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This reminds me of being a kid and spening the weekend at my grandparent’s apartment and playing ColecoVision until late at night. I don’t recall falling asleep while playing a game but nowendays it’s the norm. I’ll probably drift off and wake up only long enough to shut the tv off and to put headphones on to listen to game music all night.
There is a stage in this version of Toki where you are climbing up and out of a canyon. There are maybe five layers of paralax scrolling and it really gives a good feeling of depth.
Well I finally did it. I reached the end of Toki on the NES. It wasn’t particularly a difficult game… until the end. Jumping across the chasms on the mine cars was difficult. I needed help. The boss was a different story all together. Between the fire balls, its extending head and heart blocking hand it took a good 20 minutes and several continues to finish him off.
I learned from this though and now it seems I am suffering from the medical consequences. I’ve not experienced this kind of adrenaline in years and the fight or flight response triggered by my rush is starting to wear off. Time to chowdown on meat like my caveman ancestors would have done after fighting a cheetah or turkey.
Taito is known for making some excellent arcade conversions. Toki for the Nintendo, which was originally manufactured by TAD for the arcade is an excellent adaptation. Although, I wish that Taito focused their efforts on making a version of Rastan…
The game was a sleeper, being released near the end of the life of the Nintendo NES in the United States. But it definitely shows what the NES was truly capable of hardware-wise. If games like this were released along side the launch of the NES, then I imagine the Super Nintendo could have been pushed off a few more years, sans competition from SEGA. There are alot of amazing things that can be done with a palette of 16 colors. It requires alot of creativity and patience.
So anyways, you’re a caveman of sorts whose woman has been kidnapped by a “giant fist” which you set out to rescue. A wizard appears and turns you into a money/chimp/ape what have you. A bunch of enemies, including other apes attempt to attack you. As an ape you can spit fire and pick up items that will make you spit more fire. You can pick up a football helmet and wear it and you’ll be invincible. As you can see, the plot is ridiculous. But who cares, the music, gameplay, graphics, and controls are fantastic.
Each stage is highly detailed and beautiful, so much so you can almost feel the jungle breeze and smell the ape dung. There is one drawback however. There is sooooooooo much flicker. A trade off could have been slowdown, which may have broken away from the gameplay, but if you can look past the flicker (or through it) this is an excellent platformer, and definately has an arcade feel to it.
Hahahaha, I can’t believe I made a blog post about ape dung. It reminds me of the time I visited the Denver Zoo with a laser pointer. Apparently it’s against the law to tease a gorilla with one. If I ever go back perhaps I’ll bring a taser or pepperspray instead. I’m just kidding. Apes, chimps, meth addicts, and gorillas are people too -well maybe not the apes and meth-addicts. Speaking of meth-addics I’ve never seen a gorilla that was an amputee. Confused yet? I sure am. I’m just sad because Taito could have made Rastan but instead made Toki.
I received Toki today in the mail. It was in perfect condition and the envelope was covered in exotic stamps. Not bad for $5.50 with free shipping. This, like most of the other Nintendo Games I have here I got off of eBay using the www.videogamepriceguides.com website to find this and other incredible deals.
I’ve been going back and forth with a seller who is selling Operation Wolf and Cobra Command as a lot. She originally had the lot listed for $20 or best offer. I made an offer of $7 minutes before the auction ended but the seller never accepted it. Then a few days later I noticed it was listed again. So I made another offer. This time for $6.00.
If there is any advice that I’ve learned in life its that whether you’re negotiating over price or principle if someone compromises once, they’ll compromise twice. Such is the case with this lot. I’ve budged to $7.50, but they are still at $16.00. One of the strategies I’ve been using to get this person to come down is to point out that its not fun to have an auction end without a sale. Sure you can re-list an item, but is the time lost really worth a few bucks? Although the seller and I have gone back and forth a few times, I’ve decided to wait and to let the auction expire. I’ll look to see if they’ve listed again and I’ll start the whole process over. I know that unless someone else buys it, or they stop listing it, I will get it for $7.50.