Dr Mario (NES – 1990)

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I’d trust Mario to save the Princess, and maybe trust him as a go-kart buddy, but I would not allow him to operate on me. It’s just me being extremely cautious! Anyway, Dr Mario is an NES game from 1990. Is it any good? Let’s find out!

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Let’s start with the gameplay. Mario must give pills to kill of any germs in the medical bottle. You must drop the correctly coloured pills onto the right virus. It works in a similar manner to Tetris, where you move the top object on top of others by moving it left and right into the correct position. When four or more germs or capsule halves are in a row, they are removed. You must get rid of all germs in the medical bottle to win. It’s quite a fun idea, but it is quite difficult to play it with an NES controller. That’s the only downside.

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The graphics look quite good for an NES game. Although they are not as good as the graphics from the re-releases. Sure, that may just be a nitpick, but it still needs to be mentioned.

The melodies are quite memorable, but the tracks lack polish. Most retro gamers will be able to tell you what the song Fever sounds like, and some can remember Chill. Though, the same nitpick is in the music as it was in the graphics. The tunes are catchy, but they are still lacking compared to re-releases, and even compared to the original Super Mario Bros. They lack that punch that make the songs stand out.

Dr. Mario (E) [!]-2

So, should you get this game? That really depends. Just because it is good for the NES, doesn’t mean it is good. Unless you are collecting games for the NES, or want it as show-off piece, don’t get this game. …

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Power Base Converter Review

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29th October 1988; the 16-bit wars have officially started. The Megadrive is released in Japan, and people are upgrading from their old Master Systems to the new revolutionary system. Then, you realize something; you’ve spent a lot of money on last gen, and now you can’t play any of the games on the new system. Time passes, and you just have to plug in both systems.

Then, Sega answers your calls and releases the Sega Master System Converter. This peripheral (which is affectionately known as the Power Base Converter) allows you to play your old games without having to own the old system! But, was this converter any good? Let’s find out!

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Look at this beauty! (sarcasm)

 

First, let’s discuss what the extension did. The Master System’s main CPU was a Zilog Z80, which is an 8 -bit processor. The Megadrive, on the other hand, has the Zilog Z80 as a sub-processor, and a Motorola 68000 as the main processor. Unlike common belief, the Power Base Converter does not contain a murdered Master System. It does, however, contain a few chips. Basically, it is a glorified pin adapter. You could probably make your own home-made version of this device, if you really wanted to.

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The Powerbase Converter: Like a brain slug!

 

But, the main thing you came here to hear is whether it is any good. And, it works really well! The games run at full speed, and the audio sounds just like the original system. Since controllers use the same port, you can use your old accessories with the Megadrive. The downside is the adapter looks like it is leaching life off of the MegaDrive. Another downside is the price. It is quite expensive, especially when you can get a Master System at the same price, boxed.…