So after weeks of being too busy to game hunt, I finally made it back to Broadacres Swapmeet on Saturday. It was the first time I had ever left empty handed, and it was entirely due to my stupidity.
Normally I prefer to go on a Sunday because there always seems to be more games, so I already had mixed feelings when I arrived early and most of the vendors were not even ready. But I approached one guy who had a bunch of games, and some mint condition original NES games. They included Zelda II with ZERO CHIPPING of the paint, and Bomber Man, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Wild Gunman, Gum Shoe, and a bunch of others. The point is they were perfect.

So I asked the guy how much he wanted. He said $7. Ugh. He barely spoke English so I thought I’d try to talk him down. I offered 2 for $12. He said $7 each. I was pissed and marched away.
Since it was early I decided to do a second lap. By then the rest of the vendors would be mostly opened. I spotted a few more games but nothing that really caught my eye. I decided on a new strategy.
Less than thirty minutes later I was back at his booth. “Would you take $20 for four games?” He didn’t hesitate, he said “ok.”

Awesome, except the games I wanted were gone. I was so annoyed I left, but before I did I asked how much he wanted for the top loader. $34 he said. Boo!

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I type this in the middle of the PSN crisis.  In 1978 Atari unleashed this gem onto an unsuspecting public.  Take a look at that label art.  It, like so many of the Atari 2600 labels, is gorgeous.  It feels perfect.  I bet it felt as perfect in 1978 as it does now in 2011.  I believe the art labels were actually released in the early 1980’s but the point remains the same.  The artist captured a circus -period.

I didn’t include a screen shot because even if you’ve never played the game it can be described easily:  Imagine two stick figures bouncing up and down on a see-saw.  As the fly up to the top of the screen they crash into three rows of moving balloons.  The balloons pop and dow comes your stick figure who will repeat the task until all of the balloons are popped.

Its a variation of Breakout no doubt and the theme was recycled with Taito’s Plump Pop.

So while the rest of the world vomits in indignation over the PSN crisis I’m going to play Circus Atari and in the time it will take for me to grow bored with the game the PSN will still be down.

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Bubble Bobble Old And New for Game Boy Advance is a fantastic game.  Even if you’ve never played a Bubble Bobble game before you’re going to enjoy this.

Basically both games are the same: using your dinosaur spit bobblea at the enemies.  When they get trapped pop the bubble and earn points plus items.  The items really don’t do anything but give you more points.  If you set up a combo by popping several enemiea at once the items become more fancy and woth more points.  Most items are fruits but combos release gems.

The old mode is basically the original arcade game. Pressing the L button will resize it to fit the Advance screen otherwise it will scroll hiding potential enemies.  The new mode has enhanced graphics, music and sound and has a mode where it tracks the items you’ve received.

This game has everything and can be very hypnotic. 

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Talk about a unique and beautiful compilation!  Capcom Classics Mini Mix for Game Boy Advance is a work of art!  While Nintendo was releasing their original NES titles as part of the Classics series Capcom did one better and included three original NES games on one game pak!

Some might argue that the three gamea arw a mixed bag of both good and bad and old and new(er).  The three games are Strider, Bionic Commando, and Mighty Final Fight.

The three games are emulated ports of their NES originals and everything is pretty spot on except for some additional slow down.  Its very noticable in Strider but less so in the other two games.  But Strider never felt like a polished game to me to begin with so that might be why.

The resolution of the Advance is slightly smaller vertically so the screen has a slight scrunch to it but it doesn’t detract from the games at all.  Great fun.  Especially when going into day five of the PSN being down.

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My feelings about the PSN and online gaming in general is no secret.  But I am amazed by the number of bloggers and journalists who are comparing the PS3 to an original Nintendo NES simply because the PSN is down.

The NES should feel insulted or proud.

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So GameStop was having a special of buy 2 Game Boy Advance games and get two for free (of equal or lesser value).  I jumped on this opportunity!  I only have about a dozen Game Boy Advance games and all of them are complete.  So at first I was kinda leary, but then I decided why the hell not?  There were two titles I wanted specifically Capcom Classics Mini Mix and Paperboy / Rampage.  From the photo you can see I got both but also picked up River City Ransom which is worth about $12 and Disney’s Magical Quest Featuring Mickey Mouse which my son loves.  So $9.98 with tax out the door for all four.

I really hate how GameStop displays their Advance titles.  Sure, I realize they probably sell very few every month but do they have to arrange it in such a way where you have to get on your hands and knees to look at the merchandise?  What other retailer hides stuff like this?  It’s ridiculous… but in this case its worth it.

I was doing the math and it might be worth it to take all the Pokemon games off their hands.  They are essentially half price, and they seem to sell real well on eBay.  Hmm…

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Does Wrestlemania Challenge really need two posts?  Does any of the Wrestlemania games need two?  Probably not.  Having acquired all three WWF games for the Nintendo NES I can say that this one has the best wrestlers but the most awkward gameplay.  The ring is isometric which makes the game silly in many respects.

Part of what makes a videogame great is it’s presentation.  When you watch wrestling rarely do you see the ring from a top down position from the corner.  It’s always presented from the side.  So why make it that was in a game?  Who knows.

Of the three WWF games this one seems the most rushed.  The characters are small and their distinguishing features are so tiny it doesn’t really make a difference.

But the game rocks with it’s soundtrack.  The theme for Ravishing Rick Rude is spot on.  Hearing that 8-bit glory makes me want to thrust my hips and fling sweat at the screen.  The other themes are great too but only invoke some toe tapping and nothing more.

In part 2 of this post I’ll tear this game apart more but for now enjoy Rude destroying The Ultimate Warrior’s baby maker.

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Do videogames reduce the number of serial killers on the loose?  They might if my fuzzy math pans out…

I recently read an article that cited a certain percentage of the general public are addicted to gaming.  I don’t remember the exact percentage nor do I remember where I read the article.  But I have a vague memory of it so… It has to be true.  The article went into detail as to how addicted the gamers were and how the addiction affected their lives.  Of the percentage addicted a smaller percentage was so afflicted with their disease that the could not function at all.  They refused to get a job, bathe, and in some extreme cases indulged in adult diapers to stay engaged in their habit.

So if X percent of the public is afflicted and a subset of X is non-function would that mean that X percent of serial killers would be non-functional?  To find out I called the Psychology Department at Arizona State University and asked to speak to Dr. Laurie Limburgh.  I was gravely disappointed to find out that there was no such doctor named Laurie Limburgh in the Psychology Department at ASU.  But that wasn’t the only setback I had.  The number I dialed was answered by a man name Gary.  When I asked to speak to the fine doctor he told me there was no one there by that name.  I asked who I dialed and the guy said Denny’s.  Boy someone was embarassed!  Gary was embarassed!  I asked ‘Gary’ if gaming addiction reduced the number of serial killers on the loose and he didn’t have an answer.  Instead he told me they still had the bacon special going on.  Then I asked to be transferred to the Psychology Department of the University of Denny’s.  Suddenly I heard hold music.

I was excited to get clarity on the issue at hand.  But then I heard a click and the phone went dead.  We may never know if videogames reduce the number of serial killers who roam the streets but we did learn that the bacon special at Denny’s is still going on.

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Super Spike V’Ball for Nintendo NES is one of those sports games that if you played as a kid you would actually have a genuine interest in volley ball… For about five minutes.

Don’t get me wrong -this is a great game and probably the best volley ball game on Nintendo.  The music is perfect and the difficult of the computer progresses at a good pace.  Yoh can slam the ball in your opponents face and send them flying into the sand.

The score announcer is hot.  Especially of you were a 12 year old then this game came out.  Being able to play as Billy and Jimmy from Double Dragon fame was a nice added touch as well.

Had Nintendo or Technos (the company that made it) put women in the game instead of men there might be more of an interest in volleyball today!

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There are many people who might say that Pit Fighter was a terrible game, possibly one of the worst ever.  I can see where that hate comes from.  The game has lousy controls the animation is choppy and the music mostly does not exist.

But the game does have some historical value to it.  For starters it pre-dates Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat by at least a year and possibly longer.  It has digitized graphics with real human actors.  There is plenty of attention to detail including a well orchestrated audience.  Visually, Pit Fighter is a beautiful game.  And despite its short comings many people recognize it and some are still willing to play it even if its a sub par game.

Pit Fighter like many Tengen releases -were dumped on to as many consoles as possible.  The screen shots above are for the SEGA Genesis version.  But a lousy Super Nintendo, Atari Lynx, and even a Game Boy version exists as well.  Now that I think about it… I gotta get that Game Boy version!

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