F-Zero (SNES) Review


F-Zero was one of those launch games that made you want the new console straight away. I can’t remember where I saw it advertised, whether it be an actual advert or a TV show like Games Master or Bad Influence, but either way when my brother got a SNES and had F-Zero it looked like the coolest thing in the world. I was pretty terrible at it, and admittedly now I’m only okay, but it doesn’t take away from how great this was at the time, and how still good it is right now (even with superior sequels). Let’s take a look!

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Ice Climber (NES) Review

Ice Climber

Man oh man, do I ever dislike Ice Climber. I never played it growing up, Popo and Nana, the Ice Climbers, appearing in Melee was my first exposure to the series, and I didn’t even get round to properly playing it in any fashion until the mini-game collection known as “NES Remix” came out on the Wii U. Those short bursts didn’t convince me that the game was any good, and playing the full game now for this review certainly confirmed it… At least the Switch Online service meant I didn’t have to pay for the “Privilege”! Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch) Review

Fire Emblem Warriors

Before you say it, yes it is a shame that such a long-running JPRG series is being represented on this Smash countdown via a Warriors game, but as I’ve mentioned several times already, I just don’t get on with turn-based RPGs, and that goes double to tactical RPGs with permanent death! So instead let’s have a look at the second Nintendo franchised Warriors game, and well as publish my first Switch review!

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Super Smash Bros. Melee (GC) Review

SSB Melee

While I’d like to review an actual old Game and Watch game, and I’m sure there’s probably some way of doing that, every other series that debuted in Melee has an easier-to-play game to represent them in this countdown, so rather than skip Melee, here we are! Super Smash Bros. Melee was when the series properly clicked with me and my friends. Countless hours playing against each other with two A.I.s, unlocking characters and trophies, or just playing Home Run Contest… Let’s have a look at it then!

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Kid Icarus (NES) Review

Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus is another one of those popular early NES games, but in this case I never played it growing up. I remember wanting to because I really loved the Captain N cartoon which featured Kid Icarus’ Pit as a character (though he was actually called Kid Icarus, if I remember rightly) but upon playing it I’m glad I never did because it’s obscenely difficult, for me right now, let alone me back then! Let’s take a look…

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Super Mario Land 2 (GB) Review

Super Mario Land 2

Yeah, I know the Wario in Smash is very much based on the WarioWare series of games, complete with levels and music and logo, but… I just haven’t played them. Well, I played one with a friend once, but I barely remember it. I think it was fun though! So rather than ignore Wario entirely I thought I’d cover his debut game instead, Super Mario Land 2 on the good old Gameboy. I mean, his original costume from this era is selectable in the Smash series after all, so it’s not a complete cop-out! Let’s take a look…

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Metal Gear Solid (PS1) Review

Metal Gear Solid

Unlike a lot of games on this countdown, Metal Gear Solid was always going to get covered on this blog, as will all the other entries in the series (eventually). While I had played quite a bit of Metal Gear on the NES (not that I got too far back then…), MGS on the PS1 was my first real exposure to the series, as I’m sure it was for many. Blending story with varied gameplay, let’s see if Metal Gear Solid still holds up…

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Sonic The Hedgehog (MS) Review

Sonic the Hedgehog MS

“Why would you choose that game?!” I hear you shout? Two reasons! It was the first Sonic game I ever played, and if I don’t review a Master System game soon that area of the blog will remain “Coming soon!” forever. So let’s take a look at 8-bit Sonic the Hedgehog, a fun, though much slower, experience!

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) Review

SSB Brawl

Yes, I’ve never played a Pikmin game, so sue me. Go on! Try and sue me for not having played a Pikmin game! See how that ends up in court! … *ahem* Anyway, as I haven’t played a Pikmin game before, we have our first of three looks at the previous Smash games (Smash for Wii U having already been reviewed here on this blog!), starting with Brawl, which saw the Pikmin series debut. It’s the only Smash with a full-on, CGI cinematics story mode, but is that all that’s worth remembering about it?

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Gyromite (NES) Review


Hey look, it’s another game from the “never thought I’d review this for the blog” pile. Gyromite technically doesn’t star R.O.B., no game did until Mario Kart DS, but it was one of the two games that actually worked with the peripheral that now stars in the Smash Series, so it makes sense. Now, let’s take a look at this simple little puzzle game…

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