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Tao’s Adventure is a Portal to When Designers Didn’t Know How to Make DS Games

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You take some risk when playing games from nearly a decade ago. In that span of time many developers and game designers have time to hone their craft and really get a grip on what a system or console can do. The Nintendo DS is a perfect example of this, because not only was it a more powerful version of Nintendo’s handheld line, it also introduced a second touch screen to play around with. Early games on the DS used that second screen as an inventory management screen, a place to show the map, or a different way to control the game. Perhaps we’re all spoiled now in 2015 after 10 years of successful games on the system, because going back to Tao’s Adventure on the DS just reminds me how far we’ve come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 10/12/2015 in Nintendo DS

 

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So Many Arcades, So Little Time

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This blog has been relatively quite as of late, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been holding back on anything! Over the past month, we visited a trio of arcades, some better than others, and I’ve been playing plenty of new games, even some time with Far Cry 4 on the PS4! But this post is all about arcades! There were just too many awesome games and great artwork to pass up. I wanted to share with you some of the coolest shots, and some of my favorite arcade games!

And don’t forget, if you want more arcade action, be sure to follow my tumblr blog aworldofgames.tumblr.com to get even more arcade game, tokens, tickets, and information!

The “Game Room” Arcade at San Jose’s Fanime Con 2015

Dance Dance Revolution Cabinet

Dance Dance Revolution

Punch Mania Cabinet

Punch Mania This game was pretty awesome! Punch the moving targets as fast as you can!

ParaPara Paradise 2nd Mix 1

ParaPara Paradise 2nd Mix

House of the Dead 2 Cabinet

The House of the Dead 2 Cabinet

House of the Dead 2 Marquee

The House of the Dead 2 Marquee

House of the Dead 2 Cabinet Art

The House of the Dead 2 Cabinet Art

Dave & Buster’s, Milpitas, CA

Star Wars Battle Pod Cabinet

Star Wars Battle Pod Cabinet

Star Wars Battle Pod Gameplay - Inside view

Star Wars Battle Pod Gameplay – Inside view

Kung Fu Panda: Dojo Mojo Controller - Very similar to Punch Mania

Kung Fu Panda: Dojo Mojo Controller – Very similar to Punch Mania

Let's Go Jungle Cabinet

Let’s Go Jungle Cabinet

Tank! Tank! Tank! Cabinet - A much better arcade game than Wii U game

Tank! Tank! Tank! Cabinet – A much better arcade game than Wii U game

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arcades

Burger Time Cabinet Art

Burger Time Cabinet Art

Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara Characters

Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara Characters

Jurassic Park Arcade Cabinet

Jurassic Park Arcade Cabinet

Justice League Heroes United - A game I've never seen before! Too bad it was awful!

Justice League Heroes United – A game I’ve never seen before! Too bad it was awful!

Lethal Enforcers II Cabinet Art

Lethal Enforcers II Cabinet Art

Marvel Super Heroes Controller Overlay Art

Marvel Super Heroes Controller Overlay Art

Off Road Cabinet Art

Off Road Cabinet Art

Panic Museum Marquee Art

Panic Museum Marquee Art  –  With Stephen Colbert as a playable character?

Percussion Master Cabinet

Percussion Master Cabinet

Star Wars Arcade Cabinet Art

Star Wars Arcade Cabinet Art

Star Wars Racer Arcade Cabinet

Star Wars Racer Arcade Cabinet

Star Wars Trilogy Arcade Cabinet Art

Star Wars Trilogy Arcade Cabinet Art

Super Monkey Ball Ticket Blitz Cabinet

Super Monkey Ball Ticket Blitz Cabinet

Terminator 2 Cabinet Art

Terminator 2 Cabinet Art

The Simpsons Arcade Cabinet Art

The Simpsons Arcade Cabinet Art

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Arcade Cabinet

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Arcade Cabinet

Virtua Fighter 2 Controller Overlay and Art

Virtua Fighter 2 Controller Overlay and Art

X-Men Arcade Cabinet Art

X-Men Arcade Cabinet Art

 
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Posted by on 07/13/2015 in Randomness

 

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Top Ten Dream E3 2015 Predictions

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It’s that time of year again. E3 is this week, and with it will come the best and most exciting video game announcements, trailers, demos, and releases for the upcoming year. Many companies benchmark their entire remainder of the year on this show, making or breaking 2015 before it even finishes. Rampant speculation fuels the show year in and year out, and this year is no exception: a few days out of the show and there have already been announcements and rumors flying. But if I could have things 100% my way, we’d be gearing up to hear the following ten announcements at E3 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Free Play: Tornado Outbreak

After finding the game for just a dollar, I decided to give it a spin.

If more games were this cheap and this good, I don’t think I’d ever leave the house!

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/10/2015 in Wii

 

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Top Ten Favorite Dance Dance Revolution Songs

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Though its popularity has waned in recent years, Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution franchise has seen numerous entries on literally every platform on the market. It also seemingly single handedly saved arcades from total annilhilation: or at least it staved off their downfall for a few more years. For myself, DDR was a way of life in high school. A group of my friends and I would play every day (no exaggeration there, we’d literally play every day), oftentimes directly after a swim practice or other school event. We even had a small rivalry going with another group of DDR-players at the arcades and in school! While I deemed myself good at the game, I was never anywhere near a competitive level, with even my friends topping me at every corner. Regardless, Dance Dance Revolution made up a large part of my gaming years. I’ve been thinking about the game recently, after picking up a random game in the series, and that got me thinking about my all-time favorite songs from the series. Now, I’ve written a lot of articles on this blog about top tens and whatnot, but nothing has been as challenging to narrow down to just ten than this list! It was tough, but I managed to whittle down all the songs I’ve danced to to just ten, and here they are, my top ten favorite DDR songs! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Sunday Roundup: 1/26/14

DDR Hottest Party 2 CoverDance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2
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Release Date: September 16th, 2008
Purchased at: Goodwill (Sunnyvale, CA – $4)

Just a random stop in Goodwill this week and I happened across a fine looking Wii game. Though at this point the series is still well out of it’s prime, Hottest Party 2 in as great a condition as I found it and for that price is just too good to pass up. Apparently the reviews for this one (and the entire Hottest Party series in general) have been mostly favorable, complimenting the game’s selection of musical tracks. I’m actually curious to see how this plays without a dance pad but with the Wii’s motion controls. Who knows…

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 01/26/2014 in Collecting, Wii

 

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Video Review: Silent Scope

Silent Scope is a memorable, unique arcade shooter.

Not so much on the consoles. Here is my newest video review

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/21/2013 in Playstation 2

 

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Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate

Castlevania Mirror of Fate CoverThe Castlevania series has enjoyed years of success on handheld systems. The previous three games in the series on the DS were arguably some of the best in the entire series. However, a reboot of the franchise occurred on the consoles in 2010 with the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The new game retained the gothic setting and whip-based action, but replaced much of the mythos with a fresh take on the story and took a more hack-n-slash, God of War-like approach. While this may have reinvigorated the franchise on the consoles, it has absolutely no place on the handhelds. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate is a victim of itself, trying to blend the new style of Lords of Shadow with the “Metroidvania” gameplay the DS and GBA games have perfected, but instead falls short in almost every category. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/14/2013 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Free Play – Pop’n Music (Wii)

Pop'n Music CoverMy excitement was high when I saw this game sitting on the shelf. I thought to myself, “No way! Pop’n Music for only $4! And on the Wii, eh? That just might be able to work.”

Why I thought so highly of the Wii and its controls I do not know, because Pop’n Music this is not. Konami, why did you do this to me? Why didn’t you just release a true version of Pop’n Music here in the United States, with an official 9-Button controller and the actual gameplay the series is known for? I would have greatly played and praised that game, but instead I have this musical tragedy.

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Posted by on 12/18/2012 in Wii

 

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Modern Classics: DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution

Once you feel the groove it’s hard to stop. As is the case with my recent reintroduction to the Dance Dance Revolution series. My previous Modern Classics entry was on the first PS2 DDR game, DDRMAX. The newest entry is none other than the sequel DDRMAX2. With more music, more step patterns, more modes, and more ways to get your groove on, MAX2 is one of the greatest games in the entire series. Too bad then that it was the last game that got it all right.

 

 

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Posted by on 09/04/2012 in Playstation 2

 

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