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  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Time Warp (Super Nintendo)

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    The Ren & Stimpy Show: Time Warp was released for the Super Nintendo in 1994. It is based on the Ren & Stimpy cartoon that was shown on Nickelodeon from 1991 through 1995. If you’ve never seen it…it’s hard to explain. You would probably either love it or hate it but in any case it was controversial for its time for much of its humor which in many cases really wasn’t appropriate for kids.

    The game features the two title characters in a quest to stop Muddy Mudskipper from destroying space and time with his time traveling antics. This game is basically a generic side-scrolling platformer with some side-scrolling shooter mixed in. Like most licensed properties, this one really isn’t great. The graphics and sound aren’t bad but the control leaves something to be desired. If you are a huge fan of the show then it is at least worth checking out but don’t expect too much.

    As a licensed property, this game has never been nor is it likely to be re-released. It was exclusive to the Super Nintendo so you’ll have to track down an original cartridge or try it out in emulated form. The price for this game on eBay is high enough to make it not really worth it in my opinion.

  • Nintendo Power (January 1996)


    Source: Nintendo Power – Issue Number 80 – January 1996

    While the Super Nintendo was still Nintendo’s number one system in 1996, the Nintendo 64 was introduced that year. The January 1996 issue of Nintendo Power includes:

    Full Coverage

    • Earthworm Jim 2
    • Revolution X
    • Doom Troopers
    • Scooby Doo
    • PGA Tournament ’96
    • Jack Bros.
    • Tetris Blast
    • Frank Thomas Baseball

    Take 2 Review

    • The Getaway

    Special Features

    • Nintendo 64 Debuts

    Epic Center

    • Breath of Fire 2
    • Epic Strategies
    • Epic News

    Every Issue

    • Player’s Pulse
    • Power Charts
    • Classified
    • Counselors’ Corner
    • Arena
    • Now Playing
    • Pak Watch
    • Player’s Poll Contest
    • Next Issue

    …and more!

  • Shadowrun (Super Nintendo)

    The City. Shadowrun (1994) SNES


    Shadowrun for the Super Nintendo is an adaptation of the pen and paper RPG of the same name and is based on the first novel in the Shadowrun universe. Shadowrun is interesting because it combines fantasy with a near future cyberpunk environment. I would say that this game is underrated but that isn’t quite right. This game was highly rated but didn’t sell all that well. This was more due to what the demand was predicted to be and how many units were shipped vs actual poor demand.

    Shadowrun is an action RPG and is played from an isometric point of view. The cyberpunk elements are definitely influenced by William Gibson’s Neuromancer but magic exists in this world also. There was also a Genesis adaptation but it was not a port. Though it was also an action RPG based on the same story, it was developed by a different company and is quite a different game.

    If you want to play the original SNES version, you’ll have to track down an original (and they can be quite expensive) or use the miracle of emulation. The good news is that there have been a few sequels that were released much later, the first of which was a 2012 Kickstarter effort titled Shadowrun Returns. It ties together the stories of the original Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games. These games are tactical turn based RPGs which is a better way to go as far as I’m concerned. There was also a 2007 first person shooter based on this franchise for the Xbox 360 and Windows. The RPGs are much better though.

    At any rate, though the Super NES original is a little better than the Genesis version, both are worth playing. Whether you like RPGs, cyberpunk and/or fantasy, these games have something you will probably enjoy.