Celebrating The Early Days of SNK

I got some new movies and video games to share with you all. I don’t have a whole lot of either on my wish list these days. It’s been a combination of having most of what I’ve wanted since I started collecting in 2004 and a lack of time to play what I already have. Regardless, I do get interested in some newer things these days.

One of those new things in a genre I quite enjoy is the compilation of older games. The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection that was originally released on the Nintendo Switch has now arrived on the PlayStation 4. What I like about this collection is that it forgoes the notion that it has to feature popular or well sold titles. While that’s all well and good, Digital Eclipse decided to spotlight the overlooked or forgotten games in SNK’s archives. Sure they don’t always play wonderfully, but these games are worth experiencing as more of a history lesson of SNK’s early days. I love that concept and bought it for that reason alone.

I also decided to get Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. It’s a rare used copy that I don’t bother with much as of recent. I bought it because I enjoyed Uncharted 4 well enough that I wouldn’t mind a little bit more of the same thing from two other characters.

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Now for the movies. I usually watch these ahead of time and only buy the ones I absolutely know I’ll watch again. This is the case with all four.

First up is the Blu-rays. The Founder is about exactly what you think it’s about by the look of the cover. Michael Keaton is amazing in this film and I completely recommend it. My Cousin Vinny features Joe Pesci in this comedy from 1992. I remembered it from back then, but didn’t think much of it. I finally watched it again a few weeks ago and I found it much more entertaining than I did as a 13-year old.

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Lastly are the DVDs. The WWE likes to mainly put content on this dated format over Blu-ray. It’s most likely because they just want you to subscribe to their network for today’s picture quality standards. The discs focus solely on NXT Takeover matches and doesn’t include any of the fantastic bouts from their weekly TV. This means it doesn’t have the amazing match between Ricochet and Pete Dunne for the North American and UK titles.

Gotti is a HBO film about mobster John Gotti from 1996. Excellent performances from Armand Assante and William Forsythe along with other actors from similar mafia movies round out the cast.

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Hart & Usagi #88: “Coked out of his mind”

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On episode 88 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat about a variety of topics like Dotemu bringing back two classics, Yakuza series turned down by video gaming hardware companies, and more.

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TOPICS:
* Fighting EX Layer is getting a physical release in Japan, to be shown at Konami’s booth at the 2018 Tokyo Game Show
* In Japan, a Beloved Deaf Composer Appears to Be None of the Above
* Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Originally Started As A Tenchu Game
* Streets Of Rage 4 Is Finally Happening, 24 Years Later
* Report: Multiple Fatalities in Mass Shooting at Madden NFL 19 Tournament in Florida
* Stormdivers is a sci-fi battle royale shooter from Resogun and Nex Machina’s Housemarque
* Neo Geo cult favourite frisbee-fighter Windjammers is getting a sequel
* Bloodstained for Vita is Cancelled Because the Vita is Dead, Also Delayed to 2019
* The Yakuza Series Was Pitched To Both Nintendo And Microsoft, But Neither Wanted It
* Bethesda blocks resale of a secondhand game
* Capcom is “proud” of DmC, but Devil May Cry 5 will “expand more on the combat philosophies established in DMC1-4”
* Van Damme was “coked out of his mind” during filming of Street Fighter movie, says director

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PC Showdown

Back in 2016 I became interested in seeing two Jean-Claude Van Damme films that I’d never watched before. One was the original Universal Soldier and the other was Sudden Death. Both were much more entertaining than I was expecting. My interest in them came from watching retrospectives of the movies in question via Oliver’s Retrospectives.

This leads us to Showdown in Little Tokyo starring Dolph Lundgren (also of Universal Soldier) and Brandon Lee. This 1991 movie has it’s flaws according to the review, since I haven’t watched it yet, but it features Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as the central villain and we all know Shang Tsung can hang with the best of them. :D

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A second update about the podcast situation: my new PC arrived and has been fully updated with the appropriate software. I’ve tested my ability to record audio again and it has been a success. Expect new episodes to arrive in your feed soon.

Thanks for reading! :)

True Vendetta

Over the last few months I’ve gathered together some new items to share.

On the gaming front I’ve been interested in Code of Princess for a number of years since it was released for the Nintendo 3DS. I was happy then to see it listed on the Steam storefront. Somewhat recently it went on sale and I picked it up there.

When it comes to the Yakuza series I’ve bought all of them. However, I’ve only played up through the third game. To make sure I didn’t miss one I bought it at a higher price than I’d expect it to be by now. This means I have Yakuza 0 finally in my collection. I was afraid it would escape me when it was easier to get the later released Kiwami title. No worries now.

Other items I picked up are three movies on Blu-ray.

My favorite of the bunch is a 2016 film called Sing Street. I can’t remember why I decided to watch it in the first place, but the way it tells the basic coming of age story wouldn’t be anything special if it wasn’t set in the 1980s. Another thing that makes it fun is the soundtrack from the band the main character starts up and it takes after the European hits at the time. This is because it takes place in Dublin. While I’m not familiar with the area, the themes of growing up are still the same which makes it relatable.

The other two are True Romance from 1993, which is not about what the title may suggest, and also V For Vendetta from 2005. The latter is very much applicable to the United States today.

That’s it for the moment and as always thanks for reading!

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Mike at the Movies, reel 08

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Mike at the Movies is a podcast where I give my thoughts/reviews on movies I have seen. This will be a podcast where I review one to three films with or without a co-host. The movies reviewed do not have to be current and can be any movie from any year and the discussion can include spoilers.

This reel I welcome Matt to talk about Dave (1993), Fortress (1992), and The Player (1992).

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Raiden, a King, and The LAW

I’m not the biggest connoisseur of the shoot-’em-up genre of video games, but I have been known to enjoy a few from time to time. One of those games has been the first in the Raiden series. I’m specifically referring to the home version on the Sega Genesis. In various ways I do own all of the games released. This includes the just recently released Raiden V: Director’s Cut on the PlayStation 4. Even so I haven’t played 3-5, but I hope to get to them soon enough.

I’m not a fan of Disney animated films overall, but there are a select few I do enjoy. Aladdin is one and another is the one I got here: The Lion King. It’s the latest version on Blu-ray after the Diamond Edition.

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One last thing is on Live Audio Wrestling. This was a weekly wrestling radio show that’s been around since the late 1990s. I started listening around 2003 and I’ve been a fan ever since. Even with the ups and downs of switching radio stations several times, they were mostly the same crew talking about the week in wrestling. Last week, however, it abruptly came to an end without advance notice. Thankfully, because they enjoy it enough, John Pollock and Wai Ting have continued to review Raw and Smackdown on their own. You can check out the newest episode below.

Releasing the Unreleased

Over the last few months the number purchases in the movie/TV and gaming realms I’ve made have been piling up. Here they are.

Back in April I reported on getting a digital copy of Double Dragon II: The Revenge via Hamster’s Arcade Archives. Well, this time I also added the original arcade version of Double Dragon. This was one that Usagi704 also picked up and said I’d probably like how it turned out.

Lately I’ve been afraid that the Yakuza games, despite getting a wide release in the West, would dry up sooner than you’d think. It seems to already have happened to Yakuza 0. I didn’t want to miss out on Yakuza Kiwami so I got it and I will be looking to get 0 soon enough.

A used copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ran me around $20. I was on my wish list long enough and got it along with a unreleased game set to me sent to me in about eight days.

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Onto the movies/TV side, speaking of “unreleased” WWE released a 3 disc set of matches spanning from 1986 to 1995 called Unreleased. It has some decent matches with the two featuring Ric Flair against Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan being quite fun to watch. I also popped huge for seeing Sean Mooney (who?) in the hosting segments.

I bought and watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it was fantastic. Yeah, it was another lackluster villain who posed no real threat despite being told otherwise. However, we’ve come to expect the main characters to be fun and relatable and that’s what we got.

A staple of ’80s television was Miami Vice and on a whim I picked up the whole series on Blu-ray despite never really watching it at the time. I mean, I wasn’t even a teenager during its five season run. It’s a huge 20-disc set and was half the original price.

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Other films I bought were Pleasantville, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Bridge of Spies, and a special edition of Death Wish II with a theatrical and unrated cut of the film.

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On a final topic, I can happily say that the SNES Classic was much easier to obtain than I expected, but it definitely was still on the low end of the quantity of the shipments. The store I work at received only 14 units which was more than the 2-3 they got last year with the NES Classic system. I helped sell an initial 6-7 at midnight, I immediately went on my break and bought mine. A first shift employee asked me if any were left and at 4:30am I sold the last one to him. It might not sound like much, but with just over four hours that supply lasted longer than I expected.

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As far as my experience with the system itself, I’ve only played Street Fighter II Turbo and even did so with Usagi704. It was as fun as a real system and I can’t really complain about the selection of games. Even if some of the games aren’t my speed, it’s understandable why they’re on there. Plus, the quality of the games chosen are of much higher quality than the NES Classic had. Truly less is more in this case.

Thanks for reading and game on!