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You Can’t Beat It: Zelda II

May 16, 2012 3:31 pm Published by Comments Off on You Can’t Beat It: Zelda II

A buddy of mine recently called Zelda II “the black sheep of the franchise” and I wouldn’t disagree with that. Transported from the overhead view of the first game into a side-scroller, I can see why people weren’t sure what to make of the game when it came out. I loved it from the get go but I could never beat it, even to this day. I’ve recently started a new save to try and reach that elusive ending. I agree that the title of this might be misleading because there certainly were much harder games out there but this is up there. If you happen to get the inkling to retry, 2011jw06 is offering up a very cheap Buy it Now for the original cart in all it’s gold glory. No mention of the booklet or box so I’m assuming it’s just the game Feel like giving yourself a little bit more of a challenge? How about playing the game in Japanese with this Japanese Famicom disc. yamatoku-classic does not include the instructions but come on, can you read Japanese? Would it make a difference? Finally, rebecky1111 has the Nintendo Power Zelda II issue. I remember my aunt having this issue but I can’t recall how in depth it went. The map does give you both worl overheads (albeit drawings not actually screen shots) but I can’t remember if they have the dungeon maps or not.


Champion Edition

May 10, 2012 5:00 pm Published by 2 Comments

Remember in 1992 when you walked into that arcade/7-Eleven/gas station and saw this thing for the first time? Remember how much you wish you could have just taken it with you? Well polo917 is giving you that opportunity. The only catch is that you have to pick it up. Is that worth a drive to have this beast in your man cave? Is it?


Bonk’s Adventure

May 10, 2012 2:13 pm Published by Comments Off on Bonk’s Adventure

I only knew one person growing up that had a Turbografx 16 so I only was able to play Bonk’s Adventure once. It was alright, nothing special. That’s how I really felt about all of Turbografx’s games…mediocre. Sure they looked nice but it was really just a cut above the NES with subpar games. But if you did enjoy the system, neonihonsei is offering up a factory sealed copy of Bonk’s Adventure at a rock bottom price. Could be a good addition to your collection.


Worth It’s Weight In Balloons

May 9, 2012 6:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Worth It’s Weight In Balloons

I do enjoy today’s generation of video games but I’m really a retro gamer at heart. In fact my friend Steve just set the second highest score in Turbo Ms. Pac Man a couple of months back… pretty cool. The reason I bring up retro games is because I’m curious as to how many of you ever played Balloon Fight on the NES? Even back then, it wasn’t that great…kinda like a more family friendly version of Joust. The only reason I ever played it was because my buddy growing up had the entire run of first gen NES games (except for Urban Champion for some reason) so I was able to play all of them. sosafan2 has a complete boxed version of the original game including an ad for the then brand new Nintendo Power magazine. Does the game hold up today? I’m leaning towards no but it’s definitely a cool piece of retro gaming.


Cosplay Wednesday: Ganondorf

May 9, 2012 3:21 pm Published by 1 Comment

The die hard cosplayers tend to design their own outfits for conventions or LARPing but if you have deep pockets, wlp799888 is selling a Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Ganondorf costume. This is really for the hardcore cosplayer especially at the price they want. Now I know that his name has always been Ganondorf but when I got my hands on the original LOZ back in 1986, I remember the instruction manual referring to him simply as Ganon. Ehhh no big deal…just something I happen to remember.


You Can’t Beat It: Battletoads

May 7, 2012 6:00 pm Published by 2 Comments

Welcome to another edition of “You Can’t Beat It”. Today I bring you Battletoads from saurusandbones, beautifully still sealed in its original packaging. Did anyone ever play through this game? Sure at first it looked like a knockoff of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but the game had its own ideas and was generally a lot of fun…til you got to the racing level. According to numerous sites on the web, there are 13 levels but I don’t believe that. I don’t believe there is a level after the racing level…outside of someone beating it on Youtube, I’ve never seen anyone pass it. Does the game have an ending? I truly believe it doesn’t.


Zelda For The CD-I Was A Good Idea Right?

May 7, 2012 3:07 pm Published by Comments Off on Zelda For The CD-I Was A Good Idea Right?

So Philips decides to get in the ring with a home console system and what better way to help the launch than to license the Legend of Zelda with not one but three games? They sure thought it was a good idea…the rest of the world, not so much. It’s pretty unanimous that ALL three Zelda games are some of the worst games ever made. I genuinely feel privileged that I have never played them but xanderdelarge is giving you the chance to own two of the three and allow you experience the misery and horror at home….it all depends on how deep your pockets are.


Sega Game Gear

May 2, 2012 8:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Sega Game Gear

Remember how stoked you were that Sega was releasing a handheld system that was not only in color but had amazing graphics? Remember how heavy that thing was? Remember how small that screen was? Remember how if you tilted just a little bit you couldn’t see the screen? What a bummer. That’s how I felt back then when I finally got my hands on it. made_to_sellout is unloading a Game Gear along with a Game Genie and 4 games. I wonder if I still feel the same…probably


Get The Power! Nintendo Power!

May 2, 2012 4:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Get The Power! Nintendo Power!

By 1987, Nintendo was THE biggest home console you could buy and to capitalize on their popularity, they started printing up the Nintendo Fun Club, a fan club that would give tips on games and also previews of upcoming games. The newsletter ran for 7 issues before switching over to a full fledged magazine in the form of Nintendo Power. If you had a subscription to the Nintendo Fun Club, you were automatically mailed a free issue of Nintendo Power. The cover featured the biggest and most hyped game of the era, Super Mario Bros. 2 and pew51 is offering you the chance to relive the golden days of the 8 Bit era with the premier issue. I haven’t seen this thing in years but I know I have it somewhere…I need to go digging for this thing.


Gears Of War Cosplay

May 2, 2012 1:07 pm Published by Comments Off on Gears Of War Cosplay

If any of you guys are down with Cosplay, fiveliterkid has a replica Retro Lancer from Gears of War up as a Buy it Now. I know very little about the actual culture of cosplay (minus Pixelninja who takes it to a whole new level) so I don’t know if there is much of a demand for this but it looks pretty cool.