By Chi Kong Lui on August 12, 1999 - 11:00pm.
Fair criticism usually benefits from having extensive experience in the particular subject leading to a more knowledgeable (and less emotional) perspective. But every now and then, something like Pokémon Snap comes along that so defies normal conventions (of the videogame world) that it leaves critics baffled as to how to justifiably critique it.
Game Description: Have you ever wanted to see Pikachu in its natural habitat? With the groundbreaking game Pokémon Snap, you will capture lots Pokémon found in the wild—not with a Poke Ball but with a camera! Some shots are easy, like snapping Pikachu relaxing on the beach, but others are much more difficult, such as taking the picture of Pikachu riding on the back of a rare, flying Pokémon! In Pokémon Snap, you're on assignment from Professor Oak, the world-famous Pokémon professor. He needs lots of photos taken on Pokémon Island, where you'll cross six fascinating environments in search of all the Pokémon you can find. Pidgey will soar over your shoulder on the Beach. Diglett will pop up in the Tunnel. A group of Charmander will run by in the Volcano. And that's only in the first three environments!
By Dale Weir on August 12, 1999 - 11:00pm.
To speak of Pokémon Snap's far-reaching appeal, I must mention that the Bronx Zoo angle came to me and Chi separately. I first thought that a photo-journalistic approach (linking the experience to bird watching) was the most fitting comparison. Like bird watching, photographing the Pokémon in their natural environments was key and getting a nice big shot of a rare Pokémon was like finding gold.
By Dale Weir on August 7, 1999 - 11:00pm.
Mario Golf is such a surprise that I feared I couldn't write this review and do it justice.
By Chi Kong Lui on August 7, 1999 - 11:00pm.
Mario Golf is filled with tons of features and options (Mini-Golf and Get Character modes were my favorites) to the point where the instruction manual seemed more like an encyclopedia of golfing. There's pretty much something for everyone whether you're entertaining a house full of guests who are hard-core gamers or newbies alike, or if you're just going at it solitaire.
Game Description: Tee off with Mario and friends in the most entertaining golf game ever to hit the Nintendo 64 system! Taunt your opponents to break their concentration. Place bets in multi-player games and see replays of your best shots. View the detailed terrain from multiple camera angles and earnExperience Points to get to the next course. With 10 different play modes 6 championship courses and up to 14 characters. Golf has never been this much fun!
By Dale Weir on July 19, 1999 - 11:00pm.
What I think should be stressed are the graphics in this game because they are phenomenal. Boss made a point to mention that they wouldn't be supporting the 4MB Memory Pak. In fact, they said they wouldn't need it. After seeing the game in action, I have to side with Boss; World Driver Championship needs no help in the graphics department.
Game Description: From the minds that brought you TOP GEAR RALLY comes this ultra-detailed, highly addictive combination of simulation and arcade-style racing. In order to master the 33 cars the game offers, you can take part in a Training mode, which allows you to practice cornering, acceleration, and more. The game features 10 tracks, which send you traveling the globe to Hawaii, Black Forest, Las Vegas, Kyoto, New Zealand, Les Gets, Sydney, Zurich, Lisbon, and Rome.
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