Maybe you remember two weeks ago I posted an article regarding my last purchase of Nintendo games, some for NES, some for SNES and some for N64. Well Nintendo got me again and I managed to find other cartridges, this time only for NES, all in good shape and at rather good prices.
I’ve found a seller with a large collection of games to sell and I started to bid on the most interesting ones, throwing also an eye also to some less-known games to check if I could take them for a few euros.
The first game I bought was Track & Field 2 at the ridiculous price of less than 4€. Usually the sports game are not well seen by gamers since they’re the base games everybody want to sell and nobody want to buy. However when the game is a iteration of one of the best arcade olympic games franchise of the 80s I think is worth to spend some money. This is not the original Track & Field I reviewed here but the second installment for NES: an easy game just to spend some time with.
Then I bought two different adventure games for 7€ each. The first is Shadowgate, a game with a large success on the first platform for which was released, the Macintosh, that was later ported on NES. This is a fantasy-horror graphic adventure, with first person visuals. So it’s kind of a strange game for NES even because this version differs a lot from the original, especially for its black humor. I definitely have try it soon.
The second adventure I took, this time more “straightfoward” with a sort of mithological plot is The Battle of Olympus. The game is a sort of mash 90% of The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and 10% Castlevania. I wanted to buy this one mainly because I love greek mithology and, even if the references sometimes are wrong, it’s always fun to have a game with a theme like this. This is also the reason why I love Altered Beast and Kid Icarus, for example.
Another cartrige I picked, maybe the most important, is Faxanadu, a game I saw for the first time in one of your reviews. I liked the advenutre/RPG style of it. Plus, the label of the cartridge is something beautiful, almost like The Legend of Zelda first two installments ones; maybe is for my passione for heraldry and armories. Even this game came at a low price, less than 8€ so it would have been foolish not buying it.
Then was the turn of Solstice, a game inspired by Knight Lore, one of the best ZX Spectrum games, made by Ultimate Play The Game. It’s an isometric non linear puzzle-oriented adventure and since the night before seeing this auction I dreamt about Heimdall, an isometric style videogame I played as a kid, I thought it was a good idea to “honour” it with another game with the same visual style. Call it crazy shopping.
The last game I won was Bionic Commando for 7€. It’s a game I remember from the Arcade, since I’ve played it a few times when I had some spare time (or better when all the older boys left the cabin to us pee-wees). I’ve never tried the NES version and I hope the port would be not too bad. I’ve just seen some videos online and it looks like a good game to play but a bit complicated to handle sometimes, especially for the controls).
So, I think I talked even too much of NES games, now it’s time to rest. Or play them!