OK, a few more Sega Master System games for TheSegaDude’s Collection 🙂 These three additions are an exciting haul for me. All of them have very good covers for Sega Master System games and they are also pretty good games.
First up is Fire & Forget II. I feel it’s the least exciting of these three but still an OK game. It looks like a mash up between Spy Hunter and Space Harrier which I thought was kind of neat. But I do find that 8bit games of this style don’t usually age very well. This copy of Fire & Forget II is in Excellent condition.
Fire and Forget II
I am really impressed with Streets of Rage for the Sega Master System. Yes, the graphics are not as good as the Genesis version but it is still really well done. It’s only single player vs. two player but you can still chose one of three characters to play and it has eight stages. This is a very impressive SMS game and this copy is in Excellent condition.
Streets of Rage
Alien Storm is also really well done on the Master System. Again not as good as the Genesis version but it’s still a really worth while addition. The only really issue is the SMS version has only four stages compared to eight on the Genesis. This Alien Storm is in Excellent condition.
Fire & Forget II – $17.00
Streets of Rage – $12.00
Alien Storm – $9.00
Plus $13 for shipping for all three. Setting me back $17 per game.
Battletoads is surprisingly good. I wasn’t expecting much from this game but I’ve always been a fan of the isometric view beat’em ups. They are usually fun games. Because Battletoad is similar in mechanics to games like Golden Axe and Streets of Rage it sometimes feeling a little silly with all it’s animal characters. It doesn’t pull it off the cute charm as well as something like Starfox does but I am nitpicking. This is a good solid game. Even though this copy is in Excellent condition it is expensive. If you can get your hands on it for $20 plus shipping it’s an easy call but to pay more you need to enjoy the collecting as much as playing the games.
After Burner II is one of those games that rocked your world if you were around when it was new. It was all about the graphics and fast, smooth, intense action. I remember loving the complete 360 rolls and getting missile lock on a rows of enemy fighters and firing off those kick-butt heat seeking rockets. These days games like After Burner II, Space Harrier, Galaxy Force, Outrun, etc are just for those of us who remember and enjoyed these games when they were cutting edge. The game is still OK but I don’t think it’s going to impress anyone anymore. But regardless, I am very happy to have this Very Good condition copy in my collection.
After Burner II
Sangokushi II is yet another Japanese language dependent game that I will never be able to play. But it’s in Very Good condition and it was also very cheap. Welcome to TheSegaCollection Sangokushi II 🙂
Battletoads – $48.00
After Burner II – $7.00
Sangokushi II- $5.00
Plus about $4 in shipping for all. So that’s just over $21 per game.
*Shipping isn’t that cheap for 3 games. They came with a few more games that I’ll post later. $4 is just the per game cost.
Devil Hunter Yohko is a game I’ve wanted to for long time. It always stuck me as a cool platformer just from what little I had seen of it. Because it was also a bit expensive and hard to find I couldn’t help but get more curious about it. When I came across it recently the price was the best I’d seen over the past few years and I went for it.
Since I enjoy collecting these games as much as playing them it was a nice plus for me to see that the cover, manual and cartridge all have different artwork. It makes a game feel like a little extra effort was put into it. I believe the game is based on a Japanese Anime series so it could be they had a lot of artwork ready to go.
So far I have only played it just briefly and my first impression is that it’s not great but good. The graphics don’t stand out but they do the job. Personally I don’t like the level one music but the tunes do get a lot better in later stages.
In the image below the games condition looks excellent but because of a very fine line of wear on the bottom right of the cover and and crease along the top of the cartridge label I’m going to give this one a rating of Good instead of Very Good.
I would recommend this game to any retro gamer if it wasn’t so expensive.
Devil Hunter Yohko
Devil Hunter Yohko – $50 including shipping.
It’s been so long since I’ve added a Sega Master System game to the collection I decided to hunt one down. I’ve actually been looking for a long time and it’s been difficult. I have so many Master System games that it’s been hard to find one that I’d want to add to the collection.
Did I want to add Running Battle to the collection? Not really. Not after playing it but it does have a few things going for it.
First, it’s complete and in Excellent condition. Second, it’s an action game (beat’em up/shooter). It even has a cool little back story but… Despite having reasonably good 8bit graphics it falls short on some key things. It looks isometric like Double Dragon or Golden Axe but it’s actually only 2D; there is only left and right and jump. And it has poor hit detection. Shooting an enemy with a gun is easy, no problem. But for a lot of the game you fight hand to hand and it’s really hard to hit someone and not get hit back. It feels inevitable that you’re going to lose some health anytime you try to duke it out. Often it’s safer and easier to just jump over an enemy and let him run away. However, I will admit that the player in the video below is playing better than I did.
Running Battle – $20 plus $4 shipping
Well, I’m sure of it now. It’s definitely getting harder to find complete, good condition Genesis games for a low price. This is in comparison to my Japanese Mega Drive shopping experiences. I’m guessing that on average us North American’s have been a lot harder on our Genesis games than our Japanese counter parts. Or maybe Japan had received a lot more copies of games?
I’ve also noticed a difference in how items from Japan are packaged better and extra consideration is noticeable for little things like easily removable stickers and items being very clean. I do believe that for the most part the Japanese take better care of their stuff.
Below is Dino Land for the Sega Genesis. It’s from a US seller and despite my impressions above it is in very good condition. Ever since I discovered Devil’s Crush for the Turbo Grafx-16 back in the day I’ve always looked forward to other pinball video games. Dino Land is definitely not as good as Devil’s Crush but it is OK.
Next up is Dynamite Duke for the Genesis. Despite having an interesting concept for boss encounters (which is melee combat in a shooter) Dynamite Duke is also just OK. My first experience with this joystick controlled cross-hair mechanic was with Global Defense for the Sega Master System and it did a very good job at putting me off this style. But the control for Dynamite Duke is fluid and easy to use and the game can be entertaining. This copy for the collection is in Excellent condition.
Dino Land – $17 plus $4 shipping
Dynamite Duke – $15 plus $5 shipping
I find it interesting that Dino Land shipped from a US seller and Dynamite Duke shipped from a Japanese seller and the price and shipping for these games is almost identical.
In the image below we have the Mega Drive cover art for Dynamite Duke and on right the Genesis version. What happened here?
In the Mega Drive version we have the hero of the game looking like a butt-kicking cybernetic Ivan Drago. In the Genesis version Sega decided to feature what looks like a nobody minion. It looks like Sega was short on time and just used a screen grab from some Chuck Norris movie.
Dynamite Duke Mega Drive vs Genesis
Did you know? When Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone he had already missed three calls from Chuck Norris.
I’ve wanted Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water for a while now. Can’t say why. It’s just a JRPG that I cannot play. The RPG was my favorite genre back in the day and I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. Not only does this title looks like it might be a good one it also has interesting artwork and it’s complete and in Excellent condition. I’m guessing it was a cartoon back in Japan.
Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water
I never knew of Dynamite Headdy back when it was new but since then I’ve often heard that it’s a very good platformer. I don’t particularly like the cover art. It’s a bit busy and plain at the same time. But the game itself does look like it could be good. The graphics are impressive for color, details and the amount of stuff these developers managed to get on the screen all at once. And I also like how the first level looks like a stage set. It seems to have a lot going for it including being complete and in Excellent condition.
Rolo To The Rescue is another decent looking platformer. But… I hate pink. Nothing against the color but on old games like this my first thought is that the game has suffered some sun fading. Pink stresses me out. But fortunately in this case the pink is actually pink. And even though this is an EA title with their yellow tab cart and a fat case it is complete and in Excellent condition. I say this even though there is a sticker on the outside of the case. I can’t read it but it does look like it might be an original retail label from when it was new. Not something from the store it was sold in but from EA. If that is the case I’m OK with the label being there. Can anyone read it for me? 🙂
So for better or for worse, chalk up another cute video game for the collection.
Rolo To The Rescue
Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water – $25
Dynamite Headdy- $24.00
Rolo To The Rescue- $23.00
Plus $22 for shipping for all three. Which is close to $31 per game. I don’t know what happened here… These games are not so exciting as to merit this price. For the life of me I can’t remember why I decided to go ahead with this. But what’s done is done.
And don’t forget the Pier Solar HD Kickstarter campaign is still running and it’s now fully funded! There is still time to get this excellent RPG 🙂