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)

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Complete In Box Fridays: Shadow of the Ninja

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What’s this? A fifth Complete In Box Friday without one missed? I’m the man! That’s right this is CIB Friday number five. If you missed any, first, shame on you, but most importantly you can still read them! Check out Axelay, Castlevania Double Pack, Lords of Thunder, and the special, The Perils of Having┬áStandards, to catch up.

Today I give to you the NES classic Shadow of the Ninja. This platforming gem from Natsume was something my brother and I stumbled upon during our childhood. The movie rental stores in the 1980s were filled with cheap ninja films to the excitement of many at the time. Of course, ninjas are cool, and this was solely the reason we picked this game up back then. Remember there wasn’t any Internet to look up anything. We relied on gaming magazines and I never saw Shadow of the Ninja covered.

It was easy to purchase a horrible video game when going just by the box art, but we lucked out as Shadow of the Ninja was top notch and the usual “NES tough.” I don’t think I ever finished it without the aid of the Game Genie. Regardless of my cheating ways as a kid, I still had a blast with this game and I think you will too. It comes highly recommended!

I purchased Shadow of the Ninja purely for myself once I started collecting. The first time was cartridge only back in May 2008. It was in fair condition. It was good enough for me to be cool with it. However, I did find it again (also cart only) in August 2010. This time the label was a bit better looking.

A third purchase of the game came from my favorite local game store, It’s About Games. They had a customer trade in quite a few mint looking NES titles and Shadow of the Ninja was one of them. I jumped at the chance to buy it. The full story about this purchase from last April can be read here.

I bought this complete in box copy for $33. It currently goes for $45.50.

Check out the Shadow of the Ninja gallery below and be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them for a closer look.

FRONT OF BOX:
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BACK OF BOX:
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CARTRIDGE AND MANUAL:
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Doom, Ninjas, and a Hedgehog

About a week ago I found a decent deal at a local store for a video game which is odd because this same store usually keeps their prices higher for longer than most. The game in question is Doom 3 BFG Edition and the price was $20.

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Neal of ++Good Games was having some kind of giveaway via DM on Twitter recently. I can’t even remember what it was, but because he had a number of codes for downloadable games and the fact that I was willing to enter the drawing, he tossed me a Steam code for a mystery game for the hell of it. I hadn’t installed Steam in years and this was reason enough to find out what the game was. It wasn’t my dream game, but I also wasn’t going to scoff at a such a nice gesture. Thanks Neal for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II!

Two days ago I was told about some recent trade-ins at my favorite local game store It’s About Games by one of the employees via Twitter. They’d said it was something I wouldn’t believe. I dropped by and my eyes gazed upon a complete boxed NES that, while previously opened, looked like it was still never removed from the box or used before. Along with this NES came a bunch of complete and boxed NES games. I saw and didn’t hesitate to purchase one of those titles. It was the Natsume classic Shadow of the Ninja! Sure it was $33, but for such an out-of-the-blue surprise and a memorable game from my past, I had to have this copy.

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Click for HULK sized view.

Thanks for gazing at my most recent purchases.

Peace!

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.

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From Glyde.com 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.

New Releases 2009: Sept. 20-Oct. 3

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Another set of new releases for another two week shot and the outlook is pretty varied.

With that said I know that to a majority of gamers the new Halo game is the only thing on their radar. The rest of the games are non-existent to them. I guess that makes sense to a degree with only Zombie Apocalypse being the other game coming out on the Xbox system.

On the other hand, all PlayStation platforms are seeing no less than 12 games in the next fortnight.

My pick would have to be MotorStorm: Arctic Edge. I don’t know if I’ll be getting it for the PSP or PS2. Regardless, I’m very interested to see how it comes out on the less powerful systems.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 9/20
Fallout 3: Broken Steel (PSN)
Halo 3: ODST (X360)
Katamari Forever (PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (WII)
Zombie Apocalypse (PSN, XBL)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 9/27
Dead Space Extraction (WII)
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage (PSN)
Fallout 3: The Pitt (PSN)
Gran Turismo (PSP)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3)
Obscure: The Aftermath (PSP)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up (PS2)
Undead Knights (PSP)

I’ll leave you with a few interesting recent items from my twitter account.

* Tricky bastards with their renaming of the Genesis version of Gauntlet to Gauntlet IV.
* For some reason when I read Joystiq’s “What’s In A Name” post title I keep saying it in the same way as the “What is a man” line from SotN.
* Fav. obscure NES games. Metal Storm, P.O.W., Power Blade, Shadow of the Ninja, Super Spike V’Ball, Code Name: Viper, Heavy Barrel, Shatterhand, Star Force, Vice: Project Doom.
* Terrible box art: The Orange Box.
* Favorite Game Music: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Downtown (SNES).
* ESPN eXtreme Games: It’s more extreme than spilling your morning coffee on your car!
* Played some of Usagi704’s newly acquired copy of Street Fighter Alpha for the GBC. Also beat it first time playing it. Final score with Sagat: 1.03 million! 37th game beat this year.
* Favorite video game music: Crystal Castle theme from Konami’s Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge.

1991 Game of the Year

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NOMINEES
Operation C (GB)
Shadow of the Ninja (NES)
Street Fighter II (Arcade)
Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time (Arcade)

1991 Game of the Year: Street Fighter II
Runner-up: Shadow of the Ninja

I don’t show as much love for fighting games as I used to. If you’d known me back in the early 1990s, then Street Fighter II being the Game of the Year wouldn’t surprise you in the least. It’s one of the best fighters of all time and also pretty infamous for its glitches.

One glitch that’s easy to perform is the no charge Sonic Boom. Anytime you throw with medium punch while using Guile start tapping light punch. As soon as the throw completes a Sonic Boom will launch. It only works on the arcade version. So if you have a copy of Street Fighter Collection 2 for the PS1, then you can do it. :) It may work on the SFII that’s in Capcom Classics Collection and Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded, but I’m not sure.

That was a little off topic, but, hey, you don’t need me to tell you how great SFII actually is. :D

I know what you’re thinking now and that’s right the runner-up isn’t a Contra game despite one is listed. I did play it quite a bit at the time, but even still this time I have to go with a genuine diamond in the rough. Natsume’s Shadow of the Ninja for the NES was totally bought at the time by two things. Box art and ninjas. You really can’t go wrong with ninjas. :lol: I was surprised, once I started playing it, by how good the game actually is. It controls well, the music is great, and it offers more than a decent amount of challenge.

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New Findings While On The Quest For Grand Theft Auto IV

Yesterday I specifically went out to buy Grand Theft Auto IV. I first checked It’s About Games. They didn’t have it, but I did notice several hard-to-find games that I needed to get because it will probably be awhile before I see them again.

The first stack of games included:
Knight Rider (NES)
Battletoads (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) – game only; great
Renegade (NES) – game only; good
Shadow of the Ninja (NES) – game only; fair

After getting home I tested the games out as I always do and I ended up having problems with Knight Rider and Battletoads. So later in the day I returned to the same store to return those two games and picked up four others in their place.

Street Fighter 2010 (NES)
Rad Racer II (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (SNES) – game only; poor
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) – complete; great

Once again the NES games gave me problems. Today I took those back and bought a PSP launch game instead.

Twisted Metal: Head On (PSP) – complete; great

Now I own every single Twisted Metal game that’s currently available.

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While I was out the second time the previous day, I stopped by Circuit City to get GTAIV. I found that game along with three more PSP games. An extra DS game that I bought at Best Buy about two weeks ago was Nanostray 2. I wasn’t going to get it, but then I saw that it was $20.

Nanostray 2 (DS) – new
Avatar: The Last Airbender (PSP) – new
Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP) – new
Chili Con Carnage (PSP) – new
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) – new

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Total this time around: 11

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor