I've only gotten into retro gaming since September. I grew up on the N64, Gamecube and Xbox.
Needless to say, recently getting into the NES, SNES and Genesis has been really awesome. One of the things I like the most is the challenge of these games. However, I have yet to beat any of these games. Now, a big reason for this is that I haven't played any single one of them very much (because I've been collecting at a rapid rate to build up my collection).
However, what I've noticed is that somebody can't just pick up one of these games on their first time playing the game and beat it. You have to play a game a lot and really get a feel for it in order to be able to beat it.
Is this especially the case for me because of the games I was brought up playing?
BTW, the games I've gotten the closest to beating are Sonic 1 and Castlevania 1.
If you were close to beating Castlevania (IMO, a very hard game first time through), I'm sure you can beat most old-school games.
Mega Man games in particular are not so bad when you get the hang of them, and always satisfying to finish.
And this time!
Start with some of the easier games to build up your NES skills, then move on to the harder ones. Although, as the above poster said, if you're close to beating CV1 you're doing pretty good as that game is fairly unforgiving.
Its not just because of the games you grew up playing. Many old school games, NES games in particular, had brutal difficulty levels later in the game. Try beating Contra without the Konami code or the first Ninja Gaiden. Games from this era were much more unforgiving than today where I think games are intentionally made easier to keep gamers wanting new games to play.
Funny you mention Contra. I've been playing it without the code and I can get to the end of Stage 4 so far. I was actually once able to beat the first 3 stages without dying a single time (thanks to the spreader). I like how playing these games more let's you get better at them. It's so satisfying. They require quick reflexes and for you to be on your toes. I've played Contra probably 7 or 8 times now. It's one of the games I've played the most. Just because it's a pretty quick game.
Stages 6 and 7 of Contra will probably kill you the most. Stage 8 is remarkably easy compared, as I was able to beat it the first time I made it there.
I've also gotten SO close to beating the speeder stage in Battletoads. My goal is to eventually beat that game and Ghosts n' Goblins. They seem to have the reputation of the hardest games. Those games are especially tough but I've noticed that any retro game is pretty tough and an accomplishment to beat.
Stage 8 in Contra is arguably the easiest in the game as long as you take it slow. stage 6 and 7 are brutal, but stage 5 is my most hated. I played so much as a kid that I needed to add extra challenge to make the game harder, so I would try to play without any weapon upgrades. Those stupid tank things in stage 5 with the spikes that crush you if you dont kill them fast enough used to make me mad. I dont think it is even possible to destroy them with the base weapon. Yeah it was only 2 lives and by that time I usually had 5 or 6 built up but it was still frustrating.
I dont think it is even possible to destroy them with the base weapon. Yeah it was only 2 lives and by that time I usually had 5 or 6 built up but it was still frustrating.
It is possible, but you either need a turbo controller or what I like to call Silver Surfer Thumb.
its mostly cause retro games didn't have stuff like saves or unlimited continues
TGS predictions - slimmer PS3 - $199, 360 - $199, WiiU - $399, new GameBoy