Trilogy of Anthologies


A trilogy of anthologies has arrived. My history with each series is quite limited.

Most all of my time with any World Heroes game was the Takara published Super Nintendo version of World Heroes 2. Survival matches were the draw of that game. The full set of games included in World Heroes Anthology is World Heroes, World Heroes 2, World Heroes 2 Jet, and World Heroes Perfect.

For the many Fatal Fury games, the ones within Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 1 are what I’ve played being Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, and Fatal Fury Special. However, other than the arcade version of the first game, the SNES once again was where I played those three. Volume 2 is the Real Bout titles which I’ve never played, but I can’t wait to GET IN THE RING!

The final PS2 disc is the Samurai Shodown Anthology. This crazy batch has a total a six games. It could’ve had seven, but this set forgoes Samurai Shodown V Special. All of them I didn’t play except for the first game with the help of, you guessed it, the SNES.


Hart & Usagi Podcast #24


The first episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast for 2013 is here! The gun topic isn’t going away anytime soon so get strapped in for another round of discussion on the topic. We also talk about Australia’s new R18+ rating, a very small amount about Django Unchained (don’t worry), and a few other things. The New Year is officially here so take a listen to episode 24!

* Samurai Shodown
* PlayStation 2
* EA games offline in January
* Godwin’s Law In Effect
* Leading media violence expert warns town that game burning could do more harm than good
* Gov. Christie says guns, drugs, mental illness and video games need to be examined in wake of shooting
* Biden talks video game violence with industry representatives
* Politico’s 10 Violent Video Games List is Stuck in the Past
* Xbox Live: No Longer the Gold Standard
* Sony patents tech to block used games
* Iwata: “Customers do not want online games”
* Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge first R18+ game in Australia
* US web PS Store launch this month
* Django Unchained

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The Ninja, The Viper, and The Fighter

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Another set of games acquired over the last week. I’ll get the downer part of this news out of the way at the top.

As you know from my review (online archive) of the Stickman’s Ashland, Ohio location, it’s pretty bad in about every possible way. When I was there a week ago last Friday I bought Truxton. It’s a fairly difficult to find shoot-’em-up for the Genesis. It cost me $12 for the game only which is about what it is. The guy at the store claimed it goes for $50-70 complete. I looked that up after I got back and found out the real deal. A complete copy of Truxton only goes for $20.

The fun doesn’t stop there. It wasn’t until late Saturday night I noticed online that I was charged $21 for the game. Since they’re closed on Mondays for some reason, I had to wait until Tuesday to return to get my money back. As it turns out they’re so cheap that they called the other crappy location in Shelby, Ohio to charge my card. Luckily I was able to get the difference back in cash so I wouldn’t have to go through that again. Bottom line: They sell crap and I ain’t going back.

I’m happy to say there’s a good thing I can say about Stickman’s. It’s in the form of another location in Galion, Ohio. Of course I expected it to be crap, but apparently the third time is still a freaking charm. This location isn’t owned by the same person as the other two locations and it shows. Everything you’d expect from such a store was being done at this location. The place was clean and didn’t smell bad, the prices were reasonable, and the games were cleaned and tested. I’ll gladly go back to this place in the future after getting Code Name: Viper, a second better looking copy of Shadow of the Ninja, and the Genesis version of Pit-Fighter. It probably helped that the owner was a woman.


From my order with Urban Reign came in. It was an excellent complete copy at only $3.25 and it’s not the easiest to find.

And finally my winning eBay auction of the Game Boy version of Samurai Shodown arrived today. It’s probably more rare than any of the other games listed in this blog entry yet I was able to get it for a mere 99 cents.

Now Playing: April ’09


Out of the 11 games I’ve played in the last 30 days, seven of them were finished. With those stats some people may think that I try to beat as many games as quickly as possible. I assure you that it’s definitely not my intention, though I do take advantage of it whenever possible. Here’s the list of those seven games.

* Street Fighter II (SNES) with Game Genie air moves as Zangief on level 8.
* OutRun (GEN) via emulation on Super Easy with score of 1,552,330.
* Metal Slug 3 via Metal Slug Anthology (PSP) on Normal with limited continues until final mission on Easy with unlimited continues.
* Viking: Battle for Asgard (PS3)
* Saints Row 2 (PS3)
* Captain Commando via Capcom Classics Collection Remix (PSP)
* Final Fight 3 (SNES)

Other games that I played briefly were Super Street Fighter II on the Genesis and Samurai Shodown II against Usagi, as you didn’t figure already.

I spent some time also playing The Ninja Warriors Again on the Super Famicom and the North American version via emulation. That’s one game that’s really fun and each of the three characters are unique in their movement, attacks, and special moves.

My main game currently is the one that was voted on more recently in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. My character is at level 27 with 54.1% of the castle explored in 6 hours and 27 minutes of game time.

Before I forget, my Game of the Month was Saints Row 2. It’s just the right length with great things like online co-op and Steven Seagal style ponytails that make the game awesome on many levels.

My next game I plan to play as a supplement to Circle of the Moon will be the other big vote getter, Half-Life 2.

That about does it for me. Until next time, you guys take it easy. :)

20th Anniversary of Game Boy


It felt great that an eBay auction for a Game Boy Pocket ended at the start of this last Tuesday and was won too easily. That was the day of the 20th anniversary of Gunpei Yokoi’s creation, the Game Boy.

I can still remember how I felt playing a number of the games that I had at the time.

When it came to fighting games, a genre I was very into at the time, there wasn’t really much of anything. So when I noticed Raging Fighter, I had to get it. This Konami fighter was competent and had a good presentation too. Later this game was outclassed by better playing games like ports of Samurai Shodown and Mortal Kombat II.

NBA Jam was memorable, but not in good way. I remember the turbo button being on Start so you can image how uncomfortable it had to be to play it.

Speaking of Konami from earlier, other games that were fun were Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan, and, of course, Operation C.

Check out gameplay footage from all of these games by pressing play.

Happy 20th birthday, Game Boy!

New Releases 2009: March 29-April 11


I’m not really surprised that this next fortnight doesn’t have much, at least for what I’m looking forward to.

One game that I’m probably have to get right away that I’m interested in is the Altus DS title Tokyo Beat Down. I haven’t heard much about it so I’ll be eager to find out more about it.

I did give the recent demo of Riddick a try. I can’t say that I really liked it all that much. I guess that the praise of the original Xbox game raised my hopes a little too high.

Braid (PC)
Burn Zombie Burn (PSN)
Guitar Hero: Metallica (PS3, X360, WII)
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (PC, X360)
Tokyo Beat Down (DS)

Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor (PC)
Flock (PC, PSN, XBL)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (PS2, PSP)
Ninja Blade (X360)
Samurai Shodown Anthology (WII)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (PC, PS3, X360)
The Godfather II (PC, PS3, X360)

New Releases 2009: March 1-14


As you can see below there’s quite the selection for the first part of March. Personally I don’t want many, but the interesting ones are SNK related: The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match and Samurai Shodown Anthology. They’re also going to be cheap so that’s a bonus, I guess.

Empire: Total War (PC)
Halo Wars (X360)
MLB 09: The Show (PSP, PS2, PS3)
Major League Baseball 2K9 (PS3, X360, PS2, WII, PC)
Phantasy Star Portable (PSP)
Sonic and the Black Knight (WII)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (PS2, X360)
Tom Clancy’s HAWX (X360, PS3)
Tomb Raider: Underworld (PS2)

Crysis: Maximum Edition (PC)
EVE Online Special Edition (PC)
Madworld (WII)
Mana Khemia: Student Alliance (PSP)
MySims Party (DS, WII)
Resident Evil 5 (X360, PS3)
Samurai Shodown Anthology (PSP, WII)
Tom Clancy’s HAWX (PC)
Trivial Pursuit (PS2, WII, X360, PS3)

Here’s a few misc. items of interest that I posted on my Twitter account recently.

* Giant Bomb’s front page now looks like it came from the Xbox. Is it safe to call it the “New Giant Bomb Experience?”
* Consider yourself likely shocked by X-Play’s rating of the new 50 Cent game.
* Funniest video I’ve seen in a long time: Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn’t Fucking Work.
* More things that I love: “How to Play a Scrubby Ken” Flowchart.
* Retroware TV High Score Challenge: Legendary Wings (NES). My best score was 275,000.
* Yakuza 3 sells more than double the amount that Street Fighter IV did in 2 weeks in Japan on DAY ONE!
* Get $300 from American Express to close your account. Holy shit! Where do I sign up to cancel?

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

Bottom 10 Tracked Games


The following list is the ten games that I’m tracking that have the lowest amount of total GameSpot members tracking as well. The tracking list serves as a coming soon list of sorts for myself. So that would make the arcade shoot-’em-up Raiden IV the least tracked game on GS that I’m also looking forward to.

Raiden IV (ARC) – 4
Samurai Shodown Anthology (PSP) – 19
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga (PSP) – 29
Sonic Unleashed (PS2) – 30
SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 (PSP) – 32
Space Invaders Extreme (PSP) – 37
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (PSP) – 49
N+ (DS) – 63
Untitled John McTiernan Game (PS3) – 76
SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 (PS2) – 84

2008: The Year of SNK Playmore


SNK Playmore really is going crazy with game releases as the following seven games are due out this year. I’m pretty excited for all of them especially The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga. Metal Slug 7 is a new addition to the series where the other six games are all compilations. Listed below are the games and what’s included.

World Heroes Anthology
PlayStation 2 – Quarter 1
Featured games:
World Heroes
World Heroes 2
World Heroes 2 Jet
World Heroes Perfect

Fatal Fury Battle Archives Vol. 2
PlayStation 2 – March 31
Featured games:
Real Bout Fatal Fury
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers

SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1
PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii – June 30
Featured games:
Art of Fighting
Baseball Stars 2
Burning Fight
Fatal Fury
The King of Fighters ’94
King of the Monsters
Last Resort
Magician Lord
Metal Slug
Neo Turf Masters
Samurai Shodown
Shock Troopers
Super Sidekicks 3
Top Hunter
World Heroes

The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga
PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii – Quarter 4
Featured games:
The King of Fighters ’94
The King of Fighters ’95
The King of Fighters ’96
The King of Fighters ’97
The King of Fighters ’98

Samurai Shodown Anthology
PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii – Quarter 4
Featured games:
Samurai Shodown
Samurai Shodown II
Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge
Samurai Shodown V
Samurai Shodown V Special
Samurai Shodown VI

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match
PlayStation 2 – Quarter 4
Featured games:
The King of Fighters ’98
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match

Metal Slug 7
DS – TBA 2008

Here’s the video of GameSpot’s Senior Editor, Brad Shoemaker talking with SNK Playmore’s Director of Marketing, Mark Rudolph about these games at this year’s Game Developers Conference.