Opinions: The February 2020 NES/SNES Switch Online lineup is bonkers

Hey, Nintendo revealed new games for the NES/SNES Switch Online services coming out next week, and it’s certainly an eclectic set of titles. The SNES games are imports of Namco’s Smash Tennis and Konami’s Pop’n TwinBee, taken from their PAL releases it would seem. The NES adds Natsume to the list of publishers with their cult hit Shadow of the…

Opinions: Limited Run Games’ Collector’s Edition for River City Girls

Wayforward’s reinvention of the Japanese-only Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka, River City Girls, looks to be a wonderful addition to the River City/Kunio-kun legacy and a fantastic beat-em-up. After learning about the game, hyped on the high-quality character designs and positive buzz surrounding the game, I decided to go all in for RCG, and…

Opinions: Retro-Bit and Limited Run Games’ Metal Storm Re-Release!

I recently received my Retro-Bit/Limited Run Games’ collaboration for Castlemania Games’ re-release of Irem’s NES cult classic Metal Storm! So I thought I’d do a quick overview post on what came inside. Unlike my last limited edition post on Gris, I have no prior experience with Metal Storm — it’s a game I never saw…

Femicom – Pauline (Donkey Kong), Bubbles (Clu Clu Land), Nana (Ice Climbers)

Pauline (Donkey Kong) Release Date: July 15, 1983 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: NPC (Damsel) Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Donkey Kong may have originally been an arcade game, but I feel that Pauline deserves special recognition as the very first female character to appear on the Famicom. Unfortunately, Pauline is not remotely…

Femicom – Minor Characters August 1987

The Famicom’s history is rapidly expanding in 1987. The release of the NES in late 1986 brought the West into the development fold, and with these additional regions contributing games to Nintendo’s original console, more and more games began to be produced. Also, the Famicom Disc System launched in Japan in 1986, expanding the capabilities…

Femicom – Cleopatra (Cleopatra no Mahō)

Cleopatra (Cleopatra no Mahō) Release Date: July 24, 1987 Developer: Square Publisher: DOG Format: Disc Role: NPC Any Subsequent Appearances: No Introduction: Cleopatra no Mahō features the historical Queen of Egypt as its titular hook — Cleopatra appears at the very end of the game in spirit form, who frees the protagonist Daisuke Kusano’s father…

Femicom – Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2)

Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Boss Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Catherine is a dinosaur who first appeared in Doki Doki Panic! as a recurring sub-boss in most of the game’s levels. She defends a crystal or key needed to progress to…