At last! This is some good closure for me 🙂
Since about 2001 I’ve had a mint copy of Kuhga (Vapor Trail) case and manual… but no game! I bought it from a local store for $5 knowing (hoping), that one day I will find the cart and complete this little gem. I didn’t know it would take me 12 years but the day has come.
This game is expensive. For a long time I have seen it on ebay for about $50 or more complete. I never want to spend that much on Genesis or Mega Drive games (although on occasion I have) specially when I was already sooo close to a complete copy. And I never ever saw just the cart online. I felt stuck, until recently when I found a lone cart for sale. So even though it cost me $28 after shipping I bought it. Bringing my Kuhga Operation Code Vapor Trail total cost to $33. Not a super deal but I felt good to finally complete this bugger.
The cart isn’t mint, there are some scuffs on the plastic and one nick on the top of the label but it’s good and the rest is perfect. So I’m happy to say the whole unit is in Excellent Condition.
Kuhga Gameplay by the SegaDude
The best part is that Vapor Trail is a really good game. It must have been 10 years since I played it last and I found that it’s still as fun now as it was then. This one has really stood the test of time. The graphics aren’t amazing but they are good and there is a lot of variety. The stages have layers and depth and they look very different from one to the next. Even on a single stage you’ll find a lot of environmental changes. As well, you have three fighter jets to choice from and you can even change to a different one from the continue screen. The weapons and power-ups are nicely varied and the same is true for the enemies and bosses.
And on top of it all it’s a two player game as well. And it really does shine when playing with a friend. Tons of fun.
Vapor Trail is not hard but the challenge is enough to keep you fully engaged.
I also have the Genesis version of Vapor Trail and it cost me $15 at a flea market (purchased about 1 year ago). The game is identical but as usual the Mega Drive versions art work is much nicer.
In the clip above I was playing it on Easy and it was a bit easy. I felt like a was plowing through the levels. So for my Genesis version Gameplay video below I set the difficulty to Hard (There are only two settings) to compare the difference. At first the difficultly felt about the same. Then slowly I realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere! But the Hard setting does feel like the right choice to get the best experience and value from this game. Even though I was getting smoked I was still enjoying it.
Vapor Trail Gameplay by the SegaDude
This game gets a SegaDude Nod of Approval. If you like top down shooter add this one to your retro collection.
I have a loose target of spending $20 per game including shipping, so it should have been obvious that I would have busted up my target price when putting in an ebay ‘best offer’ price of $20 for a game that listed $8 for shipping… but how was I suspose to know that the seller would accept a $20 offer on a game that listed for $35?!
Sometimes I bid on games that I know I just wont win.. but this time I did win. I tried to find another game or two that I might want from the seller in an effort to get the cost per game down but there was nothing else worth while. And that is why my Thunder Fox cost me $28. Even though it’s not a great game I do like the genre and it’s complete and in Excellent Condition.
It reminds me a little bit of Last Battle.
Thunder Fox Gameplay
I once bid up to $160.00 on a copy of Eliminate Down knowing full well that I would not win that auction. And I didn’t win but I wanted to be a part of that very elusive title if only in a very small way 🙂
I think it went for over $600 by the end. I don’t much like people with lots and lots of money…
Ultraman cost $19 including shipping and it’s complete and in Excellent Condition. It’s not a great game but I really like the lame cover art and Ultraman is cool all on his own. This is a fun addition to the collection.
I played Ultraman for a while and I cannot figure out how to beat the first stage. Once you’ve beaten the monster Bemular down to zero health his meter states “finish”… and I could not figure out the correct move/attack. Even thought the person playing in the video clip had no trouble at all.
I even searched the Internet and I could not find the answer! Anyone know how?
Not too long ago a very close friend of mine got married (to an awesome woman) and he asked me to be his best man. As if the honor alone was not enough he later told me he wanted to thank me for a fun stag night.
He knows me well so he came up with the idea of getting me a retro video game. He told me to find a game for $100 and he’d pay for it. Normally I avoid paying $100 or more for a video game (I’ve done this twice) because I don’t want to get comfortable with the practice and I really don’t think they’re worth that much.
My buddy liked the idea that he’d be able to get me something that I would love and would normally not get for myself.
I spent a lot of time hunting around on ebay and I found a game that I know always goes for at least $100 or more.
I found a mint copy of Battle Mania which ended up costing $110 USD after shipping.
This game is everything you can hope for in a Japanese title. It has very good and unique art work, it’s a good game and there is no language barrier.
In reality there is a Stripper out there somewhere who earned a copy of Battle Mania but I am happy that I’m the one who got the credit for it 😀
Battle Mania Gameplay
I actually have the Genesis version for Battle Mania which is called Trouble Shooter. I think it’s pretty rare too. Because I do love collecting for both the Genesis and the Japanese Mega Drive I really love having both of these. Specially considering how different the artwork is. And as usual the Mega Drive artwork is much better. Mostly because the Heroines don’t look like 80’s aerobic instructors.
Trouble Shooter Gameplay
Did anyone notice that in the Japanese Mega Drive version a Super Famicom got totally stomped during the Sega Logo scene? 😀
The only real problem is that I now know there is a Battle Mania 2 and it usually sells for $200 or more! It’s tough business being a collector…
Here is my my excellent Battle Mania in the Collection!
What could be more Japanese than a Sumo Wrestling video game? This is a fun looking 2D fighter with pretty good 16-bit graphics.
Maybe this is where E. Honda was recruited from? 🙂
This game is in excellent shape and I think a very cool addition to the collection.
Surging Aura is yet another very cool looking JRPG that I cannot play because it’s in Japanese. Even though the graphics aren’t quite as good Surging Aura looks very similar to Phantasy Star; which make this all the more troubling.
The narrator of the clip below translates most of the text as he plays and it’s cool to get a taste of what’s going on.
I’ve read that several translations have been started but I don’t think any were ever finished. With any luck it will happen someday.
Until then this is still a great looking game for the collection. It’s in excellent condition and even came with a small Surging Aura pin.
Exile is an interesting mix between top down RPG (like Surging Aura) and a side scrolling platformer. And there is a Genesis version. So I’ll be able to play this one!.. once I get the English version.
Exile (Toki no Hazama)
Exile is one of rare Genesis titles which I feel has better cover art than the Japanese Mega Drive version.
Raiden Densetsu is good top-down shooter. Not great but good. It doesn’t do much to stand out but it also doesn’t really screw anything up either. If this style of game is your thing then this would be a good title to pick-up. This one is in Very Good condition and I really do like the cover artwork.
XDR X-DAZEDLY-RAY is no Thunder Force. I have scored myself another mediocre shooter. But just like Raiden Densetsu it’s cover art is nice and this one is in Excellent condition. There were so many shooter for the Genesis that these kinds of games really can’t help but embody the feeling of this retro era. It feels good to add these two titles to the collection.
Jantei Story Jyantei Monogatari. I look for new game so often that I have really become familiar with what’s out there. When I saw this one I had no idea what is was. I was hoping it might be some Sailor Moon-ish beat’em up or maybe something like Valis. But despite the fact that deep down inside I knew this was just another mahjong game I bought it anyways. And I was right (I think). I’m pretty sure it is a mahjong game. It might be some kind of dating mahjong game. Anyways, it’s in Excellent condition and is now hidden somewhere deep in the collection 🙂