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.

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Lost Watchmen: Ultimate Condition

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (NES)
Double Dribble (NES)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (PS2)
Lifeline (PS2)
Ecco the Dolphin (SCD)
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh (PSN)

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Welcome! Above is a total of seven new games that I purchased recently over the last week or so.

I really wanted to get the just released The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match and I found it at the best price on eStarland.com. That’s normally unusual when compared to Amazon.com. While I was at it I also bought the above two NES games and Lifeline. The latter was pretty cheap and I’ve also had a wired USB headset for about a month, so I figured I’d go for it.

Ecco the Dolphin isn’t actually a recent purchase. It came with the lot of Sega CD games that I bought late last year off of eBay. I only just started getting it to work reliably, which (as I found out) has more to do with the spinner in the disc drive not lining up correctly. It’s only a problem since the Sega CD has it placed on the underside of the lid.

Getting back to the topic of Amazon.com, while I didn’t get KOF ’98 UM there, I did purchase the Austrian Death Machine album that’s talked about in this video that I linked to in my last blog entry. I wanted free shipping so I added Lost Planet to the mix.

Two days after the release of Watchmen: The End Is Nigh I purchased it. This comes from someone that’s never heard of Watchmen before the movie and I’ve also yet to see it. So, with that said, all I had was a viscerally satisfying beat-’em-up to draw me in. Well, it worked. The graphics are superb, combos are fun to master, and the finishing moves are great to watch. My only complaint is that it cost $5 too much for what it is. Online co-op would’ve helped out really well, but I’ve still managed to enjoy myself.

I hope to talk soon about some demos that I’m going to try here soon. Until then, game on!

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!