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Community Voice #25: Your Favorite NES Games?

This Sunday, Nintendo released the Wii version of Super Mario All-Stars in celebration of Marios 25th Anniversary.  Sure, Nintendo probably could have honored their #1 mascot with more fanfare, but All-Stars includes some of the best games ever made, and I for one am not going to complain about that.

Still, Marios birthday has had me thinking a lot lately about my favorite games of the NES era.  While my experience is probably narrower than some, I know I have fond memories of days spent sitting on the floor, battling it out alone or with a friend, desperately trying to proceed in Battletoads, or finally save the princess in Super Mario Bros.

I would definitely have to say that some of my favorite games I never even owned, like Duck Tales (which I will buy on day-one if it is ever released on VC), or Bugs Bunnys Crazy Castle.  The original Legend of Zelda used to terrify me when I was a kid, I will admit, so it wasnt until I was older that I even completed Links first quest.

However, of the games I grew up playing, Id have to say that Super Mario Bros 3 and Bubble Bobble are at the top of my most frequently played list, even though, as with some of the others mentioned, I never actually owned a copy of Bubble Bobble until I was older.  Still, I have very fond memories of playing with friends or family, working together to reach the final level and defeat the bossno easy featand one that took patience and practice, like most other games of the era.

So, what were some of your favorite NES games as a kid? Or, if you didnt have one growing up, what are some of your current favorites?

What is Community Voice? Community Voice is your weekly chance to make yourself heard on Spawn Kill. Yes, you can leave comments on any post that we have, but The Community Voice is a feature that is notorious for encouraging discussion and fostering a sense of, yes, community. We want to hear from readers of the site, so let us know your opinions on the topics every week and let’s get something lively going!

Community Voice #23 : Your Black Friday Hauls: Howd You Do?

The weekend after Thanksgiving, starting with the notorious Black Friday and going through Cyber Monday, are an annual shopping bonanza, in which retailers of all shapes and sizes offer steep discounts in an attempt to separate us from our hard-earned cash.

With the economy being relatively sour, and many people holding onto what money they can get, times have been especially tough for many retailers, especially after a relatively dismal Black Friday showing last year.  This year, many retailers attempted to balk the trends by offering discounts starting as soon as November 1 and leading up to the big weekend.

Amazon, for example, had some stellar deals all weekend long, especially on Black Friday itself, with many deals selling out almost instantly.  iPhone in hand, I know I scoured the deals as much as I could during holiday festivities and travel this past weekend, and managed to pick up deals like Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition (you can never have enough DA in my opinion) for only $35, Red Dead Redemption for $29, and Monopoly Streets for $25, all on PS3.  Im still kicking myself that I missed out on getting God of War Collection for only $10, and you could also find plenty of other steals like that as well.  Some retailers had PSPGo bundles for only $150, others had steep discounts on PS3, Wii, and 360 Console bundles.  Even Gamestop got into the action by offering several games (new) for only $10.

So, how did you guys do?  Did you score big deals online, or did you battle the crowds for the last deeply discounted PS3/TV bundle at Best Buy?  I love to hear a good deal, so please share your hauls in the comments, or maybe those items you hoped to find on sale but didnt (and maybe are still waiting for).

What is Community Voice? Community Voice is your weekly chance to make yourself heard on Spawn Kill. Yes, you can leave comments on any post that we have, but The Community Voice is a feature that is notorious for encouraging discussion and fostering a sense of, yes, community. We want to hear from readers of the site, so let us know your opinions on the topics every week and let’s get something lively going!

Community Voice #22: Console Based Exclusive Content: Good or Bad?

As this gen of gaming continues, the trend of console exclusivity seems to be slowly fading in to the past. Key characters like Master Chief, Mario, and Nathan Drake will remain loyal to their respective consoles, but youre seeing less and less console-exclusive games. Dont forget the “exclusive” franchises that eventually break rank and end up multiplatform. Take Halo creators Bungie Studios for example. Since Halo 2, theyd been an Xbox 360 exclusive company, and yet now their recently inked partnership with Activision has them poised to appear on other consoles.

What were seeing more and more of is publishers and developers striking deals with one of the “big three” to release exclusive extra content, meanwhile leaving fans of the game who dont own said “exclusive” console out in the cold. So instead of Xbox 360 fanboys arguing with their PS3 nemeses about things like graphics, youve got one rubbing their console exclusive content in the others face.  Moreso, it takes choice away, in a sense, from the consumer, rendering some versions of the game less complete than others, since access to exclusive DLC will be forever (or at least for an extended period of time) barred from those users access.

Which is why I propose a solution that may enhance the highly profitable “console wars” we gamers are in the midst of. How about instead of offering only one console-exclusive content, companies start offering separate, but comparable, content for each console. Structure it the way game retailers do when it comes to pre-order bonuses, and offer each system its own unique bonus content. It not only offers hardcore fanboys perks for purchasing a game on their console of choice, it gives those who hold no allegiance choice, and gives item hoarders a chance to pick up each copy and nab all the exclusive content.  As a result, everyone can win: console manufacturers, developers, and gamers.

What do you think? How do you feel when only one console gets exclusive content? Is the above solution a viable option? Do you have a different idea on how to remedy the sometimes unbalanced exclusivity issue? Sound off and let your voices be heard!

What is Community Voice? Community Voice is your weekly chance to make yourself heard on Spawn Kill. Yes, you can leave comments on any post that we have, but The Community Voice is a feature that is notorious for encouraging discussion and fostering a sense of, yes, community. We want to hear from readers of the site, so let us know your opinions on the topics every week and let’s get something lively going!