On the EFG Show (our weekly family gaming talk show on Facebook), Stephen and Jeff are ranking every NES and SNES game available on the Nintendo Switch Online service. They will play a new game each week, talk about it during the show, and determine its place in the overall ranking live!. Join us at 9:00 EST on Engaged Family Gaming’s Facebook page every week to see where your favorite game will end up!
1. Ninja Gaiden
In Ninja Gaiden, you are playing as Ryu Hayabusa through 6 stages and 20 levels as he seeks revenge for the death of his father. At the end of each of stage you will also fight a boss which has a life bar. This game is hard and very unforgiving! You are constantly dodging enemies on the ground and in the air and have to look out for projectiles as well. Ryu can jump and cling to walls to jump to a higher level. When an enemy hits you, there is knockback, which can be frustrating. Ninja Gaiden falls into the realm of NES Hard games, but is beatable if you take the time to practice.
2. Wild Guns
You choose either Clint or Annie to go on a shooting spree against cowboys and robots. Traverse through six different levels with bosses after every pair of levels. Wild Guns plays a lot like an arcade shooter. The controls can be a bit confusing because you cannot control where your gun is shooting and move at the same time. Like any arcade shooter, the point is to try and get as high of a score as possible.
3. City Connection
City Connection is based off of an arcade game by Jaleco that came out in 1985. In the game you control Clarice in a Honda City Hatchback as she travels the world to look for a boyfriend. Your job is to drive over sections of the road from the 12 stages and change the color of the road. While you are driving, you need to avoid the police cars and cats that show up in the road. There are 12 stages, but I could not get past stage 1! This game is difficult! You can make your car jump over gaps in the road, but I could not determine if you could jump from a lower part of the stage to a higher part.
4. Eliminator Boat Duel
In Eliminator Boat Duel, you are controlling the red boat as you race against the green boat. It’s that simple. When you first start the game up you can choose from three different difficulty levels. Each difficulty level pits you against a different racer. Easy mode puts you against Seasick Sidney, normal against Aquarius Rex, and hard against Surfer Bob. Between each set of races you win money that you can use to upgrade your boat. There are supposedly other racers past the original three, but I could not get that far! It’s pretty tough. If you lose three times it is game over so you have to learn quickly! Eliminator boat Duel had the honor of being the first game that Stephen and Jeff played so it will forever be the first number 1 game on the list even though it will likely fall down in the rankings.
5. Pro Wrestling
In Pro Wrestling you choose one of six different professional wrestlers (Fighter Hayabusa, Giant Panther, Kin Corn Karn, King Slender, Starman, and The Amazon). Pro Wrestling was part of the black box group of games as part of the sports series. It does not age well! The moves were hard to pull off and winning a match seemed to be more luck than skill. Both Stephen and Jeff remember playing this game when they were younger and both agreed that it did not age well.
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