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goodtimesfreegrog imokaywiththis.gif from Darkmere
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Oct 2nd 2010 at 7:29:51 AM

Long story short, I've recently come into posession of a Super Nintendo and a Mega Drive, so I can finally check out the games I missed out when I was too busy fiddling away with a Playstation as a kid.

So, name your favourite games from the fourth generation, and tell me why they're so great.

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MajorTom Eye'm the cutest! Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
Oct 2nd 2010 at 7:30:56 AM

Kirby Super Star. Not the remake.

Super Metroid as well.

"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
Demongodofchaos2 Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
Oct 2nd 2010 at 7:31:53 AM

Earth Bound for the SNES: a Funny game, with an interesting premise and is practically a cool parody of old JRPG's.

I ain't spoiling the final boss for you.

edited 2nd Oct '10 7:32:47 AM by Demongodofchaos2

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Oct 2nd 2010 at 7:31:54 AM

Major Tom: Okay, now why should I play those.

And in before Sonic 3 And Knuckles or Gunstar Heroes, those already came in the package and are fantastic games.

Demon: Seen it.

edited 2nd Oct '10 7:32:36 AM by goodtimesfreegrog

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Demongodofchaos2 Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
Oct 2nd 2010 at 7:33:10 AM

You would probably still like the game, though.

edited 2nd Oct '10 7:33:45 AM by Demongodofchaos2

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Oct 2nd 2010 at 7:43:09 AM

edited 2nd Oct '10 7:46:59 AM by Schitzo

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MajorTom Eye'm the cutest! Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
Oct 2nd 2010 at 7:46:56 AM

^^^ Because they're fucking awesome! What more do you need?

"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
Shale Mighty pirate! from Int'l House of Mojo Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
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Oct 2nd 2010 at 7:47:38 AM

Make sure to pick up Sonic 2 to complete the experience there.

Super Metroid: Stands eye-to-eye with any Metroidvania made in the last decade. Great level design, lots of exploring to do, the graphics hold up and if you're a sequence-breaker, the potential for that is damn near endless.

Super Mario World: Is Super Mario World. One of the best platformers of the generation, and this was a very good generation for platformers.

Yoshis Island: Another of the best platformers of the generation.

Phantasy Star IV: The best game in the original Phantasy Star series, and the only one that's aged well enough to still be playable (PSII did some very creative things with its story, but the gameplay was painfully dated by the time this one came out, never mind today). Some very creative elements on top of a solid RPG base.

A Link To The Past: Not quite the quintessential 2D Legend of Zelda (that's Link's Awakening, for my money) but still a stellar game.

The Streets Of Rage and/or Final Fight series: Great, great beat-em-ups. Nothing more complicated than that, but if you want to beat some street thugs' faces in, look no further.

Final Fantasy VI: Assuming you didn't play it on the Playstation or Game Boy Advance. It's the height of the 16-bit RPG era, with great characters, Woolseytastic writing, solid gameplay and one hell of a soundtrack.

Shining Force II: There's not a whole lot of competition for strategy RPGs in that generation, but this is one of the best. Simple, classic gameplay, lots of fun.

Mega Man X 1-3: All good, solid Mega Man games, made before Capcom Sequel Stagnation set in on this particular sub-franchise. The bosses are varied, the levels are big and each game has its own quirks that set it apart.

edited 2nd Oct '10 7:49:04 AM by Shale

Longfellow Fractally long
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Oct 2nd 2010 at 8:37:11 AM

Super Mario All-Stars: don't know if you already have Super Mario Bros.. 1-3 and 2jp in other forms, but if you don't, you need to catch up on the industry's seminal platformers. (Some carts include Super Mario World, too)

Super Mario Kart: a fast-paced Nintendo Hard kart game that offers a learning curve that goes on for miles. Its tracks are quick and exciting and filled with challenging curves of all shapes. Donut Plains 3 is one of the best-designed levels ever. (And, by the way, there aren't any blue shells!)

Donkey Kong Country 2: the best game of its series, its levels brim with ideas and cleverly (but not obtusely, as in DKC 1) hidden secrets. Inspired stuff. Its gorgeous visuals and music are among the best in any game, too. (I also recommend DKC 3 if you finish this game and are looking for more)

Yoshis Island: its crayon-inspired backgrounds and vital animations offer the very portrait of childhood. It's the best-looking game I've ever played. But it delivers on the platforming too, especially in its hilarious and original bosses. The final boss is, well, a huge surprise.

Final Fantasy VI: I can't talk articulately about RPG's, but this one captured me in a way others haven't. I'll try. It marries story and gameplay by structuring each event as a little dungeon with some interaction, however simple, and thereby keeps me emotionally connected. The battle system isn't as taut as that in Final Fantasy IV (a game I still need to finish before recommending—though it has my favorite soundtrack of any game), but it stays above the attack-attack-heal-attack that haunts most RPG's.

Tetris Attack: no puzzle game has ever tested my finger speed so. It's Nintendo Hard and really a lot of fun to play on its higher difficulty levels, though I prefer its remake Pokémon Puzzle League on the N64.

Other games I recommend (about in the order I'd rank them) are Zelda 3, Pilotwings, Super Mario RPG, Chrono Trigger, and Donkey Kong Country 3. Not exhaustive; I haven't finished a lot of games that might otherwise rank (Final Fantasy IV and Super Metroid, for instance).

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goodtimesfreegrog imokaywiththis.gif from Darkmere
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Oct 2nd 2010 at 8:37:31 AM

I've already got my eyes on Super Metroid, but copies of that game seem to run really expensive.

How about the Mega Drive side? Snatcher is definitely on my list if I can find a Mega CD to go with it.

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Marioguy128 Geomancer from various galaxies
Geomancer
Oct 2nd 2010 at 8:39:23 AM

Snatcher? Hoo boy. Copies of that game are like really rare.

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TommyX from Atluff
Oct 2nd 2010 at 8:46:42 AM

The Genesis Sonic games

Donkey Kong Country and sequels

PLAY THESE

edited 2nd Oct '10 8:46:50 AM by TommyX

Glowsquid gets mad about videogames from Alien Town
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Oct 2nd 2010 at 8:51:01 AM

For the SNES:

  • TMNT IV: Turtles In Time: Superb music, decently challenging, perfectly replicated the look of the animated serie. My favorite b-mup ever.

  • Contra III The Alien Wars: Fast-paced run & gun, Crazy Awesome and very well balanced.

  • Yoshis Island: The best platformer ever. Beautiful, awesome boss battles, great soundtrack and quite lenghty. Just play it.

  • Donkey Kong Country series, but especially 2: 3 is a bit too gimmicky for my taste, but all of them are very good vanilla platformers with superb soundtracks, 2 wins because it has the better level design and overral presentation.

  • Gradius III: My favorite in the series after Gaiden. It has way too much slowdowns though.

  • Super Mario All Star: All of the NES Mario platformer with remade graphics and music that don't sucks for a change. There's also a version with Super Mario World included.

  • Spide Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage: Quite the odd man out, but a overlooked brawler. It has a decent move list, a rocking soundtrack and many branchings paths. It has a sequel called Separation Anxiety that add multiplayer co-op but the overral presentation is a bit crappier.

Some before me have reccomended the whole Final Fight series, but I advise you to stay way from the first two. The first is a Porting Disaster (and you can play the arcade version in thee bazzilions of compilation Capcom made last gen) while 2 is everything that can go wrong in a Mission-Pack Sequel. 3 is good but Streets of Rage is still better.

for Genesis:

  • The whole Streets Of Rage series but especially 2: One of the rare case where the imitator is better than the original. There's an IJAM thread about 2, so check that.

  • Shinobi III: Excellent platformer, has very smooth controls that perfectly capture the agility of a (movie) ninja.

  • Thunder Force III and Lightening Force (aka TFUV): Two very fast-paced shmups with some of the most rocking music you'll ever hear in a 16-bits game.

  • Contra: Hard Corps: Konami's response to Gunstar Heroes, it is Crazy Awesome incarnate.

  • Vectorman: A run & gun with prerendered graphics that aged surpringly well. The sequel stumble a bit with tons of Leap of Faith and annoying enemies at every corners, but it's not a bad game.

  • Comix Zone: A platformer/brawler with a very innovative setup and some very well-animated graphics. You'll really need the 6-button controller for this one, though.

edited 2nd Oct '10 8:52:00 AM by Glowsquid

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Oct 2nd 2010 at 8:55:31 AM

Marioguy: I dunno, does the Mega CD have much in the way of copy protection?

I get the feeling I could just burn an ISO of it on a CD-R, because back then people thought that CD ROM was such a huge medium that nobody could ever pirate games on it.

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Marioguy128 Geomancer from various galaxies
Geomancer
Oct 2nd 2010 at 9:09:49 AM

Well if you're gonna emulate it know this, when going to a different location for the first time, your game will lock if no music is playing at that point and it means you have a bad rom.

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goodtimesfreegrog imokaywiththis.gif from Darkmere
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Oct 2nd 2010 at 9:31:48 AM

I've already tried it on emulation, and I got it to run just fine.

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Deathonabun Bunny from the bedroom
Bunny
Oct 2nd 2010 at 9:32:10 AM

Rocket Knight Adventures for the Mega Drive. A personal favorite of mine just because every level is completely unique. It has plenty of fun little gimmicks and none of them are used more than once, keeping it fresh. Seriously, you'll love it.

One of my few regrets about being born female is the inability to grow a handlebar mustache. -Landstander
Oct 2nd 2010 at 10:10:20 AM

For the Genesis:

  • Alien Soldier: By Treasure, it's like Gunstar Heroes on steroids.
  • Crusader of Centy/Soleil: A "Zelda clone". A very good looking Zelda clone, with a nice story and the ability to jump.
  • Pulseman: Probably hard to find, as it was only released in Japanese, but a good (if short) action platformer.

TsundeRay HOORAY! from Santa Clara, California
HOORAY!
Oct 2nd 2010 at 4:06:59 PM

  • Genesis / Megadrive:
    • Thunder Force IV // Fantastic soundtrack, different weapons to choose from, and the later stages get creative.
    • Castlevania Bloodlines // It may not have the same mobility as Super Castlevania, but it is faster-paced, and the stage designs go in a different direction than other Castlevania games.

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