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Tuesday Time Warp: Top 10 NES Games

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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.

Posted by Justin Riley 25.02.2015 in All
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Mega Man 3DS eShop Release Dates Announced

Mega Man 3DS eShop Release Dates Announced

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Capcom will release a Game Boy Mega Man title every Thursday this month on 3DS eShop.  It’s a “Mega May”, if you will. The first title released was Mega Man Extreme for $4.99. Here are the release dates for the remaining games:

  • May 8: Mega Man 2 & Mega Man 3
  • May 15: Mega Man 4
  • May 22: Mega Man 5
  • May 29: Mega Man Xtreme 2

 

Do you see your favorite on this list? Which title(s) do you plan to buy?

 

Source: Nintendo via Polygon

Posted by Rakim Reid 03.05.2014 in All
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Capcom Teases More Mega Man

Capcom Teases More Mega Man

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Mega Man has held a special place in gaming for me since I first played Mega Man 1 back in the day.  At first, I thought the game was easy…until I fought the level boss.  It was then that I realized there was going to be some strategy involved in this seemingly normal side scroller.  I was hooked.

Mega Man 6 has just released on the 3DS virtual console, and there are are more planned for the future.  According to Brett Elston, Capcom’s community manager, there is definitely more of the Blue Bomber on the way.

“Hope to have additional news regarding classic MM games hitting the Virtual Console soon. We’re on a roll with the 3DS and Wii U lineup, and I have a feeling there’s more on the way…” – Brett Elston, Capcom’s Community Manager

Could this possibly mean a new Mega Man is coming to the Wii U or 3DS?  If so, do you think that Capcom will partner with Nintendo for exclusivity?

As a side debate fr the weekend, how would you feel if Nintendo got the “old gang” back and re-launched a majority of the NES/SNES titles for the Wii U with sequels/relaunches/remakes/etc?  What if those titles were all exclusives to Nintendo?  Obviously, some of the developers are gone for good, but what if the titles returned?  Would it be a good move for Ninty, or would it feed too much on nostalgia?  This is a “what if” situation, but I thought it would be an interesting discussion.  My thoughts are that it would be great to bring many of the old/forgotten classics back and make them new again.  There would still be room for new IPs and sequels.  In fact, it could bring the additional sales that Nintendo is wanting to attract third party developers.  There is not right or wrong answer here, just good discussion and debate.

Posted by Essel Pratt 21.06.2013 in All
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Super Smash Bros. Wii U news: Will run in 1080p, new character announced

Super Smash Bros. Wii U news: Will run in 1080p, new character announced

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Hot on the heels of the reveal of the next-gen Super Smash Bros., Nintendo has confirmed a few tidbits about the Wii U version of the title. On detail in particular is that the title will run in 1080p. The 3DS and Wii U versions of the game are slated for release sometime in 2014, but series creator Masahiro Sakurai has offered more details on the title in a developer direct, which can be seen below. In the video Sakurai mentions why the visual styles are slightly different between the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros., and how the development team was adherent on replicating the classic Mega Man design for both games.

In addition to Mega Man, Sakurai revealed that the Wii Fit trainer would be making an appearance. Her final Smash is, you guessed it, Wii Fit. As of this time, you can see the current character lineup at smashbros.com where Sakurai and members of his development team will update daily.

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Posted by Harrison Milfeld 12.06.2013 in All
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Capcom to Release Mega Man 3DS Cases

Capcom to Release Mega Man 3DS Cases

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Capcom announced yesterday that they would be offering Mega Man 3DS and 3DS XL cases to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the series.  This appears to be a new product strategy for key franchises from the company, as they have already produced similar cases for the Monster Hunter series and for Resident Evil Revelations.  The Resident Evil and  Monster Hunter cases currently retail for $14.95 and $15.95 respectively, so it is reasonable to assume that the Mega Man offerings should be similarly priced.

These cases are not for sale yet, but Capcom plans to sell them in their store, as well as at San Diego Comic Con this year.  The introduction of these cases also fits well with the recent releases of the first four Mega Man titles on the 3DS eShop, and Mega Man 5 on the way soon.

The front of the case prominently displays Mega Man firing, while the back displays a 25th anniversary logo.

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Posted by Michael Larson 02.05.2013 in All
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Mega Man Coming To 3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man Coming To 3DS Virtual Console

A Mega Man sequel has been missing for far too long.  In fact, the last time we saw him, he seemed to have let himself go quite a bit.  Unfortunately, there has not been an announcement of a new Mega Man game but there is Mega Man news!

Christian Svensson, Capcom Senior VP, and Brett Elston, Capcom Community Manager, told Nintendo Power that they plan on bringing all six of the NES Mega Man titles to the 3DS virtual console.  The first game has already arrived in Japan and Europe and three more titles are available in Japan.  There are a few issues (although it has not been reported what the issues are) in porting more of the games to the 3DS, but they are working through the issues.

No time frame has been released for North America as of yet, however they are hoping to have them to us in the west once they have worked out a few issues.

Whenever I see an announcement like this, I get a little too excited as I read too far into it.  Although, I really hope these releases are building to a new installment in the Mega Man series, I think I will be let down.  Either way, I am still excited about these releases.

 

What was your favorite Mega Man character, and what would you like to see in a future Mega Man game?

Posted by Essel Pratt 08.11.2012 in All
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