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The last time I amassed a large amount of games was this time of the month back in May.

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First I’ll start off with a lot of 11 Super Nintendo games I’d purchased off of eBay. All are game only, as you can see, and work great. Four of these games are repeats and they’d be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time, Street Fighter II, Donkey Kong Country, and Fatal Fury Special. TMNT IV is the worst looking of the bunch because of the bad label, but as mentioned it still works just fine. You probably don’t see Fatal Fury Special pictured and you’d be correct. The reason being is that I’ve already sold it to Usagi704. He was quite impressed with the port.

Out of the seven remaining games five of them I wasn’t really looking to get, but at least I didn’t already have them. Everybody will notice the quality take a dive when seeing Shaq Fu, but it’ll improve a whole lot once I get to the final two games. Street Racer is roughly a Super Mario Kart clone with a slightly different style of driving to it. NBA Live ’98, MechWarrior 3050, and Super Battleship are all pretty much what you’re probably thinking they are.

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Now these two games where totally worth searching out this lot of games to begin with. I bought the whole thing solely for Ninja Warriors. This fantastic beat-’em-up had eluded me for far too long. If you’re not familiar with this game, then please take about ten minutes of your time to get educated by the HVGN. Oh and it didn’t hurt at all to have Final Fantasy II come along for the ride. :P

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Another game I bought in a separate auction was the Sega CD game The Masked Rider: Kamen Rider ZO. Back when I was crazy about the Kamen Rider series as a whole (I’ve toned my excitement for it down since then), I looked up to see what video games had been released for the various shows. One cool brawler for the SNES was based on the 1971 original show. I gave it a whirl on an emulator and it was pretty fun.

This also lead to my discovery of the Sega CD game in question. It was odd, however, that the game was release in the States. The reason being that the movie, Kamen Rider ZO, for which it’s based on wasn’t released here.

The game itself is simply one of those FMV games where you just press a button or direction on the d-pad when prompted to like in Dragon’s Lair, Road Avenger, or Time Gal.

Finally based on input from the shoot-’em-up encyclopedia himself, Usagi704, I decided to get Final Soldier off of the Virtual Console.

Thanks for reading. Have a good day!

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Rainbow of Games

Over the last three weeks I’ve accumulated the following additions to my collection. The totals are 22 games, 2 movies, and 5 albums.

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Batman
It’s my first copy of it and it’s my favorite of the early Batman films. It has a bunch of extras including a 50-page book that’s apart of the case and a director commentary track which I usually look for in movies I buy.

Watchmen
Included with the two End Is Nigh games for the PS3.

Ten Pin Alley
I remember it from a demo disc years ago.

Big Bang Mini
It has interested me for awhile.

Frogger
It was free with the original PlayStation system that Usagi704 got recently and he didn’t want it so he let me have it.

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Space Channel 5 Special Edition
For the PS2, which I originally thought was the first game until I found out that it contains Part 2 as well.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare
I bought these two games based solely on the inclusion of the two original Konami arcade games as unlockables.

Namco Classic Fighter Collection
I’ve been interested in picking up a copy of Tekken Tag Tournament more recently. This three game collection helped out nicely with that as it had that game along with Tekken 4 and Soul Calibur II.

Wario World
It’s one of the few Gamecube specific games that I’ve yet to get that have interested me.

The King of Fighter XII
To play against others online, but mainly Usagi, of course.

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Kid Klown in Crazy Chase
I lead myself to believe that this SNES Kemco game was at least decent for some reason. It’s not.

Deja Vu
Oh here’s why. This NES adventure game, which always had fun box art, was published by Kemco where as the above game was developed by them. Retroware TV episode 12-4 made Deja Vu seem pretty interesting.

Cabal
I remember liking the arcade version back in the day. This version works, but maybe not as well as one would hope.

Mission: Impossible
This was one of those games that we owned growing up so it was on my wish list because of that alone. Decent music I must say.

RoadBlasters
An interesting and mildly fun shooter style racer.

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This next group of three were bought with the idea that since my original plan to buy less has obviously failed that I’d start looking on eBay for the harder to find games that I want. Just once a month with a few exceptions like the upcoming Modern Warfare 2. Hopefully this will work this time.

Doom
This was the game I was going after. It doesn’t have everything, but it does have most of The Ultimate Doom and Doom II games. It’s kind of a compilation of sorts.

Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense & Soul Blade
These two games were simply apart of the three game deal. Neither of which I had and I’ve heard some good things about both.

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Finally, I looked up the prices of Michael Jackson album on Amazon.com and other than HIStory costing about $23, the rest were only $7-9. I looked locally for them first and no place had a good selection or price. So I ended up getting all of the albums expect for HIStory (price) and Invincible (already own).

September ’08 Purchases

The following videos are of me showing off my purchases for September. Below the videos are still pictures of those games. Enjoy!

Sept. Purchases: Part 1Part 2

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NBA Shootout 2000 – PS
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – PS
Colony Wars – PS
TNA Impact – PS3
Mercenaries 2: World In Flames – PS3
Fatal Fury – GEN
Sega Classics Collection – PS2
WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It – PS2
Robo Aleste – SCD

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Guerrilla War – NES
Mega Man 4 – NES
Kirby’s Adventure – NES
Castlevania – NES
Mega Man 2 – NES
Jackal – NES
WWF Super WrestleMania – GEN
NBA Give ‘N Go – SNES
Skyblazer – SNES
NBA Live ’95 – SNES
Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball – SNES

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Bad Games by Good Developers: Radical Entertainment

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Radical Entertainment is one of those companies that’s been developing games for years now and sometimes you wonder how they’ve survived with some of the crap that they produce. Then you realize that most of the games that they’ve made have been based on popular licenses at the time. Whether it’s NES games based on The Terminator and Wayne’s World to more recent efforts like Scarface and the upcoming Crash of the Titans, it’s pretty clear that you really shouldn’t expect much.

However, with that said, they do have some exciting games once in awhile. The perfect example for me is The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. After a mediocre game based on an equally mediocre movie, 2003’s Hulk, Radical Entertainment gave The Incredible Hulk license a second go with resounding success.

Only three other games were considered better than The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and they are: ESPN X-Games Pro Boarder (PS), MTV Sports: Snowboarding (PS), and The Simpsons: Hit & Run (PS2, GC, XBOX).

It seems that if the crew at Radical could get themselves to use their imaginations and creativity a lot more that they would probably make entertaining and exciting games much more often.

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