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so ok i grabbed an snes emulator and this absurd archive of every version of like every game ever.

i started dicking around with them and they were all irritating platform scrollers (except for the marios and dk countries which i like) irritating driving games (except for the micro machines one and the still so fucking good f-zero), fighters (of which the mighty morphin power rangers one is shockingly good), and those big long neverending rpgs which it'd take some for serious effort to get into. also, though, there was puyo-puyo and a few other lovely puzzlers.

anyway, given yr. selection of pretty much every snes cart ever, which would you actually pick as the ones worth putting some time into and playing with?

Secundus Covariant (s_clover), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 09:03 (thirteen years ago) link

i know you mentioned rpgs, but Zelda III was superb and well worth the effort.

Krusty's Funhouse

The 'Super' Star Wars games

and that strange uni-cycle racing game.

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 09:08 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm quite the fan of StarWing/Star Fox, though I've never had any idea what I'm doing. Also the Street Fighters/Mortal Kombats, which are superb conversions.

melton mowbray (adr), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 09:16 (thirteen years ago) link

ok:
Super Mario Kart
Actraiser
UN Squadron
SUPER METROID
Mega Man X
Yoshi's Island
Contra III
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Laura H. (laurah), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 11:28 (thirteen years ago) link

is super metroid really all that though?

try heberekes popoon

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

ah yes, that was the one I meant.

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 11:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Try reading 80% of the other threads on this board already

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 12 October 2005 12:07 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah there's a lot of SNES talk elsewhere, seems like 80% of the internet sometimes

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 12:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Super Metroid is so emphatically all that. There is a reason I put it in caps! If you've never played it, go get it asap. You're in for a treat. Missing this one is as bad or worse than missing Yoshi's Island.

Laura H. (laurah), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 12:40 (thirteen years ago) link

I've never played Super Metroid, but I loooved the two GBA Metroid games. I think I may put the Xbox and Gamecube in storage for awhile and pull out the SNES and NES.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 13:02 (thirteen years ago) link

JORDAN GO BUY SUPER METROID TODAY. You will be the complete opposite of sorry. I promise total gaming excellence.

Laura H. (laurah), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 13:06 (thirteen years ago) link

I guess I trust yr judgement laura... I'll hunt it down

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 13:24 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm definitely going to play it. I kind of like that it's out there waiting for me, since they may not make any more 2-d Metroid games.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

super

rio natsume, Wednesday, 12 October 2005 15:12 (thirteen years ago) link

punch

rio natsume, Wednesday, 12 October 2005 15:12 (thirteen years ago) link

out

rio natsume, Wednesday, 12 October 2005 15:13 (thirteen years ago) link

FINAL FANTASY III

geoff (gcannon), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Aw shit!

Is Super Punch out really good? I never played it (I didn't actually own a SNES until I got one for twenty bucks in college).

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 15:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Legend of Zelda
Chrono Trigger
Mario RPG
Super Mario World 1 & 2
Pilotwings
FFIII

kingfish superman ice cream (kingfish 2.0), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 17:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Breath of Fire 1 & 2. I like the first Breath of Fire better than any of the Final Fantasies, I think.

I've half-heartedly tried to get into Super Metroid before, but the beginning seems boring and then stupid hard. Somebody school me as to why I should persevere?

Don King of the Mountain (noodle vague), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 17:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Super Metroid is at its heart a puzzle game: exploring and discovering new weapons/utilities/techniques and using them to pass unpassable areas or defeat enemies. If you're easily frustrated, or need a lot of sustained action, maybe it's not for you. You've got to spend time--a lot of it--wandering and experimenting and wandering again.

It sounds boring, except that it can be so incredibly rewarding when you finally crack the puzzle/beat the enemy and blaze triumphantly through to that unreachable door with your new grappling hook. Also, it's an enjoyable place to wander, especially as you progress and the world expands.

The weapons/utilities are awesome, and rationed out to you with good pacing throughout the game. Just when things start to get a little repetitive, along comes a cool new ability and the fun returns. Well designed enemies/bosses, some really great battles and dramatic JUMP moments, and an eerie, desolate ambience evoked by the music, graphics, and play control that does a pretty good job of convincing you that you are wandering half-weightless in a subterranean alien world.

The ending is perhaps the best game ending I have ever seen. If you win it once, you will probably want to do so again. It is eminently replayable, and... more than any concrete factor I can clearly articulate, I just love this game. I LOVE it.

Laura H. (laurah), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 19:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Have you played Metroid Fusion or Metroid Zero Hour, Laura? They're both gems, seriously.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 20:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Holy Shit I just remembered about CANNON FODDER if you have this = DUDE. The worst part is that your expendable little soldier guys actually get names and then they get promoted for surviving, also you have to watch the graveyard fill up as you fuck up and get people killed, but oh my god it's a ton of fun. Landmines and ambushes and being outnumbered a lot.

Jonathong would probably enjoy it! Permadeath and all that!
http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/original/1091287094-00.gif

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 12 October 2005 20:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Wow, that looks awesome. It makes me want to play Lemmings!

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 20:30 (thirteen years ago) link

hah I never think of cannon fodder as a SNES game but of course... it's great... you'll not want to let jools or jops die, I swear... made by sensible software, as well, dont you know

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 20:34 (thirteen years ago) link

xxxxpost
Never bought GBA, Jordan, but as soon as I get the DS...

Laura H. (laurah), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 20:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Blackthorne
Demon's Crest
Flashback
Pocky & Rocky
Shadowrun
Skyblazer
Space Megaforce
Sparkster
Super Bonk
Tetris Attack
Wild Guns
Zombies Ate My Neighbors

allenalenelnalenelnae (allenriley), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Super Metroid -- best game ever
Final Fantasy VI -- the first final fantasy worth playing
Chrono Trigger
Street Fighter 2 Turbo
A Link To the Past -- on some days, my favorite Zelda (on other days it's the original)
Super Mario Kart -- mainly for the 2 player mode
SimCity SNES -- the best Simcity, Miyamoto did some redesigning to it
Super Mario World -- I love the complex map, although it has the worst sprites ever
Super Punch-Out!!
Tetris Attack -- great main game, and puzzle mode is totally different and almost as great

älänbänänä (alanbanana), Thursday, 13 October 2005 00:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Blackthorne seconded, great combination of puzzling and shooting.

I'm going to have another crack at Super Metroid today.

Don King of the Mountain (noodle vague), Thursday, 13 October 2005 07:28 (thirteen years ago) link

ok yeah i'm totally getting into super metroid. the puzzle elements are great, the variety in the room, the urge to minimize running all around thos big messy maps, etc.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Friday, 14 October 2005 08:32 (thirteen years ago) link

"is super metroid really all that though?"

YES

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 14 October 2005 10:39 (thirteen years ago) link

forgot to mention that i'm still shit at walljumps tho. i wonder if they're harder with a keyboard than a pad.

can't do the timing on bombjumps either.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Friday, 14 October 2005 10:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Why is the SNES so good?

TOMBOT, Friday, 14 October 2005 11:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Perfect level of technology to create maximum fun + perfect controller?

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 14 October 2005 13:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I have a gig in Milwaukee tonight, and I'm picking mine up from my dad's house. The Xbox is going into the closet for awhile.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 14 October 2005 13:13 (thirteen years ago) link

anyone ever play shadowrun? I'd never heard of it till I read about it in this month's gamesTM

x-post

allen, what's it like?

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 14 October 2005 18:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I played it for Genesis, it was pretty crazy. Very open-ended...you're basically wandering around the streets looking for people to give you jobs that may or may not have anything to do with the "storyline". I never got very far, but I would try to break into office buildings that were way out of my league and see how far I could get. I don't think I ever "jacked in".

I'd like to play this again, I wonder if the SNES version is any different?

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 14 October 2005 18:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Shadowrun as far as i can remember is a cyberpunk rpg based on a pen and paper rpg maybe called shadowrun too. The mega drive and Snes ones were completely different games altogether but both rpgs, i think the mega drive one was better.

Jacking into the matrix was great but i was playing on an emulator and just cheated everytime i got killed by ICE, i think i'll go through it after i've finished FFT without doing that.

jeffrey (johnson), Friday, 14 October 2005 18:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I HAVE TEH SNES.

Apparently I don't have shit for games though, all I could find was Super Mario World and SFII Turbo (and some crap like Flashback and Super Empire Strikes back). I'm looking forward to getting some of stuff mentioned in this thread.

(Okay, Flashback isn't crap, I just don't have the patience for it right now).

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 17 October 2005 16:29 (thirteen years ago) link

During an impromptu stopover at a coworkers' condo on Friday afternoon en route to Employee Relations Training I discovered that my wonky colleague has both the 8-bit and 16-bit NESes still in working order and that he also has nicely canonical collections of cartridges for each! Fuckin' blast from the past.

TOMBOT, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:32 (thirteen years ago) link

EARTHBOUND. Tim Rogers' love letter to Shigesato Itoi is helpful in this regard.

litwack, Monday, 17 October 2005 19:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Secret of Manna
Whatever that fucking Unicyle game is called (er was it Unicycle?)
Sunset Riders

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 17 October 2005 19:43 (thirteen years ago) link

unirider

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 17 October 2005 19:49 (thirteen years ago) link

That Tim Rogers post is really an excellent piece in that it makes the game seem about 500x better than I can recall any aspect of it being, the one time I tried it out on an emulator.

TOMBOT, Monday, 17 October 2005 20:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Tom,
For me the game is amazing compared to the (relatively) humorless Final Fantasy/Dragon Quest games it followed. It doesn't hurt that Itoi was/is tight with Haruki Murakami; if you're a fan, Earthbound/Mother seems exactly the kind of game one of HM's protagonists would play.

litwack, Monday, 17 October 2005 20:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Was the Super Mario RPG on the SNES? I remember that game being tons of fun, but I havent been able to check it out again to see if Im right or if it really sucks.

Stuh-du-du-du-du-du-du-denka (jingleberries), Monday, 17 October 2005 23:54 (thirteen years ago) link

It was on the Snes. Paper Mario was the follow up AND he was made of paper, that was N64. Paper Mario 2 is Gamecube, they are all incredible.

jeffrey (johnson), Monday, 17 October 2005 23:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Uniracers, actually.

And Super Empire Strikes Back rules!

The Yellow Kid, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 02:36 (thirteen years ago) link

How is Super Mario World 2? You never hear about that one.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 03:27 (thirteen years ago) link

d00d thats oyshi island we talked about it

allenalenelnalenelnae (allenriley), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 05:33 (thirteen years ago) link

So I discovered that Tetris Attack two player is ridiculously addictive

Also started playing Chrono Trigger.

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 12 February 2018 15:52 (one year ago) link

we had a tradition of spending all our downtime between studying/tests at the end of college semesters sitting around playing tetris attack! good times

mh, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:59 (one year ago) link

Multiplayer Tetris attack is one of the most underrated games ever, imo

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 February 2018 16:05 (one year ago) link

yeah, that and puzzle fighter on PS1 were prob the biggest games outside of tony hawk when I was in college. <3 gargantua blarg forever.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 12 February 2018 22:07 (one year ago) link

i didn't know that game until the DS version of Puzzle League came out, but yeah it rules

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:25 (one year ago) link

By the time I forward that to someone who needs it it'll be too late I'm sure

Evan, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:01 (one year ago) link

they've been sticking around a bit longer; give it a try

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:02 (one year ago) link

I jumped! Thanks ulysses.

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:09 (one year ago) link

Anybody getting this thing? To me the downside of the classic is that it won't play cartridges, but this does.

https://www.polygon.com/2018/2/7/16934180/super-nt-review-super-nintendo-snes-analogue

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:10 (one year ago) link

not snes related but that review reminds me that my new tv doesn't have a vga input so the next time I want to hook up the ol' dreamcast I'm going to have to do some thinking

mh, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:59 (one year ago) link

just snagged a snes mini off amazon, mainly to troll old lunch

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:01 (one year ago) link

Congrats on your successful troll!

So does anyone have the deets of the guy who's assembling these things by hand so I can ask him to text me once he finishes another one in two or three weeks time?

You dishonor your ancestors with your emoji abstention (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:20 (one year ago) link

But seriously: this has to be the work of asshole speculators snatching up every extra unit the second they hit the streets. Grade-A BS!

You dishonor your ancestors with your emoji abstention (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:23 (one year ago) link

fyi I’ll be happy to sell you mine with just a modest 150% finder’s fee

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:30 (one year ago) link

i am willing to chip in my muscle and street smarts and keep watch on the edge of the alley, $200 + free snacks for my friends

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:36 (one year ago) link

I will weigh your offers carefully.

If my interest were based more on nostalgia than making up for missing out on a bunch of classic games (aside from the fifteen minutes or so I spent playing them on friends' Nintendo consoles, as we were more of a Sega/C64 family), I'd probably just bite the bullet and pay whatever extortionate rate someone wanted to charge for one.

You dishonor your ancestors with your emoji abstention (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 02:04 (one year ago) link

Like I'm pretty sure I've never played a Donkey Kong Country game, or any Zelda beyond the first. Probably played the first stage of Super Mario World at some point, and then nothing until one that was released for the Wii. You get the picture.

You dishonor your ancestors with your emoji abstention (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 02:07 (one year ago) link

it's wild these days, I went from joking with a friend about Donkey Kong to playing a really well emulated Donkey Kong Country on my computer in about ten minutes not long ago. And my cheap-ass snes knockoff controller was good enough for DKC. I can still time those rolls over the pits pretty well.

mh, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 02:19 (one year ago) link

Yeah, there are certain respects in which the future is kinda awesome. Like having a bunch of games I played the shit out of 20+ years ago loaded on my Vita, ready to play when/wherever.

You dishonor your ancestors with your emoji abstention (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 02:36 (one year ago) link

I largely want an excuse to finally play through Super Metroid

Nhex, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 03:39 (one year ago) link

Ooh I played that for a second last night and got destroyed by the first Chozo Comes Alive! moment

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:01 (one year ago) link

there's a shop down the street from me that has all the old snes games, i think they might also have some stuff that plays the old carts

the eye-opening moment for me re: emulation was when intellivision games became emulable, god those intellivision controllers were flat garbage

mostly i'm trying to convince the spouse to let me buy a vectrex but we keep wanting to, like, make house payments and stuff

to get it back on topic the snes rpgs are the best rpgs ever made

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:27 (one year ago) link

Super Metroid is so great. Really looking forward to replaying that one. I still get the music from the Crateria Caverns stuck in my head.

Something I'm really enjoying with Chrono Trigger is how it manages to use the SNES's limited graphics as an advantage, in that it's not always clear whether a wall is a wall or more a staircase. You can be running around a maze for a while and then suddenly the way out will just pop out at you. Good for hidden passages and secrets too.

I'd love to read (or maybe write) a short ode to the top-down RPG genre. So many tropes to be discussed and dissected and I love how Earthbound played with a lot of those tropes. Also I have been having fun calling my characters things like 'Fucky' and 'Arses'

Badgers (dog latin), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:04 (one year ago) link

chefskiss.png

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:16 (one year ago) link

Ya my first exposure to any Final Fantasy game was FF2 at a friend's house

Protagonist's name was Lezbo

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:39 (one year ago) link

Never a bad time to revive this imo: What do you name your peepz in RPGs?

You dishonor your ancestors with your emoji abstention (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:42 (one year ago) link

paging old lunch

look what the amazon delivery dude brought for me today

https://i.imgur.com/BqhqnDu.jpg

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:41 (one year ago) link

Such a weird coincidence, I was just about to post what my own delivery dude brought me:

https://d2gg9evh47fn9z.cloudfront.net/800px_COLOURBOX9228474.jpg

You dishonor your ancestors with your emoji abstention (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:55 (one year ago) link

rude

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:13 (one year ago) link

keep it to the wdyll thread, buddy

mh, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:20 (one year ago) link

kinda taken aback at how dinky this li’l snes actually is in person

also enjoying that i can power it from the usb port on the front of my ps4

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:27 (one year ago) link

Does that actually provide enough power to safely run it?

Evan, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:29 (one year ago) link

it has so far!

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:29 (one year ago) link

kind of funny that the playstation started off as a snes add-on and now...here you are

the circle of life man

Number None, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:44 (one year ago) link

man punch-out was really the original dark souls huh - punishingly difficult opponents who require patience and keen observation to take apart

i’d forgotten how hilariously weedy gabby jay’s little exclamations of ‘yay!’ are

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:48 (one year ago) link

ha yeah, you’re right! xp

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:48 (one year ago) link

punishingly difficult opponents

and yet!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emfbB89ZquY

Evan, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:50 (one year ago) link

okay that’s nuts

albondigas con gas (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:54 (one year ago) link

YAY

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:09 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0w2lrn0a4Q
This isn't a rom hack unfortunately. Just really good video editing.

He said captain, I said wot (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 13 April 2018 12:42 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

I miss Chrono Trigger so much... This is ridiculous

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 19 July 2019 14:52 (one month ago) link

lol

there was a snes console in my dreams last night. the one belonging to my brother and i broke many years back and is sitting uselessly in my parents' attic. in the dream it had came back to life and there were new titles to play on it

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 19 July 2019 18:17 (one month ago) link

little nemo 2019: the post-apocalyptic dream master

Karl Malone, Friday, 19 July 2019 18:25 (one month ago) link

oh yeah, for north american readers who enjoy upward scrolling SHMUPs and use an emulator: play pop'n twinbee. great game, never released in north america

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 19 July 2019 18:32 (one month ago) link

dl, getcherself a Vita! Its optimal function as far as I can tell is as a portable old-school RPG device. I have mine loaded up with practically every major game of the genre through at least like '95.

OL, can you perhaps explain how i'd get homebrew working on a vita?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 18:47 (one month ago) link

That I don't know, but a ridiculous number of these things are available via above-board means. Pretty much all the early Ys and Mana and Phantasy Star and FF games, most of the stuff released on PS1, a bunch of SNES ports.


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