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noctuary
05-09-2006, 06:28 AM
As I get older, I find myself being drawn more and more back to the old 16-bit games of SNES and Genesis. These were the days when the companies actually cared about GAMEPLAY. The focus is entirely on graphics now, and gameplay/story is often sadly lacking. So this is a thread for all of you old gamers to reminisce about the glory days of 16-bit. So many classic games in those days, like:

Final Fantasy VI: Still the best RPG ever. An entire cast of loveable, unique characters, and an extremely fun battle system. Not to mention the most sinister, evil villain in any video game. What makes this game so much better than any other RPG is this: You're fighting to save the world, and you fail. Kefka destroys everything, and it's up to you to pick up the pieces and try to save what's left. They'd never do that in a current-gen game.

Super Mario World: the pinnacle of 2D platforming. Every Mario game since then has been a pale shadow of this one.

Secret of Mana: The first action-RPG, a truly revolutionary game. Easy enough for the most rank novice, but challenging enough to provide many hours of entertainment to the most experienced gamer.

Okay, your turn. Share your favorite old games with us, and tell us what you think makes them so great.

doctor satan
05-09-2006, 07:25 AM
Got meself a Sony psp & i've got a Snes & a NeoGeo emulator on it. Enjoy playing those more than the PSP games, streetfighter 2, Mario kart, metroid.

The_Return
05-09-2006, 09:37 AM
Originally posted by noctuary
So this is a thread for all of you old gamers to reminisce about the glory days of 16-bit. So many classic games in those days

Hey now, dont just single out the "old gamers". Surprisingly enough, some of us kids like 16-bit games too.

Ive actually hardly ever played Super NES, but I was obsessed with Genesis as a kid. We had 2 systems at that time, 8-bit NES and Genesis. I'll admit that I enjoyed the NES alot more, but I still had alot of fun with the Genesis. We had [and still do have] quite a few games for it, and I be pretty hard pressed to choose a favourite. I always played Ristar alot, very fun side-scrolling action game. The opening title went something like this:

" In a far off galaxy... An evil alien force is at work. The evil tyrant Greedo has captured the planet leaders and enslaved the population. Even the legendary hero has been captured. A desperate plea for help is made, and answered, by the hero's own son...."

The Ristar logo flashes onto the screen with the start menu, letting you begin your quest.

I had that little story from the first memorized as a kid...Im not 100% if I still got it exactly right, but I know it's close. I played this game constantly, but to this day I never beat it. I played it for the first time in years a few months ago, and though it may look like a kiddy game, it's actually fairly difficult. The gameplay is great, the bosses are very cool, I still get the music stuck in my head...one of my favourite video games of all-time. Supposedly you can win it on the Sega Mega-Collection for Gamecube, I really need to pick that up.





http://www.planetdreamcast.com/features/segaclassics/ristar/1.jpg


http://www.juegomania.org/Ristar/fotos/genesis/0/613/Foto+Ristar.jpg


http://lyris-lite.net/upload/ristar-rendered.jpg


Wow...now I need to go hook up the ol' Genesis, Im feeling really nostalgic.

The_Return
05-09-2006, 10:36 AM
Oh, a classic one that I always liked was Maximum Carnage. Great Spider-Man/Venom game...really fun, great story, very challenging, lots of allies and villains...classic game, I loved it.



http://www.spiderfan.org/software/console/1994_maximum_carnage/images/screen1.jpg


http://www.spiderfan.org/software/console/1994_maximum_carnage/images/screen2.jpg


http://www.spiderfan.org/software/console/1994_maximum_carnage/images/advertisement.jpg


^^^^

Dont even try to prentend that isnt damn cool.

The_Return
05-09-2006, 12:20 PM
Ok, I promise this is my last one;)


We had this crazy little game based on a Disney cartoon called Bonkers. You were trying to catch 4 villains by playing different mini-games. One of them had you trowing bricks at the bad guy, ultimatly building a wall to trap him, one had you pushing around boxes, another had you chasing the bad guy around trying to run him off the road. I know there was a 4th game, but I cant remember it for the life of me. It was all pretty simple, but alot of fun.

http://www.consoleclassix.com/info_img/Bonkers_GEN_ScreenShot2.jpg


http://www.consoleclassix.com/info_img/Bonkers_GEN_ScreenShot3.jpg


http://www.consoleclassix.com/info_img/Bonkers_GEN_ScreenShot1.jpg

cheebacheeba
05-10-2006, 09:18 AM
Flashback is one of the finest games in history.
Other favourites:
Zombies ate my neighbours
Shining force
Streets of Rage series
Animaniacs
faery tale adventure
Soleil
Desert, Jungle & Urban strike
Stargate
Midnight resistance
Zero Tolerance
Cannon Fodder

noctuary
05-10-2006, 04:40 PM
Oh man, I forgot all about Streets of Rage and Zombies Ate My Neighbors. I remember my friends and I would stay up until all hours trying to get to the last level in ZAMN. If I recall correctly, there were about fifty of them, and the later ones got extremely difficult. I wish they would make a port of that game, however unlikely that is. Keep the nostalgia coming, guys!

cheebacheeba
05-10-2006, 05:00 PM
I also really liked the 16-bit Ghostbusters game (not to be confused with the completely crappy 8-bit version), the golden axe series was always pretty fun, Shinobi 3 & 4 (aka revenge of shinobi & shadow dancer) were both great, and I seem to recall a flintstones game that was pretty cool.
James Pond was a bit of fun, and earthworn Jim is one if the best platformers ever.


Still...absolute favourite - gotta go with Flashback.

The_Return
05-10-2006, 05:07 PM
My goal for tomorrow is to set up the old Genesis. I found the box of games, we have some damn good ones:

- Spiderman/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge
- Mortal Kombat 2 + 3
- Sonic the Hedgehog + 2
- Super Street Fighter 2
- Taz in Escape from Mars
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie [why they put that subtitle on a game is beyond me]
- Vectorman
- Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble
- Ristar
- Risk
- Separation Anxiety
- Robocop Vs. The Terminator
- Bonkers
- Maximum Carnage


:D

knife_fight
05-10-2006, 06:12 PM
one that I've been itching to play is Kid Chameleon. I also always liked the Golden Axe games a lot. Sonic was pretty cool, too.

I think Genesis had my favorite sports game of all time: Mutant League Football!

Posher778
05-11-2006, 03:03 PM
Supermario RPG, legend of the seven stars rocks. Actually, all the mario games for snes.

cheebacheeba
05-11-2006, 08:50 PM
Never played mario rpg, or mario is missing...
Super mario world was a bad motherfucker though...loved it...one day I'll actually have to play it properly, I've only really hammered into it for about an hour at the longest on emulator.

Yeah, 16bit...it was a fucking excellent era in gaming, if not the best, nintendo and sega doing all they could to outdo eachother, quality games on both systems.

...I also liked sunsetriders, that there was a kickass 2p game.

Ecco the dolphin was a stunning game, great soundtrack, innovative play, and really nice graphics....maybe a tad hard, but overall worth playing through. Never played any of the post 16-bit sequels.

Aladdin, columns, Indiana Jones Last Crusade (good but difficult)
Jurassic park #1 on the genesis was good, and an equally good, but completely different version on snes. There was also a 2player sequal on snes that was GREAT, you saw it from above...you could get into cars and stuff, it was like the first one on snes, but graphically more advanced, and generally better.
LANDSTALKER! cool game.
x-men 2 was also very good...great on 2player. I thought the first one sucked, but yeah, the second one that started in the snow level was brilliantly done.

- B

newb
05-12-2006, 08:32 PM
Gotta agree with" Flashback". Its been a while but i just may hook up the old system and give this one another run.

cheebacheeba
05-12-2006, 08:40 PM
I'd like to do that...but, having no original system, I think I'm gonna wait for the next nintendo console to come out, and play it then. Sure, I've got it on multiple emulators, but...not quite the same.
Man, if I get that nintendo, I'm not gonna be playing a whole lot of NEW games...

noctuary
05-13-2006, 05:22 AM
Originally posted by cheebacheeba
I'd like to do that...but, having no original system, I think I'm gonna wait for the next nintendo console to come out, and play it then. Sure, I've got it on multiple emulators, but...not quite the same.
Man, if I get that nintendo, I'm not gonna be playing a whole lot of NEW games...
Same here man. That's the sole reason I'm supporting the new Nintendo console over any other. Even though the controller is kinda screwy, I can live with it for the chance to play all those old classics. I just hope that Nintendo gets a deal with Square-Enix.

The_Return
05-13-2006, 07:27 AM
Originally posted by noctuary
Same here man. That's the sole reason I'm supporting the new Nintendo console over any other. Even though the controller is kinda screwy, I can live with it for the chance to play all those old classics. I just hope that Nintendo gets a deal with Square-Enix.

Any word on how many games the Revolution will be able to store? Im really excited about it as well.

urgeok
05-16-2006, 07:26 AM
anyone see the Futurama show where everyone got to see their 'alternate realities' ?

one show had Fry battling the old game aliens from Space Invaders and there were all kinds of these 16 bit characters around ..

funny stuff ..

cheebacheeba
05-16-2006, 07:36 AM
I think they were more 8-bit characters, but yeah...it was funny...loved how fry played off the videogames as a "new" concept to him...

Thinking of the ol' 16-bit...I think I've mentioned all but one of my favourites but one...I'll get to that in a moment...but, how about the Disney games?
Honestly, I think disney (to a lesser extent WB - They get props for the cool tiny toons game) had their best games ever during the 16-bit era.
Aladdin, the Lion King, the continuation of the "illusion" series (2player world of illusion was GREAT), Mickey Mania...those are just what comes mind at the moment (can you guys think of more), but probably the last one of my all-time favourite games that I can recall from the 16BE would have to be "Quack-shot", the other day, it just occured to me, and I started thinking about how excellently well done this game was, music, rpg elements, combat, difficulty level, fun, and depth. Fun back then, still fun on emulator. Anyone played it?

urgeok
05-16-2006, 07:41 AM
so i take it nintendo 64 - are 64 bit games ?

i dont know whats what when it comes to gaming, old or new ..

cheebacheeba
05-16-2006, 08:12 AM
I might miss a few, but...

nintendo nes, atari, sega master system, gamegear, turbo grafx 16 (yes, it was 8-bit) = 8-bit.

SNES, Sega megadrive = 16bit

sega add-on for megadrive "32x" sega saturn (I think), ps1, = 32bit

nintendo 64 = 64 bit

I think dreamcast, ps2, gamecube and xbox are 128-bit

Not sure on : gameboy, gameboy colour, psp, gamegear, wonderswan.


But yeah, on the n64.


I remember that snes had a lot more rpgs...earthbound was of course fun, but I remember a really cool one called "secret of the stars" or something like that...Illusion of time/gaia was also cool, breathe of fire, and one I can't recall the name of, where at the beggining you're a student of some kind of magic school and venture up into a tower you're not supposed to, a dragon appears, and when you go back down the tower, everything's wrecked? I'd like to play that again someday.
Not that the genesis didn't have quality rpg titles (It doesn't get much better than the first shining force or soleil), just, snes seemed to have far more.
Oldschool rpgs, yeah...the shit...too bad no new ones really do it the same way (with the exception of a few titles "eg - golden sun" on the gba that seem to have been smart rnough to stick with the classic style), ah, I miss 'em. As pretty as the modern rpg can be, something is lacking...

_____V_____
05-16-2006, 08:21 AM
I loved Mario and Zelda on the Super Nintendo...

Sunset Riders was another wackass game...

I still got some cartridges somewhere...been awhile since I played those...Mortal Kombat was another, Contra...ahh nostalgia, nostalgia...