Cartoon Video Games

Good news everyone!!! Duck Tales, the game we all know and love, is getting a reboot!!! (I’m sure you have all heard by now…) And if you have not heard of the reboot yet, here is a trailer for it below… Duck Tales, Woo-oo!

Now with that out of the way, the reason I am writing about this is because Duck Tales made me think about all of the cartoon video games I played growing up, and there are a lot of them. Darkwing Duck, Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Animanics, and the list goes on. Now there are some pretty bad cartoon video games too. Most of the good games had one thing in common though, and this is in my opinion alone, and that is they had the same publisher… Capcom. Capcom_logo Don’t get me wrong there are some pretty good ones that were not produced by Capcom, but let’s face it they ruled the cartoon video game world back in the day.

So what does this all mean!?!? I have a theory and hopefully it pans out the way I think that it will.

When this game is released there are going to be a lot of reviews, because of both nostalgia, and it being released on every platform so nobody will miss it. I’m hoping that this game does review very well, so that gamers will want more. Then the ball will start rolling, and we will get more reboots from Capcom. (I want you so bad Mega Man.) The reboots will probably still stem from the Disney side of things. (Ahh, no Mega Man…) So if this works out, we could possibly start to see reboots like Aladdin, Chip and Dale’s, and one that I would love to see, Darkwing Duck.

What I would like to know is what is your favorite cartoon video game? And also if you think it should get a reboot. Let me know below!!

Super Mario Kart

Over the many years Nintendo’s staple character, Mario, has been one of the most recognizable video game characters. This monster of a franchise has many titles, but not all of them are platformers. We all remember the original platformers such as Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario World, and so on. And then there were the sports games such as, Mario Tennis and Mario Golf. One of these non-platformer games changed the racing genre forever, and that game was Super Mario Kart for the SNES.

Super Mario Kart isn’t just a racing game where you try to make it to the finish line first, it added a new element to the racing genre. Super Mario Kart Race During the races you pick up and use projectiles to slow down or stop opponents in their tracks to gain positions. By doing this we now see other staples from Crash Bandicoot to Sonic racing games with the same formula. But nothing is more satisfying than suiting up as Yoshi and shooting some red shells at your friends in Battle Mode. I’m going to keep this review simple since we all now how Super Mario Kart goes.

Graphics — One thing I want to point out is Mode 7. Mode 7 is a 2-dimensional layer that is laid out to emulate 3-D graphics. That was a big perk to owning a SNES, and in the early days of the SNES it seemed that every title that was produced contained some form of Mode 7. The reason I brought Mode 7 up, is because it’s one of the few games that has it and doesn’t give me motion sickness. To me, this was the best display of Mode 7 that was done in a video game. Below is an example of Mode 7 from Secret of Mana. Secret of Mana Mode 7

Music — The music in Super Mario Kart is all over the place. It sets a good mood for a light-hearted racing game, but nothing that really stands out for me.

Modes

Grand Prix — Grand Prix is the meat of the game, where the player races in circuits for the gold against the other seven computer players. When completing them, you can unlock more circuits and difficulties. Now to get the gold, each circuit has five races and you must fight your way to first place in each of them. When you complete a single race, depending on which position you are in, you are awarded points. The closer you are to first place, the more points you get. At the end of the five races, the sum of your points determines what trophy you get, if you get one at all. Plus, you can play this mode with a friend!!

Time Trial — In Time Trial you race by yourself on a track, in order to get the fastest time on that particular track. Pretty simple. I have never been into Time Trial modes in racing games, but it does add replay value for those hardcore gamers.

Match Race — Match Race is just like Grand Prix but the computer players are not present. It’s just you and your friend. Mano y mano.

Battle Mode — This mode is where you will get most of the replay value out of the game. In Battle Mode you play against your friend but it is not a race. The game places you in an arena with obstacles, and just like in the races, you pick up weapons to deal damage to your friend. Super Mario Kart Battle mode Mario vs Luigi Also the game allows you to get hit three times before losing the match, and these hits are represented by balloons that float around your kart. This mode is tons of fun, and still today I hook up my SNES just to play Battle Mode in Super Mario Kart.

Overall this game is super fun, especially with family. Like I was saying before, I love playing it during holidays, and I was wondering, what’s a game that you usually set down and play during the holidays? Let me know below!!