Sega Genesis Mini

Just as I did with the Super Nintendo Classic two years ago, I also bought into the hype of the Sega Genesis Mini that was released this year. It features basically the same number of options with double the amount of games. 42 games are included as opposed to the 21 available for the Super NES Classic. The main downside is having to shell out for additional six-button controllers since, in North America, only the three-button version ships with the console. Because of this the $80 price tag is actually higher with the need to add on $20-40 more. The inclusion of Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition makes the lack of a packed in six-button controller very puzzling.

Speaking of SFIISCE, once I had dropped the extra $40, Usagi704 and I played many matches in the game. The emulation is slightly off and not noticeable in other games, but for a fighting game it can be a problem. This isn’t to say the work that M2 did here is bad. It most certainly is excellent, but it does overall seem a very small bit below their usual high quality work.

I’ll be also getting M2’s next big release next year as I will also be getting the TurboGrafx-16 Mini when it releases on March 19, 2020.

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Favorite Game Music: Volume IV

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A fourth volume of some of my favorite video game music is here! Out of the ten choices below I like “War Like Requiem” and “Nova theme” the most with “Main menu theme” being a more off-beat choice.

* Main menu theme from EA Los Angeles’ GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
* Storm Eagle theme from Capcom’s Mega Man X (SNES)
* Jungle from WayForward Technologies’ Contra 4 (DS)
* Stages 1 & 6 from Sunsoft’s Batman: Return of the Joker (NES)
* Metal Squad from Technosoft’s Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (GEN)
* War Like Requiem from Technosoft’s Thunder Force IV/Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (GEN)
* Captain America theme from Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
* She-Hulk theme from Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
* Iron Fist theme from Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
* Nova theme from Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Previous volumes: I | II | III

Now Playing: July ’07

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This month saw me play a total of 13 games. A lot of the list grew because of multiplayer games so let’s get to those first.

The fighting games usually come out when Usagi704 wants to play something. The first game was Fuuun Super Combo were I owned him in five straight matches. Then we moved onto the much more enjoyable vs. mode in The King of Fighters 02/03. NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, Bloody Roar, Super Street Fighter II Turbo of Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2, and Hyper Street Fighter II of Street Fighter Anniversary Collection were other fighting games that we played.

We also played a few co-op games as in Streets of Rage 2 and Super Stardust HD. I really liked the background music from both games, but Super Stardust HD didn’t play as well as it does in single player mode. Another friend and I also played a quick run though of Golden Axe.

In the solo territory I finished three games — God of War II, Ratchet & Clank, and Ultimate Spider-Man — with the third game being very short even for me.

Other games that I played to round out the month of July were Thunder Force II, solo in Streets of Rage 2, and finally Block Block and 1941: Counter Attack in Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2.

Speaking of the Capcom Classics Collection series, I gave my copy of volume 1 to Usagi704 because, to be honest, most of the games either sucked or were games that I already had better versions of elsewhere. Oh well, at least I countered that with the arrival of my Sega CD system (if you didn’t already know). :D

Until next time!

Genesis Wish List

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After the sudden appearance of a Sega Genesis in my life last Tuesday, I figured that I should do another wish list column. For this one I won’t be splitting the games into seperate lists of “Owned,” “Played,” and “Never Played” because all of them would just end up under the last listing. Here’s my one big list of 29 games that I’d like to get for my Genesis.

After Burner II
Battletoads & Double Dragon
Burning Force
Castlevania: Bloodlines
Combat Cars
Contra: Hard Corps
Desert Strike
Fatal Fury
Fatal Fury 2
Gargoyles
Gunstar Heroes
Jungle Strike
Rambo III
Road Rash II
Samurai Shodown
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sol-Deace
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Space Harrier II
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Super Hang-On
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Hiest
The Revenge of Shinobi
Thunder Force III
Urban Strike
X-Men

Now for those that have played a lot of and know more about Genesis games than I do. This is where you come in (especially you, SonicHomeboy). I’d like to get some suggestions on what good games that I might have missed. Also, you can warn me about a game that’s garbage.

Sega-16.com is an interesting resource for somebody, like myself, that didn’t grow up with any Sega systems. Full in-depth reviews along with fun features like Side by Side: Doom (32X vs. Saturn). I must say that, of the little bit that I’ve read of their content, I’m pretty impressed so far.

So, yeah, I’ll gladly take any game suggestions that you may have. Just remember that I don’t care for RPGs. So as great as the Phantasy Star series is, I won’t care for it. The same also goes for most of what’s included on the PS2 disc of Sega Genesis Collection. Sure I do have some of the Shinobi games listed even though they’re on the disc, but I still don’t want Sonic 1, at least not right now.

Have at it Genesis fans. :)

Blast Processing

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If you remember back in February I was excited for my order of five Super Nintendo games to arrive from eStarland. Well, in the comments, I noted something that I was interested in buying in the future.

Older games bring back childhood memories certainly is cool. I’m even thinking of getting a system that I never had growing up. Which one, you ask? None other than the Genesis!

eStarland currently has complete used model 1 and 2 systems in stock. Even better is that they also have new official six-button Sega controllers for it.

So cool!

It’s been about 2.5 months since then and I haven’t put much thought into getting a Sega Genesis. However, today that all changed when I walked into our local video game store, It’s About Games.

I didn’t go in planning to buy anything. As I looked around I noticed that one of the glass cases had a Genesis model 1 inside. I still wasn’t going to get anything, but then I saw the price. The system was in excellent condition and it came with a single controller and all of the hook-ups plus the manual. All for $27.99!

I also purchased a total of five games.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – complete (case); $5.99
Sonic & Knuckles – complete (box); $5.99
Sonic 3D Blast – complete (box); $5.99
Raiden Trad – game only; $3.00
Thunder Force II – complete (case); FREE
An extra 3-button controller – $1.00

Now for a look at the goodies.

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