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Tuesday Time Warp: Top 10 SNES RPGs

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While every system has had its own unique role-playing games, no system has had a deeper, more brilliant selection than the Super Nintendo. Not only did the SNES boast one of, if not the, biggest selection of RPGs, it also carried easily some of the best games the genre has ever seen. From the fantastic stories to the endearing characters, from the addicting gameplay to the moving soundtracks, the Super Nintendo stands up as the gold standard for role-playing games. No system, Nintendo or otherwise, has yet matched the sheer brilliance of the Super Nintendo’s wonderful RPGs, and it will take a lot for any future systems to do so either.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten Super Nintendo role-playing games, as voted by the Infendo staff:

10. Terranigma – Never released in North America, Terranigma was an excellent action RPG. Built around a plot rich with good vs. evil, and laden with birth-life-death scenarios, the landscape develops and changes as time progresses within this unique game.

9. Lufia II: Rise Of The Sinistrals – A very strategic battle system, in which groups of enemies are targeted, as opposed to single opponents, makes for tricky, yet rewarding victories in this thrilling RPG. Combined with brilliant dungeons, filled with clever puzzles, Lufia 2 is a very strong game. Despite being released second, and title Lufia 2, it actually takes place right before the original Lufia game.

8. Final Fantasy 2 (Final Fantasy 4) – No list is complete without entries from the Final Fantasy series, which was arguably at its peak on the SNES. Rich characters, magnificent plot and a stunning Nobuo Uematsu make this game a must-have RPG.

7. Illusion Of Gaia (Illusion Of Time) – Another action RPG, Illusion of Gaia tells an interesting tale, as you attempt to save the Earth from an incoming comet, carrying evil aboard it. Gaia casts aside many RPG standards, such as money, items and experience points, but the strong level settings and unique gameplay make this another exciting SNES game.

6. Breath Of Fire 2 – Despite being criticized for its high difficulty level, the Breath of Fire series is definitely worth exploring. Not only is the gameplay excellent, with an interesting cast of characters, the fishing mini-games are also a treat.

 

5. Secret Of Mana – Now we get into the heavy hitters. The top 5 SNES RPGs are all so brilliant, they are arguably some of the best games ever made, any genre, any system. Secret of Mana is a brilliant game, with fantastic graphics, a deep plot and some of the best SNES music ever. An extremely original game, it combined action RPG elements with turn based, allowing players to attack and to pull up a ring of options, including spells and items. Secret of Mana was also one of the only action RPG games to support multiplayer, up to three players when using the Multi-Tap.

4. Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars – The final Mario game released on the SNES, and the final Nintendo/Squaresoft collaboration for several years was an absolutely amazing game. Combining elements of platforming and RPG, with incredible graphics and an outstanding soundtrack, Mario RPG took everyone’s favorite plumber and dropped him into an outstanding RPG that was thrilling from start to end.

3. Earthbound (Mother 2) – One of the quirkiest, oddest games ever made, Earthbound failed critically and commercially upon release, but has gone on to develop one of the most loyal followings of any game. Its following is well deserved, as Earthbound is a sheer masterpiece. Set in modern times, opposed to all the fantasy worlds associated with most RPGs, Earthbound was completely original in many ways. Gone were the dragons, demons and monsters of most RPGs, replaced with aliens, giant bugs and possessed hippies. Our heroes were not knights or wizards, but instead were a group of kids. A clever battle system, a one-of-a-kind plot, and an amazing soundtrack make this a must-have for any RPG fan, and arguably one of the greatest games ever made.

2. Final Fantasy 3 (Final Fantasy 6) – Possibly the finest of the Final Fantasy series, FF3 was an outstanding game. A wide variety of fascinating characters rolled in and out of a brilliant story, set in a magical world. Beautiful graphics, taking full advantage of Mode 7, made this game a big step up from many of its contemporaries. And then there was another amazing Nobuo Uematsu soundtrack. Not only did every character have their own amazing theme song, but FF3 was likely the first, if not the only, game to ever feature a full opera performance. And it was breathtaking.

1. Chrono Trigger – From the second you wander into the Millenial Fair, and that mesmerizing music sweeps into your ears, you know you’ve stumbled upon something special with Chrono Trigger. An incredible cast of characters join you as you journey back and forth through time, attempting to prevent mass destruction by a horrible creature. Chrono Trigger was unique in many ways from many of its contemporaries. It feature multiple endings, a plethora of side quests, and an incredible battle system, blending turn-based and time attacks, and allowing characters to combine attacks/magic for bigger effect. Beautiful graphics and fascinating landscapes were bested only by one of the greatest video game soundtracks ever written. From soft, sad ballads, to pumped up robot rock, Chrono Trigger is as big a treat for the ears as it is for the eyes and the imagination. Without a doubt Chrono Trigger is the finest RPG ever made, and the gold standard all future RPGs should be compared against.

Posted by Justin Riley 18.03.2015 in All
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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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