90s Movies .net: Revisiting and recollecting the pieces of childhood. Topics include: 90s movies, songs, television shows, commercials, cartoons, comics, photographs, old advertisements, toys, and video games that remind me of simpler times.
Though my love for the Super Nintendo as well as my obsession with Chrono Trigger are well-documented, there were other 90s RPG titles that caught my interest and filled my socially reclusive days with hours of multi-colored, pixelated entertainment.
When people think about the classic RPGs from the Super Nintendo, the ones that always come to mind are Chrono Trigger, the Final Fantasy series, and Zelda: A Link to the Past. The game I’m reviewing today most closely resembles the latter.
Although I could never hate on the turn-based systems of combat presented in Chrono Trigger and the Final Fantasy series, I’ve always had a thing for a more action-oriented approach. Much like the future action RPGs Kingdom Hearts or Dark Souls, this game was all about fighting in real time and casting magic on the fly. This game was Squaresoft’s answer to Zelda and a blast to play. The game I speak of is Secret of Mana.
1991 was a pretty eventful year for the United States. Nirvana released their legendary masterpiece of an album “Nevermind” that arguably started the grunge movement in America, some of the best films released in my lifetime such as Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hook were released to moviegoing audiences worldwide, and let us not forget George H.W. Bush’s Gulf War campaign to take the once-nuclear-capable nation of Iraq and turn them into the impotent pieces of sand dwelling shit that we decided to attack again 10 years later.
Yeah, 1991 was pretty great, but the best time of year always started just a little bit after Thanksgiving. After the Turkey-bloated gluttony was becoming a fading memory and the last of the leftover sandwiches dissolved away into the stomachs of midnight snackers everywhere, the gaping hole in peoples’ lives was about to be filled with the most magical time of year: Christmas.
However, not being an irrational religious peon, I always found Christmas to be less about christ and more about Presents. In fact, that’s the very reason I capitalized “Presents” and lower-cased “christ.” The presents always had much more spiritual significance than some middle eastern faker who duped idiotic early men into thinking he was an extension of the non-existent invisible man in the sky. All that aside, presents were the most important part of my childhood.
In the halls of 90s TV history, there’s always been a lack of exposure for certain cartoon shows. The short-running, somewhat obscure offerings when it came to childrens’ television programming often fell by the wayside and were overshadowed by heavy hitters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe or G.I. Joe. I’m here to put a stop to this unfair prejudice and give a big nod to the little shows that could.
Originally a Spanish animated television show based on the children’s book “The Secret Book of Gnomes” by Wil Huygen, David the Gnome (David el Gnomo) showed the world how someone so little could be so outstandingly badass.
The English dub of the series reached US shores in 1987 and aired Monday – Friday on Nickelodeon. As part of Nick Jr.’s inception and eventual daytime children’s TV takeover, it ran from 1987 until 1995 and still gets syndication worldwide today on some networks. Although it was created in the 80s, I consider it a 90s TV show because it gained international superstardom in the early 90s as a show that kids couldn’t look away from.
I can fondly and vividly remember coming home from school in Kindergarten and first grade and catching an episode of David the Gnome on Nickelodeon. Although I was confused at first, I quickly grew to love the show.
The 90s was full of great, memorable music and much of it is still heard on the radio today. There was so much creative energy and a movement toward self-liberation and freeing oneself from the burdens and confinement of convention. People wanted to be who they are and have their voices heard.
1993 was one of the best years in music and there’s cause to celebrate it once again. I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best songs from 1993 and I’d like to share these tunes with my fellow nostalgic listeners. Take them at face value, let them wash over you with familiar memories, or experience them for the first time. The choice is yours.