Now Playing: Capcom Classics Collection Volume 1

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First I played Bionic Commando, which is a ridiculously difficult game, and it feels much different from Commando and the NES version of Bionic Commando. First of all you die every 10 or so seconds, and the grappling hook (or bionic arm, if you will) is hard to maneuvre because of the Playstation 2 Gamepad not being optimized for this (I guess). Thank goodness you have unlimited credits though, but get used to that annoying Continue jingle as you’ll hear it a lot throughout the game, you will get killed by enemies off-screen a lot. Also the agme game is short on only 4 stages, but considering the amound of quarters this sucker will cash in from you this might be a good thing. I couldn’t spot any blatant Nazi references, though that final boss and the enemy soldiers sure look like they were intended to be Nazies after all.

For a comparision between all the bazillion ports that there exists for this game please look at the video below:

Then I played some Forgotten Worlds which is a fun shooter, and pretty average at that. I encountered some Nightmare Fuel though… Take a look:image

In this above level deformed faces enter from the background and stunt your advancement. They won’t hurt you, but they sure do achieve their objective: To demoralize the enemy.imageThen at this later level this giant (zombie?) thing enters and spews things at you. When this thing first showed up I felt a wee bit frightened, but I defeated it quite easily with the powerups I’d picked up.

Did you notice the sharp image in the later two pictures? That’s the Component cable I got for Christmas that is coming to use. Neat.

 

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Is this for real! The Inflation of Video Game Prices

 

I really hope there’s an error at play here, because these prices are insane! Not only are they really high in price, but also pretty specific- they’ve even added 1 Swedish Krona just for good measure.

I browsed for the most expensive games on the site, as I do on other sites as well (since it’s fun to see what people want for their games), and I was shocked to say the least. I was going to re-check the site with a standard PC, to see if this was an error or someting exclusive to the iOs web browsers, but the site seems to be down.

DarkwingIce Hockey seems to go for about at most 400 swedish Krona (which is insane in my opinion) but here they want much more than that. Darkwing Duck, complete, goes for the same on this site (for the Game Boy, that is), and around 400 Swedish Krona on our equivalent of Ebay. I don’t know how rare Darkwing Duck was for the Game Boy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the well known rarity of the NES version has made people think the Game Boy version is just as “rare”.

Let me convert that currency for you:

400 Swedish Krona = about 40 Euros or 48 USD.

14281 Swedish Krona =  1520 Euros or 1728 USD.

And Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages for 5446 Kr?! Yeah, right.

 

Now what do you think about this insanity? I understand why Gamester81 doesn’t find NES collecting fun anymore, because of of the ridiculous prices, and I think game collecting overall is becoming more and more dull. While I could get The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the N64 (gray cart) for 7 Euros in 2005 I can get that one same cart for easily 40 Euros in the same store today. That’s ludicrous, and even though the growing community gives retro gamers/collectors more people to discuss games with, and an easier way to find specific or obscure games, I’m starting to think that this thing will implode on itself. Casual collectors that want to relive their childhood memories won’t bother, and only hardcore collectors will remain on the scene. Eventually the prices will plummet again and the days where everyone and their aunt thinks that a NES is a rarity worth 80 bucks will be long gone, and a distant memory that the remaining community will laugh at.

Now I’m not talking about new and modern games; they cost much more to produce, and even though that’s the case they cost much less than they used to do back in the day, so I don’t get why people keep complaining about how expensive new games are. When I grew up the average kid had 5 or so games in their library, if they even had a console to begin with, and that was it. Now the average kid easily has 20 games or so, if not more.

Once again I reference this superb article from IGN: ”

Game Room Update: Photo Frame

I’ve wanted to emulate that video game store feeling for quite some time, for nostalgic reasons, and one way of doing that is using a screen to play gameplay footage of “retro” games in the background.

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Initially I thought of using a fat CRT TV or something like that, as that’s what they used to replay taped game footage in the stores I used to visit as a kid, but they’re bulky and there are no economical ways to replay the footage if you wouldn’t connect it to a VHS player.

The criteria I wanted fulfilled were the following:

  • A screen of small size
  • The ability to playback video and sound without additional hook-ups
  • A sleek look and not too big, but not too small either

I found this in this Hama 15” screen, which is really huge for being a digital photo frame! It came with a remote, which facilitates things even further, and looks sleek and has a good picture quality, and decent speakers.

I had some problems with it at first, as I used Cyberlink Powerdirector to edit the videos but that led to them being converted into huge files of easily 3-4 times their original sizes. The encoding that was used, even though this photo frame is supposed to handle AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG- 4 well, made the system unable to play up the videos too. Usually  it’d play the sounds only, which was a bummer.

This time I downloaded some gameplay videos and directly converted them into AVI files in 480p, which gave a good result that was playable on this device, without editing them and whatnot. This also kept the file size down.

Here you have the final result:

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The screen playing gameplay footage of Sonic the Hedgehog 2IMG_4846

Super Mario Bros. 3 Overworld Map IMG_4849

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 title screen IMG_4853Even some Arcade delight as in the Japanese version of Donkey Kong! I honestly can’t see the difference between this and the original version…

The following games were included into the reel: Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong (Arcade), Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Streets of Rage 3, Rampage (Arcade), Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land, The Legend of Zelda, Pacman, Pokémon Red. Super Mario Sunshine, Terminator 2: The Arcade game, TMNT IV: Turtles in Time.

More are yet to come, and these were the first ones I came to think of when I factored in games I like and games I have a nostalgic connection to. I tried to mix games from different consoles and platforms.

The files are in AVI format and range from 70 – 500 mb (the smallest file being Super Mario Bros. 3 and the largest SSMB 4 for the Wii U) and range from between 2 minutes to 20 or so minutes. The colors display perfectly and the picture has no lag, 480 p is a great quality for this photo frame and the sound is superb.

Game Hunting: The Last of 2014

Instead of making a separate post with all my Christmas gifts and all, I’d like to just showcase everything I never managed to post last year. You know, since I went on a hiatus, and then I got a puppy, which both delayed everything. But alas, here it is, and you know what they say:

Better late than never.

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Image from Giphy.com

The reason I post everything like this is because I said I’d start doing something like this, a huge post at the end of every month. This way I get a better picture of how much I’ve actually spent, which will be considerably less. That’s mainly becasue my list is filling up too fast, and I’d like to keep hunting for games much longer than I’d have to at this pace. I’d say I’d collected all games on my list in 1,5 years, which is a bummer. Also, I’ve decided to play a lot more of video games, and now that I don’t pour as much time into hunting them down, I’ve managed to collect extra time to play the ones I have. I’ll mix ’em up so that you’ll feel nauseous and maybe even throw up a little in your mouth. That’d be nice.

Let’s get going then, with the first of the bunch, presented in my current preferred way.

Urban ChampionOh, wow! Is he serious?!” I know what you’re thinking. Urban Champion, perhaps rightfully so, gained a poor reputation for being shallow and basically a bad gaming experience. I beg to differ. It might be no Street Fighter 2, but it’s enjoyable for what it is. It’s the first Nintendo fighting game, which predates even the Smash Bros. Series by many a years, and is a decent experience. You’re controlling one dude that needs to beat re-colored versions of himself in an all-out punchin’ brawl, and the objective is to punch the opponent out the right part of the screen (sounding familiar?) while avoiding pots crushing your head from above. The best part is without a doubt the part where you and your opponent are standing innocently, whistling, while the Police is passing in a car, with the sirens on and the lights glaring. That’s hilarious and charming, and not something you’d imagine Nintendo would produce.

Kingdom Hearts ReCoded

Wait… did he just go from Urban Champion to Kingdom Hearts: Re:Coded?” Yes I did. You get what I’m trying to do here? Do you feel nauseated? Can your mind follow these quick twists and turns? Anyhow, this is a remake of a previously cell phone exclusive game which was popular in Japan. They remade it for the Nintendo DS, and I’d probably never know the difference, not having ever played the previous version and all. But it’s Kingdom Hearts, and cost me something reasonable in terms of money, so here you have it.

Capcom Classics 2

I found this baby dirt cheap in a store that’s still rinsing out the ‘ole Playstation 2 to make room for more new games. I already have the first one in the series, which did contain a lot of good games, and the ones in this “sequel” of sorts, Capcom Classics Collection: Volume 2, also seemed to be interesting, and something I’d definitely play. After a quick playthrough I’d say I was correct, though I’d like Strider move faster than he does. And look at the cover, it got 93% from Retro Gamer! Wait… is that a magazine (it probably is) or is this just some random retro ramer they’ve asked about his game (this’d without a doubt be infinitely more fun)?

bild 4Now we take a giant leap from the Playstation 2 into something more modern, and into a sequel to the awesome series that is called Pikmin. It’s the third iteration that is aptly named Pikmin 3. This one, together with Pikmin 2, and also the Nintendo Land mini game, lacks a time limit. They learned from their mistake in the first game it seems. An interesting tidbit is that I learned to like Pikmin, and earned a desire to own all official games, after playing the Pikmin mini game in Nintendo Land. They sucked me in well… I don’t know what they target audience was at the time, but they managed to hit an unlikely target it seems.

Mega Man X CollectionWhoa… can this be…?!Mega Man X Collection for the Nintendo Gamecube! This is without a doubt the most expensive retro game I’ve ever bought, as it usually goes for a good amount above the standard retail price of new games at launch day, but I managed to snag this one for a decent price, about 20 dollars less than it usually goes for. The shipping is what makes this one mighty expensive over here, not to mention that it’s a coveted collector’s item. This collection contains Mega Man X to Mega Man X6, which means that I now have all the classic 2D Mega Man X games in my game library. This time they’ve corrected the button layout, which incidentally lead to less strokes worldwide, and added a lot of fun into the fray. Also, if you hammer out the price for this collection, you’d find out that you’d easily save 2/3rds of the ordinary retail price for the original games in the retro market. That’s not too bad either, and since I have no nostalgic connection to the original media, in this case, I figured I’d go for it.

NES AdvantageAnd I got my hands on another NES Advantage! I connected them and found out that it’s perfectly possible to play two players simultaneously with two units hooked up. We had a lot of fun using the Advantages to play Blue Shadow (Shadow of the Ninja in the US). And this unit isn’t even yellowed!

MGS 2 Then we have us some Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance. I picked it up since it’s a MGS game, and the extended version at that. It also contained the extra disc, and cost a neglibile sum, and is a game I’m curious to try out because of the acclaim the series has recieved. I think you get the gist of it. There really wasn’t much other reasoning behind this, and I can’t stay away from cheap Special Editions, especially when they’re marked for the same price as the regular editions next to it.

While not a traditional The Legend of Zelda game, Legend Of Zelda Hyrule WarriorsHyrule Warriors takes place in the same universe so to say, with enemies and bosses from all the different incarnations and timelines guiding hoards after hoards of monsters towards the good and honest people of Hyrule, who oppose them valiantly with you, their powerhouse Link, leading them with your sword held high. The gameplay is Dynasty Warriors-esque and the sensation of cutting down throngs after throngs of creatures is very satisfying. Add a friend to the mix and you have a very entertaining experience that’s chock-full of references and enemies from the franchise.

MTV Fan Attack

I’m not sure what category MTV Fan Attack falls into, but it sure looked interesting enough with a rather uncommon story setting. You’re controlling a celebrity that has to escape from your fans (hence “Fan Attack” in the title) while remaining in the spotlight long enough to maintain your over-the-night fame. Being someone who grew up with MTV on the TV, (I know everyone says this, but here I go) when they still played music videos on the channel, I had to get this seemingly quirky game. I don’t dare check out reviews and average scores for this one though, being well aware that it might rank quite low. For more comments about the time MTV still played music, listen to “1985” by “Bare Naked Ladies“.

I’m trying to complete the The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the LOTRPS2 and it seems as if I’m one step further with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.Now I only miss the first one (The Fellowship of the Ring) which I played on the PC the first time, and that one I remember being fun. Well, not the part when Frodo tries to escape from the Názgul, as that part stressed me out. The Lord of the Rings trilogy rocks! These games… well, I’m about to find out.

gunmanI’ve been on about this game for a while, and finally it’s in my fat claws. I got Wild Gunman as a gift for being a Toast Master at my sister’s wedding! That’s really nice! I’ve wanted this game ever since they showed it in Back to the Future: Part 2, where Marty plays it on a converted arcade cabinet with enhanced graphics (the arcade cabinet setup and the specific version they show in the movie never existed outside of that universe). When I saw that the wild gunmen were part of the Duck Hunt Duo’s attacks in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, I almost shat my pants. That’s nostalgic gold right there.

And speaking of which, I got Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a Christmas gift from my SSMB4wife, and I’ve clocked 35 hours of gameplay so far. I’ve unlocked all characters and levels, and collected over 200 trophies, but I’m far from compleing all achievements and such. I’m having a blast with this game even though the Online mode lags when other players have sub-par internet collections. My favorite characters are Wario (Original Suit), Mega Man (Red color), Adult and Toon Link (Red colors) and Bowser (Wario colors) and last, but not least, Samus (with her original colors from the standard suit in Super Metroid).

Zoo KeeperWhen it came out for the Nintendo DS, Zoo Keeper was acclaimed for it’s innovative and fast-paced gameplay (akin to Bejeweled if you need to compare it to another game), and I remember most reviews telling you to but the game ASAP. Then a browser-based version came out and everyone told you to play that one instead, which was what I did, as it was free. The story goes like this; You’re the son of the Zoo owner, and you’re supposed to play the role of the Zoo Keeper to be able to convince your pop that it wasn’t the animals’ fault that  his wife (in other words your mom) died all those years ago. That’s why the mustaschioed man looks so stern and pissed on the cover. A very sad story to a cutesy and happy game. I was shocked, to say the least.

This chain of stores, who have a small section with new and semi-new games, sold Sonic ColoursSonic Colours for a fraction of what it goes for normally (I paid 3£). The bag was sealed so I’d guess the box was damaged, or someone returned the game without the box (since so many people just throw them away. Maniacs! They’re not even made of cardboard anymore!!). I have empty DS replacement cases, so I just printed the cover (which looks just about like the original, with the colours a bit off) and put the manual and game cartridge in it.

Assassins Creed IV  Black Flag

I saw Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag in a discount bin a couple of months ago, for 4£ brand new. I had to get it! I loved the orchestrated version they played at the Score! concert, so I snagged it. Also: Pirates! Y’arr!

 

 

 

I really like the Dragon Quest franchise as a whole, so when I DQ Sentinelssaw Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, I had to get it. The design, based around the works of Akira Toriyama, a character customization system, and a price below the standard retail price (not by a huge lot, though, but not by a negligible amount) made me purchase this game. I’m glad they kept using the original Dragon Quest name outside of Japan too, since Dragon Warrior sounds much more lame.

 

bild 5Even though I’m really chicken when it comes to games like these, I had to get Zombi U when it was on sale for 4£ brand new. I like rail-shooters like the House of the Dead series, which I enjoy a lot, while others like The Walking Dead really test my nerves as you control the character through silent and dangerous environments. This one looks promising, and I do have something for launch titles, so, yeah. Here it is.

 

Minion Everyday HeroI’d been keeping an eye out for Minion: Everyday Hero for some time, and found it used for a bit more than I’d pay for a used game, and passed. Then I saw it for the same price, but brand new, and that sealed the deal. You use the unique features of the Wiimote while controlling Minion, to help the citizens of your town with their everyday problems. The gameplay looked really fun, and I think I’ll have a good time playing it, but the graphics are not what you’d expect on the Wii. Who knew that mundane everyday troubles could be so fun to solve?

arkham origins

I’ve heard that Batman: Arkham Origins might be one of the best games for the Wii U, which might be a bold statement now that I read it written out like this. This was also a super deal from Cyber Monday for 6£, coming in a sexy and sealed case. I couldn’t pass this one up, being a Batman fan and having kept an eye out for this game since its release.

 

Here’s the next installment in the Advance Wars (or Famicom Wars as it’s known as in Advance Wars Dark ConflictJapan) franchise, Advance Wars: Dark Conflict. While the previous games showcase a lighter atmosphere (which is a feat since they encourage using cold strategies in an all-out war) this one has a tad more realistic look to it, but as far as I can see it still seems to play the same. This one cost half of what it usually retailed for, at least during the last two years, so I snagged it.

 Rayman LegendsRayman Legends is a gift from me to my wife. This is actually the first game I played on the Wii U, in Demo form at a Demo stand in a GAME store. I was seriously impressed, and I pretty much decided to buy a Wii U right then, only eventually. I wanted a bigger game library and a bigger wallet, so I bided my time. This version uses the unique Wii U gamepad well and is very fun, as was Rayman Origins too. This one is even better, though!

 

bombermanI remember when I was to get a vaccine shot at school and they asked me what I wanted for Christmas that year. I went on and on about Bomberman 64 and I barely felt the needle pierce my skin and impale my deltoid muscle. I never got the game that year, though, as it was very expensive at the time, and instead we rented it again and again from the video store. Not only did it have a great multiplayer mode, but a fun single player mode as well. And now, finally, I’ve added this gem to my collection, for less than the standard price people ask for at Ebay.co.uk. Amazingly enough I found it in Sweden, where games usually are more expensive. Go figure.

While Nintendo Land tried to be the Wii Sports of Wii U, and Sports Cdidn’t quite manage that in the public’s eyes (not according to me, though!), ESPN Sports Connection manages to do just that. You can play golf, baseball, football (soccer to ye ‘mericuns) amongst others, and while not as good as Wii Sports, it’s actually quite decent. I’d already played it with my brother-in-law, enjoying it, and for 4£ brand new… Heck yes!

MadWorldMad World is notorious for being a gory game with a distinct art style which sets it apart from other games, which is even a more eye catching fact when it’s on a family-friendly console like the Nintendo Wii. Everything is colored in different shades of black and white, and one solid shade of crimson red which pours out of those stupid enough of opposing you. With SEGA on the cover, and a price tag of 2£ brand new, I just couldn’t pass this great deal up.

Ever since I saw Injustice: Gods Among Us announced,injustice I knew I was going to buy it eventually. I tried it out on iOS, and while I was impressed I found the controls lacking, and I wasn’t a fan of the Freemium nature of the game. The premise of DC heroes and villains fighting each other in a universe where the heroes have been breaking bad just sounds too awesome to pass on, and a price tag of approximately 7£ brand new made me reel in this huge catch.