Super Nintendo Show and Tell

Donkey Kong Country! Super Mario World! Shaq-Fu? Take a look at some of the hits and misses in my Super Nintendo game collection while we share stories of retro gaming awesomeness!

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Building My Perfect SNES Classic: Part 9

Shortly after my hype subsided from the announcement of the NES Classic, my immediate thought was, “What if Nintendo makes an SNES Classic?!” That system has a special spot in my heart for being a critical part of my gaming life as a 90s kid. It also doesn’t hurt that the games on this console are some of the greatest of all-time.

In this 10-part series, I’ll highlight three games that I would like to see in a hypothetical SNES Classic.

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Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

Let’s continue with part 9!

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Universal Fighting Game Guide: How to Improve Quickly by Training Intelligently

Learning how to become competent at fighting games was an agonizing process that was years in the making for me. In hindsight, my progress was extremely slow at the beginning, as I simply didn’t know how to get better. The biggest mistake I made during those early days, and one that I see online players fall into all the time, is having the mindset that the more you play, the better you get. That is a fallacious mentality to have, as I simply played poorly for a long time with no visible signs of improvement.

I now know that improvement in fighting games – while still a bumpy ride – doesn’t have to take nearly as long if you understand the process for improvement. In this edition of the Universal Fighting Game Guide, we cover the concept of training intelligently in order to improve at a faster rate.

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Rare Replay Review

Rare Replay is a celebration of the famed development studio that made Donkey Kong Country and Goldeneye. While these two smash hits do not appear on this 30-game compilation, almost everything else in their catalogue is here, from Jet Pac to Viva Pinata 2. And for the price of $30, this appears to be an amazing value on paper. Does the package deliver on its promise?

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Killer Instinct: In the Lab with Rash

Watch me go through the discovery process with the latest character in Killer Instinct. It’s also an opportunity to see how I learn a new character in a fighting game, which may give you a new perspective on the learning process. Check it out!

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Killer Instinct Review

Meant to be a graphical showcase for Nintendo’s Ultra 64 hardware, the original Killer Instinct clearly prioritized style over substance. It’s rendered visuals were ahead of anything else at the time and its gameplay allowed players to pull off combos that routinely featured dozens of hits. For the most part, that was all it needed to be a success at the arcade and on the Super Nintendo.

With so many great fighting games out now and a community of players that is smarter than ever, it’s going to take more than pretty graphics, a loud announcer and flashy combos to make an impact. Luckily for us, Killer Instinct returns with some bite while retaining the essence of what made the original fun in the first place. Continue reading

Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade Fightstick TE 2 Review

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Sporting a new and improved d-pad, The Xbox One controller is the most viable Microsoft controller for fighting games yet. However, for those who would prefer to fight the old-fashioned way, Mad Catz has you covered. If this was simply a standard Mad Catz Tournament Edition fightstick with new art, that would be great. However, they’ve gone the extra mile to evolve this fightstick to the point where this is their best one yet.

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Killer Instinct Matches

The release of Ultra Street Fighter IV may be looming, but Killer Instinct is still a game worth playing. Here’s a compilation of assorted matches where I either win or get brutally beaten.

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Jett Plays Killer Instinct

The first of many Xbox One videos to come is all about Microsoft’s fighting game retro revival. I discuss my thoughts on the game, on the experience of owning an Xbox One, and where the platform is going now that Kinect-free bundles will soon hit the marketplace.

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Hands-On With Killer Instinct

At Fan Expo 2013, I got to play a pre-release build of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. Though I wish I could have played the game on a fightstick, it did give me an opportunity to get a feel for the new Xbox One controller and my first new taste of Killer Instinct in over a decade.

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