When I was in sixth grade, my buddy Kenny had a sleepover party for his birthday. I remember it was Kenny, me, my good friend Ted, and this kid Robert, and we just played NES games all night. And this memory comes back to me because it's Super Dodge Ball that stands out in my mind as the game we spent the most time on.
In hindsight, it seems weird that a dodge ball game would keep us so interested. And really, why would anyone buy a dodge ball game? But I'm glad Kenny did. Coincidentally, it was at Kenny's house that I first played River City Ransom as well. I don't know if HE knew this at the time, but both of those games were localizations of Kunio-kun games.
Though I did eventually play the GBA sequel, it's been a long, long time since I've gone back and revisited the original. And to be honest, I had some worry that the game wouldn't hold up. But, much like my recent run through of River City Ransom, it turns out that Super Dodge Ball is still a lot of fun. It's a little simple, sure. But it's still a lot of fun.
The rules and controls are all easy to pick up right away. In that sense, it's an easy pick-up-and-play party game. Maybe that's why it struck us so much as kids.
It's also a little on the easy side, at least on the default difficulty. I was able to breeze through the championship - including the "true" last boss, your own shadow team - in a single sitting.
But man, I really do love the Kunio series.