Since my last update I have been on a bit of a serious retro gaming binge of sorts thanks in no small part to the SNES classic controller I got for my Wii which I mentioned in my last blog where I have went on an RPG rampage since I never really got to play any of those SNES RPGs the first time around for many reasons the main one being they were never released in Europe at all anyway.
Chrono Trigger was my first stop since even though it has had such amazing reviews and gets mentioned as one of the greatest SNES games ever I had never had the chance to play it, and well I love it, seems to feel better using the correct controller too almost like I am playing it as close to the real things as you can get. My second stop was Street Fighter Alpha 2, I had played other versions and later ones on other systems but I had always wanted this version but getting hold of the game the first time around was near impossible since it was near the end of the systems life, I have to say even though it is a cut down version of the game it is still very impressive and certain stages look stunning for the system really is a testament to what people tried doing on 16-bit hardware near the end of their life cycle.
I have also went onto download Final Fantasy II or IV to the rest of the world which I have played other versions of this game but never the original North American release of it, and despite the fact that it is the same game it is on the easy side to other versions because of its reduced difficulty, although I have also downloaded Final Fantasy IV: The Years After too so I can continue the story. On top of that I went for Secret of Mana which I have admittedly yet to boot up.
This retro fix isn't just down to wanting old games, but rather a recent release made buy a small development team called Watermelon and the game is called Pier Solar, and it is an RPG built from the ground up for the Megadrive and does some pretty impressive technical things with the old hardware, including Mode 7 style spite rotation and a CD soundtrack for the game using the Mega CD in conjunction with the cartridge. So I have placed my pre order for the next print of the game and soundrack, luckily this will not be Watermelons final game as they have three more in development now. Check them out on their website at the Magical Game Factory.
Now if only they would makes some games for the SNES too I may die happy.