Nov.-Jan. Purchases & Other Thoughts

While the last few months I chronicled my Famicom acquisitions, I haven’t updated with my other purchases. Here are the purchases made from November up through this month:

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Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth (N64)
I have always enjoyed the Star Soldier type of shooter, but the NES game is pretty damn hard. This one may be a little too much on the easy side, but it is still a good game in the series.

Mortal Kombat 4 (N64)
A surprisingly great port especially since the MK Trilogy port on N64 wasn’t very good.

Rayman 2: The Great Escape (N64)

Wetrix (N64)
A puzzle game that is equal parts crazy, hard, and unique!

Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC)
The complete first two Dragon Quest games on a single GB cart? Sweet!

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Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (GBA)
I was surprised to find this new, so I had to pick it up.

ゲームセンターCX: 有野の挑戦状 (DS) [Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou]
I recommend this to anyone who loves NES games as the psudo-NES games made for this title are amazing! You can check out my review of this title here.

Magic: the Gathering – Battlemage (PS1)

Gekioh: Shooting King (PS1)

Duke Nukem: Time to Kill (PS1)

Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
I already had the Japanese version when I picked this one up. It wasn’t a planned purchase, but since the price was about half of what it normally goes for, I decided I’d take it.

Mega Man: Powered Up (PSP)

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)
This was what I got in trade when I gave Hart704 my copy of Call of Duty 4 (PS3). This particular copy is the same version that came with the special edition PSP from last year complete with alternate cover and is still sealed.

Stuntman Ignition (PS3)
A better game than most give it credit for, if you don’t mind music/rhythm games for their trial-and-error gameplay, then you’d probably enjoy this. I got it for $30.

Stranglehold – Collector’s Edition (PS3)
Stranglehold was an unplanned purchase when I was at Best Buy to pick up Burnout Paradise. I knew I wanted the PS3’s collector’s edition because of the included movie, Hard Boiled, but I didn’t want to pay full price. Fortunately, I found one last copy available at $40!

NBA Street Homecourt (PS3)
How can I say no to a cool arcade basketball game for only $9? Score!

Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Anyone who claims to be a Burnout fan, but is hating on this game based on the demo needs to do themselves a favor and go out right now and buy Burnout Paradise! Sure, it has minor flaws, but so does your precious Mass Effect and Call of Duty 4 and you have those more than likely. Stop sniveling about your lame reasons for skipping it and get it now!

Suikoden III (PS2)

Rogue Galaxy (PS2)

Frequency (PS2)
Do you love Harmonix for creating Guitar Hero and Rock Band? Then try to take a look at one of their first attempts at a music/rhythm game. I found this new recently even though it was released in 2001 and it is very good!

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Hudson JoyCard Famicom controller
Not only do I love the cIassic Famicom styIe of this controller, but it is easily the best controller I have ever used for the NES/Famicom! It may be used and is probably about 20 years old, but it still has top-notch response time and fantastic feeling buttons! The only downside is that it uses the 15-pin auxiliary port on the Famicom, so I’m afraid it is not compatible with the NES.

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From Japan With Love

That’s right brothers and sisters, I received another shipment from Japan today with 10 more Famicom games! Yay! Get ready for lots of cIassic win! ^_^

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Batman
Dragon Ninja (Bad Dudes)
忍者龍剣伝 (Ninja Ryukenden) (Ninja Gaiden)

忍者龍剣伝II: 暗黒の邪神剣 (Ninja Ryukenden II: Ankoku no Jashinken) (Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos)
高橋名人の冒険島II (Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima II) (Adventure Island 2)
ツインビー3: ポコポコ大魔王 (Twinbee 3: Poko Poko Daimou)
Super 魂斗羅 (Super Contra)

Star Force
Super Xevious

I would normally go for many more boxed games, but the place I get them from, JapanGameStock, always has a buy 3, get 1 free deal on the loose carts, so I have a hard time wanting to pick up boxed games even though they are very desirable. Apparently my desire for free games is greater! Star Force and Super Xevious are my first two boxed games because they were relatively cheap as far as boxed Famicom games go.

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You Love It, You Know You Do!

I love it when people talk about the supposed problems with SFIV as it currently stands as if they are some kind of game developer whiz. I have some news for you: Not only is it still extremely early, but who the hell are you to pass judgment at this point in its development? ScrewAttack did the same stupid thing on their podcast recently too and came off sounding like whiny *******! You’d think these people would be grateful that SFIV is even being made because Capcom didn’t want to do it the whole time and possibly still have doubts about it. You people should be kissing Yoshinori Ono’s feet for being able to get SFIV off the ground instead of overly criticizing an early build. Also, don’t try to compare it to your favorite Street Fighter game of the past because there will certainly be differences and if you expect it to be something it isn’t, you’re just preventing yourself from potentially liking it and for that you only have yourself to blame.

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Most Anticipated of 2008

For the coming of the new year, I’d like to share with you my ten most anticipated games of 2008.

Playstation 3
LittleBigPlanet
Soul Calibur 4
Killzone 2
Tekken 6
Final Fantasy XIII
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Eternal Sonata

PSP
God of War: Chains of Olympus
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Playstation 2
Yakuza 2

This list could easily change later in the year based on if certain games get pushed back to 2009, which I think is a possibility for a few. I tried to keep the list to games that are very certain to arrive this year. As you can see, I have no games on my list for the DS because there really isn’t anything that interests me that I know of at the moment for the system. Perhaps I need to check out expected import releases to get a few on there. And yes, there is one PS2 game on there. That system refuses to die!

Before any of you ask, no, I am not an MGS or GTA fan, but that doesn’t mean I will ignore their releases. I’m always looking for an excuse for a top-notch series to finally bring me aboard. I’ll just have to wait and see if these entries do the trick. Later, peeps!

二千八年