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Sanrio World Smash Ball!

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Released: 1993

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: SNES

Publisher: Character Soft

Developer: Tomcat System

Submitted by: Steve L.

I’ll never forget the day I saw Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It was the best movie going experience I had in some time – the capacity filled theatre was just so vociferous. The film hit the mark, and my friend and I loved every second of it

I remember that day fondly for another reason. The spring semester just ended and I was looking for a summer job. I scoured the mall an hour before show time.

I walked past a store I never cared to think twice of, but stopped… NOW HIRING eh? To quote my friend, the three best words a guy could ever hear from a hot girl: What the hell

So I walked in. A cute girl about 19 years old was working. The store was empty.

"I'd like an application."

She looked at me like I was joking. When she realized I wasn't, she handed me one.

I went outside, filling the app out on a bench.

5 minutes later, I placed the application on the counter.

She looked up to see it was me again. Cat got her tongue for a second. Finally, she said:

"There hasn't been a male employee here in five years.…”

I grinned, and then in a surreptitiously confident manner, uttered the rhetoric words that I knew won me the job then and there:

"I guess the odds are against me then"

The reaction on her face was priceless. I walked out on that note, leaving her hanging.

For the next 7 months I was a salesclerk there. On the weekends I took charge of the Wheel Game because the boss said I made more $$$ on it than the girls ever did, or could. I had the magic touch. Being the only male had it ups and downs, of course. All in all, it was a nice experience.

Of course, the store was Sanrio. This game may look totally anti-Contra, but don’t be fooled. It’s simple, basic, fun and rather addicting. Think a Pong for the ‘90s. Everyone I’ve come across who has played Sanrio World Smash Ball! has enjoyed it, so don’t knock it til ya try it. You just might be surprised.

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