Retro Revolution Continues

20 Mar

A few days ago I posted about the availability of the first two Final Fantasy games on iPod and now, new for Nintendo DS: the first four Sonic games, plus the versions that allow you to play as Knuckles and let you to access new zones and challenges! The reason this is exciting for me is that I love the first four Sonic the Hedgehog games – they’re all pretty much the same thing but with varying levels of difficulty and graphics quality. You can’t beat that feeling when you actually manage to get all the Choas Emeralds and Super Emeralds….

So for those that don’t really know a lot about the franchise, the first four games basically see Sonic (and later Tails and Knuckles) trying to stop the evil Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik from capturing all the little critters in the world, building the Death Egg and taking over the world. All you have to do is complete each level in less than ten minutes, or it’s game over. This is actually easier said than done – the first Sonic game is a challenge for even the most experienced platform gamer and the bosses on all the games get so hard that sometimes you’ll have so suffer numerous deaths before managing, eventually, to explode them to smithereens.

Perhaps the best thing about the games is the satisfaction you get from completing the levels in record time, and seeing just how fast you can go. Before now, you could ony play these games on the original Mega Drive or on the Sonic Mega Collection for Gamecube but now, hallelujah, they’re now portable! Whee!

The image above is almost like a private joke – for those of you who’ve played Sonic 3, you’ve no doubt comes across the dreaded barrel… To end this post I’m just going to say that for years I couldn’t work it out – I’d get to this point in Carnival Night Zone Act 2 and would try everything to get past it. Years later, I worked out that all you had to do was press up and down repeatedly until the barrel went low enough to me to pass. Ahh, happy memories…

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