Retro Redux: NES Quest – Updates + Excuses, Excuses


  • Game: StarTropics
  • Release Date (North America): Dec. 1990
  • Developer: Nintendo IRD
  • Genre: Action-adventure

I think it’s about time for another NES Quest update, as it’s been a while since the last vote ended and you were no doubt in suspense as to which game (out of Metroid, Super Mario Bros. 3, Maniac Mansion, and StarTropics) was the winner. As you can see, StarTropics won and did so in a close race against Maniac Mansion, of all games! There must be something to this Maniac Mansion I keep hearing about…

I’ve played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II for a good amount of time, in case you were wondering. I was lucky enough have some leverage over my brother to get him to play it with me when I got around to it: he and I have been playing playing Pokemon X and Y, and since he’s just starting out, he wanted me to breed a few Pokemon for him, so I said I wouldn’t hatch his Gible unless he tried TMNT II with me. Fist pump!

Anyway, we had a blast playing together. One day after that, I played by myself and learned that some games are better played with others. My hope is that I’ll get another chance to play the game with a friend before I post the inevitable report card. That will hopefully happen this weekend. Also planned for this weekend is the start of a new game, StarTropics!

There’s only one thing missing from this post, right? A new vote! Well, here’s where the “excuses” thing you see above comes in. Even after a Labor day weekend filled with rest, relaxation, and gaming, I’m still feeling pretty overwhelmed with things to do and games to play, particularly on the NES front, as I couldn’t have my little grey gaming machine where I was during the three-day weekend. A total of four games have won votes up to now: DuckTales, Bionic Commando, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, and StarTropics, so I would like to spend some more quality time with them before adding another title to the list.

There’s no new vote, but feel free to recommend titles! Many of the obvious ones (such as Punch-Out!!) haven’t been recommended by anyone, so don’t avoid making a recommendation under the assumption someone else did!

See you for the next report card.

In addition to being a girl gamer, Holly prides herself on being a red-head. Consequently, the blue shell in the Mario Kart series is her natural enemy. Don't worry, though: she still loves Mario Kart and is very good, despite the occasional blue shell-sabotaged race. Like any Nintendo fan, Holly also loves Zelda, Pokemon, Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, name it. But she'll try just about anything (besides horror games) and has a soft spot for unique, little-known rhythm games like Rhythm Heaven and Samba de Amigo. NNID: Aeroweth