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    SNES Sega-16's impressions and reviews of SNES games

    I don't know if there have been similar threads. If so, tell me, please.

    So I'm in this 16-bit marathon and I've thought it would be nice to do threads specifically for commenting games on non-Sega systems here in the Insert Coin section. This way, we could share our thoughts about them as Sega fans (just don't hate, please… We're grown adults…).

    This would be the SNES thread, to get started with.

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    And I'll start with ActRaiser:

    For such an early 3rd party title, Enix did magic on the SNES. It went out on 1990, but should it have launched on 1995, it would still be brilliant: Unique concept for the era, mixing beautiful arcade levels with a god-game - with shoot 'em up parts for good measure - setup, all accompained by an epic soundtrack from our Yuzo Koshirō.
    The one problem I have with ActRaiser is that it may be too easy on the "normal" level of difficulty. Once you get the hold of the gameplay and know what magic to use, some levels are a breeze, and so are the god-sim parts. However, the originality of the idea, the excellent execution and overall fun gameplay warrant several returns to Fillmore (do you prefer East or West? Bad musical joke, here).

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    Love this system, even more than the MD for single player games. I never forget seeing the screenshots of F Zero: the static screen shots along made me want the game and system.
    Castlevania IV was incredible and while mode 7 always gets silly knocks, when you 1st saw the top down sections in Contra 3 it was jaw dropping moment.

    NCL and Konami were almost untouchable in the 16 bit era
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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    Love this system, even more than the MD for single player games. I never forget seeing the screenshots of F Zero: the static screen shots along made me want the game and system.
    Castlevania IV was incredible and while mode 7 always gets silly knocks, when you 1st saw the top down sections in Contra 3 it was jaw dropping moment.

    NCL and Konami were almost untouchable in the 16 bit era
    I have a confession to make. At first, I wanted a SNES. The MD presented itself as an opportunity: It was a freebie with a collection of novels I still have (in fact, it's on a shelf behind me right now), and the rest is history.

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    Magical Drop 1 and 2:
    The first game is a little dry in the replay department, but the artwork is still nice on the SFC version. The second game however, I have as much fun with it as the Saturn version I own (I don't have the SFC version yet, and it's price is rising). Data East did a fantastic job with the SFC game, it's even a great 2 player affair if you have a friend to play.

    Hagane:
    This one is too rich for my blood, reminds me a lot of Shinobi III, the action is pounding, the music is great, I really consider them close relatives to one another as I enjoy them both.

    Magical Pop N:
    Another one too rich for my blood, but it is as cute as a button, decent length, music is groovy, and did I mention the game is so sugary sweet that it could rot your teeth?

    Kiki Kaikai 1 and 2:
    Known to western games as Pocky & Rocky (I don't like the rename, the reboot coming will also bear the name), cute Japanese themed run and gun, pretty challenging too, yet charming game. I consider Twinkle Tale on the MD in the same vein, sadly it shares another thing in common with Kiki Kaikai, the expensive price tag. People consider the second P&R game to be inferior to the first, if anything it's music is even better, and you get helper characters to use in certain situations, like the big bald monk who can remove boulders from in front of item chests.


    The SNES and Genesis really spoiled us with some of the best games ever made, a truly remarkable era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodreign View Post
    Magical Drop 1 and 2:
    The first game is a little dry in the replay department, but the artwork is still nice on the SFC version. The second game however, I have as much fun with it as the Saturn version I own (I don't have the SFC version yet, and it's price is rising). Data East did a fantastic job with the SFC game, it's even a great 2 player affair if you have a friend to play.

    Hagane:
    This one is too rich for my blood, reminds me a lot of Shinobi III, the action is pounding, the music is great, I really consider them close relatives to one another as I enjoy them both.

    Magical Pop N:
    Another one too rich for my blood, but it is as cute as a button, decent length, music is groovy, and did I mention the game is so sugary sweet that it could rot your teeth?

    Kiki Kaikai 1 and 2:
    Known to western games as Pocky & Rocky (I don't like the rename, the reboot coming will also bear the name), cute Japanese themed run and gun, pretty challenging too, yet charming game. I consider Twinkle Tale on the MD in the same vein, sadly it shares another thing in common with Kiki Kaikai, the expensive price tag. People consider the second P&R game to be inferior to the first, if anything it's music is even better, and you get helper characters to use in certain situations, like the big bald monk who can remove boulders from in front of item chests.


    The SNES and Genesis really spoiled us with some of the best games ever made, a truly remarkable era.
    About Magical Drop, I picked MD III (including a special edition of I on an extra disc) for the PSX on a discount bin. The cheapest game I've ever bought for any console: I think that if I put it in dollars, it costed me 10 bucks new and sealed. It's still the PSX game I replay more often. Not a bargain, but THE bargain.

    Ahhhh, Magical Pop'n. I have it translated on the Super Everdrive. Beautiful game, and the witchie going "ai, ai, ai" any time you attack is adorable. That said, I haven't played it that much, but, yep, here's a wonderful game that passed us by.

    I still have to give Kiki Kai Kai a try. I know what it's about and all but still haven't started my career as a yokai and yurei hunter.

    And Hagane… This one is new for me! Gotta search some info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigladiesman View Post
    About Magical Drop, I picked MD III (including a special edition of I on an extra disc) for the PSX on a discount bin. The cheapest game I've ever bought for any console: I think that if I put it in dollars, it costed me 10 bucks new and sealed. It's still the PSX game I replay more often. Not a bargain, but THE bargain.

    Ahhhh, Magical Pop'n. I have it translated on the Super Everdrive. Beautiful game, and the witchie going "ai, ai, ai" any time you attack is adorable. That said, I haven't played it that much, but, yep, here's a wonderful game that passed us by.

    I still have to give Kiki Kai Kai a try. I know what it's about and all but still haven't started my career as a yokai and yurei hunter.

    And Hagane… This one is new for me! Gotta search some info.
    You must have the Plus Wonderful MD 3 release, arcade perfect MD 1 after the tragedy of how the first game was redone for PS1 and Saturn with some of the most soulless characters put into the game as replacements. There's two releases of it in Japan, the original Data East print, and the Taito re-release print (I think by that time Data East went bankrupt), I own the Taito print.

    As for Magical Pop N, they actually cast an former adult film star in the role of Pop N, sadly this was her one non porn role I believe, and she tragically died alone in her apartment not too long after, kidney issue I believe. She was starting to turn her life around too, had gotten out of the adult film industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigladiesman View Post
    I have a confession to make. At first, I wanted a SNES. The MD presented itself as an opportunity: It was a freebie with a collection of novels I still have (in fact, it's on a shelf behind me right now), and the rest is history.
    To go in a long and boring story. I was like a mistake LOL, there's a 10-year gap between me and my brother and my Gran would always take my brother away on Holidays abroad in his teenage years, but by the time I came to the age of 13/4 my Gran heath was getting worse and she could no longer fly, as a way of making it up to me My gran and auntie would always look to give me money for new gaming consoles and games. SEGA ones were always for my BIG Christmas presents off mum, but my gran and aunt helped to fund my Snes and N64 console buys

    So at school, I was one of the few kids who did actually own both a Mega Drive and SNES. I was die hard SEGA, but the Snes won me over (and I only bought it for SF II really) but I was simply blown away by the sound of the system, the colour and Mode 7. I remember even telling my gran how amazing the music and sound was in Super R-Type was, how amazing the 3D in F-Zero was and I will never forget the truly jaw dropping moment of playing the overhead sections in Contra III for the 1st time. Not that my gran really cared or knew what I was talking about, she was just glad I was happy

    The Snes was an awesome system and I never could understand the digs at Mode 7, I so wished the Mega Drive had it and was so glad SEGA put the ASIC chip inside the Mega-CD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodreign View Post
    You must have the Plus Wonderful MD 3 release, arcade perfect MD 1 after the tragedy of how the first game was redone for PS1 and Saturn with some of the most soulless characters put into the game as replacements. There's two releases of it in Japan, the original Data East print, and the Taito re-release print (I think by that time Data East went bankrupt), I own the Taito print.

    As for Magical Pop N, they actually cast an former adult film star in the role of Pop N, sadly this was her one non porn role I believe, and she tragically died alone in her apartment not too long after, kidney issue I believe. She was starting to turn her life around too, had gotten out of the adult film industry.
    Jeez, really, sometimes real life can surpass a Yakuza series video game.

    And about Magical Drop, it must be the edition yountalk about: the characters were the same as III, and it included a wonderful picture gallery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    To go in a long and boring story. I was like a mistake LOL, there's a 10-year gap between me and my brother and my Gran would always take my brother away on Holidays abroad in his teenage years, but by the time I came to the age of 13/4 my Gran heath was getting worse and she could no longer fly, as a way of making it up to me My gran and auntie would always look to give me money for new gaming consoles and games. SEGA ones were always for my BIG Christmas presents off mum, but my gran and aunt helped to fund my Snes and N64 console buys

    So at school, I was one of the few kids who did actually own both a Mega Drive and SNES. I was dire hard SEGA, but the Snes won me over (and I only bought it for SF II really) but I was simply blown away by the sound of the system, the colour and Mode 7. I remember even telling my gran how amazing the music and sound in Super R-Type was or how the amazing 3D in F-Zero and I will never forget the truly jaw dropping moment of playing the overhead sections in Contra III for the 1st time. Not that my gran really cared or knew what I was talking about, she was just glad I was happy

    The Snes was a awesome system and I never could understand the digs at Mode 7, I so wished the Mega Drive had it and was so glad SEGA put the ASIC chip inside the Mega-CD
    I haven't found your story boring at all. These are beautiful memories.

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    Let me tell you about a game I actually own and it's somewhat divisive AFAIK: Pilotwings.

    Many people accuse it of being nothing but a SNES tech demo, and, well, I personally don't find this to be a fair assumption. Don't get me wrong here: it really works as a tech demo, but I think there's more to it than this. It still looks and sounds good to this day, and in spite of me finding it a bit difficult, it manages to be a relaxing experience thanks to its chill atmosphere. Thing is that over the years, I feel like the own simplicty of its concept (just minigames) played against Pilotwings, but then again, isn't Nintendo celebrated for its minigames? Right now, on the Switch, half of my collection are minigame carts to play with all my family. That is why I don't understand the relative flak Pilotwings recieves on several places.

    Oh, well, here's the consuetudinary video:



    BTW, if you're noticing some kind of pattern of my posts… I'm posting the games I comment in [kind of] chronological order.

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    I thought Pilotwings looked silly until I sat down and played it properly. Then I was totally hooked! Really fun game that must have felt so ahead of its time (I didn't play it for more than a few minutes until 2010).

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    Pilotwings could have received a more favorable view from gamers, if it had a battery save for your progress. I absolutely love Pilotwings 64, because it saves your progress and high scores from other players. It offers so many challenges that you can try to beat the score of, from yourself and others that played it. It's a great game on the N64 and it could have been just as great on the SNES.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenband View Post
    I thought Pilotwings looked silly until I sat down and played it properly. Then I was totally hooked! Really fun game that must have felt so ahead of its time (I didn't play it for more than a few minutes until 2010).
    Pilotwings looked amazing to me. When you played that or the likes of F-Zero there was nothing like those graphics on any home system in 92 (when I had my Snes). The game was amazing too, with perfect playability and amazing music. I love the N64 version and in my eyes, it's a better game than Mario 64.
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    I think "silly" might be the wrong word, but when I first saw the game I had the same feeling I get when I look at a flight sim on Atari 7800 -- "this is going to be a hassle", I suppose. But once I got into the gameplay I loved it. Great tunes, too -- my wife and I will sometimes sing the rocketbelt theme at each other ("Bwah, bwah bwah, bwah").

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