This post is about the games I played as a kid on Super Nintendo.
Super Mario Kart was the main responsible for missing some of school classes. On two players mode is laughs from the beginning to the end of the race. You’ll never know when you gonna win… it can exist an red shell, or an lightning that hits you a few meters from cross the final line. Today I still play Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch and sometimes I take it with me for dinners with friends and is always a fun.
I like strategic games that involves construction, and the SNES has an master piece called “Sim City“. (Unfortunately this game is not on the Mini SNES).
At that time, having a game that I can build an entire city on my own was a “mind blow”. I think I like this kind of games because of the freedom that provides. Even today, I play Sim City 4! On Sim City you can manage the roads and trains structure, commercial, industrial and residential zones, green zones, growth taxes, provoke disasters, manage traffic… there’s a lot we can do on this game!
I also played other games, like Super Mario World, F-Zero and Donkey Kong but was Super Mario Kart and Sim City that causes me more impact.
There are lots of games in the Mini SNES that I want to revisit. Right now I’m playing Super Mario World and F-Zero. The conclusion that I get is always the same: there are a few AAA games these days that can not match the game-play and the fun of some of SNES games.
Video games is part of my life and of my childhood. In this article I’m gonna be a little “older” and talk about games that I enjoy most in the 90’s years. This is not about the better or worst games, it is about games that I used to play on my childhood and somehow they marked me in some way. At the moment I still enjoy play video games, but not sure why, it’s not the same as old times.
My first video game console was a Nintendo (The Classic NES). I received it in 1993 or 1994 and it was a really good surprise! Even when some neighborhood friends had already the Sega Megadrive (with “that rapid games” and stunning graphics…) I resist to that, I stayed with Mario and his friends.
I had five games and I played them a lot. Every time I turned off the console I had to start it all again because the option “save game” doesn’t existed yet. But as all kids, I had a lot of time and that was not a big issue.
Super Mario Bros was the first game I played. It came with the console. The classic sound, the colors, the scenarios. Even 5-6 years after the worldwide launch it stills very enjoyable. However, I don’t know why, but I can’t detail any specific part of this game that caused me some impact.
Ninja Gaiden II. This game was a very hard one. Very good, with the main character climbing walls and ninja powers. But without checkpoints to progress the game it is almost impossible for me to progress. I did not choose the game, it just came to me. Fortunately, today I can enjoy it again on my Nintendo Classic Mini with the save option!
My third game was Lion King. We are talking about 1994/95, the movie was a big hit on that time, and I just asked the game to my father. I was lucky! Honestly, the gameplay is not the best, but music (like the movie) and the scenarios with giraffes, hippos and monkeys…very nostalgic!
The next game was my favorite of the five. Super Mario Bros 3, the best game ever! Mario more pretty and more powerful on 8 big worlds. Now, each world has a graphic map and I can make my own path to get the final boss… But again, the game was so big, passing all levels without turn off the console was impossible unless we use the “flute” power to jump to other worlds. The multiplayer was a must, on the battle mode (based on Mario Bros) Mario and Luigi compete for the first to defeat three or five enemies to win. It was a rush! Long hours “battling” with my cousin.
I implored for one soccer game to my father and luckily I was spoiled again! Tecmo Cup Soccer Game. I had to say, in the beginning I was a little disappointed but with time I liked it more and more. This is not a normal soccer game, now, I see it more as an “Cinematic Soccer” game with a mix of anime and role playing game. But at that time, I think I saw it as soccer game with Dragon Ball powers! It’s true, I can score a goal with a “hyper shot” or make a “wolf jump” to defense. It have a few types of shooting and defense that we’re going to unlock as we move through the game.
This game tells a complete story of Robin and his rivals and it is very engaging.
Searching on the web, I also discover that was the first game based on the manga Captain Tsubasa. Today I would love if any producer wants to make a remake of this game.
(This is my first article full in English. I want to start writing all of my articles in English, I’m not good on it but at least I’m practicing…)
Este é o primeiro post do meu novo blog. Neste, pretendo partilhar ideias, tutoriais, opiniões e experiências que tenho tido no mundo das tecnologias. Espero que gostem!
Tenho 31 anos e atualmente trabalho na área das tecnologias da informação, nomeadamente no desenvolvimento de software e consultoria informática.
Foi com 12 ou 13 anos que tive o primeiro computador pessoal em casa. Este já veio obsoleto! O sistema operativo era o Windows 95, e arranjar software (nomeadamente jogos) era uma dificuldade, andavam os meus amigos a trocar os modernos CD-ROM’s e eu “desesperado” por encontrar um jogo que o meu computador conseguisse executar. Internet em casa? só quando fosse maior de idade! – diziam os meus pais. Restava-me assim os espaços públicos para poder “navegar” na internet e “sacar” os desejados mp3 que trazia para casa em meia dúzia de disquetes… Acreditem, na altura colocar um ficheiro de 3 – 4 Mb em disquetes era uma aventura! Havia pelo menos uma que ficava sempre corrompida. Depois era rezar que o media player do windows conseguisse reproduzir os ficheiros. Pois 16Mb de Ram e um processador a 75Mhz já não dava para muita coisa naqueles dias. O disco rígido era enorme: 500Mb! O SO e o Office já me “roubavam” uns 300 Mb, sobram então 200 e é se queres! (Hoje com menos de 1 Gb disponível no telemóvel ficamos logo em stress!)
Com estas limitações tinha de me entreter de outra forma. Sem os jogos da moda e sem internet, para um miúdo de 12 anos era desafiante… imaginem hoje dar um computador a um miúdo e ele só poder abrir o Microsoft Word ou o Paint. No entanto, agradeço por ter sido desta forma, se não fossem estas limitações eu não teria ganho curiosidade por outros temas no mundo da informática: como se cria um programa ou uma página internet.
Na altura a suite do Office vinha com um editor de HTML incorporado (Microsoft Frontpage). Comecei inicialmente por fazer páginas estáticas apenas com links entre elas… e sendo um editor WYSIWYG as coisas tornavam-se fáceis. Só mais tarde comecei a ter curiosidade com o HTML. (Uma coisa de cada vez…)
A publicação das páginas? Colocava os ficheiros numa disquete, depois dirigia-me a um espaço público de internet e colocava-os no aeiou ou no sapo. O conteúdo já não me recordo bem, mas devia ser sobre videojogos ou uma simples página pessoal.
Felizmente alguns amigos também estavam a despertar curiosidade no mundo da programação e um deles apresentou-me o QBasic. Foi o primeiro contato com a programação. O que consegui fazer era muito simples, limitava-me a If’s e GOTO’s, mas era o suficiente para fazer um “Quem Quer ser Milionário” ou uma espécie de Livro-Jogo.
Era desta forma que dava utilização a um computador já velhinho na altura. Fez-me ganhar mais curiosidade pela área e marcar o início da minha aventura no mundo do IT.