We all have them– those spots in games that get us completely stuck. Either they’re completely obtuse in design or simply difficult in general. The following is a list of such sequences, areas, and spots in both classic and modern games. The purpose of this article is to elaborate on specific spots in classic games that got me scratching my head in bewilderment and most of the time, calling a video game tips hotline counselor when applicable. Hopefully this article won’t give you too many bad memories and horror stories of these spots! What I do hope this article will give you are plenty of moments where you go “yes, I experienced trouble here too” and other memories of possibly even overcoming such spots all on your own. After you’ve read the examples, name your own trouble spots that got you stuck way back when in the past or now in the present.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (GEN) – The Barrel of Doom
This particular problem spot occurs in the fourth zone of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Carnival Night Zone, Act 2, to be exact. While there are multiple red and white barrels sprinkled throughout the zone, they are totally optional. However, there is one near the tale end of Act 2 that Sonic is forced to pass.
Over the last week we’ve talked about a number of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games being taken off digital platforms because Konami no longer had the license to publish those games. Maybe this news could be the reason why.
During the Toy Fair this week in New York one outlet, ToyArk, took a number of pictures regarding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Among those photos was a picture showing that Activision was listed as a partner for the franchise in 2012. Perhaps Bobby Kotick and company are working on something TMNT related?
Last week we told you that the NES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had been pulled from the Virtual Console with no explanation as to why. This week, according to Nintendo World Report, Konami has said that the game was pulled due to an expired license. We speculated on the podcast this week that might have been the reason why, but we couldn’t confirm it. Here’s the official word on the removal from Konami:
Konami PR has confirmed that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES was removed from the Wii’s Virtual Console in all regions due to an expired license.
So, there’s a chance that the game might show up again in the future if Konami decides to re-up the license, but for now it’s gone and you won’t be able to download it.
I had to explain to my son what that phrase meant earlier today, because he’d never heard it before, but that’s beside the point. What we’re here to tell you about is that one Virtual Console game that used to be on the service is no longer available for download. That game would be the NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, from Konami.
“Why was the game removed you ask?” Well, no one knows. One Neogaf commenter realized the game was no longer available for download and told the world about it. Shelby and Micah have both spoken out on their thoughts about the digital future and this is one of those fears. Will the game ever show up again for download? Who knows, but future generations won’t be able to feel the joy we all felt as youngsters while we swam under that dam trying to diffuse those bombs.