Game: Spanky’s Quest
Start Date: September 6th, 2016
End Date: September 15th, 2016
Growing up with the SNES meant that I was often in a “renting games” phase with that system, and I have definitely rented some really cool and interesting games through this method. I feel like with renting, you are more inclined to check out a game that you probably wouldn’t just purchase if you saw it at a store, and Spanky’s Quest was definitely a game like that for me. In this game, a monkey named Spanky is trapped in an evil witch’s dungeon of….dangerous fruit enemies…and Spanky has to bounce his way out of dodge and defeat the witch once and for all.
As I said, this was a game I rented a lot as a kid, but I was never able to find the game in stores. Then, after going to a Game Xchange store near where I live, I saw this game in the display case for a mere 10 dollars. Feeling nostalgic, I picked up the game and I’m very glad I did! Because this was going to make for an interesting mini-project to go alongside Ocarina of Time!
Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Start Date: September 1st, 2016
End Date: November 17th, 2016
A dark cloud of evil has been cast over Hyrule. An evil man from the desert has come driven by his own desires to fill this world with darkness. The only way to stop him? A lone kid from the Kokiri Forest who just so happens to not have a fairy to guide him. That’s all about to change in this epic and timeless tale to save Hyrule from the brink of destruction and darkness.
Ocarina of Time has been a long-time coming on the channel, but before diving into the game, there were definitely some titles I wanted to get through first. However, with all of that taken care of now, it’s time to get things moving on a game that almost everyone has very fond memories of.
NOTE: In 2017, I will be doing a follow-up of this project where I cover all the Master Quest dungeons on the 3DS version of the game.
Game: Kid Icarus
Start Date: August 26th, 2016
End Date: August 30th, 2016
When Pit was added to the Super Smash Bros. roster in Brawl, many people became interested in the little guy’s backstory, which dates all the way back to this game, Kid Icarus. The Goddess Palutena has been captured by Medusa and it’s up to Pit to rescue her from all the evil forces.
I was never really fond of Kid Icarus at first, but when I finally got around to beating it recently, I was intrigued by the type of game it was. I don’t particularly like the difficulty curve used (hard at beginning, easy at end), but I do love some of the mechanics.
Game: Kirby’s Adventure
Start Date: August 19th, 2016
End Date: August 25th, 2016
Kirby is a very unique case for this marathon, as Kirby’s Adventure didn’t exactly launch his series of games, but it did debut one of Kirby’s most prominent and utilized features; the copy ability. King Dedede is up to some shady things at the Dream Fountain, so it’s up to Kirby to see what the heck is going on in Dream Land.
One question I had been getting for the longest time was “When are you going to do Kirby’s Adventure/Nightmare in Dreamland?” And honestly, I had been trying to fit it into my schedule at some point, but the timing just never felt right. However, when thoughts of the NES Marathon started entering my head, I knew Kirby’s Adventure had to be covered.
NOTE: If I do cover Nightmare in Dreamland at some point, it will be the MetaKnightmare mode and that’s probably it, considering it’s the same exact game as Kirby’s Adventure with updated graphics.
Start Date: August 14th, 2016
End Date: August 18th, 2016
Good ol’ Bomberman has also had his beginnings on the NES console, although his beginnings are a little….more basic and barebones. Regardless, it’s interesting (at least for me) to go back and see what this guy was made of at the very beginning. In this game, robots have been enslaved by the forces of evil to make bombs in their underground tunnels, and there is a rumor that the one who makes it to the surface can become a human and stop living in a world of nonstop bomb manufacturing.
After streaming this game awhile back, I wanted to give this game another go on Youtube and actually complete it for a Youtube project. I had the entire Super Bomberman series completed on my Youtube channel, but there technically were some Bomberman games before that too, so why not get those taken care of?
Start Date: August 9th, 2016
End Date: August 13th, 2016
Metroid is another series that had its glorious beginnings on the NES console. This was Samus Aran’s true first mission (as far as game releases are concerned) and now we are going to experience it in all of its old school, NES glory. Let’s take down that Mother Brain!
Much like Zelda, Metroid was another game that I just didn’t have the drive to finish for a really long time, after being spoiled to the updated controls of Super Metroid and pretty much any other Metroid game. However, there is definitely some charm to this game as well and I’d be a fool to ignore it.
Game: Double Dragon (NES)
Start Date: August 7th, 2016
End Date: August 8th, 2016
Like them or not, beat-em-ups were definitely some of the most popular video games back in the olden days. Just the thought of starting from a very basic level with weaklings and making your way up the ladder of strength to fighting harder enemies and bosses just seemed like a natural progression in the video game world. In this game, Billy Lee is off to beat the crap out of any foe that gets in his way to rescue his girlfriend Marion from the Black Warriors gang.
I first played this game a few years ago when FiyahKitteh, her friend and I decided to do a series of video game challenge videos on our Youtube channels. I actually had fun during that challenge, so I figured that since I was doing an NES Marathon, it would be a good choice of game to do, since I even remarked during that challenge that I could see myself doing a Let’s Play of the game at a future date and time. So for this marathon, I made it a reality.
Game: The Legend of Zelda
Start Date: August 1st, 2016
End Date: August 6th, 2016
All great legends start somewhere. This legendary series started on the NES back in 1986 and 1987. Link sets forth to collect the 8 triforce shards and stop the evil Ganon from destroying Hyrule.
The NES Marathon has started and the first game I chose was The Legend of Zelda. It’s a game I’m….not really that familiar with, much like all of the games on this NES console. However, it is a very important game to the series because this jump started a beloved series. I knew I had to cover this at some point, so let this be the first game of the marathon!
I will also be doing a playthrough of Second Quest on my stream channel that will get uploaded to this playlist at some point.
Game: Pokémon Snap
Start Date: July 3rd, 2016
Back in the late 90s, the Pokemon craze was going wild, and while the video games were doing excellently, it’s no surprise that a bunch of spin-offs were made for the series as well. One of these spin-offs was not about capturing or battling with Pokemon, but taking pictures of Pokemon.
At the end of my Generation 2 playthrough, I mentioned wanting to do some of the spin-off games before I started Generation 3 and I knew Pokemon Snap was one I could get done very quickly in between projects. Although I wasn’t sure when I wanted to start the NES Marathon yet, I knew that if I put the playthrough in July, I could get it done quickly and casually finish up Super Mario Galaxy by itself for the rest of the month if I wanted to do the marathon in August. That’s pretty much what I decided to do.
Game: Super Mario Galaxy
Start Date: June 13th, 2016
With every Nintendo platform having a very early Mario title, it’s no surprise that within one year of the Wii’s release, Super Mario Galaxy graced our presences with a game that was….quite literally…out of this world! Taking a 3D Mario platformer like Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine and turning it into a spherical 3D platformer seemed kinda odd at first, but it turns out it was a very smooth transition considering. Now we have one of the greatest Mario games of all time, if not just one of the greatest games of all time.
I think it’s no secret I love Super Mario Galaxy, considering I love many Mario games in general, and truth be told, I was heavily considering this game for a very long time. But as usual, the timing never really felt right, especially considering at the time I hadn’t done Super Mario 64 or Sunshine yet. However, I wanted to make sure Galaxy was done this year in 2016. And sure enough, I was able to make it work.