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  • Nintendo Power (November 1992)

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    Source: Nintendo Power – Issue Number 42 – November 1992

    When I bought computer magazines, I always preferred ones that covered one system or brand (namely the Commodore 64). However, for video games I was the opposite. I always wanted a magazine that covered multiple systems so I didn’t read Nintendo Power too often. However, there can be no doubt that for a time, it was a very successful magazine and part of the video game memories of many. The November 1992 issue includes:

    NES

    • Joe & Mac
    • Crash’n The Boys
    • Mega Man

    Game Boy

    • The Flintstones
    • Super Mario Land 2
    • Track and Field
    • WWF Superstars 2

    Super NES

    • Final Fantasy
    • Super Star Wars
    • Space Megaforce
    • Axelay
    • Super Faceball 2000

    Tips from the Pros

    • Classified Information
    • Counselors’ Corner
    • Nester’s Adventures

    The Info Zone

    • Power Puzzlers
    • Next Issue

    Video Updates

    • Now Playing
    • Pak Watch

    Comics

    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Super Mario Bros.

    Player’s Forum

    • Player’s Pulse
    • Power Players
    • Player’s Poll Contest
    • Top 20

    …and more!





  • Lethal Weapon (NES, SNES, Game Boy)

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    Source: Game Players – February 1993

    Lethal Weapons was released for various home computers, the NES, Super Nintendo and Game Boy in 1992. It was actually based on the movie Lethal Weapon 3 which was the iteration of that series that was released around the same time. The game is a fairly typical side-scrolling platform adventure game with the quality you have come to expect from licensed properties.

    There are two primary versions of the game. One released for the NES and Game Boy and another released for the Super Nintendo and various home computers including the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and DOS. In both versions, you get to choose to play either of the two main protagonists, Riggs or Murtaugh. The NES and Game Boy version is extremely difficult and mostly involves fighting with various criminals in the Los Angeles area. You can either punch or shoot your enemies and often punching seems to be more effective. The Super Nintendo and computer versions are similar types of games but the levels have more specific goals. The difference between the two characters that you can choose from are minimal and relate to firing speed and jump height.

    None of the versions are particularly great games. The computer versions seem to be more highly regarded but that’s not saying much. If you do want to give this one a try, the Amiga (or Atari ST) version is probably best. Pick the SNES version over the NES or Game Boy version if you want a console game but if you are a sucker for punishment and want to play both variations then you’ll have to give the NES version a shot too (or Game Boy but why?). Needless to say, this game has never been re-released. A Sega Master System version was planned and may have even been mostly completed but was never released.

    The ad above is from the February 1993 issue of Game Players magazine and advertises the NES, SNES and Game Boy versions. Screen shots above are from the Super Nintendo version of the game.





  • Pokemon Crystal (Game Boy Color)

    Pokemon Crystal – Title screen

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    Until Pokemon Go came along, I had never played a Pokemon game. And while I enjoy playing a little Pokemon Go once in a while, I never really understood the mass appeal of the earlier games. So many of the games were just slight updates to others in the series. Pokemon Crystal is a good example.

    Pokemon Crystal was released for the Game Boy Color in 2001 and was the 7th game in the series (the 6th released in North America). It was the first developed specifically for the Game Boy Color and was not compatible with the original Game Boy. However, Pokemon Crystal was basically just a slightly enhanced version of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver released a year earlier. It added spectacular new features like the ability to choose your sex and animated sprites in addition to another subplot or two.

    There are a large number of Pokemon games but many of then have been remakes or slightly enhanced versions of previous releases. Pokemon Gold and Silver were remade once again as Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS. There’s nothing wrong with Pokemon Crystal but if you are buying Pokemon games to actually play vs. to collect, you can skip over Gold and Silver to play Crystal or skip over all three to HeartGold and SoulSilver instead. Nevermind, skip all of those and just get the remake of Pokemon Crystal for the 3DS. See what I mean?