Complete In Box Fridays: The Perils of Having Standards


Axelay, Castlevania Double Pack, and Lords of Thunder were the subjects of the last three Complete In Box Fridays articles. This week, however, I’ll be throwing out a theme instead. The theme is, oh how do I word it, complete in a somewhat crushed box? Yes, I do believe that will do. :D

The examples I have of this crushed box theme are the following three Game Boy Advance titles: Metal Slug Advance, Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend, and Dead to Rights.

My interest in Metal Slug Advance was solely because I didn’t realize the GBA had an entry from the Metal Slug series on it. It also had at least one new character who hasn’t appeared in any of the other games. I ended up purchasing it back in May of 2009 and played/finished it a year ago last January. Currently a complete copy goes for $20.50.

METAL SLUG ADVANCE: (click to enlarge)

Because it had fairly high scores from those who reviewed it, namely IGN and Nintendo Power, I chose to buy Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend in October 2008. I played and finished the game in December 2010 where I talked at length about how my experience with the game went. Hint: better than expected. It’s difficult to find information on the price of this rare game, but it seems to go for no more than about $15 at the moment.

BRUCE LEE: RETURN OF THE LEGEND: (click to enlarge)

Dead to Rights is a series I’ve never played despite owning the original game and its sequel on the PlayStation 2. They’re decent playing games from what I’ve read over the years. Of course I didn’t purchase Dead to Rights for the Game Boy Advance expecting anything other than the 33% rating it has received. I think it was more about me feeling sorry for the crushed GBA box I saw in Toys-R-Us in 2010. It was only $3 and I felt a need to rescue it. Needless to say I haven’t played this version yet. It’s current price is $11.

DEAD TO RIGHTS: (click to enlarge)

Thanks for reading and please look forward to episode 36 of the Hart and Usagi Podcast which should be available sometime this weekend at the earliest.


Buy Any Bad Games?


Listed below are games which I knew weren’t good, but wanted to try them out anyway. I do own more terrible games, like Shaq Fu, but the reason I don’t count them is because I didn’t purposely get them. They might have been acquired via an eBay lot or as a gift. I also didn’t count games I thought would be good and then ended up being a disappointment (Mortal Kombat 3 for Game Boy).

Everybody has knowingly bought a game which was terrible. Whether it was because of many negative reviews or the reputation the title garnered over time. You know, because sometimes you just want to experience for yourself how bad they really are (for as little money as possible, of course).

I haven’t played a majority of the games listed below as of yet. Those that I have tried out are marked with an asterisk.

Dead To Rights (GBA, PS2)
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (PS)
WCW Backstage Assault (PS)
Call of Duty: Finest Hour (PS2)
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2)*
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (PS2)*
Lifeline (PS2)
Sega Classics Collection (PS2)
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2)
Duke Nukem Forever (PS3)
Rogue Warrior (PS3)
Double Switch (SCD)
Night Trap (SCD)*
Rival Turf (SNES)*
Brawl Brothers (SNES)*

The final two games are together part of a beat-’em-up trilogy called Rushing Beat in Japan. Outside the country Jaleco considered them separate games. I’m sure most of you remember the first title, Rival Turf. Brawl Brothers is the sequel and while less common, it can still be found. The Peace Keepers, on the other hand, is rare and I’ve never seen it anywhere.

Rider Kick!


I haven’t amassed this many games into my collection at one time since the beginning of last August. I guess the good that comes from that shows that I’ve been successful in bringing down the amount of games I get at one time. Let’s get to the eight games listed before you.


First up is Dead to Rights for the GBA. It’s a terribly rated game and rightfully so. However, I couldn’t pass it up when I saw it recently at the local Toys-R-Us. No they don’t sell used games. This is, in fact, a new copy. The damage to the box likely comes from being thrown around in bargain bins since probably the game’s release back in 2001. It was worth it, though, at only $3.


I’m in no way a fan of Star Wars just so you know. I pretty much despise the films for the fanfare they receive. This is because the series is only mediocre at best. Regardless of that Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on the GBA looked interesting thanks to this episode of Video Game Take-Out.

Other games that VGTO has introduced me to that I didn’t regret getting were Hammerin’ Hero and Justice League Heroes: The Flash. I also plan on getting Kid Dracula and Ninja Five-O as well thanks to that show.

The main reason I bought this game was because it looked somewhat interesting and that I noticed it on the shelf a lot when visiting Usagi704. It’s very easy to spot with such large letters on the spine.


With all of my talk in the past of owning, playing, beating, and mastering the SNES version of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, some of you maybe thinking that I’ve been a fan of the series all along. I’m sure that this new purchase for the Gamecube doesn’t serve to help much. In reality I was only a very slight fan of a similar series called VR Troopers and never watched any of the Power Ranger shows though I was familar with it when I’d see an image or clip of it.

The main reason I bought this game, despite not knowing anything about it, was the very informative series of videos by Linkara analyzing the Power Rangers series (intro). I’ve since looked into the PR series (shows & games) along with the original Super Sentai series of which they’re based on.

The Power Rangers videos would then lead me to finding this YouTube channel where I’d learn about the long running series called Kamen Rider (1971). It lead me to info about the 2002 show, Kamen Rider: Ryuki, that was adapted into the 2009 show that this game was based on.

Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight was simply another game that interested me solely because of the odd excitement I currently have for such uniquely Japanese entertainment.


Another game I bought through was Gradius V. I was way cheaper than the usual price it goes for ($40) complete, I was able to only pay $18 and it also included the bonus pre-order DVD.

It sounded like fun after reading ebbderelict’s review.

This is the game with the infamous box art that doesn’t fit with the shoot-’em-up genre that this game is from. It also has an interesting mechanic where your shots do more damage when passing close to enemy bullets.

Good day.

Castlevania – Personal Best


While going around the usual local shops over the weekend, I was able to find Alter Echo and Dead to Rights both for the PS2 fairly cheap at $12 total.


On the gaming side of the weekend, I did a quick play of the NES classic Castlevania. I’m not very good at the game, but I have remembered some of the tips that Coach Usagi gave out awhile back. With those I was able to obtain a personal best of getting just inside the castle of the last level (stage 17 from in-game HUD).

I think I just may finish this game one of these days.


In a bit of news, the older PS3 models (like the one I have) will have the “Install Other OS” function removed via an update in two days time. Sony’s claim is that the system will be more secure without it. I think it’s mainly because 99% of PS3 owners don’t use it and that it will bring the non-slim models in line with the slim models that already don’t have this function.

All in all I doubt many will miss it.


I haven’t had much luck getting any further than Episode 2, Part 3 of Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror. This section is more lengthly than the previous parts. I’ve also noticed that more action heavy scenes are kind of a problem for the way the character moves/controls. Otherwise I still like the game’s pace.

It’s been two weeks since the release of God of War III and I’ve had little time to play it. I plan on changing that this week. After yesterday’s progress I’m currently at the Grand Vestibule save point just after having finished off Hermes.

Time: 3 hours and 43 minutes
Trophies: 10 / 36 (28%)

Enjoy the rest of your week!