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As a fan of the Lego video games, I have collected them throughout the years due to their different themes. The Lego Ninjago Movie video game is the first game not to be released as a Story Pack for Lego Dimensions (as that game was on its way to having its production end), and be in its own game.
As this is a video game adaptation of The Lego Ninjago Movie, it very much follows the plot of the film (even adding in clips from said movie), so it's best to see the film first to avoid being spoiled on any major plot devices (as well as the ending).
When it comes to gameplay, a lot has changed. The stud meter has been reworked so instead of rewarding something like True Ninja for each level you beat, it grants a level up, which unlocks not only a gold brick, but parts to use in the Character Creator. Also, the game does away with Mini Kits, and instead, hides gold bricks and packs throughout each of the eight main levels (we all know gold bricks are used to open new areas, but the packs are new, as when collected, it unlocks a new character to play as). The character roster for this is at a feeble 101 (and includes variants of the heroes and Garmadon as well as minor characters and even the enemies you face), and like past Lego games, you will need some of them as each one has special abilities allowing him or her to access areas or destroy certain objects that other characters cannot.
Also, the game's free play takes place in the levels you complete, giving the mode more of an exploration feel, as the game has dojos and races to complete, rewarding more character packs and gold bricks upon completion.
Unfortunatly, while this game changes things up, it is far from perfect. One problem I experience is that the camera usually messes up at some points, making it hard to see things (especially in a fight). Also, the game is filled with bugs. like haracters can get stuck sliding down certain surfaces and not triggering their smoke bomb teleport (which is used so if they are too far from the character you control, they can instantly be with you, thus saving time that would be wasted getting them together). It's an okay game, but it's not one I consider one of the best Lego games. Worth checking out if you are a fan of Lego and/or Ninjago in general.
The Game That Debut Kirby's Copy Power
Kirby's Adventure is a great side-scroller that expands on Kirby's Dream Land, taking what made the Game Boy title great while adding some new features.
So, the story is Kirby woke up from a nap, but has not dreamed. Heading to the Fountain of Dreams, he saw the Star Rod, which powered the fountain, missing, and King Dedede swimming in the fountain's waters. With the king telling Kirby he broke the Star Rod into pieces and gives it to his friends, Kirby sets out to reclaim them, even though King Dedede's actions are not what it seems.
This game is longer than Kirby's Dream Land, sporting 41 levels within seven worlds (each with its own theme, like the first world, Vegetable Valley, being a grassland, and the third world, Butter Building, taking place inside a giant tower). Each world has a hub where levels can be entered, as well as bonus games, a warp room that, when more than one are opened, will allow for warping to each world immediately, a museum where enemies with Copy Abilities are on display and can be sucked up and swallowed, and a battle arena where a mini-boss is fought, with victory being rewarded with health restoring items).
One of the cool new features of the game is the Copy Ability, which makes it debut in this game, and would become Kirby's main power in many games afterwards. By inhaling certain enemies into his mouth, he will flash, and if he swallows them, he will end up copying an ability based on their theme (i.e. swallowing a Blade Knight allows Kirby to become Sword Kirby, wielding a sword in battle, and swallowing a Waddle Dee turns him into Beam Kirby, allowing him to fire their beam attack). The power is free to use, but pushing Select or getting hit by an enemy causes Kirby to lose such power, which would be bad if playing a level where a certain copy ability is needed to find a secret switch, which are hidden in certain levels and when pressed, reveals more of the hub of the world the level is in, as well as fully restores health. Also, Kirby gains the ability to run, do a slide that doubles as an attack, and his spit attack can be stronger if he inhales more than one enemy. Also, the game marks the debut of Meta Knight, as he is one of the game's bosses who also has rooms where he sends soldiers to do battle. One of the best games the Nintendo Entertainment System has to offer, this is one to play.
Code Lyoko Evolution (2013)
Best Viewed As Non-Canon
Never saw this due to not being dubbed in English and airing in America, but seeing some subbed episodes, I am treating this as some sort of alternate universe. Basically, Evolution tries to act like a sequel series, but sadly, it fails.
Basically, XANA's revived and the Lyoko Warrriors have to stop him again. However, this "sequel" decides to ditch the cartoon parts for live action actors while ignoring certain elements the original series established (like Aelita is not the only one who can deactivate towers, plus some characters have been changed for the worst, with Aelita getting it worst, as she sounds more serious).
By ditching the cartoons for live action, it basically results in the characters being played by actors who don't fit the role (seriously, Odd does not look like Odd). This also put a limit on XANA's attacks. In the original, XANA could mess up a lot of things that could actually make him a threat, but here, all he does is fry phones and send specters. Also, we get a second antagonist in one Professor Lowell Tyrone, a character whose invention is the McGuffin for X.A.N.A.'s survival, and a new character named Laura who is sadly an unnecessary character, as she is basically a female Jeremy.
It's no wonder this series only lasted one season. With such disrespect to the source material, as the original writers of Code Lyoko would disown this after finding out about how the show was ignoring the source material. This is best viewed as an alternate universe, and not a very good one at best.
Kansas Pacific (1953)
In a time after the South has seceded from the United States, but before the American Civil War, an effort is made to build a railway from Kansas across the West Coast is sabotaged by Southern sympathizers, to the point where John Nelson, captain of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering (played by Sterling Hayden) to keep the project going, as the railway is to supply Union outposts for when the anticipated war starts. Not only must he thwart the saboteurs, led by Confederate William Quantrill (played by Reed Hadley), but he also aims to win the heart of Barbara Bruce (played by Eve Miller), the daughter of the railroad foreman.
It's an okay western. The acting and action are good, and the story is neat (even with an intro where it said neither side was justified in the events of the film due to it happening before declaration of war). Sadly, the pacing is slow in some points, and some of the actions don't seen well choreographed (like that one scene where one of the saboteurs trips a worker). But still, it's a good western worth checking out.
Excecutive Meddling Causes A Show To Fall From Fame
As much as I am a fan of The Real Ghostbusters, sometimes, a show can fall from grace real hard thanks to any reason. In season three, they had to recast Peter from Lorenzo Music to Dave Coulier (best known as Uncle Joey from Full House) because Bill Murray complained about Music making Peter sound too much like Garfield, and even Janine was recast, even to the point where past episodes started to be redubbed with those two new VAs (which if people had the two versions taped back then, they can see Dave's voiceovers did not have the same emotion as Lorenzo's did).
However, before the fourth season, a focus group named Q5 came along and started laying out plans that they say would save the show (even though at the time, it was the number one show on Saturday Morning). ABC approved of it, but not without resistance from some staff members (including writer J. Michael Stratzynski, who would make good on his threat to leave the show after ABC chose Q5's side).
The result is Slimer And The Real Ghostbusters, a full hour continuing the adventures of The Real Ghostbusters, but now, Slimer has a bigger role thanks to Q5. Each episode from season four onwards has Slimer in a bigger role, operating the ghost trap and Peter being nicer to him. Speaking of Peter, he was dumbed down for this incarnation. For rescasts, Arsenio Hall is out as Winston, being replaced by Buster Jones, and now, restricted to just driving the Ecto-1.
Also added are short Slimer cartoons. These shorts are basically done as a different animation company, these shorts are basically Slimer engaging in Looney Tunes-style slapstick with the Ghostbusters as well as new characters created specifically for said shorts. Some episodes have Slimer helping a friend while dodging Professor Dweeb, an insane scientist who wants to capture and study him, while others have him at odds with Manx, a orange cat who causes trouble for Slimer. While this series had some good episodes, I think they would have been better as their own show, as they serve as nothing more than a reminder that The Real Ghostbusters lost what made it great (even going as far as to have Professor Dweeb appear in a couple of TRG episodes, in which he was still the same as the Slimer shorts).
Yeah, this was bad, as adding Slimer in the name caused the ratings to drop. It also didn't help that some episodes either parodied other TV shows (one episode had the Ghostbusters deal with a trio of ghosts parodying the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while another involves a ghost family who are inspired by The SImpsons), but it did have some good episodes (hence the two star rating). One of the being the prime time special The Halloween Door, which was written by J. Michael Stratzynski after he was brought back when they agreed to his terms), which didn't have the Slimer moniker and because it was a prime time special for Halloween, it didn't have the restrictions ABC placed the shoe under for Saturday Morning. Also, Janine You've Changed is worth a watch, as it is written by JMS and was done as part of his terms to return to the show (which was to restore Janine to the way she was before season 3). But yeah, this is a classic example of how focus groups can cause a great show that is number one at the time to fall far from greatness.
Hoshi no Kâbî (1992)
A Good Game For Beginners
One of the first game I ever got for Game Boy, Kirby's Dream Land is a neat game that's perfect for beginners. Playing as Kirby, you go through five stages in order to recover Dream Land's food supply, which was stolen by the evil King Dedede. This game is actually straightforward. All you do is get to the boss of each stage, with your main attack being to inhale enemies and certain objects and spit them out at enemies. The game does get tough in the later levels, and there is a hidden cheat to access a more difficult mode for those who want a challenge. A good first game for Kirby.
A Good TV Movie
While fighting crime in Gotham City, Batman is visited by Superman, who invites him to join the Justice League. Being the hero who prefers to work alone, Batman refuses, but when news breaks of Superman having mysteriously vanished, Batman decides he has no choice but to team up with other heroes to find clues. However, they start to disappear, along with some valuables, this leads Batman to the greatest mystery he has to face.
This is a good TV short. Batman teams up with a different member of the Justice League in his search for clues, leading to helping each one battle a supervillain related to him. Also, the action is okay, even though it is short, but the mystery is what makes it interesting, as the supervillain causing the heroes to disappear will surprise you. Plus, the voice acting is good, Worth watching.
Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)
Not Close To A Slam Dunk
Yeah, when Ernest went direct-to-video, the quality of the franchise fell way fast. In this second one, Ernest wants to play basketball with his friends, but because of his bad skills, he is put in as mascot and cheerleader. That is, until the Archangel of Basketball (played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) gives him a pair of magic shoes. However, the shoe store owner, Zamiel Moloch, is a demon in disguise, and hearing of Ernest's gift, decides to goad Ernest into being an arrogant ball hog.
Yeah, the film is one that tries to get a slam dunk, but bounces off the rim. Jim Varney still does a good job as Ernest, however, the jokes are still not funny. Also, the co-stars do a so-so job (especially with lines where they call Ernest a redneck, and the story is basically a near rehash of Ernest Goes To School, with Ernest getting a special item that causes him to do well, but he ends up turning his friends away because of it. However, it does has some redeeming factors that keep it from one star territory. Ernest is still lovable and funny as always, and the movie does have a good moral. It's something to check out, but may not be your cup of tea.
A Show That Teaches Science and Engineering
Chico Bon Bon is a monkey with a tool belt and leader of the Fix-It Force, which consists of extreme kitty Rainbow Thunder, cowardly elephant Clyde, and Tiny the mouse. Whenether someone calls the group via Bananaphone needing help, the four are ready to help solve whatever problem they have.
This is actually a neat show for younger kids. Each episode basically teaches different things in engeering and science. Also, Chico has this thing called "banana breaks" where when he feels he can't solve a problem, one of the other characters give him a banana to eat, which helps him calm down and think of the problem and what he tried to find the final answer, which is also a good lesson. With lovable characters and nice stories, Chico Bon Bon is one show I would reccomend to parents.
How Wonderland Deals With Racism
I have seen some of Adventures In Wonderland as a kid, as this aired back when Disney Channel was a premium channel (and thus required a pricy subscription to get).
This episode is basically known as the racism episode, as Alice goes to Wonderland after worrying about a new principal who invited her parents to an open house. However, when she visits the Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Wonderland citizens are fretting because of news that a walrus is moving into Wonderland, which they say are smelly, disgusting liars, even going as far as to take the law into their own hands when the Red Queen tells them she won't tell him to leave. However, when Alice meets The Walrus, she sees him for who he really is, not what the other said.
This episode tackles the subject nicely and with respect. The Wonderland characters make the lesson clear when they act mean to the poor Walrus, but soon learn their lesson when the Queen decides to give them a taste of their own medicine. This is a good episode that teaches a good lesson.
Meet the Raisins! (1988)
A Neat TV Special
Meet The Raisins is a TV special I remember having on VHS as a kid. It is done in the style of a mockumentary that tells the story of the California Raisins (A.C., Beebop, Stretch, and Red) and the ups and downs they experienced on their rise to stardom.
As this is done in the style of a documentary, the special includes interviews with the band as well as their manager, Rudy, among other characters. Also, there are clips involved involving wacky characters (some whose names are parodies of famous celebrities back in the day) and the Raisins singing some of their songs, as well as commercial breaks, as they show some fake commercials (as well as one real commercial for the long-defunct California Raisin Advisory Board featuring the California Raisins). But the best part of the special is the song list, as the Raisins sing songs that are largely from the Motown-era, like Tutti Fruity, Cool Jerk, and even their signature song, I've Heard It From The Grapevine. This is a great TV special.
Digimon: The Movie (2000)
Good Movie, Even If The Dialogue Gets Cheesy
I never saw Digimon The Movie as a teen (I was only able to see Pokémon 2000: The Movie), and now, seeing this film, I think it is good, but it does have a few issues that keep it from being as good as the second Pokémon film.
So, basically, this film is actually three films edited into one film, using the first three Digimon movies (as each movie had a varied length in its original Japanese form). But before we see the Digi-Action, we have to sit through a four minute Angela Anaconda short themed around Angela trying to see the Digimon movie. Basically put in because the series is one of Fox Kids' ratings hits back then, this is basically boring and a waste of four minutes, as other Angela "digivolving" into a giant Tai-inspired heroine, it has mostly nothing to do with Digimon, and was thrown together so the film can have a short in the vein of the Pikachu shorts that the Pokémon movies have before the main movie.
After that, we get the movie, and it begins with a generic opening credits sequence accompanied by what is called the Digi Rap, a horrible rap whose lyrics are mostly Digi puns (with MC Peapod singing it as well as the pun popping up on screen as he says it) while also adding in the theme song we hear on Fox Kids six days a week at the time. I found it annoying and makes me wish they just either added the theme song as it was on TV or made a theatrical version like Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie did for the theme song to the show it was based on.
So, after that, the movie really begins. With Kari as narrator, she goes through the three stories: the first being set eight years before the events of season two, which is set as a prequel to the first season, the second story, which is called Our War Games in Japan, is set in between seasons one and two and fleshes out elements that would appear in season two (as the movies are canon to the anime), and the third and final film, called Hurricane Touchdown in Japan, which is set during the second season.
Yeah, the stories are good, however, the film basically alters the events of each film for time and budget reasons. Also, the movie makes it where the events of the first two movies are tied to the third film, as it makes it where Willis (the Digi-Destined who appears in the third movie) was re-written to be the one responsible for creating Diaboromon (the original Japanese dub has Diaboromon's origin being computer viruses infecting a Digi-Egg). Also, the movie does edits to remove anything related to Japan while adding new lines (oolong tea becomes beef jerky shakes, and young Tai getting a call from Sora, which was never in the Japanese version) and real world references are added (like Kari mentioning Power Rangers). Yeah, this results in some cheesy dialogue and corny jokes that kids may find funny, but older fans will groan at.
The third and final movie is really edited, The original version had a plot where the older Digi-Destined were kidnapped and de-aged, which was cut here to keep the movie short, as Saban was unable to get this to be a two hour film. However, it is still good, as it explains a lot of things (the events of the first movie were mentioned in season one, where the battle between Red Greymon and Parrotmon was said to be a terrorist attack, and events of the second movie would be referenced in season two). It is a good movie, despite the Angela Anaconda short, horrid rap song, and the corny jokes.
Oh Yuck! (2017)
Crude, But Educational
Oh, Yuck! is an educational show aimed at older children which teaches science. Each episode shows the misadventures of Dr. Septico Yuck, a scientist who is into the study of things gross and messy.
A twisted version of Beakman's World, this show utilizes cartoons and puppetry to keep kids entertained. Each episode talks about something gross, like pimples or fungus, and has an adventure that involves a problem relating to the subject where they explain how the body sometimes makes this stuff and how some of it is used to make stuff. Along for the ride are Pristine O'Clean, Dr. Yuck's assistant and mechanic sent to spy on him by the show's antagonists, Seamus and Doolan O'Clean, Rox and Jox, two living socks, Pot Rod, a talking toilet that also doubles as a vehicle, Durp-E, a robot who wants to be human, and Leonidis, a living head in a jar, which injects elements from Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Sesame Street into the equation of gross. This is a good series for older kids into science.
The Debut of Kane and Hell In A Cell
WWF In Your House: Badd Blood is a PPV event that took place in St. Louis, Missouri, and it is a memorable one. Starting with a handicap match between The Nation Of Domination and The Legion Of Doom (which used to be a six-man tag until Ken Shamrock, who was to team with Legion Of Doom, got injured), the real kicker to this event was a scene in the pregame of the PPV where Vince McMahon (who was one of commentators back then) announcing the death of Brian Pillman, which was a sad way to kick things off, as his match against Dude Love was cancelled, leading to two more matches to be added. One of those matches is a tag team match where Max Mini and Nova go up against Tarantula and Mosiac. As the four are Mini-Estrellas (what the lucha libre circuit calls midget wrestlers), this was a neat treat, as the four show their talents, giving the crowd a taste of lucha libre.
The event is memorable. Not only did the WWF honor the wrestling legends of St. Louis, they also has some great matches. Other than the tag team match with the other wrestlers, I found the flag match between the teams of The Patriot and Vader and Bret Hart and The British Bulldog. And the main event where Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker face off in the first-ever Hell In A Cell Match, which also includes the debut of Kane. This is one of WWF/WWE's greatest PPV events.
Muppet Monster Adventure (2000)
Okay, But Is Kinda On The Easy Side With Challenges
Muppet Monster Adventure is an adventure game in the vein of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro The Dragon. In this, the Muppets are attending the reading of a will from the uncle of Professor Honeydew, but when they get there, Robin freaks out and faints after seeing a monster. He wakes up in a lab where he, the professor, Beaker, and Pepe Le King Prawn have escaped to, as the others were captured and turned into monsters. Now, armed with a glove to fight back and a backpack needed to store evil energy, Robin must go out and save his Uncle Kermit and the other Muppets.
So basically, this plays like almost any collect-a-thon game. In it, you control Robin, Kermit's nephew. He has a spin attack, and can emit a sonic blast from the glove. However, one of the core elements of the game is the ability to transform into the various monsters to use their powers to explore areas (like Wocka Wocka Werebear can climb certain walls, Ker-Monster can push blocks, etc). The two attacks are important as there are enemies and containers that can only be defeated with one of them (shielded enemies and chests can only be defeated with a spin attack, while larger enemies and knight helmets must be destroyed with a glove blast).
To unlock new levels, you have to collect Evil Energy (which are stars that function like the gems in the Spyro games, as each color they come in award a different amount), and to unlock the boss battles, you need to collect Muppet Tokens, which are gotten by various things (Collecting the BONUS letters in each level, finding them in stage, or completing one of Pepe's various challenges). Pepe's challenges are varied (like racing an enemy, destroying certain objects, or other objectives). However, playing this game, I felt the challenges are too easy, with the only hard ones being the one where you have to flip and push blocks to a certain slot with a certain picture (mainly because of how iffy the controls are, as the button inputs are delayed). Another collectible are Muppet Coins, but those are optional and collecting those only unlock stuff in the gallery (which has some good stuff, like pictures from various Muppet movies with audio, FMVs that serve as tips for getting to hard-to-reach areas in a level, and even fan art, which is cool because the developer managed to slip in some art of the Sesame Street muppets as monsters, including a zombified Elmo).
As for the levels, there are six worlds in the game, each having three normal levels and a boss fight. Each level is based on a different horror location (the first level is set outside the manor the Muppets are visiting, while another is set in an Egyptian-like tomb area). The bosses are the Muppets transformed into parodies of the classic monsters made famous by Universal Pictures (Ker-Monster is a parody of Frankenstein, Gonzo become Noseferatu, a parody of Dracula, and Clifford becomes Muck Monster, a parody of the creature from the black lagoon). These battles each have their own rules, as Pepe explains how to beat them, making each one fresh and challenging. This game is okay, but lacks the challenge of adventure games before it.
Back to the Future (1985)
One of the Classic Films Of The 1980's
Marty McFly is a teen living in Hill Valley who is called a slacker for hanging out with Dr. Emmet Brown, whom his principal says he should stay away from for being a nut job. His family is falling apart, as his father is bullied by supervisor, Biff Tannen, and his mother is an overweight, depressed alcoholic. All that changes when he meets Doc at the Twin Pines Mall, who reveals to the youth who is his only friend his latest invention: a time machine built into a DeLorean. However, Doc is gunned down by Libyan nationalists he ripped off to get the plutonium needed to power the vehicle, and when Marty takes it to escape, he ends up traveling back to November 5,1955, a date Doc put in while showing Marty how the time travel mechanics work, where he immediately puts his existence in jeopardy by getting his mother to crush on him, leading him to find the younger Doc in order to set things right before he no longer exists, and get back home, as the time travel depleted the plutonium.
This is one of the cult classic films of the 1980's. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd make a good duo in this film, Also, the story is great, as it has Marty trying to correct history after his arrival in 1955 causes the teenager who would be his mother to fall in love with him, and the action scenes and special effects are great.
Pup Academy (2019)
Horrible Show That Rips Off Elements From Harry Potter
A stray named Spark is chosen to attend Pup Academy, a magical place where pups learn to be man's best friends. There, she has many adventures with her two best friends, Whiz, a small sheep dog who is smart, but is afraid of sheep, and Corazon, a golden retriever who acts like he's the cool one, and has a tendency to chase his tail, unknown she is one to fulfill a prophecy to keep the constellation Canis Primus from fading, which would sever the bond between humans and canines.
A show made by Air Bud Entertainment, a company infamous for being founded by the man who used to do the Air Buddies movies and has released DTV films with two things in common: talking animals and not being well received by critics and those who watched the films, this is the company's debut show, airing on Disney Channel. While the show is based on a school where pups learn to be man's best friend, it rips off many elements from the Harry Potter franchise (mainly the prophecy, the school having four houses like Hogwarts, Fetchball being like Quidditch, etc). But what gives this a three star is because the characters can be related to (Spark is a stray who never had friends, which some kids may relate to) and the dogs here at least have personality. This is one of those series that, while kids like, adults may not find any interest in.
Rockman 2: Dr. Wairî no nazo (1988)
A Sequel That Improves Upon The First
Mega Man 2 is the game that would make Mega Man popular, and it shows. Set a year after the first, Dr. Wily returns, and has made eight robot masters of his own, each designed to combat Mega Man. This game retains the first game's difficulty (especially when it come to Quick Man's stage, which is filled with lasers that can cause instant death), so for the American release, Capcom added an easier difficulty that makes things easier. Also, the game is the first to feature a passwords system that would be used for titles up to Mega Man 7, and the game introduces three Items, transports that would serve as the prototype to Rush, received by beating a certain boss, as well as E Tanks, which automatically refill Mega Man's health to 100% when used. This is a great example of how a sequel should improve over the original, and must be played.
Mortal Kombat In Its Full Gory Glory
Despite having gone through hard times, Mortal Kombat rages on. While it has gotten some movie and TV adaptations, the movies are kept PG-13 and the TV shows are either aimed at kids and rips off G.I. Joe (Defenders Of The Realm) or becomes popular, but still reduces the violence and only gets one season due to being expensive to make (Mortal Kombat Conquest). Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge is a new animated movie released a year before the franchise's reboot in theaters, and for the first time ever, we have a Mortal Kombat film that is rated R.
The story goes back to the one in the first game, however, as the sub-title suggests, it explores more of Scorpion's backstory and his vengeance against Sub-Zero. Because of this, the movie can be seen as the first film in a possible Mortal Kombat animated universe, as it has different backstories for the characters, and even different events happen compared to the games.
As an R-rated film, Scorpion's Revenge will contain gore. And by gore, I mean enough to fill buckets with (some of the graphic blows are even done in the style of the X-Ray attacks seen in MK2011 and MKX). The voice acting is great. Patrick Seitz returns to voice Scorpion (after being replacing in MK11), Steve Blum voices Sub-Zero (he voiced the younger Sub-Zero in MKX, MK11, and Injustice 2), and Kevin Michael Richardson voices Goro (a role he reprises from the original 1995 film). This is a film worth watching if you're old enough to watch.
Good Concert, Despite Being Cheesy
I used to have the soundtrack and the VHS tape for this event. Basically, in the video, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the first stop of the tour, but The Shredder crashes the show, as he plans to rid the world of music with the help of Baxter Stockman and the Foot Soldiers.
Yeah, the concert may sound cheesy, but this was mostly aimed at kids back in a time when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was at its popularity, with a cartoon, toyline, and a live-action film releasing earlier in the year. The special does have a good lesson about how music can be used for good and the concert has some good songs (like Pizza Power, which would be used in the Turtles In Time game). Plus, the person playing Shredder makes a good villain (even going as far as to roast the audience during the performance). This is one worth watching, even if it is a bit cheesy.
Golden Axe II (1991)
Okay, But Doesn't Add Anything New
Set a few years after the first game, the evil lord of darkness, Dark Guld, has arisen from his imprisonment, and has destroyed many countries to bring the world into chaos. Now, Tyris Flare, Ax Battler, and Gilius Thunderhead join forces once again to stop this new evil.
The game is an okay beat-em-up, but the main issue, as a lot of people have pointed out, is this game does not add anything new. Despite many differences (like the dwarves being replaced by cloaked sorcerers), the gameplay is the same as the first Golden Axe, and many of the new enemies act just like enemies from the first game. In fact, the only gameplay change (which is not major) is the modification to the magic meter, allowing you to hold the magic button to choose how much magic you want to use, allowing you to save some magic for future use. Only recommend playing if the game is part of a compilation and/or you want to play every game in the series.
Double Dragon (1987)
Double Dragon is a classic beat-em-up that Is legendary. The story is two martial artist brothers, Billy and Jimmy Lee, have to go save Billy's girlfriend, Marian, who has been kidnapped by the Black Warrior gang (a.k.a. the Shadow Warriors). However, when the game was ported to the NES, the story changed in order to fit the fact that two player co-op was removed due to the console's technical limitations, as Jimmy would be the leader of the Black Warriors while Billy had to rescue Marian.
Depending on the version played, there will be some major differences. The similarities are the game is four levels (which are referred to as missions) long and for the arcade, it has three buttons, punch, kick, and jump (in the NES port, the punch and kick buttons are on the A and B buttons, with jumping being done by pushing them both at the same time). Also, the game has a colorful cast of enemies, from the whip-wielding Linda to the giant Abobo, and weapons that can be knocked out of enemy hands, and picked up for your own use. The one thing that keeps it from being perfect is its difficulty, as it can be unfair at times (especially in the final level, where you have to deal with a trap wall that can do massive damage). But this is an awesome video game that needs to be played.
Spy Kids (2001)
A Good Kids' Film
Juni and Carmen Cortez are kids whose parents have one secret: they are spies working for the O.S.S. However, the two adults are forced out of retirement after fellow spies are reported to have disappeared, with the father, Gregorio, thinking the spies are mutated into the character of Juni's favorite show, Floop's Fooglies. However, when the two end up getting captured themselves, it's up to Juni and Carmen, who learn of their past from Felix, a man posing as their uncle, to save them, if they can stop arguing with each other to work together.
This is a great family film. The action is well choreographed, the actors all do a good job, and the story is nice. But the real good thing here is the special effects. The only problem is Carmen and Juni's bickering can be a bit annoying.
Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell (2016)
Good Halloween Adventure
On Halloween night, monsters begin to assault Dr. Strange in his Sanctum Sanctorum. The Incredible Hulk comes to answer the sorcerer supremes' mystic summons, but the strongest Marvel hero is plagued with random sleeping that changes him back to puny Bruce Banner. The two heroes, alongside the Howling Commandos (consisting of Warwolf, Nina Price, Man-Thing, and Agent Jasper Sitwell) must team up, as the monsters are kids, transformed as such by the evil Nightmare, a demon who rules the Dream Dimension (and looks like Alice Cooper) who plot to use the kids' fear to empower himself, enabling him to invade the waking world.
For a Halloween-themed movie, it's pretty good. The story is interesting, the action scenes are good, and the voice actors all do a good job. The only thing I don't like how the movie has low lighting, making some scenes hard to see if watched on certain devices. But it is a good movie and worth watching.
Challenging, Yet Fun
The game that started it all, Mega Man is one of the NES games that is infamous for being one of the hardest for the console. You take on the role of Mega Man, a helper robot who has been modified into a super fighting robot after six of Dr. Light's robots are stolen and reprogrammed by the evil Dr. Wily to aid him in world domination. Don't let the cutesy character fool you, this game is hard. Each stage has a hazard that can cause instant death if you fail to correctly time your jumps (like Guts Man's moving platforms at the start if his stage, or the floating platforms in Ice Man's stage that are over a bottomless pit). However, the game is easy to play (D-Pad moves Mega Man, A jumps, and B fires his arm cannon or the weapons he can gain by beating the six Robot Masters). Also, the first six stages can be done in any order, with the next four stages being linear. If you are looking for a classic challenge, Mega Man is a must play.