Retro Gaming 80’s- Donkey Kong Jr. (1982)

As far as Nintendo based arcade classics are concerned one of the few titles that retro gamers think about in relation to the 80’s is Donkey King Jr from 1982. Donkey King Jr was the highly anticipated sequel to its 1981 predecessor that was also popular in arcade centers which placed emphasis on Mario being the main villain of the game. In fact, Donkey Kong Jr was probably the only game where Mario played the role of a villain as he captured Donkey Kong for revenge in relation to what happened in the original Donkey Kong game. In the 1981 Donkey Kong game DK was the main villain because he captured Mario’s ex-girlfriend Pauline and made him go through various obstacles & stages in order to get her back. Some would argue that Mario was justified for his actions in this game especially since he ended up presented as hero in just about every other game that Nintendo has developed since 1982. In this game Donkey Kong’s son has to rescue him after he is captured by Mario and as he makes his way through each stage in this vertical platformer. The stages become more challenging as players progress throughout the game requiring them to be more strategic then they would in side-scrolling platform games.

Since its arcade release Donkey Kong Jr was ported for the NES and release in various different countries throughout the 80’s. Donkey Kong Jr. also appeared on other consoles such Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 and is a platform classic that is still somewhat popular to this day. As a platformer some might argue that Donkey Kong Jr was more difficult than most Mario and Donkey Kong games from the 80’s and early 90’s. While the plot for Donkey Kong Jr. was very basic the fact that Mario was casted as a villain opposed to that of a hero will always be considered one of the most aspects about this game in particular.

Retro Gaming 80’s- Metroid: (1986)

As far as classics for the NES compare concerned one of the most popular 8-bit games to have come out of the 80’s was the original Metroid title which was initially released in Japan during August 1986. Sometimes its hard to believe that the Metroid series has been around for over 30 years now especially considering the fact that nobody knew how popular the original game was going be following its release. The original Metroid title was where the adventure began regarding the Galactic Federation and where Samus Aran made her video game debut. In Metroid Samus had to destroy Mother Brain after landing on Zebes where she also does battle with Ridley and Kraid who are two other key antagonists of this game both affiliated with the Space Pirates. One of the few things that added to the overall replay value of the original Metroid title was the fact that it had multiple endings which made people want to play through it more than once.

The original Metroid game was considered to be so legendary to a point where a genre was named after it. The metroidvania genre of gaming had remained popular throughout the 90’s and has still been somewhat of an attraction throughout the 10’s decade. As popular as the original Metroid game was for the NES Super Metroid for the Super NES was considered to more popular following its release in 1993. As far as Metroid II: Return Of Samus is concerned it was a game that could have been a bigger attraction on the NES than it was for Game Boy in 1991. The original Metroid game for the NES that deserved a 16-bit port for the SNES during the early 90’s but it was something Nintendo never had any plans on doing back then. Either way, the original Metroid game is still one of the best non Mario games of the 8-bit era.

Ducktales (1989) vs Darkwing Duck (1992) which NES game was better?

As far as classic non-Mario platform games are concerned we got to see several cool titles for the NES during the 80’s and early 90’s. As far as games that stand out both Ducktales and Darkwing Duck both stand out mainly because of the popularity that both television series had back then. While NES platform games are well known for their notorious levels difficultly there were still many people who enjoy both Ducktales and Darkwing Duck on the 8-bit NES console. The Ducktales television series was popular among children after it started back in 1987. Scrooge McDuck who was the main character in Ducktales was known to be very wealthy and normally took part in numerous adventures to further increase his monetary status while serving as a caretaker of his three nephews. While the NES Ducktales is based off of the television series there are many people who would argue that the game is just as good if not better. The stages in Ducktales were challenging and the soundtracks were decent especially the “Moon” theme which is considered to be legendary.

Despite, how popular Darkwing Duck was after the series first premiered in Fall 1991 was a game that was not released for the Super NES which came out in 1990. By the early 90’s the NES console was starting to become old and more people began turning to 16-bit gaming on consoles such as the Super Nintendo along with the Sega Genesis. Darkwing Duck for the NES was cool especially considering the Mega Man vibes it give off allowing players to choose what stages they wanted complete first. Also, the ability to unlock various weapons throughout the game made Darkwing Duck somewhat similar the NES MegaMan games which made players really got into. Even though, the NES Darkwing Duck game May have had better visuals many would probably argue that the Ducktales title from ’89 was more popular overall due to the success of the series between the late 80’s-early 90’s. While Darkwing Duck is also considered to be an iconic kids show that was just as big as Ducktales the game itself is generally overlooked due to the growing popularity of more advanced game systems of the early 90’s.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link coming soon to Nintendo Switch Online Shop!!!

As far as exciting news for Switch owners are concerned you will be happy to know that the 8-bit classic known as Zelda II: Adventure of Link will be released for the console’s online shop in the near future. The inclusion of Zelda II: Adventure of Link on the Nintendo Switch Online Shop is one that caught many people by surprise along with the addition of Blaster Master which are both expected to appear on January 16th of this month. For those who do not know Zelda II: Adventure of Link is very especially considering that its the only side-scrolling game within the entire series. Since its release initial release for the NES the game has generally received mixed reception since it deviated from the traditional top-down overhead perspective utilized in other 2D installments within the series.

For kids of this generation who are huge fans of the Zelda series and never got a chance to play Zelda II: Adventure of Link they will finally ave the opportunity to enjoy this 30+ year old classic in less than week. Hopefully, Nintendo will bring more classics from the mid 80’s- early 90’s to the Nintendo Switch Online Shop as we progress throughout 2019.

The 30th Anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive

Today, is a very special day because it marks the 30th Anniversary of one of the most legendary game consoles of all time. On October 29th, 1988 the Sega Mega Drive was released and since that day the landscape of the gaming world had changed for the better. The Sega Mega Drive was the first 16-bit game consoles to achieve mainstream success. The Mega Drive was also the game console that pushed Nintendo to release the Super NES back in 1990 to compete with Sega. The visuals for games on the Mega Drive were simply amazing which made the console seem like it was ahead of its time.

We got to see games such as Sonic the Hedgehog along with the Phantasy Star which became popular during the early 90’s. Without the Mega Drive console it would be hard to imagine what the landscape of gaming would have looked like back in the early 90’s. The Mega Drive console will always hold a special place in the the hearts of retro gamers who grew up between the late 80’s and early 90’s.

The 30 Year Anniversary of Super Mario Bros 3

As many people know today is the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros which was released by Nintendo for the NES console back in October 1988. Super Mario Bros 3 is considered to be one of the most legendary platform titles ever along with the first games that preceded it on the NES back in the 80’s. Super Mario Bros 3 is arguably the best 2D game within the series in terms of gameplay along the likes of Super Mario World for the SNES.

Super Mario Bros 3 was the first game within the entire series to include the overworld map traveling feature which was something commonly utilized in various Mario games from the late-80’s onwards. There were games such as Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Super Mario Galaxy along with Super Mario 3D World that included the overworld map feature which made each game more enjoyable as it evolved over the past couple of decades.

Since its release on the NES back in ’88 Super Mario Bros 3 was re-released for the SNES with 16 bit graphics apart of the Super Mario Bros All-Stars Collection In 1993. Also, Super Mario Bros 3 was ported to the Game Boy Advance and released as Super Mario Advance 4 back 2003. Within the past 30 years Super Mario Bros 3 has her around the game has sold at least 18 million units for the NES. Also, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 has managed to reach at over 5.4 million copies in sales for the Game Boy Advance which is a testament to how popular the game was and still is to this day. It’s hard to believe that Super Mario Bros 3 has been around for 30 years now and on this day the gaming world like to wish this legendary platform title Happy Birthday.

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (1988) vs Battletoads (1991) which game was more popular?

As many people know the beat em up genre was very popular back in the late 80’s and early 90’s within the gaming world. Both the Double Dragon and the Battletoads series comes to mind when people think about in relation to classics beat em up titles in relation to the NES. While Double Dragon II: The Revenge along with Battletoads are considered to be critically acclaimed beat em up games for the Nintendo Entertainment System they were both considered to be her difficult by those who played both titles back in the day. In terms of which title was more popular following their respective releases for the NES is one that is debatable among gamers.

While the NES Battletoads game arguably had better visuals in relation to stage design some would that Double Dragon II had certain features that made it standout even more. Certain things such as boss characters having their own theme music along with players having the chance to battle each other at the end of the game in co-op mode made Double Dragon Isi a memorable NES Classic. In terms of which beat em up was more popular on the NES most would probably give Double Dragon II the edge over Battletoads.