It was a random afternoon weekend in the early 90s. I was a kid at the time, playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game on the NES for the umpteenth time. Out of the blue, I had an idea.
“Wouldn’t it be cool if I had video of me playing this game right now?” I thought to myself.
“Barf!” Continuing our first co-stream, Kris, Rachel, and I beat up thugs, eat sushi, and demonstrate questionable teamwork in River City Ransom! Streaming with Kris and Rachel was fantastic and I look forward to doing this again on our Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon! Make sure to follow them on everything!
Jascha makes his streaming debut as we venture back into the 80s arcades with X-Men: The Arcade Game!
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I love Double Dragon II on the NES as a kid. I played the heck out of that game, as it was one of the best beat-em-ups on the NES at the time. Seeing the headlines of a Double Dragon II remake called “Wander of the Dragons” yesterday got me excited for about…10 seconds. That’s when I saw the screen shots and video of the game in action.
Hot on the heels of the release of X-Men: First Class comes the return of X-Men Arcade. Earlier this year, it made it’s return on XBOX Live and PlayStation Network, which I reviewed when it came out. This time, it’s out as a universal app for the iPhone and iPad. Though a lot of what I said about X-Men Arcade initially still stands for this port, the iOS version does have some perks and quirks worth noting in a separate review.
It’s scary to me to think about how old this game is. Though this game will forever be linked to my childhood, I’m sure that this game is alien to 95% of gamers who weren’t born in the mid-80s or earlier. This game lived and died in the early 90s as a 4-player or 6-player arcade cabinet and was never legally available anywhere else…until now.
If you’ve played this game during the hey day of the arcades, I do not need to sell you on it. You know enough to judge whether or not you’re ready to spend money on this experience again. For everyone else, here’s what you’ve missed out on (or what you’ll get if you decide to pick this up).
Timed coincidently with the DVD release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the price of the downloadable game was slashed by 50% on XBOX Live. By the time you’re reading this, you’re too late to take advantage of the deal, but I was quick enough to snag it.
Whether you pick it up for 400 or 800 Microsoft points, you’re getting a pretty good beat ’em up. That is, if you’re still looking to play this style of game (and are willing to put up with some annoying quirks).
2D beat-em-up games used to be a healthy part of my gaming diet. I played a ton of the Ninja Turtles arcade games, Double Dragon and the X-Men arcade game back when the genre was in its prime. Watching the trailer for the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World game for the first time sent my mind back to a warm and mushy place where walking to the right and hitting the only attack button available was the coolest thing ever.
When I first played the demo, I only had 5 minutes with it before I got pulled away from my XBOX 360. Based on that first impression, I would have bought it in a heartbeat. Recently though, I played through the whole demo, and I’m starting to get cold feet.