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: Stay Away, Angry Sun!

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It’s Summer Time, and for most of us this means vacation, and a chance to get to play more video games, if it weren’t for travelling and all those other things one has to do. Ah, I can’t play the stationary consoles outdoors, and the weather is nice so I have to be outdoors. Let’s play on the handhelds then! No, I’m required to enjoy this new and exotic country I’m visiting… That means the new and exotic lands of this game will have to wait…

To sum it up I’d conclude that wintertime is a better time to play video games, but don’t forget the surge of flea markets and the likes, as well as last-minute garage sales to scour in search for more video games. If you don’t have enough already, that is (I do, but I can’t stop myself, it’s pathological). This month’s haul is largely from the last 40% sale on GAME (with 20% off on accessories and consoles) and later on, 50% on all goods, and last, but not least, a Liquidation Sale as they went out of business after filing bankruptcy when all games and accessories were on 70% sale!

This post has been delayed by life and things like that, not to mention by how huge it is! This months haul is a record thus far, and it clearly marks some of my issues as a gamer and a collector.

2015-06-01 12.35.32I had cropped this image and I can’t understand why it was imported this way. And I frankly don’t give a damn, as I’m too lazy to correct this digital mistake. Anyhow, this here video game is Carmageddon 64, a pretty decent port of the PC game called Carmageddon 2. Being a fan of the Carmageddon franchise as a whole I decided to get this copy, and it plays very well. Bar the very low framerate, when compared to it’s PC brother, and the lower resolution, it feels the same. What striked me as odd was the inclusion of both fat and thin green zombies and red blood. Yes, not green as in the censored PC version, but red. That’s not very “Nintendo of the 90’s” at all.

2015-06-01 12.35.55Lumines Plus is another game that I’ve ogled, and for a small price I got this into my collection. It’s actually a fun and odd platformer which tries to look very modern, and it has some kind of contemporary look to it even today. The oddest part of it, besides the gameplay, is the music tracks who range from anything from generic electronic music tracks to actual music tracks with singers. The genres vary greatly in my opinion, but so far I haven’t heard rock and hiphop and the likes. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you’re a puzzle fan. If not you’ll just end up getting annoyed at the innovative gameplay style and especially at the odd choice of music tracks. I guess they tried to much to be an “everybody’s puzzle game”.

2015-06-01 12.37.21What a big blank space there is around the cartidge, what a waste. Thank you, WordPress. Anyhow, Astro Boy is one of the hidden gems on the Game Boy Advance system and I’d heard that it’s a great platformin action game. And boy did it deliver! The graphics, sound effects and the gameplay are all great. The story itself is interesting and light enough to draw me in, and has given me the urge to check out the Astro Boy franchise myself. If you find this one decently priced I’d say pick it up- you won’t be sorry. And if you would dislike this game something would be wrong with you, I think. I wouldn’t be to blame, I’d say. While we’re still talking about Game Boy Advance games… stack the heck away from Shrek Swamp Kart Racing.
2015-06-01 12.35.45Official Nintendo 64 Expansion Packs are way too expensive, man and woman. Good thing they had that sale that made this one unit affordable. This device is inserted into the Nintendo 64 to give it more RAM (4mb if I recall correctly, please correct me if I’m wrong, or don’t, have it your way, gosh). This allows for a few select games to output in higher resolution, of which I only have one (Pokémon Stadium 2). I’ve stayed away from Donkey Kong 64 (which technically shouldn’t didn’t require the Expansion Pack, if it wasn’t for a certain part of the game freezing without it). since it needs one of these.

2015-06-01 12.36.08I got myself another new-in-box SEGA Dreamcast Controller. It’s mint and never used, complete with a plastic bag and the manual. There are many of these around on Ebay and the likes, so getting a mint original Dreamcast controller never is a problem. The prices are decent in Ebay too, but when you can get 20% off that price and save on shipping… why not go for it? Now that I’ve got 4 controllers I can play Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear in Deathmatch Mode with 3 buddies. Too bad no one will want to. I tried that mode with my brother and the maps are way too huge for that small amount of players in Local Play. I’ll have to get other games, like Power Stone or something, instead.

2015-06-09 17.41.26Resident Evil 4… what have I driven myself into. I’m notorious amongst my friends and family for being easily spooked by this genre, so I’m not really sure what made me grab this one. It might be the will to conquer my fears… or so I hope, since the other option would be true insanity. I hope this will bring me many hours of fun and not soiled pants instead…

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Next up is XII Stag, or Twelve Stag (or 12 Stag) if you will which is a vertical shooter. I really love those arcade-style games and they’re one of the reasons why I love the Playstation 2 too; there simply are a great lot of arcade ports for it. And they usually go for cheap too! They’re easy to pick up and play, and usually you get Free Credits too. That’s cheap arcadin’!

2015-06-09 17.43.52This is the definitive version of Monopoly with animations and gameplay that’s limited to 2 players only! I lied when I said that it’s the definitive version though… as you’ve figured out you can only play as 2 players in this game which limits the fun I’d reckon. But being a Monopoly fan I needed to pick this up for cheaps. Fo’ Cheapz! And it has both the classic and World Edition boards.

 

2015-06-09 18.11.05Zombie Revenge is one of those games that go for a higher price on the Dreamcast. This sale made me able to buy it without burning a hole through my wallet and, subsequently, my pocket. And it’s a really fun game! The Bare Knuckle mode is by far the best, and is a mode where you use your fists to defeat all those disgusting monsters and zombies. I still haven’t really understood what the revenge is about though…

2015-06-09 18.10.59This is yet another vertical shooter, Castle Shikigami II: War of the Worlds (not like H.G. Well’s piece, mind you) which Play It has released. I’ve yet to play this one, but when I come over these for the cheaps I have to get them. Chances are really good that they’ll be awesome. This one is also one of the finds during GAME’s Great Final Sale. I’m lucky few people even care to get these Old School-style arcade games; that means I get them instead!

N2015-06-11 17.40.49ext is Metal Gear Solid 3: Substinence, which contains a bonus disc that was pre-order or something like that in the US and Japan. It’s a fleshed out version of Snake Eater, and even though I thought I snagged it for kind of cheap in a thrift store it turned out not to contain the bonus disc.  I got it since you need Substinence to live… at least that’s my excuse. I mean, I’m no Snake Eater, right? The Europeans got the bonus disc either way since they had to wait for it for longer.

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Next in line to present to you is none other than Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This is my favorite version of GTA thus far simply because it’s based on Miami Vice and since it takes part in the 80’s (which I love) this is the definitive version for me. I love the music selection too and I’ve always liked that the type of car you get predetermines which station it’ll be tuned into. While I’m not much for breaking the law, shooting and driving over innocents and the such, the free roaming world is a very fun thing gameplay-wise, and “borrowing” cars to crash never gets old.

2015-06-24 23.09.00Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a game my wife has wanted to get for a good while now, and during that sale we snagged it. Adventure games like this one always have a tendency to drag me in. I think it has to be the Indiana Jones in me that needs his fix. He’s shackled thight enough not to be able to escape and actually make me embark on real dangerous adventures, thank God, but I’m humane enough to grant him at least this much.

2015-06-24 23.09.49Some Nintendo Entertainment System dust sleeves! These were dirt cheap, and that’s a great thing considering they’re supposed to guard against dust. I took these two since they were the only ones left on the shelf. I asked the clerk if there were any more left. He then asked how many I wanted. I said “all there is.” He then answered that only these two remained. I left that GAME store baffled. I’m still not sure what the point was of asking me if I wanted any more of them if there were none else left than these two.

2015-06-24 23.13.19Microsoft Puzzle Entertainment Pack is something I envision in very much the same way as they’ve portrayed how your mind will become after having played the game on the cover of the box: as a mess. It’s weird that Microsoft ported some of their PC games to the Game Boy Color. It’s weird. It heinous. It’s a testament of madness! And that’s why I got this complete game. It’s too weird to pass on and I actually seem to have low standards when it comes to gaming (I enjoy the NES game Golf a bit too much) so I think I’ll like this one.

2015-06-24 23.10.39This is the only decent Sega Dreamcast game they had left and that I wanted to get: Milennium Soldier: Expendable. This is a top-ish view run and gun game where the tagline tells you what you need to know (something in the lines of “don’t ask, don’t stop, just shoot.”). This is a port of a port of an arcade game (portception) and plays very much like one, with credits, a second player being able to jump in anytime, and bosses and weapon upgrades and such. That sounds awesome!

2015-06-24 23.17.27  I love the Die Hard movies (for sure the first three ones, and even Live Free or Die Hard [but not so much Die Hard 4.0]) and when I saw Die Hard: Vendetta for the Gamecube I bought it. I’m hoping for a decent first person shooter and not something like Die Hard Trilogy for the Playstation. Even though that one is somewhat nostalgic it hasn’t aged well at all.

2015-06-27 16.28.01You’re not hallucinating, folks. I’ve bought a PC game, Command & Conquer: The First Decade. Before older console games became cheap enough my main gaming platform was the PC. Either I got cheap games that looked fun enough (Like good ones like MechCommander and Earth: 2140, or bad ones like Krazy Ivan) or I got them through friends (let’s just call that “lending through charred discs of information”). One of the top picks is the Command & Conquer franchise, with Red Alert being my favorite. This compilation contains everything released during the first decade, or so it claims. I got it at a flea market complete, and I’m eager to try it out.

2015-06-27 16.29.49It may be difficult to see, but this cart actually is Pocket Music for the Gameboy Advance. It’s your standard mixboard which is, to me, a bit difficult to learn due to the limited buttons of the system. Mixing is both easy and difficult; if you know which beats to use you can insert them easily. Knowing which tunes are which is the challenge though… I dig the inclusion of a GBA version if “My Name Is” by Slim Shady. That’s really nice!

2015-06-27 16.32.08Next up is Mercury Meltdown Revolution, a game I’ve heard is a hidden gem. You guide this mercuroid blob throughout stages that are sensitive to the motions of your Wiimote. I say, this blob sure looks like a Flubber! I bet you’d forgotten about that movie, no? This one is certainly darker than its Flubbi bethren and gives off a noble look. Amyhow, if you like motion controls and puzzles, look no further. Stop. No, stop looking further. Come ON!!

2015-06-27 16.33.00  Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward is an action game where you kill zombies and such. It looks great, through I don’t expect the gameplay to be stellar by any means, but it’s supposed to be decent. I’ve yet to play this one so I don’t have too much to say about it other than it looks fun. Playstation 2 games are dirt cheap, which means you can gamble when you get games on the system.

2015-06-30 15.53.57Is this one good? I’ve heard about the Fallout games a whole lot and I’ve yet to try any of them out. I definitely think I have a strong anough PC for this one, so I thought I’d see what the hype is all about in this the 3:rd game in the series. It also came very, very cheap at a thrift store, so yeah. That’s the story of how this one got into my possession. Let’s see how I fare in a post apocalyptic world (not so good. I’d guess)!

 

2015-06-30 15.54.09I got Sly 3: Honor Amongst Thieves! Platformers are my thing, and I won’t say no to good 3D platformer like this one. Also found at a thrift store for CHEAPS and when I got to the cash register they put it in at 50% off so it was even cheaper than I thought. You could even say it was a steal… heh. Man, that be nice, y’arr! Though me not be thinkin’ there be no honour amongst the thievery gentlemen, no, y’arr, they be dishonest like the worst of vermin, see.

2015-06-30 15.53.48I really used to play Diablo II a lot when it was new-ish back then. I never got very far, neither did I ever do that great, but raiding the maps and searching for stronger weapons and cooperating with my brother doing all that was a lot of fun. As with all PC games it’s not that certain a thing that the CD Key will work but I’ll give it a chance. I chose the Necromancer to be able to keep my distance and summon Skeleton Warriors and  Clay Golems to fight for me. Letting others fight my battles fits my game style much better and being a Summoner is more my cup of tea.

2015-06-30 15.55.01I also snagged these older Super Play issues, the first one is from January 1997 I presume and recaps the Game Year of 1996, which is insanely awesome. The other one leads you through the Console War of XBox, Playstation2 and the Nintendo Gamecube. As we all know they’re great on their own (with the Gamecube being the best system in my opinion) but as expected the Gamecube sold much, much less than the other systems.

I’d like to end this post with a few lines about blank spaces. Recognize the song? An E-cookie will be handed out to those giving the right answer:

“Cause we’re nerds and we’re reckless
We’ll collect things way too far 
Don’t buy things that are tasteless,
Games like Shrek riding in his swampy kart
Got a long list of games left
They’ll tell you I’m insane
But these images have too much blank space baby
WordPress is to blame.”

J&L Games, New York City

When in New York I stumbled upon this gaming store called J&L Games, by chance, and decided to check it out since I haven’t entered other areas who had retro game stores. The bigger chains didn’t really have that huge selection of NTSC games that I could play on my systems (which are games for the Gamecube, NES, the Game Boy lineup, Nintendo DS, and PS Vita) and now that they’ve ventured into newer platforms, that unfortunately are region locked, I don’t have that many reasons to enter those stores anymore. There might be the odd Nintendo DS game being clearanced (such as Aliens: Infestation which was a steal at 10 bucks) but now I can’t even seem to find that kind of games either. There only are “Language” games and stuff like “Driving School” and “Stop Smoking” games. That’s nothing to waste my money at. So imagine my glee when seeing this store!

I’ll give you a rough walkthrough, and even though the prices were what you could imagine in a game store with a physical location, with Ebay prices being what they are, I still thought that it was worth entering. Most of the new games were decently priced too.

IMG_5730When entering you can see some Wii U games and peripherals at the left, and they had a nice selection too. That Mario figure at the back was for sale too! As with all the images in this post, you can enlarge the image by clicking it, or by opening it in a new tab (right click and choose to open it in a new tab). The setup was clean and tidy. No dust on the shelves either! I’ve never seen that many Wiimotes with special designs in the same place either. That’s neat.

 

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They also had lots of Amiibo’s for about 15 bucks each. They usually went for close to 20 bucks in the GameStops I visited, so I was impressed that they didn’t charge more for them. Some, like the Villager and other “rare” and elusive ones were priced at about 45 bucks or so, if I recall correctly. I can’t figure out the prices on the tags as they’re invisible in this picture. I didn’t get any, even though they’re signicifantly cheaper when compared to Sweden, since the only one I want is the Wario one, The others aren’t interesting to me at all, though Mega Man and Samus are awesome.

IMG_5733They had this huge Mario (statue?) at the entrance. I took a picture with it but I don’t want to show off my face like this on the Internet, you know, all those things they told you about that kind of stuff when the Internet was still young still affects my mind. Anyhow, this didn’t seem to be for sale, and I can’t really imagine how you’d take this one with you. I’d reckon shipping would be cheaper if you’d just pay for an extra plane seat for it! Not to mention I’d guess something like this would cost between 200-500 dollars. That’s not any money I’d like to pay for a Mario figure. A Wario one is a different story though…

IMG_5734Look at all these Game Boy games!! When getting into retro territory the prices tend to skyrocket, as was the case with these games, and even among those who were decently priced I didn’t find anything I liked too much, or I already had them. The same goes for the Game Boy Advance games. I didn’t get any loose Nintendo DS games, I only ever bought a loose cart since it had the manual before (Sonic Colors) so I stayed away from them. This reminds me, I need 20 more clear Nintendo DS cases… There are some Game Boy games of mine who still need custom boxes, and one “82 in 1″ compilation (Lies!! There are only 10 unique games or so in it!) that needs a custom case design.

IMG_5738Games everywhere! They had games for the following platforms, though I may have missed one or two of them: NES, SNES, GB, GBA, PS, PS2, PS3, PS4, GCN, N64, Genesis, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PS Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, NDS, N3DS… Did I miss something? Yeah, I’m sure I missed something. Anyhow, you get the big idea. The NES games did cost a fair bit, as they pretty much only had quality titles in great condition, and most of the quality GCN titles too, though Wario World had the standard price which is seen both in the US and Europe (around 20 dollars or so). They also had a few boxed NES games too.

IMG_5740The Game Boy systems carried a hefty price tag of around 60-80 dollars, though I’d guess the pro is that you can try them out and feel them before buying them. They also seemed to be in good condition. I eyed that Game Boy Printer but got cold feet as I’m hoping to get one for cheaper. They also had a good few Japanese import titles, something taht isn’t too common I’d believe. I only saw imports in Pink Gorilla, though I’ll admit I didn’t look to carefully for them in other stores either. I have a Yellow Brick Game Boy (follow the Yellow Brick Game Boy, follow the Yellow Brick Game Boy, follow, follow, follow follow, follow the Yellow Brick Game Boy) and would like to get my hands on one with the original colors and the transparent one.

IMG_5741And here you have the Playstation Vita games, who were decently priced. Can you spot The Walking Dead: The Second Season?

I hope you liked this virtual tour of sorts. Make sure to visit the store, the prices may match other physical game stores but the experience was great. I think I’d have bought more games if I hadn’t decided to buy selected titles instead in January.

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.

Game Hunting: Even More PS2 Gaming Goodness

This time I present to you even more Playstation 2 games in this week’s Game Hunting. As you can get them for no more than 2-3 bucks each in pristine condition (usually in used condition but sometimes even brand new and sealed) it sure is the right time to score those games you’ve been looking for to the PS2 library, as everyone clears our their collection to get money for newer systems, or are moving on into other hobbies.

SVC Chaos

The first game that I got was SNK vs Capcom: Chaos (or as the front cover reads- SVC Chaos- SNK vs. Capcom, which happens to be an arcade port), It’s a very good fighting game, being part of the “Capcom Vs.” series, though I reckon the ones featuring the “X-Men vs. Capcom”‘s characters are more sought after and for good reason. Slick Gaming wrote a piece about the “Capcom Vs.” series in his Worth Playing: Part 8 post. And he sure is right about the quality and worth…ness? Worth…hood? Ah. He sure is right about the quality and worth of these games. I find Hugo very intimidating in size and look though, and that attack where he rushes makes me feel a bit frightened to be honest. It’s awesome to be able to play as Zero from the newer installments, as well as Red Arremer from Gargoyle’s Quest,SC 2

Soul Calibur II is a sequel to the first game for the Sega Dreamcast, and a good one at that. The only draw is that you get some Tekken dude instead for Link as you get in the Gamecube version, and Spawn in the Xbox version, which is a tad dissapointing. Otherwise it looks and plays the same, and I really like this armed-combat fighting game. It’s just as fun as I remember it being back when it came out, and is a balanced game. Not that I’m particularly good at it, but it still manages to be fun even considering that.

LOTR My, this is uncomfortable, a game with a cover in a foreign language! It’s in Swedish, which isn’t foreign to me, and it’s supposed to be Lord of the Rings: Return of The King. I remember playing it on a demo stand back when it came out and I was really into the Lord of the Rings movies and books and I liked it a lot. I loved being able to play the battle at Helm’s Deep and didn’t find the mechanics to be lacking at a glance. Now, however, I’m getting my ass kicked since I find the controls and such to be a bit difficult to master, and I lost almost all my health fighting off filthy Orcs who sometimes hit me off screen. All in all it’s a fun game and not too terrible, and if you’re a fan you’re going to enjoy it.

R2RBThe first time I played Ready 2 Rumble Boxing was on a demo stand just after the Sega Dreamcast came out over here, and I thought it was hilarious and fun. When I saw this sold for nothing I grabbed it, and it turns out to be a fun game. Maybe not as great as Rocky for the PS2 and the GCN but still good enough given it’s light hearted atmosphere. Now Rocky is a great boxing game, I remember how fun we had yelling to the other to stop using alternating high and low hooks to destroy one’s boxer, when they managed to get into the correct distance that is. I also remember how they tried to persuade you to buy the movies too.  You could read “Buy the movies. Play the game.” or something like that. My brother got our copy of the game for the Gamecube, and I think I’d like to get one of my own too in the future.

1945

This game is so good. 1945 I & II is a port of the arcade games with the same name. It’s a vertical shooter which can get really intense, and is best enjoyed with some friends. That’s not to say that it’s very fun when played alone too! You choose from several planes with different attack types and upgrades, as well as “Bombs“, or “Special Attacks“, if you will. I’ve noticed how much noise these early discs make when inserted into my Playstation 2 Slim, you know, those with the blue side. I wonder why?

 

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Next game is Half-Life. Can you see those annoying Void stickers? I really dislike them! I’m going to check out how to get rid of them, Goo Gone doesn’t work that well, and scraping them off with put a lot of flimsy material on your fingers which is really annoying. It’s admirable that they made a PS2 port with a new Co-Op story exclusive to the system, but it works so-so and the beginning of that story is thick to get through. You control two different scientist women who are thrown in the middle of the mayhem that erupts around Morgan Freeman… eh, I mean Gordon Freeman, excuse me. My brother and I stopped playing because it was so frickin’ difficult, and we had a hard time, losing more than half our health bars each against one of those multi-ocular bulldog creatures- and that frustration just isn’t worth. Forget auto-aim, there is no noticeable thing like that in this game. And imagine moving around trying to hit small creatures with your crowbar, man, you’re in for a treat. This game plays much better with a mouse, and is together with Age of Empires 2 a good reason to get one. Though I don’t really know if it supports a keyboard and mouse, I’ve got to check it out.

 

Marvel Ultimate 2Last but not least we have Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance 2. It’s an enjoyable game with a Co-Op mode, and controls pretty well. I usually used Iron Man, as he could fly, and Spider Man who swings on his spider webs and basically flies through doing so as well. Wolverine was strong but clunky, slow and lacked any immediate range attacks, but since you could choose between one out of four heroes it didn’t matter that much. All in all it’s a fun but repetitive beat-em-up (as most games from that genre can be) and worth a couple of bucks if you run across a copy.

Video Game Adventures in the US: Hunting in Vegas

While in Vegas, as I mentioned several months ago, we went video game hunting. I remember I said a follow up post about the stores would follow, and I can see that this post might already be way  overdue, but let’s do this anyways! You already know what I bought during that trip (if not, follow the link above to find out!) so I’ll just show some pretty pictures of the store and some descriptions and stuff.

Maybe stores like these are common for you guys in the States or the UK, but over here they’re few and far between. Mainly it was the selection that impressed me, not to mention the lower pricing. Over here the national selection and sales naturally were lower due to the low population, which in its turn increases the overall price of some games. While some games that sell for 5 $ in the US can be found for 10$ over here, it’s way more common for such a game to be priced 3-5 times that price just because the seller can.  Usually most NES games range between an average of 15-25 dollars over here, and that’s insane.That also explains why a price tag of 10-15 $ is considered good for an average game, as that amount translates to considerably less in the US. Also, if you have unlocked your NES, UK PAL games are a great source of collecting as they play flawlessly and cost less than in Sweden (if you’re not a SCN-ophiliac that is!).

A Gamer’s Paradise – South Shore

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I have never seen such a collection of games elsewhere. For me, that’s impressive.

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They offered a lot of consoles and game guides, and even a NES Top Loader. I didn’t inquire about the price though as I simply didn’t notice it until I saw this picture. I was simply that extatic.

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Lots of boxed goodies in good condition at the top and two demo stands, one for the N64 and one for the XBox. I haven’t seen many of these stands “in the wild” over here as you usually have to know people or attend conventions to get them. If I’d ever find one for a favorable price I’d get it, but the problem usually is shipping, as even if found for a good price on the net or any other place, you have to pick them up.

 

Game World

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First thing that struck me upon entering the store was the biggest supply of NES games I’d ever seen, and the prices were pretty good too.

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That’s the Mega Man Anniversary Collection I got! My brother bought a few more titles though.

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They kept the NES games in high demand behind glass, but they had a few for a good price which we bought, like Super Mario Bros. 2 and Zelda II: Link’s Adventure.

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A general overview of the store with its tons of games and merchandise.

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A list of all “Most Wanted” games for each system that the store was looking for. It’s self-explanatory as why they’re on the list, but I’m surprised why Wild Guns isn’t on the list, probably they’re aiming for more common items that sell more readily with this list.

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A detail of the art outside of the store windows. Pretty neat, huh?

Now Playing: Winning over Puzzling Fighters

These are images from when I was playing some older games on my small flatscreen TV- I use it when I want to have the TV on in the background while gaming, but when I want to really concentrate on my gaming I use my new United CRT TV (well, it’s not really new, it’s my wife’s old one we found in her parents’ storage room) which views my older consoles very well, especially the NES and N64 systems.

Here’s Pokémon Puzzle League on the N64 with our significantly larger flatscreen in the background (where Homer is visiting a Gay Club).

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Here I’m battling Mewtwo in Super Hard mode, while Gary is very much possible to beat nowadays Mewtwo isn’t. I managed to get a Draw but that meant that I had to fight Gary again, basically Mewtwo remained the Champion, and that’s sad.

You know what’s Super Hard though? A Metapod using Harden until its maximum capacity. That dude can crush a Pinsir’s horns badly.

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This is my highscore from the awesome game Winning which I wrote about here. I’m number one with the insane score of 8,493,482!! Yay me!

There’s a David which boasts a score of 12 billion though. And there are a lot of people with over 32 million as well, and even though those scores dwarf mine I’ll still remember this picture with something that resembles pride (’cause being proud of something like this… is it OK? Am I allowed to gloat?).

Then I played some Capcom vs SNK 2 which is a really good fighting game.
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I used this dude, Ryuji Yamazaki, a girly one and Ken, and Ryuji truly is a delinquient in the flesh. Youtube his fighting style and you’ll see. No, forget it, I’ll show you myself:

And read what he’s saying! “I said lick my shoes clean!!” He’s scary as hell!

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I finished the Arcade mode mainly due to Ken but Yamazuki helped out some too, but Benimaru, the girly dude, wasn’t that good at all. Not my kind of fighter.

Aaw, Yamazaki seems a little bit shy.

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OMG I’m dead. I’ll lick your shoes!!

Last image from: http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-03/capsnk2-ryuji-01.html