In this episode, we geek out on the forth season of Voltron Legendary Defender! No matter how you want to describe it, the episodes were fun, enthralling, and definitely worth a watch. We wrap up the show with a Mail Time response from Jedimon 2005...speaking of, here it is!
Dear Christopher Long a.k.a. "clong83" a.k.a. "longstoys" and Brian Dagley a.k.a. "ShukuenShinobi" a.k.a. "Shinobi Creative" a.k.a. "CollectorShuki" a.k.a. "Pokemon Collector Shuki" a.k.a. "OvrflowinNoodlz",
I am a long time listener to your show, and I felt the need to write to you over a most urgent matter. I have recently engaged myself in the act of listening to the episode of your podcast Geek Each Week in which you discussed the recently released SNES Classic Edition with frequent guest host and "Nintendo Correspondent" Hassan Ahmed of the World of Ha. During the course of this discussion, the three of you turned the conversation towards "games you would've liked to see on the system." As someone who commands ownership of the 52 SNES games seen in the enclosed pictures, I believe I know a thing or two about the original system. There were several games mentioned that I applaud you in praising as I also recognize their greatness. However, there were several other games that seem to have eluded your gaze, and I felt the need to point out the oversight. As per usual convention, I shall proceed alphabetically.
We shall begin with "Arcade's Greatest Hit's: The Atari Collection 1." I am mentioning this mainly for the amount of content on the cartridge. There are quite a few enjoyable titles here, and you don't have to spend your quarters or drive to a public place to play them. My one complaint stems from the fact that this is referred to as collection 1, implying that there is a collection 2, however no such game exists for the Super Nintendo. It was instead released solely for the Sony PlayStation.
Moving along to the next game in our journey, we encounter "Disney's Goof Troop." Now I know you're probably thinking "we mentioned how great the Disney games are." I shall now correct your thinking by reminding you that what was said was "All the Disney movie-based games were great." Goof Troop of course, as you know, was not a movie but rather a television program about Goofy and his son Max. This adventure game was one of the most fun experiences my father and I had playing on our SNES. The puzzles were top notch and the graphics were first rate. Plus it involves pirates for whatever reason. Highly recommended for anyone to hunt down and play through.
The third game we shall look at is another Disney title, "Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games." While one may attempt to make the case that this game is related to Disney's The Lion King movie due to the title characters being that movie's comic relief duo, I believe it is more closely tied to the animated series produced by Disney in the 90's named after these two characters who were the stars of the show. This game was also released as a PC game (that we also owned mind you) and is a collection of arcade-style games that are fun for the whole family. Plus they star Timon and Pumbaa, and what self-respecting person with a soul doesn't love these two?
We shall take a brief detour to mention the "Family Feud" game that was made. There's nothing special about it other than it featured the "Bullseye Round" and starred Ray Combs, the 2nd host of the show who was nothing to write home about, which is probably what lead to him hanging himself.
Getting back on track, we go to Mario's Time Machine. This game was one of the many that were mentioned as the three of you read off a list of SNES games presumably found on Wikipedia. The outright absurdity of this game is part of what makes it fun. That and traveling back in time required Mario to surf and pick up 10 items that appear to be apples and then steer directly into a whirlpool, while avoiding spike balls and whirlpools before you collect 10. I've learned many historical facts from that game through my many playthroughs.
Another Disney game makes the list, Mickey's Ultimate Challenge. This game features Mickey having to complete several puzzles in order to acquire magic beans from his friends to face off against a final puzzle with Willie the Giant. While not very difficult, many of the puzzle elements are random, so the exact answers are different every time you play.
Another brief side note, the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" game for the SNES differed from the Sega Genesis version by not including Tommy or the Dragonzord in the game for whatever stupid reason. Also, I sadly do not own the Movie Edition game. I played it once when I had my tonsils out and didn't get very far.
I would like to take a second to mention the "Monopoly" game. I am partial to Monopoly and the cutaways for different actions such as building a house, getting out of jail, and auctioning property are quite humorous.
Shifting genres to the puzzle variety, "Pac Attack" is an interesting hybrid of Pac-Man and Tetris. Puzzle pieces drop from the sky like Tetraminos, and contain either what appears to be wood or a ghost. When you make a full line of "wood" it vanishes like in Tetris. Every so often Pac-Man appears. There is a bit of a learning curve associated with it, but it's definitely a fun game and something highly recommended. This was one of the first games we purchased for our system.
Our next stop is a game based on everyone's favorite mystery-solving canine, "Scooby-Doo Mystery." This game has the player take control of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers and his faithful companion Scoobert "Scooby" Doo and explore various areas to solve a tv style mystery. It's a fun game that I need to go back and play to actually finish.
A different sort of game is our next stop, "Super Caesar's Palace." This is a game that's exactly as it sounds. The player walks around a casino floor and gambles. Available options include but are not limited to blackjack, roulette, craps, video poker, and slot machines. There are several sets of tables/machines depending on how much you're willing to bet at one time. They even include a "high roller" section of the casino for those who win copious amounts of money. This is the perfect game for gambling addicts or those who wish to teach their children how to gamble from a young age. We were the latter.
Yet another side step as I come to "Super Pinball: Behind the Mask." While pinball games suffer from the television screen only showing one half of the machine at a time, I mention this title for how creepy as fuck the pinball machines are. Chills run down my spine even as I type this.
Back on track now, we will cover three titles at once: "Super Star Wars," "Super Empire Strikes Back," and "Super Return of the Jedi." I am genuinely perplexed as to how these three games flew right past you. While they do take liberties with some of the levels to generate content, such as having Luke ascend a sandcrawler killing Jawas along the way with nary a care in the world, all three are immensely fun. They are also quite difficult to complete. In "Super Star Wars" I can make it about halfway through the game. "Super Empire Strikes Back" is the hardest for me as I can only get to the second level. Don't judge me. I'm the one who remembered these games. And in "Super Return of the Jedi" I have managed to make it all the way to Endor. All three games feature a variety of characters to play as and worlds to visit spanning the entire original trilogy of Star Wars movies. These are must play games.
We're nearing the end of our journey. Just a few more stops to go. Next on the list is "Tetris 2." While this game bears the Tetris name, it is basically "Dr. Mario" minus Mario. You may be wondering to yourselves, why then would I include it on this list and not "Dr. Mario?" Well that answers is rather simple. As a child I owned this game and not "Dr. Mario," so it has a great deal of sentimental value to me. Plus it's just a really fun game with several modes to try.
Another title with Tetris in its name is next, "Tetris Attack." As I'm sure you're both aware, this game is the American localization of the Japanese game "Panel de Pon," but with Yoshi included as a mascot and the Tetris name thrown on it to sell it to American audiences better. Versions of this game have been released over the years for several different consoles, each with a slightly different skin on it, but this one was the first. It is highly addictive, and one could find himself playing for hours and not even realize any time had passed.
Moving from puzzle games to a licensed property, we come to "The Flintstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock." In this game, the players control Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble as they search for the lost treasure of Sierra Madrock. Each area in the game is arranged somewhat like a game board, as there are different paths to take. Players move by rolling a stone die that tells how many spaces to move. Whatever space is landed on is the level that is played. The standard levels are sidescroller levels. Each area also features a different member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos to which Fred and Barney belong. Once landing on a space with that Water Buffalo, the player must win a race against them in order to advance forward in the game. Fred an Barney must also avoid their wives. When encountered, they drag their husband backwards on the game board.
We now come to our final Disney game, "The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse." In this platform, Mickey must go in search of his lost dog Pluto, and he gains abilities based on different outfits he wears. The game spawned two sequels and was remade for the Game Boy Advance. This game is one of the more visually beautiful games for the system and is certainly worth a play through for Disney fans.
The world of Hanna Barbara gives us another fun licensed platformer, "Tom and Jerry." As one would expect, the player controls Jerry Mouse as he travels through different environments with the boss of each world being Tom Cat in some different type of machine. Player 2 may control the gray mouse Tuffy. Aside from the "jumping on things to kill them" mechanic, the heroic mouse duo can also throw can throw marbles at their enemies. Completing this game often takes lots of practice but is definitely a worthwhile endeavor.
Our final two games are both of the puzzle variety. First up is "Yoshi's Cookie." Played in a style similar to Tetris in that a row of the same type of cookie will clear away from the screen. However, the size of the row is what determines the difficulty. Cookies move in from two directions simultaneously making the game that much more challenging. Like most other puzzle games, this one has multiple game modes for hours of play. This game was one of the first games I owned and, as such, is very near and dear to my heart.
Finally we come to "Zoop." A game as weird as its name. I am not quite sure what to say about this game other than it can be either quite fun or quite frustrating depending on one's skill level and hand-eye coordination.
I hope we have all learned something here today as we've explored some of the many great games for the SNES not included on the Classic Edition. I have enclosed pictures of my game collection as proof of my credentials in this matter. Hopefully I have inspired you gents to try out some of these games. Do be sure to educate all of your listeners, so that they too may enjoy many of these classic titles. This seems like the perfect length correspondence to include in the "Mail Time" segment. As always, I'll be listening.
Kevin Exnicios a.k.a. Jedimon a.k.a. Jedimon2005 a.k.a. Bad Motherfucker...ok that's Samuel L. Jackson but you get the idea.
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