MBR/PM/SR is not in fact an entirely original product, nor is it even the first game to be produced for use with the Life Cycle. The first game to be produced was Exertainment Mountain Bike Rally, a modified version of an existing SNES title; Cannondale Cup, and it was included with every complete Exertainment Life Cycle system sold. Although that game is hard to find, the second release, MBR/PM/SR, is far and away more difficult to come by because it was seemingly never sold at retail at all.
I suppose this was done to preserve the SNES shell, but what’s the point if it has to ruin that whole look any time you actually use it? Not only that, but it isn’t even properly hinged — just a plastic snap and a plastic strip that flexes and holds the front piece on.
This combo cartridge could only be purchased directly from the publisher, Life Fitness, for a purported cost of $200. Due to this, it would likely only have been accessible to gyms already installed with Life Cycles, and perhaps a handful of rich individuals who had invested in the Life Cycle system for their homes. These days, Hagane appears on eBay in high enough numbers to demonstrate that it is far from the most uncommon game for the Super Nintendo, but buoyant demand nonetheless keeps the game’s value high. Ultimately, it should be seen as a great thing that more people know about this previously underappreciated title, and true SNES fans should feel proud to have Hagane as one of the standard bearers for the system. It is little wonder then that Hagane would become a “hidden gem” sensation in the “YouTube era” of retro-gaming.
A composite cable just doesn’t produce a high fidelity image. If you’re not familiar with the device, here’s how it works. You plug it in, connect the HDMI cable, and turn it on — after a basic initial setup of language and time, you’re in. The only major problem I have is that the front of the device has to flip off in an awkward way to expose the controller ports.
The 3D/isometric aspect is remarkably well done and the controls are straightforward — but the stages sure aren’t. Not for everyone, but a strange and fascinating break from the usual.
The faux-3D graphics of DKC haven’t really aged well , but the game’s legendary platforming is still amazing. The sequels may have added more gewgaws and whimwhams but the original is unimpeachable. The Super Nintendo’s launch game, SMW is a flawless gem, combining simple gameplay elements with complex level and world design.
Secrets are hiding everywhere, and the switch palaces even offer a sort of Metroidvania vibe. You must defend your home planet by intercepting incoming missiles, eliminate their sources , and retake occupied planets . Also, there’s obviously one standout here, and that’s Star Fox 2. Developed just after the original but never officially released , Star Fox 2 is an ambitious reinvention of the game. But the truth is that video output, even at its best, can’t really match a native 720p image.