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What’s in Your Box: Gaming Excellence

/ Apr 1st, 2017 No Comments

Each week, we here at Gaming Illustrated are always playing a number of different video games. However, we may not be talking about them in reviews or editorials. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth talking about, but for any number of reasons an avenue to speak on them doesn’t come up. To remedy the issue, we’re going to ask our staff (and you, honestly) what’s in your box?
 

What’s in Greg’s Box

Hey welcome back boxers!

This week has had me knee-deep in Yo! Noid on NES.

It took me some time to track down a reasonably priced NES to play this utter gem, but I did it and can’t get enough of it.

Despite being an older title I am astounded at how well the platforming gameplay holds up, and honestly have to put it down as one of the better collect-a-thons of the genre, somewhere in-between Banjo-Kazooie and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

Plus who can possibly hate The Noid? I mean despite wanting to avoid him outright, it’s not like “anything bad” could possibly come of such a novel mascot.

Also since I found myself with an NES I figured why not pick up at least one other classic game.

Spot: The Video Game came in clutch to help me out.

Another great platformer featuring the finest of product placement, I was immediately captivated by it’s charm and sense of humor.

Any game this cool is right up my alley as striving to prove how cool I am is the entire reason I got into writing and video games in general.

Until next time boxers, keep Yo! Noid and Spot: The Video Game in mind as two must play video games.

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

I know I have been super hot on the Nintendo Switch, the hottest new handheld and home console. But I am here to tell you about the one true handheld. The greatest of all portable consoles, and it isn’t the GameBoy Advanced SP. No, I am talking about the Sega Game Gear. The realest ***t ever. What is the only way to celebrate the best portable ever? Playing Cool Spot.

Thirst Quencher

While Japan got the Coca-Cola Kid, we got that hot Cool Spot for all our licensed soda needs. The Game Gear had all the best licensed games from George Foreman’s KO Boxing to The Berenstain Bear’s Camping Adventure.

Cool Spot is the best platformer of any generation though. The Game Gear version is the best of all the ports too. It has the highest fidelity graphics with the colors on Cool Spot popping and the Texas Instrument sound chip makes those tunes super hot.

All told, I was drunk when playing Cool Spot this week, so my memory is fuzzy or rather fizzy much like a cool, refreshing glass of 7-Up. Even though I was drunk, my impaired motor skills could still keep up with the pitch perfect controls. I was clearing gaps, avoiding enemies and grabbing whatsits with the best of them.

Truthfully, this all may be a gorgeous drunk dream because I don’t even own a Sega Game Gear.
 

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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