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Konami - For SNES
Zombies
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action-Shooter | 8 MB | August 1993
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Konami delivers a love-letter to the B-Movie Horrors of yore with Zombies Ate My Neighbors, an arcade-style action title available now on Super NES (and soon on Genesis!). Fight off dripping, green zombies, howling werewolves, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and a wide array of other baddies on your way to rescue the ignorant neighbors from an oh-so-certain doom. Konami has done it again, folks, presenting us an unforgettable, endlessly-replayable cart that's bound to captivate players of all ages. You gotta try the two-player mode for the full experience. Sound and music are fantastic, controls are snappy, and the game's a challenge! A solid winner.


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Nintendo - For SNES
Mario All Stars
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Platformer | 16 MB | August 1993
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In celebration of the 100 millionth Mario cart sale, Nintendo has elected to release a compilation of all four 8-bit Super Mario games. You read that right! All four of them, squished into a single worthwhile cart. This Mario collection includes redone versions of Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, and the Japan-only Super Mario game also named Super Mario Bros. 2: A real toughie deemed too tough for American audiences. Whether or not you've played these classics, this variety-pack is sure to blow you away with fun platforming, vibrant colors, and unforgettable, remixed music. Relive the glory days of the NES with this stellar enhancement for SNES owners!


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Capcom - For SNES
SF II Turbo
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Fighting | 20 MB | August 1993
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The Street Fighter craze lives on with Capcom's latest offering for the SNES: The brand-new Turbo edition. It seems the visionaries behind the revolutionary fighting-game phenomenon smacking arcades and consoles alike have decided to go all-out. Turbo follows the same plot and general gameplay stylings of its predecessor, only with mounds of extras thrown in. Now you can use new moves, play as previously un-playable boss characters, and, as its namesake implies, play in the super speedy Turbo mode. Genesis owners may have been excited for their upcoming Champion Edition, but we're confident nothing will match up to this brilliant version.


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Capcom - For SNES
Goof Troop
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action-Puzzle | 4 MB | Sept 1993
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The Disney Afternoon is back on SNES with Capcom's Goof Troop, a cooperative, top-down action title in the mold of Zelda. Its theme song gives helpful advice: "We'll always stick together!" We strongly recommend playing this adventure with a buddy in its simultaneous two-player mode. Goofy and Max have their own strengths and weaknesses, like Goofy's strength and Max's speed, so having both on-screen at once can save you from a barrel to the face! Much of the game is geared toward a younger audience, but we found some puzzles a bit of a head-scratcher anyway. Gorgeous graphics and great sound design too!


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Hudson - For SNES
Super Bomberman
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Puzzle | 4 MB | Sept 1993
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Straight from the Turbo Duo to the Super NES comes Bomberman, the antenna-wearing bomb-thrower from outer space. Taking shape in an overhead view, the player bombs their way through over 45 stages, exploding unruly foes and finding hidden power-ups. Returning from older titles comes the Bomb Kicker bonus which allows Bomberman the ability to kick bombs down an alleyway, but several new power-ups join it like invisibility skulls and timed detonators. Best of all, with the purchase of the Bomberman Party Pak (ESRP $69.96) you'll also get a Super Multi-Tap for 4 Players! Loads of fun to be had, here.


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Natsume - For SNES
Pocky & Rocky
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 8 MB | June 1993
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Up for a real challenge? Don't be deceived by the bright colors and cutesy characters, under the hood lies a unique run-and-gun/platformer synthesis unlike anything we've seen here in the USA. Natsume presents Pocky and Rocky, starring a fierce heroine and her trusty raccoon sidekick. Voyage through four exceptionally difficult levels to save the land from a horde of mind-controlling goblins. This one is special, boys and girls. Whilst void of any Mode-7 scaling effects or FX-chip sparkle, beautifully detailed backgrounds, fascinating enemy designs, and memorable music makes Pocky the freshest SNES cart in ages.


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Atlus - For SNES
Run Saber
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | June 1993
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Run Saber appears to be Horisoft and Atlus' answer to Strider and Contra. Available exclusively on the Super NES, this cart takes inspiration from an assortment of beloved games to craft a respectable side-scrolling fighter. Wacky stages? Check. Creative yet unsettling boss designs? Check-aroony! High difficulty to make up for short levels? Yup, check that box too. We certainly had a grand ol' time playing Run Saber in an afternoon (We did so with the awesome 2-player mode!) but it is indeed painfully short and left us hankering for a Contra 4. Definitely worth renting, however, to see for yourself!


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Seika - For SNES
Super Turrican
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 8 MB | June 1993
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The advertisement for the game says it all: "Freakin' Awesome!" Featuring over a dozen unique and colorful levels, a multitude of power-ups, bombs, and lasers, and over 1,000 screens, Super Turrican is among best action-shooters thus released for the Super NES. The graphics are commendable for a cart, matching some of the better Turbo Duo offsprings, and yet everything is crammed into just 8 Megs of power. As a plus, Seika also adds support for Dolby Surround Sound! It's tough as nails, as the greatest run-and-gun shooters are nowadays, but you're missing out if you skip this one, players. Turrican is back!


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Nintendo - For SNES
Star Fox
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 8 MB | Mar 1993
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Soar through the skies as Fox McCloud in Star Fox, an ultra-realistic space shooter made from polygonal graphics. Aside from the outstanding graphics, the play control in this title is just as primo as we've come to expect from the Big N. With branching paths and a notable learning curve, not to mention some catchy tunes, you'll be playing this one more than once.


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Data East - For SNES
Shadowrun
Game Type | Game Size | Release
RPG | 8 MB | May 1993
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Burned out on swordplay and dragons in high fantasy role-playing games? Shadowrun is a horse of a different color. Taking place in a futuristic, mega-corporate cityscape, this punky explorer throws you directly into the dark action. Search for information, talk to rival gangs, and build your own adventure. This mature title one is a lovely change of pace for the Super NES.


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Accolade - For SNES
Bubsy
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 16 MB | May 1993
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This bobcat has kept us waiting! Was it worth holding your breath over? Well, not exactly. The four colorful worlds of Bubsy are your standard platforming fare, and the animations are plentiful and do merit the occasional chuckle, but the wacky and cartoonish journey is nothing that veteran games players haven't seen before. Worth a rental to see and judge for yourself.


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Konami - For SNES
Tiny Toon Adv.
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB| Feb 1993
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Buster Bunny "busts loose" in the newest game based on the tiny and toony (and a little loony) Warner Bros. critters. The graphics are totally stunning, and the sounds feel straight out of the cartoon show. Some portions feel a bit inspired by Sonic on Genesis, but speed is all the rage right now. Give it a shot, and good luck on the train level!


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Interplay - For SNES
The Lost Vikings
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | Apr 1993
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The Lost Vikings is an oddity. A fun oddity, though! This game mixes elements of both action and puzzle genres to concoct an amusing, brain-teasing adventure. Helping out these bearded chaps is no easy feat, and you'll be swapping between them to solve the trials, but do yourself a favor and see it in action for yourself.


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THQ - For SNES
Wayne's World
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | Mar 1993
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Party on, Wayne! THQ's movie tie-in may look and feel a lot like other 16-bit movie tie-ins, and that is for good reason. Their interpretation of the classic Saturday Night Live duo is fun for what it is, including commendable music and digitized scenes, but it leaves much to be desired as far as the gameplay goes. "Not worthy!"


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Konami - For SNES
Cybernator
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB| Feb 1993
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Suit up in a futuristic mech suit and fire on all the baddies in the new action-filled Cybernator. Your very own Assault Suit comes equipped with powerful punching abilities and shotgun blasters to help eliminate hoards of alien attackers. It's a very well done cart, complete with an excellent score and Mode 7 explosions! Worth a try!


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Capcom - For SNES
Magical Quest
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | Dec 1992
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Capcom does it again! Mickey Mouse takes center stage in this new platformer adventure games on the Super NES. Six action-packed levels have you traversing all sorts of obstacles on the way to take down Emperor Pete. The gameplay is spectacular, and the action is quite good, not to mention the stellar graphics. Definitely worth a play.


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MicroProse - For SNES
Super Strike Eagle
Game Type | Game Size | Release
FlightSim | 8 MB | Feb 1993
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Soar through the skies in this super-realistic jet flying game from MicroProse. The graphics are dizzying, the action is heart-pounding, and the sounds are totally supersonic. This title lets you fire your rockets at enemy jets as you look to keep the world safe for freedom. It even has two-player mode! If that sounds fun, strap-in!


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Lucasfilm - For SNES
Super Star Wars
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB| Nov 1992
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Based on the beloved 1977 hit film, Star Wars puts you in control of Jedi Luke Skywalker as you fight your way through rip-roaring levels to take down the dreaded Empire. This title has packed a surefire punch, putting those 8 Megabits to work! With spectacular music straight out of the picture and excellent, varied gameplay, it's safe to say you won't want to miss this one. May the force be with you!


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Nintendo - For SNES
Mario Paint
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Education | 8 MB | Oct 1992
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This "game" is actually more of an art studio simulator than a earnest gaming experience. From the tech wizards at Nintendo comes this Mario-based toolbelt for your Super NES. It allows the player to create lifelike masterpieces, compose symphonies, and more! It comes packaged with a computer mouse accessory that will allow for better control. It's worth a rental to try something a bit eccentric.


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Nintendo - For SNES
Super Mario Kart
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Racer | 8 MB | Oct 1992
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Play as your favorite Super Mario character as you race through colorful, new worlds in this competitive fun-fest! Do not be fooled, this game is more than your average clone of F-Zero in a Mario skin. Super Mario Kart is a heck of a time. Item power-ups like bananas and mushrooms keep you on your toes, and the music keeps the adrenaline pumpin'! A ton of fun all around, and a Super Buy no doubt.


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Atlus - For SNES
BlaZeon
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 8 MB | Nov 1992
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This port of the arcade hit, developed by Atlus, grants you the power to freeze and control various robots on your way to the oppressive Bio-Cyborg home world! The power-up technique is certainly a unique one, putting it ahead of your average shooter in some regard, but otherwise it does not go above and beyond. It's satisfactory enough, and fans of the genre will have enjoy the ride.


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NTVIC - For SNES
Strike Gunner
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 8 MB| Sept 1992
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This port of the vertical arcade shooter allows for two-player simultaneous gameplay as you fight to stop an alien invasion. The weapon selection in Strike Gunner is equal with the arcade counterpart, but do not expect the same amazing scrolling effects or graphics. STG is an undisputably fun ride, but a lackluster difficulty and poor style make it unmemorable.


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Toho - For SNES
Space Megaforce
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 8 MB | Oct 1992
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In Space Megaforce, you operate a small vessel in a mission to stop a mysterious, spherical object from destroying the planet. This game is fast - incredibly fast. The opening levels are a touch too easy, but it ramps up with a slew of crazy power-up devices and weapons. It's hard not to be won over by the mind-boggling Mode 7 scaling effects as well.


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Konami - For SNES
Axelay
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Shooter | 8 MB | Sept 1992
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An advancement of their prior shooters like Life Force, the new Axelay title from Konami grants you control over the D117B space fighter ship in a fight to save the galaxy from an alien empire. You have three weapon styles to begin with, but as you proceed through the levels, your arsenal expands. It's excellent, visually, and a great shooter as a whole.


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