CHAPTER 11: POKÉMON

A co-worker and I at a former job I once held mutually agreed that we wouldn’t want to be born at any other time. This came from sharing stories about being a kid when the NES came out and growing up with classics like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and countless other games…

CHAPTER 6: GAME BOY

In Canada we have a holiday called Victoria Day, also referred to as the May 24th weekend or affectionately May 2-4, even though it often happens a week or so before the twenty-fourth of the month. In any case, it marks the start of the camping season, and people will tow their campers to RV…

REVIEW: DUCKTALES 2 (NES/PS4/GAME BOY)

NOTE: Not played on the original NES, but on the PS4 version from the Disney Afternoon Collection. Capcom is no stranger to sequels: Mega Man had six entries alone on the NES and your head would probably start spinning trying to recall all the sequels, spin-offs, remasters and adjective themed updates for the Street Fighter franchise. One side of…

REVIEW: DUCKTALES (NES/GAME BOY)

In 1952, writer/artist Carl Barks introduced the world to Uncle Scrooge, an obscenely wealthy adventurer from the city of Duckburg. The character debuted in a Donald Duck story, but became so popular that he became the star of his own book for many decades and those exploits were eventually adapted into the beloved animated series, DuckTales. Like…

REVIEW: MEN IN BLACK: THE SERIES (GAME BOY ADVANCE)

Now defunct publisher Crave was the first company to release a Men in Black game based on the animated series, doing so on Nintendo’s Game Boy Color. Although there were two other games based on the Men in Black animated series for the Game Boy Color, the third and final game released by Crave before they…

REVIEW: SPIDER-MAN 3 (GAME BOY ADVANCE)

When you look at the time line of the Spider-Man movie handheld tie-in games, it’s a pretty interesting one. When Spider-Man (2002) came out, there was only the Game Boy Advance, and it was initially that way for Spider-Man 2 until later in 2004 and into early 2005 when the Nintendo DS, N-Gage and PSP launched to stores. In…

REVIEW: MEN IN BLACK 2: THE SERIES (GAME BOY COLOR)

Despite benefitting graphically from the upgrade to Game Boy Color hardware, everything else about Men in Black: The Series was utterly forgettable: The game and level design was boring; the play time was short as well as unchallenging and the controls were simple but at the same time weirdly convoluted. The weirdly titled Men in Black 2: The…

REVIEW: MEN IN BLACK: THE SERIES (GAME BOY COLOR)

Despite the box-office success of 1997’s Men in Black, based on the Malibu published comic of the same name, North American dedicated console gamers couldn’t play an interactive form of the alien busting bureau until 1998. While PC players and PAL PSOne owners got to experience Men in Black: The Game in 1997 along with the film,…