Searching for PS2 ROMs & Emulators? It’s odd to think that a game centring on finding the best way to successfully arrange a group of coloured blocks should have been at its best when played on a machine that was incapable of displaying more than four shades of greenish-grey. But, regardless, the Game Boy version of Alexei Pajitnov’s opus was simply the perfect match between game and hardware. Two players, two pads, too many fizzy drinks: the only way to play Sega’s bruising brawler was with a partner. It was a rival to Capcom’s Final Fight, but this game definitely had the edge, which was partly due to Yuzo Koshiro’s particularly memorable score.
One issue with the Nintendo Switch that users had hoped would be solved in the Nintendo Switch Lite was controller drift. Controller drift occurs on the Joy-Con controllers sticks are released, however the action persists. An example would be a character continuing walking after a direction has been released. Unfortunately, after only a matter of days, there has been a report of drifting with the Nintendo Switch Lite! While this does not mean that the Nintendo Switch Lite is drift-prone, it is troubling this early into the release.
Many gamers will be familiar the concept of ‘plug and play’ consoles; those controller shaped consoles that plug straight into your TV. Despite being low quality and legally questionable, they were simple to use and often contained a lot of pre-installed games. That being said, there were licensed versions of plug and play consoles available, yet it was only when Nintendo stepped up to the mark that these products started drawing attention. Discover even more details at GBA ROMs.
The defining game on the criminally underrated Sega CD. Sonic CD is quite unlike its Genesis counterparts. In addition to a funky CD soundtrack and some cool “Mode 7” style 3d graphics, Sonic CD features levels that actually encourage you to explore. While you still play as Sonic, and still run as fast as you can to the goalpost, the game no longer tries to force you along. There are three time zones that will have you going to the past, present, and future. In each of these time zones, the levels are different, and you’ll want to explore each era to see how the levels change. Sonic CD does lose a few points for introducing Sonic’s annoying love interest, Amy, to the series. Super Star Wars was the first Star Wars game to make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. While that may not be literally true, it was the first game based on Star Wars to really capture the excitement of the original trilogy. In Super Star Wars you fight a sarlacc pit monster, cause a brawl in Mos Eisley’s Cantina Bar, slice through stormtroopers with your lightsaber, and blow up the Imperial Death Star with your X-Wing. Super Star Wars also lets you beat up on Jawas which is cathartic… I never did trust those little guys.
For the retro collector who has everything, or for the Japanese culture enthusiast in your life, Nintendo’s Famicom Classic is a rare and delightful gem. It shares a level of build quality (and adorability) with its NES counterpart, but comes with a couple of cult favorites that the US model missed. Filling a couple of obvious holes are River City Ransom and Mario Open Golf, but there are also some lesser-known or Japanese exclusive titles that still hold up well, stuff like platformer Atlantis no Nazo or Tecmo’s puzzler Solomon’s Key. And while the original Final Fantasy is an important piece of history, Final Fantasy III (included on the Famicom) is a better game to actually play in practically every regard. The best thing about the Famicom Classic, however, has nothing to do with the games library. It’s the design. True to its namesake, the Classic is stylish in vivid white and deep maroon, and has a much sleeker and more modern-looking form factor than its boxy grey cousin. There’s also space along sides of the console body to slot in the controllers when you’re not using them, which is not only really convenient but looks sharp, too. And while the interface and games are all in Japanese, fluency is definitely not required for the vast majority of the included games, and the interface is easy enough to navigate around with a little trial and error (in fact, if you have access to the NES Classic, it’s virtually identical). If you’re so inclined, it’s actually a great way to practice some basic Japanese as text is all displayed in hiragana and katakana (the original Famicom couldn’t display kanji). See a few extra info at https://www.downloadroms.io/.