Pinburgh 2016

2016-Website-Logo6Two of my friends and I went down to Pittsburgh for that huge arcade/video game convention again this year.  750 pinball machines and arcade games along with over 2000 console games filled the David Lawrence Convention Centre that included vendors, live music, cosplay, and of course the King… Billy Mitchell was there again to try and reclaim his Donkey Kong high score.  This guy is much friendlier in person than he appears on the King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.  Dare I say he is a nice guy?!  Anyways a fun time was had by all (except perhaps for the Rush cover band who had an audience of about 25 people at best… hey I’m not a huge Rush fan, but they covered the band really well.  The singer even hit all of Getty Lee’s high notes!  Honestly I’m not sure why they weren’t more popular as Rush was huge in the era of pinball and arcade machines?!)  The band Bit Brigade was very popular with fans as they played all the music live to a speed run of Mega Man 2, and Ninja Gaiden on the NES.  Watching the guy play MM2 was pretty cool and even though I’ve beaten the game a thousand times I learned a few new moves.  Also, Ninja Gaiden is a VERY difficult game… this guy can beat it without any problems… not even a scare!  The music was actually really good (if you like heavy metal; which I do:).  Even my non-musically interested friends were impressed at how hard the musicians had to work to keep up with the difficult NES soundtracks.  Very impressed indeed.  I definitely recommend looking up Bit Brigade on Youtube!

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The vendors at the show were pretty cool.  I picked up a few NES games at the show including Captain Planet, NFL, and George Foreman’s KO Boxing.  Nothing really to write home about as these are all extremely common games that for whatever reason I didn’t have in my collection.

Around the corner from the convention is a store called The Exchange that I purchased a few cool games at.  Bucky O’Hare is a game I’ve been on the lookout for but has just been too pricy.  The copy I purchased was no exception andIMG_8683 is the most I’ve ever paid for a game at $115US.  The price was only about $30 less than it retails here in Canada, but this game just keeps going up in value… and is actually a really good game!  I’ve already plugged it in to give the game a spin and I was thoroughly impressed at what Konami was able to do with an 8-bit system.  The graphics, music, and gameplay really pushed the NES to it’s limit.IMG_8684

I also picked up these two games:  Stealth and Defenders of Dynatron City… the latter of which I’ve not heard of, but the price was cheap enough that I decided to take a risk and make the purchase. Stealth stinks and Dynatron City is just okay.  I’m just noticing now however that there is a pink discolouration on the photos I took.  The games are in excellent condition so I’m not sure where that came from… maybe an evil spirit, or perhaps some dust on my camera lens?

The only other two acquisitions from the convention were Deja Vu, and The Rocketeer… neither of which are really worth discussing.

All in all it was a great convention.  My buddy entered the Pinball tournament and actually made the play-offs; he won $200 so that was pretty cool… though it did cost him $200 to enter the tournament in the first place:(  Will I go again next year is the question?  Three days of gaming is a marathon.  It took a while for all the bleeps and blip sounds to leave my head.  Also I wish they had the arcade version of Wonder Boy in Monsterland machine available to play.  They did however have a Big Lebowski themed pinball machine which was really cool though I only got to play it once.  The hotel we stayed at was the nicest that I’ve ever stayed in, plus it was within walking distance of the convention which was nice.  I’ll probably go back next year if my wife lets me:)

SEGA Corner:  It’s no shocker that Mega Man is my all-time favourite series on the NES so I was surprised to learn that SEGA actually made a Mega Man game for the genesis called The Wily Wars.  It gives players a chance to relive Mega Man 1 – 3 except in 16-bit format.  The music and graphics received a major upgrade, though the story in the timeline is a bit stupid… apparently Dr. Wily has a time machine and went back to battle Mega Man again with his old robots.  Not the most brilliant of ideas, but hey it sold games.  The game was only released in Japan and a  retail copy of this game goes for around $310CAN.  The complete copy that I purchased was a reproduction game and cost me $45US.  But, the manual is in colour and I can lord it over the Sega Dude (his is black and white).  The game rocks, and the forty five bucks I paid was well worth it  A great addition to my Sega Corner.

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That’s all for today.  See you next time:)

Nintendo Joe

 

 

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Well our Spring Break trip to Kingston Ontario was a big success… at least in terms of picking up games for the collection… the weather was cold and rainy the entire time:(  But rain or no shine… there were games to be had!

Our first stop was in Belleville Ontario (about a 45 minute drive on the way to Kingston) as I  remembered from last year that there was a particularly good retro game store called Chumleighs there.  I wasn’t disappointed this time around in the selection, but a bit miffed that I was turned down on an offered price on a game.  More on that later.  Below are the pick ups from Chumleighs:

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This first pile of games is nothing special, other than that they are games I didn’t have and were a fairly cheap price; at least for a reseller.  I think I over paid a bit on Rescue: The Embassy Mission, but we are only talking about a couple of bucks here. The Heroes of the Lance title I’m interested in (the best thing about this game is the artwork on the label, but at least it is one of a series of Dungeons & Dragons games on the NES… the others being Pool of Radiance, Hillsfar, Dragon Strike, and Dragons Flame)  The other games pictured are The Untouchables, Laser Invasion (needs the top part of the label cleaned) and Wrestlemania Challenge.

IMG_7962 WURM: Journey to the Center of the Earth is a game I’ve been looking for. It is a kind of a shooter, but not really… sorry for the poor description, but those whom have played the game will know what I’m talking about.  Kiwi Kraze I believe is a platformer but I’ve never actually played the game myself.  I’m not sure if it is related to New Zealand Story, but there are a few similarities between the two games.

IMG_7957While I’m not really into GameBoy, I couldn’t resist picking up these two Mega Man titles.  They are both for the GameBoy Color and look like they could be a lot of fun.  The labels are in mint shape and are a welcomed addition to my Mega Man collection.

 

 

IMG_7958On it’s own this title is nothing special, but I’ve been looking for this game for a while now as it is the last Metroid I needed for the collection.  Well that’s technically a lie since I don’t own the Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii, nor the Zelda Wind Waker combo disc for the Game Cube… but I don’t count these as I now do own all of the Metroid games.

 

So…the refused offer… what happened was that Chumleighs also had a copy of Earthbound for the SNES.  This is a fairly expensive game… can be over $300, and they wanted $250+tax  for the game.  I offered the guy $200, and much to my wife’s relief he said “No” and “that he paid $150 for the game and there wasn’t enough margin”.  Oh well, I tried.

Another interesting thing that happened on our trip is that when we were at the Belleville Value Village, one of the employees saw me looking at the video games and asked if I knew anything about GameBoy games.  Wow… here was my chance to prove that I was a pro!  Actually the truth is that I don’t know much about Gameboy… and let him know so, but that I was curious and wanted to take a look anyway.  He then brings out seveIMG_7960ral multi-cart games… the one I remember was a 73 in 1.  I tried looking it up, but couldn’t find it.  I told him to put a $15 price tag on it and see if he gets any bites.  I just wasn’t interested for as I mentioned before I’m not into GameBoy games… or should I have been?  Maybe it was some good trade bait?  Anyways I picked up a Gameboy copy of Pokemon Gold for trade.

Sega Corner:  Well I have finally picked up a copy of Wonder Boy 3:  The Dragons Trap for the Sega Master System, and for a pretty good price of $35.  To me this is the second best game on the SMS… next only to Phantasy Star.  IIMG_7956 remember when I first got into WB3 that I instantly fell in love with it.  You start the game at the last level of Wonder Boy in Monster Land in a fierce battle with the Mecha-Dragon… though of course this baddie is much easier to defeat in WB3!  After beating the robot dragon, a curse is put on you that changes your character into a small dragon.  You have to defeat a series of other dragons before being restored to your original form but along the way get transformed into several different man-creatures… like mouse-man, piranha-man, lion-man… and I can’t remember the others.  Mouse man was my favourite as it gave you the ability to climb walls.  Anyways I can’t wait to give this game another go!

That’s all for now.  Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

Some Interesting Videos

 

A special thanks goes out to the Sega Dude for designing the new banners here at mynintendodimension.  They look amazing and really make this blog much cooler!

Mega Man and SonicIn other news… well I don’t really have much to add this week… darn budget!  I did however come across a few youtube videos that I found really interesting so I thought I would share them.  He calls himself the Gaming Historian and does a decent job at covering some interesting topics.

Like this one on the history of Super Mario 2.

Or this one on the battle between Atari and Nintendo

Sega Corner:  of course we can’t let this important part of the blog be ignored.  Thus I’ve included a youtube video of how my beloved Mega Man ended up on the Sega Genesis and Game Gear.  The one on the Genesis looks really cool, and it is a shame I can only get a reproduction cart.  In fact I saw a repro cart at Replay FX last July…. but I didn’t pull the trigger.  Hopefully there will be a next time:)

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This July 30th – August 2nd two of my buddies and I travelled down to Pittsburgh PA for the Replay FX 2015 tournament.  As much encouraging as my friends gave me, I didn’t enter the Kong Off 4 competition.  I wouldn’t have stood a chance as I’m just a less than average player of Donkey Kong.  My high score is 85,000 points…. compared to the 1,0IMG_628800,000+ points that these champs score on a regular basis. This first picture is of myself and the infamous Billy Mitchell.  What else is there to say about this guy… he is the man!  He is exactly whom he appears to be and he really works his style. The long hair, fancy suits, American flag tie… a video game champion.  He is most famous for his Donkey Kong scores which are phenomenal, however he was also the first (and perhaps only) person to ever beat Pac Man with a perfect score.

 

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This next picture is of Steve Wiebe and myself which was obviously taken on the same day.  Both he and Billy were participating in the Kong Off 4 and while they did exceptionally well, I don’t believe either of them won the competition.  But what amazes me is not only what awesome Donkey Kong players these two are, but the amount of time they dedicate to their craft.  There would be breaks every now and then, but these guys would play DK for literally hours on end.  I mean to achieve a score of 1,000,000+ points, it takes at least a good two hours of focused game play.  One stray barrel or mistimed jump and that’s game.  DK is reportedly one of the hardest (if not the hardest)  game ever created.  My hats are off to these fellows… I think it would be really cool to be able to say that “you’re the best in the world at something”… and why not Donkey Kong?!

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These carts were my pick ups at the tournament as there were some vendors… though I admit that I was disappointed in how few there were.  The tournament was even sponsored by JJgames… yet they didn’t have a sales booth?!  I went down to get some good deals and while I was able to find a few, it would have been nice to have a wider selection.  Anyways what you see here is Mega Man X and Super Bomberman for the SNES on the left, and Infiltrator, Kid Icarus, and Casino Kid for the NES.  I think I’m most excited for Kid Icarus as I’ve been trying to find this title for the last two years… at least at a reasonable price.  Most people want close to $30 for this game… I paid $19 so I’m fairly happy with that.

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All in all I had a fantastic time in Pittsburgh.  I literally played hundreds of arcade games and pinball machines.  I was most impressed at my buddy who managed to beat 49 opponents on Street Fighter II.  Unfortunately there was no SF tournament this year… maybe next?!  That would be cool to see.  In fact the only thing that I didn’t like was the Super 8 hotel by the Pittsburgh airport.  The staff was very friendly and accommodating, however the security and cleanliness of the rooms were something to be desired.  The first room’s front door wouldn’t lock, the second room reeked of smoke, and the third and final room had apparently been attacked by a small alien as there were holes in the air conditioner??  Anyways it all worked out and a good time was had by all:)

 

It’s Mine!

Frist things first.  I FOUND IT!… and at Value Village of all places.  I went in there yesterday afternoon, and there it was starring at me right in the face… Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo Game Cube!  And all for the low price of $10.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  I haven’t forgotten how I was sniped by a guy for the same game about eighteen months ago… I think i even wrote about it here… but all that is moot now as at last the game is MINE!  The box is in great shape, however upon inspection, it is missing the manual, and the disc has seen better days but at least it works well.  Also in this threesome are Mario Strikers Charged, and Mario Party 8 for the Wii.  These were also $10 each and I’m going to keep the former and trade the latter game.

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IMG_5677These games were picked up at a yard sale which my wife and I do almost every Saturday morning.  All three of these games were picked up for $8,and  although Pikmin and Animal Crossing are missing their respective manuals I still think it was a good deal.  The discs are free of scratches and the boxes are in great shape.

Now onto the non-Nintendo finds.  I picked up these Sony Play Station 2 games at the same aforementioned yard sale.  I think I paid $10 for all six IMG_5679of these games.  I was kind of bummed that the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy was missing the Vice City disc, however that is a very common game and I should be able to find a replacement with very little trouble.  I don’t collect for PS2, but if I see some good titles for cheap I’ll get them to trade.  I’ve never heard of “The Warriors” before but I hear that it will trade well.  Too bad Dark Alliance is the Greatest Hits version:(

IMG_5675This was also a Value Village find.  It’s mostly complete (missing the Rachet and Clank game) but the box is in great shape as is the system.  It cost me $22 and I’m hoping to get at least $60 in trade??  I might hang on to it for a while though and see if I can find a copy of Mega Man to play.  From what I remember it the robot master battles were much more difficult than the original NES version.  Plus there was two additional bosses…. Oil Man, and I can’t remember the other?

IMG_5681Finally, these two candy dispensers were given to me by my mother-in-law.  She knows I love Nintendo and is always on the look out for me at the local thrift shops and yard sales. It is VERY much appreciated!

Sega Corner:  No updates this week… mainly because it is so hard to find the stuff other than at a reseller’s store, and even then the pickings are often slim.  I’m always keeping an eye out!

That’s all for now.  Until next time.

Nintendo Joe

 

 

3DS XL!!!

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As the name of the post indicates I was able to get my hands on a Nintendo 3DS XL.  It came with a hefty price tag of $140, but they guy threw in an in a boxed Link Amiibo with the deal.  I have no idea how to use the thing other than that i believe it goes with Super Smash Bros..  How ever you use it, it looks in the collection.

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For whatever reason I just can’t get into the Smash Bros. games.  I have the N64 version, and Brawl on the Wii, but the games just seem rather pointless.  Knock your opponent off the cliff… only to have him/her come flying right back to do it all over again..  Where is the fun in this?  This isn’t to say that I don’t want them all for my collection, but that’s just because I’ve become obsessive about Nintendo.  The other day I was at the Swap Shop (a local pawn store) and they had a pretty good copy of Melee, but for a whopping price of $79!  He asked it I was interested, and I was like “no way dude”.  IMG_5268

With the 3DS XL, I also scored a copy of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Project X Zone.  I have yet to play either, but I hear the latter is kind of like Final Fantasy Tactics (which is a great game) except they use Capcom characters.  I really hope you get to play some of the villains as well as heroes.

So apparently I have to start collecting Amiibos now… in the box no less.  This is why I got into collecting Nintendo in the first place… it would be unending.  My collecting obsession started back in university with G1 Transformers.  Thankfully I got into these before they became super popular, and I managed to score most of my 250+ figures for not a whole lot.  What I’m trying to get at is that the Transformer collection is pretty much done.  I have no use for the Pretender, or micro series as you have to set your limit somewhere.  Nor do I have much use for the new remade figures except a few select ones (Optiumus and Megatron) for these two look glorious.

transformers_g1__the_autobots_by_ooo19415-d55lsp1Anyways this blog isn’t about Transformers, but they still are really cool.  Someday I will make a list of the ones I need and actually complete the collection.  My wife even gave me permission to do this, so perhaps I should do this quickly before she can change her mind!IMG_5270

 

I had some store credit to use so I bought up the N64 title Clay Fighter 63 1/3, Double Dare and Peter Pan for the NES.  It’s not really a big deal, but I have been hanging on to this credit for over eight months now.  I was hoping to trade it for something good like putting it towards a copy of Earthbound or one of the Mega Man X sequels, but the guy just wasn’t getting in games of this calibre.  While there I did notice that he had a copy of The Legend of Zelda Collectors Edition for the Game Cube that had been evaluated/rated as to the overall condition of the game… thus why it carried a price tag of over one hundred bucks.  To me this feels like a waste of money.  All I care about is that it is complete and in great condition.  To have some guy tell me that my game is a 9.1 instead of a 9 really doesn’t interest me.  I think this particular copy was a 9.8, but who really cares?!

maxresdefaultIn other news, I think I’ve given up on the Secret of Mana.  I’ve invested over 20 hours into this game, but I just can’t do it.  Over all this was a really cool game, but I had a heck of a time navigating around in it or trying to figure out where to go next… without cheating, and this made it lose all it’s fun.  The game became especially difficult once you acquired a dragon which transport you around the world.  While it looked really cool, I became lost so often that I couldn’t make up from down.  I can see why this game was so popular back in it’s day, but I just don’t have the patience for a game like this anymore.  The graphics were pretty good, the spells were fun (as were the way you levelled them up), and the menus were really efficient… even the story was interesting and translated well for a JRPG.  There were however several things that really annoyed me.  First and foremost while you controlled three characters at the same time, you really only had control of one.  When you select a character, the other two become NPCs with absolutely no intelligence whatsoever.  I applaud Square’s effort at designing a game in this manner, but it just didn’t work well for me at times.  Either way, I enjoyed my time with Mana, but it might be time to move onto other games.

Sega Corner: No updates at this time:(

That’s all for this edition.

Nintendo Joe 🙂

 

Waterloo Game Swap 2015

Before we get started on this weeks post, I thought I would direct your attention to this website (click here) which has a very funny video making fun of us video gaming nerds.  We’re so lame!

Anyways this weeks post is about the game swap in Waterloo Ontario that happened on March 29th, 2015.  What is there really to say… it was a good swap.  I sold nearly all my merchandise and made a profit of around $220… which I then spent on more games to add to my collection.  Apparently my prices were “really good” and “the lowest at the show” according to several customers.  Hey man… I was able to add to my collection and that’s what counts to this nerd!

IMG_1161This is a picture of my buddy Flavio and I at the swap.  Between him, the Sega Dude, and I, he really came out on top with a whopping $900 in sales… and he was able to pick up several quality NES titles like Toki and Times of Lore for cheap which I am extremely jealous of.  At least the Sega Dude isn’t lording these games over me!

IMG_5187We managed to score a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles for our friend the Stone Mason.  The price tag says $75 but I negotiated a deal for $70 which doesn’t sound like much but the game goes for much more than that in the stores.  I have no idea what type of game it is, but the Stone Mason really wanted it and thus he now has it.  I would promote his site, but I think he has given up on that:(  So let me know…. what type of game is this?  I know it is an RPG, but is it actually any good?  Maybe I’ll borrow it some day from my friend and defeat it, but until then I’ll have to rely on your comments IMG_5188when deciding if it is any good or not.

I picked also picked up a copy of Mario Party 7 for the Game Cube.  It isn’t anything special, but the Mario Party games are kind of fun.  That being said, I bet they were a lot more fun back in the day.  I wanted this title for no other reason than I didn’t have it in my collection and for some strange reason I’ve started accumulating all the Mario Party games.  I’m missing Mario Party 1, 3, and 9… the latter being for the Wii U which I also do not own yet… I’m close though… ever so close!

IMG_1167This is a picture of me and my buddy Jay Bartlett who is starring in the upcoming movie Nintendo Quest.  Actually the movie used to be called NES Club, but Nintendo Quest is a much better name as the former didn’t make any sense at all.  The movie is basically about him visiting game stores all over the United States and Canada in order to build a complete NES collection.  We don’t know his budget, but we do know he travelled a crazy distance in order to complete the quest.  Was he successful?  I don’t know.  As close as we are (which is like fire and ice apart) he wouldn’t tell me.  I look forward to seeing your video Jay, and good luck.  My prediction is that he failed, but I’m hoping I’m wrong.  The reason I’m so pessimistic is because there are tons of obscure NES games and I can’t see how on earth he would be able to buy them all.  One of the rules is that he is not allowed to buy games online… only in person at the stores.  Unfortunately they don’t say how much he pays for the games which to me is a really important fact.  I mean who cares if you picked up a copy of Mega Man for $80… for crying out loud I could do that!  Fortunately I already own this title:)

IMG_5186Sega Corner:  So I managed to pick up a copy of my beloved Phantasy Star II and a copy of Granada for the Sega Genesis.  These games are both awesome.  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that Phantasy Star II is my favourite RPG of all time… almost blasphemous coming from a website dedicated to Nintendo I know, but true never the less.  Phantasy Star 1, 2, and 4 are the best RPG’s to me. 3 just sucked! Perhaps I’m a bit nostalgic, but ya… they are better then anything Nintendo has thrown at me.  That being said Super Metroid is over all the best game I have ever played so take that Sega!  Granada is a simple but really fun shooter with great graphics and music.  I remember beating the game for the first time in front of all my friends in the Sega Dude’s basement in the early 90’s.  Crazy as it may sound, no one of the female sex was impressed:(  It did however score me a few high fives from the boys!  Oh Granada… how you tried to best me, but in the end it was I who was victorious!

See you next time.

Nintendo Joe

 

Welcome Home Robbie!!

 

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What else is there to say… R.O.B. was an awesome find!  Thanks Sega Dude for setting up the three way trade on Kijiji.  In the end he cost me $130 for a complete Robbie with the exception of his hands that I have to purchase on Ebay… if they are even available.  Either way, he is a great addition to the collection, and looks fantastic on my shelf!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADid you know Mega Man 5 was on the NES was banned in Vietnam?  I can’t say I blame them… The reason:  Napalm Man brought back too many horrible memories.  Not to mention the fact that the setting for the level was eerily familiar to that of the Vietnamese countryside.  To add salt to an already festering wound, one of the traps in level were none other than the Viet-Cong punji sticks (6″ wooden spikes laced in feces to promote infection).  Also, the majority of the level was spent exploring the same tunnels that the Viet-Cong used in the American War.  YIKES!

Megaman_PC_Robot_MastersOn a completely separate note, I’ll never finish my Mega Man collection.  I thought I was doing well for having all the NES Mega Man titles, but last Friday I was schooled by this youtube video I found on the History of Mega Man.  It’s a pretty cool video as it goes over every single Mega Man game ever created… well, almost… they left out the absolutely horrible Mega Man game that came out for the PC in 1990.  I’ve taken the liberty of adding it to the list of Mega Man titles at the end of this blog entry.

6114.megamanboo.jpg-610x0Another cool youtube video I found was on a band called the Bit Brigade.  In this video they are performing a concert of ALL the Mega Man 2 music.  What makes it work is that they have some dude playing the game on a large back drop, and line up the music to his level of play… which is really good… I don’t remember ever beating the game with only one life… that second last Wily stage where you needed to use the crash bombs on the turrets was just too difficult and I usually ended up cheating by blowing up the walls first, getting killed, refilling my crash bombs, then doing the stage a second time only the walls were left destroyed from the last life.  This probably only makes sense to those of you whom have completed Mega Man 2 before… otherwise it is probably just gibberish.  But the Bit Brigade seem like a very talented band.  I wish they would have added the Top Man theme from Mega Man 3 as that is my favourite Mega Man riff of all time.  I tried the other day to play it on guitar (which I’ve recently picked up again) but it was just too hard for me right now.  Something to shoot for in the future I suppose.  Check out this dude playing it…CLICK HERE FOR THE TOP MAN THEME ON GUITAR!!

Aside watching youtube, I’ve been downloading my NES, SNES, and N64 cover art as recently I had a shipment of 300 universal game cases arrive.  Its a ton of work, but I do enjoy it… plus it breaths some new life into otherwise really crappy games.  Yes i’m the first to admit that many of the NES games were really really bad… especially, but not limited to the unlicensed games.  But every now an then, Nintendo would give us a really great game that would make us forget about all the other garbage they made us purchase.  While the Mega Man games had the best graphics, and were my favourite overall, I can’t help but feel that Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was the best game on the system in terms of game mechanics, difficulty, and overall fun factor… but this is just my humble opinion.

Sega Corner:  Not really anything too exciting, but my small Sega collection actually does have a corner now in my collection.

Until next time… oh wait, all the Mega Man titles that i promised you.  Here they are in chronological order:

Mega Man (1987)

Mega Man II (1989)

Mega Man III (1990)

Mega Man (1990) PC

Mega Man IV (1991)

Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge (1991)

Mega Man V (1992)

Wily and Right’s RockBoard: That’s Paradise (1993)

Mega Man X (1993)

Mega Man 6 (1994)

Mega Man’s Soccer (1994)

Mega Man: The Wily Wars (1994)

Mega Man X2 (1994)

Mega Man 7 (1995)

Mega Man: The Power Battle (1995)

Mega Man X3 (1995)

Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters (1996)

Mega Man 8 (1997)

Mega Man: Battle & Chase (1997)

Mega Man X4 (1997)

Mega Man Legends (1997)

Mega Man & Bass (1998)

Super Adventure Rockman (1998)

Rockman Complete Works (1999)

Rockman and Forte: Mirai Kara no Chousensha (1999)

Rockman Gold Empire (1999)

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne (1999)

Rockman Battle and Fighters (2000)

Mega Man Legends 2 (2000)

Rockman Strategy (2001)

Mega Man X5 (2001)

Mega Man X6 (2001)

Mega Man Xtreme (2001)

Mega Man Xtreme 2 (2001)

Mega Man Battle Network (2001)

Mega Man Battle Network 2 (2001)

Mega Man Zero (2002)

Mega Man Battle Network 3 White (2002)

Mega Man X7 (2003)

Mega Man Zero 2 (2003)

Mega Man Network Transmission (2003)

Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue (2003)

Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (2003)

Rockman.EXE WS (2003)

Rockman.EXE N1 Battle (2003)

Rockman Power Battle Fighters (2004)

Mega Man X8 (2004)

Mega Man X: Command Mission (2004)

Mega Man Zero 3 (2004)

Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun (2004)

Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon (2004)

Rockman.EXE 4.5 Real Operation (2004)

Rockman.EXE Phantom of Network (2004)

Mega Man Zero 4 (2005)

Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team ProtoMan (2005)

Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Colonel (2005)

Mega Man Battle Network 5 Double Team DS (2005)

Rockman.EXE: The Medal Operation (2005)

Rockman.EXE Battle Chip Stadium (2005)

Mega Man: Powered Up (2006)

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X (2006)

Mega Man ZX (2006)

Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Falzar (2006)

Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Gregar (2006)

Mega Man Star Force: Leo / Pegasus / Dragon (2006)

Mega Man ZX Advent (2007)

Rockman.EXE Legend of Network (2007)

Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker × Ninja (2007)

Mega Man Star Force 2: Zerker × Saurian (2007)

Shooting Star Rockman: Wave Change! On Air! (2007)

Mega Man 9 (2008)

Intuition! Rockman (2008)

Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace (2008)

Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker (2008)

Mega Man: Rush Marine (2009)

Rockman.EXE Operate Shooting Star (2009)

Mega Man 10 (2010)

Rockman Diver (2011)

Street Fighter X Mega Man (2012)

Rockman Xover (2012)

Mighty No. 9 (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

How I Long for 2008!

If only I got into this game collecting hobby sooner… 2008 to be exact.  At some point in ’08 I could have picked up Snow Brothers on the NES for less than 50 bucks. That would be a deal considering I’ll be paying a minimum of $150 for it now:(  I guess I could wait and let this video game fad fade away, but that just wouldn’t be any fun.  Besides, my old man has been trying to get me to sell my Transformer collection for the last decade, yet their value has remained relatively constant for the last 20 years.  I can’t wait that long to complete my nintendo collection (keep in mind I only intend to get the official Nintendo games, so I don’t have to worry about getting my hands on a copy of Nintendo World Championships… that should save me nearly $25,000:).  I don’t know why the aforementioned game is so expensive as it isn’t even that good.  I guess it’s super rare, but I could never justify the price tag.  The most expensive game (please correct me if I am wrong) I need to get into my collection is Stadium Events… which goes for a measly sum of $4,500.  I just don’t have that type of disposable income.  I’ll have to fund raise for the rest of my life to get this last game!  Right now my claim to fame is that I have a mint copy of Mega Man 5 which isn’t much, but it puts a smile on my face.

2309093-09_40973_0_0_blazeonI thought I would review a game in this post.  The game up for review is Blazeon: The Bio-Cyborg Challenge on the SNES.  I’m not really one to beat around the bush so I’ll get right to it:  This game sucks and I can’t believe I spent $28 on this piece of crap!  The best part about this game is it’s cover (which was the reason I bought it).  The old saying “never judge a book by it’s cover” seems really meaningful here.  The only other good thing about the game was watching your ship explode into pieces whenever you were hit by enemy fire.  Here are a few reasons why I would not recommend this game:

1.  Lack of power-ups.  What makes a shooter fun is the power-ups you collect along the way to make your ship more powerful… this game had hardly any.

blaze_arc42.  Some obstacles will kill you while others you can fly right past… and there is no way to differentiate one from the other.

3.  The boss music becomes annoying very quickly!  This is a shame as in my opinion can make or break a game.  This game is broken.

4.  While the graphics were generally pretty good, there are times when nothing at a all is happening.  No enemies or obstacles on the screen.  It’s almost as if they wanted to make this game a certain length to play through, but ran out of ideas for some parts.  This makes sense as the levels became rather boring very quickly.

5.  Lack of an auto fire option.  My thumbs aren’t used to this kind of marathon button mashing and cramped up really quickly.  Perhaps I’ll revisit the game (yeah right) once I purchase a rapid fire game pad.

6.The Thunder Fblazeon1orce ship looked way cooler and was far superior in terms of design and fire power.  Heck even Opa Opa and the R-Type ship had a bigger arsenal!

So over all i was very disappointed in this game and would only recommend it as torture for prisoners doing hard time in a federal penitentiary.

In other news, I tried out the Game Boy Advance title “Mario vs. Donkey Kong”.  I wasn’t expecting much, but this game is actually pretty cool.  It is a fusion of a platformer with a puzzle solving game where you have to figure out how to solve each stage before finally facing off against Kong.  The music was a compilation from past titles such as the original 1981 Donkey Kong, Mario_vs_Donkey_Kongmixed with Super Mario Bros., and some new stuff.  Mario’s “mamma-mia” after being killed can get a tad annoying after a while, but this is easy to put up with after playing Blazeon.  I can’t wait to try out this title on the Retron 5, though admittedly it might best be viewed on the 2.5″ x 2.5″ screen of the GBA.

 

Sega Corner:  No news to report on this week.

Take care,

Nintendo Joe

 

A Little of This A Little of That…

This week has been great for mynintendodimension.  I’ve made many acquisitions for the display cases.  I purchased 36 NES games from a dude named Flavio… perhaps the coolest name I’ve heard in quite some time… I may even name my gold fish after him?!  The other two fish in the tank are Cory and Trevor of Trailer Park Boys fame.  Notable titles that I picked up are The Terminator, Bubble Bobble, Journey to Silus (which apparently was originally supposed to be a Terminator game of which the company lost the license for… the last boss looks exactly like a CSM-101), and Punch out… I already have Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, but not this variation of the same game… probably the best sports game made on the NES… I usually hate sports games.

I also made my way to Peterborough/Lakefield area last weekend and made a major score.  For $40 I got my hands on a great copy of Phantasy Star IV.  Obviously not a Nintendo game, but one of the greatest Sega Genesis games of all time… which was a relief because part III was bloody awful… I still want it though:(

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Also purchased from the Lakefield flea market where a copy of Terminator 2, Castelian, Kickle Cubicle, Pinball Quest and Rock ‘n Ball for the NES… the last three of which were thrown in for free as I was buying several games.  Fred (the owner of the booth) is awesome like that and I love doing business with him and hope he stays around for a good long while! I also got a copy of Blazeon for the SNES from him. At $28 it is a lot of money, but not when you consider it is usually listed at $36.  While Fred had two other raIMG_4699re games (Metal Storm, and Mighty Final Fight), I just couldn’t justify spending what he wanted for them… close to $250.  My wife would kill me if I spent this much on two games… even if they are rare and great!

From a store in Peterborough called Chumleighs I managed to score a copy of the elusive Thunder Spirits (which is basically just Thunder Force III on the SNES with two additional levels) which I’m rather excited about.  And at the  Value Village I bought complete copies of Conduit I & II for the Wii… yay!

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Yes I’ve been spending a lot of money lately… but I’ve also been selling some stuff for a profit… or loss depending on how you look at it as I reinvest it into my Nintendo display in my basement.  At Value Village my wife found a mini arcade version of Donkey Kong for $25.  I sold it on Kijiji to a guy for $75 which seems to be the going rate.  I’ve also gotten a few bites on an extra N64 I’m trying to get rid of.  It works great and comes with the memory expansion… and is priced at $65 which is far cheaper than any other ad on Kijiji for the same thing.  It isn’t moving though… perhaps people just aren’t interested in the 64… Not that I blame them as the system is my least favourite of all Nintendo consoles.

In other news, I’ve finished modifying all 200 cases and cut out all the covers for my NES games.  This puts me approximately half way finished with my collection to date.  It’s a ton of work, and while not expensive per case (approx. $2 including printing costs) does add up when you are doing so many.  I’ve been trying to do 5 cases a day for the last while, and it is amazing how fast time flies!  After I get some shelving to put all my games on I’ll make another post.

Sega Corner:  There has been a little bit of additions to the honorary Sega department.  The infamous Sega Dude gave me a really good copy of Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System.  Unfortunately I have to hook up my SMS in order to play it and I’m just to darn lazy.  I’ll wait until I get the Power Base Converter for my Retron 5… I’m told this will be expensive though so I may have to rethink my strategy.  I may end up wrapping Phantasy Star up and giving it to myself as a Christmas present from Santa… Somehow he always knows what to give me!  Also purchased from Flavio (the guy mentioned above) was a great copy of the SMS game Golvellius: Valley of Doom, and Fantazy Zone II… both games of which are awesome and I can’t wait to play.

Speaking of Fantasy Zone, I was watching a youtube video of a guy playing the arcade version… and remembered why I didn’t like it much as a kid.  The arcade is WAY more difficult than the Master System version!  You can check it out here at Fantasy Zone and Fantasy Zone II.  I must take my hat off to this guy as clearly he has some major talent!

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe