Donkey Kong Country [Game Review]

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Title: Donkey Kong Country
Developer: Rare
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
SNES
Category: 
Platformer
Release Date: 
November 21, 1994
How we got the game: 
We have the game on the Nintendo SNES Classic

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Donkey Kong Country probably makes up some of my earliest memories of video games. It was one of the few games that our older sister played, with her mostly in control of the player one controller, and it was a fun activity for me to join her in. Hearing that this game made it on the SNES Classic’s roster wasn’t a big surprise to me.

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I remember watching Kris and our other sister play this when we were kids. If I remember correctly, I think our Dad might have played a couple of times as well. Whenever I played I was also Diddy and never did very well, but it was still fun nonetheless.gameplay

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Donkey Kong Country had some simple gameplay in terms of the controls. The D-Pad allows you to move left or right through the levels, and you had your basic jump and run buttons as well. Along with speeding up, the Y button allows you to pick up items, like barrels, to toss at enemies. Both Donkey Kong and Diddy, the two playable characters, had similar controls, but Donkey Kong was stronger and Diddy was quicker.

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Donkey Kong was able to defeat certain enemies while Diddy was useless against them. Meanwhile, Diddy was faster especially in the underwater levels. All the levels were well done, each world catering to different types of biomes, if you will, such as jungles, wintery scenes, caves and mines, and more. The levels are pretty straightforward though they can be tricky.

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Throughout the levels, there were sometimes other animals that were allies of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. A speedy ostrich, a strong rhino, a flashlight-carrying parrot… They’re all helpful additions and fun to see. They’re included in the bonus stages, each one able to collect tokens to help bolster your life count after you collect three golden pieces in their shape to access the bonus stage. Other bonus stages are hidden throughout the levels, most helping you collect more bananas or extra life balloons.

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Throughout some of the levels, there are hidden shortcuts as well. After completing a bonus stage, you’ll often get placed right back where you were or sometimes a little further into the level. There are some shortcuts that allow you to skip parts of the level – sometimes just about half of the level.

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Some of our favorite shortcuts were the ones that allowed us to skip half of the level, haha! Donkey and Diddy weren’t the only Kongs in the game, considering they had half of their family playing important roles as well. Candy Kong was in charge of the save points and Funky Kong flew DK and Diddy to other worlds if need be. Cranky Kong gave out advice, if one deigned to ask him.

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I would actually be interested in playing as them. I think that would be fun. (Super Smash with just the Kongs, anyone?) The map outside of the levels was straight forward, a Diddy or DK icon on the completed level showing off who was the one who completed.graphics-music

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The graphics of Donkey Kong seem to have held up well throughout the years. Being over twenty years old, the designs of the levels and characters are still well done enough to make the game fun without being annoying or frustrating. Sure, there are the occasional glitches here or there while playing, but for the most part, the graphics were still nice and nostalgia-inducing.

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If anything, the glitches made us laugh. But yeah, the graphics have certainly held up well and I think the level designs were great and aesthetically pleasing.

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The music is some of the best, in my opinion, for Nintendo games. Donkey Kong has some iconic music, and every tune matched the levels well.

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This is the kind of music that I hum to myself in the shower or randomly get stuck in my head! I absolutely love it and wish I had the soundtrack. The sound effects are also great. I love the sound of collecting the bananas or the klaptraps’ (the little crocodile guys) mouths chomping.
story

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The banana horde has been taken! DK asks Diddy to keep an eye on the bananas, but he’s attacked and trapped inside a barrel. When DK comes back, he frees Diddy and then together they go off on a journey to get their bananas back.

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…That’s it. The story is simple enough, prompting Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong traversing through multiple worlds to find King K. Rool, the fiend behind the banana hoard theft. Considering how many bananas are littered throughout the worlds, K. Rool didn’t do a very good job.

replay-value

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This is a game that we’ve gone back to once in a while, even if it’s purely for nostalgia reasons. There are a few modes to play — single-player, two-player cooperative, and two-player versus — when it comes to completing the levels and game, so that’s not too bad.

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We’ve come back to this game a couple of times within the past few years – we have it on the SNES Classic now, but we also have it on our Wii from the virtual console. It’ll definitely be a game we go back to again.

Donkey Kong Country gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Yoshi’s Island [Game Review]

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Title: Yoshi’s Island
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Super NES (originally), Gameboy Advance, SNES Classic
Category: 
Platformer
Release Date: 
October 4, 1995 (SNES Classic release: September 29, 2017)
How we got the game: 
We bought the SNES Classic

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Yoshi’s Island was a game that I remember watching more so than playing. Our older sister used to try her hand at the game, and I don’t remember how far along we got in the game. It was definitely nostalgia-inducing.

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Yoshi’s Island is a classic to us. I’ll be honest, I didn’t remember too much of the game as I was too young when it originally came out, but I remembered the music and sound effects and I was excited to give it a go.

gameplay

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Yoshi’s Island is fairly simple to figure out with the controls. You control one of eight Yoshis, each of them going through a level of the world while protecting Baby Mario. As Yoshi, you travel the levels from left to right, jumping and hovering when needed, as well as eating enemies with Yoshi’s tongue and creating eggs out of them. The eggs follow you until you need them as projectiles.

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This game is similar to Super Mario Bros. where you have multiple levels in a “world.” Once you defeat a level, you pass Baby Mario onto the next Yoshi and move onto the next level. Each level contains coins, special flowers for a chance to get a bonus, and red coins hidden throughout. At the end of each level, you’re “graded” based on how much you get.

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Our average score is probably in the 70s. Each world has six regular levels, then two castle levels, one in the fourth spot and one in the eighth. The bosses of these levels tended to be more of a challenge, but most of the gameplay consisted of dodging attacks while hurling eggs at the main enemy. Strategy-wise, it wasn’t that difficult, but it could be challenging to execute it.

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The poor yellow Yoshi always got stuck with one of the castle levels. He must have gotten the short stick on that draw. Each level was challenging in its own right because whenever Yoshi got hit, he’d lose Baby Mario and the clock would start ticking down until Magikoopa came to get him. It was always stressful and tense whenever that happened.

graphics-music

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Yoshi’s Island has adorable graphics, some of the backgrounds and levels reminding me of crayons. Being a predecessor of games such as Yoshi’s Story and Yoshi’s Woolly World, where the graphics were storybook-like and yarn, respectively, the graphics for Yoshi’s Island fit right in.

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I always loved how this game looked. Yes, it looks like a drawing, and it’s certainly charming for a Yoshi game. The backgrounds of each level are vivid and colorful. The whole game just looks happy, despite the circumstances.

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The music matches the world quite well, with music being fairly upbeat for most levels. The castle level music sounds a bit ominous, but it is offset by how bright Yoshi (and even the enemies) are. They’re the kind of tunes where we easily found ourselves humming along.

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The music is upbeat, yeah. It’s some of the best gaming music. The sound effects were spot on as well. For some reason, that’s what I remembered the most. The sound effect for Yoshi sticking out his tongue was great for me… I don’t know why.
story

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Twins Mario and Luigi as babies are on their way to a new home by the stork when the trip is interrupted. Magikoopa kidnaps Luigi while Mario somehow gets away and is found by a bunch of Yoshis. Together, the Yoshis take turns carrying baby Mario on their backs through various levels, defeating bosses, and trying to get baby Luigi back and keep Mario safe.

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Throughout the levels, Magikoopa and his cronies are always ready to swoop down and kidnap baby Mario if he is ever separated from Yoshi. The Yoshis do their best to protect their new little friend throughout all the dangers found on Yoshi’s Island.

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Like most Mario games, this game is all about saving someone who’s kidnapped and protecting the ones you love. It’s just Yoshi’s time to shine this time.

replay-value

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This game was tons of fun to go back to. There’s nothing really after the main story, but there are plenty of levels and adorableness to make you want to play again down the road. It’s a game that aged well in terms of controls and graphics, and it’s fun to revisit once in a while.

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I can see ourselves going back to this game and trying to get better scores than what we already got. This game was a lot harder than we remembered… or maybe we just got bad at games the older we got.

Yoshi’s Island gets…
4-lives
4 out of 5 lives.

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Kirby Super Star [Game Review]

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Title: Kirby Super Star
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
SNES; SNES Classic
Category: 
Action, Platforming
Release Date: September 1996; September 2017
How we got the game: 
We bought the SNES Classic

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My first introduction to Kirby was actually Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. After that, the only actual Kirby game I’ve played was Kirby: The Crystal Shards, stolen borrowed from a family friend eons ago. It was nice to play one of the original Kirby games.

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I don’t think I’ve ever played a Kirby game… I had Nightmare in Dreamland for the Gameboy Advance but I don’t remember playing it at all. I ended up giving it to a kid I used to babysit because he was so much more into it than I was. So it was interesting to try this game out.

gameplay

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Kirby Super Star boasts eight games in one cartridge, with two of those games being classified as mini-games while the other six are shorter adventures with different gameplay. Kirby has his trademark moves — inhaling enemies and items, swallowing enemies for power-ups, or spitting them out as projectiles — but he is also able to turn his power-up abilities into a Helper. The Helper character can be an NPC that moves on its own as it helps Kirby against enemies or it can be controlled by a second player.

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I enjoyed the adventure games such as Dyna Blade and Spring Breeze. Since I haven’t played Kirby much if at all, it was fun to play a “normal” game as him. They were short and sweet, but it was fun to go through the levels eating people and exploring the many powerups.

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Our other favorite game was Gourmet Race, which was short and silly. It featured the player as Kirby racing King Dedede while eating as much food as possible. There were three courses and, between the three rounds, one must eat more food than King Dedede while also beating him in a footrace.

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Of course, we didn’t always eat more food but we beat King Dedede by a hair each time and ended up winning with both points combined. It was close and even though the races were short, both of us were very much into it. It was a tense few moments! One game I didn’t care too much for was The Great Cave Offensive. It was a treasure hunt game, which normally I would love, but it just didn’t do it for me. I found it to be a little boring.

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The Great Cave Offensive wasn’t my cup of tea either, but it was a little fun to see the treasures that were references to other Nintendo franchises, like the Legend of Zelda and Metroid. Revenge of Meta Knight and Milky Way Wishes were other adventure games, and The Arena was a boss mode game. Dream Course, while not part of Super Star, is another Kirby game on the SNES Classic where one uses Kirby as a “golf ball.” It did not hold our interest at all, although we felt as if it would have been at home with the other mini Kirby games on Super Star rather than its own game.

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Dream Course was going to be its own review, but there wasn’t much to it. We decided to tag it on here because we felt as though it was another “mini game” that would fit perfectly within Super Star.

graphics-music

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The SNES Classic has, so far, done very well capturing the nostalgia-inducing graphics of the original games. Kirby is one of Nintendo’s cutest characters and his world was usually colorful and bright with unique areas and images.

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Kirby was always a fun character and simple enough to draw and capture. The story of his games are usually pretty silly, but they’re always lighthearted and colorful.

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It was fun seeing all the different enemies and abilities play out on the screen! The music was as light-hearted as the graphics, keeping the game casual and enjoyable.

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I always get the Kirby music stuck in my head. The sound effects are fun too. I love listening to Kirby suck everything in!

replay-value

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Kirby’s Super Star didn’t age too badly. The games were quick and cute, easy to pick up and play again if one wants. However, the games weren’t very story-orientated and didn’t hold my interest for too long, so I’m not sure if I would pick it up again.

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We “beat” most of the games within it in one sitting. It’s something quick and mindless if you’re just looking to sit back and relax.

Kirby Super Star gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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Star Fox [Game Review]

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Title: Star Fox
Developer: Nintendo, Argonaut Software
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo SNES
Category:
Rail shooter, shoot ’em up
Release Date:
February 21, 1993 (2017 on the SNES Classic)
How we got the game:
We bought the SNES Classic 

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The only experience we ever had with Star Fox, aside from the characters being featured in the Super Smash Bros. series, would be Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube. The GameCube game, apparently, derailed from the genre that the Star Fox series was known for, so we were excited to actually try out the original Star Fox game for the SNES.

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I enjoy the cast of characters Star Fox provides and was eager to give the original game a shot knowing it’s a typical shooting game.

gameplay

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Gameplay for Star Fox consists of flying an Arwing through the levels while shooting down opposing airships and grounded enemies. You can choose for the controls for the airship to be inverted, where up is down, and there are a few different options as to which button is the blaster, the brake, and the speed boost.

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While it’s pretty straightforward, it was something I couldn’t handle. I often passed the controller over to Kris and she ended up playing the game for the both of us. I wasn’t a fan of the controls and I was confused about where to go and who to shoot.

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I wasn’t too much of a fan of the controls either, but it was a bit fun just keeping the blaster button pressed and shooting everything that moved on the screen. I… may have knocked out teammates like Slippy once or twice… Whoops. I couldn’t aim to save my life (sometimes literally), especially in the first-person mode, but I wasn’t much better in third-person.

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Shooting was definitely the best part of the game (which is good since that’s basically all you do). But it was tricky because I often couldn’t tell my teammates from the enemies and then they’d yell at me… Oh, well.

graphics-music

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The SNES Classic does a wonderful job of preserving the original graphics and music of the older games. That said, it was a bit funny seeing old the pixels and polygons of Star Fox!

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It was certainly funny to see the older graphics. It was interesting to see the characters as just their heads in the intercoms rather than their full bodies throughout the entire game. The graphics are cool but you can’t tell much of what’s going on.

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The sound effects and music were great, especially when the characters were “talking.” To us, they sounded a little like Porky Pig from the Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoons, haha! The music and sounds did their job, sounding just epic enough to motivate us to try to defeat the enemy with our Arwing.story

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Emporer Andross has declared war on our heroes. Once banished, he set up shop on Venom, the first planet in the Lylat system. He begins a war on Corneria and it’s up to Fox and his team to save everyone.

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That’s the simplicity of the story. Andross is the bad guy that needs to be defeated, and Star Fox is the team to do it. As long as, you know, the player can aim well enough to shoot the enemies out of space, haha!

replay-value

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The original Star Fox is a fun game for nostalgic purposes and a few different difficulty levels. Compared to FPS games nowadays, Star Fox is pretty simple, but it’s a nice change of pace to turn on once in a while.

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I’m not sure I can see myself going back to this game. I don’t have any emotional attachment to this game and, despite how simple it seemed, I had a hard time playing it. Still, it was great to try.

Star Fox gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite SNES Classic Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Kris and I have been playing around with our SNES Classic a lot lately. So many games bring back nostalgia, so here are some of my favorites.

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5. Super Mario Kart

I’ll admit that I don’t remember playing too much of Super Mario Kart when I was a kid. I think I was too young. I do remember watching Kris play it with my Dad sometimes and our other older sister. Playing it now is fun, but… I’m not very good at it.

4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past

I’ll be honest with this one too. I don’t think we ever really played this game. My Uncle used to play it a lot because my grandparents had a SNES. Still, it’s Zelda. You can’t go wrong.

3. Yoshi’s Island

I love Yoshi. Any game that stars Yoshi is wonderful to me. I had completely forgotten about this game until I saw it on the classic and I can’t wait to play it again.

2. Donkey Kong Country

The last time I played this was a couple years ago on the Wii Ware. Kris and I thought it’d be fun to play again but we never finished it. One, I got my wisdom teeth out and we just forgot about it. Two, we couldn’t get past a certain level like children. So… yeah.

1. Super Mario RPG

This one brings back the most memories. Kris used to play this one a lot as it was her favorite. I’ve never played it myself but always looked forward to watching her; especially the mine cart part. I don’t know why, but that was my favorite part of the whole game.

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Nintendo SNES Classic [Review]

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The SNES Classic Edition came out in September 2017. We didn’t get it right away since it was no where to be found. However, we did find it on Amazon a few weeks ago. It was a little more expensive than the original 80-dollar price, but we decided to go for it. And we’re glad we did.

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I burst out laughing at seeing how tiny the console was. As someone who grew up with the original SNES as her first Nintendo console, it was definitely nostalgic-inducing to see it again, even in small form. It looks almost identical to the original console, but we were also surprised at how light it is. It feels a bit frail, in all honesty, but it works well!

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I laughed at how small it was too. I’ve seen people hold it in the palm of their hands and I figured my hands would be too small for that. But nope. It fits perfectly in my hand and it’s easy to hold since it feels so hollow. I reorganized our consoles to fit it with the others and placed it next to our XBox One, which happens to be the largest console we own. It was easy to set up, though I’ll admit we had a hard time trying to find where to plug in the controllers. We had to turn to the manual for that one.

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Yeah, we laughed at ourselves for not realizing where the controller plugs went at first. While we would prefer the cords to be longer, as we enjoy playing from our couch, I suppose we won’t knock ’em since I’ve heard they’re longer than the NES Classic cords. As far as the hardware goes for the SNES Classic, it’s good with us.

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The console turns on like the original SNES did and right away we have 21 old school games right at our fingertips. The SNES Classic is the least complicated console I think we’ve ever owned. No internet, no apps, no friend codes. Just plug it in and start playing. I love it and it’s great to play some of the old games again.

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The original SNES was simple like that as well… Unless one needed to blow into the cartridge to make it work, haha! I love the library of old games on the SNES Classic, especially since they included my favorite, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Of course, there are some games that I wish had been added, but I won’t complain with what we have.

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Throwback Thursday: Gaming At A Young Age

Happy Thursday! The last Thursday of 2017.

Kris and I recently got the SNES Classic Mini and we’ve been testing the waters with it.

 

Super Mario Kart originally released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo – before I was born. Yet, I remember playing the game at my grandmother’s house with Kris.

I believe our older sister used to play with us as well as did my dad on occasion. Still, I was super young and obviously not very good at it.

I’ll admit I don’t have too many memories of playing the game.

I’m great at Mario Kart now. Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, 8, and 8 Deluxe, I’m a beast at. (Usually.)

When Kris and I play those games together, I’m usually in first place and she trails behind with the items covering my back. Yet, when we played Super Mario Kart the other night…

I gamed over. How do you game over in Mario Kart? I didn’t even know you had lives.

Kris was in first place most of the time while I came in second once or twice, but I was mostly in 4th… or 8th. I got into last place quite a bit and ended up gaming over on Boo’s Haunted House on the Flower Cup. Each race after that, my half of the screen was darkened with “GAME OVER” written on it just to rub it in.

Apparently, muscle memory doesn’t work when it comes to Super Mario Kart.

Still, it was a lot of fun to play the game again as it’s been way too long. Kris and I had fun and we shared a lot of laughs… especially since I couldn’t steer and couldn’t be bothered to stay on the track.

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