Hart & Usagi #79: Thanks a lot, Microsoft!

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Episode 79 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We chat about a variety of topics like the Scalebound cancellation, our playthrough of Shadow of the Colossus, quality of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service over the years, and more.

Enjoy and remember to subscribe via RSS or iTunes and follow the Hart & Usagi Podcast on Twitter!

NEWS:
* Recent games played
* Microsoft Cancelling Platinum Games’ Xbox One Exclusive, Scalebound
* Yakuza: Kiyami, Yakuza 6 announced
* First Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite Gameplay Trailer Shows Power of Infinity Stones
* Parappa, Wipeout, Crash Bandicoot Getting PS4 Upgrades
* Nintendo Switch Will Play GameCube Games via Virtual Console [Report]
* Hackers Crack the NES Mini To Add More Games Via USB
* Ex-SNK Devs Develop New Fighting Game for… Super Nintendo
* The King of Fighters XIV Holiday Promo and Graphical Update Announced
* Double Dragon 4’s Gameplay Looks Unbelievably Old School
* Beyond the NES Classic Edition: Super NES, Genesis, And More
* Game-Rave TV Ep. 81 & 82: PlayStation Classic Console – Part 1 & Part 2

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Favorite Game Music: Volume VII

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From the popular to the strange to the unknown, he’s another list of my favorite video game music!

* Stage 4 part 2 from Konami’s Metamorphic Force (ARC)
* Lab 1 from from WayForward’s Double Dragon Neon
* Mango Tango from WayForward’s Double Dragon Neon
* Amaterasu theme from Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
* Zero theme from Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
* Stage 2 & 5 from Data East’s Bad Dudes (NES)
* Stage 2 from Natsume’s Shadow of the Ninja (NES)
* Germany course from SNK’s Neo Turf Masters (ARC)
* USA course from SNK’s Neo Turf Masters (ARC)
* Splash Wave from Sega’s Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PS2, XBOX)

Games Finished In 2013

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2013. The total number comes to 36. That’s down 15 from 2012.

November proved to be the best month for beating games with 8 in total thanks to TMNT Month with a monthly average of 3.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 226 last year.

1. Double Dragon Neon (PSN) – 1/2
2. Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (VC) – 1/11
3. Batman (NES) – 1/30
4. Bionic Commando (PS3) – 2/24
5. Shatter (PSN) – 3/6
6. Rocket Knight (PSN) – 3/10
7. Tomb Raider: Legend (PSP) – 3/15
8. G.I. Joe (ARC) – 4/11
9. Resistance 2 (PS3) – 4/13
10. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3) – 4/26
11. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie (GEN) – 5/4
12. Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 5/5
13. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PSN) – 5/5
14. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. (PSN) – 5/22
15. The King of Fighters ’98 (PSN) – 5/22
16. BioShock Infinite (PS3) – 5/25
17. F.E.A.R. 3 (PS3) – 6/21
18. X-Men (PSN) – 7/10
19. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 8/9
20. Tomb Raider: Underworld via The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3) – 8/11
21. Dragon Warrior via Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC) – 8/21
22. Marvel Ultimate Alliance (PS2) – 8/31
23. Dragon’s Crown (PS3) – 9/20
24. Splatterhouse (TG-16) – 10/22
25. Dark Souls (PS3) – 11/8
26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB) – 11/9
27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (GB) – 11/11
28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2) – 11/12
29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (PS2) – 11/20
30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2) – 11/23
31. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time via Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2) – 11/23
32. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (SNES) – 11/25
33. The Mark of Kri (PS2) – 12/3
34. Kirby’s Dream Land 2 via Kirby’s Dream Collection (WII) – 12/7
35. Sleeping Dogs (PS3) – 12/13
36. Space Invaders Extreme 2 (DS) – 12/25

New Releases 2013: Oct. 6-26

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Capcom Esssentials is a compilation at retail of five previously released games: Dead Rising 2, Devil May Cry 4, Mega Man 10, Resident Evil 6, and Super Street Fighter IV.

WEEK of 10/6
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Capcom Essentials (PS3, X360)
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PS3)
F1 2013 (PC)
Just Dance 2014 (PS3, X360, WU, WII)
Pokemon X (3DS)
Pokemon Y (3DS)

WEEK of 10/13
Skylanders Swap Force (PS3, X360, WU, 3DS, WII)
Valhalla Knights 3 (PSV)

WEEK of 10/20
Batman: Arkham Origins (PS3, X360, PC, WU)
Beyblade: Evolution (3DS)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut (PS3, X360, PC, WU)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS3, X360, PC, WU)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (PSV, 3DS, DS)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (PS3, X360, PC)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (3DS)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (X360, 3DS, WII)
Wii Party U (WU)

Now Playing: September 2013

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During September I played only three games, but they are quite lengthy if you let them be.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance was finished at the beginning of the month to where I started Dragon’s Crown right after. You can read about MUA here.

On Dragon’s Crown I had a fairly good time with it. However, as I said last week, I had trouble with the last three bosses. My Amazon character was not properly leveled up in the skills department and therefore I could not defeat them before being forced to next the level. Thankfully I had backup in the form of Usagi704 and RivalShadeX to help me out with their badass elf and wizard, respectively.

With their help I was able to move onto what I had planned to play for a year. Why a year in advance? Because it is for my 4th annual Halloween gaming event, of course. The game? Dark Souls!

Just as I did with Demon’s Souls two years ago, I am using the Dark Souls Wikidot Wiki since the game does not always explain things very well.

This time my beginning class is the Knight. Not for namesake reasons (though that is nice enough), but it was the overwhelming choice of the Internet Zeitgeist that it is the best class for beginners.

It did me well up until I faced off against the boss of Lower Undead Burg, the Capra Demon. With the help of two dogs I was killed six times before I was reminded by Usagi704 that “fat rolling” was mainly what was getting me killed. Once I lightened the load of my armor and was able to more swiftly roll about, I was victorious. I was also very lucky on my sixth attempt to get the two dogs out of the way quickly. After that I simply lured the Capra Demon up the stairs multiple times and had him jump off for a long recovery time.

Overall it has been going quite well for me. How’s your gaming life been (trick or) treating you lately?

Thanks for reading and have a good upcoming Halloween season!

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Marvel Ultimate Alliance – #22 finished; 19h52m
* Dragon’s Crown – #23 finished; 16h55m; Lv 29
* Dark Souls – 11h55m; Level 35 (Knight)

PS: Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s Complete In Box Fridays article on the Grand Theft Auto: Collector’s Edition.

Crysis Ultimate Alliance

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What does the 2006 game Marvel Ultimate Alliance have in common with this year’s release of Dragon’s Crown? Do you have a guess? No, it’s not that I am or that I have played these two games despite being true. It’s that they both allow for simultaneous four-player brawling action.

The game I finished a week and a half ago was Marvel Ultimate Alliance. The last time I checked in with you about it I was 15.5 hours into the game near the end. After all was finished with MUA, I clocked in just under 20 hours and for most of the latter part of the game I stuck with the team of Captain America, Mr. Fantastic, Thing, and Wolverine. The Dhalsim punches of Mr. Fantastic were particularly helpful. I was also happy that my AI controlled allies who were usually on-the-ball with attacking my foes. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is my 22nd game finished for this calendar year.

As for Dragon’s Crown, I started it on the same day I was done with MUA. Since then I’ve put in 11 hours and 23 minutes into this absolutely beautiful looking beat-’em-up by Vanillaware. I chose to play as the Amazon and named her “BigAxe” because, you know, she has a big…axe. My dying message is “Where’s Xena when I need her?”

Finally two purchases I made at Best Buy yesterday was for Crysis 3 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987; Season 3). Crysis 3 was surprisingly just $15 and the season of TMNT ’87 was $10 for all 47 episodes (with no frills, of course).

When it comes to the TV shows over the years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I don’t enjoy the 1987 series as much as I used to. Sure I did while growing up. I mean, who didn’t? But it just doesn’t work for me these days especially since we now have the 2003 and 2012 series. I prefer the two more recent outings more, but just like with a season or two of Transformers and G.I. Joe, I don’t mind owning a season of the ’87 TMNT show. It was a big part of my childhood after all.

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Now Playing: August 2013

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In the past month I had mentioned I was going to play the games I had which were listed under the Giant Bomb profile of the great Ryan Davis. As such I played Super Mario Bros. 3 via Super Mario All-Stars. My progress halted at World 8, sadly. I did, however, get to almost completing my currently played game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance. I think I’m on the last set of missions headquartered in Attilan and I should be finished soon at 15 hours and 28 minutes of game time up until now.

Speaking of finished games, I did that with three titles this month.

First up was Streets of Rage 2. I played a solid hour with the gentleman known as Jason_X on Backloggery. I chose Axel as usual because that character just kicks all kinds of ass. Jason chose Blaze. This is a character I usually stay away from. The damage output for her is weak and her double tap forward plus attack doesn’t make for a very good game, but as a team we put a whipping on Mr. X.

The second game to be finished two days later was Tomb Raider: Underworld. I’d talked about what I liked about the game in July’s Now Playing and my final stats were 25 out of 33 trophies, 143 out of 179 total treasures, and 11 hours and 12 minutes of game time.

And last, but certainly not least is Dragon Warrior. It was finished a week ago via the Game Boy Color compilation Dragon Warrior I & II. My final character level was 28.

It was a good thing I looked up an FAQ on what key items to collect. I didn’t remember the placement of the game’s best armor nor did I remember how to obtain the Rainbow Drop to form the bridge to the Dragon Lord’s castle from by childhood of playing the NES version of this game. Regardless, I still had a wonderful time revisiting this rebalanced RPG classic.

Thanks for reading and have a good one! :)