A few weeks ago on a rainy, gloomy Tennessee weekend, my husband Ian and I found ourselves looking for a project. Not a home improvement or otherwise conventionally productive project, mind you, but a video-game related project. Being the Nintendo enthusiasts that we are, with a soft spot for the Nintendo Entertainment System, we decided to embark upon a challenge: To beat every one of the beatable NES games we own before the end of the year.
Here are the details of the challenge:
Beatable games. Upon further inspection of our game collection, it was decided that we have 46 beatable games (beatable is defined here as a game that plays credits after completing it; many arcade-style games, like Pinball, are not able to be beaten as you just keep getting a higher score).
Deadline. We play NES games rather often, believe it or not, so we had to rule that any games that we started in 2009 (Legend of Zelda and Tecmo Super Bowl) would have to be started over so they would be completed entirely within this year. The challenge officially began March 14, 2010, and we have until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2010, to beat the last game.
Rules. We are allowing ourselves the use of help in the form of strategy guides, Internet searches for getting over specific hurdles, and general help, but we will not use cheat codes or GameGenie. Any in-game help or easter eggs are fair game (like jumping on the turtle shell a bunch of times in Super Mario Bros. to gain a shit-ton of extra lives), but we will not be entering up, down, up, down, left, right, left, right, A, B, A, B, select, start at the beginning of Contra to get infinite lives.
We’re going to be posting our experiences with each game here on this blog because believe it or not, there really isn’t that much out there that discusses the finer (and awful) points of the Nintendo Entertainment System games. There are plenty of strategy guides and walkthroughs out there (many of them shitty, though), but there just really isn’t that much discussion of the games. So we’re going to detail our journey here, including any differences we notice in our experience with each game now vs. when we played the game some 20 years ago.
I’ll be posting a full list of all of the games we’ll be attempting to beat shortly, and if you notice one missing (be it one you loved or one you abhorred) on the list, suggest it to us and we’ll see if we can find it around town. Or, better yet, mail it to us if you’ve got it and we’ll send it back when we’ve beaten it.
Originally posted at NESChallenge.com