Super Mario Advance 2: Yoshi’s Island

#?:  Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this game. I’d heard it was supposed to be a great game and since the price was fair I bought it. I’d played the first 2 levels of the game as a kid and I’d also played Yoshi’s Island DS a bit.

Now let’s see the verdict. But to be honest I don’t think this game would make it to my top 10 Gameboy Advance games. First of all it’s originally a SNES game. Second of all… well, you’ll see.

Graphics: 10/10

The graphics in this game look great. It has this kind of cartoony look that’s impressive for the time. I don’t like the Donkey Kong Country-esque graphics that exist in some cutscenes (most notably when the enemies snag Baby Mario away) though. For some reason they’re nauseating. As I recall the internal evaluation board of Nintendo ordered Mr. Miyamoto to give the game D.K. Country-like graphics but he gave it this cartoony look and it passed. Seems as if he didn’t like the digitized graphics either…

Sounds & Music: 6/10

The music is alright, not that memorable, and the sound effects are O.K. Nothing to say really. The added sound effects add a little to the game but honestly everything in this compartment is mediocre enough to shut off the sound on the system for.

Gameplay: 7/10

The gameplay is really good, but not perfect. The levels can be unforgivingly difficult and there can be extremely easy segments too, making the game very unbalanced. I have a hard time believing that this game was targeted towards children.  The boss fights are really easy though… all but the last boss that’s challenging because of the troublesome aiming.

Replay value: 6/10

Unless you’re really anal about scores there really not much in the replay value compartment.

Trivia:

The original game contains the Super FX 2 chip.

First image from: http://vgboxart.com/resources/logo/1182_super_mario_world_2_yoshis_island-prev.png

Second image from: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/SuperFX_GSU-2-SP1_chip.jpg

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The Horrorscope: The Sequel

For those of you that followed the blog since the beginning or dug into the depths of its timeline, the Horrorscope might be familiar.

I draw influence from my own Horrorscopes from since I was a kid. I guess a lot of kids did these kinds of horoscopes, I’ve seen James Rolfe’s (filmmaker, director and producer of Cinemassacre, most known as the Angry Video Game Nerd) ones from his childhood on his website.

Aries March 21 – April 19

Remember that pet of yours that passed away? It’s back. It’s mean. Run for it.

Taurus April 20 – May 20

You might get hold of a chest of cursed gold that just might make your life a little bit more…interesting.

Gemini May 21 – June 20

Don’t trust the nice old lady in the building. She’s not what you think she is.

Cancer June 21 – July 22

Survived the Zombie attack? Get ready for the next wave.

Leo July 23 – August 22

Jealousy will be very messy this month. Expect full retribution from a jealous partner. Change your toothbrush. No, change everything.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

Someone will come to you at night to reclaim what he/she wrongfully think is his/her.

Libra September 23 – October 22

Watch who you’re messing with, you just might get framed for murder.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

The forecast shows cloudy weather with a chance of blood. Get a handgun and carry it with you at all times.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

Next time you look after how your excrement looks like when you’re done, wear goggles and a mask: it will get messy.

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

You’ll finally get a reason to use those kitchen knives you bought last year, too bad it’s not for cooking.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Don’t look into the corner of the room that’s behind you. There’s a little someone waiting for you to see her.

Pisces February 19 – March 20

The day will end with an unexpected twist. Watch where you put your feet.

Disclaimer: These are all made up. Get a sense of dark humour, will ya?

The first Horrorscope: https://martianoddity.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/the-horrorscope/

Image from: http://nativeamericans123.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/aztec-gold-pic2.jpg

This is a great post I found through the Gigable blog (http://gigable.wordpress.com/) that has been kind enough to reblog 2 of my later posts. Enjoy!

Gavin Craig

I have a secret: I love console design updates. There’s just something, well, sexy about those sleek little boxes. All the same features tucked neatly into a smaller package, all the superfluity cut away.

Console redesigns

Your normal collector tends to want the original, and there’s something to be said for the often iconic original visual profiles.

But I love the way that the redesigns are a bit more unexpected. The way there’s something a little off when you can still see the cartridge as you turn on your top-loading NES. And as the redesigns usually come pretty late in a console’s life cycle, they’re often a bit more quiet, a bit more reliable.

And when you have a bunch of consoles hooked up to a single TV, you appreciate every bit of space you can get.

I’ve never traded in a console for a new model before, but at 500 GB…

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What colour is yours?

This one is mighty weird. The girl in the middle shouldn’t have a transparent Gameboy, her hair isn’t transparent, it’s shaved and she’s bald. She should have a Gameboy without its shell. Also I find it very cool that Chris Kattan is in this ad as the guy far to the right. This ad is sooo the 90’s.

(I don’t think it’s Chris Kattan, just to avoid confusion, but he sure looks like him though)

Image from:  http://qph.cf.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-aa23f33cf430dd62a94db557f2710fd1

Game Hunting: Journey Above The Seas

I visited the US a week ago, Hawaii to be more precise, and made sure to visit a store called Toys n’ Joys in Honolulu.  The stock was awesome with lots of Japanese and English anime merchandise, video games and other stuff. Needless to say I bought a lot as the games are way cheaper over there than here in Europe, with the Dollar being kind of low when compared to GBP. I also bought some games and other video game related stuff from other stores as well.

 

My Gameboy, Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance games

Here’s a list of the games I bought:

– Tennis [GB]:

I found a good copy of this game for 3$. It’s fun, a kind of basic Tennis game, but you can’t go wrong with Mario as a referee!

– Killer Instinct [GB]:

I remember my brother having this game, and I have the manual for it to prove it. This game actually feels great, being a GB port of a SNES game and all, and makes a better job than Street Fighter II does in being one. It feels similar in fluidity as the SNES game does. 3$.

– Dr. Mario [GB]:

This is also a game by brother used to have. Nostalgia poured over me when I played this game. It’s as great as it’s on the NES; it just has less colors. 3$.

– Tamagotchi [GB]:

I always wanted this game in the midst of the Tamagotchi craze and now I’ve got it. It’s basically Tamagotchi, but with a save function (no more Tamagotchi leaving you because of neglect when the teacher takes it away from you for playing it during the class) and that’s a great plus. The downside is that you’ll need to have your Gameboy on when waiting for the lil’ bastard to sleep. On a sidenote I never owned a Tamagotchi, I had a clone called My Little Puppy. It had four buttons as opposed to one. I remember it making the game being much easier. My brother had a genuine Tamagotchi though, his cost roughly 25$ at the time and mine only 20$, and since I’d bought more crap for my allowance and been set back 5 dollars I couldn’t afford the more imaginative original. While his could grow and metamorphose into a different creature depending on whether you treated it well or not, mine remained a dog throughout the game. But it had an extra button!  By the way, remember that awesome Tamagotchi song that was played to death on the radio? Got it stuck in your head now? Mission accomplished! 3$.

– Rampage 2: Universal Tour [GBC]:

While not as good as the arcade games, I reckon, it’s very similar to the first NES game in everything but the fact that it’s kind of side scrolling to compensate for lack of screen size. It’s fun to trash and mash, chow and stomp and annihilate the pixelated beings and the cities of the Rampage world. But do I dislike those choppers… oh yes I do! 3$.

– Dragon Warrior 1 & 2 [GBC]:

When being brought to the macho West they changed the epic name Dragon Quest into something as generic as Dragon Warrior. Nowadays the series is called by its original name but still remains one of the most influential and popular game series in Japan, outclassing Western favourites such as Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda (I know, the LoZ series is not really technically an RPG but still). I bought the GBC compilation of the first two games and I’m looking forward to play it. I realized however that the internal battery seems to be dry, but since I already know how to work my magic and change Game Pak batteries I think that I’ll be able to play it anyways. 10$.

 

When they added voices to Yoshi in the GBA port, why couldn’t they saved some space on the cartridge and remove Baby Mario’s useless  crying?

– Super Mario Advance 2: Yoshi’s Island [GBA]:

This is the game I’ve played the most out of the new bunch. While colorful and sometimes even borderline childish, this game has proven to be unforgiving and ruthless but also to have ridiculously easy bossfights. I’m at World 6 and I can say that some levels are too easy and some too hard. It’s pretty much an unbalanced game challenge wise, at least in my opinion. 4$

– The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass [DS]:

This one I found for 15$, great price when compared to what it costs where I live. I’ve heard that this is supposed to be a good entry in the series so I look forward to playing it.

I also bought a silver coloured Gameboy Advance SP (25$), three Mario figurines [10$, original price 19$ (!!)], Nintendo and Sega tees [4-6 $], and a protective shell for my Nintendo DS Lite with the three starter Pokémon from Diamond and Pearl and their evolutions (6$):

 

It looks so nice on my system!

That’s all for now, thank you for reading!

First image from: Myself, (C) MartianOddity

Second image from: http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Features/2010/11/Fixing%20flaws/shut%20up%20mario%20baby(2)–article_image.jpg

Third image from: http://c2.yoyo.com/images/products/p/fps/fps-1168_1z.jpg

Metroid Fusion

 

This game was really good. I can’t really say if it was better than Super Metroid (it probably isn’t) but it clearly was on par with, if not better than, Metroid Zero Mission.

The most horrifying boss had to be Nightmare, rightfully named so. It’s looking kind of OK in the beginning but later turns into a horrifying melting face, from this:

 

Ok… he looks weird… a little bit creepy…

OH MY DEAR LORD.

But still there’s a more horrifying thing in the game… the SA-X chasing segments, where the organism that one’s hunting down is hunting you. Because it’s copied you at full power, from Super Metroid, and you’ve lost all your power from back then and you also are very weak to your own Ice Beam.

It looks like this:

That’s just what Samus looks like.

OH MY DEAR LORD.

IMAGINE THIS THING HUNTING YOU DOWN.

Yeah, that’s right. Once again torrents of fecal matter accumulated in my being when I was overwhelmed with the sheer stress that it induced.

Other stressful moments that I experienced were the parts with countdowns and also when you have less than 2 minutes to fight the Omega Metroid.

All in all I thought the game was very good, with great graphics, music, gameplay, great everything. I really recommend this game to everyone that can take it!

 

First image: http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Features/2010/08/Samus%20and%20Ridley/Finished/MetroidFusion_Title–article_image.jpg

Second image: http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/5FwpIt7OKFs/mqdefault.jpg

Third image: http://images.wikia.com/metroid/de/images/4/4d/Nightmaare.png

Fourth image: http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101010222037/metroid/es/images/5/5a/Samus_x.jpg

Fifth image: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QKQ6fZQzC3o/TaDhZLiIHUI/AAAAAAAAABg/AUfsVgLCdGQ/s1600/SA-X_Closeup.PNG