RANKED – Nintendo Switch Online’s NES Offerings (now with May 2019)

I’m keeping tally of the Switch NES Online selections here. I’m going to give each a sentence or two to quickly summarize if they’re worth your time or not. I’m not going to reiterate my older work on games I’ve given the NES Classic/NES anniversary treatment to; it’s all NEW content! I’m ranking the top…

Opinion: Retro Comps – Konami 50th Anniversary: Arcade Classics

Konami 50th Anniversary: Arcade Classics (Switch) High Points – Vulcan Venture (Gradius II), Life Force (Salamander) Low Points – Haunted Castle, Typhoon (A-Jax) Quirky Surprise – Twinbee Konami is finally embracing their back catalog via three (currently announced) compilations for their 50th Anniversary, with the first being a set of eight arcade titles from the…

Opinions: Bottom 25 Games – 24) Haunted Castle

24) Haunted Castle (Arcade, Konami, 1988) If you’ve looked at my top 111, you know I value Castlevania as a series quite highly. Aria of Sorrow is in the top 10, Symphony in the top 20, and Rondo in the top 50. I’ve even proclaimed it my favorite franchise in gaming! So it pains me…

Opinion: M2 and Sega are making a Genesis Mini, and Sega Ages News!

4/20 Update! Sega announced the next 10 games for both the Japanese and International versions of the Genesis Mini. And it was enough for me to say “I need to preorder this now”. The NA release will add: Earthworm Jim Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse World of Illusion Starring Mickey…

Opinion: Castlevania Anniversary Collection’s Full Lineup!

Nintendo Life reports the remaining titles for Konami’s upcoming multiplatform Castlevania Anniversary Collection: Castlevania (1987, NES) Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (1988, NES) Castlevania: The Adventure (1989, Game Boy) Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1990, NES) Kid Dracula (1990, NES) Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (1991, Game Boy) Super Castlevania IV (1991, SNES) Castlevania Bloodlines / New Generation…

Opinions: Konami IS READYING COMPS! Let’s Discuss!

In what might be the quickest turnaround from me writing speculation posts to actual confirmation posts, Konami just revealed that they are releasing several digital 8-packs of their back catalog this year for their 50th anniversary. As of today there are three on tap: one full of arcade titles, one of Castlevania, and one of Contra (with a…

Opinions: Konami seems to be readying some comps…what I want!

UPDATE – Well that was prescient of me. I’ll react appropriately tomorrow. The past month has seen two mysterious ratings appear on worldwide rating board websites; one for Konami’s 50th Anniversary, and another for Castlevania specifically. Both of these are exciting news, and while Digital Eclipse has already outed themselves from the potential developer list,…