Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Information: Review Date: July 8, 2021 Release Date: October 2, 1997 Platform: PlayStation Publisher: Konami Developer: Konami Genre: Nonlinear Platformer Anecdotes: When I studied up on the Castlevania series, a clear trend emerged. Fans divided the series into two subgroups: the earlier, stage based games, which were standard platformers like Super Mario or Ghosts ‘N… Continue reading Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Final Fantasy VI

Game Data: Review Date: June 16, 2021 Release Date: October 11, 1994 Platform: SNES Publisher: Square Developer: Square Genre: RPG Anecdotes: When I told my brother I was thinking of trying Final Fantasy, THIS was the game he recommended I play first. He had good things to say about the game, which, naturally, made me… Continue reading Final Fantasy VI

Super Metroid

Game Data: Review Date: June 14, 2021 (revised April 27, 2022) Release Date: April 18, 1994 Platform: SNES Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo Genre: Nonlinear Platformer By the time of Super Metroid’s release, I was losing interest in video games due to being 17 years old and wanting to see parts of the world beyond my… Continue reading Super Metroid

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Game Data: Review Date: June 7, 2021 Release Date: October 29, 1993 Platform: Some system I never heard of, called TurboGrafx-16 Publisher: Konami Developer: Konami Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: First off, let me apologize to Castlevania fans for skipping Bloodlines. For some reason, I made a mistake doing the research and I thought Bloodlines, Dracula… Continue reading Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Dragon Quest V

Game Data: Review Date: May 27, 2021 Release Date: October 1, 1992 (OK, this date is a lie, but I couldn’t put V’s release before IV’s) Platform: SNES Super Famicom Publisher: Enix Developer: Enix Genre: RPG Anecdotes: I’m sorry, Dragon Quest fans. I have not been able to play the games fully from end to… Continue reading Dragon Quest V

Super Mario Kart

Review Date: May 24, 2021 Release Date: September 1, 1992 Platform: SNES Publisher: Nintendo Genre: Racing Anecdotes: One night in 1996, my aunt and uncle decided to have a pig roast party. They had nearly all of the family there, plus a good portion of their block. Obviously, I already knew all of my cousins… Continue reading Super Mario Kart

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

Super Mario World

Review Date: May 6, 2021 Release Date: August 23, 1991 Platform: SNES Publisher: Nintendo Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: At the start of 1991, Super Mateo wasn’t quite Super yet. I really enjoyed the NES and the tons of games we had for it. However, as a faithful reader of Nintendo Power, I had heard about… Continue reading Super Mario World

Gauntlet II

Review Date: April 26, 2021 Release Date: September 1, 1990 Platform: NES Publisher: Atari/Tengen Genre: Shooter Anecdotes: After playing the first NES Gauntlet, I thought the second would improve on the first game. Gauntlet was a personal favorite of mine. I had heard about Gauntlet II somewhere, likely Nintendo Power, but then the disappointment started.… Continue reading Gauntlet II