I think there are a lot of unpopular games that you think are great. Why not let everyone know about this game. "Spread the love, man."
Akumajao Densetsu[NES]- The Japanese version of Castlevania 3. It is easier, Grant uses a throwing dagger instead of a stabbing dagger. Since all US games could only use the Nintendo sound chip, the music was not as good. Listen to the music with Konami's VCR7 chip. It's almost SNES quality.
Shadow of the Ninja[NES]- Has everything that you could want in an action platformer. Okay, that's a lie, but the music is great, there is a two player mode (with different looking characters!), The graphics are good, you can hang underneath platforms (the swinging-up animation is really smooth), and there are multiple weapons. Who needs a Ninja Gaiden-class story when you've got Hayate and Kaede?
In fear of my computer freezing, I will end this post now. Please contribute!
Dave, Pople Mail is the SNES version. There is a Sega CD version, called Popful Mail, and I've heard that it's very hard. And it's like Eternal Daughter.
I wish Nintendo didn't force companies to use the Nintendo chip in American carts. The VCR7 can produce very nice music. There is a game on the NES called Last Armageddon that has SNES qulaity graphics and sound, but it's in Japanese.
Contra Force[NES]- A poor Contra game, but a good game on in it's own right.
Gryzor[NES]- The Japanese version of Contra. It actually has a story ingame.
Firestriker[SNES]- A sort of Breakout-RPG. It has some kind of charm that makes it better than a standard breakout game. The bird guy is the best!
Alisia Dragoon[Genesis]- An excellent Game Arts platformer. The monsters are fun to try out.
SD Snatcher[MSX]- This is an RPG version of the excellent digital comic Snatcher (by none other than Hideo Kojima). Lots of guns, and a neato battle system that lets you target specific areas of the enemy.
Snatcher[MSX,PC-E/TG16,Sega CD]- The atmosphere of Blade Runner, but with a Japanese touch. Has fun lightgun sections.
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (N64)- This game is VERY reminescent of the Zelda series, but received no such credit. It had a huge world, dungeons, multiple characters to play as, new weapons and items to get, you fought with a sword/pipe/knife/fan. Very zelda-ish in the way new abilities and weapons unlock new areas.
Goemon's Great Adventure (N64)- The "sequal" bears little resemblance to the previous N64 version- but it's still GREAT. It's a 2D sidescroller, and is kind of old school the way you travel from the left of the level to the right. HERE'S THE KICKER! It's two player! Some of the most video gaming fun I've had is conquering the levels in Goemon with one of my friends. The game is also VERY challenging- and thus very satisfying to beat.
Chameleon Twist and Chameleon Twist 2 (N64)- These games incorperated what too many games today lack- a NEW movement engine! It was a 3D platformer, and your character could stick out their tongue. You'd move the tongue around as it moved outwards. As it stuck to something you could hold the tongue button and you'd be pulled towards it. When you died you didn't have to restart the entire level- which is a plus in my book- and adds replay value simply because once you've beaten a level you haven't played it 30 times yet. You have to try it to see for yourself.
Mischief Makers (N64)- This is a 2D sidescroller with an anime-style story and characters. Your character could run, jump, and do a short jet burst in and direction. You could also grab and carry stuff, and 'shake' stuff you're holding. (I'll never forget the "shake! shake!" sound) The levels are challenging and fun. Some are quick-paced, some are puzzlish, and some are a total break from the action. Just a really great platformer.
Super Magnetic Neo (DC)- The Super Magnetic Neo demo is what made me want to buy the Dreamcast. Basically you're a magnetic guy that can emit positive and negative energy. In the levels, there might be a pad that's positively charged. Stand on it, press the button to emit positive energy, and the "opposites attract" rule will come into play bouncing you high in the air. The challenge levels, IMO, are the best part of the game. Don't let it's kiddy look or it's pink CD fool you- this game is CHALLENGING AS HELL. I'm probably halfway through the main game and the level I'm on is SO DAMN HARD!
Kid Kool (NES)- A mario-esque platformer where you play as Kid Kool, and you have this little furry guy you can throw at enemies to kill them. It's one of those games you'll die over and over again in and want to keep on trying. Me and my friend have managed to get to the last level of this game but we STILL haven't beaten it after burning 40+ lives there. Good old school fun.
That's just about all I can think of right now. These are all some of my favorite games and I'm pissed that some (the N64 ones, in particular) got bad reviews and that they were not recognized for their greatness.
Oh and I must say that
3D ISN'T BETTER! IT'S JUST DIFFERENT!
-The Klik Factory
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Go Gunple! That game is awesome! Funny, too. You can get the english version called Gunman's Proof with a patch from AGTP.
Getsufuu Maden[NES]- Excellent platform/rpg from Konami. Explore on an overhead map and fight in sidescrolling levels, like Zelda 2, but with Castlevanian atmosphere.
Run Saber[SNES]- A Strider clone by Atlus. Can play a two player mode. You can attack in every stance in some way, from a spinning fireball jump to a downwards kick. You can dash while walking and hanging on platforms and ceilings. Cool bosses, too.
Majyuuou(King of Demons)[SNES]- Dark gothic atmosphere, similar to Castlevania, but in hell. You can change into a monster after beating a level. Using the gun as a human is fun as heck.
I'm the Chef: This import for the original Playstation is awesome...its like Iron Chef in a game. You can cut onions and such up and make a soup, or poor a beer. And people rob your restaurant and you have to chase them, and you have to squash bugs and wash dishes, its great.
The Busy World of Richard Scary: This is a kids game but its cool, its for Sega Genesis and you paint ships and put out fires, and fly kites, it sounds boring, but it passes the time.
I wanted to put a bullet in between the eyes of every panda that wouldnt screw to save its own species. - Tyler Durden - Fight Club
Anyone play Creatures on the Commodore 64? It was this sweet puzzle game, where you controlled this furry thing called Clyde, and you had to rescue these other furry things from different death inducing machines and evil creatures. It had very cute graphics, but the game was gory as hell. It was worth losing to see your creatures get gutted or diced by evil gadgets or Mr Chainsaw. There was an Amiga version, which was a platformer, but it totally sucked.
Earthbound[SNES] - I dont think this got released in the UK, but I downloaded a rom of it. The battle system isnt all that great, but the graphics are awesome.
Seiken Densetsu 3 (one of the Secret Of Mana games)[SNES] - I dont think this actually got released outside of Japan, but I may be wrong. I aslo downloaded a rom for this game, and it is one of the best RPG's on the SNES.
Jade Coccon got such a crap story about teh soul and junk, but the game is nice its like a 3d pokemon adventure but with creatures you can merge then like have wings of one creature and have the skin of an other.
Jade Cocoon2 was alright but not as good as first.
Tomba? TOMBA OH YEAH!!!!! i have always wanted to buy full version of that but never found it. i had demo (gone now) and i rented full version and i loved it.
But i defeated 1 of the 7 pigs but i couldn't find any more thats when i got stuck. the pig i defeated stop the rain and lighting in this mountain.
do you remember the monkey dude from Tomba?
I don't think the quote function works but I'll do it anyways
Anyways Earthbound was very successful in the U.S. and the N64 sequal was always one of the most anticipated games for the system. Unfortunately it got cancelled since design went off track and the cart didn't have enough memory =(. Earthbound is a pretty good game for SNES though.
I forgot a couple other games I liked on SNES:
Top Gear 3000 (SNES)- I may be the only one that REALLY liked this game, but MAN did I like it! It was a high-speed racing game where you could upgrade the parts to your car after each race. You could upgrade the tires, the engine, the gears, give it jumping capabilities, and more. I really got into that game. Unfortunately, I don't know if I'd like it so much anymore. I find when I play old Sports or Racing games I don't like them as much.
Stunt Race FX (SNES)- Another game I liked a lot, it was one of the first and only games to use the FX Chip for the SNES. (The chip that let the system do 3D polygonal graphics- Starfox was another game that used it.) It was a racing game, and was fun as heck back in the day. There was a stunt mode and a racing mode. If you were as 1337 as me, you could unlock the hidden motorcycle- a fast but ridiculously hard to control vehicle. Again, though- like most old racing or sports games when I came back to it it had lost it's appeal.
Yeah I doubt many will remember those =/
Tomba! I remember that game! I wanted that game soooooooooooooooooooo bad but I didn't have a PSX! I later watched someone go through almost the entire 'Tomba!' game, and another through almost the entire 'Tomba! 2' game. Unfortunately after seeing most of the games I had lost my wanting to play them. Great games, though! =D
Oh yes, I know this is a game everyone knows about- but I just got Donkey Kong Country 2 in the mail from EBay the other day and I LOVE it. I beat it 102% when I was a kid, and am still kicking myself for selling it and my SNES. This game was GOD to me. It was the first game I owned. My parents never wanted me to play games, then finally my mom got me an NES at a garage sale. Now that the floodgates were open, I got an SNES for my BDay and DKC2.
Remember the first game you really PLAYED? When you got your NES and played Mario Bros. for hours and finally beat it? When you got the Super NES and beat Super Mario World to a pulp? Those are the feelings I get from playing DKC2. I love this game.
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Hmm... my first console was a Genesis. Good old Sonic...
Ufouria[NES]- Great Metroid clone. Has four characters (you must find the other three), a secret weapon for each, a map that can be upgraded, fun boss fights, and neat items. And Freeon-Leon is a cool name.
Shinobi 3[Genesis]- One of the coolest non-stealth ninja games around. The ninjutsu effects are really fun to watch. The best song in the game is "Idaten", the music in the horseback section. My favorite part was the second section of Electric Demon, since there are a lot of secret areas. Note: press jump at the peak of jump to somersault.
Wai Wai World[NES]- A Konami omake game. Play as Konami Man and Konami Girl and rescue the rest of Konami World's heroes. The people you can rescue are Simon Belmont, Goemon, Fuuma (from Getsufuu Maden), Mikey (from the Goonies), Donkey Kong (don't ask me why he's in this game), and Moai (from Moai-Kun). Each character can find a subweapon, which uses bullets for energy. Difficult, but fun. Notes: Up+Jump is to change characters, Down+Jump is to equip/unequip subweapons, and Goemon can open the "?" boxes.
Soliel aka crusader of centy for the megadrive(genesis)
people claim that this is a zelda rip off and so ignore it
well they are a bunch of munchkins!!
come on there are worse game to base another on!
soliel is in the same style as zelda only with more freedom and not as many boring caves. and you collect animal freinds to help you learn new moves.
the story is about a boy that comes of age (14) and recieves the sword and sheild his dad used to use. He battles the monsters that have appeared and discovers why and where they come from to get rid of them.
Tower of Souls [AMIGA, 1995] - I loved to play this fantastic Diablo alike RPG for the AMIGA. Everything was great and it contained a good story. I tried the same game for the PC, but the PC-version sucks.
Reunion [AMIGA, 1994] - I was addicted to this strategy game. You had to control a human world far from Earth. Build buildings, develop new technics, mine recources, contact aliens, fight aliens with your ships, etc. etc. At the end you will return to Earth. It was a great game!
Now you can only play these games with an emulator (WinUAE)
Soliel is an excellent game (I haven't been playing it much, though). It is a lot like Zelda 3, but it is less RPG and more action (you can jump, throw your sword, ride on the wind, etc.) so it is quite unique. And the graphics show off the Genesis's power to no end.
Joy Mecha Fight[NES]- A great fighter with 8 selectable fighters (you must earn them), an ingame manual, and extremely good animation.
Tokyuu Shirei Soul Brain[NES]- Japanese version of Shatterhand. Has an actual story and a different character.
Spelunker 2[NES]- Fun, but sickeningly difficult platform RPG that is nothing like the original.