The Definition of Retro Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

One of my favorite parts of EGLX, the game expo Rachel and I visited in Canada in 2018, was the aisles of arcade cabinets that were set up in the middle of the main room for guests to enjoy. Those retro games were some of the most popular attractions throughout the weekend.

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What do you consider to be a retro game? Is there a universal threshold that games have to pass until they are considered retro? Do you consider games from certain consoles as retro, or is any game older than ten, fifteen, or twenty years retro?

Retro games are held up as a pinnacle of gaming, games that were classics or are ripe with nostalgia for gamers of today’s day and age. While mechanics and graphics are outdated, retro games still find enthusiastic players. Emulators, virtual consoles, mini classic consoles, and even the original consoles and games are played to keep those retro games alive.

There are even games that emulate the retro style. Despite how far graphics have come in the past several years, the success of games mimicking the 16-bit art style have been a hit. Take a look at Cuphead and its old-school art style resembling cartoons from decades ago.

To me — if we’re talking in Nintendo terms — retro games are probably games from the Nintendo 64 era and before, maybe even the GameCube games. There are definitely some favorites from the SNES console that I bought several times over on various virtual consoles so I can continue to experience them again. Over on our Twitch channel, Rachel and I had played the SNES version of Disney’s The Lion King from Steam as one of the first games we were attempting, and I’m currently in the middle of playing Donkey Kong Country on the SNES Classic. Those to me are retro games just as arcade cabinets are nowadays.

I wonder how long it will take before Nintendo Switch games are considered retro?

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Nintendo Labo VR

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Nintendo now has VR with their Labo kits, released earlier last month with a few family-friendly Toy-Con to go with it. Thanks to more recent patches, the VR works with Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild right now, and I’m not sure if other games will eventually be compatible with the VR kit in the future. While I’m the type of person to get nauseated on the spinning teacup ride at Disneyworld, VR probably would take some getting used to, and I’m intrigued especially at the idea of experiencing Hyrule with the kit.

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VR has always been something we’ve wanted to try, but never had the opportunity to. It’s super expensive and there’s the dizziness factor. I mean, we don’t even enjoy movies in 3D, so we’re iffy on trying out VR. However, the Nintendo Labo VR looks promising. It’s designed for kids so I’m interested in learning more and eventually trying it out.

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Honestly, I don’t think I would be interested in it if Breath of the Wild didn’t have a patch for it. Knowing myself as I do, I probably wouldn’t mesh well with VR — or, at the very least, it would take me a while to get used to it — but the idea of being immersed into one of my favorite video game worlds has always sounded wonderful. To go and explore Breath of the Wild’s Hyrule would be awesome!

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It would be awesome, indeed. I would love to check out Breath of the Wild first hand like that. I’d be so afraid to at the same time though! Then again, hearing the music directly in your ears would be amazing. Now, we don’t know if Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild are the only games that will be compatible with it. If they add more, what sort of games would you like to see the Labo VR have?

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I’m not sure. Party games probably wouldn’t be good contenders. While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sounds like a great idea on VR, I think that would end up being a mess or too jarring for it to work well. Mario Kart would be interesting in VR, and is actually a thing and supposedly coming to the US, if it isn’t already. Pokemon would be so much fun in VR! Imagine exploring through your favorite region and seeing wild Pokemon in the field like the Let’s Go titles had. What about you?

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Oh, man… Smash would be so jarring! I don’t think I’d be ready for that. Mario Kart is cool, though that’s another fast-paced one that I don’t think I’m ready for. Pokemon would be awesome, of course. For me, I’d love to see Ace Attorney in VR. I think it would be cool to “view” the game as an audience in the court or something. It’d be relaxing too to just sit back on the couch and read/watch Phoenix do his thing.

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Visual Novels as VR would definitely be interesting. Choose Your Own Adventure-like video games would be fun to watch and interact with as well, I think. Granted, these kinds of VRs could already exist but, with our limited experience with VR, they’re still dreams to us. Nintendo does seem to be a little behind with the VR experiences, so I’m looking forward to seeing how Nintendo intends to keep up with and improve their VR games in the future.

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If they could make it so that it’s not so dizzying, that’d be great… though I’m still hoping to try it sometime soon!

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Friday Favorites: Game Boy Color Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Being the 30th anniversary of the Game Boy, this week I dug into my bucket of handheld games from ages ago to find my modest collection of Game Boy Color games. Here are some of my favorites!

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Disney’s Tarzan

When my parents — rather, =the Easter Bunny — surprised me with a Game Boy Color Easter morning ages ago, one of the games that game with the handheld was Disney’s Tarzan, most likely because Disney was a familiar company to my parents at the beginning of their video game shopping days. I remember the game to be fun, something shiny and new, but I did not get too far. Still, it was a game I appreciated when I was breaking in my Game Boy Color.

Pokemon Puzzle Challenge

Much like Pokemon Puzzle League for the Nintendo 64 released around the same time, Pokemon Puzzle Challenge was based off of Panel de Pon, but with Pokemon characters, particular characters from the second generation of the game franchise. It was fun and a little addicting with the puzzles, and it was charming to use Pokemon from the Johto region. It was a go-to game whenever I wanted to kill some time.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

The Oracle duo of the handheld Legend of Zelda games were fun games with unique mechanics. I think I prefer the Ages game over the Seasons, finding it fun how the game’s landscapes and settings changed between the past and present. And you can’t go wrong with the Legend of Zelda franchise!

Pokemon Crystal

All of the core Pokemon games hold a special place in my heart, especially the few from the first couple of generations. Pokemon Yellow came with my Game Boy Color, but I believe Pokemon Crystal surpasses it on my favorites list. The more colors, the animated sprites, the fact that you could play as a female trainer, just a new world to explore was fantastic to me.

Honorable Mention: Rugrats Totally Angelica

I don’t remember when I got this game, nor do I remember much about it. Looking up the game now, I’m realizing that I completely missed the point of it. Supposedly, as Angelica, you played mini games in the mall to win clothes and accessories to then complete an outfit for a fashion show. I have a few vague memories of a couple of mini games, but not much more than that. It’s probably one of the more random games I have in my collection!

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Quest for the Golden Duck [Video Game Review]

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Title: Quest for the Golden Duck
Developer: Bigosaur
Publisher: Milan Babuskov/Bigosaur
Platform:
PC, Nintendo Switch 
Category: 
Action, Party, Multiplayer, Arcade
Release Date:
January 23, 2019 (PC)February 22, 2019 (Nintendo Switch)
How we got the game: 
We downloaded it on the Switch

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This was a really random — and cheap — game that we found on the Nintendo Switch’s eShop with the intent to give it a shot while doing our Switch anniversary stream last month. We never got a chance to play this game then, but we did recently.

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We saw the name of the game and thought it was brilliant. After seeing it was only 99-cents (at the time we bought it), we figured we’d give it a shot. What do we have to lose?

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Turning this game on reminded me of a Pac-Man arcade cabinet. The objective is to collect all the coins scattered in the maze. You control your character from a birds-eye view and avoid any enemies while collecting the coins. Different enemies have different patterns — some go straight after you, some go in random directions, some are a mixture.

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You can play alone or with up to three friends. You collectively collect the coins all the while avoiding the enemies in the adventure mode, as Kris said. Be careful though because if one of you gets hit by an enemy, you all die. You share lives and if you run out, it’s game over. There’s no saving in the middle of the dungeons (there are five levels, each seems to be about 15 or so stages long) so if you game over, you have to start the dungeon from the first level again.

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There is a timer bonus for each stage, so if you are able to collect all of the coins in each level before that timer runs out, you’ll receive bonus lives. There is no consequence for not completing the level before the timer runs out, though. The stages get more difficult as you progress, with more enemies and more coins to collect, but they also tend to give you plenty of power-ups.

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Power-ups include clovers to turn you invisible for a short amount of time, gems to make you invincible for a short amount of time, and bombs that don’t explode but freeze your enemies for a short amount of time. In addition to the adventure mode, there’s a versus mode. One can be a good guy while the other player can choose an enemy to play. The mode plays the same as the adventure mode except you’re not on a team and you’re running away (or trying to catch) your friend before all the coins are gathered.

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You can mix up how many players are on each side as well, considering that the game offers each player the choice in which character to be, whether one of the heroes or one of the enemies. In the versus mode, I opted to play as the guard dog to try to catch Rachel’s knight. The versus maze also spawned one each of the enemy characters — a skeleton, a hooded skeleton, and another guard dog — for my side to get Rachel. Whether that same amount of NPCs spawn no matter how many player characters are there, we’re not sure.

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To be honest, I didn’t think that was a little fair considering the other players are smarter than the AI. Despite being the dog, who normally only chases you if they see you but otherwise only go in a straight line, Kris just chased me no matter what. So it made it all the harder to dodge her and the AI.

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The graphics of this game are cute, reminding me of smoother 8-bit graphics. The levels are interesting, each maze unique but clear when it comes to showing where the twists and turns are. Every character — whether on the hero or the villain side — looks unique and it’s easy to tell where every player is.

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The graphics are definitely cute. You can play as a ninja, knight, boy, or girl. The enemies include a dog… so that’s always a plus.

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I liked the music as well, although it did sound more epic than the game itself. The game was a little silly, and the loading screen music reminded me of Mission Impossible while the music for the levels was a little more upbeat and fast-paced to go along with the collecting theme.

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There wasn’t much to the sound effects either. Children clapped when you won the level (seriously – it sounded like royalty-free applause from the Internet) and your character made a “d’oh” sound when they were caught by an enemy. Though there was no effect for the characters moving or picking up coins, which made it a little less satisfying.

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While the levels remain the same, there is replayability in this game with the multiplayer aspects in the adventuring mode and the versus mode. The game goes up to four players with both modes, and it’s a fun little game to play during a game night with friends.

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It’s fun to play with friends, yeah. I don’t think it’d be as fun alone. However, there aren’t many levels and they’re quick to get through. So, it’s a fun game to play once in a while, but once you beat it, you might not pick it back up again for quite some time.

Quest for the Golden Duck gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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Character Spotlight: N

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

After playing Pokemon White 2 again recently, I remembered N is a character in the Pokemon world. He’s a pretty good character so I thought I’d talk about him this month.

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Natural Harmonia Gropius, also known as N, is a character in the Pokemon games Black, White, Black 2, and White 2. He was the “leader” of Team Plasma, the bad guy group for the Unova region. N is the Mowgli of the Pokemon world. He was abandoned as a child and was raised by Pokemon. Of course, Ghetsis came along and claimed to be his father.

I always felt like N was a good character. He didn’t grow up with a human family and was brought up on biased views. We’re supposed to see him as a “bad guy” but even in-game, N is just doing what he was told to do. He’s not exactly bad, though he seems to enjoy a good challenge.

Then again, in the Pokemon world, who wouldn’t like a good challenge?

Unfortunately, I didn’t watch the anime during the Unova region, but apparently, he joins Ash and company a bit on their journey here and there.

Overall, I think N is a complex character. He has the ability to hear what the Pokemon is saying and he has interesting views, despite the way he was brought up. He doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s side and just goes with the flow of things.

I’ve always liked him. I never understood his name, though. While writing this post I discovered his real name and… now I understand why he goes by N.

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GB Studio — Build Your Own Game Boy ROMs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Last week was the Game Boy’s 30th anniversary of its release in Japan, prompting me to realize that I’m almost as old as the handheld. It’s amazing seeing how far video games, Nintendo in particular, have come since then!

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My first handheld was the Game Boy Color and, admittedly, it was years before I realized that there had been a Game Boy that had been released before the color version. There are plenty of games that I probably missed out on, but with the wonders of technology nowadays, there’s plenty of ways that I can probably relive them. Through the use of emulators and ROMs, as well as some of the Virtual Console systems that Nintendo has done, it’s possible for retro games to live again.

Speaking of ROMs, however, there is an interesting little program that I discovered called GB Studio. This program allows you to create your own Game Boy ROMs that you can then export to play, no programming skills required. You can create your own graphics for the games, as long as they are PNG files, and music is provided courtesy of GBT Player. The article also mentions that you can play the game on mobile as well as the 30-year-old Game Boy if you still have one around.

It’s fascinating to me all the tools and programs that are available, and the knowledge and timing that some folks have, for people to create their own ROMs and hacks of video games. What kind of games would I create if I could, I wonder? It’s one small reason as to why Game Dev Tycoon is high on my list of favorite games.

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Flashback Friday: Tiny Toon Adventures Buster Busts Loose

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Since Easter was last Sunday, I figured I would try to find a game that starred a rabbit. This old game is way back in the time of the SNES and was one of our favorites.

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Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose was a game released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System way back in 1992 in Japan and 1993 in Europe and North America. It was developed and published by Konami, which also did plenty of other video games based on cartoon series, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman: the Animated Series.

Does anyone else remember Tiny Toons Adventures? We grew up with Looney Toons, mainly due to our older sister and our Uncle Kevin. Tiny Toons Adventures was such a clever cartoon to us, as we found it amusing how the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd were teachers at a school for younger toons. Two of the main characters of the show were Buster and Babs. Many of the characters from the show are featured in this game, and it is Buster who is the main playable character.

This is a short and sweet side-scrolling platform — not that I remember ever finishing it, admittedly — with only about five or six levels depending on which difficulty you are playing. As Buster, you explore each level to get to the main objective, which changed from level to level. Looking this game up again was rather nostalgic, and I’m wondering if I’d be able to find it on an emulator somewhere just to give it another try.

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