Everything '90s Kids Need To Know About The New Nintendo

Everything '90s Kids Need To Know About The New Nintendo

Meet the SNES Classic.

I'll never forget the first time I got my first video game console in the mail. It was the summer of 1995, and my mom got a really good deal on a hot system that I remember having my eye on for a good while throughout all of 3rd grade. It was a Super Nintendo bundled with Donkey Kong Country, a game I still own to this day and part of my collection over 20 years later.

I have gotten a ton of mileage out of my SNES system, because Nintendo was all about making top quality products for its customers, and they still care to make a solid product to this day. So even if your today's college student that never got a chance to feel what it was like to get a SNES out of the box in the 1990's, you can be able to have your own experience with the SNES Classic.

Nintendo is now releasing the SNES Classic, which is available through the UK, Japanese and American markets. It's more of a glorified emulation device, but if you have some SNES cartridge titles you can pop those bad boys into the system to increase your ever expanding library of retro Nintendo classics.

You can hook up the SNES Classic to any current HD TV through HDMI making these built in SNES titles look fantastic on your TV. They come with two controller ports so you can go head to head with some of the games bundled with the system if you ever wanted to know how Super Mario Kart or F-Zero played.

The list of games follow as:


Contra III: The Alien Wars

Donkey Kong Country

EarthBound

Final Fantasy III

F-ZERO

Kirby Super Star

Kirby’s Dream Course

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Mega Man X

Secret of Mana

Star Fox

Star Fox 2

Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

Super Castlevania IV

Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Super Mario World

Super Metroid

Super Punch-Out!!

Yoshi’s Island

The biggest reveal to this is Star Fox 2, a title that was a completed game before being cancelled because it was going to be released right before the launch of the Nintendo 64 and its own Star Fox 64 game. I guess Nintendo felt that it would confuse consumers on what Star Fox is what, so its been hiding in a vault for over two decades at this point (minus the emulation files out there of Star Fox 2 that have been leaked for a long time, so gamers already knew about it). I have to say that list of games is really solid for people who are fans of the Super Nintendo that might not have them in their collection, or for people who have never played the Super Nintendo and want to try it out.

This contains racing games like Super Mario Kart and F-Zero; Role Playing games like Final Fantasy III (which is VI in Japan), Legend of Zelda, Earthbound, Secret of Mana and Super Mario RPG; side scrolling adventure games like Super Metroid, Super Castlevania IV and Contra III; fighting games like Street Fighter II Turbo and Super Punch Out; and the others which are Nintendo characters like Kirby and Yoshi titles. A very good mixture of games that were highly praised when they were released all within one system.

The price of the system is going to run at $80 plus tax depending on where you get one, and you can expect the scalpers on line to hike up prices once its released like they did with the NES Classic last year. But for $80 for titles that if you were to try and buy separately, this is a very good deal to get. Nintendo is kind enough to make these systems go till the end of 2017, so there is a couple of months for you to get one, since the release date of SNES Classic is on September 29th of this year.

If this system has peaked your interest, then go for it! If anything this can get you started into the world of retro game collecting since the market is very hot right now, of course titles are going to cost you a pretty penny depending on what your looking for. I've had my childhood nostalgia formed by Nintendo systems as long as I can remember, and it's never too late for people to hop on board and have their own experience with the Super Nintendo.

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Why Sims 4 Is Better Than Therapy

No mom, I'm not wasting my time. I'm planning my life.

If you've ever felt like you've lost control of your life, you can fix that problem for a low fee of $20, by investing in one of my favorite casual games: The Sims 4. Starting off as a simple simulation game, this platform has evolved into a place where people can create unique storylines and almost lead second lives. Because it allows players to control an entire town of people, regulating everything from emotions to hobbies to professions, most people find satisfaction in knowing that every single one of those pixelated humans' lives are in their hands.

When I started playing the Sims, I created a young adult with my likeness, and used my starter budget to buy a small plot of land where I built my first house from scratch- an accomplishment that sent my Sim into debt, ultimately killing her ability to find a partner, which left her living in the local park and eating hot dogs until she died from an overdose of soda. (See, unhealthy sugars CAN kill you).

My second try was more successful- I created an overweight man (it would take longer for him to die of starvation) who was a bit of a nerd, but still charismatic. Long story short, Benson Olson lived a long and peaceful life, ultimately succumbing to old age. From that moment on, I knew I how to maneuver the game properly- and the rewards were so satisfying.

I was able to decide fates, but the game forced me to stay organized. Fathering too many children or going to work too often was often a cause of stress for my Sims, so I learned how to balance their needs while still having fun. The level of patience it takes to play the Sims is crazy- relationships take time to build and sometimes they don't work out too well.

That's where cheats come in handy. The developers of the SIms 4 actually encourage users to use cheats, giving users the ability Sims millionaires in less than a minute, or to force relationships between NPCs, no matter how compatible they may be.

I've often found that naming Sims after people in my life, then making their lives hell has been another benefit of the game- you can totally mess with them by starting a fire in their house, or tipping over trashcans until you're banished. Some of my friends have even requested to become part of my households- in the form of pets, because they're too scared to be 'humans' in my unpredictable Sim worlds.

Overall, the Sims 4 may seem like a timewaster, but the way this game stretches the creative bubble is both beneficial and therapeutic.




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Apple Music Versus Spotify

Which music app reigns supreme?

I recently went through an internal struggle; wanting to stay loyal to apple music with the draw of Spotify including Hulu in their package slowly pulling me in. I had to go based off of my friends' recommendations of both music streaming apps, although they tended to be a bit biased. It was time I tested both for myself and finally settled on the best one. Both get the job done, but there are surely pros and cons for each.

Music Variety

When it comes to this category, Spotify reigns supreme. The app features a lot more remixes than Apple Music does, and I feel as though I’m exposed to tons of new music. Of course this category isn’t terribly important, as you could download any song from the internet and upload it to either app.

Storage

Every iPhone comes with iTunes, so why download another app for music when you’re trying to save space? This was one of the issues I had with Spotify in the first place, it required me to download the app on my phone as well as the program on my computer. My mac already comes with iTunes, but I guess this isn’t such a problem for Android and PC users.

Packages

Spotify definitely wins this round, a normal membership now comes with access to a basic Hulu account! If you’re a student, this means only $5 a month for both services! It’s basically a dream come true.

Shuffle

Random, but this is something that I have noticed as a difference between Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify’s shuffle is significantly less shuffled than Apple Music’s. I find that when I press shuffle on Spotify I constantly hear songs by the same artist a bunch of times in a row, while I never encounter this problem with Apple.

Organization

Apple Music is more organized than Spotify is. On Apple Music, I can choose to arrange my playlists, however, I like based on artist, date added, or even song title. I can do this on Spotify too, but only from my computer. On the app, my music is always organized by date added, which is not my first choice. It’s a small problem, but one I definitely took notice of.

Discover Weekly

One of the great things about Spotify is the personalized playlists it makes every week- and they’re pretty good! Apple Music doesn’t really have anything similar to this, which is a shame and a half.

Radio

Both of these apps have their own version of “radio” services, where you can create a radio station based off of a song, artist, or album. Spotify seems to always been spouting out new songs by the hundreds, even if you’re not sure how some of them made it on the radio playlist. Apple Music seems to play the same few songs on repeat, and keep them the same for everyone. So both apps have their downsides here, but Spotify definitely shows more diversity and gives more songs chances to shine.

My honest opinion: you can’t go wrong with either of these apps. Both have high-quality music with almost unlimited options that are easy to use. I personally use Spotify, but it was mostly because of the Hulu promotion (definitely worth it by the way). I’ve tried both, used both for a few months, and this is my consensus. No matter what you use, happy listening!

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