[Editorial] Guess what’s next on I ❤ Old Games! – 17/12/17


Hello guys,

It may be strange to hear it from my mouth but I’ve had a great week gaming-wise. I’ve begun and quickly completed Super Castlevania IV in just 6 days, which is little less than a miracle for me. I do not own a phisical copy of the game so I’ve played it through the SNES Mini; I never thought I would have loved this game so much. Platform games in all their declinations are my genres of choice so it’s easy for me to enjoy a game like this but it really captured me and I played furiously for days and, thanks to the password system, beating it has been an easy task. I will try again soon without “cheating” (even though is the game that rewards you with passwords, so technically, mine is not cheating).

Some said that the SNES mini was a stupid thing, only a way for Nintendo to ride the retro gaming craze. It might be true. For sure in Japan they’re not stupid and with the release of both NES and SNES Mini they secured themselves some easy money, but I think this operation has been a good thing for “beginner” retrogamers. For example now I really want to have a phisical copy of Super Castlevania IV! 🙂 Plus there are some games included in the console that are difficult to find if not spending a small fortune, like Secret of Mana or Earthbound, and the “emulation” on an official replica can be a good way to enjoy a game that otherwise you would have never played.

After beating Super Castlevania VI I was wondering what game to play. This is always a difficult choice, even though my collection is still small and after a few wobbles I decided to go with Street of Rage, Sega Master System version, even though I usually don’t like brawlers like this. However I was checking some SMS games I’ve bought recently and the console was already on, so…:)

Being a “port” from a more advanced system (it was originally thought to be a Mega Drive game), it lacks some features, it has less enemies and runs at a way slower pace: this means that in the end it is very easy, also considering the possibility of a couple of continues. For this reason I’m already at stage 5 out of 8. Or maybe I’m just getting better in playing games, who knows? 🙂

To complete a good week gaming-wise, I’ve finally received some games I’ve bought a few weeks ago. They were my own personal Christmas gift and one of them, Alisia Dragoon, has arrived with two weeks of delay. I though it was lost somewhere but with my great relief has finally arrived an now I can’t wait to try it 🙂

GAMES

  • Europa Universalis IV
    Begun: November 16th, 2016
    Status: 60% completed, on hold
  • Duke Nukem – Episode three: Trapped in the Future
    Begun: January 4th, 2017
    Status: 60% completed, on hold
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 – The Lost Levels
    Begun: January 16th, 2017
    Status: 12% completed, on hold
  • Castlevania
    Begun
    : January 24th, 2017
    Status: 66% completed, on hold
  • Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
    Begun: April 25th, 2017
    Status: 33% completed
  • Super C
    Begun: June 23rd, 2017
    Status: 57% completed
  • Super Castlevania IV
    Begun: December 6th, 2017
    Status: Completed on December 12th, 2017 after 6 days
  • Streets of Rage (SMS)
    Begun: December 12th, 2017
    Status: 63% completed

BOOKS

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