Hart & Usagi Podcast #56: The Rosetta Stone


In this new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we discuss what we played during the month of November, Ted Cruz’s lies about Net Neutrality, and The Game Awards 2014. All this and more so turn in now!

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* Destiny
* The Wonderful 101
* #RatchetNov
* Super Smash Bros. on Wii U
* Rev3Games
* CoD: Advanced Warfare Lead Developer: Our Fans Are Not ‘Toxic or Misogynistic’
* After Burner 2 leads Sega’s second set of 3DS classics next year
* Blood Dragon 2 Not Happening, Says Far Cry 4 Dev
* President Obama Promotes Trans-Pacific Partnerships on Tour of Asia
* Senator Ted Cruz Calls Net Neutrality ‘Obama Care For the Internet’
* It’s Time To Stop Blaming Video Games For Mass Shootings, Study Shows.
* Rosetta Project Scientist’s Shocking Shirt. Sexist?
* The Game Awards Nominees Announced
* GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving
* Report: Valve Making Changes to Steam Early Access Guidelines

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Alright, back again and this time I show off a total of 21 games and 2 systems that I’ve added to my collection.

In the past some of you have wondered how I get all of this stuff. It’s all thanks to a wizard or if you’d rather a different reason, then we’ll go with Joe Pesci. Thanks Joe! (lol) In the end it’s about what I got not how I get it. So let’s get to the goodies.

Larger view

First up is two Game Boy Pockets, one blue (eBay) and one green (eStarland.com). I invite you to check out this video I made that shows me testing the unopened green Game Boy Pocket for the first time.


Now for the games. The picture above is to give a perspective of the many games I bought. Below are more detailed shots via links of smaller groups. Group #2 are actually replacement games as the ones I already owned were working fine, but the label color didn’t match the disc color.

Fighting Force
Crash Team Racing
Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed
Final Fight 3
The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Spy Hunter

Metal Slug 7
Overlord: Raising Hell
Bleach: Dark Souls

Metal Slug Advance
After Burner: Black Falcon
Tetris DX

Neo Contra
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
Alone in the Dark: Inferno
CT Special Forces

Pokemon Blue

I was thinking of plans for future blogs/videos and I thought of showing off sections of my collection that were requested by you all. I’m not going to do a multi-part of all my PS2 games or anything really long like that. However, I’m willing to show games that I have from a certain series or something similar like that. Maybe even with some gameplay footage at the end to spice things up a little. So if you’d like to suggest something, please do. Just remember to check out my game collection list to see what I have first.

Like always, I’ll put up another blog here soon. So thanks for reading.

1987 Game of the Year


Note: Some readers fail to realize that others aren’t always going to choose their favorite games. If you’re one of those people, then you can only blame yourself for this additional mess that I have to have here. You may very well disagree with some of my choices, but that’s why it’s a good list. If you don’t say such things then consider yourself awesome.

Here’s how this show works. I’ll list the nominees (up to 5) and then choose the game of the year and runner-up. The games chosen have to be games that I’ve played. They don’t have to have been played at the time, but they do have to be within the year noted in the title.

NOMINEES (All games are the arcade versions unless otherwise noted.)
After Burner
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (NES)
Operation Wolf
Super Hang-On

1987 Game of the Year: After Burner
Runner-up: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

1987 was the year of Sega in the arcade apparently as three of my five nominees were developed by them. I remember liking all three of those games, but After Burner always won me over. It was just too bad that it was another example of a game that I didn’t see much to play it.

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on the NES is the definite game for runner-up over the rest of the nominees. I still have to re-buy that game, but one day I will have it again. I remember my toughest opponent all of those years ago was Great Tiger. The disappearing act was quite bothersome.

As a side note, I must call out the local Coliseum Roller Rink as they had (and may still have) a number of excellent arcade games. Shinobi was one of those games among others that I’ll point out in the future.

Previous entries: 1985 | 1986

Sega CD Wish List


Over the last week I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t want the 32X add-on. It just seems like a huge hassle for a system that has only about 40 games. When I looked at that list I only came up with five games that I’d want. Totally not worth it.

However, I would like to, at least, get the Sega CD. There’s a lot more games for it and while I currently only chose 11 to get, I’m sure I’ll add a few more to the list in the future.

After Burner III
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
Double Switch
Final Fight CD
Ground Zero Texas
Night Trap
Road Avenger
Robo Aleste
Sonic CD

I was thinking about adding Snatcher (intro), but I decided against it once I saw it was going for over $100.

If you have any suggestions on some good games, then, just like for my Genesis list, you can leave them in the comments area. Thanks!

Genesis Wish List


After the sudden appearance of a Sega Genesis in my life last Tuesday, I figured that I should do another wish list column. For this one I won’t be splitting the games into seperate lists of “Owned,” “Played,” and “Never Played” because all of them would just end up under the last listing. Here’s my one big list of 29 games that I’d like to get for my Genesis.

After Burner II
Battletoads & Double Dragon
Burning Force
Castlevania: Bloodlines
Combat Cars
Contra: Hard Corps
Desert Strike
Fatal Fury
Fatal Fury 2
Gunstar Heroes
Jungle Strike
Rambo III
Road Rash II
Samurai Shodown
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Space Harrier II
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Super Hang-On
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Hiest
The Revenge of Shinobi
Thunder Force III
Urban Strike

Now for those that have played a lot of and know more about Genesis games than I do. This is where you come in (especially you, SonicHomeboy). I’d like to get some suggestions on what good games that I might have missed. Also, you can warn me about a game that’s garbage.

Sega-16.com is an interesting resource for somebody, like myself, that didn’t grow up with any Sega systems. Full in-depth reviews along with fun features like Side by Side: Doom (32X vs. Saturn). I must say that, of the little bit that I’ve read of their content, I’m pretty impressed so far.

So, yeah, I’ll gladly take any game suggestions that you may have. Just remember that I don’t care for RPGs. So as great as the Phantasy Star series is, I won’t care for it. The same also goes for most of what’s included on the PS2 disc of Sega Genesis Collection. Sure I do have some of the Shinobi games listed even though they’re on the disc, but I still don’t want Sonic 1, at least not right now.

Have at it Genesis fans. :)