Kirby’s Dream Sport

November 25, 2012 at 8:32 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
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Nintendo recently celebrated 20 years of Kirby adventures with a Wii compilation that features his main conquests through Dream Land.  Kirby’s gaming catalog extends far past his canonical platformers and these ancillary games could fill their own compilation disc.  He’s been the headliner in multiple puzzle games, a pinball title and a Breakout-style block-busting game.  Kirby has had a racing spin-off and has dueled with his Nintendo peers in the Super Smash Bros. series.  Even though Kirby has clearly been able to handle yielding a sword or spear in his own games, he has never been invited to one of Mario’s golf or tennis outings.  Despite his multi-genre flexibility, the pink puffball has only had one appearance in a sports-themed game.  When King Dedede stole all the stars in Dream Land, Kirby shook off his non-sporty stereotype to do mini-golf battle in Kirby’s Dream Course for the Super Nintendo.

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The Collector’s Guide to Tecmo Bowl

September 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Features | 10 Comments
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Tecmo’s football franchise is a true flagship in the world of retro sports gaming.  Fueled by 8-bit success on the NES with the still very popular Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl, Tecmo expanded to the 16-bit era before one last hurrah on the PlayStation in 1996.  Spanning just seven years, the series that mastered two-button football gaming retired as sports gaming moved to 3D.  As with many vintage video games, there have been attempted reboots of Tecmo Bowl to stoke the nostalgic fire of gamers.  All told, if you are a fan of the series or looking to experience it for the first time, the Tecmo Bowl library is very manageable from a collecting standpoint. The big question as always is, what are these retro titles worth?  The Collector’s Guide to Tecmo Bowl sets out to cover the entire Tecmo Bowl cannon, from the late 1980s through the re-releases of late.
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