Anyway! I really did not like this game at all. After the awesome 3D Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back arcade games we got this really simple affair which was hard to control and you never had enough time to see what was coming up ahead and it all just felt very lacklustre. Avoid!
Bonus content! Here’s a 12 year old photo of me being angry in front of an Atari sign:
Ahhhh….early ’80s European platform games were really a different kind of thing.]]>
The game wasn’t totally terrible. It had a nice weight to it, I liked how you could throw an enemy and they would hit the edge of the screen with a satisfying thud. It was definitely no Street Fighter 2, but man, what is, right? We were living in desperate times and had to make do. Ask your parents what it was like only being able to play a couple of games at a time. We lived like savages.]]>
I liked Nemesis on the Game Boy a lot as it turned out! It was the version I ended up playing the most, for some reason it never grabbed my attention on the C64 that much – I was always more into Salamander, Katakis or the still amazing Armalyte. But on Game Boy it was fantastic! It was so much better than it had any right to be, really, even with all that sprite flicker and slowdown. It was just great to play something of that arcade scale on a humble little handheld.]]>
We kicked some serious ass squeezing the massive console game into a tiny Game Boy Advance cartridge, and I’m still proud of how well everyone on the team did it!
I tell you what though, I was gutted when I found out that EA weren’t publishing the GBA version in Australia. I had to import my own game! How crazy is that! An Australian-made game set in Australia, not available in Australia. Publishers!
By the way, I’m doing a new series of comics about my time in game development – and lots of that about my time making this game – exclusively on my Patreon page, feel free to check it out!]]>
I totally get why digital downloads are so attractive.
Anyway! It was totally worth the hassle. That intro where Ryu throws a fireball at the screen? Oh man, I loved that, even though I’m not looking forward to a modern remake.
And yes, this stupid story really did happen. I was so blown away by visiting these strange apartments in the city and seeing 20-somethings just hanging out in a room full of gaming consoles I could only dream about after reading about them in magazines. They had, like 3DOs just sitting there! Absolute madness. It was like finding a doorway to Narnia, except Narnia was inside the pages of Edge magazine.]]>
Anyway! I liked this game back in the day. The arcade machine looked weird and cool, with three steering wheels that you could spin like mad, they basically had no friction so you have to be super precise with any movement. The C64 home conversion was buggy but still perfectly playable, and didn’t cost me 40 cents a go!]]>
(Man, why does like every story about me at a video game trade show start off with me being really drunk? SHAMEFUL!)]]>
Moon Cresta! I remember playing a bit of it on the C64 way back when, and I liked it enough, but I was always more of a Galaga and Gyruss kind of guy.]]>