I’m going on a hiatus as I need to gather inspiration. I do have a lot of new game purchases but I might make a monthly update as the amount of posts is too many to be able to squeeze in other topics and such. I’ve also noticed a lack of weirdness amongst the topics, and I have to look through what to do in the future. The quality of my posts has diminished and the length shortened when compared to before, and the response from the readers has been underwhelming at times because of that. I take this as a sign to make less posts, and to work on their length, content and quality. I’ll be back though, so stay tuned. I need to play more video games! I don’t want to be a video game eunuch in a harem, knowing everything about the subject but having no experience myself. A little puppy that’s on his way might have something to do with this hiatus as well…
Ever since I watched this scene as a kid I’ve wanted Wild Gunman for the NES. There was an arcade conversion made, as you can see in the movie. It’s at number one on my list of games I want, and it’s specifically the European Version with the Japanese cover art (as on the Black Box, not those later releases with the pixel art). For now, let’s enjoy this clip from one of my favorite movies of all time:
I’ve got myself some really nice gaming accessories and items of nerdhood this time around! You’ll see a Nintendo DS case, a belt buckle and a plushie, and I think we’d better start with the DS Case!
I found this really neat Nintendo DS case featuring Toon Link from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. I really liked that game and I guess this one was sold really cheap because the game didn’t catch on that well. Or it might be because the Nintendo DS Lite is ancient by now when compared to the 3DS and the likes. This case has a gold-ish color and is made of some kind of metal, most probably aluminium. It looks really sweet! It holds several games and the system itself. I’m using it on display only though! I think this kind of case was made by Big Ben and was licensed by Nintendo even with a Nintendo Seal of Quality.
It came with a strap as well, as if you’d like to carry along this magical chest like a purse or something. NO. This is a treasure chest.
I found this Mushroom belt buckle. I probably won’t wear it as it is, and just show it off somewhere. It’s nice and didn’t cost much at all.
Then I got a Krillin plushie in the same style as a Vegeta one I have. It’s awesome! Vegeta and Krillin just so happen to be my favorite Dragon Ball characters. Both look to be from the Cell Arc, though Vegeta’s armor resembles his Namek Arc outfit more. Super Saiyan Namek Arc Vegeta maybe? That’d be rad, like in the fanfic Bringer of Death. That’s one good Vegeta-centric fic.
Most of these arcade units and such we played during our vacation in Spain, which is a while ago. That’s to show how much material I have to write still!
First we played some The Fast & Furious, which we as usual did poorly at, as with all arcade racers with checkpoints. I also found the controls difficult to get used to. All in all it was decent fun even though it didn’t last long at all.
These games do take a lot of training to master, mainly because they need to swallow all your coins to satisfy their owners. And they will engulf your coin purse. Yeah, I’ve had a coin purse. What do you mean a real man has his coins in his pockets? Coin purses are more practical!
Then we played some The House of the Dead III. We have the Wii version of the game which is just as difficult- only it won’t gobble your coins as fast. See of it as a fixed fee of sorts instead, and make sure to purchase the Wii version instead. I experienced the accuracy to be comparable in both versions, though the guns were heavier and more difficult to operate. You could call it more realistic I guess, but that’s not my cup of tea.
The level designs, the graphics, the characters and the bosses are the same, and that zombiefied parking lot guard is still a pain in the arse. I’m a hundred percent sure that we were hitting his small head, but still we couldn’t make him back off before he swinged at us. Not fair.
Then we played Deadstorm Pirates by Namco. It was a hectic and adrenaline pumping shoot-em-up where you’re to support your pirate ship while guarding it from hordes of enemies, and as far as I know there only was several kinds of skeletons. I got a Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl vibe from this arcade game, and probably that was exactly what they went for. We were yelling as things went way too fast, and we sure had a great time! I recommend everyone to try this one out if they find one.
There was a lot of weird stuff going on over there, such as fake versions of different characters, and unauthorized use of licensed characters. I like that actually, as it isn’t too common where I live. Here’s an obvious reference to Uncle Scrooge in Premioland, as an example. The only thing missing are his sideburn things. That, and his bill is huge (In both senses! Hah! That was a nice one, MartianOddity!). Premio means “prize”, by the way.
Dragon Ball is huge in Spain, and also in other Spanish speaking countries as well. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to see that this ride tried to steal some of Goku and Bulma’s shine. They look off, Goku has a baseball cap and they have a dog of sorts (is that a reference to Bee, Mr. Satan and Mr. Buu’s dog, or is that just some random stray dog they’ve picked up?). Also it seems as this Bulma, or let’s call her Blooma, is the mother of this Goku, or Glowku if you will. Then that’d mean that this Bee knockoff should be called Blee. Weird stuff. That’s delicious.
And here’s Mario, just like that, in the midst of a park. This one actually looks legit, though I doubt that it’s being used with Nintendo’s permission. At least he looks happy! I mean, who wouldn’t be in that warm weather.
Then there’s this closed down store that never got a new owner, and the place has been empty since. You can tell how long it’s been shut down by that Nintendo 64 controller. I sure was amazed to see such an old controller just like that in the open. That’s not something you see every day!
And back in Sweden I was graced by this familiar car (sponsored by Michelin…and Euromaster, really?). Can you tell where this one is from? If not, take a look at the back of it!
That’s David Hasselhoff from Knight Rider, and the car is supposed to be Kitt. Ah, I always wanted Kitt since he was so cool ! never thought they’d have rides that are that old in anywhere around here. And The Hoff! It’s the Hoff! Such a vivid portrait. That’s amazing.
Wii do, yes wii do. Do U love Wiideo games? Oh, the hilarity!
On another note I’d like to add that brand new games for a favorable price is a very nice thing for a game hunter. It gives you the chance to play games you wouldn’t have bothered with otherwise. That stands true only for the first game of these two though.
If you don’t like Aragorn then you don’t like his quest either, and that makes you a Lord of the Rings-hater. Haters gonna hate though! Aragorn’s Quest was brand new when I got it, and looks very interesting. A hack-and-slash game by the looks of it, with some adventuring elements. Viggo Mortensen has even allowed to have his face in the game, probably due to recieving a good sum for it. And Sir Ian Mckellen too it seems. That hoax was not funny though, imagine waking up one day to see that it’s been written that you’re dead. That’s horrible. Alright, let’s get back on track and add this game to the stack.
And the next game is none other than Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter. The first one for the Nintendo DS was fun and I’d reckon this one’ll be very fun as well. Being able to draw your own hero and other stuff and play with them in-game is fun. This game has been on my radar due to pure curiosity, and I’m glad I’ve added it to my collection.