If I had to pick one favorite RPG from the 8-bit era and one from the 16-bit one, Phantasy Star
would crush the competition and Final Fantasy IV
would be near the top of the ranks as well. Maybe I need to modify the RPG Top 10
a bit...Anyway, this month all three regions prospered mightily in the old-school style of level grinding as a necessity and exploration being a substitute for clear storytelling.
Next up in terms of excitement is Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The game definitely has some issues, like the insane difficulty, but what I want to celebrate here is the fact that I game so heavily tied up in licensing issues is appearing on the Virtual Console at all. Does this mean that we could actually see Michael Jackson's Moonwalker one of these days? We can only hope...
The Revenge of Shinobi remains one of the most amazing and enduring nina games ever created. Ninjas never lose their cool factor, so myriad games with acrobatic masters of stealth have been made over the history of video games. Not a one has enduring as many years yet remained so brilliant as this one. The main character may move slowly and punish your off-timed efforts at double-jumps, but the level design and music are staggering. For more info, check out this review.
Rounding out the ranks, we've got Pilotwings
and Pepin Ga Pengo
. The first is a brilliant flight simulator that is equaled by none throughout the entire 16-bit era. The latter is a very clever action maze title where you kick blocks of ice at your enemies, a clever homage to Bomberman