Donkey Kong Country

Game Data: Review Date: June 18, 2021 Release Date: November 21, 1994 Platform: SNES Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Rare Genre: Linear Platformer Description: Similar to Super Mario World, Donkey Kong gets his own platformer. He gets a little help from his nephew Diddy during levels, but other members of the Kong family will appear after some… Continue reading Donkey Kong Country

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

Adventure Island II

Review Date: May 1, 2021 Release Date: February 1, 1991 Platform: NES Publisher: Hudson Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: Naturally, there would be an Adventure Island II because Hudson wasn’t through ripping off the Super Mario series. There was a lot left to steal. Luckily, my journalistic instincts kicked in. As per source, who won’t be… Continue reading Adventure Island II

Adventure Island

Review Date: April 1, 2021 Release Date: September 1, 1988 Platform: NES Developer: Hudson Soft Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: Being of the age that grew up on the NES, I have played more than my fair share of clones. Whenever a game is successful, a bunch of similar games pop up that are similar, yet… Continue reading Adventure Island


Release Date: September 1, 1988 Review Date: March 31, 2021 Platform: NES Publisher: Konami Genre: Shooter Anecdotes: Here’s another game that we never actually owned. Our experience with it came exclusively through rentals. We played it, mostly as a 2 player experience, but even back then, we had started to feel like we’ve seen all… Continue reading Jackal

Gradius II

Review Date: March 25, 2021 Release Date: March 24, 1988 (apparently, this went unreleased in NA at the time) Platform: NES Developer: Konami Genre: Shooter Anecdotes: About a month ago, I played the first Gradius game. I hated it. I was not enjoying it and only got to the third level. I got frustrated with… Continue reading Gradius II


Review Date: March 22, 2021 Release Date: February 2, 1988 Platform: NES Publisher: Konami Genre: Shooter Anecdotes: Searching around the Internet, I would swear that Contra was one of the best games ever made. I loaded the game up, and this game felt like just another 2 player shooter taking place in a jungle. I’ve… Continue reading Contra

Kid Niki

Review Date: March 15, 2021 Release Date: November 1, 1987 Platform: NES Publisher: Data East and/or Irem Genre: Linear Platformer Anecdotes: By 1987, going over to the cousins’ house to play video games was happening much less often. There was no need; we had the biggest library. We would still go for other reasons, of… Continue reading Kid Niki

Super Pitfall

Review Date: March 13, 2021 Release Date: November 1, 1987 Platform: NES Genre: Nonlinear Platformer Anecdotes: This flawless masterpiece was a childhood favorite in my house. We loved trying to shoot frogs and always missing. We loved jumping into random birds to enter a dungeon. We loved getting lost in that dungeon until we quit.… Continue reading Super Pitfall