R-Type Revengance: Tournament Edition

Back in the early 1990s a lot of the games I enjoyed were Midway arcade titles. When it came time to port them to home consoles Acclaim were usually the ones to do it. I had a Super Nintendo and Smash TV became Super Smash TV, Mortal Kombat II surprised us all with its major improvements over the first game’s conversion, and NBA Jam: Tournament Edition had a larger roster and battery saves.

This brings me to the Game Boy and its many ports of Midway games namely NBA Jam. At the time I had the original game for it and the controls were odd with Turbo on the Start button. Not the most comfortable way to play. Sadly my recent purchase of NBA Jam TE didn’t change this or help with using passwords. At least the roster was larger.

R-Type is the notoriously difficult shoot-’em-up from Irem. Upon a port to the Game Boy the original cartridge had both R-Type I and II. A number of “DX” releases of black and white games were colored when put out for the Game Boy Color. R-Type DX was one such title. It had R-Type I and II in color and had a “combined challenge” (as Giant Bomb put it) for R-Type DX.

I’m not much of a shoot-’em-up fan, but I look forward to getting my ass kicked by this cart nonetheless.

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On a side note, I accompanied Usagi704 to GameStop the night he picked up his copy of Metal Gear Rising: Revengence. Here’s some video footage of it.

Showing The SNES Games

As promised on the previous blog post, here are the Super Nintendo games that I bought at the same time as those other games. All of the games are used and game only.

Magic Sword
Super R-Type
Wolfenstein 3D
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Fatal Fury
Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures
Saturday Night Slam Masters
Final Fight 2
Brawl Brothers

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Details: Magic Sword, Super R-Type, Wolfenstein 3D, and Street Fighter Alpha 2 | Fatal Fury, Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures, Saturday Night Slam Masters, Final Fight 2, and Brawl Brothers

Of course, because I went back to get exchanges for the three NES games that didn’t work for me, I did end up getting more. Those I’ll be showing soon. Next up, however, is photos of the circuit boards for all four Street Fighter games on the SNES.

New Releases 2008: April 27-May 10

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This week is packed with excitement and that’s only because of two games. The following week, however, is looking pretty slim and that’s also because of the same two games. Have a look.

THIS WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, X360)
Mario Kart Wii (WII)
Warhawk – Operation: Broken Mirror (PSN)

THIS WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 (PSP, PS2)
Iron Man (X360, PS2, PS3, DS, WII, PSP)
Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor (PC)
PixelJunk Monsters Encore (PSN)

NEXT WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
R-Type Command (PSP)
Iron Man (PC)
Boom Blox (WII)

NEXT WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy (WII)
Speed Racer (WII, DS)

Toughest Games to Beat

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During this past week IGN revealed what they felt were the top ten most difficult games to beat. After viewing the list, I can say that I definitely agree with all of the games that were placed there. While I’ve only played a handful of the games on the list, I can atest to the legendary toughness of the other five from what I’ve seen and/or read over the years. Now onto the list.

10. Ninja Gaiden Black
9. Devil May Cry 3
8. Battletoads
7. R-Type
6. MDK2
5. Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts
4. F-Zero GX
3. Shinobi
2. Mega Man
1. Contra

IGN article: Top 10 Tuesday: Toughest Games to Beat