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Into It: The Worst Of Super Nintendo

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Super Nintendo changed the gaming world, but not always for the better.

The 16-bit gaming boom took over the early nineties. It gave us classics like Super Mario World, but it also emboldened marketers to dream up spin-offs. In these crossovers, the best parts about pop stars, TV shows, and movies were often abandoned. The result was a string of glitchy maps and questionable plot.

Ren & Stimpy was an interestingly grotesque Nicktunes show that translated into a cluttered mess on Super Nintendo. Just listen to Ren jump around on bookshelves and dining room tables to get a sense of the mind-numbing gameplay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6SDn_kPVLU

Wanye’s World relied on the idea that fans would get a kick out of hearing their favorite catch phrases. Again and again. That’s about all that happens in this repetitive maze of speakers, electrical hazards, and angry instruments.

http://youtu.be/qb3RqW66G9Q

Shaq Fu is my favorite, perhaps because its fun to watch its attempts at plot try and fail. The premise is that Shaquille O’Neal, killing time before a charity game in Tokyo, stumbles into a Kung Fu dojo. The old man inside calls him “big warrior” and says there’s no time to explain, but that Shaq should enter a portal into another dimension. Nice guy that he is, he says sure and winds up fighting random creeps to rescue a boy from a mummy. The lack of variety and slow controls lead many critics to dub it the worst SNES game ever made.

http://youtu.be/M8c-1OlpkHU