Okay, I’ve kind of fallen out of the habit of doing more regular semi-daily posts here. I’ve got a small backlog of things I’ve been wanting to write about built up, so let’s see if I can’t knock those out and get back in the habit.
Recently, ScrewAttack compiled a list of the Top 10 games you need to play on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s a pretty good (and Not Safe For Work) list, so check it out:
I bring it up because I was surprised by one entry on here (slight spoilers): Super Scope 6. Sometimes mistaken for the name of the peripheral it originally came with, Super Scope 6 is a collection of six light gun — or in this case, light bazooka — games for use with the eponymous Super Scope peripheral. The games carry on in the tradition of the Zapper light gun far which decorated the original NES library, but with an arguably slightly more mature sensibility that perhaps was more befitting a Nintendo fan who had grown a few years since then — and was being wooed by SEGA’s similarly-skewed titles as well.
That said, the whole of the Super Scope typically seems more maligned than fondly remembered, hence my surprise.
Personally, I had a brief time with the Super Scope the Christmas following its release, and quite enjoyed it. I forget the precise reason why, but it eventually ended up going back to the store, and I got another game instead — uncharacteristically for me, I can’t even recall offhand which game replaced it. Without that knowledge, it feels like a foolish mistake looking back, as I’ve wanted to reacquire the peripheral and its games ever since.
Now that Nintendo has begun releasing Zapper titles for the Wii U, it is my hope that they’ll do the same for the small but potent Super Scope library as well. In fact, given the method of aiming, I think these titles might be even better suited for the Virtual Console’s added targeting reticule than Duck Hunt and its ilk.
Plus, Yoshi’s Safari was a blast. That’s a game that should not remain in mothballs for any longer than it has to.
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