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User Info: Terotrous

Terotrous
1 month ago#11
Low Recommendation (0-39%) (Sq-Z)

Syvalion - 33% (3)
T2: The Arcade Game - 20% (5)
Taz-Mania - 36% (7)
Tecmo Secret of the Stars - 25% (6)
Tekkaman Blade - 13% (4)
Terminator, The - 0% (4)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day - 10% (5)
Test Drive 2: The Duel - 33% (3)
Tetris 2 - 38% (4)
Tetsuwan Atom - 0% (1)
Thunder Spirits - 33% (6)
Time Cop - 20% (5)
Time Slip - 30% (5)
Time Trax - 30% (5)
Tintin in Tibet - 0% (6)
Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun - 0% (3)
Tom & Jerry - 0% (4)
Toys - 0% (5)
Traverse: Starlight & Prairie - 0% (1)
Troy Aikman NFL Football - 0% (4)
Tsuri Tarou - 0% (1)
UFO Kamen Yakisoban - 0% (1)
Ultima: Ruins of Virtue 2 - 0% (4)
Ultima: The Black Gate - 25% (6)
Ultima: The Savage Empire - 25% (2)
Ultimate Fighter - 0% (2)
Ultraman - 13% (8)
Untouchables, The - 0% (1)
Ushio to Tora - 25% (2)
Utopia - 8% (3)
Vortex - 33% (3)
Vs Collection - 0% (1)
Waku Waku Ski Wonder Spur - 0% (2)
War 3010 - 0% (3)
Warlock - 8% (6)
Warpspeed - 0% (4)
Waterworld - 38% (4)
Wayne's World - 4% (12)
We're Back - 0% (5)
Whizz - 13% (4)
Wicked 18 - 17% (3)
Wild Snake - 33% (3)
Wings 2: Aces High - 38% (4)
Winter Olympic Games: Lillehammer '94 - 0% (3)
Wizardry 1-3 - 0% (2)
Wizardry 5 - 33% (3)
Wizardry 6 - 25% (2)
Wolfchild - 25% (6)
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage - 13% (4)
World Masters Golf - 25% (2)
Wrecking Crew 98 - 0% (1)
WWF Super Wrestlemania - 36% (7)
WWF Wrestlemania the Arcade Game - 25% (4)
X-Kaliber 2097 - 33% (6)
X Zone - 0% (2)
Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Tokubetsu Hen - 33% (3)
Zen-Nippon GT Senshuken - 25% (2)
Zool - 25% (8)
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uffbulle
1 month ago#12
Cosmo Gang: The Puzzle - A
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BloodPump
1 month ago#13
Super Noah's Ark 3D B

But it's an entertaining b lol
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KFHEWUI
1 month ago#14
Super Noah's Ark 3D - A
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User Info: TheTRobbReport

TheTRobbReport
1 month ago#15
Been doing some more thinking...

Please remove my SRs from:
Chrono Trigger
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

and add them to:
Axelay
Super Bomberman 4.

Thanks Tero.
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User Info: Terotrous

Terotrous
1 month ago#16
Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus - A
Cosmo Gang: The Puzzle - A
Dino Dini's Soccer - A
Ihatovo Monogatari - A
Majin Tensei 2 - G
Super Noah's Ark 3D - B

Bronkie is not nearly as horrible as I expected. Yes, it's an edutainment game about asthma, in somewhat the same vein as Captain Novalin, but from a game standpoint it's a fairly acceptable 2D platformer with decent controls that never really feels unfair to play. I do wonder if this style of game where you play a bit and then the game asks you questions actually really helps kids learn, but at least they won't hate themselves if they had to play it.

Cosmo Gang: The Puzzle is a straight reskin of Pac-Attack. Pac-Attack is a good game, but to be honest I'd rather play that version for the superior music. I wish they would have taken the opportunity to at least add a VS Com mode or something.

Dino Dini's Soccer is a basic yet competent soccer game. By far it's most notable feature is its zoom, the game uses a somewhat more zoomed in camera for typical gameplay, but pulls back for moments where you need to be able to see a lot of the field (such as goal kicks, throw ins, etc), which works well. It also has an omnipresent field radar like you'd see in some other soccer games that does its job and generally controls fine. There's not really a lot else to say about it, it has a decent number of options and teams, but I can't help but feel that the entire experience feels a bit dry. The players all look the same, the only sounds are a "ball kick" noise and the constant crowd sound, there's not even a "GOAAAAL" shout for when someone scores. If you're mainly looking for technical competency and don't care too much about flair, this could be a solid title, though I generally prefer to have a bit of both for sports games.
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User Info: Terotrous

Terotrous
1 month ago#17
I knew I was in for a weird experience with Ihatovo Monogatari, but even then I wasn't quite prepared for just how much of an oddball it is. For starters, it's a graphic adventure game with an RPG-like presentation, somewhat similar to Nadia of the Blue Water, but rather than being themed on an anime Ihatovo Monogatari is based on the works of a well-known Japanese poet. Like Nadia, the term "adventure" is used very loosely here, this really bares more resemblance to a visual novel or "walking simulator", as there are very few puzzles to solve, although you do occasionally obtain items you can use most of the game is solved by just talking to people in the correct order. It rarely feels inordinately oblique, largely because the game is fairly linear (each "chapter" occurs in its own area, beyond that there is also the hub area of Ihatovo town, where you can receive clues and sometimes need to return to to trigger the next event), though I rarely found myself drawn into the story. I have little doubt that much of this game is lost in translation. Occasionally some characters will recite lines that are clearly taken from poems, but poetry rarely translates well between languages, and without having read the poems / stories that the chapters are based on they simply feel kind of random. I feel like this game would be extremely challenging to localize, it would probably require the addition of substantially more backstory to help familiarize western players with the source material. In that sense it's kind of hard to properly rate it, as I feel the translation and the original game are probably quite different products, though I will say one thing that would bother me regardless is the fact that there's no dedicated run button, as the areas are often large and there's a lot of trekking back and forth. The speedup key on an emulator helps with this, but this obviously makes it harder to enjoy the soundtrack, which seems to otherwise be one of the title's stronger points.

Majin Tensei 2 is a pretty cool game. It's a Megami Tensei subseries that plays like an SRPG, sort of like a forerunner to Devil Survivor. It's not quite as fleshed out as that game (no skill cracking or anything like that here), but it's still pretty solid, featuring a clean, simple interface that is pretty advanced for its time (you can cancel movement and see movement ranges, neither of which are guaranteed for games of this vintage), and the story is fairly well-presented too. I also appreciate this game's soundtrack, which is quite varied and is often pretty slick, for example in the game's introduction, the music is timed exactly to the onscreen events (the text auto-scrolls during this to make this possible). If you're looking to try one of the SNES Megami Tensei games and want something that's maybe a bit easier to get into for newcomers to the series, this could be a good place to start.

Obviously, Super Noah's Ark 3D is basically Wolfenstein 3D, albeit with a non-violent, Christian theme. I don't have any real problem with this, it's actually kind of a clever idea. Little Timmy wants to play Wolfenstein 3D, but as a well-informed parent, you know it's too violent, so what do you do? You buy a game that's basically the same but with a more kid-friendly coat of paint. Unfortunately, while the game may claim to be holy, the resolution is clearly Satan's work, playing the game feels like splashing oil all over your TV and trying to keep playing rather than wiping it off. The awful draw distance often hides enemies and the blurry graphics makes aiming at a distance nearly impossible, and after playing it for more than 15 minutes or so it starts to give me a headache. It's too bad, because the Wolfenstein gameplay is actually mostly intact, if they could have gotten the game running a little better it might have been decent.
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User Info: AxemRedRanger

AxemRedRanger
1 month ago#18
a new pachinko game got translated EVERYBODY GET EXCITED

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/snes/571457-nishijin-pachinko-monogatari-2
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User Info: Terotrous

Terotrous
1 month ago#19
I thought we had that already, though it turns out the game on the list is Nishinjin Pachinko 3. Looking at screens, it actually doesn't look like they're identical. Still, I wish they would have translated Pachiokun instead, because those games actually seemed like an interesting idea.
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User Info: Terotrous

Terotrous
4 weeks ago#20
New games up later today.
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