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.

Did you manage to snag an SNES Classic? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Flashback Friday: Street Fighter II

Double Jump Kris Mii Happy Friday, everyone! Another month has come and gone, and we’re getting closer to the second half of 2017. Anyone else feel like time is going by too fast?

Considering the rumors of a Mini SNES being produced by Nintendo, I thought we’d talk about another SNES game, one that certainly was popular enough back in the day to make the Mini SNES list — Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. 

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Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is a fighting game that was originally released in 1991 as an arcade game before being ported to Nintendo’s SNES system. It became one of the best sellers of that console. It’s the sequel to the original Street Fighter from 1987. The series was developed by Capcom, and Street Fighter II was the company’s best-selling game all the way up until 2013, when Resident Evil 5 surpassed it. That’s over two decades!

Street Fighter II is credited with starting the fighting genre in home console video games. The player would select a character from a roster to compete in a one-vs-one fight, usually in a best two out of three rounds of close combat. Each character has a health bar and the aim is to deplete the opponent’s health bar before the timer runs out. Once the timer runs out, the player with the most health would win the round.

The game’s character roster boasted a diverse range of characters with their nationalities. Each had his or her own fighting style and it was a challenge to master everyone’s abilities. The fights even took place in stages from the characters’ home countries.

What I remember most about this game is Rachel playing it all the time at our grandparents’ house when her age was still able to be counted on one hand. If I wasn’t playing with her, I was probably waiting for her to be done so I could play Super Mario RPG.

Have you ever played Street Fighter II? What did you think of it?

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Flashback Friday: Super Mario Kart

Double Jump Kris Mii Thank God it’s Friday! I hope everyone else’s weeks have gone well!

The Nintendo Switch will be released in a mere week, and one of the upcoming games that Nintendo has boasted for the console is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This month we’ll be looking at the game that began the go-kart racing franchise, Super Mario Kart.

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Super Mario Kart was first released way back in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was the first in a string of related go-kart racing games, allowing the Super Mario franchise to touch other genres and gain even more popularity among gamers. It sold over nine million copies worldwide, cementing its spot as the third best selling SNES game ever.

The game allows players to select one of eight characters from the Super Mario franchise and race with said characters around themed courses. Item boxes grant characters power ups to gain advantage in the race and put their opponents momentarily out of commission. This basic premise has continued in the rest of the games in the series, albeit with new power ups and plenty of more characters and courses to choose from.

Super Mario Kart is credited with inventing the go-kart subgenre of video games, with other franchises following suit with their own racing games, including Sonic Drift from Sega, South Park Rally, and Diddy Kong Racing. The Mario Kart series itself has gained seven sequels along with a handful of arcade spin-offs over the last two and a half decades. The games have received mostly positive reception, and is one of the leading multiplayer gaming franchises.

The latest anticipated game in the series, at the time of this post, is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has already caused some controversy despite not even being released yet. A revamp of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has added the DLC from its Wii U predecessor along with a battle mode for the Nintendo Switch console. Many longtime Mario Kart fans wonder if the price of the Deluxe game is worth it for the additions rather than a brand new Mario Kart game.

Despite the long road, Super Mario Kart has brought about a new gaming subgenre, allowing players to game as their favorite characters in a new light.

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Games I Played as a Kid

Rachel Mii Double JumpHi guys, it’s Rachel.

Now that Kris and I have started this blog, I’ve been looking through all the video games I have. Some games I forgot I had.

I went through some really old games and found myself saying, “Oh, I remember that one!” So here are some games I played as a kid.

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I grew up with a Super Nintendo as my home console. I often watched my sister play video games all the time until I became old enough to attempt them myself.

There were games we played together all the time and then there were other games that I played by myself.

The Lion King

Who doesn’t love The Lion King? I remember playing this game a lot and not getting very far in it. I always died way too early. I mostly enjoyed watching Kris play the game.

Tiny Toons

This was a great game. I never understood it, but I remember playing it a lot with Kris. She was always better at it, but I did enjoy the mini games.

Streetfighter

I absolutely loved this game when I was little. No one would ever play it with me though. It wasn’t Kris’s thing so I often played alone at my grandparents’ house because they owned a copy of the game… for some reason.

Goof Troop

This game was… not so good. Though I thoroughly enjoyed it when I was a kid. Again, Kris wasn’t very smitten with it, but I made her play with me a bunch of times. It was just better (and easier) to play with two people. One person played as Goofy, the other as Max. I often roped my dad into playing it with me whenever Kris wouldn’t. I remember being Max picking up barrels and throwing them at Goofy. Then my dad would get confused as to why he was hurt.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

By far the best (and quickest) game ever. I mean, looking back on it now it’s not the greatest game, but it’s still one of the best. Kris and I are huge Ninja Turtles fans and we played this game a lot, though I don’t think we ever beat it. Either way, we had a lot of fun with it.

What are some games you loved to play as a kid?