February 2021 – Mysterium (1991)

Johnny Ketchum really wanted to pick a role playing game for this month. We helped him search for one that matched our under $15 criteria with not much luck. We stumbled upon this weird little mystery dungeon game.

Is it good? I’m not sure yet. I played it for a little this morning and only turned it off because I had other things to do. It’s very interesting though.
Is is confusing? A bit at first. I highly recommend looking at the manual before completely diving in. I also suggest playing it on something with state saves. Because there ant* none!

So play this very overlooked game and let us know if it deserves to be overlooked! You can get it for about $13-$15 or just emulate it.

*You’ll get it once you play the game.


January 2021 – Tiny Toon Adventures: Wacky Sports (1994)

Hey! It’s a new year. Let’s hope this one is at least slightly better.
Anywho, we have a new game picked by Retro from the 16-Bit Beach blog who had this to say about the game:
“I picked Wacky Sports for a couple of reasons. First being that I’m a big fan of Tiny Toon Adventures along with the other cartoons in the 90s Steven Spielberg era. The other is that it’s a Konami game and in their heyday they were usually consistent when it comes to licensed video games, having handled the Tiny Toons license very well. As for the game itself, it works well as a fun yet surprisingly challenging in places series of sport themed mini-games, as well as a couple of fun time-wasting games in the water panic and squirting challenge. And the last real reason being that it’s an overlooked game, especially in the Tiny Toons series of games, not having the same level of clout as games like Buster Busts Loose or Buster’s Hidden Treasure, or even the other two games on the Game Boy, Babs’ Big Break* and Montana’s Movie Madness.”

Hey! Finally somebody picks a Tiny Toons games. These games are usually pretty solid and worth our attention. Sadly, it is not on the 3DS store but could be picked up for around $10. So play it, and tell us what you think!

*Where you don’t play as Babs Bunny. What kind of crap is that?

Babs’ Actual Break – Rick V.

This game was actually fun. But I don’t think I could stand (or sit) through football level ever again. –Rick V.

Rick V. is an organizer for the Yokoi Kids. He volunteers at a video store, draws comics, writes for Razorcake Magazine and does punk things. He is a medical worker and had all his shots. @itsmerickv

Adventure Island Let’s Play – Drink & Beer Play a Game

“Another month means another Yokoi Kids spotlight, this month being Adventure Island. Jim doesn’t have much experience with this franchise, so he gives the Gameboy port a go.”

Drink a Beer and Play a Game are two friends, Jim and Brian, who enjoy talking about games as much as they enjoy trying new beers.

December 2020 – Adventure Island (1992)

Hello! As of today Yokoi Kids is three years old! I can’t believe we have kept up with it this long! Sure, people have lost interests and moved on. But our quartet of organizers still exists. Anywho, we have a new game picked by Brett, who first started getting into these shenanigans last December. He had this to say about Adventure Island:

The most confusing game series of all time gets a little more confusing on the Game Boy! Adventure Island for the black and white wonder is not a port of the first NES game but instead an ADVENTURE (HA!) heavily inspired by Adventure Island II on the NES. Get out some fresh batteries and help Master Higgins make his way through six islands of fruit gathering, dinosaur riding, time-limited follies.
I never had this one as part of my original Game Boy collection growing up but instead played it in bits and pieces on the bus to school. The kid that had it never allowed me to borrow it overnight so I only could play in 30-minute chunks during my morning and afternoon bus ride. Eventually, that kid moved away and my time with this portable ADVENTURE (AGAIN WITH THE FUNNY!) came to an end. Fast forward 30 odd some years and thanks to the power of disposable income and eBay I was able to revisit and finish the game. This is a pretty good-looking Game Boy title with some catchy tunes and fun gameplay but it is starting to go up in price so to quote one of my favorite YouTubers “play it any way you can.”

We at Yokoi Kids HQ love any game where you get to ride on a skateboard. So we will probably enjoy it. You can pick up a cartridge for about $10-$15 or just play it on the 3DS. Tell us what you think!