Hart & Usagi #68: EVO2015 is Curtis


It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. In this corner it’s USGamer’s 10 best PlayStation 4 games and in the opposite corner it’s two guys who played almost none of them. A captivating match-up! Other showdowns include Ant-Man vs. Pixels, UK businesses vs. personal use, and EVO vs. Jamie Lee Curtis.

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* PlayStation Mobile Officially Closes Today
* The 10 Best PlayStation 4 Games
* UK High Court Kills ‘personal use’ ripping of copyrighted material
* Jamie Lee Curtis Attended EVO Disguised As Vega From Street Fighter
* Don’t Celebrate A Tournament Win Until You’ve Actually Won
* Acclaimed RPG Odin Sphere Getting HD Remake in North America
* Xbox One Backwards Compatibility an “Enormous Engineering Challenge”
* What are the Hardest Video Games?
* Adam Sandler’s Video Game Movie Pixels Wins Friday With $9.2 Million
* Pixels Has Slow Start at Box Office
* China’s Console Ban Is Now Totally Over
* Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up

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This Game Better Stop Sucking Ass: Top AVGN Episodes


A week and a half ago over on Cinemassacre.com, the Angry Video Game Nerd’s wife posted a list of her top 20 favorite AVGN episodes. Not being a gamer, as she explains, her reasons for her choices are much different than a typical viewer’s would be.

Being one of those aforementioned typical viewers, I do have a different list I’d put together. However, this isn’t that list. If it was it would definitely have on it the Power Glove, Atari 5200, and Sega CD episodes. I love them.

What I have shown below is the exact same 20 AVGN episodes she listed, but in the order I’d prefer them in. I watched them all again to know right where I wanted to place them at.

Most of the episodes listed that rely heavily on special effects are more towards the bottom. I remember the fan reaction to the Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle episode with so much praise being placed on it as the best episode ever up to that point. I was confounded by the response because I literally thought it to be one of the worst. Upon rewatching it I still don’t think highly of it.

Some might wonder how I could dislike the Crazy Castle video and still enjoy The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout episode. It has to do with Birthday Blowout focusing on the game with the beating skit peppered in throughout. Crazy Castle felt like an excuse to do more of the skit than the games and while I don’t like it, I understand there being nothing much to the games in the first place.

An exception to the FX episodes on the lower part of my list is the one focused on the Nintendo World Championships. Its placement has to do with feeling more like an NES Punk video versus an AVGN video. The awkward style of humor is definitely more Pat’s thing which isn’t where my taste in what I find funny lies.

The most pleasantly surprising episode was on Wayne’s World. It’s probably one of the more simple AVGN videos. The game is explained and shown with clips of the 1992 film spliced in at specific points. That’s all there was to it and it beat my expectations in terms of quality and humor.

My top 3 had, what I felt to be, the most creative of them all. Kevin Finn as the ninja in the Ninja Gaiden episode was great improv comedy, James as every member of the Addams Family had funny lines from each of his characters, and finally Mike Matei as the Joker in Batman part 2 was laugh out loud hilarious!

20. Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle
19. The Wizard and Super Mario Bros. 3
18. ROB the Robot
17. Nintendo World Championships
16. Atari Jaguar Part 2
15. Battletoads
14. Christmas Special 2010
13. Halloween
12. Indiana Jones Trilogy
11. Game Glitches
10. Christmas Carol Part 2 – Shaq Fu
9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Re-Revisited
8. Sega 32X
7. The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout
6. Spiderman
5. A Nightmare On Elm Street
4. Wayne’s World
3. Ninja Gaiden
2. Fester’s Quest
1. Batman Part 2

Double Dragon, Battletoads, Super Mario All-Stars, and more!


Here’s a quick list of games that I most recently bought.

Turrican (GB) – game only
Super Mario All-Stars (SNES) – game only
Aladdin in Nasira’s Revenge (PS) – complete
Quake II (PS) – complete
Rainbow Six (PS) – complete
Devil Kings (PS2) – complete
Contra: Shattered Soldier (PS2) – complete
Kill Switch (PS2) – complete

Golden Axe II (GEN) – game only
Battletoads & Double Dragon (SNES) – game only
The Italian Job (PS) – complete
Sunset Riders (GEN) – complete
Rise of the Kasai (PS2) – new

Last Bit of Games Bought Last Week…

…at least I hope so for now. :P

The first set of five games came from It’s About Games. I went there to get one new PS3 game so go figure that I’d find some harder to find games and get them instead.

Aladdin (SNES) – game only
WCW vs. The World (PS) – complete
Spyro: Year of the Dragon (PS) – complete
Crash Bandicoot (PS) – complete
Battletoads (NES) – game & box


This second group I bought all new. The top three DS games were bought as part of the “buy 2 get 1 free” sale that was taking place at Toys-R-Us. Geometry Wars: Galaxies and Space Invaders Extreme here bought at Meijer. I was happy to get Space Invaders Extreme. It’s as fun, if not more so than, the demo and it was only $20! :)

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword (DS)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (DS)
Sonic Rush Adventure (DS)
Geometry Wars: Galaxies (DS)
Space Invaders Extreme (PSP)


New Findings While On The Quest For Grand Theft Auto IV

Yesterday I specifically went out to buy Grand Theft Auto IV. I first checked It’s About Games. They didn’t have it, but I did notice several hard-to-find games that I needed to get because it will probably be awhile before I see them again.

The first stack of games included:
Knight Rider (NES)
Battletoads (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) – game only; great
Renegade (NES) – game only; good
Shadow of the Ninja (NES) – game only; fair

After getting home I tested the games out as I always do and I ended up having problems with Knight Rider and Battletoads. So later in the day I returned to the same store to return those two games and picked up four others in their place.

Street Fighter 2010 (NES)
Rad Racer II (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (SNES) – game only; poor
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) – complete; great

Once again the NES games gave me problems. Today I took those back and bought a PSP launch game instead.

Twisted Metal: Head On (PSP) – complete; great

Now I own every single Twisted Metal game that’s currently available.


While I was out the second time the previous day, I stopped by Circuit City to get GTAIV. I found that game along with three more PSP games. An extra DS game that I bought at Best Buy about two weeks ago was Nanostray 2. I wasn’t going to get it, but then I saw that it was $20.

Nanostray 2 (DS) – new
Avatar: The Last Airbender (PSP) – new
Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP) – new
Chili Con Carnage (PSP) – new
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) – new


Total this time around: 11

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

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. :)

Super NES Wish List


For my third and final list (for now). I give you my wish list of Super Nintendo games. You’ll notice, if you compare this list with the NES one, that there’s much less rented games an opposed to the ones in the owned column. During the days of the SNES there was much less renting of games on my part to the point where I don’t care to do so at all today. As with the previous lists, an asterisk indicates that I enjoyed playing the corresponding game.

Owned (8)
Disney’s Aladdin*
Final Fight
Final Fight 2*
Final Fight 3
Killer Instinct*
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers*
Star Fox
Super Mario Kart*

Rented/Played (6)
Captain America and the Avengers
Final Fight Guy
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
Super Double Dragon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time*
WWF Royal Rumble*

Never Played (10)
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
Biker Mice From Mars
Castlevania: Dracula X
Earth Defense Force
The Ninja Warriors
Super Metroid
Super Punch-Out!!
Super Turrican
Super Turrican 2

Ever since the announcement of the Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo remake for the PSP, I’ve been aware that Castlevania: Dracula X on the SNES was based on that game, but is also not considered very good. What I didn’t know until I came across this screenshot was that the European version was titled Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss. What a bad, bad name.

On a price fetching note. Castlevania: Dracula X is listed at eStarland for $55.96 (game only) all the way up to $79.95 (complete). In the end, unless I find that I have cash to burn, this one will probably be removed from my want list eventually.