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.

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Game Hunting: Big Business in July

 

July month was a good one. A debuting Segaphiliac got his claws around the most popular of Sega’s system, the Sega Mega Drive, or Sega Genesis if you will. There were an issue with the system though and it’s as of now unclear what’s wrong with it, which lead to registering to a SEGA forum for Tech Support, and as of now I’m waiting for the moderators to validate my account. Man has it been forever since I was registered at any forum at all, I used to scour My Favorite Games, and I even created my own forums which gathered 4 or so inactive members, ah, good days. I also had an account at PokéCommunity where I outgrew the lil’ kids scouring the site, accusing everyone even accepting the first gen games of wearing “nostalgia goggles”.

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I got this Sega Mega Drive Model 1. While I grew up playing the Model 2 I fell for the retro look, and greater quality, of the first model. As with most 2nd models that are more compact, the components inside are of a cheaper variety, and supposedly this one is supposed to have a greater chance to work. I was assured that it’s work as late as 3 weeks prior to the sale, but alas it didn’t. The seller probably just powered it on (even though he claims to have gotten a good picture from it) and sold it as is. We’re trying to settle it at the moment and he’s offering his help, but I’m pretty sure I’m doing everything right. I even got an RGB cable for it but the frickin’ thing won’t work never the less. Luckily base units are cheap to come by, and if I won’t get it working I’d like some money back. Even so I got the unit for a fair price still, and the dude threw in an extra controller for shits and giggles, so I don’t think he’s trying to con me. This unit didn’t contain Sonic the Hedhehog though, I’ll have to get that one. And maybe that SEGA forum will be able to help me out.

2015-07-17 21.13.29This is the sexy beast itself. The sexy wounded malfunctioning beast of a machine.The RF cable didn’t work on the CRT TV on channel C36 (or any other either by the way) and I had no luck on the flatscreen LCD TV either. It lights on, the Headphone port gives a static sound that hurts the ears, and occassionally you could hear that sound seconds at a time when trying to tune the game in. The RGB cable only shows a flickering screen akin to the blinking ones of the NES:

2015-07-17 21.12.12I got two hockey games for the system, the first one is NHL Hockey ’94, and the other one the fabled Elitserien 95 (it’s really common and goes for the cheaps, by the way), which contains the Swedish hockey players of 1995. That’s seriously a great game, and I’m not even that much for sports games to begin with. I’m stoked to play these games, only, I can’t. That’s a bummer. Anyhow, the first one is in pretty good condition, but Elitserien has seen better days.

2015-07-17 21.12.59These controllers were included, a total of three of them! I don’t know if they work yet though, as I can’t get a picture. And I don’t have an Atari to try them out either. They look nice, and they feel right in my hands with the correct response when pushing the buttons, and the cables look whole and all.

IMG_6705Quackshot: Starring Donald Duck looked really fun and I had to get it after watching a let’s play of the first level. I love Disney games, and even though this ain’t no Capcom game I still find the titles to be overall enjoyable on the Mega Drive never the less. I’m stoked to play this one, if the game system ever decided to output some proper image that is! I lookf orward to play this game with an Indiana Jones-Donald Duck knockoff that doesn’t even have real bullets to boot. Watch out or Pete’s going to get ya!

IMG_6706Next is Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse (what’s up with the “Starring” theme of these games? Are they trying to mimic the cartoons?) which is an early Mega Drive game which is pretty decent. It might be no Magical Quest or Mickey Mania, but is an easy pick-up-and-play title on the system that offers a good time to the ones lusting for an easygoing adventure. It’s pretty interesting how Mickey isn’t angry or smiling on the cover; it’s not Americanized like the Kirby franchise, instead he’s in deep thought over the mystery that’s about to be unfolded. That’s deep, man and woman.

IMG_6707Next up is Aladdin. This is in fact the version I like the most and I don’t have any feelings whatsoever for the SNES version. The animation is superb and I always loved how they used the iconic sword-wielding Aladdin that stabbed Snakefar with his blade. It might also be that I grew up playing this version on the PC too, so of course I am biased, gosh. The graphics, sound effects and gameplay are awesome. AWESOME. It’s not too easy though, and suffers from the not-being-able-to-see-where-the-invisible-enemy-is-shooting-you disease.

A2015-07-18 22.21.02nd last, but not least (maybe), we have an outcast in the group. It doesn’t belong here. But it’s a July Pickup and cost me only the equivalent of 1 dollar, so. Yeah. Fighting wars with your instruments in Battle of the Bands seems very interesting, and there’s a multiplayer mode too, so I hold medium hopes that this game will be playable. If it isn’t I can just watch in on the shelf, or sell it for 1 dollar or so.

 

What’s Up With This Dude

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I’m sure y’all have seen this image somewhere on the Internet. It depicts the ideals of how a radical teenager, meaning you, should be and what he should have back in the days:

  • High fashion clothing.
  • Having a neon-yellow Capcom cap which horribly contrasts your pink shirt.
  • Putting up video game store exlusive posters of your favorite games.
  • Having a TV on your desk. Seriously, who had that? Did you? The only things on my desk were a stationery and books and stuff. I’d never study with a setup like that hindering my studies.
  • You should have a mullet.
  • Have Nintendo Power issues together with your boxed NES games, and some more boxes just thrown randomly on your desk.
  • Don’t forget your model helicopter and fighter jets hanging from your ceiling.
  • A baseball trophy, to show that you’re fit despite all your gaming (and at the same time appealing to parents).

A couple of questions:

Where are the books? You know, both to study and to leisurely read?

How could the middle class afford such an expensive lifestyle for their kids? I mean, your own TV set? Is he an only child?

But what boggles me the most is:

What’s up with the MULLET?!

By the way, I’m on vay-cay at the moment so updates are sparce until I get back.

Image from: http://herpderpedia.wikispaces.com/

Game Hunting: A Dream Come True

This awesome Game Boy sign, which I've wanted for some time (ever since I was a kid), was showcased in stores just above the shelves where they held the Gameboy games. Initially he priced it for 30 pounds, but when my wife gave me a look of warning (for buying a cheap piece of plastic she explained later) I got this one for 20 pounds instead. The seller simply reduced the price when seeing my wife giving me that look. You don't find these signs all too often, and when you do they're priced from 80 pounds and up. I made a great deal.

This awesome Game Boy sign, which I’ve wanted for some time, back in my youth it was showcased in stores just above the shelves where they held the Gameboy games. Initially the dude priced it for 28 pounds, but when my wife gave me a look of warning (for buying “a cheap piece of plastic” as she explained it later) I got this one for 18 pounds instead. The seller simply reduced the price on his own accord when seeing my wife giving me that look.  Hah! You don’t find these signs all too often, and when you do they’re priced from 80 pounds and up. I made a great deal.

Batman for 8 pounds. Kind of a good deal, not the cheapest find but for less than I've seen it being sold for (around 15 pounds).

Batman for 8 pounds. Kind of a good deal, not the cheapest find but for less than I’ve seen it being sold for (around 15 pounds) on Ebay. I’ve wanted this one for a long time!

I bought this for 5 pounds. It's for my brother. The story goes like this: he was about to get the game for free in a flea market and I somehow didn't get it and he lost his shot because of that. As a consolation I bought this one for him.

I bought this for 5 pounds and it’s for my brother. The story goes like this: he was about to get the game for free in a flea market  along with another purchase and I somehow didn’t get it and he lost his shot because of that. As a consolation I bought this one for him.

I remember this game from when I was a child and I remember it being an entertaining game, and so I bought it for 12 pounds.

I remember this game from when I was a kid and I remember it being an entertaining game, and so I bought it for 12 pounds.

Yeah! Now I've got all 4 in the handheld series. I just started playing it and it's a fun game. For 8 pounds.

Yeah! Now I’ve got all 4 in the handheld series. I just started playing it and it’s a fun game. For 8 pounds.

This one was in a bargain bin for 2 pounds. It has a slight defect in the upper right corner.

This one was in a bargain bin for 2 pounds. It has a slight defect in the upper right corner.

It's just cracked in this here corner, see?

It’s just cracked in this here corner, see?

This game was in the discount box since it's so cluttered. It's an ex-rental copy of Blast Corps, a game I remember renting. And now I have a rental copy. Isn't that clutter charming? For 2 pounds.

This game was in the discount box since it’s so cluttered. It’s an ex-rental copy of Blast Corps, a game I remember renting. And now I have a rental copy. Isn’t that clutter charming? For 2 pounds.

Eye-Catching Gameboy Ads

How is a ferret down one’s trousers an even remotely funny experience? Or are they implying something dirty, as in an innuendo? And if it’s more fun, why is he doing both activities at the same time?

Boy is that ad a weird one! But this one is awesome:

This has to be the best ad ever.

First ad from: http://www.andysowards.com/blog/assets/OldGameboyAdd2.jpg

Second ad from: http://www.vintagecomputing.com/wp-content/images/retroscan/hudson_gb_large.jpg