Complete In Box Fridays – Solatorobo: Red the Hunter


In preparation of starting to play my next DS game I figured I’d feature said game in a Complete In Box Fridays feature. The 20th one at that. The game is CyberConnect2 and Xseed Games’ Solatorobo: Red the Hunter.

Despite owning this game since it was released in 2011, I know only a few things about it. It’s an action RPG with a predecessor on the original PlayStation from 1999 called Tail Concerto.

As you’d likely expect, Solatorobo doesn’t exactly pop up out of nowhere when shopping for games. I’ve certainly never seen it anywhere. It’ll come as no shock whatsoever that Solatorobo currently fetches $63 for a complete copy. As you’ll see in the photos below, a complete copy consists of the typical DS game case, manual, and game card along with a soundtrack on CD all in a nice cardboard box.

Speaking of the photos in particular, you can click on them for a closer look.

I’m off to play this game now. Wish me luck!










Complete In Box Fridays: Gunstar Super Heroes


This week’s featured game is Gunstar Super Heroes for the Game Boy Advance. It’s the Treasure developed 2005 follow up to their 1993 Genesis classic, Gunstar Heroes.

I’d previously played the Genesis prequel in 2011 and I thought it was as fun as it was ever claimed to be. I’ll be playing the GBA sequel very soon.

In August 2007 I was able to obtain a copy of Gunstar Super Heroes for under $10. Today, as of this blog post, it’ll run you $26 for a complete in box copy.

Check out the gallery below and be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them for a closer look.

Catch ya later!




Complete In Box Fridays – Masked Rider: Kamen Rider ZO


Welcome back the Complete In Box Fridays feature. This is the 18th installment and the first one since November 2013. You’re welcome to check out the previous entries here.

The game in the spotlight this time is Masked Rider: Kamen Rider ZO for the Sega CD. I know some of you aren’t lost on my fandom of Kamen Rider. I’ve watched a few of the seasons in the past. All were after 2000. I even have a few imported games namely two PSP entries of the Climate Heroes series and I’m currently waiting on the arrival of Battride War for PS3.

It’s quite surprising that a film which didn’t make it to North America, Kamen Rider ZO, would have its associated game show up and with a redundant title too. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was on it’s second season in 1994, but Kamen Rider has had just two attempts in North America since then (1995 & 2009) with much less success.

The gameplay itself is the typical fare of button prompts overlaid onto scenes from the movie as was common with a number of Sega CD titles at the time. Otherwise there’s little else to keep the player interested for long.

I was able to pickup my copy of this game in August of 2010. It currently goes for about $22 in complete condition.

Check out the gallery below and be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them for a closer look.

Catch ya next time!





Complete In Box Fridays: TMNT


Welcome to the final article for my big TMNT Month throughout November! Today we take a look at the game based on the 2007 CG Turtles movie simply titled TMNT.

The game follows the movie (of which I wasn’t exactly amazed with) and because of this it is the usual unexciting affair. I do like the graphical look of the game and the platforming is fun, but that’s usually where I stop praising this game. TMNT’s biggest problem is the combat. In the tradition of most every Turtles game, you don’t normally get any extra moves and if you do they mean little to nothing in the grand scheme of things. Let’s just say TMNT continues in this fashion.

The platforming is better, but it still has its faults. The camera doesn’t help things making for lots of times you’ll find yourself falling off. Also just like in Prince of Persia 2008, jumping at a wall will make you automatically wall run which can happen when you don’t want it to.

Overall, though, the game is a bit better than the usual fair of Turtles games we’ve received since the 16-bit era of awesomeness.

The complete in box price as we speak is just under $8 on PlayStation 2.

Thanks to hanging out with me for this grand month of TMNT!



Complete In Box Fridays – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare


This is the third and, thankfully, the final game in the very bland series of Konami beat-’em-ups based on the excellent 2003 series TV show. I give to you Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare.

This game follows the events of season three and does so with pretty much the same game engine as the previous title, Battle Nexus.

It’s good to see that TMNT 3 isn’t very costly at $12 for a complete copy if you feel the want (or need) to buy it.



FYI: Check out yesterday’s new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast if you haven’t already!

Complete In Box Fridays – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus


Considered “a step backward into a large chasm” by Alex Navarro’s GameSpot review, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus is the follow up to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003). I’m currently gathering information that’s mirroring this opinion in the first few levels as I started playing it yesterday.

Based on the excellent second season of the TV show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus takes it’s story mainly from the major arcs. Most notably from several multiple parters like Turtles In Space (5 parts), Secret Origins (3 parts), City At War (3 parts), and the namesake tournament in The Big Brawl (4 parts).

The high cost of this lowly game is luckily only $8 at this time for a complete copy.



Complete In Box Fridays: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)


Welcome to my month of TMNT, or TMNT Month (#TMNTNov on Twitter) as I’m calling it. Very original, I know. This is going to be basically conducted the same as my month of Halloween gaming which ended last week. I’ll be playing various Turtles games and post updates on them. To start it off this week’s Complete In Box Fridays will be about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003).

It’s very easy to find someone from my generation that liked the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show from 1987 that ran for ten seasons. I was among them, but I don’t think many of us came back for the 2003 series. I did and I currently like it much more. Granted with both iterations the TV shows did stick around a little too long and ran out of interesting ideas near the end. I suggest watching the first three seasons of the 2003 show. They’re quite good.

When it comes to the games, though, I don’t have any experience with them. This was back before I looked around for many video games outside of the wrestling and fighting game genres. With that said, I did pick this one up because I’m a big fan of the beat-’em-up genre and if I can find something to like about the TG-16 brawler Riot Zone, then I’m sure I can withstand this game. It sounds like I’m bagging on it, but it did only get a combined average of a 58% rating.

On the positive side a complete copy of the PS2 version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles currently goes for $9.50. It’s easy to find and easy on the wallet.