Retro gaming comes home in the form of a Super Nintendo®


Posted by Eric on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 in Gaming Life / Retro
The midi theme song of whatever your favorite game was is going through your head, isn't it?

Went with Torie and Ted to the Sanford Flea Market on Sunday in search of some retro action. I’d hoped to find some rare Sega Saturn games, maybe some SNES collectibles, but hadn’t really even thought about what I’d purchased. The good fellas at Game Trader had a mint condition Model 2 Super NES; I couldn’t resist. I’ve had the traditional console since it was around in the early 90s, but was always fascinated by the sleek miniature design of the Model 2. The only problem is that I think the A/C adapter is bad, because the console doesn’t come on. I’ve tried it with the original model and it does the same: sends a signal to the screen but I guess not enough of one to actually play anything.

Along with the console, I managed to snag a bundle deal on a few games. I’ve not played an actual SNES console in ages as most of this stuff is easy available via emulation. But there really is nothing like playing this stuff with the original controller. Better yet, an ASCIIWare controller!

ASCIIWare's AsciiPad

Here’s some of the games I picked up / already had:

Super Metroid

Super Metroid
The best game of all time! I still remember renting this game and being lost in it for hours. What an amazing game. So much depth with so little dialog. My record is under an hour, but my percentage of items is pretty bad along with that. It’s definitely no Speed Demo, but it’s an accomplishment on my part.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Yoshi’s Island
I am privileged enough to own this game. It’s one of the largest and highest rated games for the console, and second best in my opinion. The unique style of art and design is something that still inspires me in my game design ideas.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Ted and I once stayed up all night playing Metroid (me) and Zelda (him) to beat the game under the rumored time of three and four hours respectively. We both succeeded, only I got the special ending and he didn’t... :-P

Starfox

Starfox
Why is it when we go back to play this game we still choose the middle route? It’s not really like the other ones are any harder, they’re just less practiced if you think about it. The first game to use the Super FX Chip, and no matter how bad the sequels to this game are, Starfox will always hold a place in our hearts. Aww...mushy mushy...

Super Mario Kart

Mario Kart
Ah the grand memories of Super Mario Kart. There was just something about the blend of graphics, sounds, music, and pummeling someone’s balloons with red turtle shells that was just so satisfying. Do you know any games you can remember all the music tracks to?

Stunt Race FX

Stunt Race FX
Not many people know about the FX games that aren’t Starfox. Countless hours were spent in this game trying to push the limits of each of the tracks. Speeding off the half pipes into the water while aiming for the other half of the track will go down in history.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Mario RPG
This was one of Square’s last games as their original company name before merging with Enix. It was actually quite baffling to me; a Mario game that you have to take turns to defeat Goombas. I’d never played any of the Final Fantasy titles. But it grew on me.

Dirt Trax FX

Dirt Trax FX
Yeah...another unknown FX game. Ted and I still go back and forth about the "leader" music that would play when one of us was it in tag-mode. Yeah, there was a tag-mode. And it was quite dizzying...

Super Mario All Stars

Mario All Stars
How could you have a SNES without this game? A Super Nintendo without the best collection of Mario games? Nah... OK, this one’s still on the list, but I’d like to have the All Stars / World combo; I’ll have to keep hunting.

My TV will soon be dominated by retro low resolution graphics complemented by Tommy Tallarico’s "bleeps and bloops". Now I just gotta head back all the way to Sanford to get another friggin’ power cord....sigh...

  • I’ve actually picked up those 3 since I wrote this article. Good call though! I’ve been ripping up some Mario World and StarFox the last couple days. Fun stuff :)

  • I got one of those nifty-looking ones for 25c at a yard sale!
    about the list, I would suggest including donkey kong country, super mario world, and street fighter II turbo.

    Finally I have the privelege of playing Super Metroid, which I recently borrowed from a friend of mine. It’s the kind of game you can get lost in.

  • wired.illusion

    Goddammit. I had Mario on the brain. You fail at life for not including it.

  • Donkey Kong COUNTRY. FAIL.

  • wired.illusion

    To be honest, I’ve played Stunt Race FX but I’ve never played Dirt Trax FX. I may need to come over and get in on some Dirt Trax action.

    You’ve got a pretty solid list here, you’re missing pretty much the entire RPG realm but I’ll forgive you since I know old school RPGs aren’t your thing.

    I fully agree with Super Metroid in the top spot of this list, I loved that damn game. I would still place FFVI and CT above it, but if you take those out... #1 all the way.

    I am disappointed in the lack of Donkey Kong World though, I always had fun trying to 100% those damned games.

    Long live the SNES, fuck Virtual Console!

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