Longplay: Silver Surfer (NES)

Every system has its infamous titles. This label can be a result of poor gameplay mechanics, mediocre visuals or sound, object interaction that's seemingly broken, or a combination of all of the above. In some cases, games can be made infamous due to simply being misunderstood. I see Silver Surfer on the NES falling into this later category.

Silver Surfer doesn't do anything inherently wrong when it comes to the visuals, the controls are responsive, and the soundtrack kicks-ass. One thing it has going against it however is the brutal difficulty, and it's often perceived as one of the Nintendo Entertainment System's most difficult games.

I'm here to show you that, yes, this game can be punishing, but it is indeed possible to complete. I am also here to show you that it's really not that tough to manage, as long as you are in the right frame of mind when playing (re: play style) and are willing to work a little bit of memorization into the mix.



Throughout my life I have been an avid gamer. My early years in particular consisted of growing up with platforms like the Atari VCS/2600, NES, and Master System. Naturally, that led into platforms like the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Sega CD/32X, Sega Saturn, Virtual Boy, etc. In the mid to late 1990's, I realized (as a fledgling teenager with little disposable income) that I could obtain those systems that I once thought were completely out of my reach as a child (Neo-Geo, Atari Jaguar, CD-i, 3DO, etc.), and it was from there that I went into a long-term phase of discovering, experiencing and collecting consoles--just about anything I could get my hands on. While I enjoy the occasional modern game, these days time is limited outside of my many hobbies, so I tend to hover towards quick pick-up-and-play types of games, via generations I truly grew up with: Shoot 'em ups, arcade style beat 'em ups, platformers, light gun shooters, and racing games. Not to mention pinball games, something new (to me) that has become a main focal point of interest. In addition to the podcast with Kris, I also create a variety of content on my own YouTube Channel, including video game reviews, Long Plays, and Let's Plays. Many of these you will be able to find here at IMPLANTgames!