[RetroPicks] Zelda’s creek

Hello guys,

I completely overlooked some of the games I’ve bought in the past months so today I’d like to talk about one of the best hauls in terms of quality.

But before unveiling the best games I’ve got, let’s warm-up a bit with some less-known or less intriguing games.

The first bunch feature some games that can be defined fillers, even though one of them was even featured in the NES Mini library.

This small lot include Othello, for which I don’t think I need to spend so many words (it’s the regular Othello…what else?®), then Gyromite, and finally the game I was talking about referring to the NES Mini, Track & Field II. among these games I fondly remember smashing my fingers on the keyboard with the MAME version of Track & Field a.k.a. Hyper Sports during the night shifts when I was a volunteer on the ambulances. My friend and I during the long summer nights used to compete for the crown in this great little game even though this recalls me all the times I had to pick up the phone at like 3 a.m. for some emergencies 😦 I’ve briefly played Gyromite as I fist fired up the NES Mini but I sincerely cannot express and opinion since I still have to play it for real. Ultraman instead is a quite forgettable brawler but after completing Street Fighter II Turbo on the SNES Mini nothing can stop me 🙂

The second part of this purchase is surely more juicy and include some of the best games for the NES.

Even though Robocop won’t be remembered as one of the best games on the console, I decided to include it in the “good tier” of this lot. For sure a game that will be fondly remembered is Probotector. most of you know this game under its american name Contra and althought the games are practically identical, they have some minor differences, one above all the protagonists, now turned into some strange robots. The game is one of the best action-platformers or run ‘n gun on the NES and I’m still trying to beat it. I’m realizing that not having a save function like on the NES Mini makes really hard to beat this game…

Same thing also for Shadow Warriors or, with its american name (again) Ninja Gaiden. There are other two installments of it on the NES but for sure this is the most famous of ther trilogy. The game is remembered for being one of the toughest on the console and this explains why I’m still not able to beat it, even using the save function on the NES Mini. Completing this game on the original console is something for hardcorer gamers…I’m still stuck on the final boss Jacquio and I don’t think I could beat him. It’s hard as f*ck!

Last, but not the least, The Legend of Zelda 2 – The Adventure of Link. I took the opportunity to buy this game in a period when for some strange reasons the prices for theZelda games saw an brief downturn and I bagged it for roughly 20€ while the price a few months before was between 30€ and 40€. I still haven’t played it but I think it may be right up my alley since I suck in RPGs but I do excel (kinda) on platformers. Of course this is not a pure platformer but it has a lot of elements of the genre and, of course, and RPG soul. Probably this could be the game I need to introduce myself in the Zelda franchise.

I hope you’ve had some good deals lately and I’d really like to know something about them!

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. hungrygoriya says:

    Nice stuff! I always smile when I see Probotector instead of Contra on PAL cartridges. Thank goodness for the 30 lives code! I think you got a great bunch of games here! Congratulations 🙂

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    1. benez256 says:

      I still haven’t tried the code as I’m trying to beat the game in “normal” mode, but I’ll most likely give up soon…

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      1. hungrygoriya says:

        You’re brave. I’m still shocked that you can beat Burai Fighter.

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      2. benez256 says:

        I AM SHOCKED you’ve completed Super Mario Bros 2 and games I won’t be beating in a thousand years like Ninja Turtles!!!

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  2. pick3dlast says:

    Nice finds!

    Did I read that right, you have not played a Zelda game before?

    Also I’d recommend a retron5 to play your games on. With an SD card you can grab a save whenever you need one. It helps to get through some of the harder games, or the longer ones, or if the original battery is dead.

    A few of my recent grabs were Karnov, Bionic Commando, and Rygar. All CIB 🙂

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    1. benez256 says:

      Alas you read that right. As a kid I never had many games on the NES and when I grew up I focused mailny on PC games so I completely missed 90% of what are considered the best games for console. I’m trying to catch up now in my adulthood 🙂
      I’ve read about the retron but I’d like to try the real experience with the original hardware designed for a specifig game. Of course this is way more expensive but it’s surely better!


      1. pick3dlast says:

        If you’re on Twitch I’d watch you go thru your first Zelda stream 🙂

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      2. benez256 says:

        Unfortunately I’ve still not made any steam because I miss something rrliable enough to connect my NES to the PC…:(


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