Monday, June 1, 2009

Video Games: One Man(-child)'s Obsession

Much to the delight of my long-suffering wife, I have decided to revisit and conquer all those classic NES games that defeated and confounded my impressionable elementary school self back in the 8-bit glory days.

I have already beaten Final Fantasy and Metal Gear and now playing Zelda II (currently in the Swamp Palace) and Rockman - that's Megaman 1 for the uninitiated out there (stuck on Elecman's stage).

I'm not above Googling walkthroughs when I get stuck, but I have taken a solemn vow unto myself to not use cheat codes for any reason. I'm also gravitating towards games that allow you to save your progress, rather than having to run through the whole thing in a single sitting.

Here is the list of games I plan on eventually getting around to, and where/how they confounded me as a kid:
  • Mike Tyson's Punchout - never got past Super Macho Man
  • Bionic Commando - hopefully my grown-up fine motor skillz will help me master swinging
  • Ninja Gaiden - I may have beaten this one before, but I can't remember
  • Metroid - a weekend rental was never enough time to beat this
  • Kid Icarus - another rental
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - so. freaking. hard.
  • Double Dragon II - I seem to remember ninjas and helicopters, and not much else
There are other games I tried to play, but I'm having trouble getting the roms to work with nintendulator (maybe I need a better emulator?):
  • Castlevania
  • Blaster Master
Other games I didn't beat and probably won't mess with:
  • Karnov
  • Ys
  • Batman
  • Bomberman
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Tetris - does this even have an ending?


  1. If you're using windows I recommend zsnes - perhaps it ain't pretty, but it works fine for me. If you want I can mail it to you - it's just 0.5 Mb. Also there you can save your progress even though the game itself doesn't allow saves. I have quite a few roms as well if there's something special you're looking for though roms are usually not that difficult to find.

  2. Sorry, I should leave some contact info I guess =P
    You can reach me at or as telliria at

  3. I appreciate the advice. I started using NESten (v 0.61) which is actualy linked on the site I was getting my roms from, conveniently enough.

    Thanks for checking out the blog!