Soul Blazer wasn’t a direct sequel to ActRaiser or anything, but its premise was similar – you again played as a heaven-sent angel character tasked with restoring the wholeness of the world after a demonic cataclysm. The action sequences shifted from side-scrolling to a birds-eye action/RPG style, though, getting closer to something like A Link to the Past.
He could morph himself into the fully-grown adult body of a knight named Freedan for extra fighting power, and also the alien-like lifeform Shadow late in the adventure. Saving the world required using each version of the hero at the proper time. Included in the Super Nintendo’s first wave of releases was ActRaiser, a unique hybrid game design that merged side-scrolling action sequences with top-down world-building simulation chapters. The game was bold and memorable, but you’ll have to wait until a bit later for it to show up here – SoulBlazer, in the meanwhile, was a "follow-up" of sorts released one year later.
Remember Soul Blazer, placed just two spots back at #76? Illusion of Gaia was something of a spiritual sequel to it – and was done so well that Nintendo actually took notice of the game and published it as a first-party release here in America. (And took the opportunity to promote it with a new Zelda-like logo.) The game put you in command of Will, a young adventurer with latent psychic abilities – and the power to transform.
All this mix of different elements and inspirations created one great and underappreciated game, and we’re happy to offer it some fresh appreciation here on the countdown. Super Star Wars started that set of three, taking the characters, settings and soundtrack of the 1977 cinematic masterpiece and reinforcing them with a fresh injection of early ’90s action. You never saw Luke flip out and blast this many monsters on the big screen – this was Star Wars with tons of extra battle sequences squeezed into every possible part of the narrative. The difficulty level was also famously brutal, but the game was nevertheless successful enough to warrant sequels based on Empire and Jedi.
When it comes to basic sports games made available on every different platform, Nintendo has a holy trinity it commits to before anything else – baseball, golf and tennis. BBC Micro ROM games download Every system gets some first-party-published version of each of the three, with Wii Sports’ combo of the trio serving as the most recent example and Mario starring in several in generations prior. Super Tennis, though, was released back in the era when the sports needed no extra mascot or wild new control scheme to market themselves – they simply offered excellent, focused adaptations of their targeted athletic event. Super Tennis was the best at what it did in its day, and its incredibly accurate and addictive racquet-wielding gameplay and enthusiastic fan reception insured that all those future games had a firm foundation to build on.