2020/4/14: Neo Geo Pocket: Pocket Tennis Color, Puzzle Bobble Mini

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2020/4/14: Neo Geo Pocket: Pocket Tennis Color, Puzzle Bobble Mini

Postby VideoGameCritic » April 14th, 2020, 7:38 am

Finally - new Neo Geo Pocket reviews! Good ones too.

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Re: 2020/4/14: Neo Geo Pocket: Pocket Tennis Color, Puzzle Bobble Mini

Postby CharlieR » April 14th, 2020, 10:05 am

hmm, two tennis reviews in two days, that has to be a record!

Neo Geo Pocket sounds like a fun little handheld.

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Re: 2020/4/14: Neo Geo Pocket: Pocket Tennis Color, Puzzle Bobble Mini

Postby goldenband » April 14th, 2020, 10:12 am

Love seeing new Neo Geo Pocket reviews and new tennis game reviews! What a treat.

I'm not surprised that Pocket Tennis Color plays well -- the design looked very promising to me. I have some memory of reading that there are a ton of different tournaments/trophies you can win, all varying by the real-world date. I don't remember if there's an upper limit on those, but it sure does complicate the process of 100%-ing the game.

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Re: 2020/4/14: Neo Geo Pocket: Pocket Tennis Color, Puzzle Bobble Mini

Postby Voor » April 14th, 2020, 12:55 pm

I like how you mentioned the absence of replays and animations. I don’t mind them in some cases (like a rare goal in soccer), but sports games that do them after every point drives me nuts.

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Re: 2020/4/14: Neo Geo Pocket: Pocket Tennis Color, Puzzle Bobble Mini

Postby VideoGameCritic » April 14th, 2020, 1:10 pm

Voor wrote:I like how you mentioned the absence of replays and animations. I don’t mind them in some cases (like a rare goal in soccer), but sports games that do them after every point drives me nuts.


Good point Voor. I think Mario Sports games are prime offenders in this regard. So bad you just start instinctively tapping buttons between plays.

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Re: 2020/4/14: Neo Geo Pocket: Pocket Tennis Color, Puzzle Bobble Mini

Postby goldenband » April 14th, 2020, 4:46 pm

Though I'd prefer to be able to just turn them off, I don't mind replays and animations too much as long as they're skippable. Jimmy Connors on the SNES does a good job with this -- you can just hit Select to interrupt almost anything, and it makes the game go by much, much faster.

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Re: 2020/4/14: Neo Geo Pocket: Pocket Tennis Color, Puzzle Bobble Mini

Postby Retro STrife » April 14th, 2020, 5:38 pm

I've neglected my NGPC way too much. Thanks for bringing my attention to a hidden gem like Pocket Tennis. I just flipped through my NGPC games and I happen to own it. I would have overlooked that game if not for this review. While I enjoy sports games, I generally don't play old ones unless there's a good reason for it. Sounds like this one is worth trying.

I don't have Puzzle Bobble Mini, but it sounds like a really solid portable version of Puzzle Bobble. That's my go-to game choice when a non-gamer tries out the Neo Geo, since they usually don't have interest in the fighters and shooters.


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