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Tuesday Time Warp: Top 10 NES Games

Justin Riley On Feb 25th 2015 with 1 Comments

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What better place to start our new retro feature than the very system that kickstarted this wonderful journey, the Nintendo Entertainment System. For many gamers, the NES was the system that changed our lives and sucked us into a world of endless possibilities. Whether it was World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros, the first dungeon in The Legend of Zelda, or the initial creepy moments of Metroid, the NES captured the hearts of millions right off the bat, and continues to entertain people to this very day.

No two lists will ever be the same, many different people have many different favorites, but the following games are certainly some of the most memorable from their time. So without further ado, these are the ten best NES games, as voted by the Infendo staff:

10. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – Returning to the action-platforming of the original Castlevania, Dracula’s Curse added so much depth and variety to the series. The ability to switch characters throughout the game led you down different paths, making for incredible replay value, as you could play the whole game without seeing all it had to offer.

 

9. Kid Icarus – Built on the same engine as Metroid, and released around the same time, Kid Icarus often goes unnoticed and/or unappreciated. Where Metroid focuses more on exploration, Kid Icarus focuses more on action-platforming, with some RPG elements. Full of unique worlds and labyrinthine fortresses, Icarus is challenging, yet thrilling.

 

8. Metroid – The original exploration game, Metroid came out of nowhere and stunned gamers. Its eerie atmosphere, open world, and non-linear gameplay made it extremely unique and set the blueprint for one of Nintendo’s most unique series of all time.

 

 

7. Duck Tales – Built on the Mega Man engine, and taking many of its action-platforming aspects directly from it, Duck Tales stands out as one of many licensed Disney games that proved to be more than just a kids game. With an amazing soundtrack, incredible levels, and an unforgettable pogo-stick attack, Duck Tales is an absolute treasure.

 

6. Contra – A thrilling cross between Rambo and Alien, Contra was shooting action at its finest on the NES. The best multiplayer game on the system, Contra was a non-stop barrage of militant music and alien beat downs.

 

 

5. Super Mario Bros. – Perhaps the most iconic and recognizable game in Nintendo’s rich history, Super Mario Bros. was the quintessential NES game. For an entire generation of gamers its impact was immediate. A challenging, brilliant platformer, Super Mario Bros. is forever synonymous with Nintendo.

 

4. Mega Man 2 – Released only a year after Mega Man, this powerful sequel managed to up the ante in every way possible. More Robot Masters, up from 6 to 8, made for more variety. Brilliant level designs, unique enemies, and an absolutely memorable soundtrack make this the high point of the Mega Man series.

 

 3. Punch-Out!! – A brilliant game full of absurdly unique characters, Punch-Out!! is more than just a “boxing game.” It was a test of skill, of timing, of pattern recognition. Punch-Out!! demanded you to play it again and again, mastering each comical opponent as you worked your way to the top.

 

2. The Legend of Zelda – The game that kicked off one of the greatest series in video game history. Zelda was one of the biggest, most ambitious games of its time, and tested players wits and ingenuity. Many elements have been improved upon, but this game laid the groundwork for every Zelda game that followed.

 

1. Super Mario Bros. 3 – Following the oddity that is Super Mario Bros. 2, SMB3 picks up where the first game left off, and runs away with it. Prettier graphics, better level designs, cooler power-ups, SMB3 had it all. It took platforming to new heights and is the gold standard for all Mario games.

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Coming Soon: Tuesday Time Warp

Justin Riley On Feb 18th 2015 with 4 Comments
Coming Soon: Tuesday Time Warp

With the sad departure of our beloved editor, Holly Fellmeth, and the increasingly busy lives of the rest of the Infendo staff, the pages of Infendo have been eerily silent as of late. Do not fear, great things are on their way.

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One of these things is a new bi-weekly feature, beginning next week, entitled “Tuesday Time Warp.” This new feature will focus on retro games, particularly the golden era of the 80s and 90s. The structure of this feature will vary, one week it may be a top ten list of some sort, the next week it may be a deeper focus on a single game, another week it may be a unique historical article. “Tuesday Time Warp” will hopefully be an enjoyable revisiting for some, and a fun introduction for others, introducing them to games they may have skipped, or in some cases not even been old enough to enjoy. Look forward to jumping back in time soon.

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Infendo Radio Episode 343: Legend of Cross

Lewis Pugh On Feb 12th 2015 with 2 Comments
Infendo Radio Episode 343: Legend of Cross

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It’s been a bumpy week on Infendo this week! not only was the site down for a day but the last show was erased on the sites recovery. Thankfully we have backups and 342 is now back online once again.

Onto episode 343! Were we talk what weve been playing; including Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse & Watch Dogs (Wii U edition). We then move onto a BIG Nintendo News segment featuring; Xenoblade X Direct, Splatoon Voice Chat & Netflix Original: Zelda.

As always please send in your emails and questions to contact@infendo.com or add them in the comments below.

Click here to listen to the show on  your Wii U!

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Infendo Radio Episode 342: The Old Switcheroo

Lewis Pugh On Feb 12th 2015 with 0 Comments
Infendo Radio Episode 342: The Old Switcheroo

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Welcome all to yet another edition of Infendo Radio! This time hosted by me (Lewis Pugh) with co-hosts Harrison Milfeld and whilst Colin Crompton.

This week we discuss:

  • Nintendo Fiscal Report
  • Nintendo Creators Program (YouTube)
  • Code Name S.T.E.A.M demo
  • Smash Bros Wii U Update
  • New information on Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Sega downsizing

There’s lots to talk about and we hope you enjoy the show!

Please do send in some fresh questions as we would love to do a listen question focused show soon!

And a huge thank you to Colin Crompton who has been editing the last couple of shows behind the scenes.

Click here to listen to the show on  your Wii U!

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Infendo Radio Episode 341: The Colin Hosting Experience

Lewis Pugh On Jan 24th 2015 with 1 Comments
Infendo Radio Episode 341: The Colin Hosting Experience

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There’s no rest for the wicked. After wrapping up our Nintendo games of the year Nintendo springs a NEW direct on us!

Sit down and strap in, your in for a bumpy ride! Infendo Radio presents the unique styling’s of Colin Crompton as he leads us through the latest Nintendo Direct, covering NEW 3DS announcements,  NEW Fire Emblem, NEW amiibo and much, much more.

Enjoy the show  and please send your questions for next time to contact@infendo.com or leave us a comment in the box below.

Click here to listen to the show on  your Wii U!

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Wrighters needed!

Lewis Pugh On Jan 23rd 2015 with 3 Comments
Wrighters needed!

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These are exciting times to be a Nintendo fan. To be a writer, podcaster, gamer or developer. Following Nintendo means being prepared to go in bizarre twists and turns as Nintendo does the unexpected. Are you up to the challenge in covering the latest Nintendo news, delivering thoughtful editorials or placing the ultimate judgement in game reviewing?

We are currently looking for more, high quality staff writers here at Infendo. If you would like to be considered for the role please email me at contact@infendo.com, let me know why you should be picked and included a sample of your work. It’s as simple as that.

I wish you all the very best and hope we can introduce some new fresh faces soon to make Infendo the best it can be!

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