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Sunday Roundup: 8/12/12

12 Aug

This might be a record, folks. I don’t think I’ve every purchased this many games in one week. Not only that, but several of these games are highlights. Some are special because they are near and dear to my heart, some are special because they are hard to find gems, and some still are special because I was able to score them for a ridiculously good price. And I bought some crappy games for good measure. Come on, you didn’t think I’d leave you with your mouth hanging open with every game I bought, did you?


Bust A Groove
PlayStation
Release Date: October 31st, 1998
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Indianapolis, IN – $30)

The first of a handful of rare PS1 games is Bust A Groove. I have little experience with this game: my only time ever playing it was at my middle school girlfriends house one day. Yeah, that’s right, I had a middle school girlfriend who played video games. Don’t be jealous… it wasn’t too great. But what was cool was playing this game at least. *sigh*

Bust A Groove 2
PlayStation
Release Date: March 31st, 1999
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Indianapolis, IN – $40)

You’d think that finding both Bust A Groove’s for under $70 would be the best find this week, but it’s actually not! Regardless, this game came out just five months after the first, and featured largely the same style of gameplay, with added characters, music, stages, and some tweaks to the mechanics. This one, though, I’ve never had the chance of playing. My old GF wasn’t that cool. Strangely, my current girlfriend HAS played this one and the first one. She’s light years ahead of anyone else.

ChoroQ
PlayStation 2
Release Date: November 17th, 2004
Purchased at: The Exchange (Indianapolis, IN – $5)

There are a few reasons I bought this one: It was only $5, it’s an Atlus game, I had never heard of it before, and it’s a racing/RPG hybrid (“Car-PG”, if you will). And damn, was it hard to find anything out about this series! I did some research and found that the ChoroQ series is a large one in Japan, but not so much in North America. This is the seventh game in the series released in America, but the first one to actually don the correct moniker: All other versions are called something else. Most notable to me is Penny Racers for the N64, which I remember renting way back in the day. Still though, I’m happy to have snagged this one up.

Croc 2
PlayStation
Release Date: June 30th, 1999
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Indianapolis, IN – $3)

Another example of a game I played first at a friends house, although this time not my old girlfriends. The first Croc reminded me a lot of Crash Bandicoot because they’re both 3D platformers. And both those games aren’t too bad. I ate up the chance to own Croc 2, namely because I like owning an entire game series, and also because the little Gobbos you save are so damn fluffy and cute!

Donkey Kong Land 2
Game Boy
Release Date: September 1st, 1996
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Indianapolis, IN – $3)
Here’s a story: I got this game because I thought, “Oh, Donkey Kong Land 2! I have the first one, so I should probably snag this one. And look, the third one is here too (See the next entry).” But I was wrong. I don’t have the first game, simply titled Donkey Kong Land. I have Donkey Kong Country for the Game Boy Color. Damn it!
Donkey Kong Land III
Game Boy
Release Date: October 1st, 1997
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Indianapolis, IN – $3)

And another thing. Why is it the second game (See above) has the numeral “2” in the title, but this one uses Roman Number “III”? Why did Rare think this was alright? What, were they like, “Kids won’t care, let’s just not be consistent!! Hahaha!” But I digress. It’s cool to have these two games because they are indirect ports of the original Super Nintendo versions, meaning they follow the same storyline but offer different levels and mechanics to take advantage of the limited power of the Game Boy.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: July 31st, 2012
Purchased at: GameStop (Michigan City, IN – $40)

The sole new game this week is Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS. I’ll be reviewing the game shortly. Actually, I’ve already reviewed it, and am just waiting on editing and approval before it’ll be live. Check back on the blog this week and the full review should be up. Here’s a teaser from the review: “Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance isn’t Kingdom Hearts 3, but it’s a very bright sign of what is to come.”

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Wii
Release Date: November 19th, 2006
Purchased at: Half Price Books (Indianapolis, IN – $10)

Holy crap, Twilight Princess for ten bucks! You know, this is the second time I’ve bought this game, the first time being around 2008 for the GameCube when it was on clearance of all things for $15. Considering that version is still in the package, I think I’ll just play this one when I get around to it.

Mega Man Legends
PlayStation
Release Date: August 31st, 1998
Purchased at: Half Price Books (Indianapolis, IN – $15)

I about pooped my pants when I saw this game behind the jewel case. Mega Man Legends, albeit the Greatest Hits version, for just fifteen dollars! And in great condition. It was an easy buy. Mega Man is easily my favorite video game character, and while I’ve already played and beaten this game on the Nintendo 64 (aptly named Mega Man 64), I still jump at the chance to own the rare PS1 version. Now, to find the crazy expensive Legends 2 and Misadventures of Tron Bonne.

Pac-Man Fever
GameCube
Release Date:
September 3rd, 2002
Purchased at: Half Price Books (Indianapolis, IN – $2)

Pac-Man Fever is a Mario Party clone featuring a handful of Namco characters. That’s really it. But still, I wanted it because it was only two dollars. And becasue you can play as Tiger Jackson from Tekken 3.

Road Rash
PlayStation
Release Date: 1991
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Indianapolis, IN – $2)

Classic! Road Rash was such a fun game, I couldn’t pass up the chance to own the big box PS1 version. I have fond memories growing up playing the third game on the Genesis as well. Those live action videos whenever you win, lose, or get busted are just great, even today. Oh, and the rock/metal soundtrack can get stuck in your head for days. And let’s not forget flying hundreds of feet of your motorcycle, landing in the street, getting run over by a car, getting back on your bike, and STILL winning the race.

Sneak King
Xbox 360
Release Date: November 19th, 2006
Purchased at: Half Price Books (Indianapolis, IN – $1)

Hahaha, ohh Burger King. They released this game and two others (PocketBike Racer and Big Bumpin’) in 2006 as a promotional event and they’ve been regarded as some of the lamest games around. Still though, any game featuring a big name fast food company has got to be worth something down the line. Right now though it’s only worth a dollar.

Snoopy Tennis
Game Boy Color
Release Date: April 6th, 2001
Purchased at: The Exchange (Indianapolis, IN – $1)

I’m gonna be completely honest with you: I will never play this game. The reason I bought it was that it was in perfect condition. And I kid you not, it is in PERFECT condition. There’s not a wear on the box, nothing is dented, and not a piece of paperwork is missing. The chances of finding ANY Game Boy game in this nice of condition nowadays is almost impossible. So for a dollar I’ll gladly add this to my collection.

Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro
PlayStation
Release Date: August 26th, 2001
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Indianapolis, IN – $5)

Interesting piece of trivia I found out about this one: There were actually two versions of the game released. The original version featured a final battle with Electro atop the World Trade Center towers. After the events of 9/11, which took place shortly after the game’s scheduled release, this location was removed. Or rather, any references to it being the WTC towers were removed. From what I can tell, there is no way to determine which version of the game you have unless you play to the end and see if the reference is there. There’s also some claiming the original version with the WTC was never released at retail, but others claim it was. Either way, I’m just excited to have this one, because I enjoyed the first game so much on the N64. Even with the blocky graphics.

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Wii
Release Date: May 23rd, 2010
Purchased at: Half Price Books (Indianapolis, IN – $10)

This might be a better find than Bust A Groove and Mega Man Legends. Super Mario Galaxy 2 for a mere ten dollar! Holy crap, that’s an amazing deal. To prove to you how awesome this is, after I bought the game from Half Price Books, I went to Disc Replay and saw the game there for $35! I thought about just selling it right back and making a profit. But then I thought about how well regarded this game is, and decided I needed to keep it. It’s not every day a game, even an Mario game, can garner mountains of perfect scores.

Super Monkey Ball Jr.
Game Boy Advance
Release Date: November 19th, 2002
Purchased at: Half Price Books (Indianapolis, IN – $3)

Remember what I was saying about Snoopy Tennis and how you just never find a Game Boy game in a case that nice? Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. A game released over a year later, in a banged up box. Still though, I’ve said it many times before in my Sunday Roundups, finding a game complete in box that is so old is rare in and of itself.

Torneko: The Last Hope
PlayStation
Release Date: November 15th, 2000
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Indianapolis, IN – $5)
I’m taking a risk on this one. Yeah, I know, it’s not in the case, but the real problem is that there’s a scratch on the disc that couldn’t get buffed out because the store’s disc buffer was broken. Hopefully this one holds up, because Torneko is a game you don’t see in the wild all to often. It’s part of they Mystery Dungeon series of games, which revolve around exploring randomly generated dungeons and not dying. Sounds like fun, yeah?

Laters,
Jsick

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5 responses to “Sunday Roundup: 8/12/12

  1. Paul

    08/12/2012 at 2:01 pm

    So jealous of your Mega Man Legends purchase! That’s an upcoming “game I regret trading in” post for sure. Only makes me more sad to see the 3DS version cancelled prematurely.

     
    • jsicktheslick

      08/15/2012 at 12:08 am

      I’d easily buy a Mega Man Legends III. Heck, I’d buy a game starring a Servbot!

       
  2. Eric

    08/13/2012 at 7:24 pm

    Wow, that’s quite the haul. The first Croc game was one of the first PS1 titles I ever owned. I remember it being pretty bad, though. I think the sequel was a bit better.

     
    • jsicktheslick

      08/15/2012 at 12:09 am

      I have some nice memories of the game too. Really just the first level or two though. I think I liked it because it looked cool, and it was a crocodile. I guess my childhood mind thought it couldn’t get any better than that.

       

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