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#1 mbd30 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:44 PM

It's so addictive. I like that a game only takes a few minutes. I've been playing quite a bit lately for high score.

 

Today I got my highest score ever, 135,240. Only two deaths!

 

The real pros can get over 170k but you have to be perfect. I'm not near that level yet.

 

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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:49 PM

I got a copy cheap from one of the stores.  My friend beat all the levels when we were kids 80 or 90 something.  I am not that good.



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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:28 PM

Oh yeah, I use to love this game. Have not played in years so I should see how I do :)



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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:46 PM

Love that game! Haven't played it in years, thanks for the reminder!

 

*Incoming tears due to how hard the game is with the dpad*



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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:19 PM

Got my copy from my local Flea Market. I think the best way to play Marble Madness is with 2 players.

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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:39 PM

Got the bluetooth adapter that lets me use wiimote on nes.  And attach a classic controller to that.  Works great.  Much better than the DPAD.  Well at least for MM.



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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:08 PM

I liked playing it as a kid but haven't played it as an adult yet. I really enjoyed watching Bootsy play it:



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:23 AM

It's a super fun game. Played it a lot as a kid, but it's fun to go back to it when I'm doing NES streaming sessions these days but am not quite sure on what to play. It's tough to score high and like the OP said, it requires a high level of skill to make it rain points.



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:18 PM

It's a super fun game. Played it a lot as a kid, but it's fun to go back to it when I'm doing NES streaming sessions these days but am not quite sure on what to play. It's tough to score high and like the OP said, it requires a high level of skill to make it rain points.

 

If you ever start taking NES graphics and sound capabilities for granted, compare the NES port of Marble Madness to the DOS version.

 

This makes the NES look like a friggin' PS3.

 



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:22 PM

I like it a lot, but I'm terrible at it.  I'm not that great at arcade Marble Madness, either, though.



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:25 PM

I like it a lot, but I'm terrible at it.  I'm not that great at arcade Marble Madness, either, though.

 

I don't think I've ever played the arcade version. I'm so used to playing with the dpad over the years that it would probably feel weird to play it with a track ball.



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:11 PM

Yep, great game. I used to play with my cousin for hours. 



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:44 PM

I had my first no-death run of Marble Madness today. I can add it to the short list of NES games I've beaten without dying.



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:58 PM

I had my first no-death run of Marble Madness today. I can add it to the short list of NES games I've beaten without dying.

Very well done sir !!!  I am not very good at this game but have not put much effort into it . I do like it though . 



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:02 PM

Very well done sir !!!  I am not very good at this game but have not put much effort into it . I do like it though . 

 

I don't know how far you've made it in the game, but the final section of the final level with the disappearing/reappearing track is so frustrating and nerve wracking. I'm surprised I didn't get nervous and screw up after playing flawlessly up to that point.



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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:57 PM

I found a couple of sweet game genie codes but still getting hard after 3 or 4 levels.

 

OXVXLZVS                             Infinite time

 

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Posted Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:19 AM

 

If you ever start taking NES graphics and sound capabilities for granted, compare the NES port of Marble Madness to the DOS version.

 

This makes the NES look like a friggin' PS3.

 

 

 

That's because:

1) That's CGA, the emulator isn't running in CGA mode

2) The PCjr/Tandy 1000 mode was better.

 

Oh, I'll just play and upload that.

 

Anytime you see a pastel MSDOS game, it's because the computer or emulated computer isn't in CGA or Tandy mode that would display it correctly.

 

The NES version was superior to most home computer ports just by virtue of being able to scroll the screen. Only the Amiga, Atari ST, FM Towns and X68000 versions were good computer versions, and the FM Towns was 1991, same with the X68000 also 1991. The EA DOS PC version was rather terrible considering they also did the Amiga version. The NES version was made by Milton Bradley in 1989.


Edited by Kismet, Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:21 AM.


#18 Eric7100 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:22 AM

Is this anything like Marble Blast Gold?



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Posted Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:27 AM

I find it brutally difficult. It is a good one for sure but I've never gotten far. It is a gorgeous game.

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Posted Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:42 PM

I had my first no-death run of Marble Madness today. I can add it to the short list of NES games I've beaten without dying.

It took me forever to get through that last stage without dying. Two players.



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Posted Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:14 PM

I find it brutally difficult. It is a good one for sure but I've never gotten far. It is a gorgeous game.

 

Spend more time with it and learn it. There are only like.. five or six stages in the game. It takes about five minutes to clear the game.



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Posted Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:01 PM

 

Spend more time with it and learn it. There are only like.. five or six stages in the game. It takes about five minutes to clear the game.

 

The real challenge is playing for high score.

 

When playing for score it's especially important to not die on the final section because you get huge points for remaining seconds there. And it takes so much practice to do that part smoothly.



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Posted Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:05 PM

The GBA version was a huge letdown. Only 3 levels.



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Posted Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:15 PM

It feels like this needs a DS remake



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Posted Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:44 PM

I came close to 150k today. I got 149k.

 

This game messes with your mind when playing for score. The last section is the "make or break" point in the game, and if you screw up you can kiss your high score goodbye. Unless you've played so much that you can pretty much do the controller motions in your sleep, it's really stressful.






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