The Wicked Console Stack

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This is a stack-up of the consoles that I currently have- though that Sega Mega Drive (which wasn’t faulty since I used the packed-in NES power adapter which thankfully didn’t fry it) will be given away as I’ll use a modded Japanese unit which can play games from all over the world. Having a Japanese Mega Drive is awesome too as it sports that reddish look- which coincidentally is the design I thought was here in Europe too but ultimately I was proven wrong. I will keep that awesome box and the controllers that came with it though, and I’ve bought new refurbished controllers for it too. I took this picture right before our move into the house.

As you can see there is a box with Wii U peripherals beneath the Wii U unit- as I couldn’t balance the consoles in a better way and since the two stacks would look off I opted to put that beneath those three consoles to make it look better.

Video Game Hunting: So Many Games!

I have a lot to catch up on when it comes to presenting my video game purchases. It’s been so long since my last post, but here goes!

blastworksFirst off is Blast Works, a side scrolling shmup where you add the enemy’s “scrap” to your ship as you’re going. One of the selling points was sharing your own levels and such online, which I doubt is active anymore, but the game itself looks promising, and that retro style cover sold the game for me. Much better than the North American cover, am I right? There’s so much happening on the cover art at once, and that was the prime selling point for me. Click and open in a new tab to enlarge.

jet set radioThis one I got a long time ago (when GAME- stores in Sweden were closing everywhere this year) but forgot to post here. Jet Set Radio is a must have for the Sega Dreamcast, or so I’ve heard, and it has intrigued me ever since I saw footage of it on the British channel Games Network in the heyday of the Dreamcast itself. Then again, they were selling off 10 games for only 39,99, one of which was a Disney-themed racing game… So it might’ve been at the end of the console’s lifespan. Anyhow, rollerskate around, destroy public properties with graffiti… That’s awesome.

smg1I got hold of Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 for a decent price in Alicante, in some damp cellar store with the AC blasting at full effect and dripping water on the floor. It looked nasty! smg2And when they turned it off it lots of water (along with some wet dust bunnies) fell to the floor right where I was just standing.
The games themselves are imaginative and have very cool physics and the controls do take some time to get used to. Yoshi is available in the second game, and both games are known for their superb orchestrated soundtracks.

dbrevengeDragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo is a good adventure game for the Wii owning Dragon Ball fan. This one takes part in one of the darkest parts of the first part of the Dragon Ball series (just before Son Goku grows up) and I like how the back of it says in Spanish: “There was a time when Son Goku was happy.” What?! So do they mean he’s unhappy as an adult? I don’t buy that! He’s perfectly happy as an adult! Except when Chi Chi is berating him… that’s sad, especiallty in Dragon Ball Super…

DesperadosOne of the PC games that have a nostalgic place in my heart is Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive. It’s a strategy game in the same vein as the first three Commando’s games from Eidos (making it awesome by default). I love the Wild West setting where steamboats and wild gunmen share the scene in the wildest of wests. You control the English bounty hunter John Cooper, the gambling Kate O’Hara of Irish-American ancestry and Doc McCoy of Scottish ancestry that smells trouble and death. The character to the farthest left, John Cooper, looks a lot like Bruce Willis, am I right?

Super Mario MakerSuper Mario Maker. Y’alls know about the game already, so I’ll throw in my opinion about it only. I got it at release, and it’s really good. It’s an amalgamation of my favorite Super Mario Bros. games with a level editor of awesomehood. I’ve made a lot of zany levels (only 2 worlds at the moment) but so far I can’t beat the imagination of other’s, like those top ranked ones where you either have to  not touch anything or not touch any mushrooms (though it’s very well possible to beat having taken a mushroom). It’s an immense experience, but since my hard drive has gone into sleep mode all to often I’ll have to disable that feature to be able to play it that much again. You also need a fair amount of time as you’ll get absorbed into the game while playing and when watching time time it might have passed 1-2 hours. This was a birthday present from my wife.

There are several goodies in this picture, the first one to mention is Dragonball Z: Goku Densetsu. It’s a board-like game with battles galore where you use the card-based system of old (the early NES games used this) which gives a sensation of strategy, luck and nostalgia both of NES DB games and Dragonball as a whole. I wouldn’t recommend this to those seeking a fast pick-up-and-play game and not to those with a deficiency in patience either though. Next is Frogger 3D which I wanted to try out, and it also contains the original game. You have to guide a frog across a dangerous highway, and if you don’t proceed with caution and precision, it will turn into road kill. After that it might become part of the roadkill food chain too, but that’s another story and unfortunately this game neglects to explore it any further. Dragon Quest Swords looked really fun when I saw it announced for the first time, and I like the Dragon Quest games (I’m playing Dragon Quest II now on the GBC version since a long time ago) and their spin-offs. You use motion controls to combat various DQ monsters and you can also use a shield if I recall correctly. I got these pixelated Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails “Miles” Prower figurines that look a lot like 3D sprites. They took forever to assemble, being essentially Lego with very small pieces, but the process was fun and the figures themselves look really neat. I’ll post pictures of their assembly in the next post. I got all of these from my brother.

Sonic COmpilationNow that my Sega Mega Drive works (the seller had given me a NES power cord, which gives out AC and might toast the Mega Drive but fortunately it didn’t) but since they’re hard to get for a decent price and I needed one anyways (I thank that bumbling idiot for his mistake) I had to get me some Sonic the Hedgehog games. I saw that they had Sonic Compilation on Ebay UK, which contains Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2 and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (essentially a face change of Puyo Pop). I didn’t mind having one cart for all of them, and being able to play them on the original software is so good. I’d forgotten how 2 player split screen Sonic 2 lags when too many things happen on screen though!

Next is another Sonic game, and is none other than Sonic Adventure. A must have in the Sega Dreamcast library and now that I have it the DC really seems like a Sega console to me for the first time. Sonic is his name and speed is his game! This is the first 3D game in the series, and arguably the best one, though I’ve never properly played any of the games past Sonic 3, so I won’t be too quick to judge.

smaI found this boxed Super Mario Advance: Super Mario Bros. 2 for a favorable price. While Super Mario Bros. never had the place that the 3rd game had it still retained that Mario feel to me- not to mention how exotic it was since I seldom got to play it. The GBA version with added voices and such will be really fun to play. It’s a re-skinned Doki Doki Panic- but who’d not love Super Mario re-skins of other games?

smb3 sma4At the same place, at the same day, at the same time… I found Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 boxed! Super Mario Bros. 3 with updated graphics á la Super Mario All Stars and extra features and sounds is just something that makes me warm inside. This means that I now have all games in that quadrilogy- though only two are complete in box and the other two in custom NDS cases. Speaking of which I ordered 20 more boxes as the collection of the Game Boy line still lacks some cases- so expect another post about that!

SF Ex3I found a copy of Street Fighter EX 3. I’ve yet to play a 3D Street Fighter game so this is kind of a gamble for me- but I think I heard a little bird whispering praises for this game. If I Iike this game I’ll leave it at that, but if it turns out to suck balls I’ll have to strangle that little bird, which saddens me to say the least. The mechanics are basically the same as in other SF games, only here you have a gauge that fills up when hitting or blocking so that you can use special attacks. You also battle in a tag team of two fighters (which sounds awesome!) and can switch out as long as it’s not too short of a time in between. The resting character will then slowly fill up it’s vitality gauge.

Another game that we rented a lot as kids, and that I’d forgotten about before finding this game again, was Tetrisphere. It’s basically Tetris on a sphere, and I have a hard time explaining it better as the gameplay is a bit odd. It was cheap and the memories of 2 player dueling were great, so it’s time to find out if it’s as good as I remember.

N64 RPI also found a Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak complete in box for a great price and the inserts and the Rumble Pak itself were in pristine condition. I didn’t have one for my N64, believe it or not, but I used to have a boxed one for our old system as a kid (before we gave it away to relatives, to be able to buy Game Boy Colors with Pokémon Red & Blue).

red steelI found a cheap copy of Red Steel– remember when I found the second installment a while back (also for cheaps)? Now I have them both (duh). I’ve heard that they’re decent and make great use of the Wii controls- so it’ll be fun to try it out. If I’ll be able to get immersed into the game thanks to the controls I’ll be very content.

You Snooze, You Lose.

2015-06-30 16.02.35I wanted to share this Nintendo 64 ad from the first Super Play issue of ’97. It basically says that tens and thousands of video game fans have marked 1st of May ’97 in their calendars, and that the interest at the introduction of the system in Japan and the US was overwhelming and that we are to see windling queues in Sweden too. And with that knowledge in our hands the people behind the ad conclude that since there weren’t enough units to meet the demands of the Japanese and Americans we will get the same issue in Sweden (hah!) and they thus recommend us to pre-order our units.

Awesome things about this ad:

  • They’ve plastered those ever-so-present 3D Marios on the ad, as a testament of that era, which is nostalgilicious!
  • They released the N64 1st of March ’97 and expected huge sales… or at least tried to build up the hype.
  • You snooze, you lose! That means Mario is losing! Oh no!
  • Hah! They really miscalculated the popularity of the system- sure, supply was scarce at the beginning, and even though the games were ace, it never sold as great as its arch nemesis, the Sony Playstation. What a revenge you had, Sony, what a great revenge…

 

The Original Donkey Kong

Donkey KongYou’re looking at him. Yes, that is the original Donkey Kong. Who’d know that Cranky Kong (he’s not only cranky, look how he moves that crank!) is the one who kidnapped Pauline and pestered Mario all those years ago!

Well, who’s the modern Donkey Kong then? An imposter? No, I’ll let you in on a secret. He’s Cranky Kong’s (the Original Donkey Kong’s) grandson. Are you starting to get it? The current Donkey Kong is said to be the son of Donkey Kong Jr.:

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Here’s the complete lineage from father to son, not including Diddy Kong and all other misfits in the Kong family, compiled by yours truly. It’s mind boggling isn’t it? Twisted everything around in my head when I first got to know about it.

Alright. I know you love those misfits. And you probably enjoy gaming, reading this, so enjoy:

DKFamilyPic(There are more of them misfits, but I can’t be bothered finding a picture of them all in a family photo, so this’ll do).

 

 

Video Game Craftin’

I’ve been at it again!

You remember that old cigarillo stand that I turned into a Game Boy Game Pak stand? The stickers were too big (even though I did input the correct measurements the nline software messed up badly and they arrived oversized) so I printed out my own stickers (in colour!!) and put them on instead of the old ones. Surprisingly, the old ones were easy to remove. Gameboy Stand

These new ones aren’t glossy but it works well with the design, in my opinion. The only thing left is adding a Mario sign on the hat, or something more clever than that. It looks empty to me. Do you have any good ideas?

Then I added some stickers to my newer games. The kind of sticky printer paper I have curls up pretty quickly so I’ve had to add some tape on the labels to keep them in place. So far it looks pretty nice, and I’ve had no troubles with the new method. Though I’ll say, finding good versions of Nintendo 64 video game logos isn’t the easiest thing, and that’s why Dark Rift doesn’t look to sexy down there to the left. At least I can browse the games well, I just have to look for something borderline ineligible if I want to play that game.

N64 LabelsAnd that’s all for today! See you soon!

 

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

Gaming With My Bro

I visited my bro for some old school hanging out and gaming, to relive the good ol’ days.

While we did other things, like watching Youtube clips and eating a lot of food and snacks until we barely could breath, we mainly opted for playing video games that day.

Let me present to you his video game setup, a classy discreet displaying of the video game systems, as to show “I’ve got class, I am tidy, but there’s always room for games in a man’s life, no matter what, and one should always display games where there are games to display.” or something along those lines.

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As I already said, a tidy setup- but when you open up the drawers you’re presented with the awesomest of views:

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I like what my little eye is spying! That Gamecube is the very same one we bought the year it was released over here, he got to keep it when I found myself a Pearl White system. We got Super Smash Bros. Meelee for it, and as far as we were concerned, back then, that game was the only reason we needed to warrant such a purchase. It didn’t fit into the stand and he had to store it in this drawer instead.

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And there’s his game collection, a good few NES titles, N64 games, PC games (he’s  more of a PC gamer than myself currently) and some Xbox games (he still hasn’t got the system but he’ll get one eventually when the need presents itself).

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We played a lot of games such as James Bond 007: Tomorrow Never Dies for the N64 (where, after having “failed” the mission, I’d ultimately stroll about in the building complex and eliminate all witnesses to my deeds), Pilot Wings 64 (a short-lived endeavour as it’s much more fun when played alone), Gremlins 2 for the NES (a fun and pretty balanced adventure game starring everyone’s favorite Mogwai Gizmo), Dr. Mario (which we played for hours at end) and last, but not least F-Zero X for the N64:

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Mmmm… that’s nostalgia.