So I busted through my regular price target for this one. I couldn’t resist the condition of this title. The sellers pictures were pretty detailed and it looked so perfect. When I finally got it in my hands I was very happy to see that is was in Excellent Condition. I also really like the cover artwork. And who doesn’t love Superman?!
Superman Gameplay by the SegaDude
The game itself is OK. It feels similar to Sunsoft’s Batman but it’s not as good. Everything falls short by comparison. The graphics are pretty close in quality but not quite, the action isn’t as solid or as fun and the music really gets clobbered by the Batman sound track. Compare the two and let me know what you think.
It could be that I just haven’t spent enough time with Superman yet. Back in the day I played the heck out of Batman and I could beat it pretty easily. It took me a bunch of tries just to past level 1 in Superman and I do look forward to giving it a more proper session sometime.
Regardless, it’s a great find even though it cost me $27 including shipping.
I already had Sunsoft’s Batman and I decided to take a picture of it too. I didn’t realize that I don’t have the manual for this one 😦
Batman Gameplay by the SegaDude
I also have the Japanese Mega Drive Batman. My original copy had the awesome chunky Sunsoft cartridge (Note: All Japanese carts only fit in a Japanese Mega Drives unless you mode your Genesis). But my more recent version is the typical Japanese Mega Drive cart. At first I thought it might be a knock-off but someone told me there were many localized version of games for Asian markets (like Hong Kong) that were in English and came in the standard cartridge case. And my Japanese/Asia Batman does apear to be in English in game while all the packaging and manual is in Japanese.
Batman Gameplay by the SegaDude
I’m stilling keeping an eye out for the Sunsoft chunky cart version. I just need the cart alone and I’m hoping it will show up someday for a nice price.
*And I’m also looking for a cart for the Japanese Mega Drive Vapor Trail. I have a mint copy!… minus the cart. 😦
Update: Found a Japanese Vapor Trail Cart for $28.
While I’m talking about Batman I’d like to give it a SegaDude Nod of Approval. It’s a really excellent game. If you enjoy platfomers you really should get Sunsoft’s Batman.
A little while back a fellow collector, Roger, gave me a heads-up on a few Sega Mega Drive games by Sunsoft. When he told me there were a total of seven Sunsoft games that came in mini cases I got inspired to collect them all.
Some times it’s fun to have small side goal for a collection and this felt like a good candidate. I immediately went looking for the three I was missing. One was inexpensive and the two… not so much.
Below is my latest addition and my fifth Sunsoft mini case game; Tel Tel Stadium. The game is complete and in excellent condition. The video clip is pretty much just the introduction and shows off very little of the game. Looks like it might have been good baseball game for its era.
Tel Tel Stadium
Tel Tel Stadium cost $12.60 with shipping (it arrived with a few other games). Actually it cost more. It arrived damaged and Hit-Japan was more than willing to replace it but the additional cost of returning and sending another copy put this Tel Tel Stadium at about $24 all in. I should have just bought another copy. I wasn’t thinking.
While I’m talking about Hit-Japan I have to say they are great. Hit-Japan is my favorite ebay seller for Japanese Mega Drive games.
At the same time Roger set out to complete his set of Sunsoft mini case Mega Drive games. He was only missing Flashback and he picked it up for $60. That’s $20 cheaper than the best price I’ve ever seen and passed on. Below you can see his complete set of seven. I think they look great.
Roger’s Complete Sunsoft Minis
Is anyone noticing all those boxed NEO GEO games in the background? They’re stealing a lot of Sunsoft’s thunder!
And here’s Rogers console setup. That’s a good number of systems! On the bottom shelf I can only identify the Super Famicom. I’m not sure what the other three are. And I don’t know what that is under the Genesis and Sega CD. The mystery makes his setup all the more impressive 🙂
But in truth we haven’t yet even touched on Roger dedication to Retro Video Gaming.
Check this out. Is that Roger hang’in out in the arcade? Hells no! That’s his garage. Most people waste their garages on cars. Roger knew better. And I’m impressed.
Someday when I have the space (and money) I’d like to get a few arcade boxes if I can find the right ones.
You might have noticed that I published this post before it was complete. It’s not the first time I’ve screwed up like this. I pulled it and then finished editing and now here it is!.. again 🙂
I loved Fantasy Zone for the Master System. Back in the day I found it really hard but I loved it. And that is one of the reasons why I’m so pleased to add Super Fantasy Zone to the collection. An other reason is because it’s one of those few games that comes in a really cool small box. Not only do these Sunsoft games have the smallest cases but they also have the largest cartridges. This Super Fantasy zone cost me $34 (plus shipping). It’s a title that I was willing to pay extra for; beyond my typical $20 per game goal.
What I find funny is that I know exactly what these cases look like yet I didn’t notice that my Batman is in a normal cartridge and not the big fat one like Super Fantasy Zone. For a time I wondered if this one was a knock-off. But I’ve seen been told that it was common for some releases to receive changes for a particular region. This particular Batman is likely regionalized for Asia market and has a different plastic cartridge compared to the Japanese release.
Normally Japanese Mega Drive games will not fit in a Genesis. The Japanese Mega Drive carts are a little bigger and Sunsoft games are a lot bigger. Even though I had my Genesis modded to play Japanese Mega Drive games it is still not wide enough for these monster Sunsoft carts. I still have my original modded Genesis and I’m wondering how I use to play Batman because this Super Fantasy Zone cart does not fit at all and I remember having the same sized cart for my Batman. Anyways, speaking of modding my Genesis… when I first had this done I was told by a store called Video Connections that they had to carve the edges of the slot on the Genesis to make it a bit wider. This part was true. They also told me that they had to do “a little technical work here and there”. That part was a complete lie. So they took my $30 and off I went. It was many years later before I figured this out.