Shinobi III

I played some Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master on my Playstation 2, through the Sega Mega Drive Collection. I have to keep firm on my opinion that Mega Drive sounds way cooler than Genesis (though Genesis deserves it’s praise never the less for being a great name too).

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This game reeks Sega, everything from the graphics and color palette to the sound and music takes me back to the time when the Mega Drive was elusive to me. I only knew of two people owning it to be honest, compared to about ten or so owning an NES, and three or so owning a SNES. That was elusive enough to me as a kid, and add to that the fact that we seldom met those friends and there you have it.

Sega had this kind of exotic sound and feel to it, and I really loved the feel of the gamepad and the design of the system. Black and red never looked as nice together as on this console, and considering how black it was you can understand how two small buttons stuck out so much that I started to connect that color to the Mega Drive too.

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Shinobi III is in itself a good 90’s platformer with good controls and great graphics. The music pumps you up and the challenge grows to be something to reckon with. While you might get a grasp of the controls pretty fast, and figure out how to play the game very early on, you’ll soon notice that the game throws several challenges along your way that will sometimes take several tries to get used to. I could get to Round 3 in one session though, never having played the game before. The graphics look really neat through my Playstation 2 RGB cable, and for some reason I forgot to turn the United CRT TV into 4:3 mode which is why you are seeing it in Widescreen mode. While it doesn’t have true Widescreen, this TV set allows for Widescreen viewing through adding black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. This, as in other modern TV sets, will change the controls as the horisontal and vertical planes will move differently. I like to blame my lack of skill on that fact whenever I do poorly, anyhow. Especially on these old school kick ass games that make sure to test your reflexes, patience and memory.

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Make sure to play some Shinobi III to get your Sega fix. If you won’t, chances are the Shinobi will go all Ninja Gaiden on your ass.

Dance Puppets, Dance!

Not only do I collect video games, I also like to buy the occasional plushie. For one they usually look adorable, and they also look pretty cool too in some kind of way when on display. I’d think someone that’s no nerd like me merely would think it’s childish, but I digress. I’d like to show you these plushies and also take a moment to show off my cap collection while I’m at it.

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Here we have two beauties, a Mickey Mouse plush that I got during this recent trip to New York and also this delicious Wario one I got from my wife two weeks ago.

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Then there are these two Dragon Ball ones. I also have a Super Saiyajin Vegeta that unfortunately isn’t in this picture, and I gave a Piccolo plush to my brother. These two are Kuririn and Son Goku.

 

 

IMG_5762Here’s my Toon Link plush which in the next picture will adorn his head with my caps. From the top to the left we have a Snapback NES Controller Cap bought in Canada, a Team Nintendo Cap which was a gift from my wife, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage Comics Cap from Inside in Spain and last, but not least, a NES Controller Cap which I bought in Nintendo World in New York in 2010.

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Video Game Hunting: Are You Lonesome, Tonight

This is the only game I’ve bought during both March and April. IMG_5713What’s nice is that this is a game both my wife and I want to play. I have yet to play the first installment but my wife guarantees that it was amazing. Telltale Games are said to once again have outdone themselves in this comic book to video game adaptation of the comic of the same name; The Walking Dead. I’m a huge fan of everything The Walking Dead (No spoilers please! I’m saving myself for the Bluray Season Set!!). None of the games in this franchise (bar The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct  for the Wii U) were released in hard copy in Europe which is why we’ve bought imports of the first and the second games. The first one we bough in-store here at GAME, and the other one at J&L Game in New York. The Walking Dead: Season Two will be a fright to play in hard copy, and we’re glad to say that we’ve escaped the digital copy jungle once again.

IMG_5629To make sure that this post isn’t too empty I’ll just add another purchase, a four figurine set of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of the 80’s cartoon. They look really neat on my TV. I’ve removed the clips since they look much nicer this way. Click on the image to enlarge!

Two New Headers and Return from New York

I’ve been in New York for a week and have thus been incative, but I have some goodies for you if you keep your eyes out for a new post in the Reader (ir your E-mail inboxes, if you follow me that way).

There are two new headers that are mixed in randomly with the previous ones, one with Mario and Peach playing Famicom (inspired by Gamescanner.org) and one with none other than Wario. There’s one with Samus and one with Mega Man in the works as well. Other than that I have visited only one video game store (which I passed by just randomly) in New York and actually walked out with a decently priced PS Vita game!

mariopeach.png wario-header.pngI’ll be writing a few posts tomorrow as I’ve got material for 4-5 upcoming posts it seems.

Try to guess (or determine) which game format the media belong to in the background of the headers. Can you make them out?

I’m leaving for now to play some Rayman Legends. Game on!

Game Hunting: Stupid Smarch Weather!

This month I present to you a few of my game hunting yield, which as you can see are fewer than they used to be. My gamer’s economy is rejoicing as it isn’t as strained as it used to be. I’ve also been able to play more video games, amongst others Rayman Legends for the Wii U, which is a great platformer with ingenious level layouts (especially with the Wii U controller). There were no new video games this time around, and as you can see I’d have to do with only accessories.

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I got a second Playstation Dual Shock 2 Controller to go with the original Playstation 2 console I left at my parents’. I also left Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 there as well as Colin McRae Rally 2005. This controller is near mint and works very well.

 

I’ve been looking for a Gamecube Controller Adapter for the Wii U, but they’re all out wherever I look. If you want an original adapter you’ll have to pay 80 Euros or more on Ebay and the likes, which is extortion level! That’s another reason why I think the gaming community, or more correctly the ones who try to make big bucks by buying stuff in high demand that they have no interest in other than financially (like Amiibos) is turning more and more rotten.

I ordered one in January, and they set the shipping date to late February, and next time I checked theyä’d pushed it forward to July -15. I asked them what this was all about, and the answer was that the supplier (Nintendo) wouldn’t give them a fix shipping date. I’d also guess that other markets are prioritized outside of the Swedish one, and that these adapters are in really high demand since they made so few of them. It’s the same as the Amiibo fiasco all over again. Why are you doing this, Nintendo? The only ones making money of this are borderline dishonest people that bought a buch of these products to milk money out of your fans.

What’s the next best solution then? Get a 3rd party device for marginally less than the imageoriginal product that doesn’t exist readily available anymore. I got this Gamecube Controller Adapter from Gameseek, who in turn import these from Mayflash (who have recieved great reviews for these adapters, and other products as well, throughout the ‘nets). It works really well, there’s no delay or lag, and both original and 3rd party controllers function flawlessly through this one. It cost 20 Euros with shipping, which is less when compared to 25 Euros excl. shipping on an original adapter that won’t ever get back into stock. My brother got one of these too, and both have worked really well.

Time For This Blog to Take a New Direction

I’ve decided that I’ve had enough of video games as a whole. It’s getting sunnier and sunnier and I can feel spring in the air. This has made me realize that I’m more than a gamer. First and foremost I’m a gardener. Yes! I’ve discovered my ultimate passion! All the time I’ve spent in Harvest Moon, all that garden designing in The Sims 3, all that coziness of walking around and controlling my Pikmin. Not to mention my fondness of the Grass- type Pokémon and Farmville!

In short I’ll remake this into a Gardening blog! I hope I’ll be able to enrich your life with the beauty of gardening. Bless you all my little flowers!

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