rewind feature to cheat created an exchange for a crappy screenshot. You guys will see when I post, but the time attack records just like speed-runner videos, and it freezes the screen on the final hit on the boss, instead of allowing the end credits to roll.

As far as the game itself goes, I loved it, and wish I could have experienced it as a child. The flying mechanics and the upgrade system between stages were awesome. Although to beat the game, I definitely had to make sure I collected all the funds I could during the first two or three stages to be able to afford the Rapid-fire upgrades ASAP. I am not great at platformers to begin with, and not having those upgrades for the back half of the game would have easily seen me burn through my lives and continues well before the final stage.

Awesome job! I remember not liking Tale Spin at all and have always considered it one of the weakest Disney/Capcom titles. Glad to see someone found more joy in it than I did. I'll cross it off our list as soon as you're able to get that pic up for it.

@Duke.Togo - coming in with hard hitting titles right off the bat!! Who else was gonna do all those maths AND have the skills to stay in the lines while coloring??

@Shaggy - Only 2 more to go!

EDIT: All claims and games updated
I don't see the Fisher Price game claimed for me on the list?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 03, 2019, 12:02:53 PM
Just finished Duck Tales yesterday and will beat Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers today.

Both of their sequels seem pretty doable for me, but I tried Darkwing Duck and it really showcases how bad I suck at platformers, so I might not be able to complete that one. Ha ha


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 03, 2019, 12:20:32 PM
@douglie007 - fixed that for you. Thanks for catching my error.

Just finished Duck Tales yesterday and will beat Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers today.

Both of their sequels seem pretty doable for me, but I tried Darkwing Duck and it really showcases how bad I suck at platformers, so I might not be able to complete that one. Ha ha

Totally agree with you. Duck Tales 2 and Rescue Rangers 2 are definitely doable if you can beat the first games. They are a both longer, but about the same level of difficulty. Darkwing Duck is probably the hardest of the Disney/Capcom games. Get some pics up so I can cross your games off the list!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 03, 2019, 02:24:50 PM
Great to see everyone chipping away at the list. Haven't been able to start up Tombs & Treasures just yet but will finally have several days to work on it starting tomorrow. I got a couple other games in mind to play along with it. If I start those up, I will post my progress as well.

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 03, 2019, 04:56:08 PM
@douglie007 - fixed that for you. Thanks for catching my error.

Just finished Duck Tales yesterday and will beat Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers today.

Both of their sequels seem pretty doable for me, but I tried Darkwing Duck and it really showcases how bad I suck at platformers, so I might not be able to complete that one. Ha ha

Totally agree with you. Duck Tales 2 and Rescue Rangers 2 are definitely doable if you can beat the first games. They are a both longer, but about the same level of difficulty. Darkwing Duck is probably the hardest of the Disney/Capcom games. Get some pics up so I can cross your games off the list!!

Just finished Rescue Rangers. Working on pics for all three of my completions over the last three days now.

My biggest problem with Darkwing Duck is the "Hook" system. Some of them automatically grab, others require you to hold "Up" as you cross them, and after grabbing, I have the worst time controlling my movements afterwards. It was a lot easier to work with the hooks in Duck Tales 2, but with Darkwing Duck, sometimes it won't register my "Down" being held and I jump instead of releasing, or I forget that I don't need to hold "Up" when jumping off of them, creating movements I don't want, or I find myself moving to the joystick on the XBone controller and I don't realize it until I really screw up a jump or an attack. Also, the D-Pad on the XBone controller feels like it plays much crappier than it should. I'm also pretty impatient, which doesn't help the situation. Ha ha If I owned them on the NES itself, I would probably do better with my trusty "Dogbone" controller, but I only physically own Duck Tales and Rescue Rangers, so someone else may end up having to tackle it if I can't get it beat.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 03, 2019, 05:14:22 PM
Had help with Firehouse Rescue. But its done, I think I'll take Golf if no one else got it.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190103/5980a51c98a14d8b88015dead94c5198.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190103/4d842e7091ce71062ed5855d9fdba12c.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 03, 2019, 05:41:32 PM
Tale Spin. I am really proud of myself for being able to beat this one, and during my first rewind-free attempt no less. Again, awesome game.

Duck Tales. I played this game dozens of times growing up, (if not hundreds). I know this game inside and out and was able to blow through it in under 11 minutes! That shows up as 75th all time fastest on the leaderboards. I even died twice before I was able to beat Dracula Duck. If I had beat him without dying, I would have been right around 8:30 for the completion, which is in the top 10 all time fastest. I almost want to try it again to see what I can accomplish.

Rescue Rangers. Another game I played a lot growing up, but not nearly as much as Duck Tales. I was also never able to beat it in my youth, so I wasn't going to try to set any speed records with this one. Ended up beating Fat Cat on the first attempt with only one health remaining, so I was very happy there, even if I hadn't used any continues getting to that point.
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m232/Scott_Breaze/IMG_3957_zpsootfsybk.jpg)
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m232/Scott_Breaze/IMG_3966_zpsdgfp2da6.jpg)
(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m232/Scott_Breaze/IMG_3967_zpsmsmtbciu.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 03, 2019, 08:15:29 PM
@douglie007 Sorry bud, I polished off Golf last night. ;)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 03, 2019, 09:23:11 PM
Two more black box games down: Volleyball and Urban Champion

(http://i.imgur.com/J4CRCLE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PMAtwwy.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 03, 2019, 09:42:43 PM
Dang guys, slow your roll.  Leave us some games. :laugh:


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 03, 2019, 10:13:06 PM
I'll claim Startropics next. I haven't ever played that one, but I had the sequel as a child...though I don't remember anything about it or if I even played it as a kiddo.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 03, 2019, 11:04:49 PM
I got to Dracula in Castlevania and the game locked up, so I switched over to Mega Man.

(https://i.imgur.com/TulkHHs.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 04, 2019, 12:06:53 AM
Spoiler (hover to show)
"Beat it a 2nd time"

Spoiler (hover to show)
And a 3rd time

Right now I'm on my 4th run and just beat the 1st castle.  I do have a killer score of over 3,000,000 ;)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 04, 2019, 12:52:31 AM
Spoiler (hover to show)
I did it!  I beat it!  Knock it off the list.  What a lackluster ending, though.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 04, 2019, 12:56:14 AM
I think I have Home Alone at my house so put me down for that one.  Otherwise, I'll be swapping games come tomorrow.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 04, 2019, 04:36:34 AM
I'll take Dragon Warrior 3.  Get all 4 of them claimed


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on January 04, 2019, 06:47:36 AM
The other day I picked a NES game off the shelf with the intention of helping out with the challenge and started playing. I didnt recall it having been reserved.

Of course it had been reserved. Game being Tale Spin. Doh

But I kept playing anyway cus it wasnt one I had played before and completed it today. At least I got some screenshots for the UKV version to go on the site at some point


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 04, 2019, 07:35:20 AM
Ok, I can't find Home Alone.  Change my claim to Phantom Fighter.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 04, 2019, 08:25:11 AM
@shaggy - Nice job persevering through Mystery Quest!

Freaking Wizardry!! I don't know if I've ever played such an unforgiving game. I thought I was going to finish it tonight and I got close as hell. Got to the last boss after navigating a few super confusing levels (one that had warps that sent you back to the beginning of the game :( ). He killed my entire party which means.......I have to start the whole game over again!!! Hooray!! So back to square one for me unfortunately. Rerolled a new team in much less time at least and already started grinding up though so I shouldn't have to invest nearly as much time as my first attempt. I also switched up a few party members so to different types so I think I'll have a better chance at the boss next attempt.

EDIT: All claims and completions updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 04, 2019, 09:25:31 AM
Nice work everyone!  27 games down in 3 days is an extraordinary feat.  Let's break 50 this weekend!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on January 04, 2019, 01:07:34 PM
Dang guys, slow your roll.  Leave us some games. :laugh:

No joke! Some of us have other commitments that make it so we can't concentrate on just NES games :P


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 04, 2019, 03:28:07 PM
@shaggy - Nice job persevering through Mystery Quest!

Freaking Wizardry!! I don't know if I've ever played such an unforgiving game. I thought I was going to finish it tonight and I got close as hell. Got to the last boss after navigating a few super confusing levels (one that had warps that sent you back to the beginning of the game :( ). He killed my entire party which means.......I have to start the whole game over again!!! Hooray!! So back to square one for me unfortunately. Rerolled a new team in much less time at least and already started grinding up though so I shouldn't have to invest nearly as much time as my first attempt. I also switched up a few party members so to different types so I think I'll have a better chance at the boss next attempt.

EDIT: All claims and completions updated

Thanks a lot!  It actually wasn't too bad after the first playthrough.  Playthrough 2-4 are exactly like the first playthrough  so once you go through it once and have it memorized it is a breeze save for a few platforming deaths.  The highest score I got was 7,000,000 something but you could easily flip the score on this game if you run a flawless playthrough.  The thing with this game is the repetition.  This is one of those games that you have to play repeatedly night after night otherwise you will forget the maze of the castles.  It's all the same and gets tiresome pretty quickly.  I would say average score.

Doesn't Wizardy have a battery for saves?  Can't you load an old save?

Just found out that Phantom Fighter has a password system so that will save me from leaving the NES on overnight.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 04, 2019, 03:56:45 PM
@shaggy - Nice job persevering through Mystery Quest!

Freaking Wizardry!! I don't know if I've ever played such an unforgiving game. I thought I was going to finish it tonight and I got close as hell. Got to the last boss after navigating a few super confusing levels (one that had warps that sent you back to the beginning of the game :( ). He killed my entire party which means.......I have to start the whole game over again!!! Hooray!! So back to square one for me unfortunately. Rerolled a new team in much less time at least and already started grinding up though so I shouldn't have to invest nearly as much time as my first attempt. I also switched up a few party members so to different types so I think I'll have a better chance at the boss next attempt.

EDIT: All claims and completions updated

Thanks a lot!  It actually wasn't too bad after the first playthrough.  Playthrough 2-4 are exactly like the first playthrough  so once you go through it once and have it memorized it is a breeze save for a few platforming deaths.  The highest score I got was 7,000,000 something but you could easily flip the score on this game if you run a flawless playthrough.  The thing with this game is the repetition.  This is one of those games that you have to play repeatedly night after night otherwise you will forget the maze of the castles.  It's all the same and gets tiresome pretty quickly.  I would say average score.

Doesn't Wizardy have a battery for saves?  Can't you load an old save?

Just found out that Phantom Fighter has a password system so that will save me from leaving the NES on overnight.

If you only had to do one run of Mystery Quest you think it would have been better?

Wizardry does have saved and you can save scum out of battles if you do it early enough. Unfortunately it also auto saves and I didn't reset out of the battle soon enough so my save had a dead party on the bottom floor :(


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 04, 2019, 04:17:07 PM
@shaggy - Nice job persevering through Mystery Quest!

Freaking Wizardry!! I don't know if I've ever played such an unforgiving game. I thought I was going to finish it tonight and I got close as hell. Got to the last boss after navigating a few super confusing levels (one that had warps that sent you back to the beginning of the game :( ). He killed my entire party which means.......I have to start the whole game over again!!! Hooray!! So back to square one for me unfortunately. Rerolled a new team in much less time at least and already started grinding up though so I shouldn't have to invest nearly as much time as my first attempt. I also switched up a few party members so to different types so I think I'll have a better chance at the boss next attempt.

EDIT: All claims and completions updated

Thanks a lot!  It actually wasn't too bad after the first playthrough.  Playthrough 2-4 are exactly like the first playthrough  so once you go through it once and have it memorized it is a breeze save for a few platforming deaths.  The highest score I got was 7,000,000 something but you could easily flip the score on this game if you run a flawless playthrough.  The thing with this game is the repetition.  This is one of those games that you have to play repeatedly night after night otherwise you will forget the maze of the castles.  It's all the same and gets tiresome pretty quickly.  I would say average score.

Doesn't Wizardy have a battery for saves?  Can't you load an old save?

Just found out that Phantom Fighter has a password system so that will save me from leaving the NES on overnight.

If you only had to do one run of Mystery Quest you think it would have been better?

Wizardry does have saved and you can save scum out of battles if you do it early enough. Unfortunately it also auto saves and I didn't reset out of the battle soon enough so my save had a dead party on the bottom floor :(

I would have enjoyed it.  It was kind of mindless.  Having to beat it 4 times did drag on and on.  I would say I would like it a smidge better.

What is save scum out of battles?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 04, 2019, 04:26:54 PM
I can take on Shadowgate and Uninvited this month. I can stream my playthrough of both tomorrow morning at 5:30AM EST if anyone's around.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 04, 2019, 05:00:18 PM
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What is save scum out of battles?

Basically, saving mid-battle and if you get killed, restarting from the save point.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 04, 2019, 05:15:50 PM
Promised proof, check Al Unser Jr. Turbo Racing off the list.

Also, have grinded my way through about half of chapter 2 on DW IV.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 04, 2019, 06:46:43 PM
Started up with Tombs and Treasures today. I thought it was going to be exactly like Shadowgate but it turns out it has combat in it and just not problem solving. The combat is kind of mindless but it does add an extra aspect to it. Puzzles have so far been fun.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 04, 2019, 07:26:19 PM
I went ahead and polished off Castlevania. One of my all time favorite NES games. I tried to record a video, but it didn't record for some reason. It wasn't a very graceful run anyway, so no big loss.

(https://i.imgur.com/mMqOhGA.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 04, 2019, 09:14:13 PM
Test run of Shadowgate to make sure I remembered the route ended in me beating the game.(https://i.imgur.com/imzJrGw.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 04, 2019, 09:34:30 PM
And same goes for Uninvited. (https://i.imgur.com/ZGGtmvV.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 04, 2019, 09:51:25 PM
Deja Vu next Shane?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 04, 2019, 10:01:33 PM
Well that was quick. Most of the puzzle solving was trial and error. You can get stuck in one part and will have to reset. Which happened to me. I basically had to start all the way over because I forgot to get my password to continue. These passwords on this game are incredibly long, so wasn't happy about that.

Since I already knew what to do I got back to where I was pretty quickly. I realized as well if you come across an enemy you can't beat its the game basically telling you that you still need to level up by solving other puzzles and beating other monsters first. On the last puzzle, the game basically tells you what to do. Ending was somewhat cinematic and wasn't just a congratulations screen.

Pretty cool game! Worth the playthrough. In the words of Joe Bob Briggs, "Check it Out"

On a side note, I would like to claim Willow. Been wanting to play this one for awhile and seems like a little bit of a longer game to get through.



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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 04, 2019, 10:38:25 PM
I decided to keep the vampire slaying going and polished off Castlevania II.

(https://i.imgur.com/tMHCVnb.jpg)

The haters can hate all they want, but this is a good game. It's been several years since I last played it, so I was ready to revisit this one. Playing it again, I realized just how nostalgic this game is for me, which is odd considering that I know I didn't play it very much as a kid. But the music, aesthetic, items, towns, and NPCs all feel so nostalgic.


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 04, 2019, 10:47:05 PM
I decided to keep the vampire slaying going and polished off Castlevania II.

(https://i.imgur.com/tMHCVnb.jpg)

The haters can hate all they want, but this is a good game. It's been several years since I last played it, so I was ready to revisit this one. Playing it again, I realized just how nostalgic this game is for me, which is odd considering that I know I didn't play it very much as a kid. But the music, aesthetic, items, towns, and NPCs all feel so nostalgic.
I agree, totally solid entry in the Castlevania series. The game stands on its own as a really fun game. I like how its so unlike any of the other castlevania games. Everything you said about I agree with. You know, I actually like the quirky things about the game that others hate about it.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 04, 2019, 11:11:15 PM
Love Castlevania II as well!  What a horrible night to have a curse...and be on any dodge ball team opposing me. Dodge Ball down.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 05, 2019, 12:19:29 AM
I went through 1942 (again!) and snapped the substandard ending pic for the game.  Submitted it in the db and replaced it with the other pic on page 4 of this thread.   Back to Clash at Demonhead...


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fleabitten on January 05, 2019, 12:30:52 AM
I'm gonna go ahead and scoop up this playthrough. Always fun to play the best 2D mario game.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 05, 2019, 12:51:19 AM
1 Town down with 7 to go in Phantom Fighter.  The jumping and movement in this game is quirky.  When you jump he goes in an arc forward but when he reaches the peak of the jump he just comes straight down instead of continuing to arc.  As far as movement goes, he slides after you let go of the d-pad.  It definitely takes some getting used to.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 05, 2019, 03:28:03 AM
Started on Dragon Warrior 3, go the the Thief Key.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 05, 2019, 09:07:51 AM
Alright, these are the ones I'll take on that I haven't seen claimed or beaten yet:

Dťja Vu
Fisher Price: I Can Remember
Fisher Price: Perfect Fit
Great Waldo Search
King's Quest V
The Little Mermaid
Maniac Mansion
Rygar
Sesame Street 123
Sesame Street ABC
Sesame Street: Big Bird's Hide & Speak
Sesame Street: Countdown
Silver Surfer
Taboo: The Sixth Sense
Videomation
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune: Family Edition
Wheel of Fortune: Featuring Vanna White
Wheel of Fortune: Jr.
Where's Waldo
Wizards & Warriors III
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Keeping track of this in the forum thread feels clunky. I might try to create something quick to keep track of things today. Maybe a Google sheet?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 05, 2019, 09:09:09 AM
@Fokakis79 - Wow you got through Tombs & Treasures fairly quick. Nicely done. I can't remember which part, but I do remember getting stuck on that one for a while.

@EZ Racer living up to his name! You ever play Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge? I really enjoyed that one as far as NES racers go. And Galaxy 5000 as well. Days of Thunder might be the hardest racer on the system though. The pit stops in that game are brutal!

@shaggy - Like banana said save scumming is basically just saving a lot and when something doesn't go your way reloading your previous save and then doing the same thing again and hoping for a more favorable outcome. It's kinda cheap, but super handy in Wizardry since there are many unavoidable encounters, but those encounters have randomly generated enemies. So I can keep reloading a save until the encounter becomes one I'm confident I can win. The last boss has extra goons with him so it's super helpful there also so that you can keep save scumming until he has 2 pushovers with him rather than a couple Dragons to make the fight more bearable.

You guys can add me to the Castlevania II fan club as well!! That's the one I grew up playing so I've always had a soft spot for it.

EDIT: All claims and completions updated!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 05, 2019, 09:12:17 AM
Alright, these are the ones I'll take on that I haven't seen claimed or beaten yet:

Dťja Vu
Fisher Price: I Can Remember
Fisher Price: Perfect Fit
Great Waldo Search
King's Quest V
The Little Mermaid
Maniac Mansion
Rygar
Sesame Street 123
Sesame Street ABC
Sesame Street: Big Bird's Hide & Speak
Sesame Street: Countdown
Silver Surfer
Taboo: The Sixth Sense
Videomation
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune: Family Edition
Wheel of Fortune: Featuring Vanna White
Wheel of Fortune: Jr.
Where's Waldo
Wizards & Warriors III
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Keeping track of this in the forum thread feels clunky. I might try to create something quick to keep track of things today. Maybe a Google sheet?

Love the enthusiasm, but only one claim per player at a time. We want to give people a chance to play a variety of stuff and if we let one player claim so many everyone loses out on those opportunities.

What feels clunky about the forum layout? I'm happy to make adjustments if it makes things easier for you guys. All you have to do is keep an eye on the front page of this thread to see what games are still available. I thought that was fairly straightforward, but like I said I'm open to ideas/changes if you guys have better methods. 


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 05, 2019, 09:41:41 AM
Man guys, give us a chance at games :laugh:


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 05, 2019, 10:08:34 AM
I've been letting my daughter do the kid games with, so if you don't get to them all I'm going to do one of them next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 05, 2019, 10:26:07 AM
There will undoubtedly be a gap between when someone signs up for a game and when it's noted on the front page, so the only way to make sure you're not picking a game someone else has is to go through all of the posts looking for the game you picked. With a sheet, we can each just put our name next to the one we're about to play so people know immediately when it's claimed.

I didn't mean to step on anyone's toes with suggesting that. We can continue on with this format. And I'll stick to one game at a time. I was mostly picking games I figured no one else would want to take on to get them out of the way.

I'll do Where's Waldo? right now, then pick a new one when I'm done.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 05, 2019, 10:34:08 AM
Where's Waldo done. I'll do Wizards & Warriors III next, since that will take a while.

(https://i.imgur.com/OzB8sKA.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 05, 2019, 11:02:07 AM
Doing a spreadsheet isn't going to make it much better. Just look at the initial post of games already beaten and games claimed and you're fine. We update this thread a few times a day and that's plenty. Crabby if you and I just want to post something like, updated to here, on the thread after we update it, then people can just look back to that.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 05, 2019, 11:02:37 AM
@Shane - anyone can beat any game at any time as long as it's not previously claimed. You never need to claim a game to beat it you just have to make sure no one else is playing by checking the first page only. Between banana and myself the thread should be updated every 12-24 hours. It's messier at the beginning for sure when we have people rushing for their favorites, but it'll slow down once the easy completions and staples are out of the way.  


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 05, 2019, 12:17:19 PM
Sounds good! I've got the bronze thief and wizard already, so I might manage to beat this game today. Maybe I'll stream a game tomorrow morning again.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 05, 2019, 12:31:29 PM
Started up with Willow. This game is awesome. I wish I knew about this game when I was a kid.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 05, 2019, 01:38:19 PM
Started up with Willow. This game is awesome. I wish I knew about this game when I was a kid.

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Willow is great! I beat it as a kid. If you've never played the arcade cab, check out a video. Very different.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 05, 2019, 01:58:19 PM
Finished The Little Mermaid

(https://i.imgur.com/Q6aeBq9.jpg)

I've never played this game before but have always heard good things about it. It won't go down as one of my favorites for the system, but I liked it. Very short and easy game. Even the final boss was a cakewalk.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 05, 2019, 02:13:53 PM
Defender II done. Never been a big Defender fan, and this one is a little blah.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 05, 2019, 03:50:23 PM
There will undoubtedly be a gap between when someone signs up for a game and when it's noted on the front page, so the only way to make sure you're not picking a game someone else has is to go through all of the posts looking for the game you picked. With a sheet, we can each just put our name next to the one we're about to play so people know immediately when it's claimed.

I didn't mean to step on anyone's toes with suggesting that. We can continue on with this format. And I'll stick to one game at a time. I was mostly picking games I figured no one else would want to take on to get them out of the way.

I'll do Where's Waldo? right now, then pick a new one when I'm done.

No toes stepped on. Only problem I see with your google sheet idea is that if everyone is able to put their names down we don't have anyone moderating the list in case someone wants to mess with it or claim multiples titles. Is there a solution to that?

@Disposed Hero - Little Mermaid I found really bland and easy to the point of silliness. Definitely not one of my favorites.

@Duke.Togo - I've never understood why Defender was ever popular either. Maybe check out Resogun if you ever have the chance. It's a lot of fun and the best version of "Defender" I've ever come across.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fleabitten on January 05, 2019, 05:14:52 PM
Monster Party completed. Good game! Could have been better but the personality shines through.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 05, 2019, 05:26:01 PM
I think a solution to that would take a while to develop. That or we'd have to pages in the sheets file, and one is only editable by the moderators. You'd sign up for a game in one and provide the proof you beat it here, then the moderators would mark it in the read only sheet as completed.

Beat Wizards & Warriors III. Just as hard as I remember.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZMLwUBQ.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 05, 2019, 06:30:07 PM
Well I got poisoned.. I think it might have been from satan(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190105/cbfd7459fd85476635818c9e682cd8c0.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 05, 2019, 07:53:37 PM
Ninja Gaiden done.

(https://i.imgur.com/CpT4E1f.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 05, 2019, 09:14:59 PM
Silver Surfer

I know that the music is amazing in this game, but I always forget how amazing.

(https://i.imgur.com/QTunDuG.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 05, 2019, 10:49:25 PM
Shortest game in the NES library done (Marble Madness). But very worthwhile. I had forgotten how tough the Ultimate level (level 6) is, and it kicked my butt a few times before I got through the final '6section.

Just started chapter 3 of Dragon Warrior 4 as well.

One more note, forgot to mention when I beat Al Unser Jr Turbo Racing: While it's a pretty average game, there is one thing that stands out- Background Music C is a hidden gem of NES music. It's not quite on the level of Silver Surfer's Level 1, or Ducktales Moon theme, but think about it being on whatever group you would put below those.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 05, 2019, 11:08:20 PM
I made it to Lake Cheef in Willow and was able to free Madmartigan (Val Kilmer). I absolutely love this game! Its quickly becoming one of my favorite NES games I have ever played.

@banana, I watched some Willow Arcade videos. That game looks awesome also. Why didn't my arcade get this one, I would've sunk my whole allowance into that machine.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 06, 2019, 12:03:43 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/bSfJ3YW.jpg)
California Games have been completed! The hacky sack was alright, and frisbee was fun but I couldn't figure out the half pipe.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 06, 2019, 12:11:23 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRNUx60TYVU
A little video for Videomation. Like it says RF Gen rocks Channel 3!!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 06, 2019, 01:23:11 AM
Clash at Demonhead is in the bag.   A little tip for anyone who wants to finish this excellent game - The last task in Clash is completely random, meaning you getting the good ending is entirely random.  After you beat the final boss, make sure to generate a password, so that you can try again.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/w1pgh.jpg)

Zelda II looks open, and I've never got to the ending on my own before.  Also, FFIX beckons...


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 06, 2019, 01:35:57 AM
Started up with Willow. This game is awesome. I wish I knew about this game when I was a kid.

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Willow is awesome!  I loved this game when I was a kid.  I would have picked to do this game but I wanted to play some games I haven't tried before.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 06, 2019, 01:42:30 AM
Town 2 is finished.  On to Town 3.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 06, 2019, 08:46:54 AM
Currently in the middle of Super Team Games. Had to set up original hardware, so I'm recording videos of each of the four events. My calves are burning.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 06, 2019, 09:02:39 AM
Super Team Games complete. Video to follow once I have time to edit and upload.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 06, 2019, 09:45:39 AM
We are nearly halfway to our January goal of 100 games and we still have most of the month left to go! Great job guys, looks like we may be able to blow way past it!

@EZ Racer - I love finding little hidden tracks like that. Heres one of my favs that I never heard anyone talk about:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnA6NS05si4&list=PL38E19E0B2571823C&index=6

@shane - thanks for starting in on some tough games and digging out your power pad! Most of the Power Pad games are very quick completions so while you've got it out......

@Wempster - If you post the youtube link it seems to embed it rather than the link it give you to share the video


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 06, 2019, 02:16:57 PM
Super C done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSCqYbac4_Q

Great game. Not my first time beating it, but it's one of those games that I can play over and over and not get tired of it. Pretty much just as good as the original Contra, although I do slightly prefer the original.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 06, 2019, 03:07:22 PM
@shane - thanks for starting in on some tough games and digging out your power pad! Most of the Power Pad games are very quick completions so while you've got it out......

Haha! I packed it up after I beat it. My wife and I had already planned to play through Tacoma today, and if I left the power pad out my dogs would have used it as a bed like they do with yoga mats. Maybe I'll break it out again Tuesday and play a couple more.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 06, 2019, 03:18:10 PM
Taboo: The Sixth Sense "complete".

(https://i.imgur.com/YqAdv62.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 06, 2019, 03:21:51 PM
Going to play Battle Chess next. I just realized one of the suggestions was to provide a brief opinion on the game. I'll include one for all of the games so far with the next game completed.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 06, 2019, 03:51:00 PM
Taking a tiny break from Willow to play some Blue Marlin. Never actually played a fishing game on NES. Haven't got the hang of it yet.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190106/88bdf50b08110caf355f0244673b57bf.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 06, 2019, 04:19:18 PM
As promised, here's the video of Super Team Games. I haven't watched it or edited it at all other than pasting the four videos together. https://www.dropbox.com/s/8wmra1ncnci6s8n/super_team_games_merged.mp4?dl=0


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 06, 2019, 04:32:21 PM
Man, at this rate we will have everything beat by April.  You guys have too much time on your hand.  :laugh:


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 06, 2019, 06:01:14 PM
Battle Chess done. My queen killing the king!

(https://i.imgur.com/XiqlIqn.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: cverz2 on January 06, 2019, 08:39:41 PM
Knocked out Classic Concentration.

Fun puzzle/game show type.  You have to flip tiles over and find matching pairs to expose parts of the screen that has pictures on it.  You then have to put the pictures together to make a phrase.  

Makes you use your noggin.  A little slow paced but still fun.  Beat it on my 9th or 10th try.

It's the final bonus round that can be challenging to beat in 35 seconds.


I'm 10 games in on Tecmo NBA Basketball.  I'll try to find some more shorter games to knock out while I chip away at that one.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190107/0f601f048dec42e085be2fc418df3b32.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190107/446d43951766fc5eb532b465c3090c3d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190107/468d818709433c72aa2adec66183889c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190107/67b5adcfa6c87a10f57fac5eb8a60bd0.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: cverz2 on January 06, 2019, 09:12:20 PM
"Knocked out" Arch Rivals.  Yes pun intended.

Quirky 2 on 2 Basketball game where you literally punch people in the face to steal the ball from them.   Beat it on my first try.  This game is definitely more fun with 2 players.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190107/555913c99a1b235802eba03ff1114fc0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190107/d5999045a3ff173e895ebc85a1fd5741.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190107/34fad816afd747a48956ba45a0541a4b.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 06, 2019, 09:26:26 PM
I know that a big part of this challenge is to experience games we've never played before, but I also took it as a chance to revisit some games we grew up with but may never have completed. Until seeing it on the victory conditions, I didn't even realize Lunar Pool had an ending, I just thought it was a high score game.

The more I played, the more I wanted to play, but I will say it's a suprisingly grueling game to complete. It took hours to get through, and in the back of my head I kept reminding myself a run of bad shots means a game over, at which point I'd have to start over from scratch.

I will say even though I have some nostalgia attached, if you have a casual interest in pool, this is definitely a game to check out. While some of the tables can be frustrating, and at times it rewards you for just hitting everything as hard as you can to see what falls, it's also the type of game that draws you in to keep playing and get a little further.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: cverz2 on January 06, 2019, 09:47:38 PM
One suggestion for you crabby. 

Can we mark out the games that have been completed in the top post.  Like maybe in red front or something.

Just a suggestion.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 06, 2019, 09:50:29 PM
One suggestion for you crabby. 

Can we mark out the games that have been completed in the top post.  Like maybe in red front or something.

Just a suggestion.

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They are removing them from the list of games once they are completed.


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: cverz2 on January 06, 2019, 09:51:19 PM
One suggestion for you crabby. 

Can we mark out the games that have been completed in the top post.  Like maybe in red front or something.

Just a suggestion.

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They are removing them from the list of games once they are completed.
Oh ok.  Thanks shaggy

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on January 07, 2019, 01:56:34 AM
long day at work, dont feel like working on the first real grind on dragon warrior 2 so I quickly destroyed Megaman 4 for the list


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 07, 2019, 08:40:14 AM
We are officially over the halfway hump for January's target of 100 games and we did it in the first week! You guys are killing it!

@Disposed Hero - I grew up with Super C and it wasn't until many years later I found out about regular old Contra. I've always preferred it slightly, but that could very easily be the nostalgia speaking.

@Fokakis79 - A friend of mine had a bass fishing game for the SNES we played a little bit as kids. Never played Blue Marlin on the NES though. How is it so far?

@cverz2 - Doesn't Arch Rivals feel like a pre-curser to NBA Jam? Also shaggy is correct that we are simply removing the beaten titles form the available games list and moving them down to the completed games list. As long as it's in the available list you're good to go.

@EZ Racer - I think where your head is at. Every once and a while I go back to something I played as a kid, but never finished and dedicate myself to taking it down. A couple months back I finally beat X-Men for the Genesis after it kicking my ass for the last 25 years or so. Was very satisfying.

Very surprised that Mega Man 1 and 4 were taken down before 2 and 3!

I was able to put a ton of time back into Wizardry tonight and I'm basically back where I died last time and nearly ready for the final boss. Just been heading down to the 10th floor to grind out some slightly better equipment. One of my fighters got tagged with a -2 levels spell though so I've got a little extra grinding to do now to get him back up. Assuming I don't screw up like I did last time I should be able to finish it off tomorrow when I play. Think I'll go for a couple shorter games to cleanse my palate and then maybe try the other Wizardry game while it's fresh in my mind and I wont have to relearn too many cryptic systems again down the road.

EDIT: All completions updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 07, 2019, 08:44:15 AM
long day at work, dont feel like working on the first real grind on dragon warrior 2 so I quickly destroyed Megaman 4 for the list

A top loader, eh? Is it one of the models with composite out or are you running coax through a series of converters? I've never found the right combination of converters from coax that allow me to use the top loader and the Atari systems.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 07, 2019, 12:31:56 PM
Finished up Willow this morning! I know I have been going on and on about this game and how much I like it. But it was a joy to play. It had great music. It felt true to the movie for the most part. I mean they had to take liberties to make a game out of it, but it had some memorable scenes from the movie. Difficulty wise the boss fights were pretty easy if you were high enough level and had the right gear. The areas were maze like and you had no map but you could quickly learn your way around the different areas. Willow will be my second game to complete for the challenge and the second I have never played on this challenge.

Going to continue playing Blue Marlin but was wondering if I could claim Amagon as I just picked it up and have never played it at all. I am trying to play games I have never ever played or touched. Not sure if thats allowed if not thats cool, I will just try to play them in tandem and hope noone else jumps in on it.

@crabbie, Blue Marlin is kinda fun when it comes to fighting the fish part. Its got some weird QTEs that seem to be random on the results. I played it a bunch yesterday and I am finally understanding how to reel in fish successfully. I used to play Bass Masters Classic on SNES with my little brother all the time. It got to be a game we rented multiple times, not sure why we didn't just go buy it.

Well great to see we are making great progress on the list. On to the next challenge!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190107/74c7813673c3215a610d4a6f625d6a1b.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 07, 2019, 01:20:39 PM
I made it up to the boss in the 5th town.  I'm having trouble with him, though.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 07, 2019, 02:08:56 PM
Great job Fokakis79!! I've got Amagan marked off as yours now. I've heard it's pretty short, but quite challenging. Good luck!

@shaggy - Have you upgraded your kicks? I found that was the easiest way to get through the game. Just make sure you keep having that fast flurry of kicks and then it's simply spacing your character just out of the baddies range and kicking them a couple times then moving back just enough to dodge their jump forward and repeat. Get's a little trickier with the later bosses that shoot projectiles, but since you restart right after the last orb thing you collected you can just keep retrying until you nail it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 07, 2019, 02:27:56 PM
@Disposed Hero - I grew up with Super C and it wasn't until many years later I found out about regular old Contra. I've always preferred it slightly, but that could very easily be the nostalgia speaking.

I could go either way since there are things about both games I like over the other. I prefer the levels, bosses, and music in the original, but prefer the overhead stages in Super C to the Base stages in the original, and I also like that Super C is a bit longer than Contra.

Progress report on Final Fantasy: I just got the ship! Spending some time grinding for money to buy new spells and equipment before moving on.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 07, 2019, 04:38:13 PM
Finished up Willow this morning! I know I have been going on and on about this game and how much I like it. But it was a joy to play. It had great music. It felt true to the movie for the most part. I mean they had to take liberties to make a game out of it, but it had some memorable scenes from the movie. Difficulty wise the boss fights were pretty easy if you were high enough level and had the right gear. The areas were maze like and you had no map but you could quickly learn your way around the different areas. Willow will be my second game to complete for the challenge and the second I have never played on this challenge.

Adding this to my "to get" list.

This challenge is making it very hard to play FFIX, lol  I need to be getting through disc 2, but instead I am spending all my time playing through Zelda II.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 07, 2019, 07:04:05 PM
Finished up Willow this morning! I know I have been going on and on about this game and how much I like it. But it was a joy to play. It had great music. It felt true to the movie for the most part. I mean they had to take liberties to make a game out of it, but it had some memorable scenes from the movie. Difficulty wise the boss fights were pretty easy if you were high enough level and had the right gear. The areas were maze like and you had no map but you could quickly learn your way around the different areas. Willow will be my second game to complete for the challenge and the second I have never played on this challenge.

Adding this to my "to get" list.

This challenge is making it very hard to play FFIX, lol  I need to be getting through disc 2, but instead I am spending all my time playing through Zelda II.


I'm so torn!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on January 07, 2019, 09:12:44 PM
to shane,

mine is a coaxial set up. and my monitor is an emerson tv with (in my opinion) a cool setup only thing i need now is a capture card and my desk would be complete


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 07, 2019, 09:36:11 PM
to shane,

mine is a coaxial set up. and my monitor is an emerson tv with (in my opinion) a cool setup only thing i need now is a capture card and my desk would be complete

Crazy! My displays don't have coax inputs or TV tuners, so I've got to at least run it through an RF modulator. With as much electronic equipment plugged in here, though, I always get RFI that isn't fully filtered out with the magnet clamp-ons so the picture has interference. I just end up using the rPi to emulate those systems through HDMI instead.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 08, 2019, 08:44:40 AM
Freaking Wizardry!!! So the single most ridiculous thing that has every happened to me in a video game happened tonight. Worse than any glitch or crash I've ever had. After a few more hours of grinding and save scumming the final boss to get him locked down I was finally able to defeat him!! Yeah game over, right? Not in Wizardry! Seems I've got to take the Amulet I was awarded for the battle back to the initial Castle you start in, problem is that the final stage is a series of warps that lead to that fight and there is no warp back anywhere in the stage. After a bit of frantic running away from every enemy because I was on the brink of death (and terrified that a random encounter would get priority in battle and take me out before I could run) I finally figured out you can "use" the Amulet to warp around the dungeon! Sounds pretty cool. It lets you input co-ordinates and even floors. Not understanding exactly what I was doing, and having absolutely no direction from the game on how this works I plugged in a few numbers to check it out............. "Your party has teleported into a rock. Everyone is dead"...😭😭😭😭😭

Being that my team was stuck in an unknown wall with the Amulet I needed to end the game I had no way to recover it. I was forced to look up how to clear the save data from my cart completely and start over for the 3rd time! I feel like I've got this down to a science now though so I rolled yet another new team (inspired by Disposed Hero's FF Party I named my party after a few of you guys), and got to grinding immediately once more. Good news is I don't need maps at this point. I've run this dungeon so many times now I can navigate it pretty well as long as I don't get teleported via a chest trap. So even though I failed spectacularly last night, I'm nearly back to the level I need to be to take my 3rd run at W E R D N A (final boss), and finally cross this game off the list. I can't imagine what would get in my way this time other than user input error so as long as I'm slow and careful during my late game battles and I'm going to look up a safe spot to teleport from/to after the battle. I keep saying this, but this time I mean it. Gonna beat Wizardry next time!!

Thanks for keeping me company in the dungeon during all of this you guys :)
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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on January 08, 2019, 09:32:19 AM
Wow, that's harsh, Crabby! The Retronauts podcast from last year where they interviewed the Wizardry main dev/designer said the NES version was the best one, but obviously even with that, it's still broken in some ways. Keep at it, and you'll get there!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 08, 2019, 09:35:50 AM
Wow, that's harsh, Crabby! The Retronauts podcast from last year where they interviewed the Wizardry main dev/designer said the NES version was the best one, but obviously even with that, it's still broken in some ways. Keep at it, and you'll get there!

Yeah I listened to that show too. Was really great. The game isn't broken, it was very intentionally destined like this. I found out after if you teleport a level or more above the castle the game tells you that you fall to your death. I just didn't understand how the coordinates worked. Turns out they match up to the 10 x 10 grid that each floor maps out too. Most areas are safe to teleport to on any of the floors, but apparently I found an exception :(


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 08, 2019, 09:51:15 AM
Ain't no party like Crabby party cause a Crabby party.........

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 08, 2019, 01:31:55 PM
Great job Fokakis79!! I've got Amagan marked off as yours now. I've heard it's pretty short, but quite challenging. Good luck!

@shaggy - Have you upgraded your kicks? I found that was the easiest way to get through the game. Just make sure you keep having that fast flurry of kicks and then it's simply spacing your character just out of the baddies range and kicking them a couple times then moving back just enough to dodge their jump forward and repeat. Get's a little trickier with the later bosses that shoot projectiles, but since you restart right after the last orb thing you collected you can just keep retrying until you nail it.

I'm sorry, I meant Town 4 not Town 5.  Anyways, I am upgrading all my moves before gathering the Jades and fighting the boss of the town.

One thing I don't like is that the manual does not tell you what the upgraded moves do.  I had to look up online what the moves did.

I did end up beating the Town 4 boss and I am onto Town 5.  This was the first boss I had trouble with.  I finally ended up trapping him at the edge of the screen and pounding him and finally finished him off.


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 08, 2019, 02:25:56 PM
to shane,

mine is a coaxial set up. and my monitor is an emerson tv with (in my opinion) a cool setup only thing i need now is a capture card and my desk would be complete

Crazy! My displays don't have coax inputs or TV tuners, so I've got to at least run it through an RF modulator. With as much electronic equipment plugged in here, though, I always get RFI that isn't fully filtered out with the magnet clamp-ons so the picture has interference. I just end up using the rPi to emulate those systems through HDMI instead.
You can also use a CRT that has monitor out, and send the composite to the capture device


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 08, 2019, 03:12:02 PM
Someone needs to save all the end screens so we can make a video of every one.

I like this idea. Maybe a slideshow video with the date and name of the member who beat it........set to some metal of course. ;)

Is this something we're going to do at the end of the year? I've been toying with the idea of recording some covers of various video game music for a while, and I would love to try to put together a medley of all of our favorite NES tunes to play behind the slideshow video. What do you guys think?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 08, 2019, 03:22:02 PM
My life is crazy or I would offer.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 08, 2019, 03:31:48 PM
Someone needs to save all the end screens so we can make a video of every one.

I like this idea. Maybe a slideshow video with the date and name of the member who beat it........set to some metal of course. ;)

Is this something we're going to do at the end of the year? I've been toying with the idea of recording some covers of various video game music for a while, and I would love to try to put together a medley of all of our favorite NES tunes to play behind the slideshow video. What do you guys think?
I like the idea of a video showing the completion of every game.  A big issue I see is the sheer amount of games though. Showing the end screen for 5 seconds, maybe with the username of who beat it and when, or the last 5 seconds of a video or stream works out to 55 min and 45 seconds of footage.   If people would be interested though I could put something together maybe month by month to break it up.


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 08, 2019, 04:22:46 PM
That would be cool.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 08, 2019, 11:25:02 PM
Beat Town 5 & 6.  On to 7!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 08, 2019, 11:33:17 PM
Ikariniku claimed two games?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 09, 2019, 02:45:34 AM
Ikariniku claimed two games?

Should have just been Vice, not sure how that happened. Thanks for catching my error!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 09, 2019, 07:17:39 AM
Uh-Oh! We went a whole day with NO new completions on January 8th! Don't tell me you guys are losing steam already!!

On a happier note, it's finally done!! While far from my favorite RPG on the NES I'm really glad I played through Wizardry Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. It's such an early and foundational RPG, it was cool to see where a lot of the other games I love got their roots. I don't expect much different from Wizardry Knight of Diamonds, but I'm gonna go ahead and claim it while I'm at peak Wizarding skill right now. I'll try a few shorter games in the mean time though to feel like I'm actually contributing for a bit.

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EDIT: All claims and completions updated



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 09, 2019, 08:10:03 AM
Ack!  Quit showing me end screens.  Ack!  I'm blind now!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 09, 2019, 09:48:42 AM
Uh-Oh! We went a whole day with NO new completions on January 8th! Don't tell me you guys are losing steam already!!

My kids went back to school and I am tired, lol.  I keep falling asleep watching GameCenter CX.  I swear summer vacation was made for parents.

On another note, I did begin making progress in Zelda II again after remembering how to get the bridge in Saria town.  Now if I could find that stupid mirror...


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on January 09, 2019, 10:55:48 AM
Finally!!! This one took 2 days longer than it should have between work and my dogs and my son that thought it was cool stomp around testing the limits of my top loader from glitching out. I had to restart 4 times and when I finally got smart and started writing down the passwords, I didnt need them. :facepalm:

....but now Godzilla Monster of Monsters! is complete


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 09, 2019, 11:07:26 AM
Yeah, I took a short break yesterday from Amagon and Blue Marlin to play Spider-Man on PS4. I will get back to it today.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 09, 2019, 08:01:51 PM
EDITING....... PODCAST........ UGHHHHHHB


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on January 09, 2019, 08:19:48 PM
Got back from MAGfest Sunday, worked Monday, watched a Vice: Project Doom speedrun on AGDQ, and got back at it yesterday.  Still haven't beaten it, but I got to the last boss today before my skill collapsed and I couldn't play anymore.  Feels like tomorrow will be the day.

Also, found a flaw in my capture setup, so I have to fix that to ensure my completion video has audio.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 09, 2019, 11:42:23 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/2sxjzav.jpg)
Beat Jeopardy 25th Anniversary Edition.  This was harder than I expected because I had to think of current events from 1990.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 10, 2019, 12:50:58 AM
Beat Blue Marlin today! Had a lot of fun with this one. It makes me want to try out other NES fishing games.

Meanwhile Amagon is pretty challenging for me. This game really is a test of patience.

@crabbie, Days of Thunder is ridiculous but I need to put more time into it to see how difficult it really is.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190110/c5e945c9cd209646061bb2c960ce7b1f.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 10, 2019, 07:53:52 AM
Good progress again you guys. 60 games taken down so far!! Was just teasing about the day with no completions also. With several of us plugging away at RPGs it's to be expected that we'd have an odd day like that.

Got back from MAGfest Sunday, worked Monday, watched a Vice: Project Doom speedrun on AGDQ, and got back at it yesterday.  Still haven't beaten it, but I got to the last boss today before my skill collapsed and I couldn't play anymore.  Feels like tomorrow will be the day.

Also, found a flaw in my capture setup, so I have to fix that to ensure my completion video has audio.

So close!! Bet you can taste that victory already!!

@Fokakis79 - The racing itself was pretty hard, but you can get used to it after enough time and every track is an oval so once you've got it down you're golden. It was getting in and out of the pit that was so challenging for me. It was very easy to mess up the sloppy controls and spend way too much time in there so that everyone that you've passed overtakes you again. If you can get the pit down you can beat the game though.

Was able to finish Digger T Rock. Never hear anything about it so I was curious to find out what it was all about. Surprised me that it was a RARE game. In each stage You have to stand on a pillar which opens a stone slab later in the each level and rush to it before it closes. Pretty basic at first, but becomes more maze like later on. No continues, but it's only 8 short stages so it wasn't too bad. Once you figure out the bonus stage you can score a free life nearly every one so that helped a ton. I spent a few hours on it learning the levels, but my final playthrough from start to finish was like 12 minutes. Super short game. Sloppy controls and hit detection kind of kill the fun, but there were a few really good songs in it!

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7801/32813380168_524575ded7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RZB9HW)

Check these tunes out!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV_QXYm5fss&list=PLEOQ0YA_1DWktLin-fWGpTRLDNCRSrJtO&index=3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip9Unn8yxrk&list=PLEOQ0YA_1DWktLin-fWGpTRLDNCRSrJtO&index=8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAx3geuBoU&list=PLEOQ0YA_1DWktLin-fWGpTRLDNCRSrJtO&index=9

And my personal favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC306e6A_h8&index=10&list=PLEOQ0YA_1DWktLin-fWGpTRLDNCRSrJtO


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 10, 2019, 08:48:02 AM
Alright, I have been chipping away at some of the black box games.  Mario Bros. up to level 15 (need to reach 17), half of Balloon Fight finished, and Excitebike nearly done, just need to shave off some seconds.  I'm going to go ahead and release Mario Bros. in favor of a platformer. I'll still make some runs at it, but if someone knocks it off first, that's fine.  I'm going to switch to the original Wizards & Warriors.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 10, 2019, 11:22:02 AM
Was able to finish Digger T Rock. Never hear anything about it so I was curious to find out what it was all about. Surprised me that it was a RARE game. In each stage You have to stand on a pillar which opens a stone slab later in the each level and rush to it before it closes. Pretty basic at first, but becomes more maze like later on. No continues, but it's only 8 short stages so it wasn't too bad. Once you figure out the bonus stage you can score a free life nearly every one so that helped a ton. I spent a few hours on it learning the levels, but my final playthrough from start to finish was like 12 minutes. Super short game. Sloppy controls and hit detection kind of kill the fun, but there were a few really good songs in it!

I didn't know Digger T. Rock was an NES title until I saw it on the list. (In fact, I have become a little overwhelmed by my feelings when I see the great many titles on the list that I had no idea were on the NES. It is actually pretty awesome to realize this so many years later.)

I have played it within Rare Replay on the XBone and mirror your feelings about it. Wonderful soundtrack, frustrating controls. (Honestly, that is how I feel about almost every RARE title I have played through on the compilation that came out before like...1992. Ha ha)

I have really fallen in love with RARE more than ever because of Rare Replay. As you progress, you get stamps for playing each game to mark your progress that go on 12-stamp "cards". After completing each card, you unlock a new video of bonus material to enjoy, and watching those really is worth any and all effort to unlock them. I have learned SO much about them and the old school video game industry as a whole from some of those interviews and explanations. The compilation touts 30 titles, and I thought that included everything they produced aside from the Donkey Kong games Nintendo wouldn't release for them to use...I was wrong. They developed something like 120 games that were successfully released, (Including the Silent Service port we all go so crazy over on the NES. :leo:) and I learned they got pretty deep into development on almost just as many projects that were scrapped over the years, not to mention doing so while enduring some of the most interesting and dramatic business changes I have ever heard of, gaming or otherwise.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 10, 2019, 01:58:20 PM
Well...... That didn't take as long as I thought it would. Wizards & Warriors down. Let's add Rygar to my claimed list next. :)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 10, 2019, 03:32:51 PM
I am no good at Amagon. Can't even get past 1-2. Going to give myself more time with it but wow is it frustrating at times. 

Starting to understand Days of Thunder but yeah those pit stops are hard to get done quick.



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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 10, 2019, 09:42:18 PM
Tiger Heli done. I couldn't get a picture of the game over screen since it goes so fast, but you can see my score here.

(https://i.imgur.com/aqjgo2E.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 10, 2019, 11:28:58 PM
Finished Town 7.  Onto the last Town.  This came is sooo frustrating.  The controls are very sloppy which results in a lot of deaths.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on January 11, 2019, 01:04:28 AM
Late Night gaming again but I had to try and finish Whomp'EM! i have loved the game growing up and finilly finishing the game for the first time and seeing how close I was to finishing it kind of bums me out. Still love the game though!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 11, 2019, 06:12:44 AM
Done with work for the week, so that means MORE NES GAMES! Haven't played much of Alfred Chicken before this, but after playing through it I think it's been added to my replay list. Great puzzle platformer with tight controls and a float mechanic. Boss fights are a very basic shooter, so they're a little disappointing, but on the whole a great game. Once you know the stage layouts it'll probably take a couple hours to play through.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 11, 2019, 07:41:19 AM
Imagine My surprise when I logged in just now to post my Alfred Chicken completion to see I was beat to it by mere hours!! We have 600 games to choose from, what are the odds two of us in the middle of the same night decided to play Alfred Freakin Chicken!! You win this round shane......Looking at your time stamp I could have even posted mine earlier, but I thought "No one is gonna play Alfred Chicken tonight and maybe I can post two win screens today so I'll play something else too". It's not a total waste for me though since I keep a personal record of the NES games I've been beating and I was at least able to cross it off that list.

@Boshamp - I didn't even think of trying it on that collection. I should boot it up and slam through it while it's fresh in my mind rather than trying to relearn it down the road to unlock that extra content. Thanks!

@Duke.Togo - That works just fine. I know lots of the early and arcade style games don't give you much of a chance to snap a pic if they even show anything at all.

Other than my Alfred Chicken win being ninja'd I also played a bunch of Athena tonight. Whoa boy is this "game" a dumpster fire. Made it to the world of Sky tonight and couldn't quite break through that stage. I'll give it another go in a couple days again.

EDIT: All claims and completions updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 11, 2019, 08:10:20 AM
Can we put end screen pictures in spoilers, please?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 11, 2019, 08:25:23 AM
Can we put end screen pictures in spoilers, please?

I'm up to hear other opinions, but I personally don't want to spoiler tag the end screens. I want this thread to be no holds barred. Shout your victories out with no barrier hiding them. For those just browsing it makes the thread really pop too. In nearly every case (maybe Wizardry being the one exception so far) it is not a story spoiler either it's just a splash screen saying thank you, congratulations or game over. AND the newest game on this list came out in 1994!! If you havn't seen the ending by now is it really gonna hurt you to see it this year?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 11, 2019, 08:28:47 AM
For me, yes.  I'll just use the front page.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 11, 2019, 09:43:31 AM
Can we put end screen pictures in spoilers, please?

I'm up to hear other opinions, but I personally don't want to spoiler tag the end screens. I want this thread to be no holds barred. Shout your victories out with no barrier hiding them. For those just browsing it makes the thread really pop too. In nearly every case (maybe Wizardry being the one exception so far) it is not a story spoiler either it's just a splash screen saying thank you, congratulations or game over. AND the newest game on this list came out in 1994!! If you havn't seen the ending by now is it really gonna hurt you to see it this year?

Agreed Crabby, I like the photos and let's face it, there are few if no really elaborate endings to NES games that would give anything away.  No spoiler tags FTW.

For me, yes.  I'll just use the front page.

If you use the front page, we will probably not see your completions.  We do not get any notifications to responses on front page posts.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bickman2k on January 11, 2019, 10:44:30 AM
Would it be possible to remove completed games from this post as well?

http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=18893.msg260507#msg260507

I was just looking through some of the games listed there and was curious as to why some of the games hadn't been completed yet, but they were.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 11, 2019, 10:45:11 AM
Thatís funny that you popped in Athena, because I did the same thing. Wow, the game is so terrible. Iím happy to let you hack away at it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 11, 2019, 11:57:35 AM
I feel bad about doing this but I may need to abandon Amagon for something else for now. I am just struggling with this one. I am wondering if I can instead claim AD&D Heroes of the Lance. I might revisit Amagon again but for now the game has me licked.

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Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 11, 2019, 12:08:41 PM
I feel bad about doing this but I may need to abandon Amagon for something else for now. I am just struggling with this one. I am wondering if I can instead claim AD&D Heroes of the Lance. I might revisit Amagon again but for now the game has me licked.

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Don't quit, you can do it!  Dragon Warrior 3 has so much grinding in it.  I have 8 hours in it and I don't think I'm close to finishing it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on January 11, 2019, 12:22:38 PM
If you use the front page, we will probably not see your completions.  We do not get any notifications to responses on front page posts.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he means he'll use the front page to submit his posts, so he's not seeing past that, to avoid spoilers.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 11, 2019, 12:27:52 PM
@douglie, Alright I will keep going!

Between this and Days of Thunder my sanity is failing. Although Days of Thunder I am getting better on the track but still haven't mastered the Pit Stops. Why is everyone so close together and in the way of other people trying to work on the car?!

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 11, 2019, 12:45:46 PM
Wow, we already have 64 games down. We're going to crush the 100 game goal for this month!

Still chipping away at Final Fantasy. It's slow going because of all the grinding, but I knew it would be. I just reached Elfland, so I'll be heading for the Marsh Cave soon.

I haven't had much time to play anything this week, but I hope to knock some more out this weekend. I have a few in mind that I want to tackle.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 12, 2019, 01:30:37 AM
Journey to Silius done. Not a very graceful run, but it's in the bag.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVbSXy0k25k

Another game I played for the first time. It's pretty good and fairly challenging. My only complaints were that the jump mechanic was kind of finicky sometimes, and I didn't like how trial-and-error the final level was, but other than that it was a very solid game. Great soundtrack as well.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bickman2k on January 12, 2019, 01:54:00 AM
Balloon Fight down! I'll get my pictures added to this post in the morning as it's late...


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 12, 2019, 02:14:09 AM
Rygar obliterated. Shocked at how much of this game I was able to recall. Never got lost or backtracked. Still among my favorites on the system.

(http://i.imgur.com/DsQuSMo.jpg)

Claiming Renegade. Played it a ton as a kid. Made it to the last level, but never beat it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 12, 2019, 05:53:30 AM
Imagine My surprise when I logged in just now to post my Alfred Chicken completion to see I was beat to it by mere hours!! We have 600 games to choose from, what are the odds two of us in the middle of the same night decided to play Alfred Freakin Chicken!! You win this round shane......

Haha! Sorry, Crabby. I didn't claim it because I figured from the time I posted a message claiming it to when I either beat it or gave up on it, the  list wouldn't be marked. I started a bit before 5am EST. Thanks to AGDQ, I've been distracted by GBA Metroid and Castlevania games, so I'm not likely to complete more this week.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 12, 2019, 07:30:37 AM
@Disposed Hero- I love Journey to Silius. I always think of the jumping as similar to Castlevania. Once you leave the ground you are committed to that arc so don't jump unless you mean it! Definitely one of my favorite sound tracks on the system. Were you surprised when you had to fight a Terminator at the end?

@singlebanana - Thanks for shirking your podcast editing duties to keep playing with us ;)

@shane - no problem. It was bound to happen at some point, just didn't think it would be this early. Like I said it was still something for my personal list so I still consider it time well spent :)

EDIT: All completions and claims updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bickman2k on January 12, 2019, 10:08:45 AM
Meh, to keep the timeline, here's Balloon Fight!

1 player mode high score
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/axAsRol_vNSeaPFy8xBD8O4nekaTj503pmmYgWJByLMyiJNFyWVu4BdofZ5a9HNfff4a-LD9R7hi6pwy8ig8jBbD2longPnqWyrhSVeUxJEYHyOnjkT9WfSWLb6IhTiWcIoaYyxT4KJQG2M0bAU09PtLIFMRDnGuV69rtKerlG5pstSUI5oXqHTq1aAd9y8TWKBgjM7OgZHGbKD8tKFgxlfoyAYkCgLYZm6iWKOVxHHZCUK81GqielRHZrs9ChsvcGZoVpDIe5GMuxVb-dYpFqujLUKA94P1pO7z-_3jVISeF6loV81eeCpZNimiauiYaF7toUJL3l71PrU8R0Ct_3cR8Cq9-PLso_-J5ELHlV0V_vqaO18ZG3XIUhbUhlU6RAPUz8I_URWl4lWlio1btd0KgNPN3mj0BquLsvubMhtgz-Sd7m3I7ZJQT2N7eRozpJswvCv9eKjD1HsWZxPi3mcffr6CNJ7dsXLKGEFy64bKRx3YxNmi3YIPOv2fWeg3SqWm2qLVRAUo0A3oPXLBGoEFtXoRlK836S3tLgADBf6UvV38h0iPlQPWUSAi3SyOLKDpyH0MODgMAzn9dRCZR4u8-evCfjPVkqA-9ws2X24G1VUbEG8HjcTJlWb92iKkSyDAAFrl5wuLxTINqwg7I74hxQ=w996-h747-no)

Balloon Trip high score
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/lF9EURKkP2UFArlmIc6wav_GSc6Wosli1qDrrXgfM0GVKRb0Z7VW2CGWh4XEu0JF5oJtzCmRmiex6TUAbBqO1_ylYZfcAXdMXHvPOMUkcGUetghoGpZvyHLM4dioVGS8Sz6o8p0AsvKHcn58P57zrxObl4WKi9q1hYrvBOE4xBFn24tpkuVIgBLIcuCON__Pa1mQ3jv-4z_B47ZMII7XZXVU5dsAWnoNc4YZoSBIRiP-bZ4Zu4xcfGCjoBSVbY7taqQkPYa5EmDC4i7hkTQ3Dh725Uq0YUknuUBzTaHmyk-ORhKI90VC_pgBnY7O-1w_fxyWQoGUuUrfqXKpza9KZlAeJsMqcpPTc-lxQ_hBxkrsB9r0XCqdQxCXz7x5Px867fg7sY9X1bQ4ubIbJ3DROx3sqKu0AWPIxz7XycuExox1JHWsMXDweKwxgtildrtrwsjlB3QDh3VM0j6IA25G6wX3TqkHF8VszE0qC78ks-XCX3hWprXC0kffDoCobxcESpsEuPT6tvvW0C_weCUI82PzoWB3zNo-o3jJfdiBKP89g-F_kJuV9so-MxtmjORqVfEBgsQSRCouDlDeJBmrjLvUEfq5v5T_0EQUtQtvK2wjQ7SqbQrLEcMYE0k-iwZ1PDBUZ6oE-I9dPuo6Ked39Rwp9w=w996-h747-no)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 12, 2019, 10:58:09 AM
@Disposed Hero- I love Journey to Silius. I always think of the jumping as similar to Castlevania. Once you leave the ground you are committed to that arc so don't jump unless you mean it! Definitely one of my favorite sound tracks on the system. Were you surprised when you had to fight a Terminator at the end?

Haha, I had heard that the game was originally intended to be a Terminator movie tie-in, so the final boss wasn't too much of a surprise. My issue with the jumping wasn't so much the arc, and you actually do still have a bit of control over it once you leave the ground. I had a problem with it simply just not working sometimes when I pushed the button. I think it happened whenever I tried to jump while turning around or while standing back up from crouching, so I think it had something to do with not being able to execute a jump during those animations. It wasn't a huge deal, but it cost me some hits and even a couple of lives in some places. I still certainly enjoyed the game and will likely come back to it in the future.

Rygar obliterated. Shocked at how much of this game I was able to recall. Never got lost or backtracked. Still among my favorites on the system.

I had never played Rygar before, but I toyed around with it the other day, right before you claimed it actually. It seemed pretty good from what I played. I would have tried to beat it myself, but you beat me to it, haha!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on January 12, 2019, 12:35:35 PM
After a couple of failed attempts I just wanted to get my name on the board so I knocked out Donkey Kong (pun intended).

(https://i.imgur.com/ljeFnYp.jpg)

Also grabbed proper screenshots for the UK release in the DB


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on January 12, 2019, 01:16:49 PM
Got my capture settings just how I wanted, but the next time I turned it on, I didn't get a signal!  Gonna futz around with it for a while, but my Vice run may have to go uncaptured.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on January 12, 2019, 02:44:38 PM
Good News: Got my capture rig up and running.

Bad News: I'm yielding Vice: Project Doom.

I can get all the way to the last boss, but the last boss has two forms, and if you die on the last form, you have to go all the way back and repeat the last half of the last stage and both forms of the boss.  If you game over on the last form of the last boss, you have to repeat the entire last stage.  I just don't have the time to grind away on the boss under such circumstances.  

So, after yielding Vice: Project Doom, I claim Yo! Noid.

EDIT: I've been using cheats to make runs at the last boss.  Maybe I was too hasty, I thought.  Maybe I gave up too soon.  Nope.  The boss keeps taking me down time after time.  Ah, well, I got what I wanted out of the game, I hope some other RFGenner can avenge me.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 12, 2019, 05:06:20 PM
Beat Monster in my Pocket

(https://i.imgur.com/ifMX6G6.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 12, 2019, 06:26:20 PM
I am officially calling it quits for now on Amagon and I am claiming AD&D Heroes of the Lance. I can't get anywhere on Amagon right now. Hope someone else has better luck with it.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 12, 2019, 08:43:47 PM
Its January and that means it's time for some Winter Games!!!
The figure skating was like the half pipe in California Games, I just couldn't figure it out.  I could jump and spin, but I would always fall down.  The speed skating was fun but the Hot Dog Jump was the most fun. Theres not a final screen so here's my scores.

(http://i.imgur.com/uI7xFHq.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 12, 2019, 08:52:01 PM
A Nightmare on Elm Street done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbgcTrlgvAw

I actually had this game as a kid, but being only about 4-5 years old, I was too scared to really play it. Any time the "1...2...Freddy(TM)'s coming for you..." theme would start, I would turn the game off. I eventually came back to it and beat it several years ago, but haven't played it much since then. Despite all the hate it gets for being an LJN game, it's actually pretty decent. I wouldn't call it a great game, but it's nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 13, 2019, 06:39:15 AM
Another productive day in the books!

@Disposed Hero - I don't recall that jump problem ever being an issue for me in Silius. Have you ever played Krion Conquest? That problem you're describing is a major issue in that game. Makes a tough game all the more challenging. And regarding Nightmare on Elm Street, I think that is a solid game all around. Lots of fun to be had. I've even had the pleasure of playing it 4 players with the NES 4-Score and it was unreal, so much fun. LJN gets a lot of hate, but not everything they've done is garbage.

@Ikariniku - So close!! I'm sure someone will be willing to step up and avenge you though.

@Fokakis79 - I'll make the swap for you. Good luck with Heroes of the Lance!

@Wempster - I actually really enjoy a lot of the sports game compilations on the NES. I think Winter Games is among the weakest though. Check out World Games, Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular, Caveman Games and Crash n the Boys if you want some other short fun completions.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 13, 2019, 08:01:53 AM
I've been playing Mega Man 3 all morning and am at Break Man, so I think I'll be able to beat it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 13, 2019, 08:37:45 AM
I've been playing Mega Man 3 all morning and am at Break Man, so I think I'll be able to beat it.

Best NES Mega Man!!! Shoot some snakes at some robots for me!!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 13, 2019, 09:47:09 AM
Best NES Mega Man!!! Shoot some snakes at some robots for me!!!

Yeah, this is the only one I really liked as a kid. When I was playing my brother was pantomiming playing with controller 2, and when I fell into a pit at one point it made the noise that I died but didn't reload. After jumping, I realized I was still alive. We had to figure out what exactly caused it, but when we did I was so excited that I'd have a chance at being printed in Classified Information in Nintendo Power. Unfortunately the trick was already submitted and showed up in the next week's issue.

Had trouble getting top man's ability to work on the final Wily form, but eventually got it. Mega Man 3 down.

(https://i.imgur.com/RTCDokR.png)

Going to take on Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 13, 2019, 11:06:41 AM
Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle complete! Those pipe levels are terrible.

(https://i.imgur.com/f56ULCc.png)

Related to the last post, I had the a button on my controller stick a few times, and I'm wondering if Mega Man 3 broke my controller. Going to do some surgery right now to confirm.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 13, 2019, 11:21:59 AM
Related to the last post, I had the a button on my controller stick a few times, and I'm wondering if Mega Man 3 broke my controller. Going to do some surgery right now to confirm.

Aw man, I hope not.  My NES controller actually got a little soft after playing Challenge "prep" NES games (FF, Super Mario, Bad Dudes, etc.) as well as Clash at Demonhead, but for some reason the softness feels better, and my hands have yet to hurt, despite how hard I sometimes have to press on the controller buttons.

Moving along with Zelda II.  You know, I think most of the time spend on this game back in the 80's and 90's was just wandering around trying to find out what to do next.  Without any help you're left to blindly poking around, which I have to say is annoying sometimes.  I finally broke out the walkthrough for some spots that would have else taken hours get through.  In contrast, the palaces are simple and straightforward.  True, I pretty much only die in the palaces, but I'd rather that than the endless wandering.  How long it took someone to jump onto one of the houses to get the down thrust I have no idea.  Must have started with a Nintendo Counselor or something and spread across the world that way.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EngineerMike on January 13, 2019, 12:11:20 PM
Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4836/46675636912_c3b6e1b1e4_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e7yQGy)Bb win (https://flic.kr/p/2e7yQGy) by Michael Rancourt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159018685@N05/), on Flickr


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4827/46003702994_699b2304d5_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d6c1a1)Bb win (https://flic.kr/p/2d6c1a1) by Michael Rancourt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159018685@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7866/46675637412_7f33501bed_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e7yQRb)Bb win (https://flic.kr/p/2e7yQRb) by Michael Rancourt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/159018685@N05/), on Flickr


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 13, 2019, 12:59:50 PM
Literally knocked this one out this morning! R.I.P. Iron Mike.

(http://i.imgur.com/MqcKFGc.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 13, 2019, 02:41:31 PM
Miracle on Ice Dos. Took down the Ruskies and Ice Hockey done!

(http://i.imgur.com/zrmqaEI.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 13, 2019, 03:28:01 PM
Oddly, I've never played Pinball on the NES. The physics are actually  pretty well done and better than many of the more modern pinball titles.

(http://i.imgur.com/Gm29YVv.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 13, 2019, 03:43:16 PM
Surprised that no one has done this yet, but Mega Man 2 is done.
(https://i.imgur.com/qNLXbBa.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 13, 2019, 05:02:36 PM
Yeah, half of the silicone pad around the contact point was ripped, and that was occasionally keeping it depressed. Swapped it out and I'm back in business. I started playing Battleship and had no idea how many games I needed to beat to finish the game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 13, 2019, 05:19:46 PM
Collected all the Jade in town 8.  Now I just need to beat the end guy.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 13, 2019, 07:11:01 PM
Iíve started Mega Man V, so Iím going to claim that one.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 13, 2019, 08:22:42 PM
Beat Battleship. 40 games to beat it. Such a long game. Every time it shows your shots landing, it shows the same ship. Every time I saw the ship, I saw a face in the ship.

(https://i.imgur.com/B9yw4PD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0RPixAS.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on January 13, 2019, 09:28:45 PM
I picked Yo! Noid having not played it, but having fondness for both Capcom NES games and the delightfully ridiculous fast food mascot that is the Noid.  Unfortunately, Yo! Noid ends up being like Domino's pizza itself.  It looks good to start, but eventually becomes a joyless, tasteless chore.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 14, 2019, 12:20:10 AM
Shatterhand done. I recorded a video, but I'll have to post it tomorrow.

(https://i.imgur.com/SpuUf0d.jpg)

This is another first-time playthrough for me. What an underappreciated gem. I would say that this game is in the same league with SMB, Castlevania, Contra, Mega Man, etc. as among the best the NES has to offer.

@Crabby: I've never played Krion Conquest, but I may check it out soon.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on January 14, 2019, 03:58:16 AM
Beat Battleship. 40 games to beat it. Such a long game. Every time it shows your shots landing, it shows the same ship. Every time I saw the ship, I saw a face in the ship.

That a lot of games of battleship. Especially as it is essentially a game where winning is basically a flip of the coin


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 14, 2019, 05:44:30 AM
Playing some Faxanadu while I wait on my Heroes of the Lance to come in the mail. I have played this before just never beat it. I am about halfway through the game at this point.  I will probably finish it up tomorrow since I am making pretty quick progress through it.

I also played around with Batman today, just can't seem to beat the Joker. I know the tricks to beating him I am just getting unlucky. I turned it off after awhile of struggling with it. Really great game and even if someone else beats it for this challenge this is still a game I hope to beat some time soon.

We are making great progress still, but I wonder if things will start to slow down soon. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190114/004688008c484405259183bdabc98541.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 14, 2019, 07:37:32 AM
Beat Beetlejuice this morning. Turns out that the only differentiator between the start and end sequences is the shot where Beetlejuice is bowing in front of a closed curtain, so this is all I have for a screenshot.

(https://i.imgur.com/AJh4GRS.png)

The game really feels like it would be a great game if it weren't for the random ice physics that you seem to get when it comes to player movement. Most of my deaths were slipping off the side of a platform when it kept moving me beyond my controller input. Thankfully there's a few continues. There's also a point where I softlocked the game because I hadn't picked up a fly swatter and couldn't go back to the previous rooms to pick it up. Had to play through 75% of the game again just to get past it.

It's worth playing, but keep in mind that you can pick up and carry everything, and 60% of it is necessary later. Move over the top of an item in the house and press select to grab it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 14, 2019, 08:51:51 AM
Nice work all!  We have already knocked out 80 games!  Still working on Renegade, but with the multi boss run at the end, it's still getting the better of me. I WILL finish it though!  After putting it down, I started Gremlins 2. I am having a blast with this so far and have made it to the boss in level 4-2 (only 5 levels). Since 4-2 is one of the more difficult stages, I am fine tuning my runs to take less damage and make it to the boss with more health. The boss isn't difficult, but the rooms has spikes throughout that you have to jump over, while dodging the huge Gremlin sprite and his gun fire.  Really fun game that I have never played before, so this will meet my "never played" requirement for the month.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 14, 2019, 08:55:40 AM
You guys had a productive Sunday!! 10 games beaten since I last updated the thread. That's really great!

@shane - Top Man can be tricky to hit that final wily hit with for sure. You can use the snakes as a back up if you run out or just want to play it slower and safer too. Glad you were able to salvage your controller too, nicely done

@EngineerMike - Glad to see you put your name on the scoreboard!! Hopefully the first of many!

@singlebanana - runs a podcast, has another playthrough to keep up with, has family obligations and still slams out 3 NES games in one day. I think we could all learn a little something from this man ;) PS - Gremlins 2 is awesome!

@Ikariniku - that's too bad. I actually like Yo! Noid. It's not the best, but I always find it charming

@Disposed Hero - Shatterhand is awesome! Glad you enjoyed it. You should try Kick Master as well. Very much in the same vein and just as good.



I was hoping to add another completion to the list myself tonight and finish up Athena, but it bested me yet again tonight. Got stuck on the appropriately named World of Hell for like 3 hours tonight, before looking up that I basically needed an item drop from the previous levels boss in order to defeat that worlds boss that I had long since lost so I restarted. Was able to get past that part (which you have to do in one attempt or you lose that item again upon your death) then got stuck for another couple hours on the World of Labyrinth. Looks like there is only one more stage after that part of the game so my hope is tomorrow I can solve the labyrinth and never have to play Athena again. I havn't played every NES game yet, but I have a hunch that Athena may be a VERY strong contender for worst NES game. It's pretty garbage in a lot of ways.

EDIT: All completions and claims updated!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 14, 2019, 09:02:51 AM
@Disposed Hero - Shatterhand is awesome! Glad you enjoyed it. You should try Kick Master as well. Very much in the same vein and just as good.

Nice! I'm not familiar with that game but will check it out!

Also, you have 76 listed twice on the completed games list. ;)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 14, 2019, 09:06:03 AM
@Disposed Hero - Shatterhand is awesome! Glad you enjoyed it. You should try Kick Master as well. Very much in the same vein and just as good.

Nice! I'm not familiar with that game but will check it out!

Also, you have 76 listed twice on the completed games list. ;)

Banana only get's half points for his completions :P


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bickman2k on January 14, 2019, 10:36:34 AM
Took care of a pair yesterday morning, but Google Photos was down and I couldn't link the pictures.

Dr. Mario, level 20, low speed.

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First time playing Soccer. Not that great, but could see how it would be fun 2 player.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 14, 2019, 07:59:10 PM
3 hours of grinding... got the magic key... its progreas.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 14, 2019, 08:16:40 PM
Finished off Faxanadu today. I have never spent a whole lot of time playing this game back in the day. Glad I picked it back up. It was pretty fun! The music was okay, not great but not annoying. Good background music. I guess the best way to describe the game is by calling it a platform rpg.  Wasn't  a big fan of the ending to the game. Kinda Anticlimactic, but the game was fun overall(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190115/fbdef30e020fe07cbdfec6290ba83879.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 14, 2019, 10:22:54 PM
Also just decided to pop in Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde today. You can mark it off the list. Took me about an hour to complete it. I must say that last stage with the barrels and bombs is absolutely bonkers and I got lucky more than a few times. I know this game has bad reputation but its really not that bad. Its not a good game either. Its just kinda boring and annoying. I am wondering what others think about it that have actually sat down and played it.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190115/d1f6f74d53f60099a9f4d9d10a054be6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190115/dbcb6d9c20dd552fdd8f0e3ae99c4801.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 14, 2019, 11:25:41 PM
Phantom Fighter is beat.

(https://i.imgur.com/0XhoB5M.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on January 14, 2019, 11:32:43 PM
Claiming 8 Eyes.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 14, 2019, 11:34:38 PM
Rollergames done.

(https://i.imgur.com/f7LcvjZ.jpg)

This game sucks. I chose it at random and was pleasantly surprised when I started looking into it. It looked very interesting, and it's a Konami (Ultra) game! Even though I could tell it wasn't a great game as soon as I started it, I actually enjoyed it for the first couple of levels. Then about a third into the game, it goes really heavy into some trial-and-error instant death platforming. It is constant. Most stages from this point took me dozens of tries. The final boss was really cheap too. I wouldn't recommend this game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 15, 2019, 12:21:35 AM
@shaggy, Good luck with 8 Eyes! I think that game is so cool with the way you use your bird and the Castlevania-esque action.   Haven't had a chance to play it enough to get good at it to beat it, though! It is a pretty challenging game. Will need to add to my personal list of games to beat when this challenge is all over with.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on January 15, 2019, 01:07:15 AM
Im rusty on this game and made it to the end by the skin of my teeth but I beat Gyruss!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 15, 2019, 06:05:14 AM
Won a game of Wheel of Fortune. I'm wondering if the end screen is the same for all of them. Thankfully, I'm playing in an emulator and the name is at the top as further proof.

(https://i.imgur.com/RX25ow6.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 15, 2019, 07:39:34 AM
Went Wheel of Fortune crazy and played the rest. They're identical until the Vanna White one, which strangely prevents you from selecting vowels after a spin like you'd expect but still allows you to select a consonant when buying a vowel. It's the only game that still gives you the spin menu option when there's only vowels left, though I don't know what happens if you pick it.

Wheel of Fortune Family Edition
(https://i.imgur.com/WEhB9yg.png)

Wheel of Fortune Junior Edition
(https://i.imgur.com/mufld05.png)

Wheel of Fortune with Vanna White
(https://i.imgur.com/UwwghQT.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 15, 2019, 07:41:16 AM
As a bonus, here's the final word I got. It was 50/50 between two words and I guessed correct. When I saw how many letters I initially figured it would be quite easy since you get more letters up front than the other games.

(https://i.imgur.com/uIhb1Xb.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 15, 2019, 08:48:00 AM
Wow, that another huge update today you guys! The month is officially half over and we are only 7 games away from the community goal!! Don't let up though keep completing as many as you can past 100!

@Fokakis79 - I've always heard good things about Faxanadu, but have yet to try it out myself. And I totally agree on Jeckyll & Hyde. It's one of those games that Angry Video Game Nerd did and people don't seem to realize that he's over exaggerating everything. Yeah it's not great, but there are far worse games on the system. It has some neat ideas, but they are executed poorly. You're absolutely right that it's just kind of boring in the end.

@shaggy - thanks for fighting all of those phantoms for us!!

@Disposed Hero - We've had pretty similar taste in games so far, but this is where we depart it seems......Rollergames is awesome!! What's not to love about a beat em up on roller blades? And the semi racing on the streets kind of levels were really great I thought. I don't remember the difficulty being too much either.

@Normatron - Sweet pick! I love Gyruss, such a neat shooter.

@shane - so you gonna take some time off the drive your new Porchse to the beach so that you can listen to your pumping new stereo while you develop a tan line from wearing your diamond necklace on your speedboat?

After far too many hours invested I finally finished Athena tonight. It is easily among the worst games I've played on any system in my life. Super bad hit detection, lots of areas that you can get trapped in waiting for a time out, special equipment required to finish certain areas that are not accessible in that area (so if you die once and lose it you have to restart), tons of areas that require you to break blocks and just as many ways that you can lose your block breaking item and be stuck until a time out, several occasional deaths for no apparent reason, sometimes items don't spawn for no apparent reason, music is just awful, fell through or jumped above the level on several occasions causing death, many enemies and bosses give no indication you are iterating with them when you hit them, spent an equal amount of time playing the game as I did waiting for items I didn't want to pick up to disappear so I could continue progressing. And to top it all off I wasn't even sure the ending was the ending. It just shows you standing outside of a castle with the same music running you've heard already and you can pause it, but can't walk. I feared my game had glitched or something so I kept it running while I looked it up to make sure. I can usually find some value in any game regardless of how bad, but that's a pretty tough thing to do with Athena. You do feel pretty badass when you have all the gold armor and flaming giant sword and can fly though.

I though it was gonna be a quick finish, but it ended up eating several days of game time from me. Gonna do a for real quick completion or two to cleanse my palate and then start working on Wizardry Knight of Diamonds which should take a bit of time as well.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4914/39786576093_2c712093c6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23BNAVT)

EDIT: All claims and completions updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 15, 2019, 09:17:36 AM
@Disposed Hero - We've had pretty similar taste in games so far, but this is where we depart it seems......Rollergames is awesome!! What's not to love about a beat em up on roller blades? And the semi racing on the streets kind of levels were really great I thought. I don't remember the difficulty being too much either.

It wasn't the street levels that really bothered me, it was all the platforming in the other levels, beginning with the sewer stage (3-2). The movement is already a little awkward since you're on rollerblades, and doing a ton of precision platforming where small mistakes can instantly kill you, sending you back to the beginning of the stage since there are no checkpoints, got really old really fast. It's probably the most frustrated I've been with a game in a long time, and I recently finished freaking Ninja Gaiden! I also found the beat 'em up mechanics to be underwhelming compared to games like Double Dragon and TMNT II.

Maybe it was a little harsh to say it sucks (I had literally just finished the game and was still fuming), but it's easily my least favorite game I've played for this challenge yet by a large margin. As I said in my last post, I was actually enjoying it for the first couple of levels, but then the trial-and-error platforming killed it for me.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 15, 2019, 12:41:34 PM
@shane - so you gonna take some time off the drive your new Porchse to the beach so that you can listen to your pumping new stereo while you develop a tan line from wearing your diamond necklace on your speedboat?

(https://media.giphy.com/media/dOJt6XZlQw8qQ/giphy.gif)

I think I'm going to play White Lion, I mean Ghost Lion next. I haven't played through a traditional RPG on the NES before, and I used to own a copy of this when I got paid for a web dev job in video games.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 15, 2019, 05:41:32 PM
Finished chapter 4 of Dragon Warrior IV last night and have made good progress into chapter 5. I'll comment much more after completion, but I gotta say the hype is legit, it's a fantastic RPG, especially considering it's age.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 15, 2019, 10:05:09 PM
Vice: Project Doom done.

(https://i.imgur.com/ejXYabT.jpg)

I'm not gonna lie, I was glad when Ikariniku relinquished this game since it gave me an excuse to finally play it. It's another great underappreciated gem.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on January 15, 2019, 11:06:04 PM
Well done, Disposed.  I relinquished it because I remembered you said you wanted to play it, and I wasn't getting anywhere with it.  This is about playing games, not being greedy and stubborn.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 16, 2019, 12:37:27 AM
If anyone wants to try and take on Days of Thunder be my guest. I don't have it claimed but I have mentioned I was playing it. I don't understand how this game works at all. Crabbie did warn me but I had no idea this is what it would be like.

Meanwhile I have been messing around with Black Bass. Didn't realize how long this game was. Its pretty fun and was published by the same company that did Blue Marlin. I kinda wish it was developed by the same company just because how the fish fights in Blue Marlin were more cinematic and exciting. Reeling in fish on Black Bass is a little less exciting to look at. Still pretty fun, and I learn something new and get a lot better the more I play. It has a learning curve to it but you actually feel yourself getting better instead of just feeling like you are endlessly struggling. Reading the manual on this one is very important.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 16, 2019, 08:56:25 AM
Ikariniku has been avenged!!! Good job team!

I was in an arcade-y mode today so I brought Dig Dug II and Pac Man to play. Couldn't quite seal the deal on Pac Man, but did make it to the final stage needed to beat it 3 separate times so I'm close. Dig Dug II is a terrible sequel to a decent game. Bad controls, bad level design and annoying enemy AI and placement. Also there are a few levels with so many characters that they can't all appear on screen at once so you start the round with literal invisible enemies which is ridiculous.

Here's a snap from the cinematic you get after the final stage before it loops:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7921/46039177254_b90927bda6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d9jPqb)

And where were the Nintendo censors on this stage!!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4847/46711372422_8991161bb2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eaHZC3)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 16, 2019, 09:19:44 AM
Had enough time for 2 more attempts at Pac Man and was able to sneak out a win on my last attempt! Here's a pic of my death after beating the blue key stage

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7801/45849453105_9d13f3a3a4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cRyr3a)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 16, 2019, 07:29:43 PM
And where were the Nintendo censors on this stage!!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4847/46711372422_8991161bb2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eaHZC3)

A manji is not a swastika.
(https://cdn.hobbyconsolas.com/sites/navi.axelspringer.es/public/media/image/2014/03/289558-club-chistendo-te-orinas-conspiracion.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 16, 2019, 10:26:55 PM
Adventures of Tom Sawyer is in the bag. Pretty short mostly enjoyable game. The music is incredibly repetitive and gets grating after awhile. Not a difficult game really. Stage 5 is probably the one I had the most trouble on.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/c19c4a1d8f5072baaa2dc7cb3f8a2ca9.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 17, 2019, 07:39:35 AM
Legend of the Ghost Lion done. It was a reminder of why I don't like RPGs. The white lion fight is constantly re-summoning characters to act as damage sponges, all the while hoping you can get one hit in every three or four rounds.

(https://i.imgur.com/biNVPIR.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 17, 2019, 08:19:49 AM
We have officially completed the community goal for January of 100 games beaten with 14 days to spare!! Everyone deserves a big crisp high five. It's been so great to see so many of you guys digging into the NES library with me and sharing your experiences. Don't start slacking now though we still have A LOT of games left to play!

@Fokakis79 - Interesting. I've have yet to play Tom Sawyer. Sounds like it's a least worth a try. How long did it take you to complete?

@shane - please don't let Ghost Lion be your barometer for good RPGs :p

I had a busy night too! Knock 4 games of the list today! Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat, Wacky Races, Bigfoot and Raid on Bungeling Bay. If you like top down racers Indy Heat wasn't too bad. The single player is quite easy, but I imagine the multiplayer to actually be a lot of fun.

Wacky Races surprised me as it had no actual racing AND you play as the bad guys. It's a very mediocre and forgettable platformer, but it did use a power up system similar to Gradius which was kind of a neat idea. It's was a very easy win.

Bigfoot was the most interesting game I played tonight. Monster Truck races and events like Car Crushes, Hill Climbs, Mud Races and Tractor Pulls. Took me a while to get a hang of the side scrolling parts since you accelerate by alternating between left and right on the d-pad. Once you get that down you also have to pay attention to your shifting and boosting. Was more complicated than I've seen in any other racer on the NES so far. In addition to all that stuff you're constantly destroying and paying to repair your vehicle parts. It seems really hard at first, but you can kind of cheese the AI so that they run out of money and can't afford to repair their vehicle. Once you've done that you can dominate in most events since your truck has max stats and they are just struggling to afford to stay in the game and can't upgrade their vehicle at all. It wasn't an amazing game, and it had terrible music, but it had some really cool ideas in it.

And last was Raid on Bungeling Bay which was a super boring helicopter shooter. You start on an aircraft carrier which you have to defend during your bombing runs in which you destroy enemy factories. Not my jam, luckily there isn't a campaign or anything and you just have to beat a mission on each mode.

Indy Heat:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7832/39810557703_2b1cac7e9f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DVvPV)

Wacky Races:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4865/46723130812_a96b2a6681_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ebLfYU)

Bigfoot:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4873/32900187328_3cb3408bdc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S8h4t7)

Raid on Bungeling Bay:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4883/32900186558_ac32ab6776_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S8h4eQ)

EDIT:All claims and completions updated


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 17, 2019, 09:30:46 AM
Also had time to sneak out a Ms. Pac Man win! Been playing a lot of Pac Man Championship II lately so I was craving a bit more.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7869/46776761541_7f92165443_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2egv8wD)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 17, 2019, 10:54:02 AM
Way to go everyone on the great achievement this month! Glad so many people could put in the time and participate!

@Crabby,  Not that long really, I think a little  under a couple hours but probably can be finished in much much less time than that. You have infinite continues so it really is easy to make it through the game. All of the bosses are pretty easy and didn't die on a single one. Also Bigfoot sounds awesome. It makes me think of the Monster Truck commercials that used to come on TV.

@Shane, The box art alone makes me want to play Ghost Lion. I am curious what makes it a bad rpg.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 17, 2019, 03:31:08 PM
@Shane, The box art alone makes me want to play Ghost Lion. I am curious what makes it a bad rpg.

Pulled from the Discord channel:

It doesn't have any grinding required, but the leveling system relies on you exploring every screen of the game to find items that increase your level.

To find them, you fight a lot more battles, which doesn't do anything but waste time and add to your ruby count that you mostly need for traveling by boat a couple of times.

I think the fight with the white lion took some 45 turns. That's the thing I don't really like about RPGs. It's just lengthening the game without requiring much skill on the player's part.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on January 17, 2019, 07:46:12 PM
I'm going to toss Mega Man V back open in case anyone wants to tackle it. Haven't had much time.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 18, 2019, 02:03:57 AM
@shane, got it. Although I see RPGs requiring different skills than ones you use in action games. RPGs require the use of strategy. There are exceptions such as Dark Souls which requires controlller skills and strategizing on how to approach taking on challenges.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 18, 2019, 04:20:23 AM
BTW I beat AD&D: Heroes of the Lance. Very short game. Just 4 stages and the last stage is just the final boss. Took some puzzle solving to kill the final boss but was able to get it done. I read the books that the game was about when I was younger. The game is basically about the last part of the first book from what I can remember.  Apparently there is a sequel to it that covers the next book but it looks like it was only released in Japan. Please let me know if I am wrong about this and it was released because I would like to play it. The music isn't half bad. The ending music is very catchy to me and I thought it was pretty awesome. I would like to claim Ultima Exodus for next long game. Might go after Batman again while I am working my way through Ultima. I am stalling out on Black Bass for some reason the difficulty of catching fish just shot through the roof. Sticking with but might need to try different strategies for catching fish.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190118/54d907101ba7f2e0376f213abc2956e4.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190118/a62619275dd73af9fdc77a13b8a7acfc.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 18, 2019, 09:06:32 AM
Nice job on Heroes of the Lance Foakakis79! I enjoyed it as well. Short and sweet! I'd recommend using a guide for Ultima Exodus. The dungeons and the moon phase travel are both very confusing without some extra help. It's a neat early RPG, but if you're up for it afterwards Quest of the Avatar is absolutely mind blowing.

I wanted to keep the Monster Truck madness going tonight so I played through Monster Truck Rally. It was not a good game at all. If you're craving some Monster Trucks Bigfoot is a better game in every possible way.

Also noticed the lack of shmups being beaten so far (other than the two Duke took down earlier) so I decided to grab a couple to try. Played and beat Stinger with a little trouble on the top down stages. Game felt a lot better for me when it was scrolling horizontally. And like many shmups of this era once you've got your weapons and shields built up you can make some really good progress. It's a tough recovery once you get shot down though. Thankfully it was very short and every boss fight was a breeze so it was just getting through the 3rd and 4th stage mostly for me. Pretty unremarkable overall.

Also tried to play Sqoon tonight, but my cart kept freezing so I'm gonna have to tear it apart and give it a good scrub down to see if I can't fix that up. Since Sqoon didn't work for me I decided it was time to start my claim of Wizardry Knight of Diamond. Luckily it is an expansion to the first one instead of a sequel so all the the systems in place are super familiar since I had to play the first game 3 times basically. I don't think this will take me nearly as long since I learned a lot of the harsh lessons of Wizardry already. After rolling a team I was satisfied with I found my favorite grind toy (Murphy's Ghost) and spend a couple hours power levelling with him. Got my entire team to Level 12 already which is the same level I finished the last game with so unless the later areas of the dungeon are more plentiful in XP I should be good to do some serious exploring already and hopefully even take this one down next time I can play. I was a little sad to reset the save data on the cart because the previous owner had some level 30 elite characters I could have pulled from, but that seemed unfair plus if they had already collected any story items (which was very likely) I would have missed out on those parts of the game so I cleared it all to start at level 1 again.

Monster Truck Rally:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4834/39822924633_146d6576ed_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23F1U5R)

Stinger:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7884/45873160455_79a0db95bf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cTDWpz)

And Wizardry as upped it "classy" factor with some great new encounters in the expansion. Can't wait to grind me some Dinks!
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7850/39822922763_7fc224fbc7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23F1TwB)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 18, 2019, 11:27:16 AM
singlebanana "The Dink Grinder"............ I like the sound of that


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 18, 2019, 01:58:41 PM
singlebanana "The Dink Grinder"............ I like the sound of that


It's officially canon now!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 18, 2019, 02:16:23 PM
singlebanana "The Dink Grinder"............ I like the sound of that


It's officially canon now!

If by "canon" you mean that it's in my signature now, then YES......YES it is


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 18, 2019, 09:38:31 PM
GunēNac completed.

(https://i.imgur.com/c1blM3c.png)

The difficulty was all over the place. There were bosses in some levels that felt like they should have been early game bosses, and it wasn't because of the weapon type I had. I kept weapon 5 for as long as possible. Pretty fun, though. The final boss is a little intense depending on where the tail is positioned.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 18, 2019, 09:42:51 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/OEfZb83.jpg)
Making progress in Legend of Zelda.  4 dungeons down!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 18, 2019, 10:52:36 PM
Power Blade done. Another awesome game I'm playing for the first time!

(https://i.imgur.com/WswQU6y.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 19, 2019, 12:24:21 AM
GunēNac completed.

(https://i.imgur.com/c1blM3c.png)

The difficulty was all over the place. There were bosses in some levels that felt like they should have been early game bosses, and it wasn't because of the weapon type I had. I kept weapon 5 for as long as possible. Pretty fun, though. The final boss is a little intense depending on where the tail is positioned.

Interesting to hear you say you prefer the weapon #5. I've always preferred weapon 3, and most playthroughs I've seen go for it as well, or weapon 4. Shows the game's balance if that many weapons can be the preferred one.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 19, 2019, 07:43:32 AM
Interesting to hear you say you prefer the weapon #5. I've always preferred weapon 3, and most playthroughs I've seen go for it as well, or weapon 4. Shows the game's balance if that many weapons can be the preferred one.

I like how the outer most beams sweep the complete screen horizontally, then run vertically along the edges of the screen.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 19, 2019, 09:09:50 AM
This update puts us at 108 total completions now!! Can we make 150 by the end of January??

@shane - Gun Nac is so much fun! Great job it's pretty tough at parts too.

@Wempster - nice progress. Halfway there!!

@Disposed Hero - I  LOVE Power Blade. It's one of my favorite games on the system. I often listen to just the soundtrack as well because it's so dang good. Power Blade 2 is decent, but 1 is superior in every way.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 19, 2019, 12:20:04 PM
I'm in the middle of Maniac Mansion. Currently waiting for the power to be turned back on.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 19, 2019, 12:30:10 PM
I think my wife is sick of watch dragon Warrior 3 lol.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 19, 2019, 01:02:21 PM
Tragedy has struck.  I'm playing on a retro duo because my NES isnt working and I locked up after the 4th dungeon.  I didnt realize I hadn't saved since the middle if the 2nd dungeon. So back through we go, also having to get the white sword, the candle, and the magic shield again :(


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 19, 2019, 02:15:51 PM
Tragedy has struck.  I'm playing on a retro duo because my NES isnt working and I locked up after the 4th dungeon.  I didnt realize I hadn't saved since the middle if the 2nd dungeon. So back through we go, also having to get the white sword, the candle, and the magic shield again :(
That sucks, sorry man.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 19, 2019, 02:47:48 PM
Maniac Mansion done.

(https://i.imgur.com/EOTSR8T.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 19, 2019, 04:34:07 PM
@Disposed Hero - I  LOVE Power Blade. It's one of my favorite games on the system. I often listen to just the soundtrack as well because it's so dang good. Power Blade 2 is decent, but 1 is superior in every way.

Yeah, I played the first stage of Power Blade 2 and didn't like it nearly as much as the first game. I'll probably still go through it at some point though.

Bucky O'Hare done.

(https://i.imgur.com/J0wpiaX.jpg)

I didn't like this game for the exact same reasons that I didn't like Rollergames. It does have good mechanics and some interesting gameplay elements, but I swear the trial-and-error platforming is made for masochists. Even the bosses have instant death attacks in this game! I think the life bar was just there for looks.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 19, 2019, 04:43:27 PM
Monopoly completed.

(https://i.imgur.com/0CeH4mZ.png)


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on January 19, 2019, 05:25:08 PM
Monopoly completed.

(https://i.imgur.com/0CeH4mZ.png)
What emulator are you using?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 19, 2019, 06:25:06 PM
What emulator are you using?

OpenEmu on OSX


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 20, 2019, 04:44:53 AM

Yeah, I played the first stage of Power Blade 2 and didn't like it nearly as much as the first game. I'll probably still go through it at some point though.

Bucky O'Hare done.

(https://i.imgur.com/J0wpiaX.jpg)

I didn't like this game for the exact same reasons that I didn't like Rollergames. It does have good mechanics and some interesting gameplay elements, but I swear the trial-and-error platforming is made for masochists. Even the bosses have instant death attacks in this game! I think the life bar was just there for looks.

Oh man, agreed. I never could beat that game growing up, I played it so much I got close more than a few times though. That is one of the games that defined my NES childhood.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 20, 2019, 08:13:42 PM
Jeopardy complete. I lost my first game, so I needed to recruit my wife to win.

(https://i.imgur.com/P9m6fuN.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 20, 2019, 08:21:19 PM
I saw nobody had posted a game yet today so I went and beat John Elway's Quarterback.  I came to post the picture and the prolific Shane has beaten yet another game.  Were killing it this month you guys!!!
(http://i.imgur.com/DcqjAc8.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 21, 2019, 08:47:26 AM
Another great update puts us at 114 NES games beaten in just 3 weeks!! Really awesome progress team!

@Douglie007 - There are a lot worse games you could be annoying your family with than Dragon Warrior!

@Wempster - That's rough with your Zelda file. Hopefully you can get back to the 4th dungeon with all your equipment without too much frustration. Also thanks for keeping an eye on the thread to contribute on slow days! That's the kind of stuff that gonna get us to our goal this year.

@Disposed Hero - I'm not willing to spend much energy defending Rollergames. I like it, but I can easily understand why others may not. Bucky O'Hare though!!! That game is freaking awesome!! Pretty surprised you didn't like it. I always have a blast with it and like Power Blade it's got a really amazing soundtrack too.

Was able to seal the deal on Wizardry Knight of Diamonds just now. The dungeon in this game are vastly more challenging than the first game. It's got half as many floors so I guess they felt the need to pump up with confusion factor x10 to make up for it. Tons of teleportation tiles, pits, traps, one way doors, dark areas and even some squares that wipe out all your spells (which is basically a death sentence)!! I found some maps online and used them A LOT for this game. Was kind of surprised that there was no final boss type battle like the last game. You have to fight and obtain 5 pieces of Magic Armor and then have a single character equip all of those pieces and venture to a spot on the final level of the dungeon where you get a staff that you have to return to the starting castle.

To get to one piece of the armor set you have to get behind a locked door that will only open if you have the full armor set...... that's just mean!!! The mage has a late level teleport spell that can get you into that room, but I had made a team with no mage so I had to spend an extra hour grinding up a mage just to teleport me there for that one fight. Was looking into this game a bit and it seems like the NES version is totally reworked from the original. Since the original release of Knight of Diamonds is an expansion of the first game the intention was to import your character saves from the first game into it and have a very high level of difficulty right off the bat. Since there was no way to transfer character saves into the NES version they had to rework the entire game to be playable with a level 1 party. They also made completely different maps for the NES version compared to the PC one. That's a ton of work for a port.

Happy to be done with Wizardry now. It was a neat look into the foundation of RPGs and Dungeon Crawlers. I may pop in a much later one in the series at some point just to see how they've evolved over the years.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4887/31884990507_fb67bed6c4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QzyUPD)

Gonna take a few days off of RPGs and play some other genres then I'll start my next claim - Bard's Tale


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 21, 2019, 03:34:15 PM
Decided to take off Dr. Martin Luther King's B-day off (which is a floating holiday for my company) and squatted down and finally finished Zelda II  Yowza!

(http://i63.tinypic.com/qslg5k.jpg)

Time to complete : Six hours! (and I consulted a walkthrough to find out some of the puzzles!)
Favored System : My "clean" NES attached to my PVM
Favored Controller : My mushy "Good Job" controller
Notes : It doesn't do much, but I found that when you pick up a red potion (which fills a lot of your magic meter) if you cast magic while it is filling up the potion will go a longer way.  Since the red potion isn't infinite (it will stop after a set number of "boxes") I don't consider this a cheat at all, rather a survival tactic.

I think I would like to take on Dragon Power, and since this is also a game I haven't played before (though I watched Arino on Game Center CX play through some of it), I would like it to go towards my monthly goal.



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on January 21, 2019, 04:32:35 PM
@bombatomba - did you beat shadow link ďlegitimatelyĒ or crouch down in the corner where he canít get you?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 21, 2019, 04:48:53 PM
@bombatomba - did you beat shadow link ďlegitimatelyĒ or crouch down in the corner where he canít get you?

I had to laugh at this one.  To answer, both.  I knew I would be able to win by doing the crouch thing (I might have beaten this game before?), but in the end it I think Shadow Link is a slightly harder version of one of those annoying jumping blue bird enemies in the Great Palace (Google says they are called Fokkas), so a much harder Iron Knuckle.  I spent about two hours on the Great Palace, with about half that just trying to get into the darn thing.  It was fun, but I don't think I was prepared for this game being as difficult as it was.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 21, 2019, 07:19:22 PM
Power Blade 2 done. Yeah, not anywhere near as good as the first.

(https://i.imgur.com/K7ZgsdY.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on January 22, 2019, 12:51:30 AM
Blue ring aquired, sword fully powered up and back on course.  5 dungeons down and this time I made sure it saved!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 22, 2019, 09:32:55 AM
Looks like both Zelda games are gonna be done pretty close to each other! Should have some Dragon Warriors done in close proximity soon too! Good job tackling some long titles gang.

I went for a childhood game that I have never been able to beat tonight and finished off Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom. I don't think we ever got past the 4th or 5th wave as kids and never really understood what I was supposed to do. This one felt good to finally cross off my list because of that. This game is a great example of interesting gameplay ideas implemented extremely poorly. There are 12 "waves" to get through to finish. During the first 6 waves you simply "touch" kids which reveal items such as gun ammo, extra lives, hints to secret areas, pieces of map, and one kid will have the key to the next wave. These levels all alternate between platforming/combat areas and minecart/conveyor belt areas with the two styles sometimes overlapping and you can traverse back and forth between the two styles while you are hunting for kids to "touch"......Like a lot of games at the time it's pretty cryptic and doesn't tell you what the map pieces do or that to uncover bombs you need to use your knife to cut open areas and then to open secret passages you need to throw bombs. Once you get to wave 7 and 8 they introduce secret items that really help you out in waves 9 and 10. I wasn't able to find the skeleton key, but I did get the Magical Idol which I think is basically necessary to beat this game. Wave 9 is where the game gets simultaneously horrendous and interesting.

In this wave you have to shoot floating stone heads in the lava to make them stop so that you can cross the lava and get to 3 orbs that you'll need to unlock doors in the next few waves. If at any time you die in the next waves you have to hunt around for those 3 orbs that have been separated and scattered around the level. Now in wave 10 you have 24 possible exits to wave 11. If you have been collecting the map pieces and missed a few you'll have a partially constructed map of one of the 6 areas with 4 possible exits to try (keep in mind you also have to have the 3 orbs so if you die once this wave is a nightmare). It's a really cool idea to have to collect map fragments earlier in the game to help you navigate this stage, unfortunately it's just designed to be a deathtrap and keeping hold of your 3 orbs while trying to find secret exits is brutal. If you have the Magical Idol it'll narrow down your search to just one door, but you still have to navigate to it through a brutally long and challenging stage. Wave 11 has you climbing and swinging (the swinging mechanic feels really good too!) your way up a cliff (again while keeping your 3 orbs on you). And finally you get short wave where you confront the villain and save the lovely lady and presumable "touch" one last kid.

Even though the stages are bland as heck, I though the mechanics and the goal of waves 1-8 were quite fun. 9-12 kind of ruin any joy this game should have brought me though. It's probably a good thing we never got very far as kids.

Touch kid to see prize....
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4881/46113715184_47636930e8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dfUQWU)

I'm a Big Man I win!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4914/32963380308_9f70777b28_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SdRWxf)

EDIT: All Claims and Completions up to date


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 22, 2019, 02:02:11 PM
@crabbie,  You must feel like a big man after touching kids for a prize.

BTW Started up Ultima Exodus yesterday haven't got too far yet. Trying to level up so I can get the Pirates to show up.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 22, 2019, 04:57:35 PM
@crabmaster- Haven't taken pictures of progress, but I should be through DW4 in the next few days. Just reached reached "last refuge" and took down the 4 guardians.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 22, 2019, 07:12:50 PM
Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu done.

(https://i.imgur.com/rsJWNpj.jpg)

I've always been a big fan of Jackie Chan's movies, so this game has always intrigued me. It's a pretty good game. Not among the best on the system, but a short and fun one.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 23, 2019, 08:32:51 AM
If we can beat 30 more games in the next 8 days that'll put us at 150% of January's monthly goal! Keep gaming everyone!

Was able to clean up my Sqoon cart that wasnt working a few days ago and get it to loop tonight. Pretty unique shooter and a lot better than I initially thought it would be. Also for it's length it gave me a lot more trouble than it should have. Found out how to get some extra 1ups and learned to hold back my power up drops until my energy was low and did a lot better. Also didn't realize until fairly late that if you can destroy the entire factory you get to keep your energy level at whatever it was when you destroyed the factory for an extended amount of time, that helped take a lot of the timer pressure off on the later stages.

No ending screen and the game immediately loops back to phase 1 so here is a pic of the final factory being destroyed:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7805/46849747961_752aa9a9ff_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2enXcRc)

Was still in an arcade kind of mood so I plugged in Mappy Land after Sqoon was done. It starts off pretty charming and fun and pretty quickly just gets annoying. The levels with the vines and floating trampolines are atrocious and then there are a couple levels in the game where you are in a cave and all of the platforms and ladders are invisible so you just have to trial and error your way through them. Just stupid design and not fun to play. Was neat that the cut scenes in the game kind of told a primitive story of you meeting your mate, getting married, having Christmas and then having a son together though.

No ending screen for this one either so here is a pic of the final cut scene:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7897/46124656094_fd75137fd0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dgSVih)

@Fokakis79 - I always feel like a Big Man!

@EZ Racer - That's a big game and you're making awesome progress. Keep at it!

@Disposed Hero - That's a perfectly accurate description of my feelings towards Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu also :)

EDIT:All Claims and Completions up to date!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 23, 2019, 11:08:51 PM
Worked some more on Ultima. I got a ship and I am grinding for gold so I can get better weapons. Probably got a few more days in this game but maybe longer. Don't have a good gauge on how long this game is.

I think after this rpg. I am going to claim something a little simpler. Maybe a platformer or shmup.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 24, 2019, 08:56:49 AM
Really proud of my victory tonight. "Beat" (pass the 8th stage) Ninja Kid just now! I've tried to beat this one in the past and it has always decimated me around stage 3-4. After dozens of failed attempts I started to get some sort of weird Stockholm Syndrome and was enjoying the game quite a bit more and was understanding it a lot better (when to use power ups, what some items did, best use of invincibility frames, etc). Just had an amazing run and even though I wasn't getting lucky with my scroll and dungeon placements I was in the zone and made it all the way to the 12th stage in spite of that! I don't hate this game like I used to, it's got some kind of janky charm to it.

No ending screen so here is my game over on the 12th stage:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4878/32985544248_2eedb6bd9b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SfPx79)

@Fokakis79 - I think Ultima Exodus was about a 20 hour play for me when I did it a few years back. That's a good idea to switch it up. I don't want you guys burning out, it's a challenge for sure, but it's also supposed to be fun. I didn't want to jump right from Wizardry to Wizardry Knight of Diamonds to Bard's Tale so I've been buffering with other smaller games and it's been working like a charm to keep me motivated.

EDIT: All claims and completions up to date.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 25, 2019, 12:48:59 AM
After finishing the monthly playthrough, I decided to jump back into the challenge and take out an old favorite. I'm a big fan of puzzle games and Kickle Cubicle is among my top 10 favorite games on the NES. IMO, it's a must own.

(http://i.imgur.com/sWgEGAu.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 25, 2019, 08:04:14 AM
What's everyone up to? It's been unusually quiet these last few days.......

On Sunday I'm going to be starting Bard's Tale so I wanted one more quick game before then so I decided to go flight sim since that's a genre I don't know if any of us are too eager to dive into. Booted up F15 Strike Eagle and took it down. As long as you're not playing on the Ace difficulty it's an incredibly easy game. I played through the whole thing on Pilot difficulty to be safe, which just meant I had to grind a couple missions multiple times to get my score high enough to be promoted and open up the later missions. By the time I got to the final mission I was pretty bored with this so I didn't bother going for the final medal and was just happy to beat each mission and call it a day.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4899/45956794915_4064bd2f5c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d23A22)

@singlebanana - I really like that style of game too and love Kickle Cubicle, but I've always preferred the Lolo games to it personally. Have you ever played Tricky Kick for TG16? It's quite similar, you'd probably enjoy it a lot too.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EngineerMike on January 25, 2019, 08:10:03 AM
What's everyone up to? It's been unusually quiet these last few days.......


Night Three of Eight, for work. No gaming until next week, and that will probably be reserved for RE2.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 25, 2019, 08:50:31 AM

What's everyone up to? It's been unusually quiet these last few days.......


I bought some games (Ocarina 3D and Link Between Worlds), does that count?  Nah, I played some Dragon Power a bit and man is it hard to progress.  I seem to remember something about secrets (punching walls?), so I will try to kill it this weekend.  Haven't been doing much else except play FFIX.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 25, 2019, 09:17:00 AM
@crabmaster2000 Yes, I love the Lolo games, but I think Kickle Cubicle is much better. It has more action, where as Lolo is mostly (not always) stagnant in terms of having to avoid many enemies; it's mostly just figuring out the puzzles and moving on. KC also has amazing graphics, especially when you get to the end of a Land and make your way to the boss battles.  Boss battles are easy, but hey, at least it has them and they are a very nice touch.  Really nice and well-programmed ending for this game too, and even some bonus levels. I know that you don't really collect Famicom games, but puzzle titles are where that system really shines as compared what we got for the NES. :)

Alright everyone, January is almost over. Let's push this weekend to break that 150 game mark!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 25, 2019, 11:05:52 AM
Will definitely have some time to grind out a few games this weekend. I have been unusually busy with work this week. I usually take a day off in the middle of the week so I can do stuff around the house and have time for video games. This week I wasn't able to get that day, but this weekend and next week I will get it back. I will probably be able to get through Ultima next week. But, I will probably try out and see if I can beat any quicker games over the weekend.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on January 25, 2019, 03:15:23 PM
I have been making progress on Dragon warrior 2 the past few days but it has been years since I have felt angry to the point of almost breaking my controller. I had to set the game aside to play something a bit more relaxing, but I think im ready to get back into it this weekend.....  I WILL DEFEAT YOU, CAVE OF RHONE!!!   >:(


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 25, 2019, 03:48:32 PM
City Connection is done. I got through the first loop, but didn't get a good pic until the game had moved onto the second loop. Played this a lot as a kid, but it's one of the few games that seemed way harder when I was younger as opposed to now. It's fun for something different, and has solid controls and graphics, but it's probably not worth going out of the way to play if looking for a deep experience.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 26, 2019, 01:34:31 AM
Dragon Warrior IV complete, and WOW! What a fantastic game. While I'm no expert when it comes to RPG's on the NES, I have to think this one would be tough to top. Great story, great music, great sprites, and only occassional grinding.

I posted a full review on the blog page, feel free to check it out-

http://www.rfgeneration.com/blogs/EZ+Racer/Dragon-Warrior-IV-the-other-NES-Dragon-Warrior-3871.php


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on January 26, 2019, 09:53:50 AM
Wow is Dragon Power a difficult game!  It represents everything I love and hate about "janky" Famicom games; difficult, obtuse with its gameplay, and 100% random with item placement.  And once you progress to a certain point, learning how to survive, you get a nasty surprise:

Spoiler (hover to show)

The random item drop, though, is the true challenge of this game.  You will need health, but you might never get it.  But as backwards as it might seem, I think the strategy is to start from the beginning of the game, instead of hoping for a miracle (with multiple cake drops) in the later stages.  I'll get back later is this strategy actually works.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 26, 2019, 01:07:47 PM
Wanted to sleep on it for a few days, but I think I'm going to do Mega Man 6 as my next claim. While I've played it briefly, it's the only NES Mega Man I've never really sunk my teeth into.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 26, 2019, 02:38:29 PM
Wanted to sleep on it for a few days, but I think I'm going to do Mega Man 6 as my next claim. While I've played it briefly, it's the only NES Mega Man I've never really sunk my teeth into.

Mega man 2, 3, and 6 were the three I played a TON of growing up. We rented 4 and 5 a couple times, and eventually got 1, but I have little memory of the stages when I play through them again nowadays. Mega Man 2 was also the very first video game I ever conquered. Even then, I never did become very skilled at platformer titles...I guess I never developed the patience required or the "Futuresight" so many great platform gamers have. My little brother, on the other hand, became a platforming God.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 26, 2019, 06:05:39 PM
@EZ Racer - Nice job on Dragon Warrior IV!! That's a really big game so it's pretty encouraging that someone got it done in January already. Pretty funny that the last game on the console was finished first too. I've got a buys weekend and just popped in to update the thread, but I plan to check out your review as soon as I have some spare time son Sunday or Monday, really looking forward to it actually. I really like City Connection. It's one of the most "chill" feeling arcade style games I've ever played. I never really try to get a great score on it, I just find it relaxing to pop in and play until I die. Interested to hear your thoughts on Mega Man 6 too since it tries some pretty unique stuff for the series.

@bombatomba - wish I could offer some tips, but I havn't played Dragon Power myself yet. Good luck!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 26, 2019, 06:22:08 PM
Beat Street Fighter 2010 today. That last stage is just an adrenaline rush trying to beat all the bosses with enough time left to take on the final boss. I really love this game though its challenging the controls are well done. I wish they would've made a sequel to it(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190126/5b1de08ba62d4484ffe865ee11381143.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 27, 2019, 06:35:03 PM
Knocked off 3 game shows today. Double Dare, Jeopardy Jr. Edition, and Hollywood Squares.

(http://i.imgur.com/EoLsw8a.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on January 27, 2019, 09:59:06 PM
Knocked off 3 game shows today. Double Dare, Jeopardy Jr. Edition, and Hollywood Squares.

Man, Double Dare brings back some memories. Never could get every prize at the end. Lol


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 28, 2019, 08:41:01 AM
We are at 129 games beaten right now. Who's gonna beat the 130th game for us?

If you guys havn't checked it out yet, give EZ Racer's blog entry on his experience with Dragon Warrior IV a quick read. This is exactly one of the intentions of this challenge. To encourage you guys to dig into your backlogs and hopefully find some amazing experiences you've been depriving yourself all these years!

http://www.rfgeneration.com/blogs/EZ+Racer/Dragon-Warrior-IV-the-other-NES-Dragon-Warrior-3871.php

@fokakis79 - nicely done on Street Fighter 2010! I havnt beaten that one yet myself, but I have played it in the past and it seemed quite challenging.

@singlebanana - 3 more in one day, that a boy!

I put several hours into Bard's Tale last night. It's definitely in the Wizardry vein of games, just with a lot more personality/style to it. Rolling characters and starting your adventure were significantly less frustrating that Wizardry was, with that said I've still died a few times as some of the encounters can be very hard. Now that I'm up a few levels I'm able to cast a lot more spells which is helping out quite a bit. Was able to get my front row team setup with some semi-decent equipment and beat the first "boss" in the first dungeon of the game before shutting it down for the day. Not sure how long this game is going to be quite yet, but my gut says it wont take me longer than this week unless there is a crazy spike in challenge or a lot more dungeons that I'm currently unaware of. Havn't been able to find a good grinding spot yet though so that may slow my progress down if I need to do some grinding later on as well.

Had to snap a pic of the previous players characters before I deleted them to start my own. It was hard not to keep quality party members like Butt or Farto, but sacrifices had to be made....
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4879/46905308541_292cdf304e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2esRY5e)
EDIT: All claims and completions up to date!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 28, 2019, 08:42:38 AM
Yeah, the obstacle course and challenges really suck.  Side note: I had $18,700 going into final Jeopardy, risked $15,000 and missed the question. Ha ha!  Oh well, it's a win.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on January 28, 2019, 09:56:37 AM
@singlebanana - Hollywood Squares! So many memories of playing that at my friend's house when we were kids. That, and Anticipation were our go-to casual NES games for when we wanted something that wasn't overly taxing.

It may be a while before I complete G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor. That game is more challenging than I bargained for. Holy cow, it's hard. I should have claimed the first game, because it's more fun, and I know I can beat it, because I have before. :slick:


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 28, 2019, 11:38:45 AM
Alright crew, 21 more games to reach 150 for the month and only 4 days left!  That's just over 5 games per day. Let's do this!  

Although not claimed and so no one doubles up, I am 5 wins into a Tecmo Bowl season and should have that done soon.

I'm getting pretty frustrated with the cheap antics of Renegade, so I'm going to keep playing it, but drop the claim in case someone else wants to run with it.  Picking up Tecmo Super Bowl as my claim.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 28, 2019, 07:57:14 PM
O.K. If I have to redo it to get a one credit clear, I'll have to take more time with it, but did get to the end of Mega Man 6 using continues. While I liked it overall, there are things done well and some things that throw off the balance. I liked how it avoided cheap deaths for the most part, using good game design to help the player learn whats upcoming. For example, in one area there are false floors. The first false floor has no danger present, but it helps set you up for the 2nd and third time, where the fall means instant death. I also like the branching paths that many levels have.

At the same time, it seemed like the challenge was the same for the later levels as it was for the 8 robot masters, in fact I'd go as far as to say I had as much trouble with the Plant Man stage as anything. The other reason I felt like the difficulty flatlined a bit is because the Rush Jet adapter made the more perilous jumps fairly easy to manage, and the one extremely technical section of the game has an alternate path to skip it altogether.

While on the subject of the Rush adapters, it was nice seeing a fresh take on them. But they also caused the biggest annoyance in the game, and probably the series. Everytime you switch to a different Rush adapter, it goes through an animation sequence. Eventually, this becomes disjarring to the gameplay when several switches have to be made.

It may seem like I didn't like MM6. I actually did enjoy it, and would rank it ahead of MM5. I like a lot of the new elements it tried, along with having well-themed enemies and stage environments. It's a solid entry in the Mega Man universe, even if it isn't quite as good as some of the earlier entries in the series.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 28, 2019, 08:00:07 PM
@crabmaster2000- Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the shout out.

@singlebanana- What team(s) are you playing as for Tecmo Bowl and TSB?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 29, 2019, 08:20:36 AM
130 game beaten, woo!!

@EZ Racer - your thought on Mega Man 6 echo my own. It's not my favorite, but I like to put it in once and a while because of the interesting changes it has in it. And yeah the rush adapter animations can get a bit grating after the 10th time......

I took down the second dungeon, the catacombs, tonight in Bard's Tale. Stuck my nose into the 3rd dungeon, the Castle, 3 times and barely survived one encounter each time. So I went back to the catacombs to grind the boss since he gives wicked xp. Few more times down the catacombs and hopefully I'll be capable of the exploring the castle tomorrow in tomorrow nights session.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 29, 2019, 08:54:58 AM
@singlebanana- What team(s) are you playing as for Tecmo Bowl and TSB?

Well, as much as it pains me to not play with my beloved Chicago Bears, I think that the 49ers are the best balanced team in Tecmo Bowl.  The Bears have a great back with Payton, but running becomes tough sledding when the playoffs start. Also, with the lower rated QBs (like McMahon), they tend to float passes rather than throw them quickly. This becomes a big issue as you make your way to the end, since coverage gets much tighter and you have to make decisions quicker even if your play is not read correctly. The 49ers also have a nice slant to Roger Craig in Pass 3 that rarely gets intercepted (even if read) if you hit him after the inside break.

In terms of defense, Ronnie Lott is pretty quick at safety, so I typically just stop the run in his direction each down. I can usually make the tackle in the opposite direction and only give up 1-3 yards a play and I can drop into coverage if needed, which with some patience can lead to an interception. The other great thing is that if they are on my side of the field and I can get them to 4th down, I can block every kick with the second player from the top by running in an L pattern at the snap.

Right now I am two games away from completion and have the Browns and Redskins left.

As far as Tecmo Super Bowl is concerned, I feel like it is more of a passing game. As a result, I also typically play with the 49ers in this game due to their great passing (Young, Rice, Taylor) and decent running (Waters). Another great team to use is the Cowboys (which I will probably use to mix it up) with Aikman, Smith, and Irving.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 29, 2019, 09:27:31 AM
Can't you just be a one man Bo Jackson team and dominate if you want to make it easy on yourself?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 29, 2019, 10:16:36 AM
Can't you just be a one man Bo Jackson team and dominate if you want to make it easy on yourself?

Not really that easy. Bo only has one run play. It works well in the beginning, but running becomes very difficult later on.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on January 29, 2019, 10:58:55 AM
It's been really fun reading this thread, and inspiring (both to participate and for an article idea). I pulled out my Raspberry Pi last night to fire up some games myself, but for the life of me I can't find the controller I had it set up with. Probably in a box somewhere, lonely and waiting to be unpacked. I fired up the emulator on my PC instead and got a few games in; almost "finished" Tetris a few times. Not ready to commit to anything yet, but I'd really like to. We'll see what I can get done in the next few days. It'd be great to see if I could return to some games I loved as a kid that I could never quite finish (Batman and Blaster Master, to name just two) I may even crack open the NES Classic that's been sitting around unopened since I got it lol.

One clarifying question though. Not sure if this was addressed and I missed it in the sea of updates, but are we allowed to use continues for the games that have them, or do we have to do it all in one round of lives? I saw EZ Racer mention it, but not sure what the final ruling is on that. It's disappointing turbo fire isn't allowed; I'm finding these games a lot harder without it. I was absolutely in love with my NES Max as a kid.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 29, 2019, 11:58:47 AM
I'm pretty sure continues are allowed as long as you aren't using any cheat codes to give you extras. At least, I sure as hell hope they are allowed or many of my completions are no longer valid.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 29, 2019, 12:22:31 PM
I'm pretty sure continues are allowed as long as you aren't using any cheat codes to give you extras. At least, I sure as hell hope they are allowed or many of my completions are no longer valid.

Yes, continues are allowed if offered in the game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 29, 2019, 12:24:37 PM
It's been really fun reading this thread, and inspiring (both to participate and for an article idea). I pulled out my Raspberry Pi last night to fire up some games myself, but for the life of me I can't find the controller I had it set up with. Probably in a box somewhere, lonely and waiting to be unpacked. I fired up the emulator on my PC instead and got a few games in; almost "finished" Tetris a few times. Not ready to commit to anything yet, but I'd really like to. We'll see what I can get done in the next few days. It'd be great to see if I could return to some games I loved as a kid that I could never quite finish (Batman and Blaster Master, to name just two) I may even crack open the NES Classic that's been sitting around unopened since I got it lol.

One clarifying question though. Not sure if this was addressed and I missed it in the sea of updates, but are we allowed to use continues for the games that have them, or do we have to do it all in one round of lives? I saw EZ Racer mention it, but not sure what the final ruling is on that. It's disappointing turbo fire isn't allowed; I'm finding these games a lot harder without it. I was absolutely in love with my NES Max as a kid.

We'd love to have you join us! Definitely dig that controller out and dive in.

Continues are absolutely allowed. Use as many as you need to beat stuff like Batman, no shame at all. The exception are games where you have a cheat code to continue, stuff like Ikari Warriors or Arkanoid. It's pretty rare so you shouldn't have to worry about it with most titles though.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on January 29, 2019, 02:35:03 PM
The exception are games where you have a cheat code to continue, stuff like Ikari Warriors or Arkanoid. It's pretty rare so you shouldn't have to worry about it with most titles though.

This brings up a good question: isn't there a game-breaking bug in Ikari Warriors that makes it nearly impossible to finish the game w/o cheats? I thought I remember hearing that somewhere.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 29, 2019, 02:40:59 PM
The exception are games where you have a cheat code to continue, stuff like Ikari Warriors or Arkanoid. It's pretty rare so you shouldn't have to worry about it with most titles though.

This brings up a good question: isn't there a game-breaking bug in Ikari Warriors that makes it nearly impossible to finish the game w/o cheats? I thought I remember hearing that somewhere.
It's beatable. Just extremely challenging


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 29, 2019, 10:07:28 PM
Tecmo Bowl down! The San Francisco 49ers are World Champs. You're welcome Zagnorch.

(http://i.imgur.com/9mpRwLE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/E7ZEQJ6.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 30, 2019, 08:36:39 AM
It's a ghost town in this thread lately. What's everyone up to lately? Working on long titles? Taking a break? Life keeping you busy? Only 1 day left for January and then I'll update the thread with our new community and personal goals for February. Anyone who completed the January goal of "beat at least one game you've never played before" I'd love to hear more about that too. Why did you choose the game you chose? Was it a worthwhile playthrough? Are you going to dig deeper into that series/developer/genre when you may not have before?

I grinded for quite a while tonight and just at the end of my play session I was able to beat the boss in the Castle tonight. He gave me so much freakin xp (and a measly 5 gp, lol) my whole team went up two levels!! I'm gonna have to run the castle a few more times tomorrow to take advantage of that massive xp boost and then move onto the next dungeon. Just unlocked my level 6 spells too, so interested to play around with those and see what my Wizard and Sorcerer are capable of with their new boosts.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 30, 2019, 09:18:22 AM
Well, I played two games that I had really never played before. Surprisingly, one was Pinball (which I beat) and the other is Gremlins 2, which I am still working on...

I was really impressed with the physics of Pinball for such an early game.  As some of you know, I'm a big fan and collector of pinball machines, so I have a good grasp on the feel of the gameplay.  I was stunned that the flippers were so bouncy and that I could even bounce pass (let the ball drop onto a dead flipper to bounce over onto the other)!  More modern games don't get this aspect right.  There's not a ton to do in Pinball, but I can really appreciate the effort here and love the bonus, Breakout-like room with Mario. Fun game and much better than I expected.

I have always heard rumors that Gremlins 2 was a great game on the NES, but sadly, I had never managed to take the time to sit down and play it.  You play as Gizmo and work your way through 5 main stages and at least 2 levels for each, to defeat the final boss.  The game is rather short, but not too short, as the difficulty in later stages gives it length to newcomers. The game does a great job of using environments from the movie and the boss Gremlins are even the main baddies from the movie as well!  The weapons and power-ups are cool and since you can only buy one item per level from the shop and must choose between a weapon multipler, a balloon (that no-damage rescues you when falling in a pit) an extra life, partial life refill, or an extra heart (life container). What you choose tends to vary based on whether you need life, want to skip a portion of a stage with your balloon reset, or whether you would like to have extra firepower against a boss.

The view in the game is from the overhead perspective and this makes platforming rather awkward at times, especially when conveyor belt platforms are introduced. I always find that overhead platforming is never very good in games and this, while better than most, is no exception. I like that the game makes you use a different weapon for every stage to give it some variety and the cutscenes are really well-done and impressive for such an early title.  Though frustrating at times, I highly recommend this game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 30, 2019, 09:25:53 AM
Yeah, I haven't been very active here over the last week or so due to a combination of burning myself out and pretty much all of my gaming time going into the Resident Evil 2 remake. I'm sure I'll get back into it before long.

As far as beating at least one game I've never played before, I actually beat several! Mighty Final Fight, Sword Master, The Little Mermaid, Journey to Silius, Shatterhand, Rollergames, Vice: Project Doom, Power Blade, Bucky O'Hare, Power Blade 2, and Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu were all games that I had little to no experience with. I gave my thoughts on these games when I finished them, but I want to give a special shoutout to Shatterhand, Vice: Project Doom, and Power Blade. I've wanted to play these games for a long time after seeing them on many different hidden gems lists and thinking they looked like a lot of fun, and they certainly didn't disappoint. All three of those games are among my favorites on the system now and are games I'm sure I'll come back to again and again.

It has also opened my eyes to Natsume as a developer, so I will be seeking out more games from them. I particularly want to try out Shadow of the Ninja and Dragon Fighter sometime soon.

This has been a lot of fun so far, and I'd say we had a very productive January!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on January 30, 2019, 09:50:35 AM
I was plugging away at a few more last night. Played some Commando and Elevator Action (two of my favorites as a kid). Played more Tetris as well (the Type-B goal is kicking my butt). I think I "finished" Galaga, but is the completion goal correct? I haven't really played the NES version much so maybe it's accurate, but I that the arcade version definitely keeps getting faster and more difficult after stage 3. If the completion goal is right, then I can show a screenshot showing me at stage 6 and beating the high score. Also, on Elevator Action, there aren't any stage numbers indicated that I can see, but the walls in the office buildings are different colors. Is that how we're determining which stage we're on for the ruling?

I may claim a game few people want to play and take Fester's Quest. Everyone hates on it, but it's always had a special place in my heart. I finished it as a kid and have been dipping into it a bit the past couple of days. I may want to make another go at it, and even have an article in mind for it once I've had more time to dig into it more substantially.

I'm noticing how I'm woefully out of practice for these games. It's been humbling lol. I had a lot more time on my hands when I was 10.

@singlebanana Gremlins 2 is awesome. I rented it as a kid and loved the heck out of it. I don't remember how difficult it was, but I did finish it back then. I know you don't usually notice the music in games; have you noticed it in this one? If not, take a listen next time you fire it up. It's typical Sunsoft, with strong bass lines and melodies that make you bob your head. Great stuff.



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 30, 2019, 10:34:23 AM
Started Duck Tales 2 this morning. I'm half done already, so I should have it completed tonight.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 30, 2019, 10:48:45 AM
Claims down for Fester's Quest (zophar53) and Duck Tales 2 (shane).

@zophar53 I'll let Crabby make that Galaga ruling, since he posted the list. :)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 30, 2019, 10:55:44 AM
Just heading to bed so I'll do a proper reply later, but the Galaga and Elevator Action conditions are correct. Even thought it's only 4 stages of Elevator Action I found that final stage pretty brutal to actually pass.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 30, 2019, 11:30:55 AM
Ducktales 2 done. First time I played through it. When I tried playing it before, I got stuck right in the first stage because I didn't know how to jump and swing the cane. Pulled up the instructions this time around and was able to do it. The trick is to hold the direction against the wall/block until his tail wags, then jump and press b. I'm guessing I didn't get all of the map pieces, because it had a message at the end about not knowing what the treasure of McDuck was.

(https://i.imgur.com/rx68x6Y.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on January 30, 2019, 12:35:01 PM
Ducktales 2 done. First time I played through it.

What'd you think of the game? I'm a huge fan of the original, but have never played the sequel. I don't think I knew it had a sequel until I got older.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 30, 2019, 07:56:49 PM
Yeah been busy with life stuff and been playing PS4 Spiderman. I needed to take a short break from NES to refresh myself for next month's challenges.

I have played mostly new games to me. Probably my most enjoyable experience has been my first time playing Willow. Probably my favorite of the bunch I have played so far. The game wasn't unfamiliar territory for me because it was very reminiscent of Legend of Zelda. Although it has its own charm so it doesn't feel like its a clone.  Had a blast playing it, and wish it was a little longer or that a sequel exist.

Blue Marlin and Black Bass have been totally new experiences for me. I never played a NES fishing game so I wasn't sure what to expect in gameplay.  I actually liked Blue Marlins gameplay and fun factor. The verdict is still out for Black Bass. The mechanics are so different than Blue Marlin I was caught unaware.

I must say I am enjoying this challenge so much. Its awesome to visit this thread everyday and see the progress being made. Thanks for running this Crabby and Banana.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 30, 2019, 09:30:32 PM
Just beat Toki after reading about it in the latest issue of Retro Gamer. I had no idea it was a platforming shooter. Pretty decent, although the boss with the blue hands and feet seems a bit too difficult. There's very little room for error in the jump over the feet as they walk back and forth across the screen. I think I'm going to try out the Amiga version as well, since it's supposed to be near arcade perfect.

(https://i.imgur.com/l6ciOrL.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 30, 2019, 10:31:00 PM
A few more down...

MTV's Remote Control
(http://i.imgur.com/IzafhPj.jpg)

Each of the light gun scenarios had a high score of 12,000 points.

Wild Gunman
(http://i.imgur.com/FdwFlcH.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/yBCdsRn.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/YYfGjPg.jpg)

Duck Hunt
(http://i.imgur.com/s9Q5O7K.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/cKH4Udk.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Hf7fxG9.jpg)

Hogans Alley
(http://i.imgur.com/cW0RCqw.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/XB8gpuf.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Y61T8wA.jpg)

North v. South
(http://i.imgur.com/QvA99iF.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on January 30, 2019, 11:15:49 PM
Welp, if they're accurate then I have my first one in the bag.

(https://i.imgur.com/PyKwre4.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on January 30, 2019, 11:53:44 PM
One more before bed, Donkey Kong Jr. Still working on Elevator Action. I can get to stage 3 pretty reliably, but yeah the enemies get pretty aggressive.

(https://i.imgur.com/vO2IJrk.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 31, 2019, 06:24:01 AM
Barbie complete. What a mess of a game. I had to look up how to beat the last "boss", a jukebox, and the walkthrough on GameFAQs says that there's no way to get through the level leading up to that boss. The writer thought the programmers figured no one could get that far a-la Cheetahmen. Please never make me play this game again.

(https://i.imgur.com/BaAF45N.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 31, 2019, 08:45:02 AM
I thought there was no way we were gonna make 150 games in January and then you guys pumped out 9 more completions since last update which puts us to 141 games beaten so far. It's a lot to play in one day, but if we can sneak out 9 more wins for January we will have officially hit 150% of our community goal for the month!! I was so freaking close to finishing Bard's Tale tonight and adding that to the list, but I had a few bad encounters in a row leading up to the final boss that knocked out my team. Good news is that I went up a couple more levels and both my warriors have significantly better weapons now so I'm pretty confident I can seal the deal on it tomorrow night though. I'll see if I can put aside a little time today to beat something short and help push us towards 150 for January.

Even if we don't quite make it to 150 for January I need to thank you guys for such a successful month. The participation and discussion has been really encouraging and a lot of fun to be a part of. Hearing you guys enjoy some awesome gems like Gremlins 2, Willow, Power Blade and Dragon Warrior IV and hearing how much fun you had playing them has been a pleasure to witness. I also get some kind of sick pleasure hearing about your time with oddities like Mystery Quest, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde or most recently Barbie ;)

Here's what my January looked like:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7828/46885837712_d82051f905_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2er9b5h)

I'm pretty thrilled with how my month went personally. Wizardry has been something I've wanted to try for so many years, but it just seemed so intimidating and archaic to get into. Was really happy to have the drive to finally dive in and experience such an early RPG and see where a lot of the roots of one of my favorite genres started. Temple of Doom and Ninja Kid both bested me in the past and I was able to sit down and figure them both out at long last. Some of the games like F15 Strike Eagle and Athena I see as "taking one for the team", BUT particularly with Athena I'm glad I played it through because it was such a unique experience playing such a broken mess of a game. My biggest surprises this month I think were Bigfoot and Sqoon. I really enjoyed both and didn't think either would be up my alley. Sqoon just seems to slow and boring at first glance, but it actually had some cool systems like rescuing people and delivering them safely to a rescue boat in exchange for fuel and power ups. And I have zero interest in Monster Trucks, but still managed to have quite a bit of fun playing Bigfoot and crushing some cars, driving in the mud and towing tractors for short distances.

I'll have a post up later today to outline February's goals (as well as a front page Blog entry very soon), but I can't wait to keep chipping away at the NES with you guys. Hope everyone isn't burnt out yet and still having as much fun as I am.

EDIT: All Claims and completions are up to date


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 31, 2019, 08:56:39 AM
Figured I could plow through the Software Toolworks Mario games before the deadline. Here's Mario's Time Machine. Starting Mario is Missing! now.

(https://i.imgur.com/dIidxes.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on January 31, 2019, 09:31:34 AM
With February nearly upon us I should probably update you all on our community and single player targets for the month.

February's Community Goal - 250 NES Games Beaten by February 28th
Single Player Goal -  Beat at Least One Sports Games in the Month of February

Everyone is allowed to CLAIM one additional game this month as long as 1 of their two titles is a sports game also. Let's make another huge dent in the NES library by the end of February!!

Here is a handy list of the sports titles that are currently still available to play. It can always be seen on the front page of this thread in the community goals section so you don't have to hunt down this post if you want to see what sports games still need to be played.

720*
All Pro Basketball
American Gladiators
Athletic World
Bad News Baseball
Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Beach
Baseball
Baseball Simulator 1.000
Baseball Stars II
Bases Loaded
Bases Loaded II: Second Season
Bases Loaded III
Bases Loaded IV
Base Wars - Cyber Stadium Series
Best of the Best: Championship Karate
Black Bass
Blades of Steel
Bo Jackson Baseball
Caveman Games
Championship Bowling
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge
Dance Aerobics
Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball
George Foreman's KO Boxing
Goal!
Goal! Two
Gold Medal Challenge '92
Golf Grand Slam
Harlem Globetrotters
Heavy Shreddin'
Hoops
Jack Nicklaus' Major Championship Golf
Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour
Jordan vs. Bird: One-on-One
Karate Champ
Kings of the Beach
Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf
Legends of the Diamond
Little League Baseball: Championship Series
M.U.S.C.L.E.
Magic Johnson's Fast Break
Major League Baseball
NES Open Tournament Golf
NES Play Action Football
NFL Football
Nintendo World Cup Soccer
Pro Sport Hockey
Pro Wrestling
Racket Attack
RBI Baseball
Ring King
Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball
Roundball: 2 on 2 Challenge
Skate Or Die
Skate Or Die 2
Ski Or Die
Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular
Stadium Events
Super Spike V'Ball
Tag Team Wrestling
Tecmo Baseball
Tecmo Cup Soccer
Tecmo World Wrestling
Tennis
Touchdown Fever
Town & Country II: Thrilla's Surfari
Town & Country Surf Designs
Track & Field
Track & Field II
Ultimate Basketball
Wayne Gretzky Hockey
World Champ
World Championship Wrestling
World Games
WrestleMania
WWF King of the Ring
WWF Wrestlemania: Steel Cage Challenge
WWF Wrestlemania Challenge


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on January 31, 2019, 09:53:58 AM
What, Bill Elliot's NASCAR Challenge doesn't count as a sports game lol? There are some who would think that's malarkey (not me, I don't care, just giving you a hard time haha).


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 31, 2019, 11:27:47 AM
Wow, only 8 left now for 150 this month. Come on guys, we got this!  So close to finishing Track & Field last night, but I have to get better at the skeet shooting.... I will prevail.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 31, 2019, 11:58:16 AM
Mario is Missing! completed. Didn't like this one as much as Mario's Time Machine. Go down a pipe, have Yoshi meet you there, stomp 3 koopas, answer trivia. Repeat 12 times. I guess it would have worked as a basic geography and history learning game, but I think the Carmen Sandiego series does a much better job of it.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZGJsW5F.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on January 31, 2019, 02:46:59 PM
Throwing it out there, if you like button mashing sports games, Gold Medal Challenge is a bit of a gem. I've played it a ton, but for this challenge want to leave it for someone who hasn't experienced it yet.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on January 31, 2019, 04:07:50 PM
I would like to claim Blades of Steel. Going to make some more progress on Ultima Exodus tomorrow. I feel refreshed for the big challenge this month.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on January 31, 2019, 05:12:47 PM
I have been playing NES games in my limited free time, just homebrew ones.  8-Bit Xmas 2018 and Nesert Golf, specifically.

My sports claim is Magic Darts.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on January 31, 2019, 06:56:17 PM
Wrath of the Black Manta done.

(https://i.imgur.com/SMF2UAM.jpg)

I actually owned this game as a kid, but I'm not sure if I ever got past the first boss. Going into it, I thought this game was going to suck, but after I got used to the mechanics and had a better understanding of how the game works, I actually enjoyed it. It's not a great game, but decent enough. It also has some of the best writing of any game I've ever played.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on January 31, 2019, 07:55:47 PM
Tennis completed. Can that count as my February sports game?

(https://i.imgur.com/lKh1DXE.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on January 31, 2019, 11:16:38 PM
Guys, now you know that I couldn't let us come up short this close to 150...

The Great Waldo Search
(http://i.imgur.com/D2GJl6W.jpg)

Win, Lose, or Draw
(http://i.imgur.com/VxkpyiJ.jpg)

Pictionary
(http://i.imgur.com/X75tZic.jpg)

Major League Baseball
(http://i.imgur.com/P7kZFcc.jpg)

Track & Field
(http://i.imgur.com/U3O6Zsf.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on January 31, 2019, 11:56:24 PM
I'm not sure how no one's done this one yet, but here ya go. I guess I didn't need to get it in tonight with singlebanana's last minute effort, but it feels good all the same :) But good lord did I die a lot haha. I swear, 8-3 has been the bane of my existence for 30 years and counting.

Super Mario Bros.
(https://i.imgur.com/fQRkwWK.jpg)

Also, has anyone seen this happen before??? It's kind of a minus world effect going on, but I didn't move any further to the right, just got stuck here. Never ever seen this before.
(https://i.imgur.com/W7eoQzL.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 01, 2019, 05:55:07 AM
Tried getting this in last night, but the falling platforms just before the final boss require perfect timing and I just wasn't coordinated enough last night. Here's Adventure Island. I know a lot of people love this series, but I think any platformer more difficult than the first SMB is too difficult.

(https://i.imgur.com/iFWuJpM.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 01, 2019, 06:46:18 AM
Here's Mickey Mousecapades. I used to play this at a friend's house when I was 7. It was always fun trying to find secrets hidden in the background, and it turns out you need to find some of those to complete the game. Music's really repetitive and some of the projectile patterns are unfair, but there's enough hidden health powerups that you can act as a sponge on occasion.

(https://i.imgur.com/5XAyumj.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 01, 2019, 08:30:08 AM
The team bands together and pulls through at the last second!! Well done shane/singlebanana/zophar!! We made January's stretch goal!

February is now upon us so start throwing some touchdowns, hitting those home runs, slamming those dunks and acing your loves as we tackle our way through more of the NES library with a focus on sports games this month.

I was able to finish Bard's Tale with 2 attempts on the final boss today. It was a neat game being designed around one specific character type, even though you could choose to play through the game without that character if you really wanted to. Very bare bones like Wizardry in terms of story, but because of the sound design, character design and initial town that acts as a hub it had a lot more personality to it. Spell casters were monsters near the end of this game and very useful.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7876/46032658105_9a2ffc186e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d8Kpv4)

With that one done for me I'm going to claim Bases Loaded IV as my sports title for February. I've already beaten 1-3 in the past so I figured I'd end the series so that I never have to load another base for as long as I live. So I played many hours of it tonight and won a whopping.............2 games :(. With any of the past baseball titles I've played I should have had 10-15 games done in the amount of time I've played so far. This is pretty discouraging as there are 74 games to win to complete the season. Hoping I can figure out some better methods of pitching and batting to help me out at some point otherwise it's gonna take me the whole freaking month for just this one title. My second claim is going to be All Pro Basketball so I can swap back and forth if I need a break from my grueling baseball season and dunk on some fools.

EDIT: All claims and completions up to date.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 01, 2019, 11:03:02 AM
I'm going to claim Base Wars and The Battle of Olympus.

Wasn't there a game on the NES where you played darts, and one of the selectable characters was a robot? I can't remember the name of it, and had always wanted to try it since I saw a classified info piece on it in Nintendo Power.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on February 01, 2019, 11:08:28 AM
I'm going to claim Base Wars and The Battle of Olympus.

Wasn't there a game on the NES where you played darts, and one of the selectable characters was a robot? I can't remember the name of it, and had always wanted to try it since I saw a classified info piece on it in Nintendo Power.

Magic Darts.  You could also pick a monkey, who threw the darts with his back to the dartboard (I think).


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on February 01, 2019, 11:17:03 AM
My sports claim will be Nintendo World Cup Soccer. It's always had a certain charm to it, but I've never played it fully through.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 01, 2019, 12:05:04 PM
Magic Darts.  You could also pick a monkey, who threw the darts with his back to the dartboard (I think).

Nice. Thanks! I may grab that after my sports title.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 01, 2019, 12:21:13 PM
While playing through so many games in January on the NES, I kind of felt guilty not giving my thoughts on some of these titles, like many of you did.  I play late at night and by the time I am finished, I only have time to load the pics from my phone. Anyway, I thought about doing a monthly wrap up for the games I played. Just little blurbs about things I found interesting and whether I would recommend it to a casual collector or not.

1. Baseball Stars - IMO the best baseball game on the NES. Name and power up your players stats so that they hit better, run faster, and defend better. A must on the NES for baseball fans.

2. Gun.Smoke - A great little shmup with a western theme. Good selection of weapons and diverse boss battles. Looks great too. Recommended.
 
3. Contra - Simply put, a classic. A must for the collector or casual NES fan.

4. 10-Yard Fight - One of the more lackluster football games on the system, but still a big step up from the 2600. Can recommend better games, but not this one.

5. Kung Fu - A port of the arcade classic Kung Fu Master. Fairly easy to master, though the magician will drive you nuts if you're a newcomer. Recommended.
 
6. Golf - I love this game, but I'm not sure I could highly recommend it. There are better games and since yardage is not calculated, you are often left guessing which clubs to use.

7. Urban Champion - Meh, not a very fun experience and poor controls. Not recommended.

8. Volleyball - I was really surprised at how much I liked this game. Though it's not the most technical of volleyball games on the system, it's a great effort and rather fun once you figure out spiking. Recommended.

9. Super Dodgeball - Such a great idea for a sports title on this system. I really like that you can choose your line-up and that all of your teammates have two different special attacks (running & running jump). The environments look great and there's nothing like hitting a guy so hard that he travels around the world. Ha ha. Highly recommended.

10. Wizards & Warriors - Though it can be aggravating to first time players because some of the keys are hidden well, I really like this game.  Nice variety of stages and unlimited continues from the exact spot you die in (even at boss battles) limits a lot of frustration. Recommended.

11. Rygar - Though this game is not a direct port of the arcade cabinet, even purists enjoy this game. I love the horizontal and vertical action, and can even appreciate the top down levels. Neat boss battles and cool equipment aids make this a must own and a top 10 game on the NES for me.
 
12. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out - Iconic game on the NES with great, memorable characters. A must own.

13. Ice Hockey - It's not Blades of Steel, but it's a decent effort. Being able to select your players' physical attributes, which give them advantages and disadvantages is a neat concept. Mild recommendation if you are into hockey.

14. Pinball - Really impressed with the physics of this game. The gameplay and replayability is average, but it's a fun one to pop in for a bit from time to time. Mild recommendation.

15. Kickle Cubicle - Incredible graphics, fun puzzle gameplay, and boss battles. What's not to love?  A must own title that you hear very little about.

16. Double Dare - Unless you are really big into nostalgia, pass this one up. The questions are fine, but the physical challenges and obstacle course are really poorly done. Such a shame, since these were the best parts of the show.

17. Jeopardy Jr Edition - It's Jeopardy, only easier.

18. Hollywood Squares - Basically, a guessing game. I hate how the guest stars try to be funny and give these odd answers. At first, I couldn't tell if they were agreeing or disagreeing with the questions. Not recommended.

19. Tecmo Bowl - A classic, but Tecmo Super Bowl gets everything much better. Great to see some HoF greats on this game like Walter Payton, Joe Montana, Eric Dickerson, and others that did not make the latter version. Mild recommendation.

20. MTV's Remote Control - Hopefully you know a lot of old television trivia, or this game could be your worst nightmare, because lots of questions revolve around specific episodes. Get your parents to help you with it, unless you have every season of Leave It To Beaver. Out dated, do not recommend.
 
21. Wild Gunman - It's fun for a while. The kids love shooting people..... err.....mild recommendation if you like to pretend that you are James Arness.

22. Duck Hunt - Meh, it's alright. Iconic to the NES for sure and you gotta love lovable, taunting dog. Mild recommendation.

23. Hogan's Alley - I know that using similar colors with the citizens and bad guys is on purpose to make the game harder, but man is it annoying. Repetative. Low recommendation.

24. North vs South - This game is actually a lot of fun and I played it a lot as a kid. I didn't remember that you couldn't select the North in 1 player game. Perhaps someone knows a secret? Anyway, winning made me feel weird, but this is a fun title. Recommended.

25. The Great Waldo Search - Meh, it's quick. It's easy. It's Waldo. We like to find him, but not that much. Not recommended.
 
26. Pictionary - Weird mini games that you have to get guud at to ensure that you reveal enough of the puzzle to be able to solve it. I missed the first three clues until I figured out the games and then it was pretty easy. Not recommended.

27. Win, Lose or Draw - No mode to play against the computer?  If so, I couldn't find it. I put the game on auto-draw, so I'd be curious about how the drawing feature works. Apparently, you have to play this game as a group...

28. Major League Baseball - I like that you have to pick your line-ups from the bench before the game. Too many foul balls in this game though, which slows it down. Fielding is bad. Not recommended.

29. Track & Field - I don't remember playing this a lot as a kid because I was more into Track & Field II.  This is a fantastic game that requires you to master various events to progress. I really enjoyed learning all of these events and determining all of the best angles to qualify. High recommendation.  


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: BuriedOnMars on February 01, 2019, 01:50:28 PM
It is supposed to be a quiet evening at work tonight.  I'll give Bionic Commando a go if it works out.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 01, 2019, 03:34:15 PM
It is supposed to be a quiet evening at work tonight.  I'll give Bionic Commando a go if it works out.

Sweet!  Give it hell Kevin.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 01, 2019, 04:05:59 PM
So the last new game I bought for my NES as a kid was Times of Lore.  I never could figure the game out as a kid, so no better time than now to claim and try to play through it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 01, 2019, 05:43:40 PM
Goonies II is finished! My only question is why is Annie a mermaid?(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190201/88259905c0b68c21c9ab251c9f329740.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 01, 2019, 05:45:02 PM
Always enjoyed that game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 01, 2019, 05:47:55 PM
@singlebanana, me too but for some reason I never beat it until I was an adult.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on February 01, 2019, 10:26:11 PM
Knocked out an easy one. I have a lot of fond memories playing this back in the day. I never had a MAD Magazine subscription, but I really enjoyed it when I got my hands on a copy.

Spy vs. Spy
(https://i.imgur.com/kiYtcHU.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 02, 2019, 06:39:20 AM
I didn't realize Battle of Olympus was going to require grinding for currency so often. I just spent 10 minutes fighting snakes at 78 of the 80 olives needed for a shield, and no olives were dropping. Turns out the game limits how many drops there are in a region. https://forum.speeddemosarchive.com/post/battle_of_olympus26.html


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 02, 2019, 09:58:10 AM
@singlebanana- I love your quick breakdown of everything you played last month!

- Totally agree about Baseball Stars. It's really great. You ever play the NEO GEO version though?
-  I'm really surprised how much you like Pinball. ]
- I'm eager to hear your thoughts on Times of Lore because I feel like that is a very rare occurrence where I havn't heard ANYONE talk about it. It's a real blank spot in my NES knowledge that I need to fix.

@shane - that's nasty game design in Battle of Olympus!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 02, 2019, 07:35:55 PM
Beat Battle of Olympus. This game is way too difficult to ever attempt again. I spent two full days trying to beat it. I'd much rather play Silver Surfer. At least you can memorize patterns in that game. This one has a boss that regenerates health so fast that if you don't get a perfect series of hits, you'll be at it forever.

(https://i.imgur.com/UD43wb4.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 02, 2019, 08:04:49 PM
Played through the College level tournament and finished off Blades of Steel. Vancouver are champions! For some reason the Edmonton gave me the most trouble it was a very back and forth game all the way. This is one if my top 3 favorite hockey video games, probably my favorite is Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey on N64 other than that its NHLPA 93 on Genesis. Blades of Steel is so replayable for many reasons. The controls feel solid. The fighting mechanics are really fun, so much that I look for fights when I can.

My next sports claim is Roger Clemens MVP Baseball(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190203/60a89d1c5a2105d286b98121d1c01bf7.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 03, 2019, 01:14:48 AM
I'm gonna start out by claiming Mega Man 5, I'll be playing via an Everdrive on my NES top loader.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 03, 2019, 01:26:51 PM
Double Dragon II: The Revenge done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iwBufHYM7w

This game doesn't get enough credit for how hard it is. There are a lot of cheap deaths if you don't master the platforming sections, and mastering the knee attack is mandatory for completing the game. I still love it though. Awesome game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 03, 2019, 01:29:44 PM
I didn't realize Battle of Olympus was going to require grinding for currency so often. I just spent 10 minutes fighting snakes at 78 of the 80 olives needed for a shield, and no olives were dropping. Turns out the game limits how many drops there are in a region. https://forum.speeddemosarchive.com/post/battle_of_olympus26.html

Man Shane, I have such fond memories of this game as a kid and actually beat it when I was younger. I always find games where you have to grind a little bit relaxing in a strange way. I think a big part of my love for this game was my youthful obsession with the Greek gods. It's funny that you chose this game because the same day you did oh, I was going to claim it but saw you posted minutes earlier. Haha!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 03, 2019, 02:56:49 PM
Beat King's Quest V. It was never a really good King's Quest game to begin with, and this is a bad port of the game. I've never played the Master System version, but if there's more time given to save the rat than this version it's already better.

(https://i.imgur.com/FbGPp0E.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: BuriedOnMars on February 03, 2019, 03:07:58 PM
Bionic Commando is done!  Man, that was a challenge.  I see someone is tackling Mega Man 5 so can do Rad Racer next.


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 03, 2019, 03:20:56 PM
Beat King's Quest V. It was never a really good King's Quest game to begin with, and this is a bad port of the game. I've never played the Master System version, but if there's more time given to save the rat than this version it's already better.

(https://i.imgur.com/FbGPp0E.png)
Yeah, the rat part really sticks out in my mind as well. I remember first playing it and not realizing what I missed.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 03, 2019, 03:55:41 PM
Updated to HERE


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 03, 2019, 05:45:54 PM
Beat Battletoads & Double Dragon. A much better game than the first one. I played as a Battletoad. I thought I got a pretty respectable time, but looks like it's about twice as long as the slowest recorded speedrun. A lot of the bosses allow you to get a juggle combo in because they don't fly off of the screen like regular enemies, making a lot of the boss fights much easier than they should be. I was kind of expecting the last Double Dragon boss to be that guy with the machine gun from the first one, but it just ended up being some Mad Max looking character.

(https://i.imgur.com/kXfuCRy.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 03, 2019, 07:47:01 PM
Got Mega Man 5 out of the way! I was pretty rusty and died a few times during the fortress stages, but I persevered.

(https://i.imgur.com/wE8OjRcl.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on February 04, 2019, 12:01:42 AM
Just finished Snow Brothers. not as easy as I remember it but still fun.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 04, 2019, 08:00:02 AM
Finished a series of Base Wars. The novelty of a Blades of Steel-like fight when running to base wears off pretty quick when you realize that your health is determined based on how close you are to the next base and the opponent always has full health. Didn't do much in the way of customization, though I imagine that adds a degree of replay value where you can sort of RPG your way through playing with certain enhanced attributes.

(https://i.imgur.com/UpgApDY.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 04, 2019, 08:25:42 AM
Got Mega Man 5 out of the way! I was pretty rusty and died a few times during the fortress stages, but I persevered.

(https://i.imgur.com/wE8OjRcl.jpg)

So awesome to have you participate with us!

Beat King's Quest V. It was never a really good King's Quest game to begin with, and this is a bad port of the game. I've never played the Master System version, but if there's more time given to save the rat than this version it's already better.

(https://i.imgur.com/FbGPp0E.png)

King's Quest V is my favorite King's Quest game. The PC version is definitely superior to the NES port, but it has so much charm I've always loved it. And that wizard battle at the end is just great. The SMS King's Quest is a port of the first game in the series. Really the only King's Quest I don't love it 3.

I played a ton more Bases Loaded 4 and have 9 wins out of my 74 down now. I've watched an entire season of True Detective while playing and only have 9 freakin' wins. This is going way slower than I anticipated. I'm getting far better at the fielding though so I'm hoping I can improve me win rate throughout the week.

EDIT: All claims and completions up to date


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 04, 2019, 09:08:17 AM
King's Quest V is my favorite King's Quest game. The PC version is definitely superior to the NES port, but it has so much charm I've always loved it. And that wizard battle at the end is just great. The SMS King's Quest is a port of the first game in the series. Really the only King's Quest I don't love it 3.

I played a ton more Bases Loaded 4 and have 9 wins out of my 74 down now. I've watched an entire season of True Detective while playing and only have 9 freakin' wins. This is going way slower than I anticipated. I'm getting far better at the fielding though so I'm hoping I can improve me win rate throughout the week.

Oh, for some reason I thought it was V that was on the SMS. I've always loved IV and VI, but V just felt like the Link's Awakening item trading as a whole game. I'm also not a huge fan of games where something you do or don't do earlier in the game prevents you from completing it later on. For this game, the first instance was saving the rat. The second was not feeding the leg of lamb to the eagle.

I hear you on the Bases Loaded slog. Same applied to Base Wars. I started that before Battle of Olympus, and took breaks after every game to do other things.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on February 04, 2019, 12:13:49 PM
Nintendo World Cup Soccer done. A fun, kind of quirky game that I can see being a blast to play multiplayer. The single player mode is good, but there is a massive difficulty spike near the end that I could see turning some people away.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 04, 2019, 12:27:16 PM
I'm going to go ahead and pick Tecmo World Wrestling as my sports claim.

I'm also going to relinquish my claim on Final Fantasy in case anybody else wants to take a stab at it. I'm enjoying the game, but I haven't been playing it enough to warrant holding a claim on it. I might pick it back up in a couple of months if nobody else grabs it.

In its place, I want to claim Desert Commander. I had this game as a kid but was too young to really play it. It looks like a fun strategy game though, so I'd like to give it a proper try.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 04, 2019, 01:37:42 PM
I'm going to claim Life Force as my next game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on February 04, 2019, 06:29:58 PM
In its place, I want to claim Desert Commander. I had this game as a kid but was too young to really play it. It looks like a fun strategy game though, so I'd like to give it a proper try.

Desert Commander is pretty good. I used to play it a lot back when it was relatively new and enjoyed it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 04, 2019, 11:27:15 PM
Knocked out 3 more games of Tecmo Super Bowl tonight and won 2 of the 5 tournaments on Kings of the Beach. The rules state that I only have to win a tournament, but there is actually a true ending after the 5th, so that seems like the way to go.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 05, 2019, 08:36:22 AM
Managed another 9 wins tonight on Bases Loaded 4 in only 5 hours! At that rate it'll be another 30-35 hours of baseball!!! Good news is I'm catching up on some Television though, lol.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on February 05, 2019, 10:09:15 AM
In its place, I want to claim Desert Commander. I had this game as a kid but was too young to really play it. It looks like a fun strategy game though, so I'd like to give it a proper try.

Desert Commander is pretty good. I used to play it a lot back when it was relatively new and enjoyed it.

Seconded! I remember playing that as a kid, and had some fun with it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: zophar53 on February 05, 2019, 02:41:28 PM
I'll try to chip away at Final Fantasy. I don't want to officially claim it, as I'm still working on Fester's Quest (I'm having to relearn the boss patterns. The rest of the game is more tedious than difficult). Also, I'd like to let others give it a go if they want. It's a long game and it's been years so I'll need to get back into the swing of it to make a serious run at it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 05, 2019, 11:25:00 PM
Still grinding away at Ultima. I have three of the Marks. Need to pick up the Mark of Kings and level up some stats, and grab the horn and I will be on my way to the last dungeon. I had no idea how important gold is in this game.

Played some Roger Clemens MVP Baseball . Not sure if I am feeling this one, might try another baseball game.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 06, 2019, 06:18:02 AM
Finished M.C Kids. I really enjoyed this game as a kid, as kind of a Super Mario 3 without the power-ups. The play control is excellent, and there's a couple of spots that require you to be precise but don't feel punishing. There's also some replay to the levels with additional card pieces hidden away to find. The number of 1ups available is way too much, but maybe that's to ensure that young children can still progress.

(https://i.imgur.com/908uPmB.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 06, 2019, 08:47:08 AM
I love MC Kids. Such a fun game. Some of the platforming near the end is fairly challenging too.

I had some work related training last night so my normal play time was cut in half. I'm currently at 23 out of 74 games done in my season of Bases Loaded 4 now.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Silent Scythe on February 06, 2019, 02:06:49 PM
Tomorrow should be a slow day for me. I could do Ghosts n Goblins if no one else wants it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 06, 2019, 02:42:22 PM
Tomorrow should be a slow day for me. I could do Ghosts n Goblins if no one else wants it.

All yours mate!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 06, 2019, 09:53:21 PM
Played a lot of Ultima today. Almost ready for the final dungeon. Should be done with it by tomorrow and then I can try to concentrate on Roger Clemens more so I can get better at it.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 06, 2019, 10:39:50 PM
I just finished the first mission in Desert Commander, which is probably further than I ever got as a kid. It seems a bit quirky, but I like it. I think I'll need to reference a guide to see the advantages/disadvantages of all the unit types, but otherwise it seems fairly straightforward.

I've also played Tecmo World Wrestling a bit, and I'm still trying to get a feel for the controls. It seems like it's kind of random as to who gets to pull off a move when the wrestlers lock up, which can be frustrating, but maybe there's some nuance to it that I haven't grasped yet.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on February 06, 2019, 11:48:57 PM
Have to share this quick story-

When I was playing through Nintendo World Cup Soccer, there was one team that was like hitting a brick wall, so admittedly I watched a youtube playthrough against that team to get some ideas on how to win.

Hopped on youtube today, and as always it had recommended videos based on what I had watched, and the 1st vid on the list: "NES World Cup Soccer: Finished" by 2000CrabMaster. Without spoilers, it was a little bit relieving that it seemed as if we both hit the same wall.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 07, 2019, 08:16:29 AM
Tecmo Super Bowl finished. I definitely prefer this game over its predecessor. Instead of four plays you get eight, every NFL team is available, and there are nuances to the game like a battery save with stat keeping that make it a much better experience. Still one of the things that annoys me most is that when you receive a kickoff in the endzone, you can't down the ball or just stand there to be tackled for a touch back. For some odd reason it's an automatic safety and I can't figure out why they would not have done a better job of programming after the first game. Anyway, in my opinion it's by far the best football game on the NES and one of the best of all time. There's no wonder that they still recreate this game every year with updated lineups.

(http://i.imgur.com/zfQvxmc.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 07, 2019, 08:20:25 AM
Have to share this quick story-

When I was playing through Nintendo World Cup Soccer, there was one team that was like hitting a brick wall, so admittedly I watched a youtube playthrough against that team to get some ideas on how to win.

Hopped on youtube today, and as always it had recommended videos based on what I had watched, and the 1st vid on the list: "NES World Cup Soccer: Finished" by 2000CrabMaster. Without spoilers, it was a little bit relieving that it seemed as if we both hit the same wall.

Ha! That's awesome. I always try to get my vids uploaded when I've completed a game. I'll be the first to admit that most of them arn't pretty playthroughs as most are my first time beating each game. It's been long enough that I don't remember that particular part in NES World Soccer though. I played the game quite a bit at a friends house as a kid and always had a soft spot for it.

Won a few more games of Base Loaded 4 tonight and then just went on a savage losing streak. I think I'm gonna have to take a few days off and play something else, because I'm starting to space out and make a lot of errors now.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Silent Scythe on February 07, 2019, 04:42:53 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/4VY19NW.jpg)
It took me close to 5 hours between cooking/eating dinner but I managed to run through both play throughs to see the true ending last night. I love the Ghosts 'N Goblin games but this one has got to be at the bottom of the list. A side from graphics and sound that isn't really enjoyable the game can be really glitchy. There were several times where the dragon boss at the end of the fire bridge stage didn't spawn and I had to run back to kill myself and try again. Thankfully I've played this one enough to remember some of the tricks to help me get by and not get too frustrated.


I can do another short game Saturday, put me down for Jaws.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 07, 2019, 07:37:04 PM
Ultima Exodus has been taken down. The game is a bit too much of a grind with regards to money. I really enjoyed the first person view of the dungeons. Wish there were more and I realized there were a couple dungeons that were pointless to go in because other dungeons already had the marks I needed. I went in them anyways because they were the more fun parts of the game to me. The ending of the game is quite anticlimactic for the amount of time I put into it. I think it was you Crabby who said the other Ultima game on NES is way better. Would like to give it a try sometime but for now, I am going to claim Dungeon Magic. Its a first person dungeon crawler hopefully it has what I am looking for in a RPG.

Regarding Roger Clemens MVP Baseball. I am going to dump it, and claim 720. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190208/3201fb1089a837c8354de97dd756b13a.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 07, 2019, 08:48:08 PM
Guys, those are two HUGE games!  Congrats.

Well, I have now finished 3 of the 5 tournaments in Kings of the Beach.  I also started Times of Lore... Not the most spectacular of games, but I will get into that after my review.

My next sports claim is Goal!

Updated finished games and claims.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: BuriedOnMars on February 07, 2019, 09:22:20 PM
Rad Racer is done.  I'll take Rad Racer II next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 07, 2019, 10:51:08 PM
Wrapped up Metal Gear tonight. I know Mr. Kojima doesn't like this version of his game and I can understand since a bunch of stuff was cut from the NES version. I would be interested in trying out the MSX version just to see the difference. The game by itself is pretty fun, though. The action, the items are fun to use, especially the remote guided missle. I have played around with this game a lot so its not a new experience but I did enjoy playing it again for old time  sakes.

Now onto Dungeon Magic and 720(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190208/a690ae440d7e5cd8801515e44f827b27.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 07, 2019, 11:12:51 PM
I tried to take down Life Force last night, but I was super tired and kept messing up so I tried again tonight. This time I succeeded :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1WsRhMeihU

Even though I first played this as a kid, I actually prefer its Japanese version, Salamander, since you can have more Options and hence more firepower. The ending is also much better since it has a staff roll and a little animation of your pilot taking their helmet off. Never understood why the US version just ends with a Konami logo.

I'm now going to claim Blaster Master next, I love that game to pieces and I should be able to blast through it (pun intended).


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on February 07, 2019, 11:16:36 PM
I'd guess that Lifeforce was changed because Konami used their own custom mapper chips on the Famicom, but were forced to use Nintendo mappers and reprogram for the NES. You guys are really knocking these out!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 07, 2019, 11:30:53 PM
I'd guess that Lifeforce was changed because Konami used their own custom mapper chips on the Famicom, but were forced to use Nintendo mappers and reprogram for the NES. You guys are really knocking these out!
I know that explains the missing two Options, but the plain logo just mystifies me regardless, especially since the ROM size is the same between the two.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 08, 2019, 01:31:43 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/hleZYgi.jpg)

Times of Lore complete!

Like I said before, Times of Lore was the last NES game I purchased at retail as a kid.  I was totally sold by the awesome game box. However, while playing it as a kid, I could not figure out why I kept dying, since it wasn't enemies who were killing me. It turns out that you have to keep your character stocked up on food (you can hold six at a time) or he will die of starvation... The character automatically eats the food as you adventure and each time, one piece is consumed. You start off with a few pieces and they drop fairly  uncommonly throughout the game off enemies.  What I did not realize as a young chap is that you can buy "provisions" at the inns. No idea why they call it food in your inventory and as drops you pick up, but then use the word provisions with the innkeeper. Of course, I probably didn't understand this word at a young age and of course, didn't care for this game because I die inexplicably so much. This go round, I figured it out and had a better experience.

ToL can best be described as a fetch quest game. It requires you to talk to the right people, ask them about the right subject, and search the map for your next objective.  The gameplay here is terrible and there are really no boss "battles" to speak of. Yes, you do encounter bosses, but many of them only require using a single item to defeat them. I would compare this game to Shadowgate in terms of its menu and how you dispatch major foes, but add in loads of walking around and completing fetch quests. At the end of the game, you get a final score though there is no scoring in the game; this reminds me of the old Sierra games like Kings Quest and Space Quest. The game has a great story and good ideas for gameplay, but lacks enough action to make it fun.  Not the worst game on the NES, but not one I would seek out if you're not going for a complete set.  

Next claim: Milon's Secret Castle


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 08, 2019, 07:59:46 AM
I'm super impressed. You guys knocked out some impressive titles over the last couple days!

@Silent Scythe - I have some kind of Stockholm syndrome with the NES version of Ghosts n Goblins and it's my favorite game in the whole series. I really love it, jank and all.

@Fokakis79 - Couldn't agree more with your thoughts on Ultima Exodus. Super grindy and very poor payoff for all the work that goes into beating the game. And yes it was me talking up the next one in the series, Quest of the Avatar. I think it's one of the best RPGs on the system and still to this day a super unique take on the genre that impressed the hell out of me when I played through it a few years ago. As for Warriors of Destiny I've only played the NES version, but it seems like a game that HAS to be played on a PC. It just wasn't very easy to play on the NES and I'm sure would have been better on it's native platform. Luckily it was the shortest of the 3 by far though. I'll be curious to know your thoughts on Dungeon Magic as I havn't touched that one yet.

@BuriedOnMars - Rad Racer 1/2 are super fun. Love the tunes.

@Apolloboy - I'm not a huge Life Force fan. There are so many shooters on the system I'd rather play. Very much disliked the fire level and the final stage when you have to dodge all the walls to escape and a few other slightly less annoying areas also.

@singlebanana - Wow that was fast. I just assumed Times of Lore was going to be a massive time commitment. Very eager to hear your thoughts on it after you've had your beauty sleep.

I had one of those rare work days where I actually had to do some work so I didn't get to advance my Bases Loaded 4 season at all today unfortunately which sucks a lot. Was hoping to at least get to the halfway point by today, but this game is kicking my ass.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 08, 2019, 10:52:15 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/lAzD83y.jpg)

At home with a sick kid. Early morning run to polish off Karnov. Karnov was one of those games that my local convenience store had a cabinet of, so I was very familiar with it.  Little did I know, but the arcade is fairly hard to come by these days.  My neighbor actually had a very nice one that he sold locally.

Anyway, while the arcade cab is brutal, the NES port is a great experience. I love the variety of the stages and enjoy the underwater and flying parts; I just wish that the boss battles were underwater and in the sky as well. Karnov has a nice variety of sub-weapons and items to choose from and I always feel well-prepared for boss battles, even if I die mid-stage and have to power up beforehand. It's a quick game and not overly difficult once you learn how to navigate the stages. I was shocked as to how all the little tricks I knew came right back to me after so many years.

The biggest negative...probably the shittiest end screen in history. Way to mail it in guys! Now to dive into some editing.

**Be sure to check out my Times of Lore review above**


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: BuriedOnMars on February 08, 2019, 04:22:56 PM
Ended up finishing Rad Racer II last night before bed.  Was way more familiar with this game and it all came back as I started playing it.  I swear, the first course if the toughest in the game.  Not sure what my next game will be yet.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on February 08, 2019, 10:23:42 PM
Abadox is done. The game gets just nuts on level 6, and has one of those escape sequences at the end where you have to dodge everything. Not my favorite shooter for the NES, but some of the artwork was pretty good.

(https://i.imgur.com/RLURkka.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 09, 2019, 04:53:58 AM
Started diving into Dungeon Magic. So far I am liking it. Game is pretty challenging so far. Its not frustrating hard so it is a pleasure getting to know the game and get better at.

Played some 720, its been awhile since I played this one. Probably only played it a couple times in my life. Pretty fun so far

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 09, 2019, 07:45:40 AM
I started The Magic of Scheherazade if you want to mark it as claimed. Never played it before, and as soon as I started it I knew that it heavily influenced the demo I played of Mystic Searches.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 10, 2019, 12:19:08 AM
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project done.

(https://i.imgur.com/0MPh6Ro.jpg)

Another old game from my childhood, but unlike most of the others, I have actually beaten this one before. I like TMNT II quite a bit more, but this one is still a lot of fun.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 10, 2019, 05:03:44 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/1ttroxFl.jpg)

Got through Blaster Master tonight! Didnít quite blaze through it like I thought I would, but I persevered regardless. The 7th boss is absolutely brutal but I was able to curb stomp the final boss, go figure.

I now claim Tiny Toon Adventures as my next victim.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 10, 2019, 11:22:47 AM
Well done everybody!! Lots of different genres being taken down lately, which is awesome to see!! I'm gonna be back to my Bases Loaded 4 grind tonight.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 10, 2019, 07:17:32 PM
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse done.

(https://i.imgur.com/f2fx1GP.jpg)

So I finally bit the bullet and tackled Castlevania III. Not the first time I've beaten the NA version, but I generally opt for the Famicom version when I can due to the enhanced soundtrack and less ridiculous difficulty. As a huge fan of the series, I certainly do enjoy this game, but I prefer the first game over this one, although I appreciate how innovative this entry was for its multiple paths and characters.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Silent Scythe on February 10, 2019, 07:39:37 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/6aY73nb.jpg)


Jaws is down. Had this one when I was a kid and could never beat it. It's super easy once you know how everything works. The trickiest part is at the end when you have to impale Jaws with the ship's bowsprit and if you mess up you have to deplete Jaw's entire health bar again. Having the main antagonist stalk you and able to ambush you reminded me a lot of Friday the 13th. I must be getting old because my thumbs were a little sore after jamming on the shoot button too much. :P


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 11, 2019, 12:13:46 AM
I'm going to relinquish my claim on Tiny Toon Adventures, I've tried playing through it a couple of times and good god it's way too brutal for me!

In exchange I'm going to tackle Gradius which I could beat in my sleep.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 11, 2019, 02:21:59 AM
Batman done.

(https://i.imgur.com/BASlDGM.jpg)

I never played this game until recently when I played through it with a friend on an emulator with liberal use of save states. It's a fun game, and it's nice to go back and finish it legitimately. The final boss fight against the Joker is brutal, but it's manageable if you can figure out precisely how to do it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 11, 2019, 08:16:17 AM
31 out of 74 games down in Bases Loaded 4 now. This is quite possibly the least amount of fun I've ever had with an NES game, very frustrating with how often I need to restart and how slow the progress has been. Part of me wants to take a break, but another part just wants to get it done and over with.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 12, 2019, 08:30:05 AM
Got myself up to 40 games out of 74 now, one of my better nights in terms of games won. I seem to be getting better at shutting down my opponent from being able to score. If I could myself score a point consistently this would go a lot smoother. I've had multiple games run to the 18th inning and end in a tie (which is a reset for me), or I just make an error very late into the game and have wasted 30-40 minutes of my life.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 12, 2019, 11:02:34 AM
Do you have to win every game Crabby, or can you just have a good enough record to win the World Series or other form of finishing the game?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on February 12, 2019, 11:08:13 AM
Throwing it out there: Not claiming it, because if there's someone who wants a chance to experience it, I want them to get a chance. That said, I am making progress on Ninja Gaiden III. I love this series, and have beaten the 1st two, and played through the third on SNES NG Trilogy. Never have beaten NES version of NG III.

At the same time, while difficult, the NES Ninja Gaidens are some of the best games on the system, and if someone is out there who hasn't played them and doesn't mind a challenge, go for it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 12, 2019, 11:19:27 AM
Throwing it out there: Not claiming it, because if there's someone who wants a chance to experience it, I want them to get a chance. That said, I am making progress on Ninja Gaiden III. I love this series, and have beaten the 1st two, and played through the third on SNES NG Trilogy. Never have beaten NES version of NG III.

At the same time, while difficult, the NES Ninja Gaidens are some of the best games on the system, and if someone is out there who hasn't played them and doesn't mind a challenge, go for it.

Just beat it amigo!  We only have two more days until the month is half over and we are 18 games away from half of our February goal of reaching the 250 mark. Let's see if we can make a push. :)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 12, 2019, 04:17:22 PM
@singlebanana - I can't actually find any info on that. And because of that I'm playing it quite safe. If I get to the world series and was short some games and had to restart there is no way I'd go through another season. So I may be making it harder on myself, but I just don't know. Maybe when I get to like 60 wins I'll just slam through a few win or lose and see what happens though.

@EZ Racer - Go for it! I love the Ninja Gaiden games and I think III is easily the hardest of the trilogy. There are a couple stage near the end that are just brutal and without having the infinite continues of the first game it's a big challenge.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Addicted on February 12, 2019, 04:21:29 PM
Iíll take Tiny toon adventures. Iíve already beaten it on the famicom and nes.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 12, 2019, 07:30:11 PM
Desert Commander done. The ending sequence for all 5 missions is exactly the same, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

(https://i.imgur.com/821M37Q.jpg)

Being a strategy game from 1988, it is fairly quirky and primitive, and the AI isn't too great either. I enjoyed it though, and I would say that it's a good early attempt at this genre. Probably not something I would ever play again since these types of games have come a long way over the years, but it's cool to finally finish this game after all this time.

Edit: I'm going to throw my next claim down on Crystalis. I've actually been playing it a bit here and there over the last few weeks, so I'll go ahead and make it official.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 12, 2019, 08:58:56 PM
Still hammering away at Dungeon Magic. I am not sure how far away I am from the end but I think I have a while. Haven't really picked up any other games since I started playing this one. Probably should give 720 a try for a little bit and coe back to this one when I finish 720.

Great job so far for us this month.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Addicted on February 12, 2019, 09:19:46 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Su3Hpmt.jpg)

There it is.  Tiny toons done.  


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 12, 2019, 10:10:34 PM
Kudos, I found that game surprisingly tough so thatís why I abandoned it. Anyway I got Gradius out of the way tonight:

(https://i.imgur.com/NfOqFJMl.jpg)

Iím now going to claim Strider next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on February 13, 2019, 06:15:18 AM
Finally beat The Magic of Scheherazade. I didn't realize this was an action RPG. If you like Illusion of Gaia, this is a great game to play through. It's got a light/dark world concept by using time travel in each chapter and has bosses that are reminiscent of Blaster Master's bosses.

(https://i.imgur.com/ziqk0w3.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Addicted on February 13, 2019, 06:26:40 AM
@ApolloBoy: Thanks. It's a game that requires memorization. There's also a couple of parts that require you to make use of your invincible frames.

There's a youtuber called Cornshaq that does a series of guides called play it through. I've found them helpful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6lKt8S4U1Y&t=125s


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 13, 2019, 08:42:19 AM
Nice job once again guys!

@Disposed Hero - I'm gonna half to check out Desert Commander now. It's something that I totally wrote off as uninteresting, but after hearing from you and the others it sounds more interesting than I gave it credit for.

@Fokakis79 - 720 is super short so if you do decide to take a break from Dungeon Magic it shouldn't take too long.

@Apolloboy - It's funny how the difficulty of a game can differ so drastically from player to player. I'd consider Gradius considerably more challenging to beat than Tiny Toon Adventures (I've beat them both in the past), but Gradius didn't seem to phase you. Well done!

@shane - Scheherazade has been on my backlog forever and just never got around to it. Always hear nice things though.

@Addicted - Conshaq vids are awesome! When I need some help on a game I always check to see if he's got a vid on it first. For extremely confusing games like Dirty Harry (NES) for example it was a life saver.

I got myself up to 49 wins out of my 74 on Bases Loaded 4 tonight. I've got one more day to play then I'm going to be out of town for close to a week. singlebanana is gonna be keeping an eye on the thread for me and updating your wins and claims until I get home on the 19th.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 13, 2019, 12:08:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3oJPT2H_io

Strider's done! This is probably the glitchiest game that Capcom ever put out for the NES; the jumping physics sometimes break, there's graphical glitches abound, and it's just very rough and unpolished overall. I know this was unfinished when it was originally intended for a Japanese release, and I think Capcom USA may have asked to have it dusted off since the arcade game was pretty popular at the time. Speaking of the arcade game, this game actually has nothing to do with it and is instead based on the manga (https://lscmainframe.kontek.net/features/manga/) that was published months before any of the games came out.

For my next game, I'm going to keep with the sports theme and tackle Baseball.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on February 13, 2019, 06:24:28 PM
I got myself up to 49 wins out of my 74 on Bases Loaded 4 tonight. I've got one more day to play then I'm going to be out of town for close to a week. singlebanana is gonna be keeping an eye on the thread for me and updating your wins and claims until I get home on the 19th.

Bring 'er home, crabby!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 13, 2019, 10:49:48 PM
Alright finished Class 4 in 720*. I like the game but I wish they gave you more free time to try out jumps and tricks. I mean you probably have like 10 secs before the game tells you "Skate or Die".  Its a really quick game and you have infinite continues so not exactly challenging to beat but does require skill to rack up points. Wish the music was more rocking than what they have in the game.

Going to give Skate or Die a try now. Still working on Dungeon Magic but I am getting close to last part of the game. Need to grind out some levels and I should be able to finish out the rest of it.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190214/0300c75b27fbee045b097012b2612c3f.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190214/ea131c486393bf38034f8a08fc48fdf8.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190214/fffb035c265fc82980c86c2107a81eda.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 14, 2019, 08:59:26 AM
Halfway point for February today and we need to take down 62 games more to meet the monthly goal of 250 titles. Has everyone dove into a sports title yet? There's a lot of variety in types of sports and quite a few short ones too.

As for me I'm now 56 games into my 74 of Bases Loaded 4, wasn't quite as productive as I had hoped tonight. I'm gonna be away for a few days now before I can pick it up again.

Big thanks to singlebanana for keeping an eye on things for me over the weekend!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 14, 2019, 02:18:08 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/vTIQxHbl.jpg)

I think this is the first time Iíve ever won a game in Baseball and yíknow, I think itís actually grown on me. Itís crude and simplistic sure, but itís actually kinda fun when you get the hang of it. Also helps that Shigeru Miyamoto had a hand in its development too.

Iím gonna go after Anticipation next on Hard difficulty.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Silent Scythe on February 14, 2019, 06:55:04 PM
I cant remember if I was ever really attached to any sports games on the NES when I was young. During the SNES days my mom use to love playing the Bass Master Classic games. I remember watching her play quite often.

That being said I'll start playing Black Bass tomorrow night.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 14, 2019, 08:58:48 PM
@silentscythe, Good luck. I tried playing Black Bass for a little bit. Got to the third or fourth lake where the fish became unbelievably difficult to reel in.  Get those thumbs and fingers nice and warmed up. BTW Bass Masters Classic is an awesome fishing game. Me and my brother played that one all the time. It is one of my top three favorite fishing games. The other ones being Sega Bass Fishing and Blue Marlin.

Dungeon Magic is turning out to be a really fun and challenging rpg. There are lots of dungeons and areas to explore. The magic system is very interesting and fun to use. I will talk more about it when I am finished but so far it has turned out to be a very fun game on the NES. Its awesome that I have found two games so far during this challenge that are reaching into my top 25 favorite NES games.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Silent Scythe on February 14, 2019, 09:59:06 PM
@silentscythe, Good luck. I tried playing Black Bass for a little bit. Got to the third or fourth lake where the fish became unbelievably difficult to reel in.  Get those thumbs and fingers nice and warmed up. BTW Bass Masters Classic is an awesome fishing game. Me and my brother played that one all the time. It is one of my top three favorite fishing games. The other ones being Sega Bass Fishing and Blue Marlin.

I remember trying Blue Marlin back when I was young. I didnt have the paitence to figure it out back then.  ;D


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 15, 2019, 09:58:37 AM
Victories and claims updated to here.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on February 15, 2019, 03:39:29 PM
Dear God, finally finished Dragon Warrior 3, next I'll take Bomberman 2. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190215/b4dc37b19026eb022a621b749b948ca1.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on February 15, 2019, 07:08:29 PM
Iím going to start Adventures of Lolo tomorrow I think so can I claim that one please


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 16, 2019, 12:10:15 AM
Frankenstein: The Monster Returns done.

(https://i.imgur.com/hHWxkgP.jpg)

I have never even heard of this game before today, but I took a chance on it and came away pleasantly surprised. It's a pretty decent game. Not great, but it's worth a playthrough.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 16, 2019, 04:28:17 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/mJBnlLBl.jpg)

Beat Anticipation on Hard with three computer players. The CPU in this game can be immensely unfair on the higher difficulties because you'll be trying to guess what the drawing is, and then all of a sudden one of the CPU players jumps in and correctly answers it! That seems to be a typical Rare thing I suppose.

I'm gonna go after some low-hanging fruit and play Sesame Street: Hide and Seek. Heck I'll probably go after the rest of the Sesame Street games to help hit our monthly goal.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 16, 2019, 07:26:41 PM
Kabuki: Quantum Fighter done.

(https://i.imgur.com/LsDLsnf.jpg)

This is yet another very solid game I'm playing for the first time.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 17, 2019, 02:08:26 AM
Darkwing Duck done.

(https://i.imgur.com/nyz8vK9.jpg)

I stayed up way too late making this happen, but I didn't want to stop after getting halfway through it. This is a pretty solid game. It has some issues, and this is probably the most frustrated I've been with a game in a while, but it's worth playing.


Title: Re: Fokakis79's Help Me Complete my Atari 5200 Collection
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 17, 2019, 02:16:32 AM
Dungeon Magic has been taken down! Like I said I really enjoyed this game. It had the right amount of challenge that fringes on frustration and fun. Kinda like Dark Souls. Might be on the lookout for more first person dungeon crawlers on the NES as that was one of the things I enjoyed most about this game. The games magic systemn was interesting as it was based around 5 types of magic. Fairy, Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water. Each one has its set of runes. What is interesting is that for attack spells you can create more powerful spells by inputing runes from the different types of magic. The fighting was also made interesting as you can parry monsters attack by moving/turning away from the monster. If you time it right you won't get hit by their attack. I believe I hit the major things I liked about, I didn't have too much to complain about other than sometimes it can be difficult to get around if you don't choose fairy as your starting spell type. You can cast a spell showing a map of the area. Once you have that though you are good to explore without getting lost. Anyways a great game indeed and a bit of a surprise that I had this much fun with it. Glad I took a chance on it.

My next claim is gonna be Zodas Revenge: Startropics II also my sports game claim has changed from Roger Clemens to Skate or Die.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on February 17, 2019, 11:46:56 AM
Well bomberman 2 has the most generic ending ever... end... well next I'm taking is Bubble Bobble part 2 (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190217/2ab021e07721cea8d51305cfcb9cd306.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 17, 2019, 02:42:22 PM
Ninja Gaiden II done.

(https://i.imgur.com/92uv0Nl.jpg)

I liked this one a little bit better than the first. Just like the first game, it has excellent gameplay mechanics, it's just very frustrating sometimes.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 17, 2019, 05:57:03 PM
@Boshamp,

I noticed you are playing the first Startropics. I can choose a different game if you have the intention of playing the sequel. Many others to choose from so I don't mind picking something else.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 17, 2019, 08:28:55 PM
Kick Master done.

(https://i.imgur.com/ChdeR4C.jpg)

This is a pretty fun game, although the last level really tested my patience. It's mostly a straightforward platformer, but it tosses in some interesting RPG mechanics to keep things interesting.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 17, 2019, 08:47:16 PM
Alright, I think everything is updated to here. Be sure to check your games beaten and claims.

Almost to 200 games beaten!  Who will claim that victory?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 17, 2019, 10:29:47 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/YvRsWCVl.jpg)

Okey doke, I got Big Birdís Hide and Seek out of the way even though all the games loop endlessly and thereís no way to ďwinĒ really. Itís for very young kids so canít say I was surprised with that.

Iíll go ahead and take down Sesame Street 123 to get down some more low-hanging fruit.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 18, 2019, 02:34:17 AM
Finished Astyanax tonight. Pretty fun side scroller action game. Not that difficult if you figure out patterns and hit boxes for enemies. I would like to mention the cutscenes are great and the ending is pretty awesome. Although I laughed when I saw the name of the right hand man to the main villain is named Thorndog. LOL

@banana or @crabby, I am going to claim Robocop instead of Startropics II. I want to claim something a little quicker. Sorry, I keep switching up on games. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190218/789d57869583742114f2e60eba2aa59d.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 18, 2019, 11:43:03 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/HgqR8Bfl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Et0Dj22l.jpg)

Sesame Street 123 is done. The last few games in Ernieís Magic Shapes loop indefinitely so I played each one for a few minutes before moving on.

Iíll take on Sesame Street ABC next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on February 18, 2019, 12:29:36 PM
Adventures of Lolo 1 complete

(https://i.imgur.com/NcGtu0P.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 18, 2019, 04:23:15 PM
Championship Bowling done.

(https://i.imgur.com/SBHg3MK.jpg)

I started this game on a whim since I was getting frustrated with Tecmo World Wrestling and wanted to try a different sports game. It's alright for a bowling game on the NES, although it really needs some more game modes. I didn't realize that the win condition was just to complete one game, but I guess I'm entitled to some low-hanging fruit as well.

Since this fulfills my goal of one sports title this month, I'm going to relinquish my claim on Tecmo World Wrestling. I may come back to it later, but somebody else can take a crack at it if they want.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 18, 2019, 10:25:15 PM
Dead or Alive your coming with me. Robocop is done! Actually pretty well done adaptation of the movie for an NES game. Fun cutscenes and pretty good music that is slightly repetitive but does have the Robocop theme in there.

Going to claim Kid Niki next(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190219/62a0c7e5fb806c04ee8feb7c036f382b.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on February 19, 2019, 09:35:07 AM
R.C. Pro-Am completed. The game loops after 24 stages, so here is a picture of the beginning of level 25. Hadn't played it in a while, but it holds a special place of nostalgia as it was the first racing game I owned, getting it for Christmas when I was 8.

As a racing game it holds up well, and feels fairly fast, but the controls feel a litttle off, sometimes feeling loose and other times feeling overly responsive.

All in all still a worthwhile playthrough.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on February 19, 2019, 09:39:59 AM
Games beaten and claims updated to here.

Congratulations all!  We are over the 200 games beaten hump and now sit at 205!  Can we knock out 45 more games in February to hit our goal?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 19, 2019, 05:53:30 PM
Kid Niki is finished. Always one of my faves when I was kid. Really interesting bosses, especially the Mad Monk. First time beating it, though.

Feel the need for more dungeon crawling. Next claim is Swords and Serpents. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190219/dc5f3d511984679ef0131d5608c5adc1.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 19, 2019, 06:19:27 PM
Renegade done.

(https://i.imgur.com/nwd6W6s.jpg)

Fairly new one to me, although I think I may have dabbled with it in the past. Despite being kind of rigid and simplistic, I still liked it. Honestly, it's kind of a poor man's Double Dragon, but it's not bad. Worth a playthrough. That final boss is pretty cheap though with his 1-hit kills.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on February 19, 2019, 07:28:34 PM
I need to pick the easy games... and not the ones I want to play lol


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 20, 2019, 08:18:34 AM
I'm back home and back to slaving away at Bases Loaded 4...... Got to 64 games out of my 74 tonight. Although I've yet to win 10 games in a single session, I'm hopefully I can do all 10 remaining games tomorrow and finally be done with the Bases Loaded series. I have the most trouble against New York and I just beat them tonight so unless they end up being the team I face in the world series it should be smooth sailing. If they are the world series match up, it's not gonna be pretty though.

Great job while I was away though and another huge thanks to singlebanana for keeping the lists up to date on here for me. Looks like we have 8 days left for February and we still need to beat 43 games. That's a little over 5 a day which is a fairly tall order at our current pace, but there are still a ton of easy completions left if anyone is feeling up to knocking out some quick wins for us. Once I'm done with Bases Loaded 4 I'll go see what I can do for shorter games to help us get to 250 for the month.

EDIT: All completions and claims up to date


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 20, 2019, 08:48:37 AM
Ninja Crusaders done.

(https://i.imgur.com/NKutrp5.jpg)

I stayed up way too late last night making this happen, but I didn't want to stop after I got over halfway through it. This game starts out good enough through the first half, but it gets really hard in the second half. Imagine if Ninja Gaiden had 1-hit deaths and you have a pretty good idea of what this game is like. Most longplays of this game on Youtube are in the 10-15 minute range, but it took me nearly 2 hours to finish. Mechanics are really good, but it becomes kind of a slog during the second half if you're unfamiliar with the levels and enemy placement. Enemies and projectiles come at you so fast from off screen that you have to start inching forward at a snail's pace in order to avoid them. Overall, it's fun to play for a couple of levels, but you really have to know what you're doing during the later levels.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on February 20, 2019, 09:42:36 AM
I've been kind of agonizing over this, but I need to bow out of Dragon Power.  I've spent over six hours playing it and I cannot beat it without cheating.  It is fairly easy to get to the seventh level (the game has unlimited continues), but dying after that puts you back at the seventh stage (there are ten in total).  The only way I can see to finish the game is to play it near perfectly from the beginning (without losing all your lives) while also picking the correct wish at the Shen Long, or get amazing RNG and somehow manage to get cakes (near full health regeneration) a lot.

I think I need something that requires less reflexes, and since it is open I would like to claim Final Fantasy.  I think I might go for a two or three Black Belt party though (with either a white or red mage), just to make it interesting.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on February 20, 2019, 04:42:11 PM
Bubble bobble part 2 done... I missed the The End screen after this, it was credits and quickly back to the start screen.

 For the most part I like this game the biggest drawback as if you wanna play 2 players you have to take turns.  I don't feel the different monsters they added to this one added anything to the game. The stupid tree that shut out bees killed me so many times.

All in all decent game I don't think it's worth more than 50 bucks though. Save your money played on the ever drive lol.


Next game Family Feud.
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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 20, 2019, 10:01:03 PM
Feast upon these atrocious scores for Skate or Die but all events have been recorded. The controls are very strange feeling in this game, and that is pretty much what I remember when I rented it from the video store. Does this count as complete or should I try for better scores. Also not sure why it recorded my last jump which was 3'2" when my highest was 4'6".

My next sports claim will be Super Spike V'Ball Also my claim of Swords and Serpents hasn't been tagged. Thanks!


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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 21, 2019, 09:25:29 AM
Wasn't quite able to finish off Bases Loaded 4 :( Got to my 71st game though and was fortune enough to draw Hawaii as my rivals for the Super Series so tomorrow is a sure thing!

@Disposed Hero - Ninja Crusaders sounds like it might be up my alley. Havn't played it before, but I'll have to check it out some time.

@bombatomba - I havn't put in a good effort on Dragon Power before, but the little bit I played it seemed pretty brutal. Good effort regardless and I'm sure someone will pick up the mantle later in the year.

@douglie007 - totally agree regarding Bubble Bobble Part 2. Going from simultaneous co-op play in the first game to swapping turns in the second one seems like a big step backwards.

@Fokakis79 - Your Skate or Die score is totally fine, no need to upgrade those scores unless you just want to strive for a personal best. Made sure your claims were updated properly this time, sorry about that.

SPORTS MONTH WINDING DOWN

With our sports month winding down I wanted to encourage any of you who haven't beaten a sports title yet to use this final week to take one down. I realize some of them have ridiculously long seasons that not everyone has the time or stomach for so I thought I'd help you all out by shining a spotlight on several of the more obtainable sports titles that we need someone to tackle.

Power Pad Games:

If you've got a power pad the games on it are all incredibly short completions. Athletic World, Dance Aerobics, and World Class Track Meet/Stadium Events are all sports titles for that accessory that can be beaten quite easily in under 2 hours for Dance Aerobics and under 1 hour for the others.

Compilations:

Caveman Games, Crash n the Boys, Gold Medal Challenge, Ski or Die,Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular and World Games are all incredibly short games that shouldn't take most players more than 1 hour to beat.

Baseball:

Bad News Baseball, Baseball Stars II, Bo Jackson Baseball, Dusty Diamond's All Star Softball, Legends of the Diamond, RBI Baseball and Tecmo Baseball are all baseball titles which DO NOT require you to play insanely long seasons and can be completed withing 1-4 hours of play.

Combat:

George Foreman's KO Boxing, Karate Champ, M.U.S.C.L.E., Tag Team Wrestling, and all 4 WWF Titles are all game which can be beaten very quickly some in under 30 minutes

Golf:

Bandai Golf, Golf Grand Slam, Jack Nicklaus 18 Holes, Lee Trevion's Fighting Golf are all 1-2 hours worth of golfing madness a piece!!

Basketball:

Harlem Globetrotters, Jordan vs Bird, Fast Break, and Roundball are all sub 1 hour games

Football:

NFL Football, Touchdown Fever, Goal! 2 yeah I stuck football and soccer together, just like you can too! All of these titles are 1-2 hour games

Tennis/Hockey:

Jimmy Connor Tennis and Pro Sport Hockey are both sub 2 hour games

Hopefully these give you guys some ideas and incentive to knock out a few more sports titles with me this month. You may even find you enjoy some of them like I have in the past. Let me know if you want recommendations beyond these or more insight into any of these titles before you spend some time with them and I'd be happy to elaborate as I've beaten many of these in the past.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 22, 2019, 04:39:34 AM
It is done!! I'm really curious when I edit the video together how long my actual game play time is going to be (and then I'll have to double it for all the failed attempts that didn't get recorded), because I feel like I may have spent more time on this game than any other NES game I've beaten. And none of it was particularly enjoyable. Never really figured out how to bat consistently, the fielding was garbage and it was easier to send my pitcher running all the way to center field to catch a fly ball than to use my center fielder, throwing was very inconsistent speeds, player stats seemed meaningless, the star system was so hard to use that there was only one game out of the  well over 100 that I played in which I even got 6 out of 8 possible stars, once you through a ball you couldn't control your fielders so my short stop would often unintentionally run into a ball meant for second base which always slowed me down enough that the runner I was trying to throw out would be safe. Bases Loaded 3 had an interesting single player game to it. 1,2 and 4 just have super long boring joyless seasons to play. To give you guys a reference for the amount of time I put into this game, while playing I also watched: 3 seasons of The Wire, 2 seasons of True Detective, Three Billboards, Annihilation, and about 10 1-2 hours podcasts. Super relived to be out of this game and able to move onto more interesting titles.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7803/32232730247_6da926b053_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/R7iaJp)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 22, 2019, 02:16:12 PM
@crabby, way to go! I wanted to play more baseball during this month's challenge but just couldn't dedicate the time to playing a long season.

BTW what is up with the Navy team on Super Spike V'Ball? They're defense is unstoppable. I am getting beat badly. Really fun game, though. Like it a lot more than Kings of the Beach.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 22, 2019, 04:18:30 PM
@crabby, way to go! I wanted to play more baseball during this month's challenge but just couldn't dedicate the time to playing a long season.

BTW what is up with the Navy team on Super Spike V'Ball? They're defense is unstoppable. I am getting beat badly. Really fun game, though. Like it a lot more than Kings of the Beach.

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Check out my post right above my Bases Loaded 4 victory. There are 7 baseball games that are still available to beat that don't require long crazy seasons. Some of them are only like an hour long.

Super Spike is awesome. Don't remember the Navy Team in particular though sorry.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 22, 2019, 05:32:07 PM
Maybe I will play through RBI Baseball this weekend then and try to knock that one down for us. I haven't even started playing Swords and Serpents but I still want to keep it claimed. Going to play some quick games to get us to our goal. Definitely getting better at Super Spike so should be able to close that one out this weekend as well.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 22, 2019, 09:36:35 PM
Super V'Ball Basketball is finished. I beat it on American first(Second pic) and realized I needed to beat it on World (First Pic)Great game, great tunes. I would like to try this one two player, seems like it could get to be pretty competitive as your opponents skills improved.

Next Sports Claim is RBI Baseball (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190223/ee437e43bbb2edd0bfc731059b034cec.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190223/3d5ef52b4db867d8481e5371957eb01e.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 22, 2019, 11:24:28 PM
Sesame Street ABC is done! Again, the games just loop infinitely so I played each for a little bit and moved on.

(https://i.imgur.com/VhY2nmKl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/CVi7KSbl.jpg)

I'm gonna finish off the last of the Sesame Street games and shoot for Sesame Street: Countdown. I loved playing that one when I was very young so this should bring forth the warm fuzzies.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on February 23, 2019, 02:31:06 PM
I just walked out of the Marsh Cave, kicked Astos teeth in, and after a bit more item swapping I now have the mystic key.  All in all I am really enjoying this "all Black Belt" playthrough.  Normally in the next leg of the game after the Earth Cave is a ton of grinding to afford armor and spells, but since the Black Belts use no magic, at level six need no weapons, and at this point wear no armor, all I have to buy is healing items and cabins.  And reload, because sometimes they just die.  The first (NES) Final Fantasy seems like pure RNG sometimes, and especially with Black Belts.  So much fun though.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 23, 2019, 08:08:14 PM
I got Sesame Street Countdown done last night, it's actually pretty enjoyable considering it's an educational title for toddlers. It always brings back good memories every time I play it since it was in regular rotation when I was a very young kid back in the early 90s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wudkDhwt4-I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQGfXgoKF2g

Now that all the Sesame Street games are done, I'm going to help with our sports goal and do Magic Johnson's Fast Break next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on February 24, 2019, 09:07:12 AM
I got Family Feud  done, it was harder then I thought.  The fast money rounds are brutal.  I'll start Jack Nicklaus' Major Championship Golf(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190224/4cd9563e963e447e17dc38d62780c4bc.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 24, 2019, 10:02:27 AM
Great job everybody! Apolloboy has cleaned up the streets and made them safe for us ordinary citizens once again. Nice to see a couple more sports claims from you guys as well!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on February 24, 2019, 11:59:18 PM
Decided to take a break from FF and listening to the tunes in P4: Golden to try my hand at a wrasslin' game (that is, WWF King of the Ring.  I didn't call it, but since it look less than twenty minutes:

(http://i67.tinypic.com/vp9jwy.jpg)

Basically kicked my way to the top.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 25, 2019, 09:05:55 AM
@bomba - a lot of the fighting games on the NES allow you "kick your way to the top", lol. Whatever works

I started the Bases Loaded 4 of Basketball games tonight and got a few games into All Pro Basketball. It's only 35 games to finish though so half as many as BL4 thankfully. It's got horrible controls, the screen pauses and flips when a player takes the ball across the center line, when I got for a 3 point shot the CPU can push my player in the air so that I land past inside the 3 point line and only get 2 for my shot, dunk's have an alarmingly high miss rate, fouling someone and stealing the ball almost happen in tandem each time, the CPU can steal the ball from you even when he's beyond arm length from your player, swapping players system is garbage and I swear the CPU magically regains the ball that my character has caught as a rebound sometimes. I don't think I'll be able to finish this in February, but I'll do my best.

Also started Jimmy Connors Tennis as well. Got most of it done and only have the last 4 tournaments to beat so that should be done tomorrow at some point.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on February 25, 2019, 11:49:03 AM
Jack Nicklaus' Major Championship Golf is done! Glad I didn't have to get better than par.  The lack of green markers was a pain. I think I'll take up Star Trek Next Generation.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/c101df784dc2617d35d1d5b4be07c735.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190225/2771fd8576ac914b49a9d35a245a32bd.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 26, 2019, 08:18:44 AM
Made a massive dent into All Pro Basketball tonight. Found my stride and didn't lose a game tonight. Got to 16 matches down so far. Also finished off the last few matches in Jimmy Connors Tennis so that one is done now. It was a weird game and I think I prefer even just Black Box Tennis to it. The character movement always felt unusual and never got better. Even to the end I was having trouble figuring out the hit boxes for the racket/ball. Pretty unmemorable over all.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7925/47218131851_9d4842a052_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eWvgxz)

EDIT: All claims and Completions up to date


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on February 26, 2019, 09:32:43 AM
I've been taking a little break from the NES games, but I'm sure I'll get back to it sooner or later. I have been playing Crystalis a bit here and there in the meantime though. I think I'm about halfway through it. My impressions of it at this point are that it is a great game and I totally get why people love it, but I definitely disagree with the vocal minority that says it's better than Zelda.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 26, 2019, 01:57:01 PM
Sadly I have been super busy the past few days and haven't got a chance to sit down and beat some NES games. I started playing RBI Baseball and I haven't won a game yet. LOL.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on February 26, 2019, 01:58:59 PM
I'm still planning on getting back to G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor, but just haven't spent any time on it the last few weeks. If anyone else really wants it, I'll relinquish my claim, so let me know. However, I do plan on getting it done at some point.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on February 26, 2019, 03:22:06 PM
Ok star trek is driving me nuts, let me change to  Mario Bros.  I might try star trek later.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on February 26, 2019, 08:36:20 PM
Got Magic Johnson's Fast Break done.  I really didn't enjoy this one, the computer is way too aggressive even on lower difficulties and you'll keep getting back court violations whether you like it or not! Jammin' title screen song though.

(https://i.imgur.com/CISij1Kl.jpg)

I'm doing Panic Restaurant next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 27, 2019, 08:45:20 AM
Made another massive dent into the All Pro Basketball season. I think I've only got 5 games left to win next session which I should be able to do in about 2 hours or so, which means I might actually sneak the win in just in time for the end of the February which would be nice.

@ApolloBoy - That music was jammin'! I actually don't mind the title screen music for All Pro Basketball either. Really gets going while I'm inputting my long password to continue the season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOwNXSyH3PE



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on February 27, 2019, 09:19:52 PM
Mario Bro. Done.. no need to say anything everyone knows this one... next forme is Qix.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190228/27beeea18ff9ca3ab2f45837fc67a099.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 27, 2019, 09:47:51 PM
Finished off Xenophobe tonight. Since the game loops here is a pic of me leaving Stage 8. Classic game used to love playing the arcade version, which has much better colors than the NES. The fun factor is still there(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190228/581656f9ab7058132e29642fd0937624.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 28, 2019, 08:14:24 AM
Nicely done guys! I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on Qix douglie007. It's a pretty cool game.

I was able to finish off All Pro Basketball with minimal effort tonight. The end screen here trolled me though and says I have a loss. I was confused so I checked my video again (because after each game it shows your whole play stats), and I definitely didn't have a loss. Oh well still done.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7892/32295344057_eeedbe4681_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RcQ5CR)

Also tried to sneak in one last sports game in for February, but didn't quite make it. Have about 3 games left to finish off Bad News Baseball. It's not great, but after so much Bases Loaded IV it does feel quite refreshing. First game was 16-15 which was a lot more action than 74 games of 1-0. The fielding is really garbage in Bad News which holds it back so much. The hitting/pitching is fine, the game has a lot of character and charm to its style, but the fielding is just so bad that even the CPU struggles with it. For example all of your basemen are locked onto their bases so if you throw the ball to 1st, 3rd or home and it misses you have to fun you pitcher at a disturbingly slow pace to recover the ball while the opponent runs the bases with no interference. Also every catch you do has some kind of random chance of fumbling the ball through no fault of yours. It's cost me many runs. Good news though is that I got the best kind of Home Run?

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7814/32295343167_df8df280ed_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RcQ5nv)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 28, 2019, 08:27:12 AM
Today is the last day of February and we are still 28 games short of our community goal of 250 titles. Feel free to push as hard as you can today to knock a few more off, but I don't see 28 happening in one day. Everyone did great though and we got some killer titles beaten for February regardless and are still on a good pace to beat the entire library in 2019. Goal will be adjusted for March soon, but I thought I'd let you guys know what March's single player goal is going to be so you can all prepare for it.

For March the single player goal Is to beat at least 2 games based on a licensed property. That means games based on books, TV, movies, brands, characters, etc. that exist outside of video games. One of the nice things about this goal is there is a TON of variety in styles of games so hopefully everyone can find a couple that speak to them.

Here is a handy list of the ones still available to beat from our remaining games list:

Addams Family, The
Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt, The
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonstrike
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Hillsfar
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance
Adventures in the Magic Kingdom
Adventures of Gilligan's Island, The
Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle and Friends, The
Airwolf
Alien3
American Gladiators
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Back to the Future
Back to the Future II & III
Batman: Return of the Joker
Batman Returns
Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure
Blues Brothers, The
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Captain America and the Avengers
Captain Planet
Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers 2
Cliffhanger
Conan: The Mysteries of Time
Cool World
Darkman
Days of Thunder
Defenders of Dynatron City
Dick Tracy
Die Hard
Dirty Harry: The War Against Drugs
Empire Strikes Back , The
Fester's Quest
Fisher Price: I Can Remember
Fisher Price: Perfect Fit
Fist of the North Star
Flight of the Intruder
Flintstones, The
Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak, The
Friday the 13th
Fun House
G.I. Joe
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters II
Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Harlem Globetrotters
High Speed
Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Hudson Hawk
Hunt for Red October, The
Incredible Crash Dummies, The
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Taito)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Ubisoft)
James Bond Jr.
Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper, The
Jungle Book, The
Jurassic Park
Karate Kid
Knight Rider
Krusty's Funhouse
Last Action Hero
Last Starfighter, The
Lethal Weapon
Little Nemo: The Dream Master
Lone Ranger, The
Mad Max
Mafat Conspiracy: Golgo 13 II, The
Marvel's X-Men
Mickey's Adventures in Numberland
Mickey's Safari in Letterland
Mission: Impossible
Muppet Adventure: Chaos at the Carnival
Peter Pan & the Pirates
Pinbot
Platoon
Predator
Punisher, The
Puss 'N Boots: Pero's Great Adventure
Rambo
Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckaroo$, The
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
RoboCop 2
RoboCop 3
Rocketeer, The
Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man, The
Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants, The
Simpsons: Bart vs. the World, The
Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Wars
Super Jeopardy!
Superman
Swamp Thing
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
Terminator, The
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Three Stooges, The
Thunderbirds
Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland
Tom & Jerry
Top Gun
Top Gun: The Second Mission
Total Recall
Town & Country II: Thrilla's Surfari
Town & Country Surf Designs
Toxic Crusaders
Untouchables, The
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Widget
Wolverine
Yo! Noid
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The
Zen: Intergalactic Ninja


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on February 28, 2019, 01:34:55 PM
Can we claim two games like we did in Feb as long as one is a licensed property game?

I would like to claim Friday the 13th if we can. I will be abandoning my RBI Baseball pick

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on February 28, 2019, 03:22:48 PM
Curious to know if, since my current pick is a licensed game, if I could pick another. Also, is Mickey Mousecapades not considered a licensed game, was it left off the list, or was it already completed?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 28, 2019, 03:38:01 PM
Can we claim two games like we did in Feb as long as one is a licensed property game?

I would like to claim Friday the 13th if we can. I will be abandoning my RBI Baseball pick

Yeah I don't see why we can't do 2 claims again as long as one of them fits the single player goal

Curious to know if, since my current pick is a licensed game, if I could pick another. Also, is Mickey Mousecapades not considered a licensed game, was it left off the list, or was it already completed?

Go for it! And yes Mickey Mousecapades is a licensed game, but shane beat that one for us on February 1st already.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on February 28, 2019, 05:04:03 PM
It's been a while since I've posted anything on the thread. I've been playing a lot of Ninja Gaiden III, and I've definitely improved at it, but I'm still working on getting through the last few levels consistently enough to actually stand a chance against the final boss run.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on February 28, 2019, 05:15:48 PM
It's been a while since I've posted anything on the thread. I've been playing a lot of Ninja Gaiden III, and I've definitely improved at it, but I'm still working on getting through the last few levels consistently enough to actually stand a chance against the final boss run.

That's awesome!! I feel like III is easily the hardest in the trilogy. That level with the short timer and the spikes that protrude from the wall is brutal as well as the crazy wind levels. You can do it man!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 01, 2019, 09:27:22 AM
A fresh new month with some fresh new goals!!! Hope you all enjoyed your February and are ready to keep NESing with me through March. Our community goal for March is to get to 300 total completions that's 78 games in 31 days and if we are able to meet that challenge we will be just a little shy of the halfway mark in only 3 months, which would be killer.

If you missed my post just a half a dozen posts up our single player goal for March is for each of us to to beat at least 2 games based on licensed properties. I explain a bit more up there what that means and have a big old list of all of the available games that fit that goal. If you guys arn't familiar with many of the games on the list I'd be happy to break it down further like I did near the end of the month for the sports games to give you guys an idea of what games you might like or which ones are the most beatable.

As for myself I started off my March with 2 completions (one was mostly done in February though) and beat Bad News Baseball and Star Wars tonight. Bad News has a lot of character and charm to it, but the really awful fielding mechanics make the game a loser in my books. It's really a shame because with a few tweaks I think it could have been something special and maybe be remembered fondly like Blades of Steel or Super Spike V'Ball instead of nobody really knowing about it.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7881/47247299411_8957865716_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eZ5L3x)

Star Wars on the other hand was actually pretty great! I went in with very low expectations, because all I had heard was it was awful and challenging. It wasn't a cake walk, but it was very manageable. In the early game you can very easily harvest 1ups if you need them and once you've recruited Obi-Wan and either/or both Han and Leia you can resurrect them repeatedly AND on top of that you get 10 continues to keep you going so they really throw a lot of lives at you to work your way through it. Controls really well, follows the story of the movie surprisingly well for an NES games, and has most of the key moments (Cantina, Millenium Falcon missions, X-Wing missions, Rescue Leia, Trash Compactor, Trench run). I was pleasantly surprised and could see myself going back to this one again as I had a lot of fun.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7850/32305092427_e8ece0524b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RdG3uc)

Gonna take claim to AD&D Pool of Radiance and Empire Strikes Back for myself. Really glad to take a break from all the sports for this month!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 01, 2019, 05:00:23 PM
Qix done! Took me longer than I thought, still a great game.  Let's try 3 stooges for my next one.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190301/9e52dcd48809149dd9046d1695704d83.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on March 02, 2019, 01:51:39 AM
Friday the 13th completed.  Repetitive at times. It does have an endearing quality to it that can't put my finger on, though. BTW this endscreen image of Jason slumped on the floor made me laugh. LOL.

My next licensed claim is Total Recall

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 02, 2019, 10:50:04 AM
Three Stooges is done! Got really lucky and hit the dollar sign and got 1000 twice. Not a bad game.  But not much to it. 

I'll do Mickey in Numberland next.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190302/342313502213a9ad5754ab24605ef74f.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 02, 2019, 11:16:37 AM
@Fokakis79 - That Friday the 13th ending is so great

@douglie007 - thanks for saving those orphans man!!!

All claims and completions up to date


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 02, 2019, 12:32:30 PM
Are the Tengen games not on the list? I don't see Toobin' on the list anywhere, but Pac-Man and Tetris are on the list.


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 02, 2019, 02:38:26 PM
Are the Tengen games not on the list? I don't see Toobin' on the list anywhere, but Pac-Man and Tetris are on the list.
Those are not licensed games.  Pacman, rbi baseball and gauntlet was the only ones Nintendo licensed


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 02, 2019, 02:59:09 PM
Mickeys Adventure in Numberland done... the game us good for kids learning numbers.  Now I'll learn my numbers with Mickey safari in letterland. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190302/98860118b3f2ba25771870b15f5d750f.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 02, 2019, 09:40:09 PM
Are the Tengen games not on the list? I don't see Toobin' on the list anywhere, but Pac-Man and Tetris are on the list.

Only the licensed games are on the list so no Toobin' or Tengen Tetris. You're seeing the Nintendo Published Tetris. The only Tengen games that had licensed versions were Pac-Man, RBI Baseball, and Gauntlet.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Silent Scythe on March 02, 2019, 09:56:54 PM
I'm gonna relinquish The Black Bass for now. After hours of finding all the bass spots on the first lake and learning how to effectively lure fish it still feels like all types of fish are attracted to all your lures. This makes it pretty hard to keep your average bass weight up since your never sure if you want to waste time on a bigger target or not. In the end I don't find this games very fun and I can't really justify wasting anymore time on it.


I haven't played Adventures in the Magic Kingdom in a long time. If it's still open I'll take that as my franchise game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 03, 2019, 06:37:12 AM
Mickey in letterland done.  On to Snoopy.. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190303/21331fd2d2e58b4a31e70b699fc65b75.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: GrayGhost81 on March 03, 2019, 06:22:08 PM
Dragon Warrior finished!

(https://i.imgur.com/Gi3veGb.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on March 03, 2019, 07:13:46 PM
Just beat Panic Restaurant!

(https://i.imgur.com/j7y0Qidl.jpg)

It's a fun little game but boy does it throw some BS at you in the last couple of levels. I had to do a few practice runs beforehand as I kept getting stuck on stage 5 (the freezer), and on stage 6 there's a jump that you have to be pixel-perfect on or else you fall to your death. That part alone ate up most of my lives and I was able to get to Ohdove with just one life left. The final boss is pathetically easy BTW. But still, it's a decent way to kill half an hour. I just wish it didn't cost like $500-600 for a loose cart LOL.

To help with this month's goal and in keeping with the theme of horrendously expensive NES games, I'm gonna go for The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on March 03, 2019, 09:59:48 PM
For a licensed claim, would like to go with Flintstones, Rescue of Dino and Hoppy (I know it's the cheap one, but it's one I actually have)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on March 03, 2019, 10:22:27 PM
The Karate Kid done.

(https://i.imgur.com/6VicLW2.jpg)

This was my first time playing this game. You know what? Call me crazy, but I actually kind of like it. It has a ton of flaws and isn't something I would recommend to others, but I sort of enjoyed it. The final stage almost made me rage quit though.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 04, 2019, 09:12:04 AM
@Silent Scythe - No problem. Maybe someone else will get some pleasure out of Black Bass later in the year. I've updated your claim to Magic Kingdom

@douglie007 - I grew up playing Snoopy's Silly Sports, other than the pole across the river event I really enjoy the game. Hope you have some fun with it

@Grayghost - awesome man!! Can't wait to dive in myself this month!

@ApolloBoy - well done! I think if you stick with your theme of crazy expensive games you'll find that most of them are decent, not overly challenging games. Little Samson is pretty special, but outside of that a lot of the other $200+ games are just ok and typically fairly easy wins.

@EZ Racer - You got it!

@Disposed Hero - I love hearing stuff like this. There's a lot of games that I feel the exact same way about. Sometimes I just feel bonded to a game for having endured it to completion and after that it holds a special place in my collection. Nothing wrong with enjoying a little jank from time to time.


I played quite a bit of Empire Strikes Back tonight and it's a lot harder than Star Wars was. I had a lot of trouble getting past Dagobah initially, but after many attempts (the only 1up I found in the entire game was in Dagobah so I could keep trying endlessly as long as I collected it) I think I'm feeling pretty good about getting through there consistently now. I was able to make it to the final level in the bottom of Cloud City and then just didn't have any more time to play. Hoping I can get to cloud city with all or least most of my lives tomorrow and be able to get through it on my first attempt. I was really impressed with how Star Wars actually followed the plot of the movie, but with Empire Strikes Back I'm really impressed with how these people take iconic moments from the movie and do the total opposite of them. It's like a bizzaro version of Empire. I'll elaborate more tomorrow with a few screen shots of some of the stuff I'm talking about once I have a video captured of the completion.

Speaking of completions, now that I have my video pieced together for Bases Loaded 4 I know that I spent somewhere between 50-60 hours on that game in February. With that game eating up most of my month as well as the week I was away for a quick family trip this is all I was able to take down for the month. 3 of them are very long games, but still a little depressing to look at. Gonna have to beef up my March numbers!

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7840/47226827332_e4e3bee5e0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eXgQpE)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on March 04, 2019, 09:28:44 AM
@DisposedHero - I wouldn't call you crazy. I enjoy the game too. I say that, with the caveat that I'm definitely wearing nostalgia goggles, due both to my fandom of The Karate Kid, and the fact that a childhood friend had this game, and we played it a ton. That said, despite its flaws, it's still fun, and isn't nearly as bad as some people say. It's somewhat unique for its time, and does enough different than other action platformers to stand out.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on March 04, 2019, 12:45:52 PM
Started work on Swords and Serpents a little. Liking it so far. I got my butt kicked in but it was because I was being too careless by just trying to get a feel for the game. Played some Total Recall over the weekend didn't complete it though. I kinda enjoy the game for doing its best to stay true to the movie but at the same time leave room for fun. I will say that punching kinda sucks and requires good timing. It feels a little sluggish but I think it is something I need to get used to instead of something that is broken in the game.

@SilentScythe,  Same thing happened to me when I played it. Although, I got to the point where I could tell if it was a Bass by the silhouette under the water and the color. Some are harder to tell than others. I have found.



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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 04, 2019, 02:04:54 PM
@crabmaster2000 you where right Snoopy was a fun game, never got the pizza down, but once I got the timing on the pole and pogo stick I was good. Just for fun I beat the Japanese version Donald Duck.  Ren and Stimpy is next for me.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190304/8ad1ab5469d5006c3011fc6f349306e0.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190304/8942227da2f1301e1992564b4c55054e.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shaggy on March 04, 2019, 02:52:32 PM
I totally forgot about this.  Someone else can go for 8 eyes.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 05, 2019, 08:49:57 AM
Took down Empire Strikes Back tonight. The actual gameplay isn't too bad despite the difficulty. The sprite work is actually pretty good most of the time, but the sound is just some of the worst. Not quite 1942 level, but its closer to that bad than most other games I've played. And they are so ballsy that they think they can rewrite Empire Strikes Back??

Remember that scene when Luke wants to quit his Jedi training to go and save his friends and Yoda encourages him to?
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7927/47288929101_4f152ac835_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2f3L86P)

Remember when Han gets frozen in carbonite and Luke immediately flies an X-Wing off of Cloud City to have a space battle against Boba Fett and frees Han negating the first third of Return of the Jedi?
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7912/40324351273_d46e4cb288_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24rjQKK)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7918/47236800192_5d6bbed6b0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eY9WZw)

Remember this iconic scene when Luke defeats Vader and he falls to an unknown outcome at the bottom of Cloud City?
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7819/40324349963_7095601dd8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24rjQna)

I get taking creative license with the game to make it more fun to play, and they do do that like during the Hoth battle you take down 10 AT-ATs. There is a Tie Fighter battle before you enter Cloud City. There are multiple Wampas to battle. Dagobah has a whole bunch of different animals attacking you as obstacles. During a few parts of the game you get to commandeer an AT-ST and use it to take down tough enemies or traverse areas you can't go to on foot. That stuff is just fine, but the stuff I mentioned above is just too crazy of a departure for me.



Ending
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7823/47236696982_d1a205a39d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eY9qj3)

The sound effects would often change mid use and the music would cut out very frequently so you'd just be playing with your sporadic sound effects and no music. Even when the music did work it wasn't good. Here's an example of the same song from Star Wars and from Empire Strikes Back. They made changes to it in Star Wars to make it punchier and more fun to play to I think.

Star Wars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTTKfLDBggQ&list=PLA8E302EE69E69699&index=7

Empire Strikes Back:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AsRhiuuSu4&index=6&list=PLE495A785E2CFDF52


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on March 05, 2019, 06:30:30 PM
So..... It has been a while since I have been on the site. I have been working through Dragon Warrior 2 and I finally finished it today.......Like 15 minutes ago.
I am a big fan of the Dragon Quest games but this is the first time I completed this one, why I did not do it years ago, I'm not sure. I have owned the game in one form or
another but since my wife gave me this game on the NES I new I had to complete it, it was time and than this NES Challage was announced and it seemed to be the perfect time.
So, I have played from beginning to End, starting out enjoying the game and all it had to offer. From seeing all the enemies that I have seen in all the other games to following the trails to find my comrades that are on the same path that I am put on.
It was great fun.........until about 3/4 of the way into the game. I began to realize the grind in the game that is needed to finish the game. Then there is the enemies you face at the end, namely the Cave of Rhone and after. You can enter a fight at full health and Magic and a monster can simply use Defeat and kill your entire party. You soon realize if the game does not want you to win today, you will not win.

there are games that powering through is the only way to win, but everyone has a wall they can hit while playing a game and I hit that wall. I told myself that I would take a break for just a week....... that was 1 month ago. I wanted to play but at the same time would decide to play something else.

I did finally beat this game. I hate this game, I love this game. I may never play this game again but vary happy I have it in my collection.
I will say this....Dragon Warrior 2 was a great and rewarding experience (which you need alot of before the games end) if you can break through that wall.

Now that I have finished DW2 I hope I can claim Pinball Quest if it not completed yet.


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 05, 2019, 06:48:43 PM
  I started playing all the Dragon Quest games a while ago, I agree the instant kill magic can be frustrating.  But I got to, I think it was 6 where you get turned to stone, and need to find your spirit, i just got lost, and could not find what the game wanted me to do. So it I put that down and never picked it back up.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 06, 2019, 06:27:44 AM
@Normatron - What an accomplishment man! I've always heard II was the the most challenging of the NES DW games. I'm so glad you were able to break past that sticking point and see it to the end. Really great job! That makes all 4 games in the series done now! Pinball Quest is still available and I've got your name on it whenever you're ready.

I beat Adventure Island 3 tonight. That was the last game in of that trilogy that I needed to finish. Not sure why it took me so long to get around to it. Very similar to AI II. These are not my favorite platformers so I'm kinda glad to be done with them.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7864/40333435643_1ca85ec45f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24s8pdP)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 06, 2019, 07:37:35 AM
Thought I'd break down the list of licensed property games for this months single player goal into categories to hopefully give you guys some ideas of what each game is like and maybe which ones you want to try:

Licensed Game suggestions:

Easy to beat:
Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle - A little Janky, but very short
Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 - If you liked the first one this is more of the same just slightly longer
Fisher Price I Can Remember - Piece of cake
Fisher Price Perfect Fit - You got this
Flintstones Surprise at Dinosaur Peak - mediocre platformer. Last stage make take a few tries, but quite simple otherwise
Home Alone 2 - short straightforward platformer
Hudson Hawk - short puzzle platformer
Incredible Crash Test Dummies - unusual controls because you have a wheel for feet. Not to hard once you get the hang of moving around
Peter Pan & the Pirates - not a great game, but a short and easy platformer
Puss n Boots: Pero's Great Adventure - maybe the easiest platformer on the system?
Super Jeopardy! - just gotta remember your 80s trivia!
Widget - decent cartoony mascot platformer

Short, but challenging:
Back to the Future - getting your car up to speed at the end can be frustrating. Otherwise not too bad
Batman Returns - pretty good Konami beat em up. Game is stingy with lives though so use whatever cheap tactics you can to conserve them
Blues Brothers - extremely short platformer, but fairly unforgiving difficulty and slippery controls
Bram Stokers Dracula - action platformer with some minor exploration
Captain America and the Avengers - Some trial and error will be required to figure out the best levels to use Captain America or Hawkeye on. Once you figure that out it should come together
Darkman - pretty short, but extremely slippery controls and a constant timer gauge to keep an eye on
Ghostbusters - very short and mostly easy except for the infamous staircase. There is a well known glitch that can help you out with that section though
Ghostbusters II - forget everything you know about action platformers!! Left is Right and A is B in this one!
Gremlins 2 - Tough top down platformer and a few challenging bosses
Home Alone - Super short, but will take some time to find a rhythm to lose the criminals as well as the patience to keep it up for 20 minutes
Little Nemo the Dream Master - Last game levels ramp up the difficulty. Very fun though
Platoon - Probably the shortest game on this entire list. First stage is a confusing maze. Use a guide to reduce the play time and it's not too bad.
Robocop 2 - Much like Darkman this one has extremely awkward controls that make it tough
Robocop 3 - Also very short, but some very hard bosses, particularly the final fight. Body parts take damage as you progress through the game so you'll have to prioritize where to repair damage which makes the late game even tougher
Rocketeer - Nothing too crazy, just lots of different styles of game to get good at
Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man, The - slippery controls
Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants, The - slippery controls and obscure puzzles
Simpsons: Bart vs. the World, The - slippery controls
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six - just straight up hard beat em up style game, with few lives
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - take advantage of swapping turtles and respawning pizzas if needed
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters - Find you're favorite move to spam to victory and it's very short
Terminator 2 - platforming and beat em up parts are not too bad. Confusing building maps can be challenging
Tiny Toons 2 - several styles of game to get good at
Tom & Jerry - action platformer with some hard bosses. No time limit so you can farm 1ups via score if needed
T&C Surf Design II: Thrilla's Surfari - awkward controlling game, but very short. Early game warp can skip a couple stages though
Untouchables - The cursor moving shooting sections can be challenging due to slow cursor movement
Wolverine - just pretend you are not wolverine and run and jump past most enemies and obstacles instead of fighting them and this games will be over in no time
Yo! Noid - unforgiving hit detection and few lives

Interesting and unique:

AD&D Dragonstrike - a shmup with an open map and story elements? pretty cool game with some deadly boss fights. Has a password save after each level though
Conan Mysteries of Time - definitely use a guide for this one. pretty easy to beat if you can solve all of the obtuse puzzles in the game
Die Hard - very open in terms of where you can go and what you can do top down shooter (like gta 1/2) several time bases events depending on your decisions and location. Quite and interesting game

Wanna take one for the team?(These are not good games and also very challenging, these are the types of games I'm worried about us beating at all):

Back to the Future II & III - Even with a guide this game is an absolute nightmare to navigate. The different areas combined with different times you can travel too combined with puzzle elements that use time and location make this game one of the least fun to play.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure - Kind of like Back to the Future II & III, but not nearly that bad. This one is more doable with a guide, just slow and not much fun.
Days of Thunder - super boring racing combined with a pit stop that is crazy hard to control
Dirty Harry - The first stage is a doozy of a maze and will take up 90% of your playtime. If you can get past stage 1 it's fairly smooth sailing thouhg
Highspeed - The in game highscore for this table is massive and pretty hard to overcome. Also they have monsters that attack your ball while you're playing that can disrupt your flow
Krusty's Funhouse - Very challenging puzzle game even with a walkthrough as some of the puzzles take some precise timing and movements
Mad Max - just a general slog with poor controls
Mission Impossible - last stages live up to their name. This game is just super tough!  


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on March 06, 2019, 10:54:22 AM
@crabby, Awesome breakdown of these games. Will definitely help me inform my next decision. Thanks for doing this.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 06, 2019, 04:58:24 PM
I would like to take Commando if thatís ok


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 06, 2019, 06:44:56 PM
@crabby, Awesome breakdown of these games. Will definitely help me inform my next decision. Thanks for doing this.

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No problem. Let me know if you need me to elaborate on any of those titles as I've beaten nearly all of them in the past.

I would like to take Commando if thatís ok

That would be awesome!! Go for it!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 06, 2019, 09:35:39 PM
Awesome. Iím on it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 07, 2019, 07:31:15 AM
Was able to beat Defenders of Dynatron City tonight. Another feel good game for me as I tried and failed to beat this a few years back. It's a very cool concept, but doesn't come together very well. You have a city to defend that you can progress through however you like, lots of building to explore for items and power ups. You start with 4 very unique characters and you can swap out a least 2 more that I found. They all play extremely differently and some where more useful in certain situations than others so I had to use all 4 of my characters throughout the game. It's got some pretty bad hit detection and the music is awful. The 4th area has you fighting robot versions of some of your team which isn't too bad, but there are these toxic bubbles floating around that just eat up your health. All of my failed runs ended right there. Once I got past that spot the final boss wasn't hard at all.

I'm gonna claim one of the games off of my "take one for the team" list and try to beat Mad Max this month.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on March 07, 2019, 10:21:51 AM
Well that was super refreshing to play. Great fun in this game! the standard pinball tables are a little boring but where this game shines is the RPG mode. vary basic story for the game....you are a pinball and you have to save the princess. going back and forth between the stages can be tedious but once you get the gold to buy the permastop and the strong flipper it gets a bit easier.

The only thing im bummed about is I thought it would take me longer. this is a really fun game!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on March 07, 2019, 10:26:23 AM
If I can im going to claim the guardian Legend


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 07, 2019, 10:13:01 PM
Just beat Commando. Check it off the list. Tuff game for sure


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 07, 2019, 10:48:22 PM
Iíd like to tackle Rush N Attack next


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 08, 2019, 09:02:48 AM
@Normatron - I like Pinball Quest too, it's such a unique game that someone should do a spiritual successor to.

@Duke0619 - Nicely done!! Out of curiosity what got you to go for Commando right off the bat?

I took down Swamp Thing tonight. For a Super Hero-ish kind of game I really felt weak and powerless as a character.  Spent 90% of the game dodging dangerous enemies like a tin can....... and a snake. I'm freaking Swamp Thing!! The middle of the game was a bit tough, but otherwise wasn't too bad. Took it down quick and spent the rest of my play time on Mad Max. I was actually able to make it to the final boss (with the use of a guide to navigate those treacherous overworld maps. I used the code the game provided me to enter the last arena and when it put me against the boss I ran out of ammo. So I looked it up and apparently if you use the code that you get you can't beat the game because of the lack of ammo. SO I'm gonna have to go back one section (which I also have the code for) and do that whole section and stock up on ammo for that fight and then make it through the car battle before fighting him again. It'll take a while, but it's doable.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 08, 2019, 12:46:55 PM
Thanks Crabby. I have a lot of nostalgia for Commando and havenít played it in a while. Itís a flawed port but I love the earlier Capcom games, especially gunsmoke but I just beat that a few weeks ago.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 08, 2019, 01:30:03 PM
The middle of the game was a bit tough, but otherwise wasn't too bad. Took it down quick and spent the rest of my play time on Mad Max. I was actually able to make it to the final boss (with the use of a guide to navigate those treacherous overworld maps. I used the code the game provided me to enter the last arena and when it put me against the boss I ran out of ammo. So I looked it up and apparently if you use the code that you get you can't beat the game because of the lack of ammo. SO I'm gonna have to go back one section (which I also have the code for) and do that whole section and stock up on ammo for that fight and then make it through the car battle before fighting him again. It'll take a while, but it's doable.

I was thinking of tackling it over the weekend, but I am glad you are doing Mad Max instead.  I've beaten it (you do have to seriously stock up on ammo for the last boss), but I really hate the game, despite it being an NES open world game.  I love the franchise (always have), but I knew when I received it for my b-day once it was not good.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 08, 2019, 03:50:08 PM
Thanks Crabby. I have a lot of nostalgia for Commando and havenít played it in a while. Itís a flawed port but I love the earlier Capcom games, especially gunsmoke but I just beat that a few weeks ago.

I'm a huge fan of Ghosts n Goblins and Trojan so I can relate a bit. Glad to have you on the scoreboard and good luck on Rush n Attack!

The middle of the game was a bit tough, but otherwise wasn't too bad. Took it down quick and spent the rest of my play time on Mad Max. I was actually able to make it to the final boss (with the use of a guide to navigate those treacherous overworld maps. I used the code the game provided me to enter the last arena and when it put me against the boss I ran out of ammo. So I looked it up and apparently if you use the code that you get you can't beat the game because of the lack of ammo. SO I'm gonna have to go back one section (which I also have the code for) and do that whole section and stock up on ammo for that fight and then make it through the car battle before fighting him again. It'll take a while, but it's doable.

I was thinking of tackling it over the weekend, but I am glad you are doing Mad Max instead.  I've beaten it (you do have to seriously stock up on ammo for the last boss), but I really hate the game, despite it being an NES open world game.  I love the franchise (always have), but I knew when I received it for my b-day once it was not good.

That's a rough birthday :( I got Hydlide for my birthday one year so I feel your pain. I thought Mad Max was going to be longer. I'm pretty happy it's a relatively short game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on March 08, 2019, 04:36:40 PM
Knocked Rocketeer off the list. Pretty good game, nothing special really. They did make using the jetpack pretty fun.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190308/eab24dd3d39fa902d69f3478c74b99c3.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 08, 2019, 08:37:49 PM
Man Rush N Attack is brutal. One hit deaths, no continues, pushing up to jump. I forgot how tuff this game is.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on March 08, 2019, 09:11:32 PM
@Normatron - I like Pinball Quest too, it's such a unique game that someone should do a spiritual successor to.

Isn't Fire Striker on the SNES a bit of a spiritual successor. Pretty similar at least.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 09, 2019, 02:43:50 PM
Beat Caesar's Palace.

(https://i.imgur.com/Ke2YVDS.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 10, 2019, 10:02:53 AM
@Duke0619 - Yeah Rush n Attack is no cake walk. You making any progress in it?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 10, 2019, 08:52:20 PM
Iím definitely having a tough time but I am making progress. Iíve made it to level 4. The good thing is the boss battles are super easy so far.  Iíll get there. Iím a stubborn gamer and will persevere! 


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 11, 2019, 07:25:32 AM
Took way more tries that I wanted it to, but I finished Mad Max tonight. It's another one of those games that has a very cool concept and just fails at making it fun in any way. Not a great game.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7849/47294942242_7e7b5443fe_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2f4hWAE)

@Duke0619 - Stubborn is the best trait for retro gaming! That's how I get through a ton of the stuff I play, lol.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EngineerMike on March 12, 2019, 07:21:13 AM
Took way more tries that I wanted it to, but I finished Mad Max tonight. It's another one of those games that has a very cool concept and just fails at making it fun in any way. Not a great game.

I used to play NES at a buddy's house, as a kid. He had Madmax and sometimes it would come out. Usually, to be quickly replaced in the toaster, with Bases Loaded II.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 12, 2019, 07:36:07 AM
Took way more tries that I wanted it to, but I finished Mad Max tonight. It's another one of those games that has a very cool concept and just fails at making it fun in any way. Not a great game.

I used to play NES at a buddy's house, as a kid. He had Madmax and sometimes it would come out. Usually, to be quickly replaced in the toaster, with Bases Loaded II.

Those are both awful games, poor friend.

I'm on a short hiatus while I join the playcast boys in beating Dragon Warrior so that is where most of my play time has been the last 2 days and probably the next couple from the looks of it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 12, 2019, 07:40:36 PM
I made it half way through level 5 tonight in Rush N Attack. A few more tries and Iíll have it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on March 12, 2019, 09:27:13 PM
I made it half way through level 5 tonight in Rush N Attack. A few more tries and Iíll have it.

That game is tough. Keep at it!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 13, 2019, 12:18:08 AM
Both my little Duke's getting along....so proud *tear*


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 14, 2019, 06:15:03 AM
Wow our progress this month just kind of hit a brick wall. Anyone working on anything lately? Waiting for spring break to dig into something? I finished Dragon Warrior for the Playcast so I thought I'd knock off a short game to get at least something done for this challenge and took down Attack of the Killer Tomatoes tonight. It is quite bad. One of the least memorable games I've ever played, but at least it's done. I'm getting close to a big milestone for me so I'm going to do a few more smaller games and then dive into Pool of Radiance to hit that milestone.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on March 14, 2019, 11:04:27 AM
Been playing the PS4 a bit more lately, and it did bring up a question. If I wanted to play a re-release of a NES game on PS4, would it still be acceptable to the challenge?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on March 14, 2019, 12:09:38 PM
I have been working on The Guardian Legend casually and also playing some Smash Bros. Ultimate. I have also started to replay along with my family the lego harry potter games remastered on the switch.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 15, 2019, 02:18:42 AM
Ren and stimpy is giving me some issues, let me trade for Rocky and Bullwinkle


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 15, 2019, 07:21:40 AM
Just finished Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Pretty trashy design on all the shmup stages. Very thankful there was password saves after every area. Started working on James Bond Jr now too.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 15, 2019, 07:23:44 AM
Been playing the PS4 a bit more lately, and it did bring up a question. If I wanted to play a re-release of a NES game on PS4, would it still be acceptable to the challenge?

As long as the port is essentially the same game it's not problem. For example if you were playing Uninvited on the 8-bit Adventure Anthology on your PS4 I'd count that.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 16, 2019, 10:44:23 AM
Been playing the PS4 a bit more lately, and it did bring up a question. If I wanted to play a re-release of a NES game on PS4, would it still be acceptable to the challenge?

As long as the port is essentially the same game it's not problem. For example if you were playing Uninvited on the 8-bit Adventure Anthology on your PS4 I'd count that.

A great example for a port that is a problem would be Final Fantasy.  While the ports fix a massive amount of the weird bugs and glitches that plagued the original game, it also makes the game a lot easier (similarly to the GBC port for Dragon Warrior).  Speaking of which...


(http://i67.tinypic.com/2moc8is.jpg)


I finally finished Final Fantasy with my "All Black Belt" party, and boy did it take some time.  While I didn't specifically time this one (I played it here and there on my MacBook) it took somewhere around 40 hours, and most of that was pure grinding for experience.  I've done this before, but never on the NES original.  It is challenging, but with perseverance you truly get to see the power of the Black Belt.  At level 32 I was able to one-hit every creature in the game outside of three of the four fiends and Chaos (the final enemy).  The challenge part isn't so much the grinding, but the fact that Black Belts at any level have no way to protect themselves with either armor or magic, and you have a maximum of 99 heals (cures) from which to draw health from.  I think that this game might be too "hardcore" for most gamers due to its age, but my nostalgia was more than strong enough to carry me through.  Loved every second of the game.

For my next game I think I would like to tackle Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Hillsfar.  It is another "nostalgia" title for me, and one that I never beat.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 16, 2019, 12:53:26 PM
Beat Chip 'n Dale 2 today. I had never played it before, but boy is that a great platformer. I never really gave the first one a shot, so I may have to go back and play that one if it's the same sort of game. I was kind of expecting some awful Mega Man style platforming where you have to be very precise and there's an enemy waiting to hit you at the end. Never encountered anything like that.

(https://i.imgur.com/PaI7Kqg.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on March 16, 2019, 02:14:46 PM
@shane

Nice, I had been trying to work my way through it, too (had made it to the last level). What did you think of the boss battles? My biggest issue was that the patterns seemed really easy or really random, but curious to know someone else's opinion.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 16, 2019, 02:25:54 PM
I thought the boss patterns were relatively easy. Most throw two projectiles, and you can manage to aim the first of them at the ground so you can use it as a projectile. The final boss was just a matter of taking out the hand first, and the rest was a very easy dodge pattern.

Also beat Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland. I would not recommend this game. It's almost entirely memorizing the path through the level.

(https://i.imgur.com/tLhpdcO.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 16, 2019, 03:50:02 PM
Fisher Price: I Can Remember completed. It's a card pair memory game. I feel sorry for any parent that paid full price for this when it came out.

(https://i.imgur.com/MoJCvy0.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 16, 2019, 03:54:25 PM
Fisher Price: Perfect Fit completed. Three shape silhouettes are on the screen, and the game gives you a piece to fill one of them one at a time. This happens over three levels. That's it.

(https://i.imgur.com/wVVp9G0.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 16, 2019, 05:17:22 PM
Mickey's Adventures in Numberland completed. You platform to find the specified number, and then the exit. Mickey's controls are too slippery to be a good platformer, and there's no consequences for getting hit or touching the wrong number. Additionally, there's a score that doesn't mean anything, as it never tells you a final score when you beat the game.

(https://i.imgur.com/xA5yGMQ.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 16, 2019, 05:45:08 PM
Mickey's Safari in Letterland completed. It's even less of a game than Numberland.

(https://i.imgur.com/fAJjRf9.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 16, 2019, 11:37:30 PM
Little Nemo: The Dream Master completed. I can't believe no one had this as their claimed game.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 17, 2019, 02:25:33 AM
Yo! Noid completed. It's not that good, even though the platforming controls are good. Parts of levels go from incredibly easy to really difficult, and the boss battles are pizza eating contests. I had the game freeze on me when I beat one of the eating contests, and learned that the black pepper can't be used to win the match because the game locks up.

(https://i.imgur.com/hm7fdvh.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 17, 2019, 03:12:31 AM
Back to the Future complete. It definitely has its frustrating moments. Sometimes I feel like getting the skateboard makes it more difficult for the sake of a higher bonus at the end. The score itself doesn't seem to do anything.

It's neat that there's a rhythm game most of the way through. I wish that was repeated in place of the street levels a few times.

(https://i.imgur.com/slOENJ7.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 17, 2019, 04:53:23 AM
Caveman Games complete. There really isn't an end screen other than the results.

(https://i.imgur.com/hskNEEk.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 17, 2019, 08:04:24 AM
Bonk's Adventure completed. Based on how difficult some of the bosses are, I was a bit disappointed by the difficulty of the final boss. The friction that Bonk has on platforms feels too little, and he constantly slides off the small platform given during boss fights. I don't think I'd play this again.

(https://i.imgur.com/wA8ABwJ.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 17, 2019, 10:03:11 AM
@bombatomba - all Black Belt party! That's a truly hardcore playthrough! Awesome job man.

@shane - ....... wow! I was starting to doubt we were going to hit our goal of 300 games this month, but you just gave us a big shot in the arm to get us back on track! The only sad news I have for you is that douglie007 already had beaten both the Mickey Numberland and Letterland games previously, but everything else you took down was perfect.

If you liked Chip n Dale 2 I think you'd enjoy Chip n Dale 1 as well. It's much shorter, but I've always preferred it to 2.

I agree with your thoughts on Tiny Toons 2. I love the first game, this was a sad follow up.

The Fisher Price games are pretty bad even for the age group they are aimed at. I did use Perfect Fit when my son was like 4 to get him used to how a controller worked though and to show him he was in control of the objects on screen and helped him build his dexterity before he jumped over to Super Mario Bros.

I love love love Little Nemo, such a fun game.

Yo! Noid isn't great, but I also enjoy it too. It's a bit unforgiving, but some janky fun.

Agree with you on Back to the Future 100%

What did you think of Caveman Games? I really like it. Got some fun and unique events.

This isn't a great version of Bonk. I don't think I'd play it again either.



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 17, 2019, 06:57:36 PM
Iím still at it with Rush N Attack. I got to the level 5 boss and man is it hard. Thatís gonna be a tough one to over come. This one is tough.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 17, 2019, 07:37:07 PM
(http://i67.tinypic.com/72rlt0.jpg)

Hillsfar is in the bag.  I started up with the thief class, just like back in the day, and hit the same wall I did before (unresponsive controls), so I decided on the cleric class, which is more story oriented.  The game feels very unfair in some respects (especially in the stupid horse-riding sections), but really it is the terrible controls.  Shame really.  I still love it though.  While it doesn't really fit into the "open world" category as much as some modern games, but the large city and different locations you can travel to made it feel larger.  Too bad you had to ride the stupid horse to get to those other locations...

Well, I guess I will take one for the team and jump on Dirty Harry.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 18, 2019, 08:19:18 AM
Beat James Bond Jr. tonight. It wasn't terrible, also wasn't amazing. Music was ok. Slowest ladder climbing I've ever come across though. Had to do a second quest ala Ghosts n Goblins, which was super easy after figuring out all the puzzles and maps the first time around. Last level on second quest took a couple tries though because you can't use a continue on the second quest.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7813/46496638895_e6bf37b487_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dQKqPR)

@bombatomba - how long is Hillsfar? I guess I assumed it was fairly lengthy, but you rolled over it like no ones business. Also big kudos for giving Dirty Harry a go. That first stage is one of the most confusing levels I've ever played in any game, and beware that there is a trap room that you can't leave if you accidentally find it. If you can get past that first level the next ones are quite short though.

@Duke0619 - Your so close man! Only one more level to go after 5!


Title: Re: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 18, 2019, 08:21:45 AM
Mickey's Adventures in Numberland completed. You platform to find the specified number, and then the exit. Mickey's controls are too slippery to be a good platformer, and there's no consequences for getting hit or touching the wrong number. Additionally, there's a score that doesn't mean anything, as it never tells you a final score when you beat the game.

(https://i.imgur.com/xA5yGMQ.png)
I already did the Mickey games. 


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on March 18, 2019, 11:51:54 AM
Made some progress in Swords and Serpents over the weekend. First time I have had a chance to pick anything up this week. Wife had a bunch going on so that means I gotta do more as well.

Got to Mars on Total Recall which is nice cause you can continue once you reach that point. Can't quit finish it out. Will give it more time this week.



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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 18, 2019, 01:28:45 PM
@bombatomba - how long is Hillsfar? I guess I assumed it was fairly lengthy, but you rolled over it like no ones business. Also big kudos for giving Dirty Harry a go. That first stage is one of the most confusing levels I've ever played in any game, and beware that there is a trap room that you can't leave if you accidentally find it. If you can get past that first level the next ones are quite short though.

I spent about four hours playing it, but in reality you could finish one of the quests (either cleric or mage) in about an hour, assuming that you know where you are going.  If you don't already know the locations of all the inns and sewers, it could take longer as you have to acclimate yourself to Hillsfar.    So maybe two hours (no manual, no maps)?  I decided to try playing the thief but was unable to finish due to the lockpicking minigame getting crazy near the end.  Speaking of which; best lockpicking minigame of all time.

Yeah.  Hillsfar is nothing like Pool of Radiance, though; that is a real PC-style tactical RPG from the 80's.  When do you plan on starting Pool?

I didn't think too much with Dirty Harry.  I saw it on the "Take one for the team" part of the list you put together, watched a tiny bit of a video on Youtube and laughed (are those supposed to be snakes in the office building?).  I'll start it tonight.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 18, 2019, 04:16:50 PM
Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is done... not a good game at all.  It was short but you really have to get the moose run and squirrel flying down. I'll take Super Jeopardy next.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190318/38047ee994154ea02ffcb21c173e62f7.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 19, 2019, 06:01:32 AM
Yeah Rocky and Bullwinkle is far from a hidden gem, thanks for taking that one down for us.

I also took down a game that wasn't so great tonight and beat Cool World. Not much to say about this one. It doesn't do anything very outstanding. Just the very definition of mediocre. And it's got some pretty frustrating hit detection.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7859/46503785585_0a2b98ac3a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dRo4hD)

@Fokakis79 - Glad to hear your making progress in both your games, very awesome!

@bombatomba - It's pretty interesting that there are 4 AD&D games on the system and none of them resemble each other. I'm going to be starting Pool of Radiance tomorrow. I'm coming up on a big milestone for myself so I was saving it to hit that goal with a special title.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 19, 2019, 08:46:36 AM
Ok I liked Super Jeopardy, pen and paper the answers and replay to win, good times.  Excitebike will be my next game... does it have an end screen? I remember just getting high scores.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190319/9e30a3b90403cc9c5d5bcd50ab56aa84.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 19, 2019, 09:15:52 AM
Ok I liked Super Jeopardy, pen and paper the answers and replay to win, good times.  Excitebike will be my next game... does it have an end screen? I remember just getting high scores.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190319/9e30a3b90403cc9c5d5bcd50ab56aa84.jpg)

Pretty sure after 5 races you start looping courses so just gotta do the first 5 races


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on March 19, 2019, 01:00:33 PM
Well the screen doesn't stay very long when you beat the 5th track on Excitebike, then it plays another 5th track that's harder. So I'm going to try ice climber next (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190319/620391d4aa68baf6cea3241135e798f4.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 19, 2019, 07:12:04 PM
Finally!  THis was one of the harder Konami games Iíve beaten. Even with its unfair deaths and simplistic game play, I really enjoyed tackling this one. What stands out the most to me is the wonderful background art and the music.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 19, 2019, 07:25:37 PM
Iím a glutton for punishment: Iíll take Golgo 13 next


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on March 19, 2019, 10:24:09 PM
So I beat this about a week and a half ago, but I really wanted to be able to crank out a few others as well, but so far that's come up short (was close on Rescue Rangers 2 but then shane beat me to the punch)

As far as Flintstones: Dino and Hoppy...I should first say I've been a longtime fan of the cartoons, and had dabbled in this game before, but hadn't really gone deep into it. That said, I almost wish I had left it alone, for a couple reasons.

First, early in the game, it makes great use of its license, but the further you get into the game the further it strays from its source material.

The second issue is the controls and more importantly how that relates to its game design. Fred controls a little loose and clunky, but you can argue that it keeps with the character of Fred Flintstone (should mention the sprite work for Fred is really nice). However, as you progress you reach more and more areas that require quick precise platforming, and this made for some extremely frustrating moments due to the clumsy controls. Several times I had to take a break to calm down after what felt like unfair deaths.

I should reiterate, I didn't mind the controls (Fred Flintstone shouldn't control as crisp as Mega Man or Ryu Hayabusa), but the expectations in level design should match what the controls allow you to do. Unfortunately, the extreme level design kind of sucked out all the fun the further I got.

As far as a recommendation, I still think it's not bad to dabble with a little (that's probably the Hanna-Barbera fan in me holding on to nostalgia), but it's definitely not worth taking the time to get good at.

With that down, I'm finally going to make Ninja Gaiden 3 an official claim. I am way too close to the end of it (still have to get a little more consistent with the final level, especially section B), but at this point I have to see it through.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 20, 2019, 08:16:42 AM
Excellent day guys, that's a good bunch of titles you all knocked down.

I started up AD&D Pools of Radiance today. Was pleasantly surprised at how much quicker it was to roll and build a team in this game than Wizardry and Bard's Tale were. I was actually playing the game in 15-20 minutes instead of 2 hours. But holy hell did it take me that full 2 hours to get a basic grasp on this one. Didn't understand how the combat worked for quite a while, couldn't figure out why my spell casters could do anything initially. Had to pull up a walkthrough for the items list because I wasn't sure what could be equipped to which character. Feel like I'm finally starting to get the hang of it though now and was able to very slowly, one battle at a time clear out the slums which was my first commission in the game. Now that I've got that done and have some decent equipment as well as a few levels under my belt I'm hoping I can make some good progress tomorrow night when I play again. The one thing I really like a lot better about this game compared to other early RPGs is that when you get loot, you get some fantastic freakin' loot. Getting +3 bows, crazy potions, Magic Rings, thousands of exp and gp. It's really awesome when you get some treasure. I went from scrounging my money to pay for the 5gp stay at the inn to ending my session with a bunch of badass equipment and nearly 20,000gp stored away.

@Duke0619 - nicely done taking down Rush'n Attack! Golgo 13 is a pretty cool game. Have you played it before?

@EZ Racer - Can't wait to cross Ninja Gaiden III of our list with you name next to it. Such a tough game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 20, 2019, 12:00:40 PM
Crabby,
Yes, I love the game. I beat it when I was a kid and havenít beaten it as an adult yet. Itís a game way ahead of its time. Iím looking forward to the challenge.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 20, 2019, 09:01:34 PM
started up AD&D Pools of Radiance today. Was pleasantly surprised at how much quicker it was to roll and build a team in this game than Wizardry and Bard's Tale were. I was actually playing the game in 15-20 minutes instead of 2 hours. But holy hell did it take me that full 2 hours to get a basic grasp on this one. Didn't understand how the combat worked for quite a while, couldn't figure out why my spell casters could do anything initially. Had to pull up a walkthrough for the items list because I wasn't sure what could be equipped to which character. Feel like I'm finally starting to get the hang of it though now and was able to very slowly, one battle at a time clear out the slums which was my first commission in the game. Now that I've got that done and have some decent equipment as well as a few levels under my belt I'm hoping I can make some good progress tomorrow night when I play again. The one thing I really like a lot better about this game compared to other early RPGs is that when you get loot, you get some fantastic freakin' loot. Getting +3 bows, crazy potions, Magic Rings, thousands of exp and gp. It's really awesome when you get some treasure. I went from scrounging my money to pay for the 5gp stay at the inn to ending my session with a bunch of badass equipment and nearly 20,000gp stored away.

The Gold Box games are pretty weird for money.  You always get more than you can use, and by the time you finish you will be a go-jillionaire (or something).  On the 80's micros and DOS they were designed so that you could import your characters over from game to game, so ending the game with awesome levels and stuff made sense (though you couldn't always keep the stuff).  What do you think about the combat?  While I won't say that I prefer it to the DQ/FF system of the day, I do enjoy it quite a bit.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 21, 2019, 07:50:48 AM
started up AD&D Pools of Radiance today. Was pleasantly surprised at how much quicker it was to roll and build a team in this game than Wizardry and Bard's Tale were. I was actually playing the game in 15-20 minutes instead of 2 hours. But holy hell did it take me that full 2 hours to get a basic grasp on this one. Didn't understand how the combat worked for quite a while, couldn't figure out why my spell casters could do anything initially. Had to pull up a walkthrough for the items list because I wasn't sure what could be equipped to which character. Feel like I'm finally starting to get the hang of it though now and was able to very slowly, one battle at a time clear out the slums which was my first commission in the game. Now that I've got that done and have some decent equipment as well as a few levels under my belt I'm hoping I can make some good progress tomorrow night when I play again. The one thing I really like a lot better about this game compared to other early RPGs is that when you get loot, you get some fantastic freakin' loot. Getting +3 bows, crazy potions, Magic Rings, thousands of exp and gp. It's really awesome when you get some treasure. I went from scrounging my money to pay for the 5gp stay at the inn to ending my session with a bunch of badass equipment and nearly 20,000gp stored away.

The Gold Box games are pretty weird for money.  You always get more than you can use, and by the time you finish you will be a go-jillionaire (or something).  On the 80's micros and DOS they were designed so that you could import your characters over from game to game, so ending the game with awesome levels and stuff made sense (though you couldn't always keep the stuff).  What do you think about the combat?  While I won't say that I prefer it to the DQ/FF system of the day, I do enjoy it quite a bit.

The combat is growing on me. I hated it initially, but now that I understanding some of the nuance to it and ways to exploit it I'm enjoying it a lot more. For example there were a couple trolls and a group of lizard men I was definitely too weak to take out at my current level, but after a few tries I was able to sleep the lizard men in such a way that the trolls couldn't escape or hit me. Then it was many turns spent tossing arrows and slinging rocks at them both until they both fell and then I could pick off the remaining lizard men. I got to play some more tonight, but not quite as much as last night. Now that I understand the combat, have a few levels under my belt and am just in general more comfortable with the game I feel like I made some decent progress tonight and got 3 commissions beaten and opened up several new maps that I hadn't been able to reach last time. Not sure how big the game is or what the level cap is, but I feel like I put a good dent in both today. I really do love the rewards for tough battles or finding treasures in this game. They are so stingy with the exp/gp for regular fights, but the "boss" style battles really treat you well afterwards.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 22, 2019, 07:50:25 AM
Played a ton more Pool of Radiance tonight. Had to venture outside the city into the wilderness for a while so I didn't progress as much as I wanted to. Outside the city is much harder to navigate and if you're unlucky you'll get some crazy hard random encounters. I was able to knock off a few more commissions though and I know where to go for at least 3 more next session, just need to figure out which one would be ideal to tackle next.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 23, 2019, 10:35:48 AM
Played a ton more Pool of Radiance tonight. Had to venture outside the city into the wilderness for a while so I didn't progress as much as I wanted to. Outside the city is much harder to navigate and if you're unlucky you'll get some crazy hard random encounters. I was able to knock off a few more commissions though and I know where to go for at least 3 more next session, just need to figure out which one would be ideal to tackle next.

Hehe, you're making me want to play some Gold Box games, Crab.  I'll have to go digging for my discs later.

Finally (!) made it to the last level of Dirty Harry, and man is it brutal!  After level one he levels get easier to navigate (level one is seriously one of the most confusing mazes I have ever been in) and linear.  I finally can get past the dock area with ease, but I am having a bugger of a time with the cliffs.  Arg!  Going to step back for a moment and pick it up later tonight.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 23, 2019, 10:53:19 AM
I just found out the hard way that there are only 52 continues in Golgo 13!  I’ve had my NES on since Friday and was planning on going all weekend until I finished it. Wow, now I have to start all over. This is going to be a long ride...


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on March 24, 2019, 03:22:10 AM
So, I was not expecting to finish the game this soon but while at a friends house I beat the guardian legend. I did take a picture of the ending showing I beat it but now I got to go back and play the end again to record the end of the game for my channel. Im not bummed though, this game is a blast and almost want to play it from the beginning again. so much fun and I would recommend this game to anyone who loves things just a little different than your normal adventure game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on March 24, 2019, 03:25:01 AM
Think I maybe able to claim Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics 2?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on March 24, 2019, 12:21:31 PM
I'm going to relinquish my claim to G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor. I haven't gone back to it, and I'm just tying it up needlessly. If anyone else wants it, have at it. I'll have to look through my collection and figure out what I want to play next, but I think it's either going to be an old favorite I haven't beat yet, or something I haven't played at all that's still available.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 24, 2019, 01:38:19 PM
Phew, this one was even tougher than Rush N Attack! I love and hate this game at the same time: I love it for its ambition, style and uniqueness, but I hate it for its unrealistic and sometimes unfair difficulty. With multiple types of gameplay including side scrolling action, first person shooting, underwater levels and horizontal shooting, not to mention the story driven cut scenes, this game has it all. With a sleek and sexy style including steamy love scenes and bloody head shots, this game is a gem in the NES library in a time when such things weíre usually sensored. The difficulty however was, at times, borderline impossible, most notably the act 7 mazes. Even with careful mapping, the three levels of mazes to conquer were so confusing and tedious I almost threw in the towel. But alas, I persevered! 


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 24, 2019, 02:00:00 PM
Iíll go ahead and pick The Mafat Conspiracy next. Iíve never played it before so nowís a good time to check it out.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 25, 2019, 08:21:45 AM
We are gonna have to bust our asses if we are going to get to our community goal of 300 games completed by March 31st. We are currently sitting at 266. Not impossible, but it's gonna take several of us pushing hard to get there. Check out the front page for a list of the games still available and if you see a game you know pretty well or an easy win that hasn't been picked up yet knock that sucker out!

@Normatron - I've always heard such great things about Guardian Legend, it's just one of those titles I've yet to put aside some time to really dive into though.

@Duke0619 - I totally forgot about the credit cap of 52 until you mentioned it. That's rough after working on it for so long! Good job not letting that loss get to you and coming back and dominating it so quickly! I agree it's a gem and quite a unique game. Does your username have anything to do with Duke Togo?

I got to put another buttload of time into Pool or Radiance tonight. Did so many commissions, both easy and hard this time. Did everything form liberated the lizard people to purchase a slave to return to his father to escape a camp of guards out to assassinate me to taking back the city gates of Phlan! It was very productive. The further I get into this game the more impressive it really is. There's been several times now that I could tackle a commission in a variety of ways. You can always just straight up combat your way through anything, but sometimes you can negotiate or trick the person/creature into getting you what you want. It's super impressive for a late 80s game. This game specifically along with Ultima Quest of the Avatar really show the roots of where modern western RPGs are. There are so many moments in those two games that you can draw direct lines to things like Skyrim and Mass Effect. This is part of why I love digging into these games I'm not as familiar with. Holy hell the combat can drag though when you have 20 freakin Kobolds attacking you!

All claims and completions up to date!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 26, 2019, 08:22:18 AM
*ATTENTION RFGEN MEMBERS*

The vile Tyranthraxus has fallen and the order of Bane has been dealt a crushing blow! Phlan and surrounding lands no longer need need fear for their safety or wonder which corrupt officials or clergy are lurking in plain sight.

I beat Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance tonight! This was a big one for me in a couple different ways. Firstly it was quite an impressive and comprehensive RPG. I'd likely rank it quite high among NES RPGs in fact. It deserves to be mentioned among the greats. Does so many impressive things and does a far better job of telling stories than many others in the genre.

But secondly this marks the 400th licensed NES game I have been able to complete now! That's a huge milestone for me and after taking a few years off of playing to run my store I wasn't sure I was ever going to get this far. I'm still having such a blast and still finding amazing games that have gone under my radar that I can't wait to keep playing more NES games!! Thanks to all you guys for listening to me talk about Nintendo and playing NES beside me all this time. The year is still quite young so I'm gonna push hard and see if I can't get to 500 by the end of 2019 even.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7829/46748164764_556162c758_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2edYyGL)

Since Bomba is such a big fan of Pool of Radiance I thought he might get a kick out of this pic too. I used a bunch of your names as characters. I made a few of you women though so I hope you don't mind. BOMBATOM ending up being my powerhouse fighter with significantly more HP than myself (the other straight fighter on my team) so naturally I gave you all the best equipment and you were a total monster by the end of the game with a D10+11 for damage. In fact you actually dealt the killing blow to Tyranthraxus at the end of the game.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on March 26, 2019, 12:57:49 PM
@crabby, will definitely give it a shot when this challenge is all over. I love most things DnD related.


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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 26, 2019, 09:40:28 PM
*ATTENTION RFGEN MEMBERS*

The vile Tyranthraxus has fallen and the order of Bane has been dealt a crushing blow! Phlan and surrounding lands no longer need need fear for their safety or wonder which corrupt officials or clergy are lurking in plain sight.

I beat Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance tonight! This was a big one for me in a couple different ways. Firstly it was quite an impressive and comprehensive RPG. I'd likely rank it quite high among NES RPGs in fact. It deserves to be mentioned among the greats. Does so many impressive things and does a far better job of telling stories than many others in the genre.

But secondly this marks the 400th licensed NES game I have been able to complete now! That's a huge milestone for me and after taking a few years off of playing to run my store I wasn't sure I was ever going to get this far. I'm still having such a blast and still finding amazing games that have gone under my radar that I can't wait to keep playing more NES games!! Thanks to all you guys for listening to me talk about Nintendo and playing NES beside me all this time. The year is still quite young so I'm gonna push hard and see if I can't get to 500 by the end of 2019 even.

Since Bomba is such a big fan of Pool of Radiance I thought he might get a kick out of this pic too. I used a bunch of your names as characters. I made a few of you women though so I hope you don't mind. BOMBATOM ending up being my powerhouse fighter with significantly more HP than myself (the other straight fighter on my team) so naturally I gave you all the best equipment and you were a total monster by the end of the game with a D10+11 for damage. In fact you actually dealt the killing blow to Tyranthraxus at the end of the game.

Very nice, and I am very flattered.  On the micros and DOS there were many RPG standards set, but the GoldBox games really hold a place in my heart, especially since I didn't really get into them until very late (around 2000, as I didn't own a PC until then).  They aren't the easiest games to get into if you don't like tactical combat, but if one enjoys that sort of gameplay one may find them unique.  True, they are kind of an evolutionary dead-end, but interesting nonetheless.  It's really too bad that more of them didn't get ported to the consoles.

I had my own victory about then minutes ago, that being Dirty Harry.  Man alive, that game is brutal, especially that last level (and if you start to explore you end up warping back earlier in the level!), but it is in the bag.  The ending screen is super boring, and looks like the "death" screen you see after losing all your lives, so instead I provided the pic you see immediately after the final boss:

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2ro3l80.jpg)

What you cannot hear is the digitized speech (the whole "Do you feel lucky punk?" bit).  That is the best part of this game by far, and outside of Battletoads and King's Knight this was the biggest beatdown I've ever faced in an NES game.  I am glad it is over.

For sake of formality I would like to claim Kung Fu Heroes, but in all seriousness I will beat the game in the next two hours (before I go to bed), always assuming that I don't need an extended warmup period (always possible).  The secret to this game is to warp a couple times, making sure you get all the treasures so you can beat the enemies on the last few levels.  The best way to finish is to not warp at all, so that you can stock up on lives in the beginning stages (when juggling deadly enemies is easy).

 


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 27, 2019, 05:30:35 AM
Boom.  Fell asleep before I could submit, but decided to take the semi-long road for Kung Fu Heroes:

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Wolverine next, I think.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 27, 2019, 07:45:56 AM
@bombatomba - I don't know if I'd call games like Pool of Radiance an "evolutionary dead-end". I see a lot of ideas from games like this in modern times with stuff like Mass Effect, Skyrim, Far Cry, etc. Might have been stagnant for a while, but at least last gen onward it seems like the ideas from some of these 80s games are back in fashion in a big way.
Wicked job on Dirty Harry! It's not a well known game, but its a beast of a game to take down. Thanks so much for pushing yourself to take down a title like that for the challenge. These are the kinds of games that are going to make or break our ability to cross the finish line. I've played a little Kung Fu Heroes before, but never finished it. It seemed quite challenging from what I remember so when I'm ready to tackle it myself I'll have to get some pointers from you.

I was able to do a double header tonight as well and knocked two more games off of our licensed games list. Beat Adventures of Gilligan's Island and Fist of the North Star tonight.

Why was Gilligan's Island even made? Did it still have a following in the 80s? The concept of goofy castaways doesn't exactly scream "make me into a video game". I realize that these weren't universally established, and significantly reviled video game tropes quite yet, but the entire game is an escort mission wrapped in a giant fetch quest. Your playable character of the Skipper can't do any actions without Gilligan in close proximity and you even lose tons of time if you leave him a screen behind. Animals, pitfalls and headhunters will all try and take him away from you during the game. Besides keeping Gilligan close each episode requires you to talk to people repeatedly. The final episode being the worst in which you talk to Mary Ann > Mrs. Howell > Mr. Howell > Mary Ann > Mr. Howell > Mary Ann >Mr. Howell > Mary Ann > Fight a Skeleton. This wouldn't be so bad if Mary Ann and Mr. Howell were near each other, but you have to navigate river shortcuts and cave systems while conserving as much life as possible. It was not great, but thankfully short.

And speaking of short my final playthrough of Fist of the North Star was about 15 minutes to beat. That was after a couple hours of practice and learning the game though. Not much memorable here. Really clunky power up system, special moves that don't really do much, bad hit detection and weird level design. The character sprite for Kenshiro looked a lot more like Ace Frehley from KISS than he should have which is awesome though.

I'm gonna throw my next claims at Robin Hood and Young Indiana Jones


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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on March 27, 2019, 07:53:31 AM
And speaking of short my final playthrough of Fist of the North Star was about 15 minutes to beat. That was after a couple hours of practice and learning the game though. Not much memorable here. Really clunky power up system, special moves that don't really do much, bad hit detection and weird level design. The character sprite for Kenshiro looked a lot more like Ace Frehley from KISS than he should have which is awesome though.

I actually spent some time with Fist of the North star early in the year, and I had a similar opinion of the game. It was one that I was hoping to come back to and knock out myself at some point, but you beat me to it! :)

Anyway, I've been super busy lately and haven't been very active here over the past month or so. I hope to get back into it soon!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 27, 2019, 08:02:01 AM
And speaking of short my final playthrough of Fist of the North Star was about 15 minutes to beat. That was after a couple hours of practice and learning the game though. Not much memorable here. Really clunky power up system, special moves that don't really do much, bad hit detection and weird level design. The character sprite for Kenshiro looked a lot more like Ace Frehley from KISS than he should have which is awesome though.

I actually spent some time with Fist of the North star early in the year, and I had a similar opinion of the game. It was one that I was hoping to come back to and knock out myself at some point, but you beat me to it! :)

Anyway, I've been super busy lately and haven't been very active here over the past month or so. I hope to get back into it soon!

We are falling behind this month. Could definitely use you back in the fold to help us out when you're able to do so again.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 27, 2019, 07:59:30 PM
Wolverine is actually much harder than I thought, but only because of the annoying way you take damage and the one continue you are allowed.  After two hours I can reliably get to level eight, but hitting a wall because of the spiked floors and the very precise jumping (and stupid electric floors).  This is a game for the console, as even the slight lag with my emulator makes some of the jumps tough.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 28, 2019, 06:52:55 AM
Finished off Young Indiana Jones Chronicles tonight. Wasn't a bad little action game. Didn't really have a special hook to make it stand out though. Fairly short also. Kinda crazy that one of the best weapons in the game was a rock. Like better than Indy's whip or several of the guns in the game.

Also put a bunch of time into Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Very weird game all around. Several different styles of game and when you swap between them sometimes they decided your action buttons should be swapped from A to B or vice versa. I think I made it fairly close to the end, but apparently you only get 2 continues. I wasted both of mine super early in the game and then made most of my progress after that so I'm pretty confident if I can get a better start in the game tomorrow I should be able to finish this one off then.

Robin Hood does have some badass battle music though!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TDCsnEbAqE

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7861/47432484912_161938d858_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fgrTf1)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 28, 2019, 06:58:46 AM
Wolverine is actually much harder than I thought, but only because of the annoying way you take damage and the one continue you are allowed.  After two hours I can reliably get to level eight, but hitting a wall because of the spiked floors and the very precise jumping (and stupid electric floors).  This is a game for the console, as even the slight lag with my emulator makes some of the jumps tough.

I got to the end battle with Sabretooth and couldn't complete it. So frustrating. You have to perfectly time punches to juggle him across multiple screens until he goes over the cliff edge.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 28, 2019, 07:06:12 AM
Wolverine is actually much harder than I thought, but only because of the annoying way you take damage and the one continue you are allowed.  After two hours I can reliably get to level eight, but hitting a wall because of the spiked floors and the very precise jumping (and stupid electric floors).  This is a game for the console, as even the slight lag with my emulator makes some of the jumps tough.

Lol, is that how you do it?  I got to him and punched him for ten minutes without killing him.  That's hilarious.  I was thinking that it was because I didn't have enough energy to use my claws, but nope!  Well, once I get home I will try again.

I got to the end battle with Sabretooth and couldn't complete it. So frustrating. You have to perfectly time punches to juggle him across multiple screens until he goes over the cliff edge.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 28, 2019, 07:07:00 AM
Wolverine is actually much harder than I thought, but only because of the annoying way you take damage and the one continue you are allowed.  After two hours I can reliably get to level eight, but hitting a wall because of the spiked floors and the very precise jumping (and stupid electric floors).  This is a game for the console, as even the slight lag with my emulator makes some of the jumps tough.

I got to the end battle with Sabretooth and couldn't complete it. So frustrating. You have to perfectly time punches to juggle him across multiple screens until he goes over the cliff edge.

Lol, is that how you do it?  I got to him and punched him for ten minutes without killing him.  That's hilarious.  I was thinking that it was because I didn't have enough energy to use my claws, but nope!  Well, once I get home I will try again


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke0619 on March 28, 2019, 07:50:06 PM
Wow, you guys are killing it!  I started playing The Mafat Conspiracy tonight (for the first time) and wow what a downgrade from the original. The music is annoying as heck and the whole style and graphics are way different.  Not sure Iím going to like this one. And Crabby, unlike our friend, Chris, my name is not related to Golgo 13. Iíve had that nickname since childhood. Itís a derivative of my last name.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on March 29, 2019, 06:41:23 AM
I thought Iíd try and do a quick one to up the numbers, Rescue the Embassy Mission

(https://i.imgur.com/hzX7pF1.jpg)

Iím not sure whatís being counted as completion for that one though. Thatís just one of 5 ďmissionsĒ completed. But even according to the manual the difference between the missions is just the difficulty


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 29, 2019, 07:54:09 AM
@Duke0619 - that's unfortunately about Mafat Conspiracy. I havn't played that one myself so I was hopefully it was at least as interesting as Golgo 13.

@Schlibby - thanks man! Greatly appreciated! You just have to do the Jupiter Mission for Rescue for it to count. That's the only requirement for Rescue I don't think difficulty makes a difference.

I finished off Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves tonight. Such a bizzare game. Also started playing Power Punch II tonight. Was able to finish the first circuit, but the second circuit is beating me down pretty good. Cant get the first two guys down somewhat consistently now so I just gotta figure out the last 2. Hopefully next session I can finish it up.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7856/47492280081_60fc2f2a55_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fmJmgc)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on March 29, 2019, 11:17:47 AM
@Schlibby - thanks man! Greatly appreciated! You just have to do the Jupiter Mission for Rescue for it to count. That's the only requirement for Rescue I don't think difficulty makes a difference.

Ahhh, I did the middle mission of the 5 I think it was. I'll see if I can crack the 5th mission. But don't put me down for reserved. Don't mind if someone else swoops in on it


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 29, 2019, 01:40:17 PM
Finished another game with a lame "Game Over" screen at the end.  But since the "almost" end screen of Wolverine looks eerily similar to Crabby's...

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2hp6mb8.jpg)

Thanks for the hot tip about Wolverine, Crabby; you basically avoid everyone that you can (though on level 8 you can't) and run to the goal.  Once you memorize the levels and enemy appearances it really isn't all that tough - until you get to the last boss.  I don't know how long I would have punched Sabertooth trying to kill him without Shane's comment.  Even then, old 'Tooth doesn't want to die, so he hops around the screen like a jackrabbit.  I don't know how many times I had to continue and restart, but I did it.

I think I will try Legend of Kage (I always used to pronounce it, Cage).   In one of the early Nintendo Power issues (I think) they mistakingly put "Zelda II" underneath a pic of Kage, but still I never played it.  I think it is something like Demon Sword, but I am not sure.  Regardless, I am battling sickness and need to take a nap or something, lol.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: singlebanana on March 29, 2019, 01:47:17 PM
Legend of Kage is an incredible arcade game!  I dumped a lot of quarters into that as a kid.  It is more of a hack and slash. Fun game!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on March 29, 2019, 07:25:38 PM
Casino Kid 2 is done.

It's a unique game, but a few elements hold it back. The blackjack tables are extremely tedious, and I think the worst part is it doesn't feel random, it feels more like a test of being able to correctly guess when the game wants you to hit and when to stay. At the poker tables, it sucks that there is no option to "check" (bet, raise, and fold are your only options). That said, the poker was modestly enjoyable, it just would've been much better with the option to check. The roulette is a mixed bag, as it's more about trying to read the table talk of your opponent than to take your chances on the random numbers.

I also am working on a lengthy blog entry about another game I recently completed, and will have a post soon with end screen pix.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on March 30, 2019, 10:23:12 AM
Ninja Gaiden III complete.

Wow, what an experience. It's a misunderstood game, in that you have to approach it like a puzzle platformer. But once you start getting good at it, it becomes a fantastic, fluid playthrough with subtley near-flawless game design.

Check out my full thoughts here-

http://www.rfgeneration.com/blogs/ez+racer/Ninja-Gaiden-III-the-Ancient-Ship-of-Doom-3908.php

I think I'll try The Immortal next, but who knows if I'll have the patience for it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on March 30, 2019, 05:44:16 PM
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2hgfcr5.jpg)

Finished Legend of Kage.  As you can see I almost didn't get the screenshot (I thought it would stop crawling but it didn't).  I never played it in the arcade, but after watching some videos it does appear somewhat faithful (given the limitations of the NES).  The game is actually pretty fun.  You have to "beat" the games five stages three times, with each stage appearing with a different color scheme with each playthrough, until you beat the actual final boss.  Then the game begins looping forever.  Not too bad, and someone who knows how can probably beat the game in about ten or fifteen minutes.  It took me about two hours of trying.  I was originally going to make a post making up a story about a kabuki performer needed saving by a ninja who left the village without his pants, but...  no.  I seriously need some rest.

Next will be Demon Sword I think, since it reminds me of Kage (with its jumping mechanics).


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 31, 2019, 06:43:55 AM
Beat a game of Archon. It's more fun than Battle Chess on NES. At the start, it looks like you're setting up a chess board with pieces named differently, but they move like Fire Emblem characters. Each type moves a different distance, some can move over other characters while some have to move around. Encountering an enemy piece puts you in a 1 on 1 arena view where you can eliminate your opponent whether or not you were the one moving into combat. Beyond that, it's a bit like capture the flag in that you have to have one piece on each of the pulsing squares to win. I took a flying piece straight over to kill the sorceress, as she was generating new pieces. After that, it was simply a matter of moving archers in to empty spots.

(https://i.imgur.com/mNG4Dh4.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 31, 2019, 09:47:04 AM
Zombie Nation complete. I played through this a few times when I was a kid, so I was trying to save this for someone that loves shooters and hadn't played this yet. Given we're short on games and time this month, I was going to bang out as many as I could today. I'm not normally a fan of shooters, since a lot of times you have to really know the subweapons and their progression to get through them. This one, however, simply levels you up as you progress to have more projectiles. Speed is constant, and energy can be replenished at a reasonable enough rate where you can slip up a good number of times in a level and still be ok.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZIFx53T.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on March 31, 2019, 09:50:27 AM
Just had a busy weekend and havn't had a chance to jump in and update this. I'll have everything up to date by tomorrow morning, just wanted to pop in and say you guys are absolutely killing it there past few days!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 31, 2019, 10:44:22 AM
Chubby Cherub completed. I fell down into the dog pit the first attempt, and I've never been able to get back out of those. The game loops, so once you're on 13 you've cleared every stage.

(https://i.imgur.com/OMI8IWn.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on March 31, 2019, 12:57:18 PM
Clu Clu Land looped. I've never been able to perfect the timing of making right angle turns every time, so I end up spending more time than necessary on each level.

(https://i.imgur.com/UipYk5D.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on March 31, 2019, 02:57:06 PM
Good job on Clu Clu land @shane. I was trying that one last year and just couldnít get the hang of controlling the little fellar.

Went back to Rescue and completed it on the final mission

(https://i.imgur.com/wSg7UyE.jpg)

Itís actually pretty difficult to beat on the final mission. When in the building the terrorists are no longer shown on the map and they react with lightning speed. Tip though, the instant you turn onto a new screen just fire. If thereís a terrorist you will hit him. If thereís a hostage you wonít hit them cus they stand on the left and the gun fires to the right.

Also, the snipers arenít worth the time it takes to get them into position. Unless going for the perfect game get the first into position and just let the other two get shot.

Not a bad game. But the amount of content on offer is pathetic. Easier difficulties can be completed in minutes. Further ďmissionsĒ are actually just increases in difficulty not different layouts


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 01, 2019, 07:51:47 AM
First of all, that was a wicked last couple days on March!! You guys slayed a lot of games in a short amount of time. Including some fairly challenging ones too! Great to see things like Ninja Gaiden III, Chubby Cherub and Wolverine all go get finished. I finally got the thread up to date again so on with April's goals!

Since we were a little shy of our community goal 2 months running now I revised it again and scaled it back so that our goal for April is to get to 335 games beaten by April 30th. That simply means we need a repeat of March's numbers. Definitely doable!

The Personal Goal for April is to jump in the driver's seat/cockpit and Beat a driving/flight sim game. Here is a list of the available games for April's goal:

The personal goal this month is to get in the driver seat and beat at least one driving or cockpit view flight game in April. With the snow melting it's time to hit the road and cross some driving games off of our list which have been fairly neglected up to this point.

Here is the list of qualifying games for the personal goal this month:

Bill Elliott's Nascar Challenge
BreakThru
Bump 'n' Jump
Cobra Triangle
Days of Thunder
Eliminator Boat Duel
F-117A Stealth Fighter
Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge
Flight of the Intruder
Formula 1: Built to Win
Galaxy 5000
Infiltrator
Iron Tank
Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off-Road
Jackal
Knight Rider
Laser Invasion
Mach Rider
Michael Andretti's World Grand Prix
Motor City Patrol
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
R.C. Pro-Am II
Race America
Rally Bike
RoadBlasters
Seicross
Silkworm
Spy Hunter
Star Voyager
Stealth ATF
Super Cars
Super Spy Hunter
Top Gun
Top Gun: The Second Mission
Ultimate Air Combat

Last night I was also able to take down Fly Mo and finished off Power Punch II I was able to cheese my way past most fights, but the last boss in this game was one of the worst I've come across. Took many hours just doing that stupid 5 minute fight until I finally got a run where I beat him. This came out years after Punch Out!! so I can't figure out why it's so much worse. Just copy the good game and add your aliens!! That would have been just fine.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7836/47514277961_675bdf5eda_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2foF6sZ)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 02, 2019, 07:37:00 AM
So I started up Michael Andretti's World GP tonight. oh boy. Might have another contender for least amount of pleasure to time spent to rival Bases Loaded 4. I spent 4 hours and was able to complete 2 races. There are 9 levels and at least the first level is 4 races, but I think some of the later ones can have up to 8 races each. Not only is this game long as hell it's also hard as hell. I'm not sure I want to just sink a whole bunch of time into it at once to get it over with or pick off a race every day or two and finish it a month or two down the road, but either way it's gonna be a while. Not only that, but there is no music during the races. It's just engines and tires for 20 minutes at a time.....

At least the game over music is decent:

https://youtu.be/gkYxDsbX3Ls?t=552


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on April 02, 2019, 10:11:08 AM
@crabby- As a kid I rented games all the time, and never felt like I wasted my time/money (even on the bad ones), with one glaring exception- MA's World GP. Good luck with it.

Also, if we get a secondary claim for the racing games, I'd like Galaxy 5000.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on April 02, 2019, 11:05:49 PM
(http://i66.tinypic.com/21m7rtl.jpg)

Finished Demon Sword.  Not too bad, but only because I played it immediately after Legend of Kage, which are both very similar (though Demon Sword is far more of a console type game).  It was super easy up until the end, though I found a lot of the bosses found inside the item rooms far harder than the bosses.  Oh well.  I think next I will play Breakthru.



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 03, 2019, 08:01:32 AM
@crabby- As a kid I rented games all the time, and never felt like I wasted my time/money (even on the bad ones), with one glaring exception- MA's World GP. Good luck with it.

Also, if we get a secondary claim for the racing games, I'd like Galaxy 5000.


That would have been a lame weekend as a kid. I feel for you!

Made some far better progress tonight on World GP tonight and finished off both the 1st and 2nd levels and the first race of the 3rd. Getting a much better feel for the game now and it's moving along a lot better.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 04, 2019, 07:49:24 AM
Knocked off a whole bunch more races tonight. I am on race 4 of level 4 currently.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on April 04, 2019, 07:59:42 PM
This is the first time I've put much time into Ice Climbers, it's harder than I thought it would be.  I've been playing on the switch, so it might be a lag thing, but it feels i should be making jumps, but i miss them.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on April 04, 2019, 10:06:49 PM
I am putting some more time into Zelda tonight.  I'm at dungeon 8, and died while shooting arrows at Ghoma.  Now I cant get past the Blue Darknuts in the 3rd room again.  Everytime I turn to kill one, they face me and are invincible.   I cant get around them.  They are the worst enemy in this damn game!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on April 05, 2019, 02:06:16 AM
This is the first time I've put much time into Ice Climbers, it's harder than I thought it would be.  I've been playing on the switch, so it might be a lag thing, but it feels i should be making jumps, but i miss them.

Itís like that on an actual NES too


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 05, 2019, 07:51:57 AM
This is the first time I've put much time into Ice Climbers, it's harder than I thought it would be.  I've been playing on the switch, so it might be a lag thing, but it feels i should be making jumps, but i miss them.

Itís like that on an actual NES too

Yeah it's a hard game. I think it's mainly because the jumping mechanic is not great. So floaty and that arc is too tight.

I am putting some more time into Zelda tonight.  I'm at dungeon 8, and died while shooting arrows at Ghoma.  Now I cant get past the Blue Darknuts in the 3rd room again.  Everytime I turn to kill one, they face me and are invincible.   I cant get around them.  They are the worst enemy in this damn game!

You're so close! I believe in you!

I played some more World GP tonight. Progress was much slower tonight. Got to Level 5 race 2. The races in Level 5 are much harder. Just the qualifying times to get to the actual races are a lot tighter. Took me many many tries to get 1st in the first 2 races of Level 5, but I really think it's going to be worth the pain. Since you win a level by points and the last track is always a new track to me if I get to the last few races with enough of a lead (1st gets 5 points 2nd gets 3 so the 2 point gap can be significant after a few races and give me a lot of breathing room) it lets me slack off at the end with the tracks I don't know as well at this point in the game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on April 05, 2019, 10:12:37 PM
Thank you Crabby! It must have worked because my first try through tonight I sailed through dungeon 8.  I ended up having to take 2 drinks out of my potion, but it's done and now time for Gannon!

*update*
Last night I could not get past the 8th dungeon to save my life.  I added about 50 deaths to my counter.  Tonight was different.  I passed through the 8th dungeon and with the aid of a bit of potion I made it through Dungeon 9.  I got incredibly lucky with Gannon. I went to one corner of the room to hit him and with every hit he stayed put and I got all 4 hits in a row!  One Silver Arrow later and he was dead in under 10 seconds! I can finally put The Legend of Zelda in the done pile!

(http://i.imgur.com/4dED4fb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bLRT6dq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/itQbrzz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eoYQ6C5.jpg)




Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on April 06, 2019, 05:26:55 AM
I believe I beat R.C. Pro-Am II, since it seemed the courses were the same ones I already played. I looked up a speedrun of it and they go for 24 races, so this is well beyond the end of the game.

(https://i.imgur.com/kmNLoeH.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on April 06, 2019, 09:00:25 AM
@shane- Usually the game ends after 36 races (assuming your 1st in points at the time). It makes you survive several notable tracks from earlier in the game on a higher difficulty. What were your thoughts on the game?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on April 06, 2019, 02:15:17 PM
@shane- Usually the game ends after 36 races (assuming your 1st in points at the time). It makes you survive several notable tracks from earlier in the game on a higher difficulty. What were your thoughts on the game?

I loved the controls. I think NES racing games play better in a close up view than they do in a full track view like Indy Heat. I had no idea what the things I was running over were doing for a while, so I just raced with turbo and upgraded my engine and tires for the first bit. Suddenly my car type changed between races, and I looked up what caused that. The letters you can pick up spell the game's name, and in the borders of your car info before a race it shows what letters you've picked up already toward a vehicle upgrade. A pretty neat feature of the game.

The levels that use a plane or jet to bomb or shoot you are annoying, as with the jet especially it seems you can't get out of the way in time for the first shot and you lose your place in the race. That would be manageable if it were only in the first lap, but when it happens every lap it's frustrating. It's a bit reminiscent of being in first in Mario Kart and having the second place person always win because someone uses a blue shell on your at the last moment.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 06, 2019, 11:29:43 PM
Jackal done.

(https://i.imgur.com/1bGF63b.jpg)

I know I've played this game before, but I'm not sure if I've ever beaten it until now. I really like it. It's a great pick up and play game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on April 07, 2019, 12:58:55 PM
Eliminator Boat Duel done. One of those NES games that's interesting for casual play, but grueling to beat as you have to win 24 1v1 races with only 1 loss. The game definitely has a lot of personality, though.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on April 07, 2019, 02:58:13 PM
Haven't been able to play for awhile because of work but now its my vacation and so I had some time to finish of Silkworm.

This game is pretty monotonous the later levels become bullet hells which makes it a little more fun. The bosses are pretty boring except for the last boss.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190407/338ad08f11b6bef42c1bf16ea68f92e1.jpg)

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on April 08, 2019, 02:18:25 AM
I'd like to relinquish my hold on "Startropics", please. I haven't been able to get around to it over the last couple months and it definitely isn't looking like I'll be able to get on it any time soon. Thank you.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 08, 2019, 07:49:34 AM
@Wempster - wicked job on Zelda!! You're absolutely right that those Darknuts are pains in the butt. Glad you persevered and took it down. That also a crazy lucky Ganon fight you had!

@shane- you're solid on that RC Pro Am II run. You more than looped the game.

@Disposed Hero - totally. Jackal is a great little action game for a quick session.

@EZ Racer - couldn't agree more. Game was a pain to beat, but like you said is fun and charming in a casual play.

@Fokakis79 - Wow! I beat Silkworm last year and it gave me a LOT of trouble. I thought it was super hard. Which vehicle did you play with? I kept getting to the final stage with the Helicopter, but could never quite finish it off. I swapped to the Jeep and was able to squeeze out a win though. Found the levels easier with the Jeep, but the bosses easier with the Helicopter.

@Boshamp - no worries, thanks for the effort. I think Bickman2k actually started playing StarTropics on the Switch online app recently so maybe he'll be wiling to take it over for you.

Nice to see you guys taking to the spirit of the month and beating a bunch of racers with me!! I put a ton more time into Michael Andretti's World GP tonight. Got to Level 6 Race 3 tonight. Out of the blue in Level 6 they swapped me to an automatic vehicle to race with. My whole strategy to this point has been to know which gears to downshift to for certain times of corners so I'm having to relearn how to race this late in the game to brake into those corners now. There are lots of spin outs again like when I first started which is pretty frustrating. I looked up how many races are left to do and it's still a lot. Level 6 has 10 races, 7 has 12, 8 has 14 and 9 has 16 freakin races!! After Level 6 I may take a short break to play some other stuff for a bit.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on April 08, 2019, 07:53:21 AM
Well, I finished the last climb In ice climber... and it changed over right as I took the pic. I can try and beat it again.. but to be Frank, I'm so done with this game. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190408/8b8b8d8d1dd5740e0336948d3ae8c545.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 08, 2019, 08:20:53 AM
Well, I finished the last climb In ice climber... and it changed over right as I took the pic. I can try and beat it again.. but to be Frank, I'm so done with this game. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190408/8b8b8d8d1dd5740e0336948d3ae8c545.jpg)

lol, no worries, I trust you that it's done. And I agree wholeheartedly. It doesn't hold up like a lot of other early Nintendo games.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on April 08, 2019, 08:50:42 AM
Thanks.. i might be up to do it later, after some time away from it, but until then let's race!  Motor City Patrol will be my next game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Fokakis79 on April 08, 2019, 05:03:03 PM
@crabmaster, I used the Heli to complete it. It took definitely several tries to do it. Definitely not easy and kinda frustrating at times. I did feel like the game did cut me breaks with hit detection.

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Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 09, 2019, 07:55:14 AM
Played a bunch more World GP tonight. Was able to get my score high enough that I didn't even have to do the last 2 races and purposefully failed the time trials and just let the CPU duke it out for points in those races. That puts me to Level 7 now. Ugh.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MustyHobbit on April 09, 2019, 09:28:27 AM
Thought I'd chip in with a couple beats:

Dynowarz: The Destruction of Spondylus
- this one was more of a test of patience than anything else, as most of large mech stretches were basically a war of attrition, with some enemy loops that just didn't pose any sort of danger.  The platforming outside of the "dyno" were the tough parts, with some knockback and tricky timing for platforming - but again, some of the rooms were just a matter of finding that one spot where no enemy could shoot at you and slowly working your way through.  I had a fun enough time going through it, but probably won't go back to it any time soon - took me less than 2 hours to finish, but could probably be done in 1/2 that time without making platforming mistakes.
Gold Medal Challenge '92 - I have huge nostalgia goggles for this one - basically the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.  The thing I like most about this is that as you progress through the events, it takes breaks to check in on the Marathon, which takes place across 6+ segments as though it's being run while all the other events are taking place.  
I find the "mash buttons to run faster" while still needing to use the d-pad to 'launch/jump/set jump angle" to be difficult, but I'm the master of the swimming events, which have more of a rhythmic cadence to them.  The game also has a battery backup and will save world records, so your successes can live on into future playthroughs.  will take only an hour to get through and you get 'credits' regardless of your success.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 10, 2019, 08:36:06 AM
So awesome to have a new name up on the scoreboard!! Great job MustyHobbit and happy to have your help with this challenge!!



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 11, 2019, 08:02:29 AM
Halfway through Level 8 on Michael Andretti's World GP tonight. Glad to be done with Level 7 and have manual control over my gear shift once again. Because of that 8 is going much faster. I even got a few really lucky races in a row where my rival scored incredibly poorly and in one race didn't even make the qualifying time so he scored 0 for the round. That's gonna give me a big edge late in the level and let me really whiff it on a few races if I need to. 


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 12, 2019, 07:33:51 AM
Took the rest of my play time today, but after a bit of trouble on a couple rounds I beat level 8 tonight. That just leaves the final level to beat next session. It's the longest though so it'll likely take me two sessions to finally complete this game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on April 12, 2019, 02:49:56 PM
Took the rest of my play time today, but after a bit of trouble on a couple rounds I beat level 8 tonight. That just leaves the final level to beat next session. It's the longest though so it'll likely take me two sessions to finally complete this game.

This game certainly sounds like a chore. Iím impressed by your perseverance


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on April 12, 2019, 04:22:18 PM
Beat Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt. Once I read that there's a hidden rec room when you duck in the center of the main part of the house, it was a lot easier. There's so many 1ups from that series of rooms, that as long as you grab the additional hearts early on you're all set. Bosses have a very predictable pattern, so they weren't a whole lot of trouble once you know it.

The hit boxes and landing controls are pretty awful, so I don't think I'd recommend this game to platformer fans.

(https://i.imgur.com/JjGWOG1.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 14, 2019, 12:16:50 AM
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones done.

(https://i.imgur.com/Ra95QhJ.jpg)

So I thought I'd go ahead and finish off the Double Dragon trilogy. As a huge fan of beat 'em ups, I still got some enjoyment out of it, but this is definitely my least favorite of the bunch.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: polykill_trav on April 14, 2019, 08:43:31 PM
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones done.

So I thought I'd go ahead and finish off the Double Dragon trilogy. As a huge fan of beat 'em ups, I still got some enjoyment out of it, but this is definitely my least favorite of the bunch.

Dammit. I finished this last night and waited to post it. My first attempt at adding to the list and I got beat by a matter of hours. And it was the hardest game I've ever beaten.

Son of a ********


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 15, 2019, 07:46:17 AM
@Schilbby - It's a bit of a slog, but honestly compared to something like the Bases Loaded games it's not so bad. I at least get new tracks and vehicles to race with each level so it's not just the same thing over and over. Level 9 is proving pretty challenging though so it may take longer than I thought.

@polykill_trav - that sucks man!! Happened to me early on too when I played Alfred Chicken and then waited a couple hours to update the thread and shane beat me to it by a couple hours. Definitely not as hard as something like Double Dragon 3 though. That game is legitimately challenging! I hope that wont dissuade you from choosing a new title to add to our list. You could always make claim to a game so that there is no chance of another player beating a game you are working on.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on April 15, 2019, 04:52:43 PM
@Schilbby - It's a bit of a slog, but honestly compared to something like the Bases Loaded games it's not so bad. I at least get new tracks and vehicles to race with each level so it's not just the same thing over and over. Level 9 is proving pretty challenging though so it may take longer than I thought.

@polykill_trav - that sucks man!! Happened to me early on too when I played Alfred Chicken and then waited a couple hours to update the thread and shane beat me to it by a couple hours. Definitely not as hard as something like Double Dragon 3 though. That game is legitimately challenging! I hope that wont dissuade you from choosing a new title to add to our list. You could always make claim to a game so that there is no chance of another player beating a game you are working on.

Haha! Yeah, I have a habit of trying a game before I claim it, and then just playing through it if it's not completely terrible. I've played a few that have been claimed as well. I got to Sabretooth in Wolverine and gave up, and tried Knight Rider a few times but couldn't get anywhere.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: polykill_trav on April 16, 2019, 06:15:26 AM

@polykill_trav - that sucks man!! Happened to me early on too when I played Alfred Chicken and then waited a couple hours to update the thread and shane beat me to it by a couple hours. Definitely not as hard as something like Double Dragon 3 though. That game is legitimately challenging! I hope that wont dissuade you from choosing a new title to add to our list. You could always make claim to a game so that there is no chance of another player beating a game you are working on.


Haha, naw. But what are the chances? Kind of nuts.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 16, 2019, 07:03:35 AM
The level 9 races are SO much harder! I'm on race 6 of 16 now when I thought I'd be done. I'm also not able to get all 1sts like I normally do to this point. I'm still ahead pointwise, but it's a tiny lead and I'm worried about some of the more challenging races later on.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on April 16, 2019, 10:27:06 AM
The RF Gen 2019 NES Challenge has been going well so far.  We had an explosive start in January and we're taking games down ever since then. We have amassed a pile of completed games and completed screenshots to go with them.  We want to celebrate this achievement so I compiled everyone's final screens and made a video.  Our own Disposed Hero made the wicked soundtrack and the statistics were provided by Crabmaster2000.  This video covers every game we beat in January and February.   I hope you guys enjoy it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4cskiBAA6E


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: polykill_trav on April 16, 2019, 11:26:43 AM
The RF Gen 2019 NES Challenge has been going well so far.  We had an explosive start in January and we're taking games down ever since then. We have amassed a pile of completed games and completed screenshots to go with them.  We want to celebrate this achievement so I compiled everyone's final screens and made a video.  Our own Disposed Hero made the wicked soundtrack and the statistics were provided by Crabmaster2000.  This video covers every game we beat in January and February.   I hope you guys enjoy it. 


That was awesome! Good work!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 16, 2019, 12:45:42 PM
The RF Gen 2019 NES Challenge has been going well so far.  We had an explosive start in January and we're taking games down ever since then. We have amassed a pile of completed games and completed screenshots to go with them.  We want to celebrate this achievement so I compiled everyone's final screens and made a video.  Our own Disposed Hero made the wicked soundtrack and the statistics were provided by Crabmaster2000.  This video covers every game we beat in January and February.   I hope you guys enjoy it. 

Haha, I love that the thumbnail is one of Duke's masterpieces.

I had a lot of fun putting the music together. I hope you guys dig it!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bickman2k on April 16, 2019, 12:47:52 PM
This going to be very bizarre, but I found my cables for my Miracle Piano. I don't know if it works or if the lag from an LCD TV will make it incredibly difficult or how much time I'll have, but I'll go ahead and claim Miracle Piano. If someone else is working on it without a claim and would like to, let me know, but I'll give it a shot.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on April 16, 2019, 01:11:33 PM
The RF Gen 2019 NES Challenge has been going well so far.  We had an explosive start in January and we're taking games down ever since then. We have amassed a pile of completed games and completed screenshots to go with them.  We want to celebrate this achievement so I compiled everyone's final screens and made a video.  Our own Disposed Hero made the wicked soundtrack and the statistics were provided by Crabmaster2000.  This video covers every game we beat in January and February.   I hope you guys enjoy it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4cskiBAA6E

Very very nice!  We've still got a ways to go, but I can't wait to sit and watch the whole thing from January to December.  Good job, guys, seriously.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on April 16, 2019, 01:40:23 PM
The RF Gen 2019 NES Challenge has been going well so far.  We had an explosive start in January and we're taking games down ever since then. We have amassed a pile of completed games and completed screenshots to go with them.  We want to celebrate this achievement so I compiled everyone's final screens and made a video.  Our own Disposed Hero made the wicked soundtrack and the statistics were provided by Crabmaster2000.  This video covers every game we beat in January and February.   I hope you guys enjoy it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4cskiBAA6E

Very very nice!  We've still got a ways to go, but I can't wait to sit and watch the whole thing from January to December.  Good job, guys, seriously.

Oh there's absolutely going to be a supercut of all the videos together once we finish them off. It'll be an hour and a half of end screens set to metal music lol!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 16, 2019, 03:15:44 PM
The RF Gen 2019 NES Challenge has been going well so far.  We had an explosive start in January and we're taking games down ever since then. We have amassed a pile of completed games and completed screenshots to go with them.  We want to celebrate this achievement so I compiled everyone's final screens and made a video.  Our own Disposed Hero made the wicked soundtrack and the statistics were provided by Crabmaster2000.  This video covers every game we beat in January and February.   I hope you guys enjoy it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4cskiBAA6E

Very very nice!  We've still got a ways to go, but I can't wait to sit and watch the whole thing from January to December.  Good job, guys, seriously.

Oh there's absolutely going to be a supercut of all the videos together once we finish them off. It'll be an hour and a half of end screens set to metal music lol!

That's my dream movie. I'd pay for a ticket to see that in a theater


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Duke.Togo on April 16, 2019, 08:57:56 PM
What an amazing piece of artistry in that thumbnail! Oh, and the video is pretty good, too. ;)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 17, 2019, 07:14:07 AM
Got to Race 11 out of 16 on the final level of Michael Andretti's World GP tonight. Gained up a small lead and then lost much of it. I'm past 2 of the levels I was most worried about though so that's a silver lining. Hoping to finally finish this up tomorrow.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on April 17, 2019, 09:16:39 AM
What an amazing piece of artistry in that thumbnail! Oh, and the video is pretty good, too. ;)
The dino seems to agree since it's giving a thumbs up!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on April 17, 2019, 04:15:30 PM
Got to Race 11 out of 16 on the final level of Michael Andretti's World GP tonight. Gained up a small lead and then lost much of it. I'm past 2 of the levels I was most worried about though so that's a silver lining. Hoping to finally finish this up tomorrow.

One last push!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 17, 2019, 09:46:42 PM
Pin-Bot done.

(https://i.imgur.com/2sBPKs5.jpg)

I recently discovered that I really like pinball games, so I've been working on Pin-Bot for a little while now. After dozens of tries that include a couple of heartbreaking scores of just under the 10 million, I was able to pull off a great run and shattered the high score. I enjoyed the game and found it very addicting, but it was also very frustrating. I don't know if this is common with pinball games (or actual pinball), but I felt like there were many times when there was nothing I could do to stop a ball from being lost, and things could go so bad so quickly that it actually felt like the game was actively trying to make me lose. Seemed a bit cheap at times, but I still enjoyed it and plan on attempting the remaining NES pinball games.

And yes, those are my actual initials.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: ApolloBoy on April 18, 2019, 12:42:56 AM
Checking in here, I still intend to go after The Jetsons but I've been having some health issues lately. Had the nastiest flu back in March and now I'm dealing with some retinal lesions caused by said flu (which are healing thankfully!). My vision isn't the best right now but once it improves some more I'll get back on it!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on April 18, 2019, 08:19:47 AM
Checking in here, I still intend to go after The Jetsons but I've been having some health issues lately. Had the nastiest flu back in March and now I'm dealing with some retinal lesions caused by said flu (which are healing thankfully!). My vision isn't the best right now but once it improves some more I'll get back on it!

Sorry to hear about your health difficulties, but glad to hear you're on the mend!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 19, 2019, 07:55:37 AM
@Disposed Hero - With the early Pinball tables that they emulate on consoles they don't feature a way to bump the machine like you can in a real life pinball which would account for those times you feel like you have no way to prevent the ball from draining whereas if you were playing an actually Pin-Bot table you could literally move the machine to manipulate the balls path and attempt to save it. Highspeed is also a fun table on the NES, but to "beat" the game it's actually pretty dang tough.

@Apolloboy - Hope you're feeling better soon we could definitely use all hands on deck!

Got to Race 11 out of 16 on the final level of Michael Andretti's World GP tonight. Gained up a small lead and then lost much of it. I'm past 2 of the levels I was most worried about though so that's a silver lining. Hoping to finally finish this up tomorrow.

One last push!

Turns out it needed like 3 more pushes. I got the second last race and just didn't have the points to be able to win so I had to use an older password and do better on some the of the middle races to bump my score up. I now have the password for the very last race in the game with the exact same score as Michael Andretti so I have to beat him to win the race and therefor the game now. This last level is so tough. In every other round there were would be 1 or 2 races in which the leader would place lower than 2nd. Micheal Andretti get's all firsts unless you take that spot from him. Never has a dip in points below 2nd. Anyway I figure I can eventually beat him in this one race, but it may take a few hours to finally achieve that.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on April 20, 2019, 07:29:05 AM
Of the games left, are there any that most people wouldn't want to play? I don't want to leave a bunch of crappy games for the end of the year.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 20, 2019, 09:08:11 AM
Of the games left, are there any that most people wouldn't want to play? I don't want to leave a bunch of crappy games for the end of the year.

I've been trying to pick off a lot of the lamer titles already, but I think it's going to be inevitable that there is mainly junk left at the end.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on April 20, 2019, 10:30:42 AM
I have been so busy, I haven't even started motor city.  Take me off it for now and when I have some more time I'll jump in and grab another game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on April 20, 2019, 11:29:19 AM
(http://i65.tinypic.com/2yy2s5i.jpg)

I've finished BreakThru.  With it's "pure memorization" gameplay and checkpoint unlimited continues, it feels very much like an arcade port...  Which is awesome!  I've been on an arcade kick as of late so it hit the spot.  And it actually is a port of an arcade, though I completely missed it back in the day.  It (the arcade original) is available on the digital on the Switch under the "Johnny Turbo's Arcade" banner, along with a number of other arcade games of varying quality.  For the record, I found the NES port of BreakThru to be superior to the arcade original, so keep that in mind.

I have an idea I will regret this later (I think it has fifty levels), but I will take on RoadBlasters.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 20, 2019, 03:08:46 PM
Guerrilla War done.

(https://i.imgur.com/e6rqpTW.jpg)

First time playing this one. It was a lot of fun and very forgiving. I think the game gives you unlimited continues and you always respawn right where you die, so this is a very easy game to complete if that is the case.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on April 20, 2019, 03:55:13 PM
I'm going to claim Break Time: The National Pool Tour to try to get through some more sports-like titles.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on April 20, 2019, 04:48:40 PM
Of the games left, are there any that most people wouldn't want to play? I don't want to leave a bunch of crappy games for the end of the year.

Hehe.  I've included it in one of my future articles for this year (maybe July?) but Ikari Warriors is a serious turd.  I can't imagine someone beating this without using the cheat code (which is off limits since it isn't included in the manual).  Also most of the Koei games, mainly due to length.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 20, 2019, 07:02:27 PM
Of the games left, are there any that most people wouldn't want to play? I don't want to leave a bunch of crappy games for the end of the year.

Hehe.  I've included it in one of my future articles for this year (maybe July?) but Ikari Warriors is a serious turd.  I can't imagine someone beating this without using the cheat code (which is off limits since it isn't included in the manual).  Also most of the Koei games, mainly due to length.

Ikari Warriors, Q-Bert, Arkanoid and Mutant Virus I think are maybe the hardest games on the system to beat legitimately. Any of those getting crossed off our list will be a huge celebration in my mind.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on April 21, 2019, 04:56:37 AM
Here's Break Time. This is a pretty good game considering you don't have a mouse to control the crosshair. Being able to control the english you put on the ball and the relative ease of controlling the amount of power you put behind it means I made more shots than some other pool games I've played in the past.

(https://i.imgur.com/aQFOH7d.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 22, 2019, 06:12:31 AM
@bombatomba - Breakthru is solid! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Short and sweet, it's a fun game for quick sessions

@Disposed Hero - I think Guerrilla War may be the easiest game to beat on the system. There is really no punishment for dying. Pretty fun though for sure.

@shane - nicely done! I actually enjoyed my time with Break Time as well which seems odd for some reason.

I finally finished off Michael Andretti's World GP Tonight. There was a ton of game to get through. There was the initial learning curve that took me a while to get used to, then it went smooth for a while until they forced me to race a whole level with an automatic which had me relearn how to control the vehicle. After that it just got really hard and I had to basically get mostly first place in order to have enough points to win. Eventually got the the final race and didn't have enough points to win even if I got first so I had to go back half a dozen races and redo them and win better positions. Got back to the final race with a tied score with Michael Andretti and just had to try the race for a few hours on end until I knew the ins and outs of the track and was able to take a 1st. As far as racers on the NES go it's actually fairly solid. The controls and nuance to the driving (things like cornering, braking, pits, shifting) are all pretty impressive if you invest the time to learn them. Having zero soundtrack sucks though, because that means its all just engine noises and nothing else. Also having 16 different and unique tracks was a lot to learn. Not sure if they are good representations of their real life tracks, but some were pretty crazy compared to others. Even though it took me about as long as other slogs like Bases Loaded 4 it was much more enjoyable and engaging than something like that. Very glad to be done with this one.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47666692861_37f0c1d55c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fC9g76)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 22, 2019, 02:55:55 PM
Puss 'n Boots: Pero's Great Adventure done.

(https://i.imgur.com/vELDrnR.jpg)

A completely random pick. Not a good game, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The controls were pretty stiff, and the whole game feels very uninspired. It was pretty easy for the most part, although the final boss was pretty cheap.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 22, 2019, 02:56:54 PM
Heavy Barrel done.

(https://i.imgur.com/eCue0s3.jpg)

Awesome game that is in a similar vein to Jackal. I had a lot of fun with this one.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 23, 2019, 07:35:39 AM
We just surpassed the 300 game mark!! We are nearly at the halfway point of the challenge. Great job everybody!

@Disposed Hero - nice to see you back in full NES form after you musical hiatus! Puss n' Boots is another super easy one for sure, not very remarkable. I've actually not played Heavy Barrel yet, but I've always heard positive things about it.

I was also able to pull a double feature tonight and beat Castlequest and Day Dreamin' Davey. Castlequest was pretty neat. Huge maze of a castle to navigate through collecting colored keys which you can use to open the same colored door. This is one of those games that back in the day would have required some pretty crazy mapping to get done. They are very generous with the lives and give you 50 to start with and lots of chances to obtain more. The music is a drag, but otherwise thought it was a decent puzzler. I ended up looking up a route so that the game didn't take me weeks to map out. Probably would have had more patience if I didn't just spend the last 3 weeks on one game.

Day Dreamin' Davey feels like a super early homebrew project. It really doesn't seem like a company funded and developed this game. It looks terrible, it plays terrible, it's got such a silly premise that you're a kid who constantly day dreams during his day at school that he's a Knight, Roman citizen and cowboy. Even though the game was a drag I loved playing it because I wasn't playing Michael Andretti's World GP anymore. I may use that logic to take down a couple more stinkers in the coming days too.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46761122315_e478f794f8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ef7YwP)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47677125641_f7c2302e17_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fD4JpB)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on April 23, 2019, 09:48:57 AM
Still working on Zoda's Revenge but I thought I would complete a game so no one else has to go through the crazy game of Deadly Towers. I loved playing this game as a kid Casually but completing it is a whole different beast all together. I still had alot of fun with it except the part where I missed a few Items that was needed like scrolls and potions and the DARN BLUE NECKLACE that I didnt know about. but still a great game for me anyways.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on April 23, 2019, 10:35:35 AM
I was also able to pull a double feature tonight and beat Castlequest and Day Dreamin' Davey. Castlequest was pretty neat. Huge maze of a castle to navigate through collecting colored keys which you can use to open the same colored door. This is one of those games that back in the day would have required some pretty crazy mapping to get done. They are very generous with the lives and give you 50 to start with and lots of chances to obtain more. The music is a drag, but otherwise thought it was a decent puzzler. I ended up looking up a route so that the game didn't take me weeks to map out. Probably would have had more patience if I didn't just spend the last 3 weeks on one game.

Day Dreamin' Davey feels like a super early homebrew project. It really doesn't seem like a company funded and developed this game. It looks terrible, it plays terrible, it's got such a silly premise that you're a kid who constantly day dreams during his day at school that he's a Knight, Roman citizen and cowboy. Even though the game was a drag I loved playing it because I wasn't playing Michael Andretti's World GP anymore. I may use that logic to take down a couple more stinkers in the coming days too.

I've always been interested in CastleQuest but never played it.  I will have to give it a look pretty soon.  But Day Dreamin Davey I am familiar with.  I though it always felt like a Color Dreams game or something.  Like you said:  Homebrew.  Not terrible, just not very good.  Oh, and congrats on Andretti.  Game really seemed like a slog.


Still working on Zoda's Revenge but I thought I would complete a game so no one else has to go through the crazy game of Deadly Towers. I loved playing this game as a kid Casually but completing it is a whole different beast all together. I still had alot of fun with it except the part where I missed a few Items that was needed like scrolls and potions and the DARN BLUE NECKLACE that I didnt know about. but still a great game for me anyways.

 Respect!  I never could beat Deadly Towers, even though I do pick up and play it about once a year.  For those of us that are fans of "famijank" it is certainly a treat, but man the amount of rooms makes me dizzy.  When I fire it up I always open up a laptop with Excel to map it, but the maze gets me down everytime.  Kudos to you for beating it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 23, 2019, 12:27:02 PM
Wicked job on Deadly Towers!! I did that one last year and it's no easy task. Definitely not a game I expected to get beaten out of the blue like this.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on April 23, 2019, 03:15:25 PM
Yea, I really was pushing myself to play the game. For some reason I like the game but I was worried that beating the game would change that. I'm glad it did not :😁


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Silent Scythe on April 23, 2019, 06:24:54 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/gnxwVqG.jpg)

Sorry I beat this one a while ago but I've been super busy Dealing with work stuff.

This game is one of my earliest NES memories and I believe this is only my first or maybe second time beating it. I never would spend the stars when I was young so I made everything a lot harder for myself. Funnily enough I could never beat any games another Capcom franchise, Mega Man, when I was young until I got over myself and started using the boss weapons. It sucked but by the time I was a teenager it was a lot easier to do buster only runs.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 25, 2019, 08:11:32 AM
Nice to have you back Scythe, hopefully work slows down a bit for you. I didn't know anyone who had Adventures in the Magic Kingdom as a kid. Didn't know about/play it until I was collecting as an adult.

I took down Super Cars tonight. I actually had a lot of fun with it. Top down racer in which you earn cash for each racer depending on your place. 1st gets $20,000, 2nd gets $10,000, 3rd gets $5,000. It takes between $7000-$12,000 to keep your car repaired between races so lots of 1sts are necessary. Beyond repairs you can buy upgrades that last just one race like Power Steering, higher Top speed, missiles, etc. You can also upgrade your vehicle which once I was able to afford the to get the one I wanted the game got a lot easier. And shortly after starting the 3rd and final level of difficulty I was able to buy the best car and the dealership also gave me over $100,000 for my previous vehicles so I was able to just buy every upgrade and fully repair my car before every single race which made it pretty smooth sailing. If you get a single last place finish you get an instant game over though so still had to be careful not to crash too many times or really screw up.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47695901031_be5c5755e2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fEHXFe)

Here's one of my favorite music tracks from the game although there were a few good ones:

https://youtu.be/dpjZDETAJW8?t=511


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on April 25, 2019, 09:22:04 AM
Time for me to dive back in and help. Iíll lay a claim to Tom & Jerry


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 25, 2019, 09:37:02 AM
@Crabby: I think you forgot to add Deadly Towers to the completed list.

I had taken a break from Crystalis while I was working on the NES video, but I've recently come back to it and am probably about 2/3 of the way through it now. I hope to finish it within the next couple of weeks.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on April 25, 2019, 05:59:56 PM
My star tropics 2 game is not on the claims list either. But it shows my name after the game on the main list. Not to worried though.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 26, 2019, 07:53:47 AM
Thanks so much for catching my errors you guys. Wempster even pointed out to me that I had been marking April games off as March games for half the month. If anyone else notices any mistakes I've made don't be shy pointing them out so I can correct them.

@Sclibby - glad to have you back!

Beat Golf Grand Slam tonight. Atlus is one of my favorite publishers of all time. I've got to say though that they may be among the worst publishers on the NES. This is a terrible golf game. Why you wouldn't copy the great systems used in Black Box Golf that came out years earlier than this is baffling. It was pretty ridiculous to play so I abused the password system which saves your game in between each hole. Not a good game.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46786959885_deb0f4484d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ehpp9a)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on April 26, 2019, 07:55:50 PM
I was gathering screenshots for the next video, and I found Ice Climbers had been beat on April 8th, but it got missed on the list of completed games.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on April 28, 2019, 01:28:02 PM
Iím going to relinquish my claim on tom and Jerry. Itís defeated me.

First three worlds out of 5 arenít too bad. I had a few goes playing legitimately and made good progress through those. But then I put in the infinite lives cheat and played through to the end. The last two worlds are a nightmare of bad enemy placement. I lost dozens of lives on those two worlds and canít see myself ever getting through them on 3 lives and 2 continues. So Iíll let someone more hardcore take this challenge on.

Iíll claim solar jetman instead


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 29, 2019, 07:39:32 AM
@Wempster - Thank you for catching that for me!

@Schlibby - yeah it's pretty tough. I remember grinding in one spot for a while to max out my lives before proceeding. Not the most honorable method, but sometimes you gotta do what it takes. Solar Jetman is a pretty unique game. Be interested to hear your thoughts on that one.

I put some time in The Lone Ranger tonight and was pleasantly surprised. It's pretty fun so far. I finished the first 3 missions so far.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 29, 2019, 01:20:12 PM
Crystalis done.

(https://i.imgur.com/nmHTkL0.jpg)

Overall a very solid action-RPG. There are quite a few frustrating quirks that hold it back a bit, such as annoying enemy types and labyrinthine dungeons with no maps, but I had a good time with it.

Now that that's done, I'd like to stake my next claim on StarTropics since nobody else has grabbed it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on April 29, 2019, 08:55:51 PM
I would like to claim Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on April 30, 2019, 07:33:21 AM
Nice job Disposed! StarTropics is great, I hope you enjoy it.

@Wempster - about time someone claimed TMNT! A classic!

I played a bunch more Lone Ranger tonight. I am at the final stage now and was able to make it to the last boss, but couldn't finish him off today. Shouldn't be too much of a problem to take him down tomorrow though. I'm also gonna start working on one of the more challenging games still on our list and claim Arkanoid and see if I can't finish that one during May.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on April 30, 2019, 09:16:21 AM
Nice job Disposed! StarTropics is great, I hope you enjoy it.

I've played it before, but it's probably been about 10 years and with liberal use of save states. I think this will be the last NES game that I need to go back and beat legit. I remember it being really good, so I'm looking forward to revisiting it.

Anyway, with this being the last day of April, I'm going to try to knock out one more shorter game before the end of the month, although I haven't decided on anything yet.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 01, 2019, 07:14:56 AM
Finished off The Lone Ranger. Was a solid game and really surprised me. Never heard a peep from anyone about this game, but it's definitely worth checking out.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46959544764_9284c371b9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2exDWBw)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 01, 2019, 07:24:00 AM
It's a new month which means a new goal! The theme of May is to beat a puzzle or game style game. I think you'll find that there is a pretty decent variety of games that are considered puzzlers so hopefully one or more of these titles speaks to you guys.

Adventures of Lolo II, The
Adventures of Lolo III, The
Adventures of Rad Gravity, The
Arkanoid
Bomberman
Boulder Dash
Boy And His Blob, A
Championship Pool
Chessmaster, The
Fire 'N Ice
Gyromite
Hatris
Krusty's Funhouse
Lemmings
Lode Runner
LoopZ
Mendel Palace
Orb-3D
Othello
Palamedes
Pipe Dream
Puzznic
Short Order/Eggsplode
Side Pocket
Silent Service
Solomon's Key
Solstice
Spot
Stack-Up
Super Glove Ball
Tetris
Tetris 2
Thunder & Lightning
Trog
Vegas Dream
Wario's Woods
Wrecking Crew
Yoshi
Yoshi's Cookie


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on May 01, 2019, 09:43:12 AM
I'm going to go ahead and claim Adventures of Lolo 3.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Boshamp on May 01, 2019, 09:54:20 AM
I'll jump back in now that things have calmed down in my world. Wario's Woods is what I'll take.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on May 01, 2019, 10:55:56 AM
I would also think Wrecking Crew belongs on this list as a puzzle game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on May 01, 2019, 06:00:00 PM
I'll claim Lemmings. I played the SNES version as a kid.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 02, 2019, 10:46:57 AM
Got to ask, whatís a game style game?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Misto on May 02, 2019, 04:38:11 PM
I really like this idea of trying to finish the library.  I keep seeing the posts about it but haven't had much time to participate.

This month though I should have some time to contribute!  Plus I need a break from working on my PS4 backlog.

I'm going to try tackling Spot and Wayne Gretzky Hockey sometime this month. So I'll claim those two.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 03, 2019, 06:14:07 AM
@EZ Racer - Agreed and added to the list.

@Schlibby - a game style game is an excuse for me to add games like Chessmaster and Side Pocket to the list ;)

@Misto - Glad to have a new player on board!!

@everyone else - all claims updated. I've got a busy weekend so I'll do my best to keep on top of updates, but just a heads up I may miss a day, but I will definitely have everything caught up by Monday morning for sure.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Misto on May 03, 2019, 04:51:39 PM
Turns out Spot was pretty easy to complete according to the criteria.  The game is ok I guess - each player starts with a single piece and you have to control the majority of the board.  You can duplicate a piece by moving to an adjacent tile or jump a piece to a different tile.  Any opposing pieces that you are adjacent to get converted to your color.  You can customize the 7x7 board to remove tiles and play with 2-4 players, along with 5 difficulties of AI.  That's really all there is though.  Beating the computer was pretty easy 1 v 1 but with 4 players it was more difficult.  You also seemed to be at a disadvantage for going first but I could be wrong.  The game has some pretty nice animations, but it really just slowed the game down and wasn't that interesting after seeing them a few times.  Luckily you can turn them off.

Anyway here is a screenshot of the win screen - which it shows for whichever player wins anyway...
(https://i.imgur.com/5oMybPu.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 04, 2019, 10:24:58 AM
Nice job Misto! Always feels good to add a new name to our scoreboard! I agree those animations are cute at first, but boy do they slow the game down a ton.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 06, 2019, 07:21:24 AM
Started working on Akranoid and Championship Pool tonight. Both are going to by slow games me thinks.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on May 06, 2019, 05:37:44 PM
Metal Storm done.

(https://i.imgur.com/IphH0zf.jpg)

OP doesn't say anything about doing Expert mode, so I assume the first playthrough is all that's required. This game has a lot going for it, such as the tight controls and interesting gravity mechanic, which is why I'm sad to say I didn't enjoy it all that much. I was having a good time during the first half, but the cheap level design and enemy placement of the second half combined with 1-hit deaths had me pulling my hair out. I get why so many people like it though, just too frustrating for my tastes.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 08, 2019, 08:22:18 AM
Been playing a ton of Arkanoid lately and Championship Pool. Both are extremely challening. Been getting fairly close on Championship Pool though, but because there is randomness to each shot I eventually have too many misses and get knocked out of the tournament. Just gonna have to keep playing until I get a really lucky run it seems. Arkanoid can have some luck also with the items that drop, but I do feel like I'm getting better at it. Able to get to level 21 out of 36 fairly consistently now though. Trying a bunch of stuff different techniques to find ones that work best for me.

@Disposed Hero - No need for expert mode as its the same ending. Great job that's a tough one in the later stages!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Misto on May 08, 2019, 05:17:06 PM
Had a little time after work today to play a round of Wayne Gretzky Hockey.  The game is a little rough to play and its sometimes hard to tell what's going on especially when the sprites start flickering.  It wasn't too bad though.  I was surprised to see icing and offsides get called accurately, although penalties seem to be called arbitrarily.  I played as my favorite team - Pittsburgh, against our rivals in Washington.  I was able to win on my first game 3-0 on intermediate difficulty.  Not a bad hockey game, but there are better ones on the NES.

(https://i.imgur.com/URq6dQO.png)

Might take another game over the weekend if I have time but I'm not going to claim anything right now.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 09, 2019, 08:15:24 AM
Nice job Misto!

I Ignored Championship Pool tonight and spent my whole play time on Arkanoid. It's starting to feel doable now. I had 2 runs end on level 28 and one end on 29. ALL off those runs I had 3-5 lives when the game got softlocked due to bad timing on my pauses. It feels like the hardest levels are 17-21. As long as I can get past those stages on my run I just need to be careful not to lock the game up.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 09, 2019, 09:44:52 AM
Iíve been progressing slowly on Solar Jetman. Had to do the first few levels multiple times. Found you really have to buy the upgraded pod at your one opportunity before the forth level or it makes the forth level almost impossible because the black holes are too close to the wall to be useable. You need the upgraded pod to be able to move them. Had to go back further than I was hoping to be able to raise enough cash to buy that pod.

But progressing slowly


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Garchomper997 on May 09, 2019, 07:36:11 PM
Sorry for leaving you guys in the dark for so long, but someone else can take Kirby's Adventure. I realized I'm never going to get around to finishing it and I'd hate to hold up the completion of the challenge.

With that being said, good luck with finishing the challenge!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 10, 2019, 07:55:14 AM
@schlibby - Yeah Solar Jetman isn't a game I could barrel through either. It was slow just learning each levels layout and gravity one at a time. You enjoying it so far? I really liked my time with it.

@Garchomper997 - Anytime you want to jump back in feel free to.

I am extremely happy with my night tonight. After plugging away at it this week I was finally able to finish Arkanoid!! It's got a bit of a rep for being one of the absolutely hardest NES games to beat without cheats and I was worried it would be a brick wall for me. Luckily with my Vaus controller and a bit of pause buffering when the ball was at blistering speeds I was able to have a decisive victory tonight!Couldn't be more pleased. I'm going to move my claim over to Championship Pool now which is another one known for it's severe challenge.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32873924597_126b36a4e2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S5Xstp)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 10, 2019, 09:39:59 AM
@crabmaster - Iíve got mixed views on solar jetman. Iíll do a bit of a longer write up when Iíve (hopefully) finished it


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on May 11, 2019, 06:23:19 PM
Kirby's Adventure done.

(https://i.imgur.com/RdGzhbs.jpg)

I've been wanting to play through this, so its recent availability was a good excuse. I enjoyed it, but I think I'm more used to the smoother mechanics of the later games, so going back to this one was a bit frustrating at times. I found the overall variety and number of different powers to be very impressive for an NES game. I also think the last level was a throwback to the Game Boy game if I'm not mistaken, so that was a nice touch. Overall, another solid NES platformer.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on May 12, 2019, 10:54:45 AM
S.C.A.T. done.

(https://i.imgur.com/QOVxkRC.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mGztyD2.jpg)

Pretty fun and challenging game. That final level is a real endurance test though. Good thing this game has unlimited continues!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 12, 2019, 11:19:03 AM
S.C.A.T. done.

Gross


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on May 12, 2019, 11:54:34 AM

(https://media.tenor.com/images/c68648f9a802b44cb6f7d8f9d0818910/tenor.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 12, 2019, 03:18:57 PM
Solar Jetman complete

(https://i.imgur.com/7oDk5Am.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WLqQkQg.jpg)

An interesting game. The concept is similar to pikmin. Land on a planet and fly a little pod around collecting fuel, money and finally a part of a warship; which must be towed back to your ship. The game is based around physics. Different planets have different gravity and towed items will swing around and increase your weight. Some of the physics is questionable though. Hit a wall and come flying off it faster than you hit it :-/

The pods come with shields but these must be turned off when you have to tow the items leaving you vulnerable. If your pod gets destroyed you fly about as a jetman. Much more manoeuvrable but you die in one hit. You can get new pods from your ship though. A questionable design choice however is the fuel and health bars are one and the same. Not sure how this makes sense and means you effectively have two countdowns on the same bar.

Generally the game is quite easy (apart from an area of the 4th planet where there are rapidly spawning infinite enemies right where you need to tow loads of items. Sort of breaks the game). Itís more of a case of putting a lot of time in to get through all the planets than over coming difficulty. Until...

After collecting the last part of the warship you are suddenly thrust into a shmup section. It probably only lasts for 3 minutes. But you die in 4 hits or instantly if you hit a wall. You get one single attempt at this. No lives. No upgraded weapons. No shields. When you die you have to go back to the start of the previous standard level. Brutal


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 15, 2019, 09:06:43 AM
Sorry for the super slow update. Been feeling a bit under the weather lately. After a 14 hours sleep last night I'm feeling good again and catching up on things.

@Schilbby - I never would have thought to compare Solar Jetman to Pikmin, but you're right that it's got a very similar concept. It's a very unique game on the NES and seems like it would be far more at home on a PC. Thanks for playing through it!

@Disposed Hero - Great job on SCAT that's one I still need to check out.

I've been playing more Championship Pool lately, but it hasn't been going well. I didn't realize when I picked it how tough it was going to be. After looking into it for some help it seems like it's known as one of the most difficult games on the system to beat since there is an element of randomness to every shot you take. I've made it pretty far into the tournament, but the last couple people you face will clear the table if you make any mistakes and with the randomness it's nearly impossible to not make at least one mistake each game whether it's your own fault or not.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Ikariniku on May 15, 2019, 07:26:14 PM
Very quick update from me.  Sorry I haven't been around.  The start of the year has been tougher for me, work-wise, than I expected.  Please void my remaining claims until such time as I can dedicate myself to the challenge again.  I'm sorry it has taken me this long to post this message.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 16, 2019, 06:28:06 AM
Very quick update from me.  Sorry I haven't been around.  The start of the year has been tougher for me, work-wise, than I expected.  Please void my remaining claims until such time as I can dedicate myself to the challenge again.  I'm sorry it has taken me this long to post this message.

No worries. Happy to have you back when you feel like you're ready.

I played a bunch more Championship Pool tonight and I feel like I'm getting worse at it. I'm gonna bring something else to play tomorrow night to take a break from it for a bit.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 17, 2019, 08:20:16 AM
I needed a break from Championship Pool tonight so I beat Snake Rattle n Roll instead. I'm not a fan of isometric games when they are very action heavy. I don't mind them when it's slower paced and puzzle solving. This game was way too heavy on the action side for my tastes. It took a few tries to get used to the awkward controls, but after I did things went pretty smooth.....until I got to the last boss. Got to him and got destroyed. Got to him over 15 more times in a row getting massacred each time until I finally got a victory. What a jerk!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32924469677_8634fe05b3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SaqvLi)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 17, 2019, 08:21:43 AM
We are getting super close to the halfway mark of the challenge!!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Misto on May 17, 2019, 05:14:35 PM
I'd like to take 1943.  I started playing it today.  Got to level 6 before having to stop.  Hopefully I'll get through the rest of it during the week.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 20, 2019, 07:49:07 AM
I'd like to take 1943.  I started playing it today.  Got to level 6 before having to stop.  Hopefully I'll get through the rest of it during the week.

Good luck. It's challenging, but definitely doable.

I played some more Championship Pool tonight and had a couple pretty decent runs, but couldn't quite clear it. Also gave Mach Rider a quick go. From some quick research it seems like 2 of the 3 modes wont be too bad to clear and the 3rd mode will be a nightmare. Might try and tackle the nightmare mode (Endurance) first and then follow up with the easier ones.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on May 20, 2019, 08:13:31 AM
Knocked a few more floors off Adventures of Lolo 3 yesterday. This one is a bit of a slow burn because of the puzzles. Hopefully, it won't take me too long to get through the rest of it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on May 20, 2019, 07:18:59 PM
Dragon Spirit done.

(https://i.imgur.com/GtF4kVw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XDZLfUO.jpg)

I've never been much of a shmup guy. I like to dabble with them a little here and there, but they rarely hold my interest for me to make it through an entire game. That being said, I really enjoyed Dragon Spirit. I liked the powerups in the game and the fact that it actually had a health bar. It was fairly challenging, but not frustratingly difficult. I can see myself revisiting this one in the future.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on May 24, 2019, 09:55:55 PM
Is it enough to stalemate your opponent in the Chessmaster or do I need to capture their King? I had blacks king solo against my king, white bishop, and a lowly pawn.  He could make no moves without me capturing him.  

(http://i.imgur.com/a9ng3bf.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 25, 2019, 03:16:51 AM
Is it enough to stalemate your opponent in the Chessmaster or do I need to capture their King? I had blacks king solo against my king, white bishop, and a lowly pawn.  He could make no moves without me capturing him. 

(http://i.imgur.com/a9ng3bf.jpg)

If itís black moves next thatís clearly a win. Obviously black can be taken wherever he moves next. So yeah heís lost.

If itís whites move next it gives black a chance to escape and drag things on


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 26, 2019, 10:46:53 AM
Thought Iíd give Tetris a go.
Did A type easily enough.
B type was a nightmare. Until I discovered pressing select when the first piece lands just wins the game  :laugh:

I donít think it would be in the spirit of this challenge to count that


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on May 26, 2019, 05:57:37 PM
More progress in Lolo 3 - levels 5 & 6 done! Slowly chipping away at this one.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 27, 2019, 07:52:17 AM
Sorry I've been a bit MIA lately. We had a bit a family emergency a few days ago followed by my daughter's birthday this weekend with a little bit of extra stuff going on at work to top it off. All of that is behind me now so I should be back daily again.

@Disposed Hero - totally agree. Dragon Spirit is a pretty decent little shmup. I always love when a shmup finds a way to go with a theme that isn't just spaceships, even though I love spaceships.

@Wempster - I'm gonna count that. Looks like you've got him locked down to me.

@Schlibby - That's crazy, I didn't know about the select thing. I agree it's not in the spirit of the challenge, but still very interesting.

@MetalFRO - You're making some good progress! Some of the puzzles are incredibly challenging so I totally get taking your time and playing it in chunks. Keep at it!

I've still been trying to get Championship Pool done and it's a nightmare. I've gotten close a couple times, but if you make any mistake against the final 2 guys you just lose and since there is a always a chance to make a mistake on any shot because of the random element of each shot I just need a lucky run it seems. Pretty lame. I think I'm going to just give it one try each night and if it doesn't go well I'll move on and play something else and just hopefully get that lucky game eventually.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 27, 2019, 08:32:10 AM
Iím working on Solstice so Iíll lay a claim to that


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 28, 2019, 07:03:06 AM
After tonights failed attempt at Championship Pool I started working on Lemmings tonight. I used to play it a lot on our old 486 when I was a kid. It was pretty nostalgic to play again. Really enjoying it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on May 28, 2019, 07:22:29 AM
So I'm jumping back in and Gargoyle's Quest II will be my choice. I hope summer gives me some more time.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 31, 2019, 06:12:44 AM
EDIT - This is why everyone should check the claims list before putting time into a game. I totally spent the last several days on Lemmings and didn't remember shane had laid claim to this title earlier in the month. I gotta be more careful going forward.

Finished off Lemmings tonight. Took much longer than I thought it would because of the Mayhem difficulty puzzles. Half the game is very enjoyable and a lot of fun and the other half is frustrating because even when you solve the puzzle and know what to do you need a lot of luck to get the lemmings to do specific actions at specific points when there are large clusters of the little guys.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47971593982_9d96371f2b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2g65XzY)



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on May 31, 2019, 06:43:41 AM
Need some advice from the group. Our progress has dropped off substantially as of late. I'm going to stop bothering with the community goal as we've missed that target several months running now. Do you guys enjoy the personal goals? Do they motivate you to participate or pick games you may not have otherwise? I may just scrap that one too and the few of us that are left playing can just plug away at our own pace and convenience. Any thoughts?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on May 31, 2019, 09:44:11 AM
Need some advice from the group. Our progress has dropped off substantially as of late. I'm going to stop bothering with the community goal as we've missed that target several months running now. Do you guys enjoy the personal goals? Do they motivate you to participate or pick games you may not have otherwise? I may just scrap that one too and the few of us that are left playing can just plug away at our own pace and convenience. Any thoughts?

Personally I don't go for the personal goals. My selections are based on a few criterea of my own. I'm playing on actual carts, and even though I have the complete PAL A collection thats only about half the NTSC set. I also prefer to play the games I have CIB over loose cart to get the full experience. My selection then also has to be a game that hasnt been completed or claimed by anyone else, a game I think I can beat without save states (I'm a rubbish player), and something I actually want to play. So my choices end up quite small.

But I'm hardly the biggest contributor to the challenge. Others may very well be following the personal goals more and I do think its a nice idea. Especially if it prevents us being left with only certain kinds of games at the end.

I'm wondering where everyone has gone though. I understand a lot of quick easy games were knocked off at the start. But there seemed to be a lot more joining in. At the current rate we wont even hit 400 by the end of the year


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: douglie007 on May 31, 2019, 10:56:41 AM
My picks are usually from games I know of but never beat.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Disposed Hero on May 31, 2019, 11:50:16 AM
The community goals are a great idea in theory, but it doesn't seem to be pushing anybody (myself included) to reach that mark, so maybe it's not really worth it. I think the personal goals are a good idea just for the purpose of bringing some obscure games to the attention of those who have never heard of them before, but whether this actually motivates people to play them or not is a good question.

At any rate, I'm kind of burnt out myself and have been playing some modern stuff over the last couple of weeks. Not sure when I'll get back to the NES games, but I'm sure I will sooner or later. I'm going to go ahead and vacate my claim on StarTropics in case anybody else wants to jump on it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Normatron on May 31, 2019, 08:14:37 PM
I think it was good at first because everyone was excited to dip there hands in a bunch of nes games, like "this challenge is going on so I have to play  nes" but then It became overwhelming after beating a few. I know I was gun-ho right off the bat but then life slapped me in the face. I had to give myself a break. DW2 kind of broke me. Hoping to get back to my  zoda's revenge next month  though.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on June 01, 2019, 04:42:59 AM
I liked the personal goals because I wouldnt have likely picked up some games from it otherwise like chessmaster.  I dont think it does much for motivating people to beat them though. I'm kinda with Schlibby in that I'm playing on carts so my games I can beat are limited to what I have minus what's already been beaten/claimed.  Regardless we can continue to plug away at games. 


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on June 01, 2019, 10:38:01 AM
To be honest I had been playing a ton of NES through April, and in May between the Shmup club and a few new games I picked up for other systems, it took up most of my time. Now that I'm a little more refreshed I'm ready to get back to it.

That said I can say that I'm already starting to be in the same boat as Schlibby and Wempster. I don't play on emulation (unless it's official re-release) and while I have quite a few carts it's nowhere near the full library. I'll do as much as I can to help plug away at it.

It's still a fun challenge and I want to help make it happen.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Misto on June 01, 2019, 11:27:28 AM
Took me a bit longer than expected - but I finished 1943 today:

(https://imgur.com/9KFxNJg.png)

(https://imgur.com/boHO5iO.png)

(https://imgur.com/wKCqpGJ.png)

It was pretty fun - although frustrating at times.  Not really a fan of the reliance on having enemies show up behind you in shmups, but it happens all the time in this game.  The final levels took me awhile.  Having to survive all the bosses in a row was difficult and not getting a password between levels 23 and 24 didn't help.



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on June 02, 2019, 08:13:13 AM
Solstice complete

(https://i.imgur.com/eqdutTI.jpg)

A pretty fun puzzle game. A bit like metroid with the combat taken out. Explore a castle looking for 6 pieces of a staff. Thereís over 250 rooms to explore, many of which have puzzles. Most puzzles involve picking up blocks and then using them to jump to greater heights. Thereís also enemies to avoid and 4 potions can be used to provide a power until you leave the room.

The continue system is pretty weird. There are a few coins dotted about the castle. Picking these up creates a continue point. However these can only be used once. Loss of all your lives sees you going back to the last unused continue point and you have to collect everything again from that point onwards (apart from the coins which donít return).

It would have been nice to have seen some more Metroid like features. The only item to collect which allows you to access new areas is some high jump boots which you get right at the start. Maybe more items like this, a longer game and some save points or passwords would have been nice.

But overall a fun game. Not too difficult but must be completed in one sitting. Also has replay value as at the end you are given a percentage completion combining rooms explored and items collected


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on June 02, 2019, 11:08:44 PM
My problem is, the first game I picked was super hard, and the game I'm working on now (Lolo 3) is time consuming. Balancing this and the Shmup Club, along with other things, can be hard. I have a decent library, so I'm still hoping to keep contributing some in the coming months, assuming not all the games in my library have been claimed yet :)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on June 04, 2019, 01:53:37 AM
Thanks for all the great feedback guys. Lots to think on. I'm actually pretty psyched to hear how many of you are playing on original hardware with your own carts (not to shame any of you emulation players because we definitely need your help). My hunch is that we wont be able to get this done in 2019 alone, but I say we keep plugging away and if we reach December and there are still 200 games left to beat we can just roll that into next year if everyone is up for it. Even if this takes longer than originally intended it's still been a really fun community event for me to be a part of, and I hope for you guys as well.

Instead of a community goal each month I may make up a small list of games that may take a special kind of player in order to beat so that if we have anyone feeling up for a particular challenge they can slog through a tedious game or put their mastery of a particular genre on display and help defeat some of the harder or more obscure titles that tend to get overlooked. Nintendoage has a lot of great info on games that are not only challenging, but also neglected or are incredibly time consuming that I can borrow from. I may make it a small project to categorize some of those titles to help you guys choose games that you may not be familiar with.

Keep up the great work everyone!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on June 05, 2019, 10:19:54 AM
So I've been working on a game I thought I could finish reasonably quick, Formula 1: Built to Win, but it's a good game gone horribly wrong in it's second half because of MAJOR balance issues. I'm going to keep plugging away at it and others but wanted to give a progress update.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on June 05, 2019, 01:34:25 PM
So I've been working on a game I thought I could finish reasonably quick, Formula 1: Built to Win, but it's a good game gone horribly wrong in it's second half because of MAJOR balance issues. I'm going to keep plugging away at it and others but wanted to give a progress update.

Havnt played that one myself yet. Seems like a few racers have very lengthy campaigns. Does Formula 1 fall into that category?

I'm still plugging away at Championship Pool, but I think I'm gonna play a couple easier games to get my motivation back and then maybe start one another big RPG like Might & Magic.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Misto on June 05, 2019, 05:12:50 PM
Here is me getting to round 17 in Joust which satisfies the win condition:

(https://imgur.com/oE3Rz9B.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on June 07, 2019, 06:36:02 AM
Nice job on Joust! It's no joke when you get past wave 10 on that game.

I beat Captain Skyhawk tonight. Rare definitely has a style it takes with it regardless of the genre of game. Took some time to get used the perspective more than anything in this game. Once I had a handle on that it was actually pretty easy to beat.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48018437347_c2d9c3c3ec_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gae3uc)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on June 07, 2019, 01:23:00 PM
Yoshi defeated. I've seen several negative reviews for this one, but I think that's a bit harsh. To me it was a decent, albeit average, puzzle game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Misto on June 07, 2019, 09:29:22 PM
I decided to give Othello a try.  Took a few days to get good enough to regularly beat Com-4.  It was pretty frustrating playing against the AI, mainly because it takes forever to make a move - several minutes sometimes.
Plus once you beat Com-4, you have one shot to beat Com-5. If you lose you have to go back and replay Com-4.  Not much to say about the game though - its Othello and its kind of a drag to play with the slow AI.

Here me getting to Com-5 for the first time:
(https://imgur.com/CFv6ILL.png)

And here was me finally beating Com-5 today:
(https://imgur.com/mJE8iGr.png)

(https://imgur.com/7QC9vep.png)

(https://imgur.com/fJHL0O1.png)



Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on June 08, 2019, 01:43:44 PM
Couldn't get a good pic, but Yoshi's Cookie is done. Another average puzzler, and honestly I liked Yoshi better.

Since I've been in a puzzle game mood lately, been giving Tetris a try as well. The best i've been able to do is complete 9-3. 9-5 is CRAZY hard, and I'll probably just dabble in it from time to time. Hopefully someone else on the forum is a pro puzzler.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on June 08, 2019, 10:17:13 PM
Can't believe I actually pulled this off, but Tetris is complete. I probably had more than a hundred scores under 10 pts on type B's 9-5, but all it took was one good run. I really hadn't ever seriously tried the upper levels of type B. To win, you have to play from the outside in and hope you get the drops you need at the right time. I also have to say the music adds to the difficulty, with it's panic inducing speed up when it gets near the top (which is pretty much after a few pieces drop).


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on June 09, 2019, 03:51:08 AM
Nice work @ez racer. I tried tetris about a month back and that 9-5 seemed impossible


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on June 09, 2019, 10:09:08 AM
Oh, so I guess I'm not doing Lemmings. I'm about done with Timespinner on Switch, so I can start in to some more NES games.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on June 09, 2019, 12:31:02 PM
Oh, so I guess I'm not doing Lemmings. I'm about done with Timespinner on Switch, so I can start in to some more NES games.

Lemmings is still yours if you want it. That was my bad.

Ill update everyone's wins in the morning. Busy weekend for me.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: MetalFRO on June 09, 2019, 07:10:01 PM
Making progress in Lolo 3! Level 08 down, which means Iíve gone through nearly half of the levels so far, though 13 & 17 both have double the rooms. Still, Iím happy that Iím still going :D


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on June 09, 2019, 08:33:25 PM
Lemmings is still yours if you want it. That was my bad.

No way. I took it before I saw the conditions, and last I attempted it I struggled with getting the builders to stop at just the right spot to build diagonally. Not my sort of game.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on June 10, 2019, 07:45:17 AM
You guys are slaying all the puzzle games, that's awesome!

Lemmings is still yours if you want it. That was my bad.

No way. I took it before I saw the conditions, and last I attempted it I struggled with getting the builders to stop at just the right spot to build diagonally. Not my sort of game.

Yeah there are several levels in the mayhem difficulty where getting the lemmings to build at the proper spot took a ton of trial and error. Again I'm so sorry I didn't look at the claims before I started in on that.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on June 10, 2019, 08:24:46 AM
I'm gonna need a break from Championship Pool. I'm just not getting anywhere with it. I'm gonna change my approach for a bit as well. 2 times in the past I've challenged myself to beat 100 NES games over 100 day period. I'm gonna attempt my third beat 100 NES games in 100 days challenge both to beef up my personal numbers, but also really push this challenge forward and give it the boost it needs. I'm only playing games that I havn't beaten in the past before so it's getting harder and harder to do with the remaining titles available so I'm not sure it's going to be possible, but I'm gonna give it my best. It'll also be very challenging to both pick games that are on my personal "need to beat" list that match up with the ones not beaten on here yet.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on June 10, 2019, 12:32:02 PM
100 in 100 days is some going! Did you achieve the challenge both times in the past?


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Wempster on June 10, 2019, 08:27:21 PM
And coming in with a total score of 119, which is 47 over par here at Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Beach, Wempster.
(http://i.imgur.com/Vf5mb19.jpg)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: EZ Racer on June 10, 2019, 10:19:02 PM
Tetris 2 is done. Quite possibly the most tedious game I've ever completed. I actually had this as a kid, and it's not a bad game overall, it just isn't addictive like the first. It's more of one of those "play it for 15 minutes for something different, then move on to something else.

I can't honestly think of why anyone would want to complete it fully, as it takes doing 51 hard stages in a single sitting (one move deaths at times, but no limit to continues). Needless to say my system was on for about 48 hours straight to actually do it, as I took it about 5 to 10 stages at a time.

I'm pretty puzzled out now, but I'll keep trying to add more titles to the completed list as quickly as I can.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on June 11, 2019, 07:30:52 AM
100 in 100 days is some going! Did you achieve the challenge both times in the past?

I was successful both times. But back then it wasn't actually too bad because the first time I had a lot of games I was familiar with (Marios, Mega Mans, Ninja Gaidens, Castlevanias, etc) and the second time there were a lot of kids games and game shows I could use to pad my numbers. This time will be the hardest. Just remembered that I'm heading out of town for a week next Monday so I'm going to wait until I get home to start my challenge though.

Nice job guys!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on June 14, 2019, 12:16:16 PM
200 days left this year Iíve read. We still have time to complete this challenge!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on June 14, 2019, 11:35:20 PM
Well, today I started playing Roadblasters again, then my family handed me a Nintendo Switch for Father's Day.  :/

Luckily they didn't hand me any games.  Yet.  They were sitting there smirking, so I am sure I will get something else.  Gotta beat Roadblasters quick!


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: bombatomba on June 15, 2019, 12:11:07 AM
(http://i68.tinypic.com/2u60mra.jpg)

Just beat Roadblasters.  Funny thing was I just ran out of fuel, and as I was slowing down the finish line came into sight, which triggered the "end rally" music, and the car very slowly coasted to the finish line.  I never beat this game before so I have no idea if it always does that, but it made me laugh.

I cannot believe that nobody claimed Pro Wrestling yet, so I will take it.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Schlibby on June 15, 2019, 07:48:45 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/kRuiV58.jpg)

WWF Steel Cage Challenge complete.

This one is a breeze when you figure out you can pretty much keep tapping A to win. Better than the non-Steel cage wrestlemania challenge game though


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on June 15, 2019, 08:24:00 AM
Going to play through Dragon Fighter. Another side scroller that I didn't know about.


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: shane on June 15, 2019, 11:36:00 AM
Beat Dragon Fighter. Level 5 is a nightmare because of the fireball-shooting claws that are stacked two tall. You pretty much have to take a hit on those, which means you need to be perfect throughout the level or you need to grab a few health restorers from random drops.

Level 6 is a sidescrolling shooter, which is a welcome break after level 5. I was worried that it would be even more difficult, but the patterns are very predictable.

(https://i.imgur.com/agUhJRY.png)


Title: Re: RFGen 2019 NES Challenge
Post by: Crabmaster2000 on June 15, 2019, 04:39:23 PM
Nice job everybody! I'll do one more update later tonight and add everyone's new accomplishments to the list then I'll be away for the next week.

Duke.Togo has graciously offered to keep an eye on the thread for me and keep the lists updated as games are beaten. So please direct all your hate mail his way until next Sunday when I return.

Really looking forward to coming back fully energized and ready to slam through some more NES games!!