Hart & Usagi #94: Action In An Elevator


In episode 94 we chat about the Yakuza Remastered Collection, Tetris 99 coming to retail stores, and our time playing select games in Taito Legends 1 and 2 on the PlayStation 2.

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* Games Won’t Be Any Cheaper on the Google Stadia
* Tetris 99 For Nintendo Switch Coming To Physical Stores This Fall
* The Switch Mini Is Officially the Portable-Focused Switch Lite, Has Multiple Compromises Over Original Switch
* Bethesda’s Classic Doom Re-Release Requires a Bethesda Account
* Three New Street Fighter 5 Characters Leak Ahead Of Evo 2019
* Walmart is Quietly Removing Violent Video Game Advertising From Its Stores
* TurboGrafx-16 Mini Adds Seven More Games To Complete Lineup, Including Splatterhouse
* Phil Spencer Doesn’t Think That Cloud Systems Will Fully Replace Traditional Consoles Just Yet
* Sony Acquires Ratchet and Clank, Spider-Man Dev Insomniac Games
* Ion Fury Developer Donates $10,000 to Charity After Furor Over Transphobic Comments
* Yakuza Remastered Collection For PS4 Announced, Starting With Yakuza 3

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Now Playing: July 2019


This time out the group of games I played are from April through mid-July. There’s 12 in total with only three finished. Here we go!

The first game on tap is also one of the three I beat: Ghost Squad. This home port of Sega’s arcade light gun shooter works well on the Wii. I don’t have the plastic zapper shell for the controller, but you obviously don’t need it since there isn’t any additional hardware built in. It was a very fun and repeatable three mission structure with some alternate paths to take. I particularly liked earning and using the additional weapons and outfits available. The latter can get somewhat comical at times since the player character is the only one who changes outfits with the rest of the squad remaining in normal gear.

I was looking forward to getting into a new beat-’em-up with Batman: The Brave and the Bold (also on Wii). It didn’t pan out well, however. The training before the game actually begins makes the mistake of throwing every ability at you at once. Of course, you’ll eventually forget some of them long before you’ll need them. My biggest issue was with the overall feeling of the brawling. It wasn’t as mindless fun as I was hoping for. There’s more puzzle aspects to this game’s fighting that’s often enough that it feels like the momentum of a level keeps getting interrupted. I had to check out of this game fairly early on.

Two shoot-’em-ups I played for a little bit was the TG-16’s Final Soldier (via VC) and Raiden IV: Overkill on PS3 (via PSN). The former was a fantastic time until I got slaughtered on stage 5. At least it was nice getting to that point. I can’t say as much for the latter game. I didn’t quite understand the new Overkill Mode, but the normal Arcade Mode was the typical Raiden shooting experience. In that to say it isn’t great. I enjoy the original game and the sequel, but after those (like I am with the Contra series) they don’t appeal to me as much.

Next up on the list is Ninja Spirit. The game is pretty tough until you realize that all you need is the explosive weapon 3 and it’s fairly smooth sailing from then on. I got to what I call the “ninja pit” and was stopped fully in my tracks. I don’t know exactly how to reach the bottom without being touched since it only takes one hit to kill you. It’s the last major obstacle before the final boss if I ever clear it.

Speaking of Contra, I also played, but was unsuccessful in beating Contra Rebirth. While I was able to get to level 4, I’m not exactly the best at managing the switching of the weapons. This was a gameplay mechanic that debuted in Contra III in 1992.

I’m not sure exactly what to say about Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris other than it’s available for download on PlayStation 4 and, well, it’s a Tomb Raider game. I liked it for what it was, but I definitely still prefer the traditional presentation of the series in Tomb Raider: Legend or the 2013 reboot.

More recently I’ve been playing some PlayStation 2 suggested games from readers like you. Of course, I have to already own the games because I’m not in a position to be purchasing whatever anybody suggests. First was Lifeline, the USB audio voice directed game from Konami. I knew going in I wouldn’t be playing it very long because it doesn’t always understand was you are saying. Well, I didn’t even successfully get to the title screen as my current USB headset wasn’t compatible. Oh well. It’s not much of a loss.

ICO was another suggestion and it goes without saying that this was a much better idea. I’m not into these more artistic style of games usually so I’m not going to be as impressed with it like so many others have been. I’m happy for those people, but I’m simply not one of them. I’m at the Crane section, but I needed a more action packed distraction.

That distraction was Power Rangers Dino Thunder on PS2. In this game you don’t play as the Rangers themselves, but instead as their Zoids. I think there’s 5-6 total in the game. Zeltrax is the main boss in the game that you fight twice in very similar battles each time. Unfortunately, you never seen the TV show’s main villain, Mesogog. He’s only spoken about. This was the third game I beat.

Another suggestion I’m playing a little of is the arcade version of Bubble Bobble via Taito Legends. The best I’ve done this time around is round 7. I’ve previously hit as high as round 16.

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Motorstorm & 4 eBay Auctions Won

In this video I talk about my time playing Motorstorm on the PS3 and recent purchases that include four eBay auctions that I won. Also I take the time to mention about the poorly packaged winnings.

Game Genie (NES)
2nd copy of TMNT: Hyperstone Heist (GEN)
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out (NES)
Super Dodgeball Brawlers (DS)
Taito Legends 2 (PS2)
Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend (GBA)
The Legend of Kage 2 (DS)
Night Trap (SCD)
SOCOM Confrontation (w/headset) (PS3)
3-disc Halloween DVD
Android Assault (SCD)
Mortal Kombat (SCD)
Ground Zero Texas (SCD)
Stellar Fire (SCD)
Jurassic Park (SCD)
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (SCD)
Mega Man 5 (NES)
Mega Man 6 (NES)


RRW6 – Day 1 & 2: An Early Start


I decided to start Retro Revival Week two days early (same as SonicHomeboy) since these are my days off for the week. I’d have to say that my favorite games for these two days were Operation Wolf from the Taito Legends compilation and Double Dragon II on the NES. Here’s the list of games with photos.

I played though the opening stage and Grenade Man’s stage, but no further progress was made. The anime scenes are definitely of the time the game was made. Much slower paced than today’s shows like Bleach or Naruto. The sled parts on the snow level were pretty tough and I’m sure that those that have played it know what I mean.


In this compilation I played the following games.

Bubble Bobble – I only got as far as level 10 during my best play through with a final score of 111,980. I’m sure that’s nowhere near as good as EightBitWarrior is capable of.

Operation Wolf – I only used one continue on the second and final stages (out of six) even though I didn’t beat the game. It’s a little easier controlling with the analog stick than the d-pad. My final score was 207,700.


Return of the Invaders – Probably the best of the Space Invaders games included in this collection. I still didn’t get very far as I had some problems with a specific enemy that could reflect my shots back at me. My final score was 46,500.

Space Invaders Part II – A disappointing sequel to a classic game where the only difference that I could see was the addition of color.

Rastan – One of my favorite games on this disc. It kicked my ass only because I haven’t played it in quite awhile.

Operation Thunderbolt – This sequel to Operation Wolf doesn’t quite pull off the excitement that I get from playing its prequel.

Thunder Fox – A pretty good action game that Usagi704 finds more exciting that I do. Maybe I’ll give it more of a chance later this week. Final score: 178,700.

Played some matches against Usagi704. The better game was SFII, but Fatal Fury 2 was also pretty fun.

My progress in this game was pretty good. I managed to get up to the temple level only to die when trying to jump on the platforms over the first set of spikes.

My skills on this game have lessened over the years. They went from being able to beat the game to having problem at the beginning of the second part of level 2. I still find the game pretty exciting, however.


I was able to play up until the third boss where my ammo ran out. If the game expects me to use a simple knife on this boss, then it’s sorely mistaken. Here’s the wonderful death screen that I was presented to after dying.


Also, say what you will about this port to the SNES of the PC classic, but that’s still one manly looking title screen. :lol:


Speaking of manly games. Take a look at this Video Game Vault by ScrewAttack on Operation Wolf. It’s pretty entertaining.

Well, that’s about it for my first two days. Expect more to come tomorrow. Until then remember that Retro Rules! :)

Retro Revival Week Game List


Here’s the 17 games that I plan on trying to play during next week’s Retro Revival Week.

Mega Man X4 (PS)
Mega Man 8 (PS)
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (GEN)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)
Fatal Fury 2 (SNES)
Tomorrow Never Dies (PS)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (GEN)
Taito Legends (PS2)
Twisted Metal (PS)

Aladdin (SNES)
Brawl Brothers (SNES)
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (PS)
Duke Nukem: Time to Kill (PS)
One (PS)
Rage Racer (PS)
Street Fighter Alpha 3 (PS)
Wolfenstein 3D (SNES)

Retro Rules! :)

Now Playing: September ’07


If you’re reading this then I congratulate you for being able to make time for other things besides Halo 3. :P On with this month’s Now Playing.

The game of the month without a doubt is Final Fantasy III on the Super Nintendo. I’m still not finished with the game, but I’m up to the World of Ruin where you find Relm in a cave. So far I’ve played the game for 31+ hours and, of course, I’m still having a blast! (GT Retrospective)

I didn’t expect to play much of anything else during the month, but I usually like to play one in-depth game and another “light” game. I played a number of matches against Usagi704 in a few Fatal Fury games. The first being Fatal Fury Special on the SNES (the main system I’m playing anything on right now) and then Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 1 in Fatal Fury 2 and Special once again.

I very briefly played vs. mode in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (PS) getting owned in every match.

Mortal Kombat (again on the SNES) was played as I tried using these Twin Galaxies rules of beating the game on the Very Hard difficulty. I had never played the game on that difficulty before and I still got pretty far until I was beaten by the usual cheap CPU.

The last game that I played quite a bit of was Rastan. This arcade game was introduced to me by the hilarious ScrewAttack Video Game Vault. I ended up getting as far as the third stage boss. Also, I had bought Taito Legends (PS2) specifically for Rastan. What a manly game! :D

The Final Taito Red Star Legends of Fantasy IX: Origins

I purchased the following two games from Amazon.com. Both are for the original PlayStation and are new/sealed copies.

Final Fantasy IX – $19.99
Final Fantasy Origins – $14.99

I was going to get Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls for the GBA, but then I noticed the same games under the Final Fantasy Origins title and it was $10 cheaper. PS1 FTW!!!

And here they are! A Monday delivery of Final Fantasy I, II, & IX.


Another two games were purchased today at Best Buy.

The Red Star – $19.99
Taito Legends – $9.99

I just had to get Taito Legends for the sole purpose to play Rastan. This was all thanks to the hilarious ScrewAttack Video Game Vault on the game.