Welcome to RVGFANATIC. This is my one man pet project to document, chronicle and commemorate my favorite system ever: the 16-bit Super Nintendo. Opening on January 7, 2007... it has been my goal from day one to produce a website where SNES fans can relive, remember, replay and (re)discover all the great classics, hidden gems and quietly solid games from the endless SNES library. You will also find numerous Super Nintendo articles and editorials. I hope you enjoy the site, and that it brings a warm glow to your heart as we look back on simpler times and recall what was truly an awesome gaming era. If my work encapsulates just a tiny bit of '90s SNES magic, mission accomplished
In addition to all that, you'll also find random ramblings, Sega Saturn goodies (still my all time second favorite system), memories of retro gaming magazines, and MUCH more
Thanks for dropping by. Feel free to write me in the guestbook, as I always love to hear from readers. Happy gaming -Steve LONG LIVE THE KING -- THE SUPER NINTENDO!
In December of 2013, Rob issued me a message on the Hardcore Gaming 101 forums. He asked if I was interested in writing a few guest stories for his book. I couldn't believe he'd ask little old me. I sat there for like 5 minutes, just staring at his message, reading it over and over again. "HEY Steven, I was wondering if you wanted to contribute a story to the book. Let me know."Would I?! Oh hell yeah! When I was a child, my very first dream was to become a writer. But like so many young dreams, they dissipate with time. Yet writing has ALWAYS been something I enjoy. I guess RVG Fanatic gives me an excuse to carry on my dream. But it's not the same, not quite, as having one's work published in a real physical print book. It is literally a lifelong dream come true, so thanks Rob. The book's NOW available for purchase on lulu.com. Weighing in at a massive 472 pages, it contains pictures and is already receiving rave reviews. In Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman, you will read a myriad of nostalgic gaming stories. The defining moments in gaming, as experienced through the eyes of Rob and twenty guest contributors. The diversity amongst this group of 21 is wide and varied giving you, the reader, a range of scope and perspective. Some of us grew up gaming in the '70s, while others fondly recollect their memories during the 8-bit NES boom and the vaunted 16-bit era. From the influences of MEGA MAN to the unspeakable joy of renting imports, Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman will transport you right back to the Golden Age of Gaming. A time in our lives when life was simple.A time we'll never forget
SR: SNES review | SA: SNES article | SF: ("Obscure") Super Famicom | SS: Sega Saturn
SA16: SUMMER OF IMPORTS As a kid, I wanted a perfect summer. 20 years ago, I found it SR78: Super Street Fighter II Summer 1994 was an epic season, thanks to games like this SR77: Mega Man 7 It's the return of the original Blue Bomber but is it a happy homecoming? MISC: Nightcrawler Can't get enough X-Men? Here's one of the best cartoon episodes ever SR76: Knights of the Round A solid port. Not Capcom's finest hour but a damn sure fun one SR75: Fatal Fury 2 Takara toiled along in their early days... until they had this 20 MEG GEM SR74: 3 Ninjas Kick Back Infamous for its $1000 box/manual AND Breaking Bad connection SR73: NBA Jam For over 20 years now, the JAM revolution has raged. See how it all started SR72: Mega Man X 20 years ago the Blue Bomber finally hit the SNES. Now, RVGFANATIC! SR71: TMNT Tournament Fighters Another SNES classic turns 20. "TURTLE COMBAT!" BLOG Good-Bye 2013 Hello 2014 Major announcements and other ramblings. Happy 2014! POLL: Three's Company Capcom, Konami, Square. 3 classic companies. Only 1 champion! SR70: Clay Fighter 20 years ago, this was one of the most polarizing games of my youth... SR69: Treasure Hunter G Squaresoft goes out with a BANG in its Super Nintendo swan song SR68: DoomGroundbreaking. Trailblazing. 20 years later, Doom still captures the imagination SR67: Mortal Kombat It's the 20th anniversary of MORTAL MONDAY! Tonight, we remember SR66: Street Fighter II Turbo It's the 20th anniversary of the SNES port. Tonight, we celebrate SR65: Lennus II The Japanese only sequel to Paladin's Quest... until now! Jesus H. Christ... SR64: Paladin's Quest On a system dominated by epic RPGs, does this even make a dent? SR63: Star Ocean Tri-Ace's 48-MEG MONSTER follow-up to ToP -- could it be EVEN better? SR62: Tales of Phantasia On my gaming bucket list, ToP was at the top. Here's how it fared SA15: The Mode 7 Year Itch For 7 years my SNES fire has burned. Here are 7 reasons why! SR61: Super Mario Kart Come take a stroll with me down memory lane... or Rainbow Road... SR60: Super Bomberman The classic and quintessential Super Nintendo party game ^_^ SR59: Bust-A-Move Nearly six years and 60 SNES reviews later, finally, RVG's first puzzler! SR58: BS Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman ZeroMario meets Mega Man?! See for yourself... SR57: Final Fight 2 Not too good but eh, Capcom gets a mulligan here. At least it's 2-player SR56: Final Fantasy II Fantastic storytelling from a terrific early RPG. One of the finest around SA14: SNES HALLOWEEN SPECIAL Two of my favorite things... with a 30 game countdown! SR55: World Heroes 2 Ah, one of my favorite games from my youth. Such awesome memories SR54: Super Mario World Super Nintendo's first game finally gets the RVG treatment ^_^ SR53: Super Punch-Out!! 8-bit revivals on SNES was all the rage. The fine tradition continues SR52: Secret of ManaThe game almost everyone raves about. Is it worth all the hype? SR51: Castlevania: Dracula X Not quite the 2nd SNES Castlevania offering we hoped for, but... MISC: Adventures in Africa Summer 2010 was a wild, crazy time. Travel back and see why! SR50: The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang One of the most underrated SNES games around! SR49: Thunder Spirits At last the very first SNES space shooter review on RVGFANATIC SR48: Batman Returns Konami's brawler that "everyone" loves. Personally, I've played better SR47:Bonkers Capcom made so many great games. Was this one that flew under the radar? SR46: The Addams Family They're kreepy and they're kooky. And now they're on your SNES SR45:Hook A fun little platformer that's better than the film. From the makers of SkyBlazer SR44: Ranma ½: Hard Battle Good memories back in the day, but does it hold up?
May 6 It's been a while and it's been even longer since RVG reviewed an RPG of any sort. This game is no doubt one of the most highly touted Super Nintendo games around. It's a magical land where big eyes and EVEN bigger hearts rule, where EVIL reigns yet hope abounds. It's Terranigma!
February 25 It's the best SNES game you've never heard of or played before. It is a game that's been sadly obscure for far too long. That is, until now. It's the best kept secret on SNES. It's not BS, folks, it's BS Out of Bounds Golf! Seriously, this 4-player mini-golf game's SIMPLY BRILLIANT ^_^
February 5 It's a SUPER BOWL-sized update! One of my favorite games growing up was Looney Tunes B-Ball. How does it hold up? And, although Christmas has come and passed, it's NEVER out of season to share some of my FONDEST yuletide memories. From my SNES genesis back in 1991 to the amazing events that took place December 2010, it's myChristmas Memoirs!
January 7 Today marks FOUR years since RVG hit cyberspace! Let's celebrate with the 40th SNES review, and a special one it is. This is where the Scissorman legend started: Clock Tower!
***FAREWELL 2010, HELLO 2011!***
November 21 Can you believe *20 YEARS* ago today saw the birth of Super Famicom? 20 years, over 1,000 games. Wow. Where does one start? Well, Super Play offers you their 100 best! And now, for the first time ever in the history of cyberspace, RVG and SP have partnered to bring you Super Play's Top 100 SNES Games! Also see new Voting + Journal
October 30 Just like Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers, once again your host is BACK! One of the most memorable two player SNES games around was Zombies Ate My Neighbors. After 16 years waiting to play the "sequel," I finally have. Reader beware, don't say the line It's Ghosts and Demons time!Ghoul Patrol
June 11 With the 2010 NBA Finals heating up, I'm reminded of two basketball games I really enjoyed back in the day. Let's see if they still deliver: NBA Give 'N Go and Slam 'n Jam '96!
April 7 If you were lucky like me, you had a best friend growing up. Someone who had your back through thick and thin, good and bad, high and low. Nothing completes a healthy childhood quite like having a best friend to co-star in your coming-of-age adventures. I pay tribute and honor the man I'm proud to call friend. Oh, and Happy Birthday, Nelly!
January 28 I'm back and hopefully for good this time! Here's a game I've wondered about for 15 years: Nosferatu. Prince of Persia meets Castlevania; does it live up to that billing? Also check out the new Journal and Voting
***FAREWELL 2009, HELLO 2010!***
September 5 I'm back! No, I wasn't dead. Quite the opposite! First be sure to check out the NEW interview with Cylk Cozart at the bottom of Fast Times @ Bayside High. So what the heck was I doing the past three months? I'm glad you asked, for I had a summer that changed my life forever... I KNOW WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER
May 29 For as long as I can remember, I have loved stories. In college I enrolled in a storytelling class and had the time of my life. It might sound sad, but we had such a great group and tonight, I'm proud to share a storytelling bonanza. We can never and SHALL never... forget our Fast Times @ Bayside High
May 7 It's been a while hasn't it? And it's been even longer since I have posted a Saturn review, so let's kill two ships with one shot. What better game to show that than Raizing's Soukyugurentai!
March 27 You know, growing up, my uncle, brother and I just loved pro wrestling. We just loved the wacky business and the larger than life characters. I wanna take the time now to remember one of the all-time greats. He's the best there is, he's the best there was, and he's the best THERE EVER WILL BE... he's Bret "The Hitman" Hart!
March 3 This past week I saw one of the best films I've seen in a long time. I loved it so much it led to this. Father Time... it's the one thing we can't beat. But, you also can't beat the heart of a champion... The Wrestler
January 18 Earlier this month RVG turned two years old. Tonight we look back at the year that was, hand out some awards and have some fun: RVG Retrospective II (Journal +Voting)
*FAREWELL 2008, HELLO 2009*
December 20 Happy Holidays to all! This next game, on the surface, may not appear to have much to do about Christmas, but for me, well, read and see. From NESFANATIC to now RPGFANATIC! It's everyone's favorite (or not) starter kit of an RPG.... Final Fantasy Mystic Quest!
November 21 Happy 18th BDay SNES! But before there was a Super Nintendo, there was simply, Nintendo. In a month full of change around the world, I'm proud to launch... NESFANATIC! (Journal)
November 15 Strap on your boots, soldier, it's time to once again thwart the evil forces of Red Falcon in Contra III! + new Journal format
October 30 In the dying days of the 8-bit NES, rabid fans were anticipating the launch of the 16-bit Super Nintendo; looking forward to souped up sequels of their NES favorites. One of the earliest also turned out to be one of the very finest. Join me as we cut open the legacy, story and MUCH more... Happy Halloween: Super Castlevania IV
October 17 One of the earliest SNES games and also one of the hardest: you know it, you love it. Find out how Firebrand got his own SNES game, Joe the Plumber's connection and much more. It'sSuper Ghouls 'N Ghosts!
October 6 Ahhhh, October. It's one of my favorite months as I just *LOVE* this time of the year. The darkening days, the longer nights. This month has also led me to write my first NEW Saturn review in 3 years! Once again joining forces with SEGA Saturn Magazine, it's Capcom's horror classic Resident Evil!
September 26 Many of us were lucky to have grown up with a best friend. Somebody who had our back, and we had theirs. We shared good times, we shared great times. Then time passes, life happens, and you see them again for the first time in years. This story is about just that: how time can change us, EVEN, the very best of friends: For Whom the Belch Tolls
September 21 Many loved the TV show. The game? Not so much. Home Improvement... how bad can it be? Let's take a closer look shall we
September 11 Though the dog days of summer may no longer be with us, baseball marches on. This review comes to you nearly 15 years in the making... with over a thousand games' worth of experience. I honor the man, or rather The Kid, and the game: Ken Griffey Jr. MLB
August 17 Wow, I can't believe the summer of 2008 is drawing to a close. I think back to the summer of 1994; 14 scorching summers ago and one epic gaming weekend. It's hard to believe it's been that long. Time flies, does it not? It is fitting I end this summer with a review of this next game. Memories, confessions, and more: it's... King of the Monsters 2!
August 2 Throughout the course of mankind, many thought-provoking questions have been posed, like... Who is the Robot Monkey?
July 20 I'll never forget my very first time [Wuh oh... -Ed.] playing the Super Nintendo. F-Zero way back in December of '91, and the second game, well, this infamous SNES port has been through it all, but have you ever seen the alternative ending? Time to revisit Metro City with Final Fight!
July 7 Couple days ago America celebrated its Birthday. Today, RVG celebrates its very own! Well, the big one year and a half, anyhow. And to ring in this minor milestone I'm very proud to bring you this next update. For me, few things can top a good ghost story on a warm summer night. I grew up with an uncle who was an expert at it, and a show that made its name scaring kids. It's... the Tale of the Lonely Ghost
July 1 One of the first Saturn games responsible for making me the obscure game lover I am today, it's TechnoSoft's Nekketsu Oyako!
June 22 Ahh, summer time, it's officially here. And you know what summer reminds me of? A bustling crowd that stretches as far as the eyes could see. The smell of pickles in the air. Yup, I'm talking about the flea market. It's my Flea Market Memoirs.
June 13 T.G.I.F! And I do mean that literally. While it may be Friday the 13th, it's Good Friday around these parts. Ahh, women. Since the dawn of time man has struggled to find the right partner in the game of life. This classic tale epitomizes man's search of such; full of wonder, hope, and heartbreak: Jesse's Girl
June 7 One of the earliest games to hit the SNES, you know it you love it and you hate it, well, maybe not love. It can only be... Ultraman!
June 1 Very few games are as weird as I am. Perhaps with this next game I've met my match. [Impossible! -Ed.] Special guest stars abound, a little history lesson, the Master's face finally revealed, dirty secrets, obscure facts and more, it's Soul Blazer!
May 11 Today marks the 13th Birthday of the US Sega Saturn! I've had some great memories with this system, but perhaps none fonder than those early years. FuncoLand, Sega-Saturn.com, X-Men, EGM bigwig Milkman and more! It's the true story of how it all started for yours truly. Break out the party hats, kick back, grab a drink, and join me for this flashback: SEGA Saturn SAGA
April 1 It is my extreme honor to announce I scored an interview with the one, the only: Sir Charles Barkley! Basketball fans rejoice: Barkley Shut Up and Jam!
March 18 As you go through life, certain special folks will leave a lasting imprint on your travels. Growing up, I had many, but 3 specifically, that I shall remember fondly for the rest of my days. Looking back at what they have meant to me, as well as the night where we all came full circle, it's time to turn back the clock. It's... The Wonder Years
February 20 The Oscars is set for this Sunday, but I say why wait! One of the tougher to find US SNES games, and one you might never heard of before, but is it any good? Don't ask me, Oscar!
February 9 Twenty years ago today Konami released Contra on the 8-bit Famicom. I look back at the game that got me into games: Commemorating Contra
January 26 Two years and change ago I decided to give gaming one last hurrah when I went through my SNES rebirth. Partly to play the gems I missed, the other to revisit fond childhood faves. This next game is the latter. Clones, controversy and clowns, yup, it's Fighter's History
July 14 It's been praised to the high heavens: called the greatest "unknown" title on Super Nintendo, hell, one GameFan persona called it one of the best of all time! But is it really THAT good? Here's my take on Sky Blazer. Also, Journal has been updated
July 7 Exactly six months ago today, I launched RVG. Time really flies lemme tell ya! Here's to many more. To help me celebrate six months is our ole demon friend Firebrand, starring in the phenomenal Demon's Crest
June 16 It's a whole new wor -- er, review. Yes, it could only be Capcom's Disney's Aladdin
June 11 Summer is now in session and what a great time for, among many other things, BASEBALL. The game has given me some great memories, from the 5th grade baseball tourney to the title film: Field of Dreams
June 3 "BINGO!" Early-mid 90's cartoon madness, how do they fare in a video game? SWAT Kats
May 30 Two years ago today I wrote a review on one of my favorite obscure Saturn gems: Mizubaku Adventure
May 26 They've got guns. They've got force. They could only be:GunForce
May 23 One of the simplest yet most well-done SFC game around: Little Magic
May 18 Tell me... what 'chu gonna do when judgment comes for you? We all come to a crossroads in life, a moment of truth. 2.14.98 -- see youat ......... Tha Crossroads
Ah, 12 years ago on this very day... the Sega Saturn shocked the gaming world with an early system launch! Hard to believe it's been a dozen years already. Hell, 12 years ago today I was still playing my Super NES and admittedly in denial that the 32-bit generation was upon us all. Since then I've gone on to grow quite fond of Sega's 32-bit black box. To honor the occasion somewhat I've drugged out two very old reviews: In The Hunt. Pandemonium! Happy 12th!
May 4 The wait is over. It's here. As I promised, a BIG site update was in the works and now I am proud to unveil what it is I have been working on here and there for the better part of THREE weeks! Is it good enough to earn a perfect score of 10? Can it join the company of Super Metroid? The entire legacy is covered, including an EXCLUSIVE interview with the one and only, Shigeru Miyamoto! Plus the UNCENSORED plot and much more! The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
To cap this crazy day off, I've began filling out the "Magazine Madness" section. Two real stories... read about what happened to me on 3.19.06 and if you're REALLY bored... read about The Super Play Drama
January 14 In the mood for some demonic action on your Super Famicom? Check out the title some people call "Resident Evil meets Castlevania" -- Majyuuou
January 12 I have a question for you... have you checked your town's Craigslist lately? If not, I suggest you do. In the meantime, for real stories on Leatherface, the BUNYIP, Chrono Trigger,Paul Giamatti and much more.... check out my Craigslist Memoirs
January 11 It's my first new write-up for not just 2007 but this website. I received a request for this write-up from a guy named Sid -- clearly a mind reader, as I had plans for Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes to kick off the site since December.SD Hiryu no Ken capped the evening off
January 10 I've added my very controversial Art of eBay: How To Snipe guide. Tired of getting sniped? Wondering exactly what are the best methods? Then give the guide a look. DoReMi Fantasy added -- one of the finest SFC games you could EVER play
In retrospect, this site is some six years in the making
Better late than never
Those who know me, be it for five years or five months, can tell you I love sharing my video game memories, reviews and stories. This site represents my passion for gaming. It will allow me the luxury of documenting my exploits on a format better than the message board medium I've used since 2001. Predominantly, RVGFANATIC will be a Super Nintendo fansite with SNES reviews A to Z. I hope my SNES fansite does the system legacy proud
To everyone who encouraged the idea of making a site and pushed me to run with it, thanks. I didn't fancy the thought initially due to my ineptitude of web design, but over time, buckled. Occasionally, I had my doubts but someone was always there to urge me on. Gracias
Right now I'm in the process of porting my work over. Updates will come a-plenty the next two weeks. Grad school looms on the horizon, but even then I'll try to update weekly
Whether you're a fan of the Super Nintendo, the Sega Saturn, or just enjoy reading the mad ramblings of a nostalgic recollective gamer -- you've come to the right place!