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TheRedEye
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 2:56 am    Post subject: May 2004 - Spotlight: Hit the Ice Reply with quote

I said May. MAAAAAY.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool stuff, perfect article for the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the download link for the rom was down. :/
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're wrong. WRROOONNNGGGG.

EDIT: About the download. Because it works.

...now.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A hockey RPG? GreatNESS. I remember Hit the Ice, but I didn't know it comprised a quest mode. I generally tuned out sports games, except for cool oddities like Baseball Simulator 1.000 and Cyber Stadium Base Wars. I must try it out.

Reminds me of this tennis game I have- the first, and quite possibly only, Tennis RPG- Namco(t)'s World Court Tennis for the TG-16. (They must have a penchant for sports RPGs, eh Red?) It was so awesome in it's cheesiness... your quest is to defeat the "Evil Tennis King", and along the way (like Final Lap Twin, I presume), you purchase new equipment and fight in random battles on a world map in true RPG style- except the battles are tennis matches. And some of your opponents have horrifying portraits. My cousin and I used to come up with unflattering nicknames for them, like Scary Mutant, Beast Woman, etc.

Heh, I should write an article about WCT someday. If you haven't played it, I highly recommend doing so.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 6:46 pm    Post subject: mm tg16 Reply with quote

I picked up final lap a few months ago and despite being a bit..simple I really liked the concept.

I'll definatly try to find the tennis one (a sport I actualy like)

its amusing that the rpg element is the big fad with the current crap---err crop of big sport titles now.
in fact , Nintendo Power had a thing in epic center this month that compared sport games to arepeegees very amusing read ;-)
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Johnny Undaunted



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh! Crash 'n the Boys: Ice Challenge is better.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much better, yes. But we don't have that.

...though you've given me a new target. An acquirable one at that. Hmm...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally! Some in-depth coverage of this lost gem. Great choice and great article.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahaha, intresting choice of a filter there.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This game is alright, though admittedly with flaws like mentioned in the review. Can't compare to Ice Challenge or Blades of Steel, but the RPG mode is quirky enough that it's worth a playthrough at least once. Play control isn't very good though. Then again the arcade Hit the Ice wasn't all that great anyways.

Still very glad to see this game available now. When I saw this game years ago in Nintendo Power years ago, I became interested in trying it. Only naturally I was unable to find the game in stores anyway, for obvious reasons. I think that was the firsthand experience I ever had with encountering an unreleased game.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I happened to run into the arcade game at a Nickel Nickel in Riverside, halfway through writing that review.

I didn't care for it. In fact, I abandoned the machine out of boredom.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picture it, Nintendo Power, 1992. I, a lad of only eight years, see Hit The Ice. A sports RPG......an RPG involving sports! I was completely amazed. And then, sadly, no release. Flash forward twelve years to this site and I see Hit The Ice! Wow! I can live in Hockey RPG love forever..or at least an hour or two.

I am truly in your debt for the next two to four minutes. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as you're not Evan Dando, you're welcome.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hit(ler) the Ice.

I'm surprised I didn't notice the resemblance while playing through the game. Someone needs to get a pic of Master D from Bionic Commando and put him in drag.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 5:04 pm    Post subject: great article my-man Reply with quote

very good job old bean...

I remember the initial collection of apples only to be left with a worthless inner tube. It was, like you said, disappointing. Your article however, was not.

huzzah to the shop keep!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I had to go back and forth to his shop about three times before he coughed it up.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*Rimshot*

Thank you folks, he'll be here all week.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chicks really do look like Hitler (if you squint). Funny stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, redeye, the Nickel Nickel was located in Upland, a mystic village thirty miles from Riverside.

If you are to go to Riverside in search of a fanciful Nickel arcade, you shall be out of luck.

Also yeah, the arcade game is quite dull. Also good GOD does the music get on your nerves quickly.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shut your trap, Mia.

Also, holy shit, doktorklaw is a Vegas resident. Do I know you?
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