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SSR #14: “Bart Gets an ‘F'”


Introduction:

Ladies and gentleman, it is time to take the long-awaited dive into Season 2 of The Simpsons for this retrospective. It’s been over a year since I took a look at the final episode of Season 1, and I do not feel like making you guys or myself wait any longer. Season 2 is a very iconic season for me; mainly because it was the season where I first started watching the show and are the earliest episodes I remember watching as a kid, aside from the Christmas special. My parents had a video cassette that had a number of Season 2 episodes on it; from Dancin’ Homer, Dead Putting Society, Bart the Daredevil…lots of episodes that I have pretty much grown up with and episodes that are very iconic or memorable to me. I wouldn’t say that Season 2 is the best season of the show; in fact, most Simpson fans consider Season 2 to be the bronze age of the series (episodes that are indisputably good, but not amazing). Season 2 is probably the most nostalgic for me though as I’ve seen a lot of these episodes a number of times and could more than likely identify most of these episodes from a still image alone if provided to me. I have a lot of fond memories of this season and I very much look forward to re-examining the era and seeing how these episodes still hold up today.

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The Simpsons: Season 1 Episode Ranking

The Simpsons: Season 1 Episode Ranking

Hello Simpson fans, SlimKirby here and about ready to start Season 2 of the Simpsons Retrospective I started last year. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done anything with this series, but I’ve been very busy with making videos, streaming, and being part of the Link to the Past Randomizer tournaments, but I’ve been on a bit of a Simpsons kick lately (especially after the Hit & Run revisit on my Youtube channel) and felt like it was a good time to pick this back up and watch some more Simpsons episodes.

However, before moving on straight to Season 2, while I was in the process of finishing Season 1, I mentioned making another post where I would rank all the Season 1 episodes in order of favorite to least favorite. So to officially close out Season 1, and do one final recap of the season as a whole, I present to you my final ranking of all the Season 1 episodes for the Simpsons television show.

So my process for doing this was quite simple

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

Game: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
Start Date: September 4th, 2018
End Date: —
Videos: —

It’s time to enter the world of Zelda yet again, but this time with a two-for-one special! After the success of both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, Nintendo knew the Zelda train should continue on the Game Boy Color, and with the additional success of Pokemon and their strategy of creating multiple versions of essentially the same gameplay concept, the Oracle games were born! This is the first of the Oracle games I will be covering; Oracle of Seasons!

I’ve been wanting to do Wind Waker for awhile now, but before I officially go on to tackle that beast, I wanted to get the Oracle games out of the way first, just so I can continue the Zelda series in the order of game release. I don’t have the most experience with playing the Oracle games, but I do enjoy the gameplay system set up by Link’s Awakening and thought it would be a good series of games to do in the chill-down period of 2018. I will be covering Seasons first and then Ages following it.

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Mega Man 9

Mega Man 9

Game: Mega Man 9
Start Date: September 18th, 2018
End Date: September 28th, 2018
Videos: 6

After Mega Man 8, Capcom spent some time away from the Blue Bomber to work on the X-series and other games that they were currently trying to promote. Convinced he was forgotten about, the world was surprised to find that in 2008, Mega Man would be returning to form and out of what felt like a retirement, and thus Mega Man 9 was born! What’s Dr. Wily up to this time?

Mega Man 9 was a game I was not completely sure how I would be able to play until Capcom revealed a very convenient collection that was coming out to current-gen consoles; including the Nintendo Switch, a system I was very glad I owned at the time of that particular announcement. Because of this collection, I was finally able to get my hands on both Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 without any worry of having to buy DLC and having a single, convenient place to play all of the classic Mega Man games.

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Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7

Game: Mario Kart 7
Start Date: September 1st, 2018
End Date: —
Videos: —

It’s time for the next generation of Mario Kart, and this generation has handgliders and undersea driving…how adventurous! This installment of the game was released on the 3DS and became, easily, one of the 3DS’s biggest multiplayer and online games at the time! It’s time for another good-old fashioned race!

Mario Kart 7 was definitely a game I wanted to get done this year at some point, and since there was a convenient weekend project opening at the tail end of summer, it seemed like a good as time as any to get things moving here and get one step closer to being done/caught up with the Mario Kart series. I also feel like this is the first time I’ve been closer to finishing off the Mario Kart series than the Mario Party series. But anyway, back to what matters, another stroll through Mario Kart as I take a gander at all the grand prix cups on 150cc and Expert, look at some of the other modes that are available, and even take a few sessions of the game online for some fun and excitement!

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Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot

Game: Crash Bandicoot (N. Sane Trilogy)
Start Date: July 10th, 2018
End Date: August 4th, 2018
Videos: 9

When Sony first came out with the Sony Playstation, they knew they needed a character along the same lines as Mario & Sonic to get the console going with a face their consumers could recognize. Enter Crash Bandicoot, a crazy and fuzzy creature who likes to spin his enemies to oblivion, collect lots of wumpa fruit, and provide general craziness as he goes through the world around him, trying not to die in this incredibly dangerous world. Two evil doctors have also kidnapped Crash’s girlfriend Tawna and he must also rescue from a fate worse than…whatever the hell those evil doctors are trying to accomplish.

Crash Bandicoot was a series I wanted to start this year on my channel, but I wanted to do the N. Sane Trilogy version which has much greater leniency and less difficulty than it’s original version on the Playstation. However, when this year came to be, I was unsure if the games would ever make it off of the PS4, so I did Ratchet & Clank instead. Then, after watching a Nintendo Direct and seeing that the collection was coming to Switch, I knew this was going to be one of my immediate summer projects!

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New Super Mario Bros. 2

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Game: New Super Mario Bros. 2
Start Date: May 15th, 2018
End Date: July 5th, 2018
Videos: 18

Nintendo got on a bit of a retro-kick during the late Wii and early Wii U era, releasing many games that went back to their roots and the New Super Mario Bros. games were the most obvious candidates of that. New Super Mario Bros. 2 was the third of four NSMB titles, and is perhaps the game that gets the most flak for this type of mindset. It doesn’t change the formula very much at all and adds millions and millions of coins to compensate for it. There’s also another story of Bowser kidnapping the princess somewhere in there, but Mario might be too busy collecting coins to notice it. Oh well, at least it’s another Mario game, right?

This was pretty much the last New Super Mario Bros. game I needed to cover before being done with the series. I might go back to the Wii U and cover New Super Luigi U at some point, but as far as the main four, this was really just a matter of taking care of loose ends. I’m admittedly looking more forward to getting to the Mario 3D games, which can only mean that Super Mario 3D Land should be on the horizon at some point soon! Until then though, hope you enjoy another Mario playthrough. With all my teasing aside, I do think this is a very good playthrough and I did have a bit of fun going back to this game because I didn’t remember much of it.

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Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Game: Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade)
Start Date: April 30th, 2018
End Date: —
Videos: —

This game has been a long-time coming, for a number of reasons. Not only have I wanted this Let’s Play to happen for many years now, but it also speaks a lot for American gamers back in the early 2000s when Super Smash Bros. Melee came out and when Marth and Roy were finally introduced to North American gamers who had no idea where they came from. This brought Fire Emblem into the limelight, and a few years later, Intelligent Systems finally graced International audiences with the first worldwide released game of the series. This adventure follows the heroes of Eliwood, Hector and Lyn on their quest to save their land from an oncoming evil, in turn-based strategy game goodness!

As I said before, I can’t even begin to tell you guys how long I’ve been waiting to do this game. This is my favorite Fire Emblem game of all-time, one of my favorite video games of all-time, and after looking at the list of games I had not done for the channel yet, I knew that I couldn’t go another year without having this game covered. Because of this, I finally decided it was time to jump into action and get this beast of a project beginning! Let’s save Elibe everyone!

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NES Remix 2

NES Remix 2

Game: NES Remix 2
Start Date: April 28th, 2018
End Date: June 10th, 2018
Videos: 14

There’s not much to say when sequels of games like these come out. Developers liked the formula they came up with, so they decide to make a sequel with some more content and new idea (although, more towards the former in this case). Nintendo has some more NES games to make challenges with and we are going to see what the 2nd collection of this is going to bring out!

I wasn’t quite ready for more Mario Kart or Wario Ware, or god forbid, another Mario Party game, so a return to NES Remix seemed to be on the table this time! We got some great games in this collection and I’m not just saying that because Kirby’s Adventure is a main feature. We also have my favorite NES game of all-time, Super Mario Bros. 3! We have my favorite block-dropping puzzle game of all time, Dr. Mario. And we also have…Wario’s Woods? Interesting…

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Donkey Kong Land 2

Donkey Kong Land 2

Game: Donkey Kong Land 2
Start Date: April 3rd, 2018
End Date: April 26th, 2018
Videos: 8

After the success of Donkey Kong Country 2, it’s no surprise that Rare wanted to keep capitalizing on their successful franchise by putting variations of the game on the Game Boy…despite how strange Donkey Kong Land was by itself. For this game however, Rare spent a little more time emulating Donkey Kong Country 2, down to the very same level names and gimmicks that made the game known. How does this hold up compared to it’s console counterpart?

I needed another short project to bridge the gap between my first two big projects of the year, so once again, I decided to take a trip back to the Game Boy. I told you this was going to be the year of handhelds. I was definitely looking forward to this one though, just because it was the best of the DKL trilogy, from what I remember of it. However…is that really saying much? Let’s find out…

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