From time to time our gaming customers ask for the odd recommendation. And having first owned a Super Famicom on a veritable family tree of import consoles, Genki certainly has a soft spot for its orangey red power light.
Personal favourites include the timeless Super Mario World (and the equally renowned Yoshi's
Island and Zelda.)
More needy of a recommendation though is a charming platformer called Xandras Big Adventure. Heart breaking intro of the lovely little jelly baby style child poorly motivates Xandra to take no nonsense with a pitchfork and get out there amongst it. The disappearing rainbow platform level inspired by the Tanabata legend as a grand finale will live long in the memory of any gamer with perseverance.
Hamelin is another fine platformer taking some inspiration from the Pied Piper and coming late in the product cycle, Nosferatu is a nice gothic platformer like
Prince of Persia meets Castlevania with Another World graphics. It has a feel of Murnau's German original film, unless Genki has been a little sleep deprived of late.
Actraiser is a
bit special especially for an early title, Assault Suits Valken is a belting
shooter which was the first Genki can recall making fine use of avatars to build the plot in game. Speaking of shooters, Cotton 100% and Kikikaikai are off the higher echelons.
Goemon is great on the system, but we'll resists the urge to go off 'on one' about Ebismaru et al.
Final Fantasy games do well, like the Front Mission and Romancing Saga series
and Mother 2 is good fun with superb tongue in cheek humour.
Magical Taruruto Kun sells very well on the MD and has
a snazzy Super Famicom version, Septentrion is a highly original title (but unfortunately also highly sort after,) Starfox and
Metroid are two real classics requiring little introduction with Wild Trax being a late release deserving more
Syo the Seal is a cutsey platformer with the World Soccer series
showing why the Winning Eleven saga became so successful.
So hats off to the Super Famicom. Just remember not to ask for recommendations, unless you've got a good half an hour...