Hart & Usagi Podcast #63: Game Boy Advance


On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Dan (first time since ep. 52) to chat about the Game Boy Advance along with other news items as per usual. All this plus your feedback!

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* Dark Souls II
* 5 Video Game Reboots That Never Should Have Been Made
* Smash Bros. vs. Mortal Kombat pro scene
* Steam community-created content now for sale
* Valve abandons paid ‘Skyrim’ mods on Steam
* Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans
* Nintendo backs off of bringing Super Nintendo games to Wii U
* PS4’s P.T., a Teaser for the Next Silent Hill, Being Removed Soon
* Silent Hills Cancelled, Konami Confirms
* What Is the Value of P.T.?
* 10 Lamest Video Game Characters of All Time
* Mega Man Creator’s Mighty No. 9 Release Date Revealed
* Steam To Get Its First Adults-Only Rated Game
* This is the ESRB rating & descriptors for PC game Hatred & Far Cry 3. The AO game looks less problematic.
* Watch Pro Gamer Troll 8 Year Old In Mortal Kombat X
* Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed
* Game Boy Advance

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New Releases 2011: July 10-30


Unlike the previous three weeks, this time there’s three games I’m looking forward to, but only two I can get at the moment. Bastion is the one I’m interested in, but I hope it gets an eventual release on PSN.

It’s been awhile since a movie-based game has looked like it could be pretty good and Captain America: Super Soldier is that game.

El Shaddai is the final title and probably the one which has me the most curious. It’s Ignition Entertainment’s first and last self-developed game. It currently has a demo available. I liked what I played, but I can easily see it not being for most people.

WEEK of 7/10
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (PS3, X360, PC, WII, DS)
L.A. Noire: Reefer Madness (PS3, X360)
Ms. ‘Splosion Man (X360)
NCAA Football 12 (PS3, X360)

WEEK of 7/17
Bastion (X360)
Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PS3, X360)
Captain America: Super Soldier (PS3, X360, WII, DS)
Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues (PS3, X360, PC)
Just Dance Summer Party (WII)

WEEK of 7/24
Catherine (PS3, X360)
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (PS3, X360)
From Dust (X360, PC)
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions (3DS)
The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff (PC, MAC)
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team (PS3, X360)

New Releases 2011: January 30-February 12


Bigger name releases are seen more throughout the whole year than in years past, but these next two weeks wouldn’t really be a good example of it. With this being said I am interested in three games: Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Test Drive Unlimited 2, and the return of You Don’t Know Jack.

Where do your interests lie?

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PS3, X360)
Call of Duty: Black Ops – First Strike (X360)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Reverie (PS3, X360)
The Sims 3: Outdoor Living (PC)

Mario Sports Mix (WII)
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (PS3, PC, X360)
Two Worlds II (PC)
You Don’t Know Jack (PS3, PC, X360, WII, DS)


EDIT: There’s also two other PSN releases I just found out about. The PS1 import of Rockman 2 and a Minis version of what seems to be the original Pac-Man Championship Edition.

Now Playing: August 2010


First off I’d like to start off this edition of Now Playing with my 28th game finished for 2010. It is Mortal Kombat for the Super Nintendo. I did it in a speed run on the Very Hard difficulty according to these rules on Twin Galaxies in 12 minutes and 26 seconds. Fighting games master Usagi704 and I played numerous vs. matches too. I think it was about 50+ matches.

I also improved my score on Alien Crush quite a bit. The last time I posted the scores my best was 17,204,600. That score isn’t on the board any longer. My top score is currently 25,257,100.


Another game I played awhile back, but forgot to say anything about was an actual arcade game of all things. It was released by Namco in 2001 and is called Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga: Class of 1981. This 20th anniversary arcade machine allowed for play of either Galaga or Ms. Pac-Man. I chose the former, but didn’t do all that well. It was still fun for the few minutes I lasted.

And finally I traded in a few games, a rarity for me, to get Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. It’s going to be the next game I start. The games I traded are the five listed below.

Daxter (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV (SNES)
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Brain Age (DS)


I hope you’re enjoying the current games you’re playing and see you next time!

Cartoons: The 1980s


Back in the 1980s, as one might expect, there were a number of cartoons that I knew about and a few others that I watched regularly before or after school.

At the time I definitely would’ve named Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as my favorite. However, these days I find it much harder to watch that original 1987 series. For the most part I feel like my intelligence is insulted. That may seem like really harsh criticism, but it was obviously written for an audience of the age I was at the time. So when the series came back in 2003, I was delighted that it was closer to the comics in tone.

When I look through the list of shows below, the one that I would consider my favorite of the ’80s now would be G.I. Joe. My favorite characters would have to be Destro and Cobra Commander. It’s always funny to listen to them, especially Destro’s laugh!

The Transformers would be the runner-up and it probably has to do with the fact that both shows were voiced by the same team. So it probably doesn’t surprise anybody that I liked Starscream since he was voiced by the same guy that did Cobra Commander. My favorite character from the show is Soundwave. The voice was unique and was just so awesome! :lol:

YouTube video: 30 minutes of 80’s cartoon Openings

28 shows (15 known or 53.6%)
* Shows that I watched at least somewhat regularly.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
She-Ra: Princess of Power
Inspector Gadget*
The Real Ghostbusters*
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
Captain N: The Game Master*
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!*
G.I. Joe*
The Transformers*
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles*

Ghostbusters (Filmation)
Heathcliff and Marmaduke
Gilligan’s Planet
Mighty Orbots
The Littles
The Legend of Zelda
Thundarr the Barbarian
Challenge of the GoBots
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Dungeons & Dragons

Warrior Within Does Not Suck!

After playing tons of the Prince of Persia games, I ended up enjoying Warrior Within the most. Yes, I did come across a glitch when the Prince takes off the Wraith mask, where he doesn’t change back. But, other than that happening only once during the hours and hours that I played the game for. It didn’t take away from the enjoyment I got out of it.

I know that if the game gets any criticism it’s always due to the change in style to the “edgier” Prince character. That’s just more of a preference for the style of the first game than anything to do with the gameplay (since that part was improved upon).

I bring this up because Emru Townsend of PC World wrote an article entitled, “The 10 Worst Games of All Time.” At number nine is Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. All of the other games listed make sense, but I don’t understand the inclusion of Warrior Within. Basically, Townsend is saying that the change in the attitude of the main character is the sole reason why this game is one of the worst games ever. If Warrior Within was so terrible, then how did I enjoy it so much?

There are many other games that are way worse that could have been added in that spot. One that comes to mind right away is the infamous PC racer, Big Rigs.

10. Elf Bowling
9. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
8. Make My Video
7. Shaq Fu
6. Smurf Rescue
5. Pac-Man
4. Daikatana
3. Custer’s Revenge
2. Super Columbine Massacre RPG
1. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Retro Gaming Rules!

Recently I’ve caught the retro gaming bug. Well, maybe I’ve always had it, however, it’s affecting me more now than ever. It got to a point where I caved in and bought my first collection of classics from the long lost arcades of old.

The first title consists of three games, Pong, Asteroids, and Yars’ Revenge [official site] (which is also the name of the game). Pong is the game that started it all and is actually very difficult when playing against the AI. I always get beat, but at least I’ve managed to score four points so far. Now I just have five points to go for my first win. Asteroids is tons of fun. So much so that I challenged Revolver to better my score of 16,010. He has been unsuccessful to this point. Yars’ Revenge is the more complicated game of the bunch from yesteryear. I actually needed the manual at one point to know what I was supposed to do.

Another collection I picked up was Namco Museum [official site]. It includes such classics as Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Galaga, Dig Dug, and Pole Position. Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga certainly don’t need an explanation. Galaxian may need one, though. It was the prequel to Galaga and isn’t as fun as it’s successor, but is still a good time. Pole Position was a favorite of mine that can still be found in some hotel game rooms. It has been awhile, but I don’t remember having to qualify for a race in the game. Maybe it was removed in Pole Position II and possibly that’s the game I remember more. Dig Dug was one game I didn’t play much of previously and I didn’t think it would be that exciting. I was wrong as it was chosen a number of times over the other four games.

A third collection on the way from eStarland.com is Atari Anniversary Advance [official site] (also known as Arcade’s Greatest Hits: Atari Collection 1 [official site] for the PlayStation). Six games are available in this package and they are: Battlezone, Centipede, Missile Command, Super Breakout, Tempest, and Asteroids (for the second time). Centipede and Missile Command are the most memorable. I’ve played clones of Super Breakout (on the TI-85) and Tempest (found within Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas), but never the originals. Nosbig is a fan of the former and it’s fun to watch Revolver play the latter. Like Dig Dug in the previous collection, Battlezone was one I never played much of before, but surely it will be fun just like the rest.

All three of these collections are on the Game Boy Advance. I feel that these types of games are better suited for the portable system because of the quick play sessions that are typical of them. They’re all great fun and you won’t regret purchasing any of them.