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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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Coming Soon: Tuesday Time Warp

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.

Posted by Justin Riley 18.02.2015 in All
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Third Party USB Gamecube Adapter For Wii U And PC

Third Party USB Gamecube Adapter For Wii U And PC

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If you’re looking into getting a Gamecube adapter for your Wii U, Play Asia has a third party one for sale for $20 USD that’s compatible with PC by flipping a toggle on the unit. It’s compatible with the Gamecube Dolphin Emulator and works with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Mac OSX.

Posted by Markus Lai 08.01.2015 in All
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Review: Toss N Go (Wii U eShop Download)

Review: Toss N Go (Wii U eShop Download)

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Toss N Go is the third and final Wii U game in RCMADIAX’s Tabletop Gallery series. As with the two previous games in the series (Poker Dice Solitaire Future and Shut the Box), Toss N Go is easy to grasp and rewarding to play. In it, the player (or players; more on that later) rolls 10 dice, which will each show one of three simple symbols: a green plus sign, a yellow circle, or a red x. Any greens are automatically saved at one point apiece. The player can roll the remaining dice for a chance at more greens, but if all remaining dice show a red x, all points go down the drain. Successfully rolling 10 greens gives you a chance to start the process all over again for even more points.

WUP-N_ATGE_gameplay_2In Toss N Go, you must play against a CPU opponent or find a human buddy to play with, and the first to 100 points is the winner. This makes Toss N Go the first multiplayer game from RCMADIAX, and it was a genius decision. I played once with my brother, and doing so reminded me of just how fun playing a simple game with family can be. The risk/reward system works well in and of itself, but taunting or egging your opponent on in an attempt to make them lose all their points is the best possible experience Toss N Go can offer.

Playing with a CPU can be entertaining, but unfortunately the game doesn’t offer different difficulty levels for the CPU. A CPU opponent will generally employ the same strategy throughout, with the occasional small adjustment that makes the experience a little more interesting. Still, this style of play pales in comparison to playing the game with a friend or family member.

The graphics in Toss N Go are appealing, if a bit generic. The one song that loops throughout the game is actually one I like, but in the future I will probably opt to turn the volume off and put on my own music to accompany the gameplay, as I have done with many of RCMADIAX’s previous efforts on Wii U.

WUP-N_ATGE_gameplay_3Other small adjustments would further justify the $1.99 price tag on this game. The ability to enter your name in the place of “Player 1″, for example. A different skin or two would have made the simplistic visuals a little less redundant. But as a simple gameplay experience to enjoy by yourself or with a human companion, Toss N Go is pretty fun and, in the context of the Wii U eShop, unique. It scores:

4/5 Stars

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 26.12.2014 in All
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Video: Miyamoto and Aonuma show off a first look at Zelda for Wii U gameplay

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Nintendo surprised us with a special upload to their YouTube channel you don’t want to miss: a first look at the gameplay in the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda entry on Wii U. Aonuma explores several different environments on Epona in the video while he and Miyamoto discuss the game itself and its development. They also stray into other topics, revealing (surprisingly) an odd tidbit: the upcoming Star Fox game for Wii U will be released before Zelda for Wii U.  The two developers also promise that both games will be out by the end of 2015, which is a relief to hear.

What do you think?

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 06.12.2014 in All
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Mario Kart 8 tourney night a success

The nine Mii characters you see listed above comprise almost everyone who participated in last night’s Mario Kart 8 tourney (minus a friend who played locally with me). Our numbers weren’t great, but there was plenty of fun to be had anyway. Kevin was the first to arrive, and others continued to join over the following hour or so.

There were some great karting skills on display; Kevin, Tommy, and Mike proved themselves the ones to beat, but Kendall and Roboxer also held their own. Jason and mom were back and forth, but kudos to them for sticking it out! They probably understand what many of us competitive types don’t: that video games are meant to be enjoyed more than anything! On that note, I feel I must add that I really don’t deserve the number one slot; I’m only there because I was able to rack up a great amount of additional points after the main group left!

I had to leave the tourney briefly to see my friend off, so apologies there. I came back to an empty room (understandably) but stuck around until the end in case anyone else came by for a race or two. My patience was rewarded: about an hour before the tourney ended, Seacor showed up and joined me for a great many more races! Since it was just the two of us, the racing was pretty relaxed, which I appreciated, as it gave me even more of a chance to gawk at the beautiful new DLC tracks.

Thanks to everyone who joined! The evening was a big success, as far as I’m concerned.

Posted by Holly Fellmeth 16.11.2014 in All
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