Now Playing: November 2013


As you would know if you’ve been keeping up with my gaming habits of this fine month of November, you’ll be familiar with my TMNT Month gaming event (#TMNTNov on Twitter). I played through all sorts of games bearing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license. From beat-’em-ups to fighting games (mostly beat-’em-ups) here’s a summary of what I played and links to blog posts with more details.

I did spend about the first week finishing up Dark Souls from my previous 4th annual Halloween gaming event. It took me 61 hours and 45 minutes to beat the game at level 99 as a Sorcerer. Check all those juicy details under the “dark souls” tag.

My main focus for TMNT Month was the PlayStation 2 and original Game Boy trilogies.

I first finished Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers. They were as basic as beat-’em-up get and I had fun though we can all do better. Then I made my way through the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Again it wasn’t much more than following the story of the show and giving shallow gameplay.

I had mentioned how I was going to play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue on the Game Boy. Try as I might it was just too confusing for me to find my way through. It also didn’t help to have Mega Man style respawning enemies and a short health bar. I simply left it listed as not started.

My most frustrating time with any game that I finished was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus. It really is not fun on any level and I was happy to be rid of it when it was over. However, I was surprised with how not frustrated I was with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare. It was a much more friendly and welcoming experience. I liked how it was more upbeat than the previous two games. It was much easier, but I’ll take that any day over making me want to pull my hair out or kick the cat. I also explain TMNT3’s port of Turtles In Time. The sound/music is all kinds of screwed up. Check out the above link for more on that.

Finally I ended on an overall good note for the month with Usagi704 kicking my ass in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters on the Super Nintendo. 16-bit Turtles games are where it’s at! Regardless of them being on the SNES or Genesis you just can’t go wrong with any of them. Everything since is garbage in comparison though you may find a little bit of fun with TMNT from 2007.

My final blog post for TMNT Month will be a Complete In Box Fridays article tomorrow with said game based on the 2007 CG movie. See ya then!



The Turtles Games Boys Play


Since this is TMNT Month (#TMNTNov) I’m playing nothing but the games I own of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series regardless of old or new. Two of those games I haven’t played since the early 1990s when Konami first released them on Nintendo’s Game Boy. They are subtitled Fall of the Foot Clan and, the sequel, Back from the Sewers. There’s a third Game Boy title from around the same time, but we’ll get to it later.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan is a very basic beat-’em-up akin to Data East’s arcade brawler Vigilante. The only thing extra is that attacking while ducking throws a shuriken. Otherwise it’s simply a left to right walking with single hit enemies and rarely a double hit enemy. Five stages and easy bosses make for a quick victory.

The follow-up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers, is for all intents and purposes the same game. The graphics do look better, but the game is still a slow, Vigilante style crawl. I dislike this game more than the first mainly for some very cheap sections to a few of the six Acts. If it wasn’t for four lives per continue I doubt I would’ve finished this game. For some of the cheap hits in the game, Krang is one hell of a pushover.

Do I recommend either game? I guess if you’re a big fan of beat-’em-ups like myself, then you’ll probably get something out of it. Otherwise I’d say I recommend Fall of the Foot Clan ever so slightly and not Back from the Sewers.

Rainbow of Games

Over the last three weeks I’ve accumulated the following additions to my collection. The totals are 22 games, 2 movies, and 5 albums.


It’s my first copy of it and it’s my favorite of the early Batman films. It has a bunch of extras including a 50-page book that’s apart of the case and a director commentary track which I usually look for in movies I buy.

Included with the two End Is Nigh games for the PS3.

Ten Pin Alley
I remember it from a demo disc years ago.

Big Bang Mini
It has interested me for awhile.

It was free with the original PlayStation system that Usagi704 got recently and he didn’t want it so he let me have it.


Space Channel 5 Special Edition
For the PS2, which I originally thought was the first game until I found out that it contains Part 2 as well.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare
I bought these two games based solely on the inclusion of the two original Konami arcade games as unlockables.

Namco Classic Fighter Collection
I’ve been interested in picking up a copy of Tekken Tag Tournament more recently. This three game collection helped out nicely with that as it had that game along with Tekken 4 and Soul Calibur II.

Wario World
It’s one of the few Gamecube specific games that I’ve yet to get that have interested me.

The King of Fighter XII
To play against others online, but mainly Usagi, of course.


Kid Klown in Crazy Chase
I lead myself to believe that this SNES Kemco game was at least decent for some reason. It’s not.

Deja Vu
Oh here’s why. This NES adventure game, which always had fun box art, was published by Kemco where as the above game was developed by them. Retroware TV episode 12-4 made Deja Vu seem pretty interesting.

I remember liking the arcade version back in the day. This version works, but maybe not as well as one would hope.

Mission: Impossible
This was one of those games that we owned growing up so it was on my wish list because of that alone. Decent music I must say.

An interesting and mildly fun shooter style racer.


This next group of three were bought with the idea that since my original plan to buy less has obviously failed that I’d start looking on eBay for the harder to find games that I want. Just once a month with a few exceptions like the upcoming Modern Warfare 2. Hopefully this will work this time.

This was the game I was going after. It doesn’t have everything, but it does have most of The Ultimate Doom and Doom II games. It’s kind of a compilation of sorts.

Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense & Soul Blade
These two games were simply apart of the three game deal. Neither of which I had and I’ve heard some good things about both.


Finally, I looked up the prices of Michael Jackson album on and other than HIStory costing about $23, the rest were only $7-9. I looked locally for them first and no place had a good selection or price. So I ended up getting all of the albums expect for HIStory (price) and Invincible (already own).


Gaming Update incl. Mercenaries 2 + 11 Games

Over the last few weeks I managed an addition of 11 games to my collection. Here they are.

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Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)
As I mentioned previously, either twitter, here, or both, I went a little too crazy with the steel wool on my first copy of the game making it no longer work. This copy works great as is and shall remain that way.

Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES)
At $5 this was the best deal I’ve ever seen for this game. Usually it goes for at least $9-10. I was going to get Double Dragon II for the Game Boy, but I had to settle for this instead. That’s not a bad thing.

God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
I originally played the copy that was disc only that came with my God of War PSP. I decided that since I see the game all of the time that I’d get a complete new copy. Next for this same treatment is Daxter.

Army of Two (PS3)
I wasn’t aware of this at the time, but apparently someone out there thinks this game has homosexual overtones in it. Please. As the person that I am I had to purchase it because of that. It’s my way of saying “Screw you.”

Soldiers of Fortune (GEN)
This game may sound like a game that you know of, but it’s not. This soldier is plural and not first-person in anyway.

Rest of the purchases:
Valis III (GEN)
Chase H.Q. II (GEN)
Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP)
Mirror’s Edge (PS3)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB)

Onto the gaming update portion of this blog post.

I’d recently played some more of the downloadable Super Street Fighter II Turbo and of the just bought BlazBlue against Usagi704. Not a great performance on my part since I’ve not played much of the fighting games as of recently.

Yesterday I did manage to capture Carmona in Mercenaries 2. That mission was a pain for the drive back to the HQ as I’m sure VixDiesel can understand.

I’ve also uploaded a video showing, as best I could, the ridiculous things that happen when simply driving a car in Mercenaries 2. It includes commentary to get across how absurd it all is.

Lastly, another video I uploaded was of some nearby fireworks that I could see just above the distant treeline from my front yard.


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.


NES eBay Lot

About two weeks ago I received the items I bought on eBay. Those items consisted of an NES model 2, light gun (orange), 2 controllers (original), and 14 games.

The only unfortunate thing about the games is that I already own 9 of them. I fell that it was worth the repeats just so I could get the model 2 NES at a decent price.

In addition I also bought Yakuza 2 and a second copy of the original NBA Jam for the SNES. I only did so after demoing it and seeing that it included Charles Barkley. Early versions of this game have him in it. He was taken out in later printings of the game because of his involvement at the time with Barkley Shut Up and Jam.

Here’s the usual wonderful gallery of photos.

NES 2, Light Gun, Kung Fu, Golf, Super Off Road, R.C. Pro-AM, and Rad Racer
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Double Dragon II, Super Mario Bros. 2 (w/manual), Tetris, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt (w/manual), Bad Dudes (w/manual), Dragon Warrior, and Skate or Die
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NBA Jam and Yakuza 2
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The Replacements

Early last week I took back the three NES games that were not working. I replaced two of them with different copies. Metal Storm, on the other hand, didn’t have another copy. So the store owner went for the heavy duty cleaning equipment. Of course, because I had time to wait I looked around for some more games.

* Games replaced, if possible.

Star Fox (SNES) – game only
Stunt Race FX (SNES) – game only
Metal Storm* (NES) – game only
Bases Loaded* (NES) – game only
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game* (NES) – game only
Fighting Force 2 (PS) – complete
NHL Rock The Rink (PS) – new
Justice League Heroes: The Flash (GBA) – new


FYI: Justice League Heroes: The Flash initially interested me ten months ago when I watched an episode of Video Game Take-Out featuring the game.