Sega Genesis Mini

Just as I did with the Super Nintendo Classic two years ago, I also bought into the hype of the Sega Genesis Mini that was released this year. It features basically the same number of options with double the amount of games. 42 games are included as opposed to the 21 available for the Super NES Classic. The main downside is having to shell out for additional six-button controllers since, in North America, only the three-button version ships with the console. Because of this the $80 price tag is actually higher with the need to add on $20-40 more. The inclusion of Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition makes the lack of a packed in six-button controller very puzzling.

Speaking of SFIISCE, once I had dropped the extra $40, Usagi704 and I played many matches in the game. The emulation is slightly off and not noticeable in other games, but for a fighting game it can be a problem. This isn’t to say the work that M2 did here is bad. It most certainly is excellent, but it does overall seem a very small bit below their usual high quality work.

I’ll be also getting M2’s next big release next year as I will also be getting the TurboGrafx-16 Mini when it releases on March 19, 2020.


ScrewAttack’s Top 20 Genesis Games


ScrewAttack revealed their list of the best Genesis games last month with numbers 20-11. Today they finally released 10-1. The greatest thing about it is that I own 8 of their top 10. So check out the 2 videos below and gaze at the list at the bottom that has the ones that I own in bold.

Top 20 Genesis Games (20-11)
Top 20 Genesis Games (10-1)

20. X-Men 2: Clone Wars
19. TMNT: Hyperstone Heist
18. Mutant League Football
17. Shining Force
16. Altered Beast
15. Kid Chameleon
14. Comix Zone
13. Out Of This World
12. Earthworm Jim 2
11. Mortal Kombat
10. Golden Axe

9. Vectorman
8. Castlevania: Bloodlines
7. Rocket Knight Adventures
6. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

5. Phantasy Star II
4. Gunstar Heroes
3. Streets of Rage 2
2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3
1. Strider

1988 Game of the Year


Note: You may very well disagree with some of my choices, but that’s why it’s a good list.

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.)
Alien Crush (TG-16)
Altered Beast
Chase H.Q.
Contra (NES)

1988 Game of the Year: Contra
Runner-up: Chase H.Q.

Those that know me well enough or have simply read my blog for awhile will not be surprised to see Contra as my Game of the Year for 1988. I actually never owned it at the time, but I did get to play it when a friend of my brother left his copy at my place for several weeks. I remember being up all night playing this on the weekends.

You can probably tell by now that I was at the arcades a lot at the time with a number of the nominees being arcade games. Chase H.Q. was another one of those games. This one was basically doing what I love about the Burnout series way before Criterion Games was even a thought. The name of the game was to chase down a target car and then ram into them until you’ve won. Sounds like Burnout’s road rage mode to me. :D

Going back to that side note that I pointed out the last time. RoboCop was another arcade game that I liked that was available at my local Coliseum Roller Rink in the early ’90s.

Previous entries: 1985 | 1986 | 1987

Mega Games 38X

With the cash that I received I went out and grabbed 19 new additions to my collection. The grand total is now 309! Two NES games that I had that didn’t work out were Bases Loaded and Gradius. I did have a third game, Bad Dudes, that I tried to get in the past and this was the third time and it was the charm.

Altered Beast (GEN) – game only; poor
Contra 4 (DS) – new
Tomorrow Never Dies (PS) – complete; bad
The World Is Not Enough (PS) – complete; fair
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP) – complete; great
Mega Man X (SNES) – complete; excellent

Details: Mega Man X | TND, TWINE, Darkstalkers, Contra 4, & Altered Beast

Virtua Racing (GEN) – game only; great
Samurai Shodown (SNES) – game only; excellent
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES) – game only; great
Crue Ball (GEN) – game only; good
Road Rash II (GEN) – game only; excellent
Time Lord (NES) – game only; great
Bad Dudes (NES) – game only; excellent
Ninja Gaiden (NES) – game only; excellent
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – game only; great
Rygar (NES) – game only; great
Mega Man 3 (NES) – game only; excellent
Mega Man 8 (PS) – new
Raiden III (PS2) – new

Details: Samurai Shodown, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, Crue Ball, Virtua Racing, & Road Rash II | Mega Man 8 & Raiden III | Time Lord, Bad Dudes, Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania II, Rygar, & Mega Man 3

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor

Game Boy Wish List


I just finished searching through GameSpot’s list of Game Boy games. These are games that I either want to have and play again or for the first time ever. This list will include original GB games along with GBC and GBA games.

Game Boy (9)
Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge*
Contra: The Alien Wars
Double Dragon II
NBA Jam Tournament Edition**
Ninja Gaiden Shadow
Operation C*
Super Mario Land*
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan*
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers*

The games with an asterisk are ones that, just like with the NES list, I remember playing and enjoying. I played tons of Operation C and finished it many times. NBA Jam Tournament Edition is a special case since I only owned the Game Boy prequel which had the usual long passwords. I’m hoping that the TE game is more like the SNES version with a save battery.

Game Boy Color (2)
Return of the Ninja
Street Fighter Alpha

There sure weren’t many Game Boy Color games that intersted me. Return of the Ninja only looked good because of Shadow of the Ninja on the NES. There has to be more GBC games that are fun that I may have missed. If you know of any please mention it in your comment.

Game Boy Advance (16)
Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms
Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend
Drill Dozer
Duke Nukem Advance
Gunstar Super Heroes
The Invincible Iron Man
Metal Slug Advance
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Sonic Battle
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival*
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Tomb Raider: The Prophecy
Wolfenstein 3D

I already have SSFII: Turbo Revival and I’ve played a lot of it, but somehow I was given a bootleg copy. I didn’t notice for quite sometime until Usagi704 bought a used copy and that’s what I compared it to.

After reading the review for Duke Nukem Advance, I found it pretty cool that it’s not a port of Duke Nukem 3D, but instead is a new game based off of the PC version. Another surprise was Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend. A few GameSpot users reviewed the game with good scores and the gameplay footage made it look pretty fun.

That’s another 28 games onto my wish list. It sure is stacking up fast. :)

Now Playing: December ’06

“Now Playing” is back at ya with last month’s carry over of Mortal Kombat II via the SNES and Final Fight One for the GBA.

Games that I’ve finished were: Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Ridge Racer V, and Astro Boy: Omega Factor.

Astro Boy was a surprisingly simple yet somewhat difficult game that was extremely fun to play. I still like going back to it. The same can be said for Ridge Racer V even though it’s super short. That’s to be expected since the game’s on a CD and not a DVD. CoD’s Big Red One is unlike any of the other games from that series. It’s story sticks with one group of guys instead of shifting off to a different group right before you get to know the characters. It’s also a bonus that a couple of the cast members from the Band of Brothers mini-series did the voice work.

A game that I’m close to finishing is Gears of War. I’m near the end of the train segment with the big baddie that was the first to take out one of the Delta squad members earlier in the game.

Other games that I put my hands on this month were: Half-Life 2, Call of Duty 3 (PS2), Sonic Advance 3, Assault Heroes, Sega Genesis Collection (PS2), Capcom Classics Mini Mix, and Street Fighter II Turbo.

The Sega Genesis Collection had all new games, at least to me. I never had a Genesis during the 16-bit era so whether I knew of the games included or not, I had never played any of them before. I liked the two Sonic the Hedgehog games way more than I thought that I would. What helps with that is that you can save your game anywhere and at anytime. It’s just like “save states” in PC emulation. It’s an awesome feature that I’m super happy that was added thanks to Digital Eclipse! Shinobi III, Comix Zone, and five early Sega arcade games (ie: the original Altered Beast) are there to sweeten the pot. RPG fans will be really pleased that no less than four games from that genre are on this PS2 disc. The lesser known Sword of Vermilion and Phantasy Star II, III, and IV. Other multi-game series’ included in the package are Ecco the Dolphin (3), Golden Axe (3), Shinobi (2), and Vectorman (2).

All in all it was a great month of gaming!