Yes, very nice. All three of these new additions are complete and in Excellent condition.
First up is Art of Fighting. This is a very good fighting game. And even though the case cover is simple I think it looks gorgeous. Very polished, stylized and crisp. And did you notice? The cartridge label is sporting different artwork than the case. It’s such a small detail but I really love it. It feel like they put just a little bit more effort into the game when I see this.
Art of Fighting
I’ve heard good things Toe Jam & Earl but I still haven’t tried it out myself. As crazy as it sounds, sometimes knowing a game is good is enough for now. The queue of games to try is so long it’s really very hard to get to them all. At some point I would love to sit down with this game and see what it’s all about. However, from the video clip I am a bit skeptical.
Toe Jam & Earl
Look, I know. You don’t have to say it. In addition to awesome retro game I also buy garbage games too. Chibi Maruko Chan is in great shape, complete and in Excellent condition… and no one will ever see it tucked away somewhere in the back row of my shelf. The video below doesn’t even really show off the game. It’s just the intro. Don’t click play. *You’ve been warned.
Chibi Maruko Chan
Art of Fighting – $18.00
Toe Jam & Earl- $10.00
Chibi Maruko Chan – $5.00
Plus $12.00 shipping for all four puts me at $15.00 per game. Which is pretty good… even if one is all shame.
And don’t forget the Pier Solar HD Kickstarter campaign is still running. There is still time to get this excellent RPG 🙂
Here’s the good news. All three new additions are complete and in Excellent condition. Love it 🙂
Fatal Fury 2 is a good solid fighting game. The graphics are very nice even when compared to the arcade version. Street Fighter II was the only fighting game that held my attention back in the day but I’m still really pleased to score Fatal Fury 2 for the collection. It’s a quality game and it has some really excellent cover art work.
Fatal Fury 2
Quack Shot is also a very good game. Although still unique on it’s own it does remind me of Mickey Mouse’s World of Illusion. I do like World of Illusion better but Quack Shot is still well done. The art work is also good even though it is a bit too cute for my liking. I’d prefer it if everyone thought of the Sega Dude’s collection as bad-ass! OK?
Gambler Jiko Chushinha Katayama Masayuki Mahjong Dojo. I don’t have much to say about this one except it must have the longest title of any Mega Drive game ever. Maybe of any video game ever? And as a non Japanese speaking person I can also say it really sucks. Maybe it’s good if you know the language, but I don’t think so. It seems to be almost all text. Maybe it’s about gambling at mahjong?
OK, there one thing it has going for it. I’ve always liked it when a game uses different art on the cartridge compared to what it uses for the cover. Too bad the art isn’t very interesting.
This game is here to do its part and fill the back rows of my collection. It might never be seen again.
I’ve just noticed that not having much to say about a game is a lot more than what I have to say about the games I do like…
Gambler Jiko Chushinha Katayama Masayuki Mahjong Dojo
Fatal Fury 2 – $17.00
Quack Shot- $12.00
Gambler Jiko Chushinha Katayama masayuki Mahjong Dojo – $3.00
Plus $10.80 for shipping for all three. Which is close to $14 per game… and only one of them is rubbish.
Today I have some nice additions to the collection. All three are complete and in excellent condition.
The first is Magical Taruruuto Kun. It’s a cute game and despite not taking itself very seriously it is really well crafted. Nice large sprites, excellent graphics, a fun platformer and it’s not expensive.
Aladdin is also a good platformer. I often worry about franchise games being rushed and developers hoping for sales based on the strength of the name alone. But Aladdin for the Genesis is a good game.
Mega Panel isn’t the most amazing puzzle game and even with it’s very simple game mechanics it still fun and worth the price.
Magical Taruruuto Kun
Magical Taruruuto Kun – $10.00
Aladdin – $8.00
Mega Panel – $8.00
Plus $10.80 for shipping for all three. Which is just over $12 per game all in.
Here are two new additions for the collection. Both are for the Japanese Mega Drive.
Osomatsu-kun – Hachamecha Gekijō is crazy. It’s a fun addition to the collection because it’s not very language dependent and it’s so bizarre. The graphics are nice but as a platformer it’s just OK. It actually reminded me of Kato & Ken for the TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine. Although it’s not that weird.
Osomatsu-kun – Hachamecha Gekijō
I didn’t notice right away but the cart has some damage. A small portion of it has a white mark as if that area had been rubbed away. I would have said it was in Excellent condition but instead I’ll say it’s in Very Good condition.
Virtua Racing I got because I was curious about the only Mega Drive game that has a special processor(chip) built onto the cart to help render the graphics. This additional chip is why Virtua Racing can’t be emulated.
But like most games that were once amazing mostly because of their graphics Virtua Racing isn’t all that exciting anymore. What I did notice is that Virtua Racing does appear to be pretty smooth which I imagine would have been pretty impressive back in the day.
Everything is in great shape except there is a little bit of damage along the top edge of the front cover. Just like Osomatsu-kun – Hachamecha Gekijō I’m going give Virtua Racing a rating of Very Good instead of Excellent because of its small blemish.
Osomatsu-kun – Hachamecha Gekijō – $5.00
Virtua Racing – $5.00
Plus about $10.00 for shipping.
I’ve never purchased a video game sound track before but I did not hesitate when it came to the Pier Solar Original Sound track (OST).
About a year ago when I discovered that an entirely new game had been created for the Mega Drive/Genesis on December 24, 2008 I was completly shocked and excited. I was too late to buy Pier Solar directly from the WaterMelon Team but I worked hard (a.k.a. threw $100 at the problem) and bought my postarity edition of Pier Solar on ebay.
Had this game came out when the Genesis was current it would have been one of it’s tripple A titles. It’s that good. And when the WaterMelon Team released the less pretty reprint editin I bought the game again. It’s that good 🙂
Even now the Pier Solar hype has not died down for me. So much so that I wanted the OST to compliment my Peir Solor collection.
See how pretty it looks and sounds:
Pier Solar OST
Pier Solar Collection Front
Pier Solar Collection Back
The Pier Solar OST is still available for sale from the WaterMelon Team and for anyone who has only the reprint edition of Pier Solar this OST will have extra value for you. It includes the enhanced sound track which when used in the Sega CD and in conjunction with the cart augments the games sound and music. I’ve read that this feature is a first for a Genesis/Mega Drive cartridge.
Yes, you can download the enhanced sound track and burn it to CD yourself but I’m really enjoying this very nicely polished version.
Here are a few additional details about the Pier Solar OST:
The Definitive Original Soundtrack – everything a fan could dream of! In a stunning packaging with four BUNG-FULL discs, that can be played in any CD player, computer or even your Mega-CD/Sega CD.
Discs 1 & 2 contain the game’s original Mega-CD/Sega CD tracks.
Disc 3 contains remixes by famous artists, rare unused tracks & alternates.
Disc 4 is our famous Enhanced Soundtrack Disc, the Mega-CD/Sega CD disc to be played with any Pier Solar cartridge!
Also included is the full FM soundtrack in .VGM digital format, for your computer or smartphone.
I find it’s rare to get a chance to buy specific components for a particular game at a price that’s worth while. I remember trying to upgrade the condition of my Genesis Phantasy Star 2 and I ended up spending a lot more money than expected and still not being really satisfied until I finally just bought a whole new copy that was entirely in good shape.
Phantasy Star Upgrade 1
Phantasy Star Upgrade 2
When I saw an ebay post for a sleeve cover for Wonder Boy In Monster World I was interested but not enough to jump on it. It had a starting bid of $10 plus $2 for shipping. It was an ok price but some whole games sell for that. I watched long enough to see the seller list it twice. During the second listing I emailed an offer of $10 including shipping. He waited until the current listed ended without a sale and then took my offer.
Really I was being pretty stingy over the extra $2 but I’ve never felt like I’ve come out ahead when trying to upgrade. I need a little extra something.
When the sleeve arrive I was happy to find it was in excellent shape. Much better than my previous one which had a bad spot on the top of the spine. As you can see circled in red on the first image below. This area use to be mostly white until I colored it black… but it was still pretty visible.
Old Damaged Sleeve
New Excellent Sleeve
My Upgraded Wonder Boy in Monster World
I’m really not very sure any more but I think I spent about $20 on my Wonder Boy plus the $10 upgrade. So it’s now a $30 game and I think I could find it whole and in good shape for that price. So was it worth while? I’m still on the fence about upgrading 🙂 But I guess it’s ok.
Because the manual is a bit too wrinkly I’m going to say this Wonder Boy in Monster World is in very good condition instead of excellent.
The game itself is awesome. One of the better Genesis titles. Great graphics, fun action, RPG elements such as upgrading your gear and a save feature for your progress. An excellent Wonder Boy installment and an excellent Genesis game.