New Releases 2013: March

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March is a month of big releases and one of the mainstays of this month over the last eight years has been God of War. Being a big fan of the series I was quite disappointed of the demo for Ascension. I’m sure I’ll pick it up eventually, but I don’t feel the need to right away like I have in the past.

I’m more interested in Tomb Raider and a possibility of Darkstalkers Resurrection, a compilation of the second and third arcade games.

WEEK of 3/3
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (3DS)
MLB 13: The Show (PS3, PSV)
MLB 2K13 (PS3, X360)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, X360)
Scribblenauts Collection (DS)
SimCity (PC)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition (WU)
Tomb Raider (PS3, X360, PC)
Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition (PC)

WEEK of 3/10
Darkstalkers Resurrection (PS3, X360)
God of War: Ascension (PS3)
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC)

WEEK of 3/17
Dead or Alive 5 Plus (PSV)
Gears of War: Judgment (X360)
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (WU, 3DS)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (WU)
Resident Evil 6 (PC)
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (PS3, X360, PC, WU)

WEEK of 3/24
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel {PS3, X360)
BioShock Infinite (PS3, X360, PC)
Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate Collection – Seekers Edition (X360)
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
Pandora’s Tower (WII)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (3DS)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (PS3, X360)

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THPS Throwdown

I’ve been forcing a depletion of my video game wish list as of late. I’ve done this several times in the past, but this is probably the most severe. Not necessarily the most in number as it is of titles I wanted the most. I cleared out all systems pre-DS. This included Grind Stormer and The Punisher (port of Capcom arcade beat-’em-up) on Genesis, seven PS1 titles including Einhander and Darkstalkers, and my beloved GBA with Duke Nukem Advance among the six listed. This doesn’t mean I won’t jump at the chance to get them if I find them at a great price. I just won’t be actively looking for them.

Now onto a more positive take on lessening my wish list.

I happened to come across the crazy deals at Best Buy a few days ago and saw a number of more recent games on sale at $10. I already stated that I wasn’t going to bother with any Assassin’s Creed game after playing II and just wait for III. However, it was quite a deal to find AC: Revelations and despite the tower defense crap in the game I still picked it up.

These next set of titles are quite an odd thing for me to get. While I played some of them at the time, I didn’t get into the series quite like Jeff and Ryan of Giant Bomb did. It was very entertaining to listen to them reminisce about the old Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games in their Quick Look and Thursday Night Throwdown of the recently released HD version. Because of this and of how cheap they were on eStarland.com, I ordered the PS1 versions of all four games and this is on top of already owning THPS3 on GBA and THPS4 on PS2. I also got Puzzle Quest 2 for DS to get some fast and free shipping.

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #11

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In this episode we’re joined once again by 4-time returning champion, SonicHomeboy, to discuss a single topic: GamePro’s list of The Best 50 Fighting Game Characters Ever from the magazine’s final issue. Runtime is 1 hour and 17 minutes. Enjoy!

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50. Blanka (Street Fighter II)
49. Mokujin (Tekken 3)
48. Mitsurugi (Soul Edge)
47. Kirby (Super Smash Bros.)
46. Q (Street Fighter III)
45. Lei Wulong (Tekken 2)
44. Meat (Mortal Kombat 4)
43. Marth (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
42. Wolverine (X-Men: Children of the Atom)
41. Bang Shishigami (BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger)
40. Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)
39. Lilith (Vampire Savior)
38. Rancid (Time Killers)
37. Gon (Tekken 3)
36. Deku (Fighters Megamix)
35. Sarah Bryant (Virtua Fighter)
34. Barbarian (Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior)
33. Goro (Mortal Kombat)
32. Bridget (Guilty Gear XX)
31. Marshall Law (Tekken)
30. Rouge (Power Stone)
29. Xianghua (Soul Calibur)
28. King (Tekken)
27. Red Shadow (Bushido Blade)
26. Cyrax (Mortal Kombat 3)
25. Sophitia (Soul Edge)
24. Pikachu (Super Smash Bros.)
23. Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
22. Guile (Street Fighter II)
21. R. Mika (Street Fighter Alpha 3)
20. Rza (Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style)
19. the “Red Guy” (Karate Champ)
18. Amaterasu (Marvel vs. Capcom 3)
17. Cammy (Super Street Fighter II)
16. Felicia (Darkstalkers)
15. I-No (Guilty Gear XX)
14. The Imp (Thrill Kill)
13. M. Bison (Street Fighter II)
12. Liu Kang (Mortal Kombat)
11. Siegfried (Soul Edge)
10. Link (Super Smash Bros.)
9. Chipp Zanuff (Guilty Gear)
8. Voldo (Soul Edge)
7. Ryu (Street Fighter)
6. Morrigan (Darkstalkers)
5. Ken (Street Fighter)
4. Dhalsim (Street Fighter II)
3. Kasumi (Dead or Alive)
2. Kilik (Soul Calibur)
1. Chun Li (Street Fighter II)

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

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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

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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