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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New Releases 2012: May 27-June 16

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WEEK of 5/27
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland (PS3)
Max Payne 3 (PC)
Pure Chess (PS3, PSV)
Resistance: Burning Skies (PSV)
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (X360)
Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage (X360)

WEEK of 6/3
Inversion (PS3, X360, PC)
Madagascar 3: The Video Game (PS3, X360, PSV, 3DS, WII, DS)
Rayman Origins (3DS)
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (PS3, X360)

WEEK of 6/10
Dirt Showdown (PS3, X360)
Gravity Rush (PSV)
Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3, X360)
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PSV)
Pikmin 2 (WII)
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (PC)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PC)

The Arcade Games of the Richland Mall

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Below is a list of the arcade games available in the food court of the Richland Mall in Mansfield, Ohio. Yeah, sadly they no longer have the once amazing Aladdin’s Castle arcade where I spent many hours of my childhood during the late ’80s and early ’90s.

The main thing I noticed was the number of fighting games on display. Of course, not all of the machines work very well, but I guess this is one of those cases where beggars can’t be choosers.

Each game title is linked to a photo of said game machine. Two games don’t have pictures available because of the blurriness of those specific ones. I also have a video you can view that features all of the games including the two missing still pictures. Enjoy!

Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Daytona USA
X-Men vs. Street Fighter
Virtual On
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution (no still picture)
SVC Chaos
Gauntlet Legends
Tekken Tag Tournament
NFL Blitz
Metal Slug 4
Time Crisis 3
Time Crisis II
Crisis Zone (no still picture)
Tekken 5
JoJo’s Venture
Area 51: Site 4 & CarnEvil
Marvel vs. Capcom
Samurai Shodown V
San Francisco Rush 2049
Silent Scope

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The Days of the Arcades

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Recently I’d read a blog post by Wil Wheaton on suicidegirls.com. In it he talks about how important arcades were for those of us that grew up during the 1980s. Being one of those people, I found a lot of what he said to hit home with me. The following post will be quotes from the article with a commentary of sorts talking about how it relates to me.

Donkey Kong will forever be associated with Verdugo Bowling Alley in La Crescenta…

Park Lanes is the name of the bowling alley where I live. I remember such arcade games as Mortal Kombat II, Fighter’s History, and the terrible Time Killers being there. They even had Capcom Bowling. I guess that made sense. It was the only place that I’d ever seen it.

Another Nintendo staple, Punch Out!!, takes me back to Malibu Grand Prix, a Southern California staple in the pre-lawsuit-as-lottery ’80s where adults could race cars around a twisty track while their kids played mini golf outside or tons of video games inside.

I remember going a few times to a location of Malibu Grand Prix. I couldn’t tell you where it was. Maybe somewhere outside of Columbus, OH. That’s my best guess. The game that comes to mind was a hacked version of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. During the demo the word “ACCELERATOR” would appear on screen. When I played it as Ryu I soon was against a CPU controlled Ryu. With both fighters having the same color outfits, it was certainly difficult to tell who was who. The tokens that they had were of the oddly shaped variety. One side was what you’d expect, but the opposite side of the token had about three slots cut into it. It was the same with where you’d insert the token. I haven’t seen anything like it since.

Crystal Castles, Demolition Derby (did anyone ever get to see more of that girl between levels?), and Journey conjure up images of a Bally’s Aladdin’s Castle…

Aladdin’s Castle. Now that’s where a majority of my time in arcades took place. At the local Richland Mall in Ontario, OH. I remember bugging my mother to take me out to the mall so that I could go to that arcade. The early 1990s was the best time I had there because that’s when the fighting games genre was huge. It’s why I like fighting games and what started the whole craze for me. They had all of the major fighting games. Street Fighter, King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Mortal Kombat, Samurai Shodown, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, etc. My biggest memories of that place was watching others play MKII and SFII: Hyper Fighting. I did partake in other types of games, but the fighters were definitely what drew me in at that time. Sadly, Aladdin’s Castle was closed up a number of years ago. It was replaced by the emo-shop, Hot Topic.

I really miss those days when Chuck E. Cheese’s had more than an assortment of ticket-dispensing coin suckers…

I do remember going to a Chuck E. Cheese only about two times when I was growing up. I also remember how it was. Just as Wil Wheaton said, lots of arcade games to play. At the time there wasn’t a local location, which explains the few times we went. Now the Richland Mall has one and I can atest to the fact that all they have now are ticket-dispensing machines. I guess fun is only a passing thing at Chuck E. Cheese now.

Another place I remember a number of fun arcade games being at was the rollerskating rink in my hometown of Mansfield, OH. I was introduced to that place as part of a grade school outing. After that I went many more times. The games that I remember being there were: Shinobi, Robocop, P.O.W., Gun Smoke, and Black Tiger. Eventually SFII: The World Warrior was added to make a total of about 15 games in all. That was also the place where I watched Usagi704 beat an arcade version of SFII. It was pretty cool!

Extra reading: A farewell to arcades at The HUB.

Now Playing: November ’06

18 games across nine platforms make up this month’s “Now Playing.”

The hit games this month were Need For Speed Most Wanted, Guitar Hero II, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, and Mortal Kombat Trilogy. I finished Project: Snowblind, Contra (many times as usual), Final Fight One, the original Mortal Kombat (ARC & SNES), and the aforementioned MKT.

Early in the month I played some of Tetris DS, Capcom Generation 5 (aka Street Fighter Collection 2), Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (though very little of that one). More recently I configured Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on the Super NES to practice some combos and the Brutalities. Yes, it’s that B-R-Utal! :P Other SNES games played were Final Fight and Mortal Kombat II (along with the Arcade version).

The first game I ever played on the Xbox 360 was the free puzzle game Hexic HD. I must say that I really enjoy the game, however I need the symbols turned on because of blue/purple and yellow/green colors that blend together for me.

Oh, and even though I don’t count it in the list because it was a demo, I played some of the new Sonic the Hedgehog game. I didn’t have the problems with the controls that many have pointed out. My biggest problem with the game is that there’s just too many places to fall to your death. Speaking of demos and controls, I also tried the Call of Duty 2 demo. The way the controls are laid out on the 360 pad is wonderful and makes for an easy and fun play experience.

Quick stats:
Platform most played: PlayStation 2 (5 games)
Series most played: Mortal Kombat (7 games)
Genre most played: Fighting (9 games)
Favorite game of the month: Mortal Kombat Trilogy (N64)
Number of games played that I don’t own: 8

MK vs. VF

The newest additions to the collection from over the weekend was Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. After having tried both games beforehand, I knew they were worth the purchase. The premium edition of MKA included Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, a second bonus video DVD, and one awesome game case to keep it all in.

Summary:
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, new, $5
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Premium Edition), new, $45

Video Game Collecting, Part 3

Two days ago on Friday while I was over visiting Nosbig at his house I retrieved PlayStation games that I originally sold to him. To this day he said he has never played them even though I sold him my PS system at the same time.

All of the games that he had were ones that were on my recently published list of older games that I was looking to get. Those games were Need for Speed: High Stakes and Twisted Metal 2. Two other games that I got in the process were Metal Gear Solid and my complete original copy of Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit.

When I previously said that I might collect for the Sega Saturn (since I own the system) I have decided to sell the system to Revolver. This includes all 12 games and accessories for one c-note. The following are the items included.

* Die Hard Arcade
* Fighters Megamix
* Marvel Super Heroes
* Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (import)
* Mortal Kombat II
* Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
* Virtua Cop
* Virtua Cop 2 w/Stunner
* Virtua Fighter 2
* Virtua Fighter Remix
* X-Men vs. Street Fighter (import) w/4MB RAM Cart
* X-Men: Children of the Atom
* Sega Saturn controller

This is a collectors dream because everything has their respective manual, box/case, and all items are in wonderful working condition. Unlike most people, unless a game is in the system then it’s in the case. I’ve always done it that way, especially since the debut of CD based video games which are how they all are now.