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This is so irresistible, and modern. Commando chick in front of an arcade cabinet, that’s so 80’s.

What was the thing with the Commando anyways? Soldiers and stuff are pretty cool, sure, but Commando females in scarce clothing? And look at that uncomfortable pose! Pass, I say.

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Rollergames! With modern skater chicks from the 80’s! Pastel-colored spandex and fiercely hairsprayed do’s… man, thats what it’s all about!

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Game Hunting: I Know It’s Not Retro…

… but it’s too late to change the title!

Here are some games that I got in  “Take 3 Pay For 2” campaign that only a few select Game stores (those that can afford it that is) offer. A good haul, I say!

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The House of the Dead: Overkill

It’s The House of the Dead. OVERKILL.

You know what I mean if you’ve played the game. This is one of the best House of the Dead games in my opinion, and apart from the solid stream of cursing, a mother making out with her dracula-esque son and forcing you to watch through the story, it’s a really good game that I recommend to everyone that’s a fan of rail shooters.

And as with all other rail shooters it’s even more fun if you play it with a friend. Or a random hobo you’ve paid a couple of dollars to keep ya’ company.

I really like this game and it’s great to pick up during Halloween. I think this one is a great addition to the series and that’s when comparing it to the more pure arcade versions in the series.

I got this for 12£, the same price as I paid for the other games, only I only paid 24£ for the lot. This was, in my opinion, a good price as they didn’t sell the game in Sweden as far as I know. At any rate, finding a copy over here wasn’t that easy, and for such a good price I grabbed it.

 

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Need for Speed: ProStreet

I mainly got this game because of good reviews and the fact that I didn’t have a racer for the Wii U yet.

Also I really like racing games, the thrill of being in the lead…. man that makes me go singin’:

I’m Headed For The Border
It’s On My Mind
And Nothin’ Really Matters
I’ve Got To Be On Time
Look In The View Mirror
Is He Hot On My Tracks
Is He Getting Nearer
I Feel Some Heat Is On
My Back

(Speed Demon)
Speedin’ On The Freeway
Gotta Get A Leadway
(Speed Demon)
Doin’ It On The Highway
Gotta Have It My Way
(Speed Demon)
Mind Is Like A Compass
I’m Stoppin’ At Nothin’
(Speed Demon)
(He Say) Pull Over Boy And
Get Your Ticket Right . . .

 There are other people too that have a need for speed, though I’m sure they’re suggesting something else entirely.

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Tetris DS

I’ve already told ya’ lot before that there is but one perfect Tetris game (maybe not in those words, and sorry for calling you a “lot”, you’re a great group of people, I’m sure):

“This is the best Tetris game I’ve ever played. Period.”

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I’ve already cleared the Marathon, but I’ve yet to score full points at the Endless Marathon (it takes too long time to bother, though I’m sure I’d make it if I wasmotivated enough [please put that gun away]) and I also have cleared Lv. 74 in Yoshi’s Cookie (or whatever that bakery thingie is called), I like to pause and listen to the small jingle that you get when having beaten a level, it’s so pleasant.

Now Playing: The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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This game doesn’t need any introduction, it just so happens to be one of the best games there ever was and ever will be. With dazzling graphics (for being on the N64 that is), a breathtaking story and top notch music it’s oneof the best games ever produced.

Right now I’m in Dodongo’s Cavern, and so far I’ve notived that I think that Gorons are butt ugly:

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I mean just look at him! He’s real ugly! I guess he’s considered beautiful amongst his own people though…

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The cavern itsef isn’t all too hard, but I took a break when the two lizardy thingies attacked me (the mini bosses). I quickly figured out how to beat them but since I only had 1 & 1/2 heart I didn’t do too well.

Images from: http://gamingkat.wordpress.com/http://zelda.wikia.com/wiki/Zeldapedia and http://www.gamesradar.com/uk/

Retro Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ads

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I really like this nifty little ad, first we see TMNT: The Arcade Game cabinet get some ooze on it and then it mutates into something… inferior.

Wasn’t the idea that the mutation gives you better abilities and attributes which makes you surpass ordinary humans in skills and characteristics? If that’s so then this has to be Anti-Ooze they’re using. Now I’m not saying  TMNT II: The Arcade Game is bad, au contraire my dear reader, the game is very very good for being a NES game, but when you put TMNT the Arcade Game next to TMNT II: The Arcade Game you’ll get what I mean, the sound, controls, graphics etc. are leagues apart, in a technical sense.

Well, there’s a mutation that goes against the norm…

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Baxter Stockman.

Poor thing.

The casualty in the making of this ad:

One perfectly fine TMNT the Arcade Game cabinet.

R.I.P.

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This ad is delightful too. It’s a kind of basic ad for TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, arguably one of the best Arcade ports for a home console. This is easily one of the best beat-em-ups there is, as many have said and more probably will continue to say.

I only have one thing to note: They’re saying:

“The ever villainous Shredder has sent one of his androids to steal the Statue of Liberty…”

That “android” happens to have a name, you know. He’s name is Krang. KRANG.  Every kid knew Krang. Why wouldn’t you just write it ?

Krang by Olli Hihnala

 

Images from, in chronological order:  Unrealitymag.comhttp://turtlepedia.wikia.com,  http://unrealitymag.com and http://www.ollihihnala.com/.

Review: Dragon Ball Z: Sagas

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#??:  Dragon Ball Z: Sagas

Ah, the fabled Dragon Ball Z:  Sagas game that got poor reviews and that has been bashed a lot. It’s the only  fully 3D action-RPG-esque DBZ game there is to date, and the question is: Does the game really deserve all the negative critisism it has gotten?

The answer is both yes and no.

Graphics: 9/10

The game really looks good, the landscape is detailed and the levels are different in design, the renders are of a high quality and animation is very good as well.

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Sounds & Music: 6/10

The music doesn’t always fit the theme, and the biggest problem is that there only is one in-game song that loops over and over again. That’s a major bother! Otherwise the sound and music is of decent quality, with recorded voice acting for each character.

Gameplay:  7/10

It’s a beat-em-up that’s quite linear, but with the possibility to find hidden Z-coins to trade in for new abilities, whether it’s new Ki attacks, tactical abilities like Ki-sensing or combos (which youll need badly against Cell).

About every level contains some kind of boss character and with two players, and even in single player by the way, you can breeze through the game and there’s hardly any grand challenge awaiting you, other than the last boss fight with Cell, which takes a huge leap in difficulty  when compared to the previous battle with Android/Cyborg #17.

The only drawback is in two player mode when you’ll have to take turns every minute or so and then you’re controlling, for example, in the Goku vs Freeza fight, one Goku with one life bar each.

Also the game has been reported to be glitchy, and we experienced just that when fighting Freeza in his 2nd form when one of us fell through the ground. The other player, and Frieza, followed as they were in the air. We fell further and further away from the ground infinitely and had to restart the game as there was no way to deal damage or beat the level. The camera isn’t optimal either but is in the same class of the one in Super Mario 64.

Replay value: 7/10

The game would be very much replayable in 2 player co-op mode, but I can’t believe 1 player mode would be  a little bit… lonely. I mean, if a game has 2-player co-op the alternative quickly falls in attractiveness.

Trivia:

This was the first Dragon Ball Z game to be developed by a non-Japanese developer, and the first one  to be released on a non-Japanese console (the Xbox). It also was ended up being the only DBZ game to be released on the Xbox.

Game Hunting: NES Galore!

In Vegas, of all places, we went video game hunting (knowing that US games are way cheaper than in Europe mostly).

First place we hit up was Game World (description and a small tour to follow in a separate post). The owner was really nice and the service was good, and the stock not too shabby, we found a lot of good NES titles and, though I didn’t end up buying any, there were a lot of good Gamecube and Nintendo DS titles there for good prices, as well as some arcade cabinets and retro demo stands.

Anyhow, we ended up buying a few NES titles that easily would’ve cost 2-3x more in Sweden, so a good haul I say:

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Super Mario Bros./ Duck Hunt:

If you haven’t heard of this game chances are you’ve lived under a rock in an area without electricity. Why did I buy this, you say? Because I didn’t have Super Mario Bros.!! We used to have it but the cartridge got lost, so we bought this Game Pak and it works like a charm. The price tag: 7 $. I’m sure I could’ve gotten it much cheaper but not at home so I got myself this one. That roughly translates to 4,5 £, which isn’t all too bad.

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Startropics:

This is an action-RPG that’s in a relatively modern setting (the early 90’s to be exact, as one of the girls you speak to in the first town explicitly states how proud she is to be Miss 1990 or 1991). You’re a young man with a Yo-Yo that’s supposed to save your father, and then you go on an epic quest to save…something. I haven’t got the plot down as of yet, but I’ve heard great stuff about this game and from what I’ve played of it, this seems to be a really good game with a lot going for it. The price tag? 7 $. Nice.

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Snake Rattle & Roll:

There are a lot of people remembering playing this game as kids, and I’ve actually been recommended the game by Stephanie of Misprinted Pages (who incidentally just booted up her own Video Game themed blog Lost Pixels). I really liked this one, I played it with my bro, but man can it be challenging when it comes to the tight controls and the psuedo-3D environments. It plays fairly well, though, and is a blast to play.

It’s platformer where you control the snakes Rattle and Roll through a fiendish landscape where you eat pieces of enemies and tounge-stab them to death, very much as Tao Bai Bai did to General Blue:

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Only this time you’re backed up by awesome 50-60’s rock tunes in 8-bit! For 7$ I went for it.

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Gotcha! The Sport:

I only bought this game because of two reasons:

1) The game is a Light Gun game which I haven’t heard of, nor do I think it was released in Sweden

2) The cover sports an awesome dude with a cocky smile

I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a paintball game, or lasers etc., but I feel it’s downplaying the actual theme of the game. While I don’t have Light Guns (I’ll get some though) and don’t have an old TV, I only booted it up to see what it was like, and you simply see a lot of enemy soldiers shooting at you and you have a few seconds to shoot them first. That’s warfare, and I’d hardly call it a sport.

Price tag: 5 $

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Fester’s Quest:

The title screen doesn’t exactly set the mood for the rest of the game which is insanely difficult and dark. Also, it’s called “Uncle Fester’s Quest” on the title screen, but for some reason they dropped “Uncle” on the cover of the cartridge.  It’s a fun but challenging game which some love and some loathe, me being somewhere in between. I remember this from a friends’ from when we were kids, and it’s a must have for the NES in my opinion. And for 5 $ I didn’t hesitate.

Then we went to A Gamer’s Paradise, to the South Store, where we scored some gold, well, at least I did score some real gold.

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Legendary Wings:

This is a game that frequently is on lists of forgotten NES gems, of games that are really good but not well known. This particular one I got to know through Let’s Get!!’s Halloween Special episode where Eric plays a frightened Luigi in the episode Top 10 Goriest 2D Bosses, and also presents the game in his Valentines Day Special.

It’s a vertical shooter that through some segments shifts to a horizontal shooter, and instead of controlling a plane you control something immensely more badass:

An angel with a gun.

And the game is made by none other than Capcom, so there you go, I had no problems forking out 9 $ for this one.

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Mendel Palace:

This is a game that was produced by Game Freak, believe it or not. The art style reminds closely of that in the early Pokémon series as it was designed by none other than Ken Sugimori, the Art Director of the company.

It’s a fun puzzle game. especially in 2-player, where you turn floor tiles to defeat enemies and to clear the level. Unfortunately my copy freezes right after selecting the level, which means that I’ll have to try to fix it… cleaning the pins hasn’t helped, but if you know some way to fix this I’d be very grateful if you’d share that knowledge with me. As you can see: it cost 7 $.

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Pinball:

A Black Box Series classic, this game is not the best Pinball game for the NES, but not really that bad either. As with most early pinball games it turns stale rather fast, but for what it is it’s a really fun and entertaining game. For 3 $ I couldn’t stand it up, so I bought it.

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Zelda II: Adventure of Link

Here’s the gold I was speaking about. No, I didn’t get actual gold, duh, I got a gold colored cartridge. It’s in a noticeably used condition, but works very well and cost me 14 $. Compare that to 40-50 $ in Sweden and you have me by the horns, I had to buy this one.

 

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Mega Man Anniversary Collection:

This game wasn’t even released in Europe, and all version are US imports that cost between 20-40 $, add shipping to that price and you’ll have to cough up 60-70 $ for a copy.

The game contains all Mega Man games up until Mega Man VII, and aside from the fact that they’ve swapped the A and B buttons, making it more of a challenge, they’re well worth the 25$ I paid for it.

And I also visited a store in Los Angeles, Entertainment Exchange, where I only found one game I’d been searching for at a reasonable price:

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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

I’ve already spoken about the first game in a previous post, and I’ve looked forward to get a copy of the second game, which is harder to get by in Europe, for a long time. I found one copy for 20 $, and compared to a price tag of 30-40$ around here I got it. I’m looking forward to playing this one!

 

Images: Tao Bai Bai killin’ General Blue from: http://thedragonballblog.blogspot.se/