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Starting in 2013 I began playing through NES games with the ultimate goal of beating them all. WhenI complete a game I will write a blog entry about my experience and rate the game between 1 and 8 hearts. 

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Starship Hector

Genre: Shooter Publisher: Hudson Soft Total time played: 40 Hours Short review: A vertical and horizontal shooter that is easy to pick up and nearly impossible to master. Interesting links related to Starship Hector Full Playthrough (19min 16sec) Soundtrack This Won’t Take Too Long This was my first time playing Starship Hector. When my random number generator told me this was the next game I needed to play I immediately went to find TMR playing through the game on YouTu

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Bad Dudes

Genre: Action Publisher: Data East Total time played: 2 hours Short review: An early beat em up that plays similar to Double Dragon but doesn’t have quite as much charm. Interesting links related to Bad Dudes Speed Run (15min 07sec) Soundtrack Video Review (TheHeineHouse) Memories I have a vague memory of playing this as a kid. I’m pretty sure that there was an extra lives code that we used to beat the game. The only things I remembered were that the Level 1 boss is Karno

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Back to the Future

Genre: Action Publisher: LJN Total time played: 10 Hours Short review: Does a decent job of hitting all of the beats of the film of the same name but it fails to make a video game worth playing. Interesting links related to Back to the Future Speedrun (17min 11sec) Soundtrack Video Review (Angry Video Game Nerd) Video Review (LJN Defender) Where Have I Been? It has been a while since I posted a review which means it has been 3 months since I have beaten an NES game. This

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The Magic of Scheherazade

Genre: Action Adventure RPG Publisher: Culture Brain Total time played: 10 Hours Short review: An ambitious game that fits snuggly in the action, adventure and RPG genre Interesting links related to The Magic of Scheherazade Speedrun (1hour 5minute) Soundtrack Video Review (TwoHeadedGiant) Arnpoly Written Review One Memory It’s funny how a single memory about a game can stick out so strongly in your mind. A memory about a game I never played that really isn’t even a large

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Contra (Replay)

Genre: Action Publisher: Konami Total time played: 2 Hours Short review: A game synonymous with the NES. The first truly great run and gun style action game. Interesting links related to Contra My Original Review From 2013 Original Soundtrack Heavy Metal Contra Soundtrack Speedrun (11 minutes 34 seconds) Contra Live Action Short Film Contra memories (James Rolfe aka Angry Video Game Nerd) Confession Time Never have I ever, until today, beaten Contra without the Konami cod

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Yoshi

Genre: Puzzle Publisher: Nintendo Total time played: 4 Hours Short review: A knock off of Tetris featuring Nintendo characters and iconology. It’s a lot of fun but it seems to be more luck based than skill based. Interesting links related to Yoshi Video Review (CGRundertow) Soundtrack Not Much To Say You know, this doesn’t happen often but I don’t have a lot to say about Yoshi. It isn’t a game I really every played growing up so I don’t have any memories. It also is a pr

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American Gladiators

Genre: Sports Publisher: Gametek Total time played: 7 hours Short review: A pretty decent version of one of my favorite gameshows from childhood, American Gladiators. Interesting links related to American Gladiators Speedrun (MixMastaPJ) (22min 08secs) Written Walkthrough Soundtrack Arnpoly Written Review I’m Back! Technically I never left, but, it has been 3 months since I beat an NES game so I figured I’d fill in my fan on where I have been. My 3 year old daughter h

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Thundercade

Genre: Shooter Publisher: American Sammy Total time played: 12 Hours Short review: A pretty straight forward auto-scrolling shooter where you kill hundreds of guys while riding on a motorcycle. Interesting links related to Thundercade Full Game Playthrough (Arnpoly) (27min 22sec) Soundtrack Review (Take On The NES Library) Ahh… Memories I rented this game one time as a kid and remember nothing about it but I remember a lot about the situation surrounding me renting the ga

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Vice: Project Doom

Genre: Action Publisher: American Sammy Total time played: 3.5 Hours Short review: An action platformer that plays like Ninja Gaiden mixed with Batman, with some first person action as well as some driving levels. The game also has a pretty involved story. Interesting links related to Vice: Project Doom Soundtrack Speedrun (14min 28sec) All Cutscenes Fresh Air After so many long, hard and/or boring games in a row it was nice to get a short and to the point game with

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Best of the Best: Karate Championship

Genre: Fighting Publisher: Electro Brain Total time played: 10 Hours Short review: I guess this qualifies as a karate game but I never once felt in control so it almost felt like I was watching a poorly animated 8-bit cartoon over and over until I was lucky enough to win. Interesting links related to Best of the Best: Karate Championship Video Review (FilmnStuff) Soundtrack They Tried I’ll give it to the developers, they really tried to make this game realistic. The graphics are pretty d

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Ikari Warriors

Genre: Action/Arcade Publisher: SNK Total time played: 5 Hours Short review: An early port of a quarter munching arcade game where you play as a soldier who must infiltrate the most heavily guarded base of all time. It is one of the hardest games on the NES. Interesting links related to Ikari Warriors The Mexican Runner Playthrough (55min 25secs) Soundtrack Video Review (Angry Video Game Nerd) Level Maps Arnpoly Written Review Oh Boy After playing through 40+ hours of Bases Loaded I w

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Section Z

Genre: Shooter Publisher: Capcom Total time played: 4 Hours Short review: A competent side scrolling shooter with a maze element that at first seems daunting but ends up being really easy to follow as long as you draw a map. Interesting links related to Section Z Detailed Strategy Guide For Section Z Speedrun (31min 26sec) Soundtrack Video Review (Jeremy Parish) A Brief Relationship After the long hard battle with Bases Loaded my playthrough of Section Z felt very brief. I believe my e

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Bases Loaded

Genre: Baseball Publisher: Jaleco Total time played: 50 hours Short review: To pick up and play a single game with a friend can provide some mild entertainment. But, if you try to play through a season you are going to quickly learn to hate this slog of a baseball game and look for any shortcuts to end games quickly. Interesting links related to Bases Loaded Soundtrack Take On The NES Library Written Review Aqualung Video Review Insturction Manual (PDF) Fun For 1 Game Bases Loaded is a

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Super Russian Roulette

Genre: Multiplayer Party Publisher: Batlab Electronics Total time played: 30 Minutes Short review: A party game where you and your friends try to live longer than the digital cowboy in this game of Russian Roulette. Interesting links related to Super Russian Roulette Kickstarter Commerical Well, This Has Never Been Done Before One of the coolest things about the homebrew community is it allows inventive people to create NES games that no one could have thought of 25 years ago or Nintendo

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Nescape

Genre: Puzzle Publisher: Khan Games Total time played: 3 Hours Short review: A point and click adventure in the vein of Shadowgate where your only job is to escape! Interesting links related to Nescape Kickstarter Project A New Game! It has been 25 years since the NES had an officially released game but since then dozens, if not hundreds of “homebrew” games made by small teams, or in some cases, a single person are still coding out and releasing new games using antiquated assembly languag

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Ferrari Grand Prix

Genre: Racing Publisher: Acclaim Total time played: 10 Hours Short review: Billed as a racing simulator it is more of a generic racing game with simple controls. Interesting links related to Ferrari Grand Prix Soundtrack Full Playthrough (The Mexican Runner) Story There isn’t one. But, I’ll make one up. You are the new guy on the track and have to prove yourself in your rookie season over 16 courses around the world to win the most points at the end of the year and be crowned the F1 cha

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Prince of Persia

Genre: Adventure Publisher: Virgin Interactive Total time played: 5 Hours Short review: A port of a classic computer game that features some innovative ideas but clunky controls hold it back from being great. Interesting links related to  Speedrun (21min 42sec) History and Review by Arnpoly Soundtrack It’s Hard to Go Backwards In 2003 I bought Prince of Persia: Sands of Time on the XBOX and played the heck out of it. It was so fun, fast paced and innovative. You could run on walls, you

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R.C. Pro-Am

Genre: Racing Publisher: Rare Total time played: 25 Hours Short review: Dodge road hazards and collect upgrades to your remote control car in this fast paced racing game. Interesting links related to  Race Track Maps Speedrun (20min 44sec) Tool Assisted Speedrun – All GoldMedals (39min 06 sec) Soundtrack Oh, I Get It! I played R.C. Pro Am for a long time as a kid before I got the gimmick of the game. The R.C. stands for Remote Control and you use your NES controller as simulacra for th

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Galaga: Demons of Death

Genre: Arcade Publisher: Bandai Total time played: 2 Hours Short review: An arcade classic that is easy to learn, tough to master and a ton of fun to play. Interesting links related to  100k Point Speed Run (3min 46sec) Video Review (Classic Game Room) Soundtrack Demons of Death!! The subtitle to Galaga is “Demons of Death” which I never realized even though it is right there on the box and front of the game cartridge. But, for some reason the title screen of the game just says Galaga.

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Battle Chess

Genre: Board Game Publisher: Data East Total time played: 1.5 Hours Short review: If you are a fan of chess and looking for a challenge this game will give it to you. But, if you want to play a 30 year old chess game there are better options. Interesting links related to  Speedrun (3min 29seconds) Video Review (CGRundertow) Soundtrack Let’s Talk Box Art If you were a kid in the early 90’s and a fan of video games the cover art of this game would really grab your attention as it looks li

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NES Open Tournament Golf

Genre: Golf Publisher: Nintendo Total time played: 30+ Hours Short review: Easily the most fun, most accurate and prettiest Golf game on the NES. Interesting links related to NES Open Tournament Golf Soundtrack Video Review (Drink A Beer and Play A Game) Instruction Manual (PDF) Wow! When I saw I was going to have to play a golf game that required winning $1,000,000 I was not looking forward to it. I have played a few golf game on the NES over the years and all were mildly entertaining

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Roadblasters

Genre: Racing Publisher: Mindscape Total time played: 3 Hours Short review: A racing game with a twist, you have a gun and each level is like a puzzle you must solve to complete. Interesting links related to  Full Playthrough (Arnpoly) (1hr 25min) Written Review (Arnpoly) Soundtrack Guitar Hero Syndrome Years ago I was obsessed with the Guitar Hero series of games and would play them for hours on end. I eventually was good enough to play through almost all songs on Expert. The one major

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Dragon Fighter

Genre: Action Publisher: Sofel Total time played: 3.5 hours Short review: A simple side scrolling action platformer that features a neat gimmick where you can turn into a dragon. Interesting links related to  No Death Playthrough by Shadowserg (27min 07sec) Soundtrack Written Review (Take On the NES Library) Windfall Back in 2013 I got a new job and when I left my old job I got to cash in all of my unused vacation time which amounted to about 6 weeks of time. With a portion of that mone

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Contra Force

Genre: Action Publisher: Konami Total time played: 1.5 Hours Short review: By far the weakest of the NES Contra game. It shows signs of intelligent game design but is ruined by slow down and some poor design choices. Interesting links related to Contra Force Soundtrack Live Speedrun (17min 32sec) Written Walkthrough Where Did I Get This Game? At some point over the past 25 years I picked up Contra Force but I have no idea where. The fact that I don’t remember probably means it was cheap

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The Mutant Virus: Crisis in a Computer World

Genre: Arcade/Puzzle Publisher: American Softworks Total time played: 40 Hours Short review: It starts off as an arcade game and very quickly becomes a puzzle game that appears to be more luck than skill. Well known to be one of the most difficult games on the NES. Interesting links related to The Mutant Virus Forum post where a community is attempting to master the game. Full Playthrough part 1 – TheMexican Runner  Full Playthrough part 2- TheMexicanRunner Video Review – Only Level 1 T

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