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consists of 19 releases.
Released Mar 19, 1994
Sure, these days have almost every game sporting the newfangled 3D, but way back when, everyone had to live with plain old 2D. 2D, or two dimensions, limit the game to scrolling backgrounds, but some games even now make use of this basic concept.
Animals and Creatures that serve to populate levels and give the world life. Usually passive and may try to avoid or runaway from the player, But some may become hostile to the player once attacked/provoked.
Some may not be able to be interacted with at all either being in the background/foreground or too far away.
The ability to save a cartridge-based game to the cartridge. The battery is usually good for tens of thousands of saves, and made ridiculously long character passwords obsolete.
Technology based on biology.
A boss fight is a culminating challenge that pits the player against one or more enemies representing a greater threat and/or difficulty than those previously faced. These scenarios typically feature unique antagonists.
Video game bosses are usually the main antagonist, and arch nemesis of the main protagonist. In most cases the end of a game is when the main character defeats the final boss.
Boyons are a species of spherical, jelly-like creatures that appear in Super Metroid.
Bulls are a species of floating, plant-like creatures that make multiple appearances in the Metroid series.
Games in which the player is incapable - not just discouraged from - harming innocents. Sorry, no matter how bad you want to, you just can't pull that trigger.
The ultimate pressure feature. Players have to complete the task at hand, be it defeating opponents or cutting the right wire, in the allotted time.
A non-interactive sequence within a game most often used for plot advancement.
The concept of a helpless female character in desperate need of rescuing by a male protagonist, in most cases from a villain, or from a form of impending doom.
Darkness is used in games to restrict access, increase tension, or just to set a mood. Often the player has access to a light source that can mitigate its effect.
Sometimes after killing a boss (or other large enemy), players can walk over its lifeless corpse in order to progress.
Dragons were originally messengers from heaven, according to early Buddhist texts. In games, they can be among the most fearsome of adversaries, but there are some exceptions.
A powerful release of energy. This energy is usually expelled in all directions very quickly, typically giving off orange or red flames.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
The last boss you face in a game, usually representing the final climax of the game.
Enemies that prefer to keep a distance to the ground, and swoop down occasionally to do some damage.
A glitch is an action performed within the bounds of a game engine that was not intended by the game's developers. Glitches are often performed by the player, though they can also occur independently.
You've made it to the end, but you can't get back to the title screen. You cannot skip the ending image. The only options are turning the console off or hitting reset.
A heads-up display is a graphical overlay of vital information used in most modern games.
Health is a value that gauges how much damage players can take in a game before they die or pass out. Also known as life in some games. Health is usually represented by a bar or a percentage instead of an exact amount. Found in most non sport games
Placing the player in an environment and making them feel alone. Games often use this for atmospheric effect.
It's arguably the one move that symbolizes the medium to those outside it. The ability to jump, be it onto a building, a platform, or a skull, is one of the all time most important abilities ever put in a video game.
A common type of stage based around the fire and/or lava element. Often platforming heavy and inhabited by fire-based enemies.
The act of granting freedom to prisoners or subjugated NPCs.
It's easy to lose oneself in the heat of battle. Luckily, some games will alert the player as to when they are close to death.
A game where you eventually receive a map of an area. Like in Metroid Prime you have map download stations to get a map outline of the area. This is the same concept in the exploring Castlevania games.
Mercenaries, Soldiers for Hire, have been found fighting in conflicts since the dawn of human warfare. These hired guns show a desire to turn their talent in the art of death to a more profitable profession.
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