Happy Birthday to Me, MartianOddity!

Since I went on a well deserved hiatus I fell way behind on my updates and video game purchases, so this particular post is way overdue (from 3 months ago, to be more precise!) but I like to show off my findings, and I’ve realized you like to see them, so let’s get this huge haul over with.

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My, what a cake. Yummy! (From Nintendolife.com)

I have a great family that supports my video game collecting addiction and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be able to get as many games as I do have now. Now, my goal is to catch ’em all… I mean play them all, so don’t worry! I’m not buying for buying’s sake, or just to own the games and look at them, but to play them eventually. And I’ve grown much better at alotting time to play video games when I’d normally be stretched out like a sack of potatoes on my couch.

A Shadows TaleWell, happy birthday to me indeed. I say so since this is a gift from myself… to myself. Yay me! A Shadow’s Tale was discounted and brand new, and being a hidden (?) gem on the Wii I had to snag it. The gameplay and unusual mechanics of using shadows to move about (as you’re basically a shadow, like Peter Pan’s shadow, only more heroic and not such a pain in the arse) and clear the stages in this platforming gem.

 

DBZ Legendary Hyper Warriors

And this Gameboy Color Game Pak is none other than Dragonball Z: Legendary Super Warriors. Other than the music being a bit too high pitched at times, the game is superb and a must have turn-based card-based little pack of zeroes and ones that every Dragonball Z fan should own. I got another copy since I had the Spanish version from before, and the Texto de Pantalla is in Spanish, even though I was assured it’d be in Inglés. I do read and speak Spanish quite well, so that never was an issue, but there’s something about playing a DBZ game in English that makes me happy. Though I do consider the Latin American dub to be the best, and I’m not even latino! Got this one from my bro.

Doshin The GiantLadies and gentlemen! I present to you Doshin the Giant! This is a Black & White-esque game (the PC game, not the song Black or White, mind you) that basically entails that you’re this Giant Doshin that can choose to be kind or evil and either help or destroy different villager’s lives. The latter sounds much more fun from the start! An interesting tidbit is that I’ve wanted this one since it was released. Another less important tidbit is that this game initially was created for the Nintendo 64 DD add on, but was, like Animal Crossing, ported to the next system since the 64 DD was a commercial failure. Though I do remember rumors that you could download games and pirate them on the 64 DD, and not being the richest kid, I wanted to have one of those. Needless to say, I never got one. They weren’t released over here. Bummer. Got this from my sister and her husband.
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Next we have a Nintendo Classic, and it’s none other than Pikmin 2, but this time with improved controls for the Wii instead. It plays better than on the Gamecube, in my opinion, and loooks pretty much the same as on the Gamecube graphics wise. This one abolished the stressful time system which in itself improves on the game greatly. This game is the more expensive of the two for the Wii, and isn’t all too easy to find. Got this from my mom and dad.

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And then I got my first still wrapped mint game thus far, and it was from my brother. They used to say that Scurge: Hive was a good game to play in the wait of more Metroid games, and even though it’s viewed from the top it’s said to share the same feel and to be a great game. I just have to get a loose copy to play so that I’ll be able to display this one in all its glory on a shelf.

 

 

I also got another game I’d wished for this year, and that’s none other than Super Mario 

Super Mario SunshineSunshine for the Gamecube (which incidentally is one of my favorite systems, and I don’t think it’s the first time I’ve mentioned that). It’s not the best Mario game, but still a great one at that. It’s enjoyable and full of imagination, and the only con I can think of in this game is that it takes a long time to get used to controlling the water cannon. The other elements in the game, like how it borrows a lot from Super Mario 64 with the controls and how you can choose levels and whatnot, and how you have to recharge the water cannon, really make this a great game. Also, this is the only game where Mario has short sleeves! I got this from my mom and dad.

AndSupersonic Warriors last, but not least, we have Dragonball Z: Supersonic Warriors. And they sure are supersonic! This is an awesome game that’s fast-paced and sports a huge roster of different characters. I remember having played this on an emulator back in the days, but now I’ve got a copy of my own. The only iffy miffy thing is that you can’t erase the pervious save file, but since I already unlocked everything in my previous playthrough it doesn’t matter as much. And the what-if stories are really awesome too, and a blast to play.

 

Game Hunting: Sly Dream Drop Star Crimes

It seems as if I have a knack for finding games for new systems for half or less than what they go for generally in other stores or the Internet. Maybe it’s luck, or maybe it’s the trained eye of a kid who wanted more games for the money he got while growing up. Anyhow, let’s get started for this installment of Game Hunting, which today sports nicer backgrounds for a change:

I found Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance for half kingdom heartsthe retail price, as the store I was visiting incidentally was clearing its stock since this franchise apparently isn’t that popular over here, or so it seems. It’s not that old which makes this deal even more sweet! I do think it’s aggravating that Mickey is the one to be King, though it’d make sense he was seeing how he’s the “head” amongst the Disney characters and the Disney mascot. Anyhow, the cover looks really nice and fits the title well, but the truth is that they should’ve used Donald Duck on the cover instead of Mickey since Donald is much more popular than him in Scandinavia. Make your research, marketing people.

Then I got a few cheap Playstation 2 games, and even one Gamecube game too:

The True Crimes series is decent and is best described as a franchise trying to ride on thegames hunt true crimes Grand Theft Auto wave. In Streets of L.A. we get to venture on… the streets of L.A., believe it or not, and partake in… eh…true crimes. It was decent enough of a GTA wannabe clone to get it, but not enough for me to keep playing it for too long. I will give it another shot eventually. By the way, isn’t this that one franchise that got famous voice actors, like Samuel L. Jackson, which eventually destroyed the games since all you could think of was that the characters didn’t look like their actors at all?

 

games hunt star wars I know, it’s Lego Star Wars: The Video game. Why did I get this one? Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was this game that was acclaimed to be a good one. It was cheap, and it was collecting dust in a faraway thrift shop. Then the most handsome Prince you could imagine saw it with his bright and beautiful eyes and grabbed it with his perfect hands, since a commoner once had told him that the Lego series is fun to play and that, at the time, made the best Star Wars games since the others were crud. Here’s an image of the Prince, if you’re curious to see what he looks like.

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And last but not least we have us some Sly Raccoon. It’s a game about a sly raccoon that’s incidentally also a thief. It’s a fun platformer with an even better sequel, it’s been said, and one I played when it was released , on a demo stand, finding it fun and entertaining. And it only cost a couple of bucks, as did the game above. if you find it and like 3D platformers, then be sure to get it, or the second game if you’re lucky to run across it first.

 

Game Hunting: Super Donkey Kong 3D World: Tropical Freeze

I know!! It’s not retro! But it’s too much of a hassle to change the title on each and every entry now isn’t it? Sure, you guys probably couldn’t care less, but it really bothers me. Maybe I ought to call this something in the lines of:

“Video Game Hunting”

“Good Will Hunting”

“I’ll Buy it if it’s Cheap!”

“Spare Change?”

“It’s My Life, and it’s Now or Never”

“I’m Gonna Live Forever”

“Search for Games”

If you have any better suggestions I’d really like to hear them, these ones were difficult to come up with! Anyhow, let’s get this one started!

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World

My wife bought these for us, she really is perfect! She bought them 2 months ago and we beat Super Mario 3D World already and sure had a blast playing through it all! We didn’t get all the stars and all the flags and such, but had a lot of fun while playing this game, me choosing Mario and she Princess Peach.

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is really fun as well and packed with a difficulty curve that rivals the original SNES titles. We’re at the 3rd world currently and haven’t played much more since we got our hands on Mario Kart 8!

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I really like this reference to the first The Legend of Zelda game to the NES, this dude clearly references what the Old Man says when he gives Link his first Wooden Sword.

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This view of Bowser’s World really was stunning and colorful, and truly befitting a final boss! The background music really was funky too and went well together with the design.

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It’s true as this gamer says: The manual of the original Super Mario Bros. for the NES clearly states that Bowser has turned the inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom into bricks and such, which means that you run around committing murders throughout the game whenever you destroy a brick.

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Mario Kart 8

I apoligize as I didn’t have a photo of the case itself, and ultimately I had to borrow one from the Internet, follow the link below to the original image.

This has to be the best installment in the series thus far, it’s really fun to play both alone and with friends, and the new mechanics feel relevant and bring a lot of new elements to the gameplay while maintaining the core aspects of the franchise. The graphics are top-notch, the music magnificent and the gameplay near-perfect. A must have for all Wii U owners and Mario Kart fans! We got this as a pre-order – we just couldn’t wait to play it!

Last image from:  http://purenintendo.com/

Game Hunting: Disney’s Magic Complete in Box Mansions

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Magical Tetris Challenge:

I’ve been hearing that this is one of the best Tetris games, one that mixes everything up with some special moves that spoils your friend’s gaming experience if performed perfectly. You can control Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Minnie (yes, I’m on a first-name basis with them thank you very much) and meet a few baddies from the franchise, amongst others Pete in a ridiculous suit and top hat. There’s very little 3D elements in this game and you’re going to be graced by the presence of a lot of fluid and gorgeous 2D animation. Got this one from Game complete in box for, what I’d later find out, was a very favorable price. And add to that the fact that it’s a game not found very commonly “in the wild”, and you’ve got yourself a happy MartianOddity.

 

Maniac Mansion:

LucarsArts used to make a lot of fun point and click adventures with a ton of humor and problem solving based on puns, and this is the port of one of the first ones. The NES port is actually not that bad graphics wise, and this particular copy is in Swedish! It plays really well and while it’s tedious at best to use the NES controller for these kinds of games, I figured out that I could use the NES Advantage joystick to emulate that feel, and man did I feel creative and smart.

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While I’m already at it, I implore you to play other LucasArts games in the same vein, like Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, the Monkey Island series etc.

 

Image from:  http://nintendoage.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=76256

Game Hunting: Racing, Flying, Fighting and Memory

This time I got myself a mixed bag: some SNES game sequels for the N64, a little something for the little ‘Boy and another little thingie for the PS Vita.

Let’s get it on!

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F-Zero X and Pilotwings 64:

I remember buying F-Zero X with my brother in a bargain bin, and it was a real bargain! Totally worth the money, so when I saw this one I snagged it. It’s a fast-paced racing game that’s a bit difficult to get used to in the beginning, but as all of us know practice makes near perfect. The music is radical, and the HP system of your ride is awesome! Play your cars right and it’ll be your opponents who explode and not yours! Three! Two! One! Gooo!

Pilotwings 64 I remember getting from my sisters, and it’s a fun game with a lot of replayability. The only drawback is that it’s a single player game, but that’s not a huge one as I can’t imagine how a multiplayer mode would be designed. It’s a game that’s worth adding to your collection.

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Mega Memory and Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

I got the Mega Memory brand new from my brother, thanks bro! I needed one to use and one mint for my collection. I usually open up the stuff I buy… but something told me to keep one sealed, and I don’t know why. I hardly think there’ll be any collector’s value in this, but what the heck! This one is great for beating certain really difficult platformers for the Gameboy.

Then I found Playstation All-Stars – Battle Royale for the PS Vita. I’ve been looking for this game with hungry eyes and decided to get it when they sold it cheaply. All-Stars is pretty much Smash Bros. for Playstation.

 

 

Game Hunting: Gremlins and Ghouls in Boxes

This time in Retro Games Hunt I found stuff from three different platforms! 

GAME had a 25% sale on all their Used games and I made sure to grab a couple of them while I was there, and then I also recieved a longed for box… in a box.

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch

This NES title is a really fun game, and is based on Gizmo’s adventures and mishaps in the second Gremlins movie. You control Gizmo and battle your way through the office building in the movie and you can equip him with different weapons, many which are seen in the movie as well. There also are boss battles based on all the different freakazoid versions of the Gremlins that were produced when they wreaked havoc in the lab.

And remember, when out of stuff to offer a person or another creature, you can always offer diseases.

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“I could get you diseases.”

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Geist:

I already have this one, which I consider a hidden gem on the Gamecube, but I got it for a veeeery good price for my brother.

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Gameboy Color Box:

I got this box for a very good price brand new, though it didn’t contain inlets, manuals or the system. That was fine with me since I had all of those and only lacked the box for a complete set. Incidentally this box is for my favorite Gameboy Color color (haha) and I even got to fold it myself! That explains how I got a box in a box this week.

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My Game Room

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Here you have my game room, well, to be more clear it’s my “gaming corner”. This room serves as a guest room, reading room and game room at once, and I was lucky enough to get my own setup along one of the walls. I’ve placed the gaming mini fridge at the left side of the shelves and then stacked all my console games as good as possible where possible. When we get a bigger place I’ll add two bookshelves to the sides to be able to house all of my game collection and collectibles.

Right now I’m looking at adding plastic boxes with drawers, who are either expensive, ugly or hard to come by, just beneath each console to house the controllers and accessories to give it a neat look. I’ll print the logos of each console  at the front of the drawer as well, and probably wrap them in some kind of paper as they’re transparent and semi-transparent and not that aestethically appealing. I got this idea from another gamers setup but I can’t find the original picture, and what I’ve planned isn’t exactly how he/she’d made the setup either, but still very clever indeed.

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With only one Scart input (which I can put up with as it accepts RGB and S-video natively) I had to organize the Scart cables in some kind of way, and this is what I came up with. Easy, cheap and you’ll also be able to store it behind the phat TV without anyone noticing it.

Though by now I’ve changed the Gamecube and Nintendo 64 cables from Composite to RGB and S-video respectively.

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Aaaaw yiss.