Hart & Usagi Podcast #51: Pile of Secrets


On this edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back JiibayDan to chat about favorite controllers, 25th anniversary of the Genesis, and some hot Tetris pillow action.

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* Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your All-Time Favorite Controller?
* Sony: ‘EA Access’ Offers No Value to PS4 Owners
* Report: GameStop Changing Game Trade-In Program
* The Greatest Games for NES: 1988-89
* Microsoft Still Bullish on Kinect
* If Tetris Were Made Out Of Pillows
* Poll: What Should ‘Night Trap’ Have Been Rated?
* Debunked: Most Downloaded Games Per State Not What It Claims To Be
* Happy 25th birthday, Sega Genesis
* Playtotle 001: Character Design

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Game Manuals


I have here a video that I’ve been meaning to do for awhile now. This was planned before I asked for any suggestions, which I thank those of you that helped out.

The video in question is showing off 16 manuals that I was able to get for free at the local store It’s About Games to go with the games that I didn’t have ones for.


Next week or so I’ll be able to show the purchases of recent eBay auctions. Those that know what I usually get maybe surprised to see what the stuff is. I was kind of amazed myself.

Well, until then take it easy.

New Releases 2008: November 16-22


I was going to do this week and next week together this time, but when I looked at what was being released, it looked like a normal amount for three weeks! So for the occasion I upped the “3 Big Games” to 5.

For my pick this week I could go for a number of titles in that huge list below. However, I’ll settle for two. One big game and one pick-up-and-play game. The “casual” game that sticks out to me is Metal Slug 7. The big title is going to have to be Tomb Raider Underworld. I never went near a Tomb Raider game until the revamp with Legend and now I can’t seem to get away.

Enough of my jibba-jabba. What’s your pick for this week (even if you get it later)?

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (PS3, X360)
Tomb Raider Underworld (X360, PC, PS3, WII, DS)
Sonic Unleashed (PS3, X360)
Left 4 Dead (X360, PC)
Castlevania Judgment (WII)

Alone in the Dark: Inferno (PS3)
Burnout Anthology (PS2)
Dynasty Warriors 6 (PS2, PC)
EverQuest II: The Shadow Odyssey (PC)
Metal Slug 7 (DS)
Need for Speed Undercover (X360, PC, PS3, PS2, DS, PSP, WII)
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir (PC)
Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (WII, DS)
Shaun White Snowboarding (X360, PC, PS3, PS2, WII [as Road Trip], DS, PSP)
Skate It (DS, WII)
Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff (DS)
The Last Remnant (X360)

Yay for Purchases, Releases, and Me!


How’s everybody doing? Good I hope. Welcome to my 3-in-1 blog post. On tap is my current purchases, the new releases for this week, and a yay for me moment. Let’s get to it.

First up are my purchases. I went out to Gamestop at the local mall with the intention of buying Resistance 2. I did so and also included some good (as in condition) used games: Viking: Battle for Asgard, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai, and another copy of Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival.


Now for the new releases of this week (already in progress). There’s several good games to pick up if you’re looking for something new. I’m sure that many WoW players are looking forward to the new expansion pack to their favorite never ending game.

I’m personally looking forward to only one game out of the bunch and it’s also my pick of the week: Mirror’s Edge. Several games that I’m interested in seeing how they came out is Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff and the PS2 version of Call of Duty: World at War that just came to my attention.

I’m also surprised that the Wii VC gets Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (GEN) since all three Super Nintendo SFII games are on the service already. The game is the same as SFII Turbo. Let’s just hope that the extremely redundant Genesis version of Super SFII doesn’t show up.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC, MAC)
Mirror’s Edge (X360, PC, PS3)
Call of Duty: World at War (DS, WII, X360, PC, PS3)

Call of Duty: World at War Final Fronts (PS2)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (X360)
Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff (DS)
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (WII)
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2009 (X360, PSP, PS3, PS2, DS, WII)


The above screen capture is from the Giant Bomb main page. I submitted a number of game releases across platforms and regions to get that crazy number of points. Here’s the games that I helped with.

Genji: Dawn of the Samurai
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival
Quantum of Solace
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
the WWF Smackdown series (1-5)
Crue Ball
Resistance: Fall of Man
the Mega Man series (1-8 )
the Mega Man X series (1-8 )
Super Castlevania IV
Castlevania: Dracula X
The World Ends With You
Tales of Phantasia
Bleach: Dark Souls
Bleach: The Blade of Fate
Bangai-O Spirits

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

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.


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


Total this time around: 11

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