Castlevania IV

Review Date: May 17, 2021 Release Date: December 4, 1991 Platform: SNES Publisher: Konami Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: Super Castlevania IV is one of those games that is clearly in my memories, especially the rising blocks of block 4-4. I was a freshman in high school at the time. Otherwise, my memories are just kind… Continue reading Castlevania IV

Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Release Date: May 15, 2021 Release Date: November 28, 1991 (I question that date, though. Thanksgiving Day doesn’t seem like a good release date.) Platform: SNES Publisher: Capcom Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: I played Ghosts ‘N Goblins as a kid, and I had beaten every stage at one point or another, but I used the… Continue reading Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Final Fantasy IV

Review Date: May 14, 2021 Release Date: November 23, 1991 Platform: SNES** (see footnote) Publisher: Squaresoft Genre: RPG Anecdotes: Final Fantasy IV has been released 85,273 times for 1,395,569 systems. There is practically a unique FF4 for every gamer. In Japan, they had a Hard Type and an Easy Type. For North America, though, there… Continue reading Final Fantasy IV

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters

Review Date: May 13, 2021 Release Date: November 5, 1991 Platform: Game Boy Publisher: Nintendo Genre: Linear Platformer Description: Pit is back for another adventure, which is very similar to the first. Pit will climb three underground stages, go left to right across three horizontal stages, climb three overworld stages, followed by a stage where… Continue reading Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters

Metroid II: Return of Samus

Review Date: May 12, 2021 Release Date: November 1, 1991 Platform: Game Boy Publisher: Nintendo Genre: Nonlinear Platformer Anecdotes: Having played Super Metroid (review coming June 14) extensively, I was always curious about the opening cutscenes. They show Samus with a baby Metroid. I was thinking, “Wait a minute. Where did that baby Metroid come… Continue reading Metroid II: Return of Samus

El Viento

Review Date: May 10, 2021 Release Date: September 20, 1991 Platform: Sega Genesis Publisher: Wolf Team Genre: Linear Platformer Description: Players play as Annet, who is given the job of preventing Restiana and Henry from resurrection Hastur. They’re running this mission out of the Empire State Building in New York. Annet has to go to… Continue reading El Viento


Review Date: May 9, 2021 Release Date: August 23, 1991 Platform: SNES Publisher: Nintendo Genre: Racing Anecdotes: Well, folks, the streak is over. After covering five straight amazing games to start my reviews of 16 bit games, here I come to a game that isn’t as great. I get the idea of the game, which… Continue reading F-Zero

Gradius III

Review Date: May 8, 2021 Release Date: August 23, 1991 Platform: SNES Publisher: Konami Genre: Shooter Anecdotes: This game started the pun wars. Shooting off one after another, my brother and I would get laser focused on them and it turned into a competition. Because each stage has a unique theme, we would exercise our… Continue reading Gradius III