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The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (NES)

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants review (NES)

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When the flash is gone, youíre left with a rather hollow husk thatís satisfying only because the game keeps kicking your butt. Some of you freaks enjoy that, I know. Youíll revel in the amount of effort you must exert just to beat the first level, grin as wide leaps over bottomless pits in the museum send you to your death and back to the gameís beginning. For the rest of us, though, something is slightly off-center.
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Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers (NES)

Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers review (NES)

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Ahead, a kettle lies over a burner, boiling a sludgy mixture while killer bees bomb at you kamikaze-style from the right. You know that a single misstep will turn you into an appetizer, so you watch a bee and then plot your jump as the space is clear. Suddenly, your bushy charge is plummeting into the soup and instant death, the victim of a crate to the head. It appears your devious cohort was waiting for you to let down your guard.
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Paperboy 2 (NES)

Paperboy 2 review (NES)

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If Paperboy was John Candy, then its sequel is Chris Farley. The colors are gaudy, they clash ridiculously with even themselves, and yet somehow they look bland and unremarkable unless they're throwing themselves in your face. The cartoony look from the first title is mostly gone, yet the NES can't really handle the new visual direction. As a result, it's almost depressing.
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Mega Man 5 (NES)

Mega Man 5 review (NES)

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The eight stages may not seem all that original (many of them just seem like variations of some of the less memorable stages from past games), but their actual construction is still proficient. Gamers will guide Mega Man along the top of a train, and inside its engine. They'll ride bubbles toward a spike-lined ceiling, hop aboard a watercraft for some shooting fun on the river.
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Mega Man 4 (NES)

Mega Man 4 review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Another thing I like here is that the robots fit their stages so much better. By the time you reach the end of the sewers that make up Toad Man's home, the confrontation with the robot master will seem perfectly natural. Though the same could be said of some of the stages in Mega Man 3, the techniques this time around don't make me think Capcom got lazy.
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Mega Man 3 (NES)

Mega Man 3 review (NES)

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So the whole 'more of a good thing' aspect of Mega Man 3 isn't what disappoints me. Rather, it was a lack of heart. Where Mega Man 2 had absolutely genius level design and totally cool environments, Mega Man 3 takes a more sterile approach. There are lots of wide, open spaces where not much of anything is happening. The polish isn't there in quite the same evidence, and some of the game's size is derived from repetition.
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Mega Man 2 (NES)

Mega Man 2 review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Is this knowledge necessary to complete the game? For the most part, no. It's just good fun. Little tricks like that do quite a bit to add to the experience. More importantly, they present a player with new ways to play. Even if you've gone through the game once using one strategy, it's always fun to try again by defeating the robots in a different order.
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Legendary Wings (NES)

Legendary Wings review (NES)

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These stages actually seem much simpler than the overhead-perspective ones, though I would not call them easy. You dodge around ledges and push your way forward past the hordes of enemies. Later areas have ceiling crawlers and such, but even the early ones challenge you with monsters the send out projectiles or try and ram into you. Make your way to the end and there's a boss encounter of sorts.
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Legend of the Ghost Lion (NES)

Legend of the Ghost Lion review (NES)

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Throughout the game, rather than recruiting new party members, the game's heroine will secure the aid of powerful spirits. These may be called upon to aid her in battle. A typical battle thus begins with Maria summoning the best spirits she has in her possession, then letting them go crazy with special attacks.
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Final Fantasy (NES)

Final Fantasy review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Looking at the game with modern eyes, it's easy to see a number of flaws in almost every aspect. The world map is too small. The graphics are bland at times, gaudy at others. There isn't enough diversity in the soundtrack. Monsters are too easily defeated in some instances, too challenging in others. There isn't enough variety. These are all flaws that can't be ignored. But here's the good news: they mostly don't matter.
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Dragon Warrior II (NES)

Dragon Warrior II review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

And so it is that the first few hours of the game are spent growing accustomed to the battle system made famous in the original Dragon Warrior (sans the beautiful backdrop), then getting used to the change as a second warrior joins your party, then adapting yet again when you find the third. Itís a fetch quest of the oddest sort. Itís hard to question the validity of finding others to strengthen your group, yet the game throws curveballs in your face with the frequency of a Yankees pitcher.
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Dragon Warrior III (NES)

Dragon Warrior III review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Dragon Warrior III is easily one of the greatest triumphs on the Nintendo Entertainment System, a gem that sparkles even in an age where all the other games on the block have larger assets. Not so much a game as an experience, this is one RPG that you owe it to yourself if the term 'role-playing' excites you even a little.
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure (NES)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Because of the way things are organized, most of the game is spent fetching items and dodging the hazards that get in your way. Suppose you're after that salad dressing I mentioned. When you first enter a stage, you'll have no idea where it is located. If you talk to the locals, they might give you general clues about its location, but even then you have to do a lot of searching because the prize is never on the roadway.
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Pikmin (GameCube)

Pikmin review (GCN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

In your search to find the ship parts, you must, of course, rely on the Pikmin to help you through your tasks. Up to 100 may be in the field at any time, either following (or fighting with) Olimar, laying idle, breaking down gates, or carrying objects back to their...
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Onimusha: Warlords (PlayStation 2)

Onimusha: Warlords review (PS2)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

If you're familiar with Capcom's own Resident Evil series, you'll probably have a good idea of how Onimusha plays. The simplest way to think of it is Resident Evil, in ancient China, with a few RPG elements. But that's only the simple explanation. It also has many other aspects which are reminiscent of a variety of genres. There will be
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Max Payne (PC)

Max Payne review (PC)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Max Payne's developers were able to take a simple formula for a third-person shooter, and spice it up with slick controls, big guns, and a really cool controllable slow-motion feature (aka Bullet Time.) While most of the game revolves around running around killing things, the ability to toggle on your limited bullet-time makes the game all the more fun. Bullet-time slows the game down, allowing you to aim
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Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube)

Super Smash Bros. Melee review (GCN)

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Of course, Super Smash Brothers was all about multiplayer, and that hasn't changed in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Nothing beats a well-fought match against four of your best friends, pulverizing eachother, taunting eachother with your elite skills.
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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PlayStation 2)

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty review (PS2)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Right from the opening cuscene, set on a rainy Manhatten bridge, you'll notice the wonderful lighting and weather effects. Never before have I seen such a realistic impression of rainfall shown during in-game graphics.
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Wild Arms (PlayStation)

Wild Arms review (PSX)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Hills aren't covered in lush grass; they're sandy peaks with dying brush and scraggly reminders of what might have been a forest at one time. You won't find false-fronted general stores, either, or a stagecoach line. Instead, there are castles and towering fortresses, oceans and wastelands that dwarf the last remnants of civilization. It's a world where magic isn't lost entirely, where demons and wizards still roam the land, and where an ancient people's technology still breaks to the surface at unexpected moments.
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The Need for Speed (PlayStation)

The Need for Speed review (PSX)

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With six tracks to choose from and a selection of authentic sports cars, The Need for Speed was the obvious choice for the gamer who wanted something else (or something more). You can choose from time trial, head to head, single race and tournament modes, and you can play with a friend by way of split screen or the little-used Playstation link cable. You can customize sound and controls to your liking. There are almost more options than you know what to do with. Unfortunately, most of the good news ends right there.
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