Chrontendo is a series on the internet that begun in 2008 and still runs today. The series is mainly dedicated towards 1 man that calls himself Dr. Sparkle who plays every single official game released on the NES/Famicom in chronological order.
As time passed he also begun to do Chronsega, which reviews every single Sega Master System
/ Sega Genesis
game in chronological order and Chronturbo which is where he reviews all the games for the Turbografx16
Tropes used in his reviews
- Accentuate the Negative: He does this a lot in Chronsega. To the point where he doesn't want to make any more negative commentary about Sega in Chrontendo episode 20 when he covered Phantasy Zone for the NES.
- Broke the Rating Scale: He did this in Chrontendo episode 12. When the time arrived to review Super Monkey Daibouken, he turned the colouring negative and played the music reversed.
- Call Back: Expect this to happen when he reviews a sequel of a game which he previously reviewed or when a video game company makes its next appearance.
- Captain Obvious: When he reviews a sequel, he's usually going to note that it's a sequel, just so that he can talk more about the franchise.
- Complaining About Shows You Don't Like: When he had to review AKIRA in chrontendo episode 40 he noted that he found the show to be overrated.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: In chrontendo episode 42 he said that he had difficulties enjoying the NES version of Q*Bert. He said that it was probably the best port of Q*Bert around that time and perfectly acceptable by 1989 standards, but he said that he had difficulties to enjoy it because he was not habituated to the button lay-out.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Whenever there is something that was similar to another game he reviewed he will usually notice it and bring the subject up.
- Edutainment Show: The whole purpose of it.
- Fake Difficulty: Some games he reviews have invisible items that you need to progress in the game. He said that he found it to be lazy programming and a pathetic excuse to not put much content in the game.
- Follow the Leader: There is also Generation 16, who does the same thing but instead of reviewing games of the 8-bit generation, he reviews games of the 16-bit generation. He's actually liked by Chrontendo.
- Guide Dang It: When he did his top ten list of the worst NES/Famicom games, he noted that #3 was impossible to play without a guide or walkthrough.
- Meaningless Meaningful Words: In Chronsega episode 1 he lampshaded this phenomenon when talking about Sega's "Great Sports" series saying that it is not by putting the name "Great" in the title that the game is going to be any better.
- Precision F-Strike: He showed one in the game Bakutoushi Patton Kun in chrontendo episode 34. Its apparently due to a "Blind Idiot" Translation.
- Refuge in Audacity: When he reviewed Animal Attack Gakauen in Chrontendo Episode 27 he noted that a lot of Japanese video game programmers hide their bad programming skills by using wacky themes. Also taken Up to Eleven when he reviewed Monster Party, as he said that the game was very incompetently programmed but that in the end it was so wacky that you could not help but loving it. In the end he tied it up with the NES adaptation of Willow as the best game he played during the episode because of how creative and original Monster Party was.
- Sequelitis: He found that a lot of Nintendo games suffer from this.