Hart & Usagi Podcast #43: Play Monolopy


The Hart and Usagi Podcast is back and this time we talk about our love for Robocop, the crazy idea that Flappy Bird has fans, and power laces, alright!

* Robocop
* Sonic Boom Brings a Brand-New Sonic to Wii U, 3DS and TV
* Amazon Acquires Video Gaming Studio Double Helix Games
* Early Access
* Net Neutrality Dead
* Street Fighter IV updates
* The Flappy Bird Saga Continues
* Magus, first game developed by Aksys, out on PS3 Feb. 25
* Watch Dogs Delayed for Wii U
* New PS Vita Model Confirmed for US, Included in Borderlands 2 Bundle
* Sly Cooper movie sneaks into theaters in 2016

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #22: Unchained Edition


The 22nd episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We start off with some talk about Doom, discuss how the Wii U really fails, and wonder why there are some slavery apologists.

Unlike Nintendo we don’t disappoint on the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

* Doom Classic Complete
* Wii Mini (no SD cards)
* Wii U (German laws & 10 things to hate)
* Killer Instinct
* Mortal Kombat Legacy 2
* Django Unchained
* Dark Souls II (Tom Mc Shea’s article)
* Mastered games

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #19 XL


The Hart & Usagi Podcast is back with episode 19 and on the show we cover news on the Wii U among many other topics. We welcome SonicHomeboy back and part way during the show madtyger calls in!

Double Dragon Neon’s soundtrack
Wii U price
– Bayonetta 2
Wii U’s software launch list
Nintendo TVii
Hard drives for Wii U
Wii abandoned
WiiPads and replacement
Kill Instinct
PS3 super slim
Midway Arcade Origins
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Dead or Alive 5
Mass Effect fan negativity
– The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout: New Vegas, Bethesda Softworks
– Games recently bought
– Tim Burton

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What Game Do You Have The Most Copies Of?


The following is my reply to the topic “What game do you have the most copies of?” started by cosmostein77 in The Candid Collectors’ Union.

I only have two of the exact same game on the same system. That game is Twisted Metal. I have one long box version and one jewel case version.

Games that I have different versions of are:

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance – PS2, GBA
Disney’s Aladdin – SNES, GEN
Doom II – PC, GBA
Fatal Fury – GEN (coming soon), SNES
Final Fantasy VI – SNES, GBA
Killer Instinct – SNES, GB
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES, GBA
Max Payne – PC, PS2
Mortal Kombat – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat II – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, PS
Quake II – PC, PS
Samurai Shodown – GEN, SNES
Sonic the Hedgehog – GEN, GG
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – GEN, GG
Street Fighter Alpha 3 – PS, GBA, PSP
Street Fighter II – SNES, GB
Stuntman Ignition – PS2, PS3
Sunset Riders – SNES, GEN
Super Mario World – SNES, GBA
Super Street Fighter II – SNES, GEN
Tecmo Super Bowl – NES, SNES
Tetris – NES, GB
Tomb Raider: Legend – PS2, GBA (Euro verison), DS (Euro verison)
Twisted Metal: Head On – PS2, PSP
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, DS

The New Games of August


Here’s a list of the latest game acquisitions from over the past month. How many? Well, I could have you just count them, but I’ll be a nice guy. 17.

Gunstar Heroes – GEN
Well, SonicHomeboy, you’ll be happy to hear about this one and “about time” is right. It’s game only, but I can’t really ask for much more other than to be happy that I now own this treasure by Treasure.

Aladdin – GEN
I’ve heard that some people prefer this version over the SNES game. Before playing it for a little bit, I could not understand why. After giving it a go, I honestly still don’t know why. The controls aren’t that spot on and the hit detection doesn’t seem to be all that great.

Biometal – SNES
How many remember or even know of this game? My guess it not many. I never knew about this shoot-’em-up until one of the local store clerks mentioned it. I figured I’d at least try it out while I was there. Surpringly enough it’s pretty sweet.

Batman Forever – SNES
Unlike Biometal, I’m sure everybody knows about this awful game based on an equally awful movie. Thankfully the craptastic follow up, Batman & Robin, didn’t get the game treatment too.

Cybernator – SNES
Here’s a game that I found out about from this ScrewAttack Video Game Vault…video. I think it’s better than average, but truly not by much.

Power Blade – NES
Power Blade’s not average by any means. It totally kicks ass. I should know. I’ve already finished it.

Final Doom – PS
I never got into Final Doom like I did at the time with the prequels. What’s odd about this game is that it looks like the PC games, but has the sounds of Doom 64. I’m not sure if that was the best design choice.

Twisted Metal – PS
Yes, I do already own a long box version of this game. So why buy it again? Is it because I’m crazy like that? Nope. Actually it’s because the long box doesn’t hold the disc very well.

WCW Backstage Assault – PS
I knew better than to get this game at the time in 1999 even though I was a big fan of the sport back then. So why now? Price. $4.

Burnout Legends – PSP
It’s Burnout 3: Takedown on the go. Enough said.

Motorstorm – PS3
I enjoyed the little bit that I played this game at a friends place a few years ago. Now it’s made even better at the greatest hits price with the cool red case.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory – PS2
I have the first game and I didn’t care all that much for it. However from reviews I’ve read, Chaos Theory looks to be much better and maybe what I’ve been looking for.

Here’s the last five games coming your way.
The Orange Box – PS3
Batman Begins – PS2
Samurai Western – PS2
Beyond Good & Evil – PS2
Killer Instinct – GB

11 New Additions


Yesterday was a day of amazing purchases. But before I get into that I wanted to explain my change in position on the 32X from a couple of days ago.

32X Talk
Sure the videos of the Angry Video Game Nerd are mostly for comedic value, but his newest video on the Sega 32X and the Wikipedia entry revealed many facts that I didn’t know about. A power brick for each system? That’s three and we all know what amazing space wasters those things are. Since I have a model 1 Genesis I’d apparently need some “metal prongs” to make the 32X fit correctly. Those may have originally shipped with this add-on, but you know that finding one with that now would probably be next to impossible. That’s unless the previous owner had an original Genesis as well. The total 32X library is only about 40 games and I’d only likely be interested in about 4-5. It’s just so not worth it.

So while the 32X is out of the question, I’ll still probably eventually buy a Sega CD. Night Trap and Final Fight CD and the best reasons to do so. Now onto the purchases from yesterday.

Back To The Games!
A used video game store in Shelby, Ohio called Stickman’s is where I went. The first thing I looked for was the awesome conditioned copy of Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (GEN; complete, mint) that I remembered seeing there from a number of months back. To my surprise it was still there. That was my first choice. From there I picked up another ten games so obviously I lost track of the order I found them in. Here’s a list of the rest of the games with optional comments.

Captain Skyhawk (NES; game only, near mint)
Contra: Hard Corps (GEN; game only, excellent)
Jungle Strike (GEN; game only, near mint) — An oddly intriguing game that I wouldn’t normally be giving a second look at let alone playing.
Killer Instinct (SNES; game only, mint)
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (GEN; game only, fair+) — On the Sega Genesis Collection.
Sonic the Hedgehog (GEN; complete, excellent) — Also on the Sega Genesis Collection so I’ll stop saying that I won’t get those games. :D The main reason I bought this game was for the hidden Blue Sphere mini-game when connected to Sonic & Knuckles.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (GEN; game only, excellent+)
Street Fighter II (SNES; game only, near mint)
Super Street Fighter II (GEN; game only, excellent-)
WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role (PS; complete, near mint)

After all of those games I expected that I’d have to put some back. To my surprise the total was only $39.45. That averages out to only about $3.58 a game!

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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.