My Christmas Game: Oracle of Seasons

Everyone has a game which either reminds them of Christmas or gets them in the mood for some Holiday spirit, usually it’s a game that they got during that season or a game with wintery theme, though the former might stand more true in most cases.

My favorite combines both elements in a way, I got it from my parents at Christmas and it kind of contains the spirit of the Season… at least a quarter of it.

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The cover is just so Christmas-ey!That fruit/berry looks like a Christmas Tree ornament too, and Link is an Elf out there to save the Season(s). Everyone in their sane minds would agree with me. Link is Santa’s Secret Little Helper!

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Here are the four seasons, and to me it always seemed as if you were walking around in a Winter landscape more often than in the others. And if you really want to go hardcore and really feel the Holidays, especially when there’s no snow outside, you can just use the Rod of Seasons to create yourself some Christmas spirit.

I remember how I put the game in and started to play as soon as I could Christmas Eve (that’s when most Europeans get their gifts and the main day of celebration with Christmas Day being a day to recover from the festivities of the former day through eating leftovers and watching TV-marathons) and I was hooked. This was actually the first Legend of Zelda game I ever played on my own!

Deck the halls with Subrosian things, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Tis the season to save the land of Holodrum, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our green apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Troll the ancient evil Onox, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Din before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the dancers, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in Links brave measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

While I tell of Temple treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the Maku Tree passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hail the Rod, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Vasu’s joyous, Magic Rings are all together, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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See y’all Next Year! Happy Holidays!

Images from: Nintendolife.com & Wikipedia.org & Kimuya.org

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Now Playing: Winning over Puzzling Fighters

These are images from when I was playing some older games on my small flatscreen TV- I use it when I want to have the TV on in the background while gaming, but when I want to really concentrate on my gaming I use my new United CRT TV (well, it’s not really new, it’s my wife’s old one we found in her parents’ storage room) which views my older consoles very well, especially the NES and N64 systems.

Here’s Pokémon Puzzle League on the N64 with our significantly larger flatscreen in the background (where Homer is visiting a Gay Club).

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Here I’m battling Mewtwo in Super Hard mode, while Gary is very much possible to beat nowadays Mewtwo isn’t. I managed to get a Draw but that meant that I had to fight Gary again, basically Mewtwo remained the Champion, and that’s sad.

You know what’s Super Hard though? A Metapod using Harden until its maximum capacity. That dude can crush a Pinsir’s horns badly.

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This is my highscore from the awesome game Winning which I wrote about here. I’m number one with the insane score of 8,493,482!! Yay me!

There’s a David which boasts a score of 12 billion though. And there are a lot of people with over 32 million as well, and even though those scores dwarf mine I’ll still remember this picture with something that resembles pride (’cause being proud of something like this… is it OK? Am I allowed to gloat?).

Then I played some Capcom vs SNK 2 which is a really good fighting game.
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I used this dude, Ryuji Yamazaki, a girly one and Ken, and Ryuji truly is a delinquient in the flesh. Youtube his fighting style and you’ll see. No, forget it, I’ll show you myself:

And read what he’s saying! “I said lick my shoes clean!!” He’s scary as hell!

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I finished the Arcade mode mainly due to Ken but Yamazuki helped out some too, but Benimaru, the girly dude, wasn’t that good at all. Not my kind of fighter.

Aaw, Yamazaki seems a little bit shy.

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OMG I’m dead. I’ll lick your shoes!!

Last image from: http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-03/capsnk2-ryuji-01.html

The Collectors Madness: Custom DS Cases

If you’ve heard about the Cover Project you know what this’ll be about. I won’t be presenting anything new or revolutionary, just my own covers and a small walkthrough on how I made them myself.

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First I had to order the cases. Up until half a year ago I didn’t know where to find any cases in good condition and for a good price. Then I found a seller on Ebay UK who sells cases for a favorable price, even when considering that shipping was added. And these are brand new official cases with the GBA game slot which comes in handy when you’re going to use them for Gameboy, Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance games.

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And here’s one of the cases, whith a slot for a GBA game, a DS game and a place to hold  game manuals. Just be careful to check whether or not there is a GBA slot as the newer cases don’t have it.

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Here’s Metroid Zero Mission which turned out very well. The quality of the print depends on the quality of the cover that you’re using, but even those games with a bit worse quality (where there aren’t any good cover scans available) you won’t really notice the difference. Whether you use an inkjet printer or a color laser is up to you as the newer inkjets print with good quality, and in my opinion it’s simply a matter of cost. While an inkjet printer costs less up front when compared to a color laser printer, though color lasers are much cheaper these days (I got mine for about 150 dollars) you’ll likely pay less in the long run if you go for the laser one. Calculations all over the net show that the ink for the inkjets costs more in the long run when compared to the toner for the laser printer. Another thing is that the ink dries up if you don’t use the inkjet frequently, while the toner stays fresh during hiatuses. I chose a laser printer because of this, also I thought I could print my drawings and such as well.

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A closer look at the inside of the case.

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The case with a GBA cartridge in its slot.

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If you’re going to have a Gameboy game, which is longer than an Advance game, you’ll see that the lower ridge is in the way. That means we’ll have to cut it off, which might prove to be a difficult task without the correct tools.

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I used a sharp hobby knife to cut the ridge longitudinally a few times first, or else it’d be too difficult to cut it horisontally along the base, something I experienced firsthand. 

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Then I cut it along the base.

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And here’s my Wario Land cart (worn for the better) as an example. This feels… magnificent. Is this what people call… a nerdgasm?

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These are all the games I’ve made boxes for so far, there are 20 more cases on their way for which I have 17 games to work with, the rest will be spares for games to come.

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I’ll be fixing up the next boxes that are on their way, and since Universal Game Cases are so darn expensive over here (100 dollars for 50 of them) I’m working on something else… I think I’ll use VHS cases from the end of the 90’s, those transparent smaller ones which can hold an N64, NES and SNES game without much manipulation, and they’re fairly easy to find for 1 Dime each. We’ll see though, the biggest challenge will be matching the prints to be the same size as the cases, but I think I’ll manage.

And that’s it for now! Stay tuned for more!

Game Hunting: Eye See Tamagotchi’s Crossing Legends

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Tamagotchi:

I bought this from a guy from the Swedish equivalent of Craigslist complete in box and in tip top shape. This is a more advanced version of the smaller original Tamagotchi which one could buy for more than 10 years ago, and it’s actually a pretty fun game. I already bought it in the US, but this one was CIB! As a Gameboy collector (with no intentions of ever owning a complete set) I had to go for this one.

This is what I wrote about it back in September last year:

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$, and since I’d bought more crap for my allowance and been set back 5 dollars I couldn’t afford the more imaginative original. While his could grow and metamorphose into a different creature depending on whether you treated it well or not, mine remained a dog throughout the game. But it had an extra button!  By the way, remember that awesome Tamagotchi song that was played to death on the radio? Got it stuck in your head now? Mission accomplished! 3$.

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Final Fantasy Legend:

I bought this from the same dude as mentioned above, and this is a near mint condition copy of the game. Considering what the game goes for over here it’s a steal, and the dude even told me that a lot of people had asked for the game. But since I was first he was kind enough to let me have it- and I really appreciate such honesty.

I’m looking forward to play this gem, which also goes by the name Makai Toushi SaGa in Japan. While not a true part of the Final Fantasy series, this game has been praised as has the rest of the entries in the so called SaGa series.

The cover really tells of a legend unfolding right on your dark sickly-green monochrome brick Gameboy Dot Matrix screen. That’s magical.

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Animal Crossing:

This is the first Animal Crossing game ever made. Originally ambitiously created for the N64, it was postponed to be released on the Gamecube instead, which also explains the kind of dated N64 graphics which has given the series its charm.

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I got this NTSC version by the same dude described above, for a great deal considering it contains all inlets and the exclusive Animal Crossing Memory Card, which many copies are missing. I got the NTSC version since the PAL ones were much more expensive, also it really doesn’t matter which one you’ve got if you already have a Freeloader.

This one will be real fun to play. I’ve been told one will be stuck in the game 24/7 after starting it, so I’ll save it for a holiday.

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Playstation 2 Eye Toy:

I quickly found out that Police 24/7, which I wrote about here, would be much more enjoyable with a Eye Toy, so I got one for 1£, shipping included, from Tradera. That’s rad, and this one was in a very good condition.

Game Hunting: Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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This one my pal at RetrospelsBloggen found for me, actually at a Game store, and complete in box! I got it for 12 £, which is a really good deal over here.

It’s a delight to play and there’s an odd feeling I get about shooting down these stereotypes. You play as some bad ass cowboy that’s on his way to kill the Wingates, whatever they’re supposed to be, I haven’t really put a lot of attention to the story to be honest.

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A photo from my flatscreen TV, the picture is decent but a bit smudged out as the new TV’s fill out the scanlines with a lot of extra stuff giving blocky and smeary graphics at times. 

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The first level has you shooting down stereotypical caucasian cowboys, or “gringos” if you will.

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The second guy is a stereotypical dark skinned man, but his henchmen are recycled from the last stage.

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Gunned him down. Was he really a bad guy? We will never know. I gunned him down before asking.

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300th post… sort of!

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This is actually my 312th post, feel free to correct me by counting each and every one of them if you want to (though my number is quite accurate as I got it from my stats page).

That’s quite impressive I guess, though far from all of my posts are as in-depth as I’d like, since I need to have time to play video games too!

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And an update on my amount of followers. In May 6th I thanked my 50 followers in “One Year and Still Tickin’!”  Today I have a total of 132 followers. Thanks guys and gals!

I really try to read all my follower’s work but there’s simply not enough time to read 132 blogs and I apologize if I haven’t liked or commented on all your blogs, but I do stop by from time to time to most of them and take a peek at what’s up.

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Be sure to visit the blogs that are under my Recommendations tab, it’s a work in progress and a way to recommend good stuff for those like me who don’t have that much time to look for great things to read.