Hot video games: what's worth buying


What's hot this year in video games? It depends on what kind of game system you have and your preference for game type: Fighting/shooting? Puzzles? Sports?

In terms of hype and sales, the really big games are "Mortal Kombat" and "Street Fighter 2 Turbo." (In the Sega Genesis version, both are rated for 13-year-olds and up.)

"If you just can't stomach 'Mortal Kombat,' " says LeeAnne McDermott, editor of Gamepro magazine, "but your kids still want a fighting game, you have two choices: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighter' and 'Clay Fighters' for both Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). They just [don't] have the same blood and gore." Other favorites selected by Ms. McDermott:

* "Jurassic Park" for SNES and Genesis. "Not as scary as the movie," she says. "Beautiful graphics."

* "Aladdin," for both Sega and SNES. "Both are excellent for kids 12 and under but challenging for older gamers."

* Games for more experienced players: "Super Empire Strikes Back" and "Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball" for Genesis.

* Puzzle games: "Tetris 2," Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). For Genesis, "Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine."

* Games for the new Sega CD: "Sonic CD," "Ground Zero," "Texas Prizefighter" and "Double Switch."

Other games named as favorites:

* Video Game Magazine: "Clay Fighter" (SNES version), "Madden '94" (SNES and Sega Genesis versions), "Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" (Gameboy version), "Slipheed" and "Street Fighter II" (Sega Genesis).

* Electronic Gaming Monthly: "Kirby's Adventure" (NES), "Street Fighter 2 Turbo" (SNES), "Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" (Gameboy), "Sonic Chaos" (Game Gear), "Sonic" (Sega CD).

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