Game Hunting: This is the End…

…of 2015, so I’ll post whatever I’ve got since the last Game Hunting post!

Let’s start off with some Mega Drive games that I got as a pity-gift for myself since my right middle finger got dislocated at the middle of the finger. Say that 5 times in a row.

2015-12-09 18.29.34I got the sequel of Castle of Illusion, World of Illusion, which takes things even further beyond! Not only will you explore a vast World of illusion (as opposed to a mere Castle of illusion) but this time you get to play as my favorite Disney character, Donald Duck! Both of them use magic, though they only show Mickey using it on the cover. Goody-two-shoes… The game controls well and is of medium difficulty. The music is decent too, i doesn’t contain anything memorable but opts for a typical Disney-esque soundtrack with some kind of orchestrated soundtrack.

2015-12-09 18.29.44Oh-oh-oh-oh-o-o-o-oh-oh! Oh-oh-oh oh oh! Oee-yeee, Talespin! Oeeoo, Talespin! Friends for life through thick and thin, whit another tale to spin! The game contains the opening theme, believe it! It’s mediocre overall though. The gameplay is a tad uninspiring, the controls a bit stiff and the music a mesh between typical Mega Drive tunes and some kind of Carribean theme. It’s fun to pick up and play from time to time, but don’t expect wonders. Grab the controller, bear and grin it.

2015-12-09 18.29.51Sonic & Knuckles is a standalone game that gives Sonic and Knuckles a set of levels to complete together with a new story line. They meant to add all of this to Sonic 3 but where too short on time. Also, they decided that being able to play as the antagonist Knuckles would be kind of wrong, so they postponed this. The issue of adding this additional crap-ton of data to Sonic 3 which already filled up it’s allocated cartridge memory very well also aided them into making this decision. How can you describe this game in the best way… think of it as a tumor. It can either make its own thing, or you can add Sonic 2 or 3 on top of it to be able to add items and Knuckles into those games, effectively loading the content of the two carts together.

2015-12-10 17.35.03This is a milestone for sure, as this is my first ever Repro game. Streets of Rage 3 (in my opinion the best of the three) for the Mega Drive easily goes for 50-70 Pounds (or 70 Euro or more if you’re unlucky) for a complete or boxed version lacking the manual. So it’s really expensive indeed, but for me a must have for the Mega Drive. So what was the option then? A Repro version for 20 pounds. It has the Japanese box art on the cover and the European cover on the cartridge. And so far it’s been a blast to play! Nostalgia aside, this is an amazing game to own and in my opinion a must have for all Genesis/Mega Drive.

The cartridge isn’t of the best quality though, and though sturdy certainly doesn’t feel like the real deal. First of all it’s too smooth on its surface, and a bit hard to insert into the system even though it’s modded to be able to. And the back of it looks unusual too, and contains spelling errors…

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WARNING

Do not bend it, or submerge it in liquids

Do not bend it in direct sunlight or near aradiator or other source of heat

Be sure to take an occasiognal recess during extend play. ——-PLei

So, this tells us that they fit the ROM into a pirated cart or something alike, and that you can have it in sunlight and heat as long as you don’t bend it. I’ll also make sure to take an occasiognal recess, thanks PLei. Still worth it! The cover is of great condition and the box is an original reused one (without the tab!!) so yup. I’d get it again!

And here are the video games I got for Christmas/The Holidays!

2015-12-13 23.05.23I finally got  a Super Nintendo system! It’s in pristine shape and doesn’t have any yellowing whatsoever! My wife was too kind to get it for me, yay! All parts are original and it came with a Composite Scart. Being used to the crisp S-video or RGB signals of the other systems I immediately noticed the blurry difference, so I tried my Gamecube RGB scart on it and voilá! The image went from blurry to awesome in a few seconds. I’m already making lists in my phone of which games I want for it, but awesome as she is, my wife already had overheard my ramblings about video games and picked out two of them already…

2015-12-13 23.05.52When people drive in an infinite row and don’t give way, even when they should as in a roundabout, I call them Lemmings. And that’s the game I got first, Lemmings for the SNES! The controls are surprisingly good and not far from the Mac version I played all those years ago. I’m not too good on reading off those symbols and accidentally sent too many Lemmings to their deaths, and when I was screwed I released 99 Lemmings and pushed the self-destruct button. The intro though…. I really didn’t get it and it was sooo slooooow.

Next game is the instant classic Super Mario World. Even though I have Super Mario Maker I can’t put this one down. I play some of this to death (having reached the 4th castle in 2 sittings) and then I spend the rest of the afternoon playing Super Mario Maker. It’s the best balance, really. I can now also honestly say that the small GBA screen kills off some of the game play as the viewable area of the screen, so if you can get this one first and foremost. If you want a portable version then get the GBA port. Mario is voiced in it, after all, while in the SNES version he’s virtually mute.

Alternate Medical Names for Nintendo Consoles

nesflickrdiylife

NES NAFLD *

SUPER NES
SUPER NAFLD

NINTENDO 64
NINTENDO TRISOMY 64

NINTENDO GAMECUBE NINTENDO MEDLUBE

NINTENDO WII
NINTENDO WHEEZE

ORIGINAL GAMEBOY
OTOTOXIC GAMEBOY**

GAMEBOY COLOR
GAMEBOY CHOLERA

VIRTUAL GAMEBOY VARCIELLA GAMEBOY ***

GAMEBOY ADVANCEGAMEBOY ADVERSE

GAMEBOY ADVANCE SPGAMEBOY ADVERSE CP ****

NINTENDO DS
NINTENDO MS *****

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* Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Acquired by being overweight

** Ear toxicity, especially drugs.

*** Varicella is the virus causing Chickenpox and later on, when reactivated in adults, also Shingles.

**** CP = Cerebral Palsy

***** MS = Multiple Sclerosis

Finished Disney’s Magical Quest 2: Starring Mickey and Minnie… without Minnie.

I’ve finally beaten the game. I don’t mean finally as in “finally, that game was so hard!” but finally as in “finally I have the motivation to beat the game when I remember I’m already at the last level.“.

It was challenging enough, at least in a “pick up and play”-way, and the bosses were tricky enough to beat. In my opinion Canvas-Face-Pete is by far the most difficult one to beat, followed by Cloudy-Face-Pete. But man does that cat (!!) have an ugly face!

Pete with his ugly face and a peg leg in a drawing made by Nelson Dániel at Deviantart.com

Pete with his ugly face and a peg leg in a drawing made by Nelson Dániel at Deviantart.com

I’ve already reviewed the game in my Top 10 SNES Games list and put it at #07.

Screenshots of the SNES game from Genkivideogames.com, I played the GBA version. Yay for portability!

Screenshots of the SNES game from Genkivideogames.com, I played the GBA version. Yay for portability!

I recommend the game for anyone that’s in for a light but solid platforming action. But I warn you, the flying squirrels in the woods level are a pain in the behind.

I’m a little bit sad that the only time you see Donald Duck is in the scene where you get your Vacuum-Cleaner powerup in the screen bottom right in the image above. Luckily you can play as Donald Duck, which happens to be my favourite Disney character because of his human side, in Disney’s Magical Quest 3. Unluckily that game wasn’t released outside of Japan. DARN IT!

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The third game in the series was released for the Gameboy Advance. This means I’ll have to get both the first and third game for the GBA. Yay! But I wish they’d port Mickey Mania for the GBA as well, that game was awesome indeed!

I’ll update soon with a post about a retro item that I pride myself in owning and a post with a tutorial how to both region unlock your NES and replace the pin connector.

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White City, Where Art Thou

“In search of Mega Man’s lost city”… that sounds sad.

I always get a mix of “why didn’t it make it to the game”, “this is awesome” and a little bit of “what if the feature had remained…” when I check out betas of both old and new games.

Here’s a mock-up pic of Mega Man from the olden days before the release of the game:

I’m glad they chose to ditch that design and instead went with this one:

First image courtesy of Unseen64.com

Second image from The Reploid Research Lavatory: http://kobun20.interordi.com/

Third image from Megaman Knowledge Database: http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Mega_Man_Wiki