Video Game Review Super Mario Land Nintendo Game Boy 1989 Developed by: Nintendo Published by: Nintendo
It feels like it is near-impossible for Nintendo to make a bad traditional Mario platformer. Even though Super Mario Land for the original Game Boy looks extremely primitive, it is still one of the best in the series. It might be a bit rough around the edges and looks and handles differently than most Mario games, but it provides one of the best platforming experiences on any system.
Rounding out our series of discussions on console-based gaming, Chris and I talk about the various portable systems on the market: the DS, PSP, and even the iPhone. Actually, the podcast wasn’t even supposed to be about the iPhone but it ends up taking up a large chunk of time as we talk about both the possibility of it being a DS killer and how it may be a horrible platform for gaming. We mention the PSP as well and all its potential it squandered away.
Next week’s Roundtable Podcast we will be discussing state of PC gaming and probably gush about how we love Steam. If you have any questions or comments for us, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get to them on air.
Video Game Review Tetris DX Game Boy Color 1998 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo
Tetris is probably the most famous electronic puzzle game in the world. The pride of Soviet Russia, Tetris has swept the world by storm. Even though The Tetris Company has strict guidelines as to what can be done in any iteration of a Tetris game, hardcore Tetris fanatics have argued that the newer games make things easier which dilutes the game. Back before you could hold items and other gimmicks, you had basic Tetris which allowed only for the player to view the next block and that’s about it. The Game Boy made its name because Nintendo was smart enough to give a version of Tetris away with the system as a pack-in title. Years after the initial release, Nintendo re-released Tetris for the Game Boy Color. Nintendo’s Tetris DX’s refinements were small in number but big in importance. This is the best version of Tetris outside of an actual arcade cabinet.