Hypernova Blast & Meteor Blaster DX for PC Engine

Nathan over at Mindrec was kind enough to send me some of their latest games! I am always thrilled to see new games being developed for old systems. It keeps them alive and kicking ^_^

I got this awesome package with both Hypernova Blast and Meteor Blaster DX! Apart from the games I also got an HNB sticker and a cool little dome ^_^

PC Engine - Hypernova Blast and Meteor Blaster DX

I have tried them both out, and both are CD games for the PC Engine ^_^ I started with Meteor Blaster DX since this was the first game to be released of the two, and damn this game was hard! I don’t know if I was just really sucky at it or if it was just extremely-super-mega-hard! Anyway, there was supposed to be boss fights on every 10th level, but I never managed to get to even the first one ;D hahaha! I did try every ship there was to offer though, 5 different ships in total which all worked a bit differently. My favorite was the blue one ^_^ It just felt easier to control. All the ships are very slow though, compared to what you’re used to with similar games like Asteroids and other shmups where you usually can get speed-ups pretty quick or just thrust around the screen and control your speed. The lack of speed really added to the difficulty, it made it hard to avoid all the meteors and also to reach powerups in time. I bet there were power-ups for speed in the game, but I hardly ever managed to catch those darn power-ups ;D haha! You did have a few hyperspace warps, but they ran out fast, and could potentially teleport you into even more danger ;D

I played the game for quite a few hours and really tried to get further but it was just too hard for me. You were supposed to have some kind of shield as well, but I don’t think I managed to figure out how to use it.. :/ I guess I’m gonna have to give it a few more tries some other day.

Here’s a gameplay video of me sucking at Meteor Blaster DX!!  haha xD

What was really annoying though was that the highscore table was not functioning! I got scores higher than those on the board, and I got to sign my name every time, but it didn’t show up on the board. It was like it wasn’t fully programmed to record new scores over the old ones.. :(

When you start up the game you can choose two special games as well, apart from the Meteor Blaster DX there’s also a game called Implode and Implode Caravan. These are a type of puzzle game that I enjoyed quite a lot ^^ It was a bit easy though and I didn’t quite understand what happened when the game ended.. maybe there was a time limit or something. Anyway, there were different colored blocks coming up from below and you just had to click on them when three or more of the same color were touching and they would disappear. Here’s a gameplay video that better explains it ^_^

Both PC Engine games have been made with a lot of attention to detail in the packaging though. I love the covers, especially Hypernova Blast ^_^ Even the CD’s are printed and it looks really nice!

Now onto Hypernova Blast, which is a re-imagining of the classic Nova Blast on Colecovision. This was also a shmup but a completely different one from Meteor Blaster DX. This one was more similar to the old Defender game. There were also different ships to choose from in this game, and its a horizontally sidescrolling shoot ’em up. You had cities to protect and aliens were trying to destroy them. Below you see a map of where the enemies and cities are at. The game has support for up to 5 people in co-op play :) Unfortunately I haven’t found anyone to play it with me yet :(

I did quite shitty in the first round which I put on Normal difficulty. I then got bold and went straight to Suicide difficulty and all of a sudden it was much easier, or maybe I just got better ;D but I managed to survive for 25 rounds ^_^ The only difference between difficulties are the amount of health your cities get. It’s either 300, 600, 900 or 1200, so on Suicide difficulty your cities start with the low health of only 300. Each enemy attack removes 100 from the city. I was hoping the enemies would get smarter or at least come in larger numbers but it seemed as though it was pretty much the same between the difficulty levels. The only thing that can potentially give you a game over is if you hurt yourself enough to die. I tried just staying on a stage, not killing anything, and none of my cities got killed.. so the enemies seem to be more after you than the cities. You can spend your own health to upgrade the cities health as well.

I big thumbs up goes to the music though! And the fact that you can choose what to listen too! There were about 15 (I think) different tracks that you could just pause and switch between, so you could choose to listen to your favorites over and over again ^_^ If you didn’t pick one it just played the list one by one for each new stage you reached.

All in all I think it’s a decent game. There are a few things I was lacking, like maybe a boss battle, some more variation in the sceneries between levels, a bit more detail in the menu bar below and an increasing difficulty level, because after a while the enemies from before just come back. At least my highscores got saved in this game :D

Here’s a gameplay video of Hypernova Blast.

Thanks a lot Nathan for sending me these games! I had a lot of fun with them and I will keep practicing to get good at them ;D

RSM loot part III – TEH Games!!

So  here’s the final part of my RSM loot! All the games!! :D Apart from the Atari Lynx games that I mentioned in the first post..

I got quite a lot of C64 games since these were cheap ^_^ Scramble Spirits, Pac-Mania and Cosmic Causeway were really pretty big boxes ^_^ Scramble is always fun! Pac-Mania looked like a cool 3D version of Pac-Man, I’m sure I have it for other systems already but it’s always fun to try out various ports ^_^ Never heard of Cosmic Causeway but I love the artwork! On the screenshots it kind of looks like some kind of Space Harrier game ^_^

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I also found these 4 big boxes, I’m hoping this C64 JAWS is better than the NES version ;D Killer Ring looks to be some kind of shooter, Terry’s Adventure was just cheap and I loved the tacky James Bond montage on the 007 License to Kill cover ^_^

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These C64 boxes were a bit different! Frost Byte and Kong Strikes Back were in soft plastic, the screenshots and artwork intrigued me ^_^ Creatures had a really pretty cover! It’s a paper box, and it looks like an amazing side-scrolling platform adventure ^_^

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I also got Wibstars, Chuckie Egg (a classic that I actually didn’t have before), Herobotix and a Christmas Collection containing 6 games. Herobotix had such a cool name and an awesome robot on the cover! :D Had to get it ^_^ The Christmas Collection contained a game I’ve been wanting to try out for a long time now! I bought Exolon on Amiga 500 a while back and it never worked, the seller kept sending me new floppy disks but none would load :( So hopefully this cassette will and I’ll at least get to see what type of game it is! :D

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I got a few PC Engine titles as well. There weren’t a lot of PC Engine stuff at RSM, but I did find these three titles that I didn’t previously have, pretty cheap ^_^ Master of Monsters, Ballistix and Babel.

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I bought an expensive N64 title, Paper Mario! I have never played any of the Paper Mario games and everyone tells me they’re good. I’ve recently found out that they’re kind of RPG games as well.. which I don’t like >_< So I have no clue what I will think of it.. I guess I’ll just have to try it out and see for myself ^^

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There were more japanese stuff at RSM, and I found some Sega Saturn games :D Pretty nice titles I think as well :) Vampire Hunter, Bubble Symphony & Saturn Bomberman Fight :D

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Another system I got a few games for was Playstation 1. Both Puchi Carat and Parappa the Rapper were cheap :) I’ve actually never played Parappa the Rapper, I have a Playstation 2 version, but it was Japanese so I didn’t have a system to play it on until recently when I got a modded one. Haven’t gotten around to trying it yet though.. Now I will though ^_^

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I’m extremely happy to have found a Neo Geo AES game that was affordable and NOT a fighting game!! :D I found this game called Puzzled ^_^ It’s quite fun and very challenging! It’s falling Tetris pieces that you need to put in place to remove the obstacles that is keeping your ship captured at the bottom. Once the ship is freed you clear the stage. I love puzzle game like this! :D It’s also in really nice condition ^_^

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I also found some NES games, there were LOADS of NES games for sale at RSM, but I didn’t dig too deep into all the piles. I found these two that I didn’t previously own and was curious to try out ^_^ Tom & Jerry and… Barbie! haha

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Tom & Jerry was a fun platformer, kind of hard though. You could only take three hits and there were so many things that would hurt you >_<

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Barbie had extremely stiff controls and animations. It was extremely simple and stupid haha ^_^ And it got difficult only because of the stiff controls..

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I also got a really cool looking NES game called Defenders of Dynatron City! I had never encountered this one before! :D And I got a pretty good deal from KCL to by this minty complete game ^_^ The cover art is amazing!! The game was also pretty cool, but the hit detection was extremely off, which made it frustrating in the long run >_<

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You can choose from 3 various main characters, and while in game you can change between another three companions. There’s 6 characters in total, Jet Headstrong, Radium Dog and Ms. Megawatt are the three main ones, out of these I prefer Ms. Megawatt ’cause she has the best and fastest attack ^_^ The three other characters you can always choose from in game are Toolbox, Monkey Kid and Buzzsaw girl. It’s got a pretty cool setup, you have to clear all the streets of the map from robot enemies, once you’ve cleared a stage the shops open up, they’re also filled with enemies, but once killed you can get an item. The item is either a clue, money, food for health or some item you can use. Once all streets are clear you’ll find a boss, when killed he takes you to the next stage, which is inside a mall where you can use the money to buy more items ^_^ It’s got a lot of depth and nice graphics with a lot of various locations but falls short on the horrible hit-detection..

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I only found one Famicom game that I didn’t already have. There wasn’t a lot of Famicom at RSM though. The one I found was Sanrio Carnival 2 with Hello Kitty ^_^ My friend Mattias also brought a Pachiottokun game for me which I didn’t have :) Thanks!

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I found only one Sega Mega Drive game.. Granada, which is a japanese release. This was a cool tank shooter ^_^ I reached the first boss but he killed me >_<

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And I got some Game Boy games, all japanese ones ^_^

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Apart from all these games I got a few other goodies from various people or from the Asteroids competition I came in second place in ^_^

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I’m extremely happy with this years RSM! Had a great time! Met loads of nice people, bought massive amounts of cool retro gaming stuff and had a blast! :D

My Game Room and Collection 2014!

I’ve been so busy with work and playing games with friends online lately that I haven’t gotten around to finishing my own video tour of my new Game Room. Thankfully my friends over at GamingGrannar paid me a visit and filmed it for me! :D They have now released all 5 episodes of my retro video game collection.

The first episode covers my Virtual Boy collection and Super Famicom. Unfortunately for all you non-Swedish people all the episodes are in Swedish, but you can still see all the games and stuff, you just might not understand what we’re saying about them ;D Here’s the first episode:

The second episode is covering my PC Engine collection, Dave gets to try out some PC Engine shooters like Cocoron and Download, and we play Katochan & Kenchan:

The third episode is about Famicom and we play some Crisis Force and other games:

The fourth episode is basically a tour of the game room and the setup and Dave gets to play some Vectrex :)

And in the fifth and final episode we go through my Castlevania collection and some Sega Mega Drive games:

There’s still a lot of things that GamingGrannar did not cover, but I’ll continue to post about all my games here on my blog ^_^

Hopefully I’ll get around to finishing my own video tour soon, meanwhile here’s some recent pictures I took of the game room (things haven even changed since they were here this summer) ^_^
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And here’s some closeups of some of the game shelves:
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Retrospelsfestivalen pickups!

So here’s the games I picked up at Retrospelsfestivalen, due to the proposal the day ended quite quickly so I didn’t have time to buy much more, but I did find a few interesting things ^_^

First off I found a guy selling off some of his japanese games. I picked up Chitei Tairiku Orudora & Super Boy Allan for Famicom Disk System. Both complete in their big boxes :) I already had Chitei Tairiku Orudora, but not in it’s big box, so I couldn’t stay away from getting it ^_^
Famicom Disk System Games - Chitei Tairiku Orudora - Super Boy Allan

I also found a Jajamaru game I didn’t previously have :D They’re usually quite cute platforming games so I picked this one up as well. It’s called Jajamaru Gekimaden Maboroshi no Kinmajou.
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He also had a bunch of PC Engine games, most of them I already had, and some were just a bit too expensive. But these two I got at a reasonable price :) Avenger and Prince of Persia.
PC Engine Avenger and Prince of Persia

Another seller had a Power Pad for the NES! I’ve always wanted one but never found one at a good price. It’s bigger than I expected! :D 
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I’m really excited to finally try these two games out for the Power Pad! :D Athletic World I’ve had for about a decade (!) and Dance Aerobics I got the weekend before at Retrogathering. Look at those hilarious 80’s kids posing in aerobics positions! hahaha ^_^
NES Dance Aerobics and Athletic World

And here’s a closeup of the Dance Aerobics label!
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I also got an NES game called M.U.L.E. It’s a US release only I think, never heard of it before but I’m excited to try it out! The box art is amazing! :D It’s a freaking Space Cowboy!!! :D
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The final game I bought was from a friend of mine that was selling off parts of his collection. I finally got around to getting Sonic 3! (Yes, I did not previously have all the Sonic games… shame on me…) I’m glad to have it now though ^_^
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This weekend I’m heading to Gamex/Comic Con in Stockholm, so the update on this previous weekend’s visit to a Sci-Fi convention in Helsingborg will have to wait until after this weekend (and yes, I found games there too!!) ;D

Retro game pickups in Tokyo

Finally I’ve had some time to go through all the games that were already on my desk before leaving for Japan, and also the 117 games I bought while in Tokyo!! :D

On this trip to Tokyo I mainly focused on Famicom, I just went through every shelf of every retro gaming store and picked up anything I found that I didn’t already have! This concluded in a few really rare and expensive titles, but also a lot of junk like baseball games and unplayable mystery solving games and RPGs, but I’m really happy to finally have Gimmick!, Over Horizon and Snow Bros in my collection :D
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Snow Bros wasn’t as fun as I had hoped. Kind of like Bubble Bobble, but not as cute :/
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Over Horizon is a great shooter! The visuals are so pretty ^_^
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And Gimmick! was also a lot of fun! So adorable, but yet difficult! ^_^
Famicom Gimmick! screenshots

I also found Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers in pretty condition and Gebara (or Guevara)  which I’ve only ever encountered once before and it was too expensive that time. Below is also a game called Jigoku Gokuraku Maru. I had never seen it before but the cover art reminded me of Genpei Toumaden so I assumed it was good ;D and it was! But it’s just a sidescrolling action platform where you play as a red-headed girl :)
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Guevara is a fun Commando-style shooter where you can team up with a friend (who then plays as Fidel Castro) ;D
Famicom Guevara screenshots
Famicom Gebara Screenshots

I found a Famicom cartridge copy of After Burner, I’ve never seen that before either.. I have it for Sega Master System and Mega Drive though.. Also got Cross Fire and Guardic Gaiden (Guardian Legend).

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Cross Fire was kind of fun, very much like Dead Fox (Code Name Viper) but not quite as good.
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I’ve been looking for Wanpaku Kokkun no Gourmet World but it’s been awfully pricey on eBay, in Tokyo however it was much more affordable ^_^ The middle game is called Pyokotan no Dai Meiro and it’s kind of like a maze game but with various mini-games whenever you open chests and stuff. It was interesting :) I also found Moero Twin Bee on a cart! I’ve only ever seen it for the Disk System, I didn’t think it existed on a cartridge, but I was pleased to find it ^_^
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Wanpaku Kokkun no Gourmet World was OK, kind of easy and childish though.
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In Moero Twinbee you can play three players simultaneously! This blew my mind ^___^
Famicom Moero Twinbee cartridge screenshot

These were just a few of all the Famicom cartridges I got (103 in total!), but I also scored a few Super Famicom Games:
Hoshi no Kirby 3 Super Bomberman 2 Hebereke Popoitto
Bakuto! Dochers  CB Chara Wars

And some PC Engine and Sega Mega Drive games:
Dragon Half_  Cosmic Fantasy 2_
Chou Aniki_  Flash Hiders_
Block Out  Tanto-R

Now this was a few of the pickups, I will make another post soon with all the rest of the Famicom carts when I’ve uploaded them to the Famicom Collection Library :)

Un-fun games…

I’m not quite sure where I’m going with all of my collections for the various consoles I have.. I’ve never really tried completing any collection by owning every single game released for a system, instead I prefer just buying games that I will enjoy, but then I also buy games sometimes without having a clue what it is, because I like getting surprised ^_^ This has however resulted in me owning A BUNCH of strategy games in japanese, LOADS of RPG’s that I don’t enjoy playing and also various other games that are text heavy in japanese or that just aren’t fun to play (like pachinko games, or sports games) >_<

I’ve just uploaded more games to the PC Engine HU card library and also the CD ROM library, most of these new acquisitions are strategy games or various un-fun games, haha… un-fun ^_^
but anyway, here they are:
AIII   Fushigi no Umi Nadia (Nadia the Secret of Blue Water)   Hatsukoi monogatari
Human Sports Festival   Langrisser Kouki no Matsuei   The Manhole
Wizardry V Heart of the Maelstrom   Nazo no Masquerade   Nectaris

The problem is that I’m also a bit of a hoarder, I can never get rid of anything! haha So I guess I will just end up owning every single game for every system eventually, since I keep buying stuff that I don’t already have and that list keeps getting shorter… At least when sorting I sort away some of the really boring games, (like JRPG’s and strategy), underneath the desk in boxes so I don’t have to see them and mistake them for something fun ;D

I know that a lot of people are really into RPG’s and especially JRPG’s, and I bet there’s loads of people that enjoy strategy games and sports games too, otherwise there wouldn’t be that many released over the years ;D But everybody must have some type of game that they’re just not that into… What are un-fun games in your opinion?