Arcade Archives: Double Dragon
Release Date: 18th Janurary 2018 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
The memory most share regarding Double Dragon is how it ends. The combat, levels, and enemies might be a little fuzzy on the mind, for there were plenty of side scrolling brawlers to sink coins into back when, packed with street gangs and baseball bats to pick up and swing against their skulls, but the ending was something else. If you made it through with a friend, it became a fight to the death over the damsel in distress. It was either you or your friend, what a twist. Perhaps it’s for the best that such a memory remains as that. 1987 was a long time ago, you know…
Release Date: 26th January 2018 (UK Nintendo Switch physical Release)
Bad Land Games
There was a time, a time between 2010 and 2017, in which the beloved Metroid series seemed to be just a little bit dead. Other M put the franchise into a deep sleep, and the other series which loved to throw the player into huge labyrinths of goodies and galore, Castlevania, was also sleeping, at least on that variant of play-style. So entered the indies, so entered Axiom Verge. Metroid may have returned since, and Castlevania is on its way back in some form thanks to Vania vet Iga’s Bloodstained, but one mustn’t forget the games that kept the Metroidvania in our hearts. And on our screens.
ACA NeoGeo: World Heroes 2 Jet
Release Date: 22nd March 2018 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
It wasn’t so long ago I was talking about World Heroes 2, March in fact, but here we are with World Heroes 2 Jet, the update, not the sequel. You see, back in the 90’s things like download content and patches weren’t possible, so if you wanted to add new things, it was either a sequel or this. It worked for Street Fighter II, and considering World Heroes is the off brand Street Fighter for the NeoGeo, it made sense for the series to follow suit. Like a jet. Continue reading
ACA NeoGeo: Metal Slug X
Release Date: 5th October 2017 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
Metal Slug X is an example of what game companies had to do before online patches were a thing. When going over Metal Slug 2, which you can read about here, I found the game to be a chuggy sluggy mess, grinding to a halt whenever the player dared to breathe. X is the marker pen crossing out such issues, and adding zombie dogs as it does so. I guess sometimes you have to give just a little bit more when saying sorry. Continue reading
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Release Date: 28th April 2017
Crossovers are rare events that send fandoms into overdrive, with games finally providing answers to long-standing feuds between mascots and franchises. We’ve seen Mario go for gold against Sonic, Ryu trade fists with Heihachi, and Captain America tackle justice with Phoenix Wright. And now, the mightiest of crossovers is here, Puyo Puyo versus Tetris! Um… what’s Puyo Puyo, you ask?
Release Date: 3rd November 2016 (UK Wii U Virtual Console)
This one would have turned nasty quick if I wasn’t so slow at putting together thoughts and feelings. A clunky brain struggled with clunky controls in this Wii U Virtual Console re-release back in November, as stick movements were full of dead zones, only able to deal with the intensities of far right and far left. For a speedy futuristic racer, the inability to carefully manoeuvre through hoops and loops at high speeds was a game breaker, a fond memory killer.
Thankfully a recent update to the game has made the control stick movements as close to how they were back in 1998, as if it was all a vivid dream, leading to us going back to being all nostalgic and sweet to the high-speed racer that was. Continue reading
Release Date: 14th April 2016 (UK New 3DS Virtual Console)
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Nintendo Entertainment System games is something 3DS owners have been asking about for years! The idea of playing the likes of Super Metroid and Super Mario Kart (there is a lot of Super on the Super Nintendo. Super!) on the move have simply been dreams for many. Until 2016 that is. Keep asking and you’ll eventually get, with SNES games now available on the New 3DS eshop! Unfortunately Wii U owners with these games have to pay full whack to enjoy them on the go, but a recent My Nintendo reward has been offering up the Mode 7 heavy Pilotwings for those with the gold. I’m flying once more. Continue reading