I recently tried out YouTube’s streaming gaming service and I thought it was amazing. I’ve always found Twitch to be clunky and very unfriendly to navigate. Anyways my son and I burned through a bad game of Super Mario Bros. with the ultimate prize being a Butterfinger bar. Watch the first episode of DAD VS SON and hear the crazy comments from an 8 year old:
Roll out the red carpet because we’re announcing a new YouTube series called “NES Afternoon”. Those of us who grew up on video games spent many of our late PM hours in front of the CRT playing Nintendo while waiting for dinner to be ready. Three decades later some of us still do this, so without further ado we’re going to start streaming our post-day pre-dinner NES gameplay.
These are short (15 – 20 minute) videos featuring NES gameplay from real hardware. No emulation, no speed runs, no single session long plays. Just fire up the NES and play. Thus we’re using a minimalist presentation format featuring only the gameplay, our logo, and a simple ticker.
Four episodes are recorded thus far: Episode one includes Cybernoid, Defender II, and Jackal, whist episodes two – four feature a three part gameplay of Kirby’s Adventure. Enjoy!
Streets of Rage is a 1991 release for SEGA Genesis by SEGA. Here is the run down:
Considered by some to be Sega’s answer to Capcom’s Final Fight, Streets of Rage is one of the more popular titles SEGA has ever created spawning multiple sequels.
Pick from one of three ex cops including a white dude, a black dude, or a woman and take to the mean streets kicking the crap out of everyone. The game has amazing graphics with plenty of minor details that other beat ’em up’s of the same era simply glossed over. The music is amazing.
For being such a great game you’d think Streets of Rage would be worth more than $5 but its very common and available on other platforms and compilations.
Streets of Rage Rating: 8/10
Double Dragon is a 1992 release for SEGA Genesis by Accolade. It is based on the 1987 arcade hit. Here is the run down:
Visually this version looks great. The sprites appear to almost be pulled straight from the arcade. The only notable exception is that the backgrounds tend to have a lot of red tint, where as the arcade original has more brown.
The level design is mostly the same and follows the arcade version very closely. Enemies appear where they are supposed to, and the terrain functions the same – fall in a pit you die, get hit by dynamite and you’re hurt, slide off a conveyor belt and you’re dead, etc.
All of the enemies from the arcade version are in this one, and they act like they should. Abobo will toss you in the air if you’re too close.
The sound effects are not that great. I don’t think its a limitation of the Genesis hardware in this instance, I think it was just sloppily put together.
Last but not least is that the game moves fast – too fast at times. Unlike the arcade version that slows to a crawl when more than two enemies appear on the screen this version is always fast and fluid. As a result a 3 on 1 ass kicking will finish you off pretty fast, and sometimes you’ll find yourself running away from a group of bad guys first rather than just fighting them.
All in all Double Dragon isn’t necessarily a bad game, its just not arcade perfect despite having great graphics. At the time of this stream we placed the value of Double Dragon at $20, however this game has fluctuated many times over the year and hitting $35 or even $40 isn’t uncommon.
Double Dragon Rating: 6/10
Rolling Thunder 2 is a 1991 release by Namco for the SEGA Genesis (in the video below I misquoted the year of manufacture as 1994). It is the sequel to the original arcade hit Rolling Thunder. This is an amazingly fun but difficult game. Following the same style of game play of the original Rolling Thunder you go through stage after stage of killing enemies while jumping to platforms above and below you. You can hide in doorways and gain new weapons, additional ammunition, and health.
I can best describe the gameplay of Rolling Thunder 2 to be a cross betweet Shinobi and Elevator Action. There is a perfect balance of action and beauty as the stages are amazingly designed and simply look great. The game definitely has an above average difficulty level but a password feature makes it a little easier on the nerves. At the time of this stream Rolling Thunder 2 was worth $12
Rolling Thunder 2 Rating: 9/10
Ghouls ‘N Ghosts is a 1989 release by SEGA for the SEGA Genesis. It is a reprogrammed port of the popular Capcom arcade game, and sequel to Ghosts N Goblins. With all things considered this is an amazing port. Outside of some minor sprite changes, a reduced color palette and a music score at the mercy of the Genesis hardware this is a must own game.
This game has been reviewed ad nauseam so I feel its pointless to go down that path, but will mention that the game is definitely an investment title. The game has almost doubled in value over the past four years and will likely to continue to grow.
Ghouls ‘N Ghosts Rating: 9/10
Flicky is a 1991 release for SEGA Genesis. It is an arcade port from 1984 of the same name. In the game you control a blue bird whose mission is to collect about a dozen “chicks” and bring them to the safety of an exit door. Along the way two types of enemies will attack you. The first is a cat named Tiger, and the second is a lizard called Iggy.
The enemies spawn from a box on the maze-like screen and will immediately start running or jumping in your direction. You can avoid the enemies by jumping onto or jumping down to various platforms as you maneuver each stage. Your only offense is to pick up various objects on the stages and throw them at the enemies. Objects include mugs, tools, toys, etc. The stages “wrap around” meaning that you if you keep traveling left or right long enough you’ll start to go past the same area you just came from. As you collect the chicks they will follow you in a chain behind you. If an enemy hits the chain all of the chicks behind the breaking point will scatter and you’ll need to recollect them and bring them to the exit to complete the stage.
You’ll want to deliver all of the chicks at once as the score multiplies depending on how many you drop off. After every few stages you’ll get to do a bonus stage where 20 chicks are vaulted from a see-saw and you’ll attempt to catch them into a net.
All in all Flicky is a decent arcade style game that gets repetitive really fun. It appears to be a simple kids game but its much more complicated than that. Its rather common to find.
Flicky Rating: 7/10
El Viento is a 1991 release for SEGA Genesis by Renovation (Wolf Team). It is part of the Earnest Evens trilogy. This game is a standard platformer where you control a girl named Annet. The story takes place in 1928 in New York city where the mafia and some other evil doers want to resurrect someone named Hastur. There is some nonsense in the opening about the Empire State Building, blah blah.
Although the animation and anime style art is fantastic the game isn’t that great. Its fast paced but the in-level content is so repetitive. You’ll literally kill the same men, the same cars, and the same motorcycle wielding thugs hundreds of times as you progress through the game. You throw boomerangs and upgrade your magic, rinse, wash, repeat. Its so frustrating repetitive.
But this game is uncommon and thus worth more than some of the other Renovation games. At the time of this stream El Viento was worth $22. We stream using only real cartridges and discs and never use emulation.
El Viento Rating: 6/10
Super Hang On is a 1989 release for SEGA Genesis. As a port of the arcade game this game is lacking. The controls are miserable, the sound effects are like a cheese grater on the ear drums. This could have been so much better had the controls been loosened a bit. There was one thing that was kind of cool which was the selection of one of four music tracks for your race – but with the miserable sound effects why bother?
To be fair I only tried the arcade mode and was so turned off by the game I didn’t try the other mode where you earn money and you buy upgrades for your motorcycle.
There are plenty of other motorcycle games on the SEGA Genesis that you’d probably enjoy more. So unless you’re a collector I’d recommend avoiding this game.
At the time of this Super Hang On was worth $4 (we paid $2 for a complete mint copy with free shipping from eBay a few years back) We stream using only real cartridges and discs and never use emulation.
Super Hang On Rating: 4/10
DJ Boy is a 1990 release for SEGA Genesis by Kaneco. Its based on the arcade game. Think of Double Dragon but on roller skates! In the original arcade version your boombox is stolen by a bunch of thugs and you break dance fight your way to get it back. This version is a bit different. Instead of rescuing a boom-box you’re rescuing a girl. The original cut scene is missing, and the only way you know this is from the manual (or if you beat the game). Also you’re given only one puny life with a tiny life bar. You earn coins by kicking ass and buying things that “upgrades” your character.
A few other changes were made in this version. The original game had some questionably racist boss characters which have been changed, another notable change was the fart bomb of one of the bosses changed to donuts.
Although this version is no where near as great as the arcade version it still has some redeeming qualities in its difficulty level, unique graphics, and fun soundtrack.
At the time of this stream DJ Boy was worth $5 We stream using only real cartridges and discs and never use emulation.