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May - A Super Month

Posted by Dean - May 3rd, 2014

I recently acquired something that I've wanted for a long time but never thought I'd get; a Super Nintendo. For those who aren't familiar with me, I have a reasonably sized game collection. There's probably 650+ games. Something that I always felt was missing from that collection was a SNES. To me, the SNES seems like one of the most iconic video game consoles. Everyone seemed to love the SNES and I never had one. I never thought I would have one. In the UK, the SNES must be one of the more expensive popular consoles to collect for. The system isn't particularly cheap and neither are the games and that's why I never thought I'd get one. They just didn't seem worth the price, especially in the UK where we missed out on several of the now classic SNES titles.

However, now that I have an income I can afford to indulge in stuff like this, so I did. I certainly never got a bargain on this SNES but I got it for under what I decided I'd be willing to pay. The SNES itself is in pretty nice condition with only some minor yellowing. It game with the official power cable too, which is always nice. But more importantly, it came with the two SNES games I wanted most of all; Super Metroid and A Link to the Past.


I've been playing some Super Metroid this morning and as far as I'm concerned, this game is worth getting a SNES for. I beat the original Metroid last year, as frustrating as that was, so ever since then I've been wanting to play Super Metroid and so far it feels like such a vast improvement. It does away with the fristrating difficulty of the original and feel more in favour of exploration and finding hidden passageways. I just enjoy this game more so far.

Anyway, now that I have a SNES I don't feel like there are any other systems I really want to add to my collection. Maybe some day I'll get a Dreamcast but the only reason I want one of those is to play the Shenmue games. A  NES might make a fun addition but again, the NES is a pricey system and the 8-bit era was before my time, so I find it slightly harder to enjoy the games as much.

Last month I tried something new on this blog. I started that "Goals of the month" section which I have mixed feelings about. It was useful in that it tried to make me spend my free time achieving something rather than just aimlessly browsing the internet. However, I realised that it was going to be difficult to complete everything on that list because my interests changed. I wasn't so interested in reading last month so I didn't read any of the graphic novels and I wanted veered away from Ocarina of Time to play other games. Everything on that list appealed to me at the start of the month, but as days went by I became less interested in those things and more interested in other things. Plus, giving myself a list felt like more of a chore.

What I think I'll do this month is record what I get through, rather than giving myself a list of stuff to get through. I did like the addition of a song of the month though, even if I am probably the only person who'll listen to it.

So guys, what's your opinion on the SNES and stuff?


Song of the Month

The Macc Lads - Desperate Dan



Love the SNES. Make sure you get a chance to play the Donkey Kong Country games along with Actraiser and Super Mario Kart.

Games at the top of my to get list just now are Secret of Mana and Super Probotector (PAL name for Contra 3). I've never heard of ActRaiser before, but looks interesting. Will need to keep my eyes out for that. Downside to SNES games is the price though. Not a cheap system to collect for.

I only remember playing the hell out of Super Mario Bros 1, 2, and 3 and Top Gear. F-Zero every once in a while.

Is it blasphemy to say that I've never been much of a Mario guy?

I like may, school is close to end! :D