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What the Smerd? - Classic Game Talk. Super Spike V'Ball
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September 09, 2011, 04:31:49
 
I'm a greedy gamer..... On the VC I finally got my Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, my Super Punch Out..and even FFIII but there is one game that is still missing:


KABoooom baby!!!


All signs point that this game has the same chances of landing on the VC as Xenoblade has in landing on the shores of North America. Yes I went there. EDIT: Ok....Xeno has landed... where's our V'ball game? Maybe for Wii U????

Anyways - here is the game in a nutshell: You pick one of 4 teams that you can choose from - all with different speeds and abilities so pick one that fits your style. After that, you can play singles or doubles in a practice, American Circuit, or World Cup Tournament. For those of you who have never seen this game, here is a vid to give you an idea.


Controls are simple and tight. One button hits and the other jumps. While in the air, you can hammer on the jump button to give you more defense power for a great block, or to wind yourself up (then press the hit button) to Super Spike the ball into the bowels of the earth while knocking your opponent onto his ass. Sounds like fun right? Yes...Yes it is.

For a such a simple sport, this game really had great challenge, great options (you could change from normal point to rally point, toggle music on and off, change the number of sets you play, and pick the beach you want to play on), nice graphics and addictive gameplay. Add on tight controls and you have yourself a classic.

This game is widely considered THE NES game for my family (cousins included)... I gave this game to my older cousin as a wedding present back in '98 (it was hard to find at the time ) and my younger cousins bought themselves an NES along with this game (after growing up with a SNES as their first system) when they hit college but they were missing something. They asked me to find this for them:



Oh that's riiight.... this game is a 4 player game man!! You can play 1 vs 2 or 2 vs 2 and it rocks. The only game that has come close to Console 4 player goodness is Goldeneye for N64.

You can see how this would be a perfect fit for the VC.

Games don't have to have the fancy graphics or crisp clear sound to be fun. If you had gameplay and control in spades (which this one does) then as long as you can see and hear what you are doing, it's all gravy from there.

Great game - play it on ROM if you must... I know that right now, it's my only option.



S

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Posted: 09/09/11, 04:31:49  - Edited by 
 on: 09/21/12, 03:43:23    
 
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My dad bought me this game when I was but a wee lad on family vacation. Since I was so young, all the beauty of the province didn't appeal to me, and seeing my extended family was *yawn* boooooring! So, I got a Nintendo game to keep me from annoying the heck out of my parents.

Awesome, awesome game! My cousins and I would play this non-stop until the day we left three weeks later.

Also, it was then that I realized my game went missing. Yes, I owned the game for three glorious weeks and probably played a TRILLION hours of it.

Excellent choice, Smerd! Most excellent.



Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 04:43:50
A true classic. That's all I have to say.

I don't have cool anecdotes. I never owned an NES. My friend rented the game a couple of times and it was always a blast.


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 05:01:21
Great review, Smerd. Makes me want to play some Super Spike now.

Haven't played this since the 80s - and never played it with 4 players - but I still remember it as one of the greats. Just one of those games that helps define 'fun'.

Super Spike V'Ball vs. NES Volleyball is one of the great lessons in what to do vs. what not to do.



Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 05:18:35  - Edited by 
 on: 09/09/11, 05:19:18
@kriswright

haha perfect....

well I did a little digging and the NES cart is not too hard to find right now on ebay but if you guys want to play it now..without downloading anything, here you are:
Click to play Super Spike!

S


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 05:24:24
I'll read this thread tomorrow, but I gotta say, I own this cart!!


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 06:53:27
I don't have anything to add to this thread other than suggestions for an alternate column name:

The Word of Smerd (Has a bit more gravitas to it )
What the Smerd (Always a classic.)

...Nothing against the current name mind you. Just a random "wouldn't it be cool if..." thought that popped into my head when I read the thread title


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 07:14:52  - Edited by 
 on: 09/09/11, 07:16:45
Didn't this game also come packed with something else? Super Dodge Ball maybe?


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 07:19:28
@Zero
No sir, it didn't. Super Dodge Ball is a completely different game. It's pretty fun too.


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 08:19:13
One of the best sports games I've ever played. I still have the cart!


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 08:55:51
I used to have this game when I was a kid! I loved it to death! Man that music really brings me back.


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 09:27:31
@Shadowlink

Your wish is granted... I now bend to peer pressure haha..


What the Smerd. Credit I believe, goes to Carlos for the saying but I can't avoid the fact that it's now a saying in the Negative World Universe.

Done.

S

Edit:@Zero@ploot

You are both right... But super spike b'ball also came with Nintendo World Cup later on but it was originally a single game.


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 15:52:23  - Edited by 
 on: 09/09/11, 15:56:31
Yes, yes, hell, yes. Best volleyball game of all time. And it's so far ahead of the pack. When people were praising games like Beach Spikers, I was unimpressed, having Super Spike'd it up, back in the day.

God, it was so good. Why? I don't know. But I loved the shit out of this game. I never owned it, but I would rent it, like, every other week. Technos are gods among men. I've never played it four-player, though. Why isn't on VC???

(That was the best wedding present ever.)


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 18:29:04  - Edited by 
 on: 09/09/11, 18:34:50
I came here for "What The Smerd".


I leave satisfied.


Posted by 
 on: 09/09/11, 20:11:23
@Smerd
Ohh, I was wrong. My ignorance has shown.


Posted by 
 on: 09/10/11, 00:44:04
Hmm, I knew it came with something. That's the version we had.


Posted by 
 on: 09/10/11, 00:53:23
Bump for Best NES Volleyball game clarification.


Posted by 
 on: 01/10/13, 03:14:32
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