Category Archives: SNES

Soul Blazer Review

My latest review on Soul Blazer for SNES.


10 Affordable Hidden Gems for the Super Nintendo

Why do hidden gems lists? Because they’re fun dammit!

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Is Mega Man X3 as good as X1 and X2? | Mega Man X3 Review | The Braselspective

My triumphant return to big ass videos! This is the longs I’ve gone for awhile and man it feels good to be back. This was a VERY long edit and I had projected it to be out 2 weeks ago, but the editing process took forever. I really like how everything turned out, though.

I do want to point everyone to my take on the Mega Man X3 soundtrack compared to the last two games. I figured if I went too in depth in the video, I’d put a lot of people to sleep. Go read through my MMX3 soundtrack analysis on Retroware:

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Mega Man X2 | The Braselspective | Wii U

The latest Braselspective is coming at you with new lighting! This means I’ll be able to do live action filming at any time of day, rather than have to wait for a morning on a weekend when I can film. I had fun with this one, and I’m glad I took more time to get it done. I didn’t feel rushed and that was great. Look for another video in two weeks.


Super Metroid vs Castlevania Symphony of the Night | Video Game Faceoff!!

This is the longest video I’ve done in a long time, and it took a lot of work to complete. To say that it’s been a learning experience is an understatement. There are so many things that I found that I needed to fix while editing that I just couldn’t without going back to rerecord, and I didn’t have time to do that and still get the video out before my self imposed deadline.

I’ve learned that microphone placement is important, especially during those live action sequences where I’m not quite facing the camera. I’ve also learned that I need to manually focus my camera to get the best out of it. I didn’t do the best job with it here, but next time, it’ll be a lot better.

I’m fairly certain that the Video Game Faceoff series will be a quarterly series at most. Something like this needs a lot more planning in the future, and I feel that this one was a bit rushed as a result of my lack of foresight. Again, learning experiences.

Let me know what you think of my first Video Game Faceoff video and whether you’d like to see more. Game suggestions for this series is also welcome. Thanks for watching!

5 After School Cartoon Games!

This list includes 2 games on the NES and 3 games on the SNES that feature characters from cartoons that I watched a lot growing up. Let me know in the comments section what cartoons you loved, and if they had video games associated with them.

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5 Favorite Games I Missed


I played a ton of video games as a kid, but I was largely at the mercy of what was popular or what my parents got for me.  They were VERY good about picking up great games for me and my siblings, but some games I just missed for one reason or another.  A few of these you may have seen on my article at The Gr1nd, and that’s because I’ve been going back and playing old games I haven’t finished quite a bit lately.  Here are 5 (really 6) of my favorite games that I missed out on when I was growing up.

  • Ninja Gaiden



God I love this game. Ninja Gaiden is widely known as an incredibly tough game.  I can agree that the game is hard, but I don’t ever feel frustrated with the game.  It plays so well that I can usually take multiple deaths in stride, well…Until Level 6-2.  Level 6-2 is a bane on my existence and I hate it…until I fly through it after some initial runs. This game makes me want to throw my controller at some points, but when I finish a troubling spot, I always feel incredibly accomplished.  This is a satisfying game that I’m kind of glad I didn’t play until I was an adult.  I still have yet to beat Ninja Gaiden, but I’m sure it won’t be long at this point.  It honestly may make it into my top 10 after I finally finish it.

  • Journey To Silius



A lot of people probably played Journey To Silius for the first time as adults.  This is a game that is very often seen on people’s “hidden gems” lists, and for good reason.  Journey To Silius is an incredibly well crafted experience. It’s tough, and it only leaves you with a limited amount of continues, but it rarely feels unfair.  It’s a game, like Ninja Gaiden, about learning the levels and enemy patterns before you are able to proceed.  This is another game I still haven’t beat, but I take some time out every month to try and tackle it, and I get a little bit further each time. Journey To Silius is an incredible run and gun shooter that you shouldn’t miss.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog


Sonic1_box_usaI’ve done a full review on Sonic the Hedgehog, and I’ve warmed to the game even more since.  While it still has it’s frustrating points, and it’s still a freaking SEGA game, I still enjoy popping this in on occasion.  I didn’t grow up with a Genesis, so I had very limited time with this game growing up.  As an adult, it’s one of those games that I learned how to play and get decent at.  While I’ve beaten the game a few times now, I still have yet to collect all the chaos emeralds.  I still maintain that this game is more fun than the second one, but I know I’m in a small minority.

  • Contra/Super C


superccover-219x300It’s a twofer!  I still have no idea how I missed Contra growing up.  This game is incredibly fun and a good challenge without feeling impossible.  Add in an incredible soundtrack, and Konami has made themselves one of the best games of all time.  I’ve done a video on this game, outlining the differences between the NES and Arcade versions, and it’s without a doubt that the NES game, while technically graphically inferior, is the more polished game.  If you’ve played Contra to death, I suggest trying it’s lesser known sequel, Super C, which is an improved game that uses the same awesome formula Contra was known for. Run and gun thrills, big bosses, awesome music, the whole shebang.

  • Super R-Type


srtSuper R-Type is a horizontal space shooter, a genre that I didn’t really find a lot of interest in until I was older.  I played Gradius III quite a bit, even during the PS2 era, because it aged so well.  I wasn’t aware of the R-Type series until I started collecting and saw this game at Goodwill.  I picked it up and I was very pleased with it.  It’s got excellent graphics and sound, and interesting shooter gameplay mechanics that I hadn’t seen before.  I’ve never been too familiar with shooters, so the way the game handled power ups was completely new to me.  It’ll take a very long time for me to beat it, but I keep hacking away at it, a little at a time.