Nintendo’s second throwback console features the best of the 16-bit era while improving on some of its predecessor’s shortcomings.
Manufacturer: Nintendo | Year: 2017 | Price: $79.99 | Buy from Amazon
I got the NES Classic earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed discovering classic games I’d never got a chance to try. But all but a couple of those games haven’t aged so well, and it was more of a historical time-capsule than a legitimate console you’d recommend to you friends. The Super Nintendo era is different. There’s a reason many modern indie games like Stardew Valley and Undertale find widespread success emulating the 16-bit style. The early nineties were a time when home video games started to distance itself from the arcade as a separate, valid entity, and as a result many of these games are lengthy, rich experiences.
Developer: Nintendo EAD | Year: 2002 | List Price: ~$15 | Buy from Amazon
I’m currently going through a Mario phase wherein I’ve been going through and playing all the Mario 2D platformers (roughly in order of difficulty). I enjoyed Nintendo’s side series like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. but never played much in the way of Mario platformers as a kid, so it’s been really cool to actually try the mainline Mario games. Last weekend I finally beat the GBA port of the 1990 SNES game Super Mario World, a game that many consider to be the best Mario game and one of the best platformers of all time.
Developer: Square Enix | Year: 2008 | List Price: ~$29.99 | Buy from Amazon
If you’ve been following Kantaloupe over the past 6 months or so, you’ll have seen me really get into JRPGs. I played my very first one back in February, Bravely Default. After beating that in June, I bought Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger DS at the same time, but decided to play the former first, since it came out earlier. After that I proceeded immediately to this game, which I have now beaten. (The marathon continues! I just bought a PS Vita on Thursday and downloaded Persona 3 Portable yesterday.)
Developer: Square Enix | Year: 2007 | List Price: ~$49.99 | Buy from Amazon
Remember in February when I posted my first impressions on Bravely Default and said I’d never played a JRPG before? Well Bravely Default sold me on the genre and several weeks back I went to a used game store and got Final Fantasy VI Advance for $50, which was a pretty steep price but better than any online solution I could find. (I also got Chrono Trigger DS, which I’ve just started, so look out for that review soon!). I’d always been interested in the hype surrounding Final Fantasy, so I looked up the ones available on any platform I own (basically meaning I through VI) and then looked up which was supposedly the best out of those titles.