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Retro Reviews Archives - Pure Nintendo

PN Review: Metroid Fusion (Wii U VC)

June 24, 2014 |

Metroid Fusion is one of the best handheld games ever, period. This is the second time I’ve played through Metroid Fusion recently. I replayed it on the 3DS Virtual Console and now on the Wii U Virtual Console which I … Read More

PN Retro Review: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (GB)

May 8, 2014 | 4

Technically the third entry in the Super Mario Land series, Wario Land is very much its own unique game. Its different style gameplay resonated strongly with players, and Wario would continue on with a series of very popular Game Boy … Read More

Retro Review: Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

May 6, 2014 | 8

If you haven’t read my profile for Pure Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda is my favorite franchise in gaming. It’s a series that makes me feel accomplished when solving its puzzles, traversing its dungeons and saving the land of Hyrule. … Read More

PN Retro Review: Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge (GB)

April 26, 2014 |

I’ve had this retro review done for a while, and with Mega Man’s other Game Boy games releasing shortly I thought I best finally post it.  Mega Man’s first GB entry sees mad Dr. Wily at it once again, with … Read More

Retro Review: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U VC)

April 17, 2014 | 3


I’m really not sure where to begin with this one. How about this game was a big deal. A BIG deal. If you were around in the early 90’s or just had a taste for “not-so-great” movies, then you … Read More

PN Retro Review: Sonic Advance (GBA)

March 29, 2014 |

Seeing Sonic Advance arrive on the GBA in early 2002 was somewhat surreal.  Not only was the 16-bit rivalry between Nintendo and SEGA still fresh in players minds, but the last Dreamcast game hadn’t even hit the shelves yet!  Times … Read More

PN Retro Review: Roller Ball (NES)

March 23, 2014 |


A few months ago I posted a review for Revenge of the Gator, a Game Boy pinball classic that had been added to the 3DS Virtual … Read More

PN Retro Review: Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels

March 20, 2014 | 4

Recently, Nintendo released “Super Mario Bros. 2″ on the Wii U Virtual Console, which is popularly known in the U.S. as “Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels”. First, a little history lesson about this game. After the booming success of … Read More

Retro Review: Goldeneye (N64)

February 7, 2014 | 4

The names Meiman…Tristan Meiman. Yeah I suppose that doesn’t roll off the tongue as well as James Bond, plus I’m not a member of MI6 but working for Pure Nintendo does have the same advantages. This title is something else … Read More

Retro Review: Metroid Prime (GCN)

January 31, 2014 | 3

You know what makes me feel old? The fact that I’m even calling this game “Retro”. Has it really been more than 10 years since the release of Metroid Prime?! I still remember when I was first introduced to this … Read More

Retro Review: Out of This World (SNES)

December 17, 2013 | 6

There are countless hidden gems out there in the gaming world. We either hear about these games from word of mouth or by simply taking a chance on a random title. I recently had the chance to pick up one … Read More

Retro Review: Duck Tales (NES)

August 12, 2013 | 3

Duck Tales was a cartoon that originated in the late 80’s, and proved to be a very big success. This success carried over into the early 90’s, thanks to the extremely popular lineup of cartoons known as The Disney Afternoon.  But … Read More

Retro Review: Ice Hockey (NES)

August 6, 2013 | 3

The Wii U could use a game like Ice Hockey.  The NES classic turned 25 this year, and would make an ideal retro revival for the Wii U’s rather lean sports library.  This is especially true when you consider the … Read More

Retro Review: Castlevania (NES)

May 3, 2013 |

Is it just me? Or are some video games today a little too easy? I mean, yeah you can bump up a games difficulty by selecting a harder mode in either the beginning of the game or in some cases … Read More

Retro Review: Yoshi’s Island (SNES)

April 24, 2013 | 1

Video games can be very powerful. Not just powerful in its graphics or cinematics, but the emotional effect that they can have on gamers is pretty astounding when you really take a look at it. Every gamer has his or … Read More

Retro Review: Majora’s Mask (N64)

April 21, 2013 | 7

It goes without saying that Ocarina of Time is by far one of the greatest titles to grace not only the Zelda franchise, but the N64 as well. Fans of the game know each section by heart and the mere … Read More

Retro Review: Chrono Trigger (SNES)

June 18, 2006 |

Chrono Trigger is an amazing achievement in the wide spectrum of RPG games throughout the years. Released on August 22, 1995, Chrono Trigger redefined the way we played RPGs. It’s “free-form, dynamic, turn/time based” fighting system is one that has … Read More