#5: Star Fox 2
Platform(s): Super Nintendo
©1995 Nintendo (unreleased)
"What? Star Fox 2 never came out!!" Is what you are probably thinking right now, but you can play this game on an emulator or get the repro cart off of timewalk games. So, since the game was fully complete at first, and the fans patched the game to fix some bugs, it's playable and can be on my list. After the success of the first Star Fox game, Nintendo decided to follow up with a sequel, but when the game was completed, Nintendo pulled the plug and decided to release Star Fox 64 instead. This cancelled gem is Star Fox 2, the sequel that never saw the light of day, which was supposed to happen near the end of the Super NES' lifespan in 1995. SF2 was way different from it's sequel, as it let you choose which characters you want to play as, and the game was kind of like a tactical RPG, as you have to choose where to go next and what enemies you want to get rid of in order to prevent Corneria from being taken over by Andross. This gameplay system is similar to what is in Star Fox Command on the DS. Star Fox 2 lives on in other Star Fox games, as they have many different elements from SF2. This game also had the option where your Arwing could transform into a walking battle tank on certain levels, and you sure can't do that in any other SF game. Nintendo is still trying to make up their minds whether or not to bring SF2 to Virtual Console, but you can enjoy this game by playing it on an emulator, or fork over the money for a repro cart. Nintendo, please bring this game to Virtual Console someday because I'm sure there are tons of people wanting to play this unreleased gem that never saw the light of day.
Gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m690yg1MN4
Please comment and let me know what you think!
Great news everyone! I just bought a Sega Saturn yesterday and now I can review SS games! The only games I could review right now are Resident Evil and Sonic 3D Blast, but I will buy more games for the system.
Here are some Saturn game reviews you will see in the future from me:
Mega Man 8, Mega Man X3, Mega Man X4, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Saturn Bomberman, The Legend of Oasis, Donpachi, DoDonpachi, Deep Fear, Burning Rangers, Panzer Dragoon Saga (hopefully), Street Fighter Alpha games, Sega Rally Championship, Daytona USA, Dead or Alive
It will take me a while to get all these games, but I promise you will see these reviews from me in the near future. Saturn games ain't cheap ya know. Well, please comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!
We all know that Final Fantasy III and IV have been given 3D remakes on the DS, but fans have been demanding that Square Enix remake Final Fantasy VI, the game which is considered by many to be the best in the series, in 3D. SE said that it wouldn't be possible on the DS due to "technical issues", but they have considered remaking FFVI on Nintendo's newest handheld, the 3DS. The 3DS is a powerful system, able to run a variant of the Resident Evil 5 engine, so it may not be a surprise if any hardware related issues with bringing Final Fantasy VI to the DS would be resolved on 3DS. And SE isn't just considering FFVI, they are also considering 1992's Final Fantasy V as well to be given the 3D remake treatment. You can pick up VI for your SNES or GBA, and you can get V as a SNES reproduction cart or on the GBA, but why not play them as 3D remakes? We won't know if FFV and VI will be getting these remakes until Square Enix gives us more feedback, but this would be great if they decide to go for it. Please let me know what you think of this!
-Here's the link to the article.
#6: Super Mario Sunshine
Oh you saw it coming. I can tell. Anyway, with the success of Super Mario 64 in 1996, Nintendo stuck to that winning formula in the next gen with Super Mario Sunshine on the Cube, released in 2002. Sunshine was very well recieved by critics, scoring a 92/100 on Metacritic, and that score is Final Fantasy VII territory right there. However, fans dislike the game and I have no idea why, they say it sucks, they call it the "weakest core mario game" like GS user domino-slayer did, but I don't have anything against SMS, besides the high difficulty. It all looks fine to me. Sunshine was a very creative and fun new Mario game where Mario goes on a vacation to Delfino Island with Princess Peach & friends, where Mario is wrongly convicted for a recent incident that happened on the island as the whole place is covered in grafitti draining the power of the shine sprites. So Mario must clean up the island and find out who set him up in the first place. In Sunshine, you get to visit different locations like a beach, a hilly village, a port town, plus a theme park and a casino? BUY ME THAT! Sunshine is one excellent Mario game with challenging level design, cool locations to explore, and lots of charm to it. This game is one of the best graphically looking games on the GCN that it would look even better if it got an HD remake on Wii U like TLOZ: The Wind Waker is, and this game, like Wind Waker, deserves more love and attention. Super Mario Sunshine is also the first game to appear on one of my Top 10 lists twice.
We all know that Nintendo's Virtual Console service has a selection of classic games from retro consoles such as NES, Commodore 64, SNES, Turbografx-16, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy, GB Color, GB Advance, N64, GameCube, and more, but I think Nintendo should expand the library even more and give you games from other consoles as well. What I want Nintendo to do is to put games from these consoles on VC:
Sega Saturn, Sega CD, Dreamcast, DS
Games I want on VC are:
Saturn: Mega Man 8 (saturn ver. has exclusive content not found on PS), Burning Rangers, Radiant Silvergun, Policenauts (english trans.), Resident Evil (saturn ver. also has exclusive content), Street Fighter Alpha series, Panzer Dragoon 1 & 2.
Sega CD: Snatcher, Sonic CD, Shining Force CD, Final Fight CD, Shin Megami Tensei, Lunar JRPG series.
Dreamcast: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Jet Grind Radio, Space Channel 5, Resident Evil CODE: Veronica, Power Stone, Skies of Arcadia.
DS: Mario Kart DS, Final Fantasy III & IV remakes, Pokemon 4th Gen (Diamond, Pearl & Platinum, Black & White), Sonic Rush, Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor series, SMT: Strange Journey, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Resident Evil; Deadly Silence, Contra 4, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, The World Ends With You, Yoshi's Island DS.
So, please let me know what you think and tell me what console(s) you want Nintendo to support on Virtual Console. Thanks!
Nintendo sure did hit a huge one out of the park when they said EarthBound is coming to Wii U Virtual Console. EarthBound, the 1995 cult-classic JRPG for the SNES that stars Ness, is finally coming to Virtual Console, and you won't need to buy a SNES and fork over an arm and a leg for one copy of the game! Then again, since EarthBound is on VC, prices may drop for the original SNES version on Ebay and Amazon. You never know, it could likely happen. Even though I will be getting a Wii U so I can download EarthBound, I am still going to buy the game for my SNES. This is great news and please let me know what you think!
#7 - Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
With the success of Resident Evil 2, a year earlier, and with the PlayStation almost near the end of it's lifespan, Capcom decided to close out the PS1 era with a bang, and they did with Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, released in 1999. RE3 recieved the same positive reviews that it's predecessors had, and it did have some improvements, like decent voice acting, ability to dodge enemies, and what have you. In RE3, you play as Jill Valentine, the star from the first game, as she resigns from STARS, and is on a mission with a mercenary named Carlos to escape a zombie-infested Raccoon City which is about to be destroyed by a nuclear missile while being chased by one of the many monsters of Umbrella Inc., Nemesis, who is sent to kill off STARS members as he always yells "STARS!!!" while he is at it. Even though this is a worthy end to the series run on the PS1, not very many RE fans remember RE3, as they are just too busy playing the second game or RE4 on GameCube. I found RE3 to be better than the first game and just as good as RE2, and I equally spend the same amount of time playing RE3 as much as RE2. It's that fun and addicting. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a PlayStation classic that PS1 or PS2 owners should pick up as this game at least deserves a mention when talking about the franchise's top title.
gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HanEBMeas28
I bet that you are very excited for the next Smash Bros. game coming to Wii U. I was very excited for Brawl when it came out in '08, but I'm more excited for the next one because series creator Masahiro Sakurai said a Capcom character may be in the next Smash Bros., and at first I thought it would be Leon S. Kennedy from the Resident Evil series, but now, I think that Capcom character will be Zero from the Mega Man X series. Zero is a fan-favorite character from the Mega Man universe, as his popularity surpasses Mega Man. Since Zero was given an entire campaign in Mega Man X4, he has lots of devestating and cool moves he can pull off with his awesome Beam Saber, even some Streer Fighter-like moves, which is why he replaced Mega Man in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Zero has better moves than Mega Man. Yes, I know Zero is Dr. Wily's robot, but why hold that against him? Zero is one cool character that should be in the next Smash Bros game, and I would bet every dollar on Zero being in the next Smash Bros.
#8 - Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
©2007 Nintendo, Retro Studios
When Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was released in 2004, most Metroid fans had one reaction: "What the hell was that?" So, Nintendo and Retro needed to make the game to impress the fanbase as much as the original Prime. That game was Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, the final game in the Prime series, released for the Wii in 2007. It was loved by critics like the first two games in the series, and the Metacritic score for Corruption is 90/100. Now the reason why this is pretty low on the list is because this game actually was a big hit when it came out. This game did impress the fans, for the most part, but a good chunk of that fanbase always seem to compare this with the first Prime game, saying the original is still tops and I don't understand why. I enjoyed this one more THAN THE ORIGINAL Metroid Prime. Now that is a statement right there. Also, noone ever brings this game up when it comes to talking about killer Wiimote games! 3 has the best gameplay in the series as you have 3 planets to explore, not just one as the game is a bit more forgiving as it lets you go back to the planets to grab items you missed so you can get 100% completion and unlock the special ending where you can see Samus in her....eh....well, you get the picture. Not to mention this game has the best controls for a FPS EVER! How cool is that. Prime 3 is the best of the 3 Metroid Prime games, as Retro and Nintendo totally outdid themselves on this release. It deserves more love and attention.
#9: Sonic Adventure 2
Platform(s): Sega Dreamcast
©2001 Sega - Sonic Team
Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast was one of the best Sonic games ever made as it showed us how good Sonic can be in 3D, and because of that game's success, you'd expect a sequel, right? That was the masterpiece Sonic Adventure 2, released near the end of the Dreamcast's short lifespan in 2001. SA2 was loved by critics, and is the second-highest reviewed Sonic game with a Metacritic score of 89/100. This game improved on the first in almost every way possible, as it had better music, better stage design, better boss battles, improved gameplay, and also a campaign for the good guys and another for the baddies, and when you complete both, you unlock the shocking climax. You can either choose to save the world or conquer it! How cool is that? However, some like to call this Sonic game overrated, and I have no idea why, and like most of the other great 3D Sonic games we got, nobody really remembers SA2. This game is a Dreamcast classic and this is one game you should put on your list of DC games you should totally own. This is my 2nd favorite Sonic game behind Sonic & Knuckles, and it deserves more attention. Nobody really remembers anything about Sonic Adventure 2 or any of the other great 3D Sonic games like Rush and the original Sonic Adventure, and it's all because of what happened in 2006. You know what I'm talking about here.
#10: Mega Man X2
Platform: Super Nintendo
©1994, 1995 Capcom
Mega Man X was a fantastlc new Mega Man series from Capcom when it released on the Super NES. The first game in the series will hold a place in Mega Man fans' hearts as it is one of the all time greats. And after the first MMX game, you'd expect a sequel, am I right? That sequel was Mega Man X2, released in 1995. When it released, it recieved the same amount of positive reviews that critics gave the first game, but Mega Man fans don't really pay much attention to this game, as it is just another forgotten memory of the Mega Man franchise. I played this game on the Mega Man X Collection for PS2 and loved it, and I honestly think X2 is better than the first game. It may be a bit more forgiving than the original, but it has better level design, same great controls and gameplay, cool music, a better boss manu, and we're introduced to a major story that involves X having to rescue Zero from the "X-hunters" and as always, defeat Sigma. I found X2 to be a more enjoyable game than the first, and I believe it's the best one of them all. The only drawback to X2 is that if you want to pick it up nowadays for your Super NES, it's gonna cost you upwards of $80. The easiest way to play X2 is the Mega Man X Collection for GameCube and PlayStation 2. Mega Man X2 is another enjoyable game in the X series, and it deserves more attention.
Hi everyone, since you've seen my list of Top 10 Most Underrated Games (I hope you have, it's pretty interesting), I'm gonna start a new Top 10 list called Top 10 Underrated Classics, and I will post a new entry on the blogs once every few days or so. This list is as always opinionated and if you agree or disagree with me, that's absolutely fine. These are games that have gotten positive reviews, but at the same time, games that people don't really remember or don't really care about. Rule is only one game per series(Mega Man and Mega Man X are different series, and so are Metroid and Metroid Prime). Well, I'll post a new entry on the list every couple of days, so be sure to read and comment on the entries I choose. Thanks!
- I started to get into collecting for retro games since I bought my Nintendo 64 back in 2007, and as of now, I have at least 6 consoles (including handhelds) that I am collecting for, and they are in order from oldest to newest: GB, SNES, GBC, PlayStation, N64, PS2, GC, GBA, DS, and Wii. I currently have a decent-size amount of games for each system, and I have some tips for ya.
- If you want to get old consoles (NES, Genesis, Saturn, PS, etc.), I highly recommend buying a old CRT TV set that dosen't have a flat screen because old consoles have light guns that won't work on flat-screen TVs. CRT TVs should be easy to find and should be cheap too, check with the seller if that TV works, ask the seller if he can double check to see if it works, and see if it supports composite-video cables (red, white and yellow cables). Just get a CRT that works with game consoles, ok?
- If you want to buy a console off Ebay or Amazon, see if that system has games for it that you want so that your game collecting job is a little bit easier. Also check at thrift shops, flea markets, pawn shops(you can sometimes find extremely rare games there for cheap, heard from someone that they found Chrono Trigger complete-in-box for $5.00 at one before), or any place that sells retro games for old games/consoles, etc.
- Also, if you are looking for a game you want that is on Ebay or Amazon, don't spend a fortune, try to find something that is reasonably priced, won't eat your wallet alive.
- Also, if you are wondering, here are the consoles that I recommend you start collecting for since these consoles have games that are very cheap and easy to find:
PlayStation, NES, N64, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, Wii, Sega Master System.
- Here are the consoles that I recommend you DON'T start collecting for since games for these consoles, for the most part are very pricey, and can eat your wallet alive. Don't collect for these consoles first unless you can afford it, or you REALLY, REALLY mean it!
Super Nintendo, Sega Saturn, Panasonic 3DO, PC Engine, PC-88, PC-98.
- Trust me, I learned the hard way when I got my SNES. Prices for most SNES games (including the Squaresoft RPGs) are rising fast. The most expensive SNES game I have in my collection is Super Metroid, and I was lucky and very happy to get that for $30, since it is my favorite game of all time. Prices for Super Metroid are over $50 on Amazon right now, FYI.
- Start with something like the PlayStation, games for the PS1 are sooo affordable, I kid you not. Most of the system's best games can be found complete for at least $15 at the most, even black label editions. Also PS2, since that system sold sooo many units and so many games, and it is backwards compatible with your PS1 games.
#1: Metroid: Other M
© 2010 Nintendo, Tecmo Koei Games - Team Ninja
At last, we have reached #1 on the list, and this is a game which gets 100 times more hate than Mega Man 8, Sonic 3D Blast, Luigi's Mansion, Star Fox Adventures, Resident Evil 5, Metal Gear Solid 2, Wind Waker, Mario Sunshine and Mega Man X3. The most underrated game of all time is Metroid: Other M, the most recent entry in the long running Metroid series released in 2010 for the Wii, co-developed by Tecmo's Team Ninja division. Other M recieved mostly positive reviews upon release, scoring a 79/100 on Metacritic, however, outside of the critics opinions, this game turned the once pleasable Metroid fanbase into one of the most unpleasable fanbases this side of Sonic the Hedgehog. Other M tells the story of main character Samus Aran's history and everything about her. The story wasn't bad, but it was cheezy at times, and kinda made Samus look like a useless person instead of the awesome bounty hunter she really is. The story is what made fans hate the game, believing that Other M ruined the series. Not so much! Even though the dialogue is cheezy, the positive in Other M do outweigh the negatives. The controls and gameplay are still great, and it is still a proper Metroid game. I was lucky enough to buy this game for $10 brand new at gamestop because this game got so much hate from the fanbase. Thanks, I guess. You shouldn't let the story ruin the time you spend with Other M because there is more to like about the game than there is to hate. Nintendo and Team Ninja could have done a better job with this game, but overall it was a lot of fun. it was all the fun of a bad game without it actually being a bad game. It's a very good game, and it deserves a better rep. That is, until the fanbase changes their minds which will probably never happen in a million years.
Anyway, thanks for checking out the list, I don't know what I'm gonna do next, but anyway, please let me know what you thought of the whole list. Thanks! Yes, I am a Metroid fanboy, and I liked this game.
Since I will announce #1 on the list here soon, here are some honorable mentions to some underrated gems:
Mega Man X4
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Mega Man 7
Star Fox: Assault
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XII
Pokemon 3rd Generation (Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Colliseum, XD: Gale of Darkness)
Mega Man X8
Super Mario Bros. 2(US)
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart 64
Do you have any honorable mentions of your own?
You thought Mega Man 8 was an underrated game. You'd be right, but compared to #1 Mega Man 8 is highly respected. At least it didn't turn the fanbase of an epic franchise into one of the most unpleasable fanbases this side of Sonic the Hedgehog. At least it didn't make those fans think differently about the star character. At least it didn't ruin the image of a franchise to those fans and a select number of critics. At least it isn't one of the most despised games in video game history. At least it isn't the most hated game Nintendo has ever released. Do you think you know what it is? Do you wanna find out what that game is before I post #1 on my blog? Here's a hint: Look in my reviews!
Link to my other blogs and the other entries on the list: http://www.gamespot.com/users/GSJones1994/blog
Link to my reviews: http://www.gamespot.com/users/GSJones1994/contributions?mode=reviews
#2: Mega Man 8
Platform(s): Sega Saturn, PlayStation
©1996, 1997 Capcom
With the 10th Anniversary of Capcom's famous Mega Man series coming up, Capcom decided that after the NES and Super NES, they should give their mascot his first game of the 32-bit era. That was Mega Man 8, released for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in the U.S. in 1997. When it released, MM8 recieved mixed-to-positive reviews, praising the gameplay, visuals, new anime cutscenes and what have you, but today, people like Classic Game Room's TJ love to pick on MM8 because of it's terrible voice acting and dialogue. Yes, this game does have bad voice acting and dialogue, i'll admit that, like the famous "Dr. Wahwee" line where the voice actor for Dr. Light pronounces Dr. Wily's name wrong, but why hold that against it? Why let that get in the way of a fun game? I usually don't critcize bad voice acting in games because it shouldn't ruin the experience for you, also this came out in the 90s so, it's excusable. There were tons of games that had bad voice acting around this time, like Mega Man X4, and Resident Evil, but that's beside the point. Mega Man 8 is another solid entry in the series that is so much fun playing, and it may not be MM2 or 3 for that matter, but it's still worth owning. The rare and expensive Sega Saturn version has exclusive content like an art gallery, and Cutman and Woodman as exclusive bosses that you run into at some point in the game. How cool is that? Mega Man 8 is one game you shouldn't judge because of it's silly voice acting, as there is a ton more to like about MM8 then there is to criticize.
Gameplay footage (Japanese Sega Saturn ver.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTrZg7w4YTo
And for number 1 on the list, how do you think I could possibly top Mega Man 8, one of the most underrated games of all time?
#3: Sonic 3D Blast
Platform(s): Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, PC
©1996 Sega, Travellers Tales
Hoo boy. I may take a ton of heat for putting this on the list, but here goes. With the age of the 3D era coming fast, Sega decided to give their mascot his own game in 3D for once. That was Sonic 3D Blast, released on both the Sega Genesis and Saturn in 1996. When it released, it recieved mixed reviews from critics, some liked it, some hated it, but today, critics and Sonic fans just love to tear on this game. ScrewAttack put 3D Blast on their list of the worst Sonic games ever instead of Sonic 06. INSTEAD OF SONIC 06???!!!!! What kind of logic is that?! This game is another case of where the critics and fans have their heads so far up their a$$es that they don't know what they're talking about. People critize it for it's bad controls and gameplay. What bad controls and gameplay? It all plays just fine to me. Also the stage design is challenging, but not frustrating, which probably turned some people off to this game, also noting it's high difficulty. Just because it's hard, dosen't mean it's impossible. It took me a while, but I actually pulled it off. The game has great graphics, music, and stage design that is really is a blast to play. Also, Electronic Gaming Monthly suggested that 3D Blast may be a better game than what critics say, and it turns out that they are correct! I had a fun time playing this game on the Sonic Mega Collection for GameCube, and you should try it too because you shouldn't let the critics and crazy Sonic fans fool you. This game is good, and it deserves a better rep.
Gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPqPt_R7nuo
#4: Luigi's Mansion
With Mario always hogging the spotlight from his younger brother, Luigi, Nintendo decided for once that they should give Luigi their own game as a launch title for their new GameCube. They gave us Luigi's Mansion, a game where Luigi wins a mansion in a contest that he never entered, as he must enter the mansion to defeat King Boo and his minions, and rescue Mario. When it released, it recieved mostly positive reviews with a Metacritic score of 78/100. Nintendo made Luigi's Mansion into a survival horror game and a very good one too. Luigi has his own vaccum that he recieves from professional scientist Professor E. Gadd, called the Poltergust 5000, as he must suck up all the ghosts and all of king boo's minions inside the vaccum and transfer them to E. Gadd, so that he can make the ghosts into portraits. Also there is lots of treasure inside the mansion as at the end, Gadd builds you a certain size mansion depending on how much treasure you collect. I don't know what people hate about this game. Did people want a platformer starring Luigi? A. It would be like playing a Mario game, and B. That's already been done before. Right now, you're probably thinking: "What? Luigi's Mansion isn't #1? How could you?" Well, this is at #4 because this game's reputation has improved over the years and to further prove this game's improving rep, it's getting a sequel for the 3DS this June called Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Yes, there are people that still hate this game, and it does deserve a better rep.
#5: Star Fox Adventures
©2002 Nintendo, Rare
After the success of the first two games in the Star Fox series, Nintendo decided that it was time the series needed to be changed so that the same old formula wouldn't get stale. In 2002, Nintendo teamed up with Rare one last time and they released Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube. Adventures was loved by critics when it released, scoring an 82/100 on Metacritic, but it is often ignored by fans because it dosen't stay true to the Star Fox formula. So what if it dosen't say true to the formula? If a game is good, it's freaking good. If it's not broke, don't break it. Fans often ignore Adventures because they call it a borderline Zelda clone, with gameplay similar to Ocarina of Time. Maybe, but that dosen't mean it's a Zelda clone. In this one, Fox is sent to explore Dinosuar Planet, near the edge of the Lylat system to find certain artifacts and the missing Krazoa spirits in order to save the planet from disaster. Yes, there are Arwing segments in the game where you fly from one broken piece of the planet to another, but for the most part, you are out of the Arwing and exploring the planet in order to find everything necessary to save it. That's not so bad is it? Star Fox Adventures is a fun and addictive game that will keep you entertained for hours, and a GameCube classic too. SF Adventures is so great that it deserves a better rep but since the Star Fox fanbase is one of the most unpleasable fanbases this side of Sonic the Hedgehog, it won't be getting more love anytime soon. Oh well.