Thought I'd pop up 100 games I'd played and give a short story of my experience with them, in no particular order.
Thought I'd pop up 100 games I'd played and give a short story of my experience with them, in no particular order.
Used to play ye olde Fatal Fury one while waiting to get on the Street Fighter 2 machine. God DAMN the SNES version was terrible.
I bought a Neo Geo AES and the original Fatal Fury was the pack in. This sequel was what I bought with it. Man I thought it was so amazing back in the day at home...
Then I saved up my pennies and bought THIS Fatal Fury, probably my all time fave only barely eeking out...
If you liked FFS then just play this a bit, it's got pretty much everything from FFS and more. No Big Bear or Jubei though.
Augh I used to go to a local burrito joint, place an order, then walk down a block to a corner "liquor store" and play this game. It was way too hard! This is coming from a guy who could beat FFS and RBFF games on level 8 difficulty.
Nobody ever had this locally so I couldn't get into it much. =(
This was a pretty darn good version of Fatal Fury! The new characters weren't TOO obnoxious like a certain game....
For some reason this game doesn't come up if you put in "Street Fighter 2" I guess it needs the roman numerals? My high school buds and I all pooled our cash to rent a SF2 arcade cabinet during our junior year but when we went to get it they didn't have one in stock!
I don't know why folks act like this game was some unheard of game. All my buds knew of it, we even played the "big button" version where you had to hit a giant padded button as hard as you can to get more damage!
One of my all time faves, maybe THE all time fave. I first saw this game at Japan Town Bowl in San Francisco. It was just EATING quarters fucking NON-stop in a way no Street Fighter 2 could ever compare.
Down at a little corner liquor store called "Amity Market" this Hispanic kid used to sit and beat KotM on one god damn quarter! Man he had fast button mashing skills!!
Ho man, once fired this up instead of Fatal Fury. I laughed my ass off when, in the first level, you get to a shop that sells you a boat to get past a large patch of water. They offer a "Leaf" boat and a "Mud" boat. The "Mud" boat was cheaper but it sinks half way across!
My buddy was obsessed with this game. He only played the Elf. When it came out on SNES we rented it and it had the option to map the blocking feature to a button which made it SO MUCH easier!
Speaking of settings that made things easier. I had this for Saturn and you could toggle off the ability to block, entirely. This game became god damn AWESOME then as the CPU couldn't cope and wasn't programmed to take advantage of such a thing. Also, it would say "Doink got exactly what he deserved, Doink the Clown got exactly what he deserved!" Back to back like that and crack me up. Then, one day, the game crashed while Vince McMahon was exclaiming, "What a total debacle!" and just sat their looping the sample for "debacle" over and over. All time awesome crash.
Some how this never got sued for infringement when...
...it's sequel literally got sued. Fighter's History was one of those games my buddy would call me up and be all, "OMG a new fighting game you'll love it, there is this guy that does a big DOUBLE GERMAN instead of a Spinning Piledriver!" He's right, I liked that and I liked in the sequel when the dude would throw guys and say "DDT!" Also, TIGER BAZOOKAKAGA! Hmm maybe they deserved to get sued. World Heroes 1 may not have been obviously ripping off SF2 like this game seemed to be in Capcom's eyes, but it was hiding a heart of pure rip off.
One of the titles my friend had for HIS Neo Geo AES. All time cheapest last boss in a Neo Geo game? May be, may be. We used to use the Neo Geo memory card to jump to the last boss and try to beat him for those great, 2 screens and some text, fighting game endings back in the day.
We rented this once and STILL felt ripped off. Barely an update to World Heroes 2. SHARK NUCKOO
Rented this once. Thank god for the Neo Geo memory card since home AES titles usually only toss you 4 quarters and that's IT. Yeah, good luck beating quarter munching B.S. titles on 4 quarters.
One of my earliest arcade favorites. On the NES it was pretty good even with an 8-bit engine driving it. I sampled the jump kick sound effect on an old Macintosh and would fuck around with it in SoundEdit making my buddy laugh until in tears.
Hey! I played this on PSN and it reminded me how I liked the original so much. For some reason they didn't get the sound effect right when the grapple shoots out and the dude slides down, etc. WTF, even in the future nothing works!
This was probably the first arcade game my parents ever watched and liked. Thanks Mr. Do!
I skipped church on Sunday to go play this. I got caught. =(
They had this game at Manteca Water Park and it blew my fucking mind that they made a third Mr. Do! game at all. I was so lame I couldn't even pass the first level but I played it again recently and it seemed super easy.
This game seemed so complicated in the old arcades of yore! Up to jump?? My sister used to ask me to play it so she could watch. They only had it at "Negri's Bar and Grill" up in Occidental, California rather than at the exceptional Union Motel which meant I generally only got one or two shots at it before our parents would take off and drag us with them.
Meanwhile across the street from Negri's this game used to blow my child mind with it's sampled music with voice!! The characters later showed up in the next game on the list but nobody believed me in 1994 since there was no internet, let alone Giant Bomb, to back my knowledge up.
I was a huge Fatal Fury fan so this game kind of pissed me off when it hit since there was SOME but not ALL FF characters in it. I cheesed kids out of about 15-20 quarters with the FF team until they literally called in a ringer bud to beat me. Guy talked trash the whole time but I just smiled and left since, hey, 25 god damn cents vs. about 5 bucks from them. LMAO
My buddy and I used to go on a pilgrimage to play this game as they had it over at a little diner across the street from the Zoo, up the hill from the famous "Doggy Diner." Another Neo Geo game that was set too hard to really have fun and learn, let alone enjoy.
Meanwhile, down at the Doggy Diner, they had Pole Position which was just too hard really. Hmm common theme?
Hmm, this is the closest Giant Bomb comes to the actual game I'm looking for, the 1984 Bally Midway Demolition Derby. Bad ass arcade game was up to 4 players in a modified cabinet with Steering Wheels. You drove around backwards so your engine wouldn't blow up and rammed each other a bunch. My parents thought it was very realistic! LOL
This game on SNES was awesome because it looped the old ass Toyota commercial theme "I love what you do for me, I love how you set me free, Toyota!" jingle incessantly but it was slightly rocking and remixed with no vocals and somehow that was amazing.
HA, you have to put it in "Hard Drivin" on Giant Bomb as "Hard Driving" only shows the sequel! I can still hear the crash music in my head as me and my buddy would find newer and better ways to crash our amazing 3d car on the Genesis version all day.
The O.G. Populous! Older kid in our Boy Scout troop spent a whole day telling us how awesome this game was (he was right) and how you would "pound the earth flat" and make this fist pounding motion with his hands that just had us enthralled. A complicated plan was hatched that involved beating up a fellow scout, taking his money, then going to the store, beating up the clerk and taking the game, then going to my buddies house and playing Populous on his Genesis. He wouldn't get beat up as long has he let us play. :-P
Freshman year of high school the same guy with the plan from populous got a buddy of his to bring his Turbo Grafix 16 to school and hook it up during our Sci-Fi / Fantasy club so we could check out this fucking AMAZING game.
He also had this game, I played it for a bit and seemed to amazing in deep. I'm pretty sure it's not, actually.
He also threw this game in. It seemed great! He said it was too easy because the built in turbo function on the TG-16 controllers let you do the spinny floating head thing too easily.
AUGH! This game ate soooo many of our quarters at the Malibu Grand Prix mini golf arcade. They had the fucking awesome 4 player version which was 2 cabinets linked together for supreme amazingnocity. The problem would always be we'd fire it up and not have enough cash to make it through, losing our game to the count down continue timer while trying to get more tokens!
A game I didn't think existed 'till I saw it as Malibu and played it once. I was a huge fan of the NES sequel though!
"It's fun to play the Goonies II!" Holy moly what a great game when you had a NES as a kid. I remember punching "Konamiman" and he wouldn't heal me afterwards. One of those games my sister would urge me to play so she could watch.
One of the all time greats. I remember my sister called me from her friend's birthday party to tell me about how I had to get this game. When I finally scored a copy I played it on the "Upstairs TV" oooOOooo. My sister made me promise that this was half hers since she found it and I forgot and ended up trading it in at "Vidiots" to get a SNES. Stupid! Stupid!
I wanted this SO bad. This was back when you had to go to places like K-Mart and "Toy Stores" to find Video Games, Toys R' Us and small shops, etc. This toy store in the mall said they had 6 copies so I asked 'em to hold it then bugged my mom for a ride. When I got their they had held the original Zelda! Luckily they still had a copy.
Bought this at the same mall as the above story but at the "Nintendo Fun Zone" which I think was just a division of another store but had a Kiosk right as you came in the mall. I remember trying to justify it to my parents by saying it had, "State of the art graphics!" Like it said on the back of the box.
When I was about 12 or so a kid in my Boy Scout troop stayed at my house for a week while his parents went on vacation. He brought this and a few other titles. He claimed that this game was impossible but we teamed up and beat it eventually! Man that first Dr. Wily boss was sooooo hard back then!
My sister was best friends with a gal that lived around the corner from us. Her friend had 2 sisters and they owned this game. They let me borrow this for like 3 years and one day were like, "Oh hey can we have that back?" Sheesh! I then asked the youngest to borrow it again. The "hold left" cheat code was the god damn BOMB.
My best friend in middle school had this game. At the time I didn't have any PC at all so this game just seemed re-god-damn-diculously-amazing. We had to play it on one of those ergonomic chairs where you kneel.
When that best friend moved away in the last year of middle school I hung out with another friend a lot. He had this game which just kicked the SHIT out of NES Pro Wrestling. The submissions in this game sounded like they hurt SO bad. I loved in Tag Team mode that your partner was a black silhouetted "ninja" due to graphics limitations.
This was the 2nd game I ever owned for my NES. Which sucked ass when my Dad picked me up from school one day and was furious with me, holding this game and saying I hadn't returned it to the rental store. Turns out my buddy had rented WWF Wrestlemania for NES on my account and kept it and my Dad thought it was this game!
The above mentioned "buddy" had only one game to his name, Metroid. We used to buy Safeway brand Salsa and some chips and he always thought the Salsa looked like Mother Brain. O_o
This was the game that guy rented and kept. WHY?? One of those games that worked better with the NES Max turbo rather than the Advantage, on default settings.
Another NES game where the Max was fucking PERFECT. This game was so much better than the shitty NES Double Dragon it almost made up for the NES Double Dragon, almost. One of those NES games so good we'd still fire it up even after we had a SNES!
Man, somehow my bud could sit and play the SNES version of this for, like, months. Single Player! Even though there was generally 2-3 of us around at his place at all times we played it single player...
Same buddy bought the Japanese Muscle Bomber: The Body Explosion for SNES off a local import and rental joint. I think the SNES version might have been a better game than the arcade, it seemed to have tighter controls at least. We had this wacky SNES "programmable pad" where you could put in Street Fighter moves and macro them to a button. It made playing Haggar realllly fun. "Quit throwing Budo at me!"
I had this on Saturn as an import. I LOVED that version so much since it seemed that Zangief could combo this throws REALLY well in ways that shouldn't work. I played it so much the CD got a small crack near the hole in the middle and I'd have to be super gentle and finesse it to get it to work.
I remember this hit the SNES and my parents had to go on a trip so they left me at the Slam Masters guy's house for a week. Right away I got pissed losing a round and punched the floor, his Dad came up and was really angry. Sigh. Then we had to go to Boy Scout camp for two weeks and we were in withdrawals! On the second to last day we walked by the councilor tents and heard them playing this, EVIL!
One of those games they had at Occidental in the Union Motel game room. State of the ART blew our minds at the time. Nobody could beat the first level!
The "buddy" from the rental story and I used to ride our bikes to the next fucking county just to play this arcade game at a Straw Hat Pizza. Once I almost got run down by a car, when I asked him what he was thinking at the time he said, "I guess I thought, that's the way the cookie crumbles." What a guy.
I got this for Christmas one year. I wanted to know if it was the right game so bad I kept peeling and peeling the paper juuuust a bit trying to confirm. I eventually went too far and my parents gave me some flak about it and wrapped it up tight again. Phew! At least they didn't take it away!
Friends of the family had this game and Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! and a Vectrex(!) to play. This was where I learned the "take something and rub it on the controllers back and forth really fast" method of rapid button pressing. In this case, drum sticks!
Apparently my bud had a friend that could beat this game, "four times straight" and that would unlock something hidden or an ending or some shit. I then had to watch my friend play it all weekend trying to do the same.
BODY BLOW! BODY BLOW! Man I heard that shit at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk arcades and couldn't believe my ears and eyes and and and.... I got so good I could beat like 20 - 25 boxers in a freaking ROW. Evil game that only lets you continue like, one time.
Spent an entire Christmas at my Grandparents house beating this game over and over. I had a sheet where my password for Super Macho man had worked it's way up to 99 wins! 0073735963 bitches!
I remember my friend in High School called me up and said he beat everyone in like 20 seconds or less in this game. That was one of those times where I was kind of disappointed that the game could be reduced to such a state. Soured me quite a bit on home punch out games there after.
Only ever got to play this at the Malibu Grand Prix. I remember the function of pulling UP, literally pulling it up out of the cabinet a bit, on the controller seemed so bizarre.
I spent a week at Stinson Beach with only this game and Mike Tyson's Punch Out to play. My sister got so mad when my Cousin and I played this for a whole day that she hid the carts in the closet. I just assumed they were in my bags somewhere and we went home and left them there! NOOO! I had to buy a new copy to replace the punch out I was borrowing at the time. :-(
"Rescue the hostages, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST!" Oh Konami arcade game with 1980's voice samples, you were so awesome and SO hard.
We used to reset the NES over and over just to hear the shitty 8-bit voice sample fakery say, "BLADES OF STEEL" over and over. Then we'd play through just to get the half time show where you played Gradius on a mini screen. Why didn't we just play Gradius?
DUN DUN DUN DUNDUNDUN... WAH WAAAHH! There was something about the music on this game that could penetrate walls and entire rows of arcade machines and make itself heard to my young ears. YEARS later I found a website where a guy recorded the audio off the arcade machine with a pocket tape recorder and it was STILL AWESOME. Evil game doesn't let you continue when you get to the last stage!!
NES RYGAR. I used to rent this for 2 bucks then bring it to my Grandparent's place and play it all weekend just to beat it. No continue codes or anything aurgh! One of those games where some people are fanatical about the arcade version and some the NES version.
One of my all time faves. My buddy and I were forced to sleep in the family van while the rest of the family was in a hotel room. We set up a surf board across the bucket seats and put a Apple IIe monitor on it, hooked up a NES, plugged the audio lead into a "boombox" then sneaked an extension cord over to an outlet at the hotel. The grounds keeper came wandering up while we were playing all night at some point and, instead of knocking, said, "Ka-knock, ka-knock?" scaring the shit out of us.
The only arcade game they had at the Pacifica Moose Lodge where my Dad was a member. I remember pulling down on both controllers with all my weight to try and get the in game elevator to go down further.
One of the all time classics at the Union Motel arcade room in Occidental. Like Kangaroo and Mr. Doo's Wild Ride, a game I played over and over but never really got very far. Sound and graphics seemed so solid and amazing in 1983.
Like Jeff Gerstmann said, "That Star Wars Arcade Game was pretty rad."
Played this off and on for years at various arcades but only at the Cliff House arcade in San Francisco did I get to play one with the little visor and all that shit! This game had such cool hardware on the dedicated cabs.
I worked at a local Comic Shop for about a year. During that time the owner says he lost his mind when his arcade operator dude put in this game and set the attract mode to loud because the owner mentioned he liked the Simpsons.
Same comic shop. During my tenure I found we could unscrew the back of the cabinet to the X-men: CotA machine then stick a broom in there and push the little credit thingy and play for free. The owner responded to the decreased amount of play by setting the machine to 50 cents. We told him, if he set it back to 25 cents we would play it once a day but at 50 cents we wouldn't ever play it. He refused so we kept racking up the free credits!
Same comic shop again. He replaced the X-Men game with this game. On one quarter I managed to get a 30 win streak with Juggernaut on my first try. On the next quarter, 35 win streak! I had to go start my shift up the block at the Walgreens and on my break the kids found me to drag me down and play so I could beat somebody named "fat joe" who was on some crazy win streak. I did, then went back to work. :-D
At the comic shop they eventually put this game in, skipping from KOF 94 to this one. Of course the jerk ass set it to the hardest difficulty, as usual. So we popped the cabinet open and rang up 99 credits and played all day. We finally got caught doing that since the Neo Geo had good bookeeping info. Good Times.
For the longest time I felt like I was the only guy in the world that liked this game until I heard Jeff talking about Officer Bob shaking dudes to make them confess on the pod cast.
My buddy from the Populous story had this game. Somehow I found the code for infinite shurikens when I was messing around on the options screen. This was one of those games that seemed so atmospheric and amazing in those nintendon't days.
Genesis Strider.... luckily my buddy owned it so it was one of those cases where I could enjoy the game without the guilt of paying full price for this arcade experience. I'd read the cheat where you plug in a Sonic cart then rip it out and slam this in for "hella" lives. He was so bad at it he actually ran out of lives doing that once.
Holy shit this game brings back a crazy memory. Was at a place called "S Ranch" which was like a camp ground with a huge arcade and Bar and shit with my family and some friends of the family with their kids. Our parents go SO rip roaring drunk we could come up to them hourly and get 20 bucks for quarters and then just got ape shit playing games in a loop. We actually beat Toobin' thanks to that!
HMM, wanted to put Kuri Kinton here but it doesn't have it's own page on the site!
One of those games I just hunkered down and put tons of quarters into at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I remember trying to beat the last boss over and over and feeling in my pocket that I only had like 3 quarters left. SHEESH!
The NES Tengen Tetris. I rented it for 2 bucks from a local "West Hollywood Video" which would eventually become Blockbuster, which was weird 'cuz you'd think they'd become Hollywood Video! I remember taking it home because everyone was talking it up so much and thinking it was crap, then playing it more, and more, and more. I remember thinking it was some Russian brain control plot! If only I kept that Tengen cart eh, eBay here I'd come!
Another game we'd have never beat if not for the debauchery of the S Ranch night!
The third of the trifecta of games we would never have beaten with S Ranch power night. There was just something so amazing about aiming the super gun by pulling the sticks in opposite directions.
Sheesh flashing back to the Atari 2600. I got a copy of this, unasked for, for my birthday and I remember my foolish child logic being mad that the enemy projectiles could still hit you after you kill the person firing it!
There was a local shop that didn't really sell video games and stuff per se but they had a small selection of Imagic games and they slowly came down further and further in price I would pick them up. Atlantis was one of them.
Riddle of the Sphinx was another! This game is the grand daddy of fevered "Nintendo logic." I have no idea how a kid was suppose to figure out and infer all the madness that went on in this god damn game. Sometimes I'd leave my 2600 running and come back and I'd be flying around invincible with a halo over my head doing crazy things. W T F. Awesome.
Another Imagic game. This one is on the list for my wife. She saw I was playing around with Riddle of the Sphinx and Atlantis and shit and was like, "OH MY GOD do you have that one with the ship and you shoot...?" Yeah let me find THAT game, lol.
MAN. This is one of those quintessential arcade games that just can't get made any more. The arcade game had this screen where you could send in 5 bucks (iirc) to buy a hint book that would tell you how to do things like get them to, "Send in the Troll!" I got him once at random and it was so awesome!
Can't mention Pigskin without throwing in Arch Rivals. Basically the basketball version of Pigskin (or maybe vice versa) I remember asking about this game with my friends years later and they'd always think I was talking about NBA Jams.
A buddy and I were playing this game and we managed to assemble all but one part of the eponymous Heavy Barrel weapon. Well one of us grabbed the last piece and at the same time the other got shot and the game exclaimed, "Heavy! AUGH! Barrel!" We were rolling with laughter for some reason.
Capcom beat 'em up that they only seemed to have at the "Fun Center" arcade in down town San Francisco. We went down to play it one day but the place was closed because someone had been shot with a friggin' Shotgun apparently! :-O
I got this and the nes 4 player super tap one year for my birthday. I beat this game that same day but that remote super tap was pretty damn handy for a long time after! It let you play remotely even if the games weren't 4 player AND it added turbo fire to whatever you plugged into it. I keep wanting to make a modern equivalent for this day and age where the 1st party controllers are pretty awesome but lack rapid fire options.
I walked in on my buddy playing this one day and couldn't believe what I was seeing. A weird remixed version of the usual 194x games but with crazy samples and shit from popular Capcom games.
BOO. I remember trying to play this at Manteca Water Slides and just being all, "WTF." Amazingly the NES version was totally different and equally shitty.
Heh, you have to put "Smash TV" not "Smash T.V." into the search engine to pull this up. I remember plunking 5 bucks into the arcade version of this and maybe beating Mutoid Man and not even hitting the second boss. Then I got it on SNES and me and my buddy played and played it till we could be it on default settings AND get the pleasure domes. Ahh youth.
Ahh youth indeed. I got this for my Birthday one year and we actually managed to beat it that day. I played through it again recently and HOLY WTF BATMAN HOW DID WE DO THAT AS KIDS?!? No seriously, even with an emulator and save states I thought this game was pretty damn hard so how the FUCK did we plow through it in one long party day?
It's the future and I've never had time for Klax. :-/
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