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  • Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat

    Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Developer: Nintendo EAD
    Platform: GameCube, Wii
    Year: 2004 (JP GCN), 2005 (NA/EU/AUS GCN), 2008 (JP Wii), 2009 (NA/EU/AUS Wii)


    Donkey Kong Jungle Beat was a fairly unique platform game released by Nintendo on the GameCube and later re-released for the Wii. The GameCube version, which was released in 2005, featured a unique control scheme. It used the same Bongos used for the music game Donkey Konga. The player controlled Donkey Kong by hitting the drums in various ways. You could also play with regular GameCube controllers but that takes away half the fun.

    The Wii release in 2009 featured new levels but removed support for the Bongos making it somewhat of a more pedestrian game. It was still a decent game if you like these kinds of platformers, just a little less interesting. If you want to play Donkey Kong Jungle Beat the way it was meant to be played you’ll have to get yourself a GameCube.

  • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (PS2, Gamecube, Xbox)

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance was the first Mortal Kombat game in the main series to be released only for home consoles and not in the arcade. It was also the first new Mortal Kombat game in the main series since Mortal Kombat 4 five years previous. The Mortal Kombat series had been put on somewhat of a hiatus do to a string of spinoffs, both in the video game world and outside of it, that failed to live up to expectations. Midway decided to concentrate on “Mortal Kombat 5” and their efforts were well worth it. Deadly Alliance does a good job living up to the Mortal Kombat name though I still prefer the 2D Mortal Kombat games myself.

    Deadly Alliance made some significant changes to game play in that each fighter now had their own fighting styles. Previously, every fighter fought pretty much the same except for special moves. However, in Deadly Alliance there were fewer special moves. There were a number of new characters added as well as many that returned from previous games (though notably missing was Liu Kang).

    Deadly Alliance was released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and Game Boy Advance. To the best of my knowledge there have been no re-releases so you are still stuck with those choices if you want to play this game.

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    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (Playstation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, 2002)


  • Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)

    Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)


    Sonic Adventure 2 was (obviously) the sequel to Sonic Adventure which was a launch game for the Sega Dreamcast. Both games are 3D platform games featuring Sonic and the first Sonic Adventure was the first Sonic game in the main series since Sonic & Knuckles on the Genesis.

    Development started almost immediately after the first Sonic Adventure and took approximately 18 months. Like Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2 was released first on the Dreamcast and then on the Gamecube months later. Sonic Adventure 2 was also re-released in HD as downloadable content in 2012 on the Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows.

    I was always more of a fan of the 2D games myself but if you are a Sonic fan then these are worth playing as they were some of the best 3D platform games out there during that era.