Mega Man 11 Review

 

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If you read my last post I purchased a copy of Mega Man 11 for the PS4.  I haven’t played it extensively yet, but rather have only managed to beat one stage… Blockman.  I had no idea where to start so I went with the first choice in the stage select menu.  It was fairly challenging for a novice player… but it wasn’t long before my Mega Man skills of times past kicked in and I was able to beat the stage! I can’t wait to try the level on difficult once I master this!  There is a lot that I like about this game, and very little that I have issue with.  Now, this isn’t really an big deal, but this game (so far anyway) isn’t really a sequel, but rather a series reboot.  Not that there was much of a continuum in past Mega Man games (aside from a few common enemies) but this one completely rewrites the series…

… It ignores my good buddies Gutsman, Iceman, Cutman, and the rest of the robot master fellas from the original game.   While it keeps the same premise in that you beat a robot master, acquire his weapon, and use it as a weakness of another robot master… there is no rhyme or reason to it.  I mean in the original Mega Man, it made sense to start with Bombman, then use his acquired weapon against Gutsman (the strong man miner), then use this weapon against Cutman… it had a rock/paper/scissors feel to it.  This game makes no sense at all, but then I shouldn’t complain too much as there wasn’t much reasoning to the order of robot masters in the original Mega Man sequels.

As I said, this is a minor complaint, and overall I’m really pleased with the game as it brings me back to a better time where as a kid I had no actual responsibilities except B.S. my way through school and have fun!  Go Lancers!

The graphics in Mega Man 11 are great, but then I would expect no less from a PS4 game!  The music has a good beat/rhythm to it, but honestly I thought the 8-bit music was more technical and fun from a musical standpoint.

The controls are pretty tight as would be expected from a Mega Man game and if you die it feels as though you made a mistake as opposed to other games where there is delays, etc..

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I like that the robot master battles are more complex than in the original games.  While I’ve only beaten Blockman,  I liked how there were three stages in the fight so it wasn’t as simple as memorizing one pattern and kicking ass.  The enemy became huge; even rivaling the dragon in the first Wily stage of Mega Man 2!  I think this is great, however another complaint that I have is that you can’t shoot diagonally or up… I thought this would have been a nice touch.

So far however the game is really fun, and I look forward to playing it for a bit each day!

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We’ve been making good progress on Alien Isolation, but unfortunately the wives ruined our sausage party this Friday and we weren’t able to continue.  The game is different, but a lot of fun… and I hear there is a sequel coming out!

We (the Sega Dude and I) are off to the Durham game swap this Sunday October 21st.  I’m really hoping for some great deals on hard to find games!  I think my soul is about the right price for LittleSampson, and if the devil is at the show we just might have a deal!

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Joe’s Grievances:  I’m quite upset about the demise of the VGCC game swap in Waterloo.  From what I hear, the organizers of the show got drunk one night, insulted each other like teenage girls often do, then cancelled the event?!  Has anyone heard differently?  This really sucks as I always looked forward to going to Waterloo twice a year for this event:(  Come on Pete… make amends with Andrew and lets get this great show up and running once again!  You are partly why I regained interest in the retro gaming community!

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Joe’s Plugs:  It appears that some people from Norway have been checking out mynintendodimension.com lately which is fantastic!  In fact I’m hoping that my man Leo Moracchioli is going to be preforming near Oslo this winter break so I can come to your awesome country and watch!  I’m a huge fan!  Check out his metal covers at Frog Leap Studios.

I had a thought the other day… if Dalton McGuinty (Ontario’s former Premiere) married Andy Dalton (the quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals) and took his name… he would be Dalton Dalton!  Awesome!

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

Mega Man 11 Released!

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My 100th post!  Mega Man 11 was released today and I’m super excited!  I’ll definitely pick it up this week as the $40 dollar price tag is fair… and I’ll actually play the thing!  I’ll do a review of it in the weeks to come.  The boss robot masters look great, huge, and intimidating.  I can’t wait to destroy them!  This doesn’t pose as great news for the newly acquired Mighty No. 9 however.  It will go on the back burner, but I WILL play it!

This past Saturday, a few friends came over for our first “Alien Isolation No Gurlz Allowed Sausage Party”.  The wife was out of town, and this was the perfect opportunity to engage a horrific Xenomorph… and terrify me it did!  I’m sure the Sega Dude will be posting an unflattering video of me playing the game and getting cornered by an Alien.  I screamed just before it tore me apart.  It’s been over a decade since I’ve screamed in panic like that and unbeknownst to me it was filmed which I’m sure the Sega Dude will post on his site in the near future.  In my defense however, how can you not scream when you are being hunted by an Alien?!  I can’t remember if we made it to the fifth or sixth mission, but we plan on getting together again this Friday to advance further into the game.

In other news, Nintendo successfully sued a company called MariCAR in Japan that was renting Mario Kart costumes and go-carts to people (mostly tourists).  You can read the article here.  Or not, I pretty much summed it up.

As mentioned in my earlier post, I have a lot of things that are really bugging me lately and even though this is a video game hunting blog, I’m running out of ideas.  There just isn’t really much to find on the cheap in terms of thrift stores, Kijiji, garage sales, and certainly not Ebay.  The days of possibly finding Little Sampson for an awesome deal are long over unfortunately.  As such, I’m opening up a new department on My Nintendo Dimension aptly named “Joe’s Grievances”.  Here is today’s issue:

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I was listening to the morning show on Q107 while driving into work, and one of the hosts (Ryan Parker) said he has been on Tinder app the for a while and is finding it hard to find dates as most women aren’t interested in dudes under 5’9.  I bet he’s right, and I stand at a measly 5’7 with my Doc Martins on, I guess I would still be having a hard time finding a date!  This is even weirder as my parents are both taller than average.  One could argue that my mom got “friendly” with the mail man, but this theory is debunked as besides the hair colour, I look exactly like my old man.  This sucks!  I am happily married to a woman who apparently has a shorty fetish, so it isn’t really an issue, but it’s more the principle of it all.

SEGA Corner:  Sega makes Alien Isolation (see above) so that’s the news for today.

Next week we will be discussing what ever happened to the game swap in Waterloo which was put on by Video Game Collectors Community (VGCC).

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

Airing of Grievances

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Lets get the video game portion of this blog out of the way first.  The other day when I was visiting the Sega Dude, he gave me a physical copy of the PS4 game Mighty Number 9… thanks man!.  I knew it began as a Kickstarter campaign, and that it is basically an homage to Mega Man.  Same style of game play, etc..  In fact some of the music that I’ve heard could easily have been produced by Capcom.  Now I don’t play many video games anymore, but as this is one I’ve had my eye on for a while now I figured I would give it a try.

This game was poorly reviewed for the graphics/artwork, available useful weaponry, and annoyingly long dialogue scenes.  I must say that I agree with the last complaint… wow are the cut scenes poorly done and annoyingly long… especially in the opening level!  I’ve not played a lot, but I really hope it doesn’t get worse as the game moves forward.  I hear it is a short game… does that mean it could have been really short if you could skip the cut scenes (another shortfall).  I don’t have enough experience to comment on the available weapons, but as for the graphics I don’t really see what people are complaining about.  While perhaps not the best, it is what I would expect from a good 2D platformer.

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Some are complaining about the artwork and how it isn’t realistic.  For example that this dude has legs way too small to support his body.  My response to this; since when has anime ever been realistic?!  No one has eyes THAT big!  Nor do we bleed that much when we are wounded!

Some complain that the “dash” ability is over used, but I mean you get it within the first two minutes of game play so obviously you were meant to have it as a major part of the game.  It’s rather essential… unlike the gravity/platform cannon from the original Mega Man… you didn’t need it, but damn was it ever helpful in an otherwise very difficult game!

A couple of other issues:  What’s with the points?  Who cares how many you get?!  Also there is a bit of lag at times, but you know in a way I don’t mind as it is rather retro of most NES games when there were too many sprites on the screen.  I’m sure this wasn’t the intention though so I get why some might not like it.

Overall I like the game so far, and while some of the complaints are valid, others must be made by crazy people.

As far as a Mega Man clone/ripoff… that’s really what we wanted.  I think a better comparison can be made when Mega Man 11 is released on October 2nd (less than a week from today!)  This is clearly a cash grab, but I’ll happily pay as Mega Man is one of my favorite Nintendo franchises!

Okay, now onto other other thoughts:

Who do you think would win in a fight, Nicky Manaj or Cardi B?  Apparently they are having a war of words on social media!  They’re just crazy nuts!  If your answer as to who would win the fight is “who the hell cares”, then we would be in agreement.  I care for nothing for either of their music, and as with most celebrity’s, REALLY don’t care what their opinion is on absolutely anything… just put the ball through the hoop like you are paid millions for and shut up!  But then what do I know as these dudes have millions of downloads, and views on YouTube.  Rock/Metal is a dying art and you know what, I’m going down with the ship!  Any rock band (even Blur or any other band Cory likes) would eat these two for breakfast!  Metal rules!

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In other news, I had a view the other day from Australia!  Welcome to my world of retro video games.  As your Australian ambassador Paul Hogan once said, “how a’bout we toss another shrimp on the barby?!”  I would love to eat some prawns, have a few beers, and play some Super Metroid… mmmmmmm BEER (Homer Simpson)

That brings me to my next point.  As some of you know I barley earned my B.Sc degree, but that makes me a genuine scientist!  My latest experiment has been to test which light beer tastes has the fewest calories, yet offers maximum taste.

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There were five contenders:  Coors, Busch, Michelob Ultra, Miller, and But Light.  Which offered the most flavor and fewest calories/carbs, yet cost effective?!  We used the same sized can (473mL), and all had the same alcohol content (4%).  In other words, the only variable was the brand of beer.  This is a mystery that needed to be solved, and thus I put my scientific mind to the task!

Coors Light:  $2.60 per can, 5/10 taste, and kind of felt like a normal beer

Busch Light:  $2.60 per can, 2/10 taste… it was basically water with some alcohol hiding in the corner

Michelob Ultra:  $2.75 per can, 4/10 taste, and brings back memories of Washington D.C.

Miller Lite:  $2.60 per can, 6/10 taste, and kind of felt like a normal beer… plus the Dude in the Big Lebowski drinks this at the bowling alley, so that’s an added plus!

Bud Light:  $2.60 per can, 4/10 taste, even though it is the official beer of the NFL, I can’t help but think this brand just has the most in-your-face advertising.

Winner… Miler Lite.  Best tasting light beer that makes you feel like your a real human-being.

Now all that being said, there are many other cheaper options that are pretty good and available at your local LCBO (Gosser isn’t bad for $2.10 a can… plus it is the name of the evil god in Ghostbusters!), however it is a full on calorie/carb beer.

I have much more to complain about, but we’ll save it for the next blog.

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

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