Super Mario Advance

super-mario-advanceSuper Mario Advance
Release Date: 10th March 2016 (UK Wii U Virtual Console)
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo

Super Mario Advance was a fairly disappointing launch game for the Game Boy Advance back in 2001. I remember picking the system up with the game, along with F Zero Maximum Velocity, and it didn’t take long to find boredom with the vegetable plucking adventure. I’d take my Advance and F Zero to the local park at six in the morning and really feel the speed by playing whilst on a swing. A little sad, and also a little surprising that the system didn’t fall out of my hands and shatter by the park’s wooden pig. I clearly had an iron grip on my new hardware. With Super Mario Advance however, I’d just play it here and there, usually before bed. It helped me sleep. Continue reading

Pokemon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition

poke-yellow-boxPokemon Yellow
Release Date: 27th February 2016 (UK Virtual Console)
Game Boy
Nintendo/ Game Freak

Back in 1999 it was a pretty fresh concept to see two versions of the same game available to buy. Pokemon Blue had certain monsters which couldn’t be captured in Red, and vice versa. It allowed kids to trade like they once traded Pogs and football stickers, but with more tangled wires and less chipped slammers. It was such a success a third version of Pokemon appeared only eight months later, shaking up the status quo further, only this time there was a certain gust of confusion in the air. What did this mean? Did us poor schoolkids really need to upgrade our games for more more more? No no no.  Continue reading

Pokemon Blue Version

pokemon bluePokemon Blue Version
Release Date: 27th February 2016 (3DS Virtual Console)
Nintendo Game Boy

Nintendo

If you were a kid growing up in the 90’s, you probably played this or it’s red coloured partner. Pokemon was everywhere between 1999 and 2001 and those two years made kids into obsessive animal hunters, not stopping till the creatures were trapped within tiny balls.  Continue reading