|Posted by synical_enigma on May 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM||comments (2)|
Feels good to be back after almost 3 months. Been having some personal time lately. But I am back with a vengance \m/. lets get underway with the news!
Nintendo not going to appear at E3 this year:
It was announced a while back that Nintendo will not be at E3. I believe the reason is that they dont really want any competition anymore. they just want to show off their own content on their time, which might be a good thing so this way, they dont have to say this is going to be better than microsoft or sony. But I still cant wait to hear more about the next gen consoles and software/hardware at E3. You can learn more about this here at: http://www.thegamersdrop.com/2013/05/01/nintendo-not-holding-a-large-scale-press-conference-at-e3-this-year/
PS Store back up after almost a year:
The network was forced offline last year by new laws in the region which dictated that persons under the age of 18 must not be asked to submit their real name or age to an online service as the Sony does when you try to create a PSN account. This seemed kind of a weird artical to post but I thought it was kind of interesting.
Monthly Contract with a new xbox 720??
thats right! buyt these are just rumors going around for now. I personally am gald that I am a PS fan more than a microsoft fan. The fee will be about $10 a month. I personally dont think that console owners should have to pay monthly in order to play on a console system. thats just plain wrong if you ask me. It's just another way of them ripping gamers off. find out more here at: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/404578/next-xbox-300-with-monthly-contract-insider-claims/
PS Plus this month for may:
If your a PS+ subscriber, like me, you wont want to miss out on this months free games DL's. So far we are getting Sleeping Dogs. I have been wanting to try this game out for a while now but havnt been able to pick it up. I do not know what else is coming out yet for PS+ but keep your eyes peeld!
Sega releasing another console after 14 years:
so far I believe these are just rumors floating around but as they always say, possibility is always endless. I have seen the picture floating the net. You can check this out here at: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9d5fdEOaU9o/UX9S51RLGqI/AAAAAAAABho/ish3iPF6fdE/s1600/dreamcast2.jpg
This months Tips n Tricks: Kirbys Adventure on the NES
Successfully complete the game and save the game. An option to play the bonus games will appear when selecting that saved game from the title screen.
Successfully complete the game with a 100% rating.
Successfully complete the "Extra Game".
Press A + B + Select + Start during game play.
Defeat the Boss, then use the last Mike to hit the bonus plunger or piece of the star rod.
Just before you hit a star pad (the pad that reveals some secret
level, warp, game,etc.), play the third song on your Mike. If
done correctly the screen will glitch for a split second and you
will have unlimited Mike usage.
In world 1 level 2, grab any power and find the Warp Star. Walk away from it so it is just out of sight, then release your power with Select. The warp star will be gone and you can walk to the end of the level, where "HAL" will appear.
Successfully complete the regular game to view the ending credits. Then, defeat all of the Bosses in the "Vs. Boss" option at the "Bonus Games" screen. It will be the same ending, except Kirby will keep making mistakes.
Use HI-Jump and aim your jump at a monster. It will be killed when you hit it, and you will not be hurt.
Glitch: Yellow Kirby:
Go to a Warp Star Station in any level with the Fireball power. Use the Fireball power to dash onto a star. Kirby will become yellow until he crashes to the ground on a star.
What I am Currently playing:
PS3: Saints Row the Third
PSP: Castlevania: the dracula x chronicles
PS Vita: Hot Shots Golf: World Inventational
What I currently have/or getting on pre-order:
Assassins Creed IV - Black Flag for PS3/PS4
The Last Of Us - PS3
Thanks for checking out my blog guys and as always, keep it retro...90s style!
|Posted by synical_enigma on February 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM||comments (0)|
Its been 4 long months since i have posted the monthly syn. well, i am back full time now! I had to take time away for personal reasons. And now that they ar taken care of i am back full time! I am very excited about it. now, lets get on with this months news!
The PS4 announcement
Sony had a conference held 3 days ago today and it was revealed to be the long awaited PS4 announcement. I personaly think that this will be an interesting turn on sonys part. Everyone is now anxious about E3 this year to learn more about what the PS4 has to offer. At the conference they have revealed some specs of what power the new console has:
AMD x86-based 8-core CPU and an enhanced GPU
Blu-ray, DVD and HDMI output
8GB of DDR5 RAM
'Instant On' capability
PS4 won't be backwards compatible with old games
PS4 users will be able to stream PS3 and older generation games online
PlayStation App" will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens
PlayStation 4 Eye - 1280 x 800 camera (Xbox Kinect style feature)
this is just some small ideas for what is in store for the new console. I personally cant wait to learn more when E3 comes around. I was worried at first that rumors would be true about not being able to play "used" games but before the conference they said that the system will infact be able to play used games which made me very happy! Sony also revealed the controller and i must say it looks impressive. putting the *move inside the controller was very smart. If you would like to see what the controller looks like you can check it out here: http://kotaku.com/5985768/heres-sonys-new-ps4-controller
and if you would like to see sony's conference video go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkf6JsNxFkQ
PS Vita Price drop?
A few days ago I have learned that over in japan Sony price dropped the PS Vita from 30,00 Yen to 19,980 Yen. I dont know the conversion but I was told it was about $50 in US dollar. Nothing has been said about a price drop here in the states but hopfully soon before the 2013 holidays! I know some people would like to get theyr hands on this.
Rockstar push's back release date for GTA V
Thats right. I honestly dont know why they did this but i was really hoping to play it this summer with my brothers and friends. But seeing that the game itself will be about 60GB its pretty freaking huge, I think they also want to release it on the newer consoles as well. which is fine with me cause this holiday season i will be getting a PS4 and i cant wait. I am upset at the same time because i was hoping to see what the multiplayer was going to be like. But now only time will tell.
The xbox "720" revealed in april?
One senior Sony official, who asked not to be named, said he was informed that the PS4 showcase in New York had "at first caught Microsoft off-guard"."We definitely ruffled some feathers," the person said. It is said that Microsoft will now showcase its console at a one-off media event in early April - though it is expected that discussion about future tech would be an inevitability if Microsoft engineers and developers attend GDC in March. we will see what happens until then. I am also wondering if the discs they use will be blu-ray or make theyr own brand.
This months tips and tricks: Castlevania: Bloodlines for sega genesis
Enter the options menu. Set 05 as the BGM (backgroundmusic) and 073 as the SE (sound effects) selections. Press Startto begin game play. The original Castlevania music will beginplaying when the standard weapon is powered to level 4. This effectwill last until you are hit.
Expert difficulty level:
Press Up(2), Down(2), Left, Right,Left, Right, B, A at the title screen.A sound will confirm correct code entry. Expert difficulty maynow be enabled on the options menu.
Enable the "Original music" and "Expertdifficulty level" codes in that order. A sound will confirmcorrect code entry.
Hint: Change difficulty level and optionsduring game:
Reset the game at any time during game play. Enterthe options menu at the title screen to alter any desired of theoptions. When finished, start a new game and choose either character.You will start from the section last played before resetting thegame. The best use for this trick is to play under the easy difficultysetting until you get to Dracula. Then use this trick and changeto the expert difficulty setting. This will allow you to see thebest endings without too much difficulty.
Information in this section was contributed by Kevin Bender.
Hint: Restore weapon power-up:
When your weapon is powered up to its highest level,you may accidentally pick up a sub-weapon that will replace yourspecial sub-weapon. If this happens, simply find and pick up asub-weapon of the same type as the one that you possess. You willget the special sub-weapon back.
Information in this section was contributed by Kevin Bender.
Hint: Continue game play:
Press Reset to restart the game after running out ofcontinues, then start a new game. It will resume from the pointwhere the game was reset with two continues and the same amountof lives. Note: The score and weapons will also be reset.
I would like to thank everyone for checking out my blog and supporting me every step of the way. As always, this has been Synical Enigma. Keeping it retro...90s style Have a great month bit-heads!
|Posted by NESJohnny on February 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM||comments (6)|
What was my favorite game as a kid? I was gonna say Duke 3d... but I guess I wasn't a kid. So I should probably say Metroid. But when I got a little older, entered Jr. High, I wasn't playing the NES as much. So what was my favorite game as a young teen? Duke 3d! It was an awesome game! Hilarious, action-packed, and a great sci-fi spoof, I couldn't've been happier. I mean, for God's sake, the game even had bare breasts! What more does a thirteen year-old need?
Money was scarce at the time. No thirteen year old should have a lot of money. So after I played through Duke 3d, I went online to see if there was a sequel coming. There was! 3d Realms, the creators of Duke, had officially announced an upcoming sequel: Duke Nukem Forever. I could not WAIT to play this game. Money being as tight as it was, I set aside a good $40 (about the cost of a new release back then) and waited patiently. I didn't realize how patiently I would have to wait! I think I gave that up around the time Hexen II came out...
Anyway, we all know the development story. Duke Forever took a good 15 years. So when I saw it announced, I couldn't be more estatic. It was actually getting released... wow! I had given up hope. Reviews came out and weren't very positive. I decided not to buy it new, but first good sale, I purchased it for the sake of my childhood. (And hey, I got it for quite a bit less than $40!)
Initial impression of the game was amazing; the first 20 minutes really deliver. The cutscenes are funny and polished, not overly long. And I have to admit, it just felt good being Duke again. But the game's weaknesses come through immediately, and I was pretty disappointed after a couple hours of playing it. However, it did give me a taste for Duke. I loaded up my old Atomic Edition of Duke 3d, found a good source port, some high-rez textures, and I played through the original game. I never came back to Forever.
Cut about a year later, and our very own El Pollo Diablo is talking in the forums about how much he loves Duke Forever, and screw the haters. Now, anyone that has good enough taste to hang out here has my attention. So I thought, maybe I was being too hard on Duke; I'll finish that game I started. I'm glad I did.
I'll do a pros and cons for this one. Staring with the pros:
Alright, that's the good and the bad. Overall, it's a worthwhile game to play, especially considering how often it goes on sale. If you played the original Duke 3d, try it out for old time's sake. The game gets better toward the end, too. I can't say I share El Pollo Diablo's passion for it, but I do like it. I'd give it a B- letter grade. Worth playing, nothing outstanding. Do you know what DLC I'd buy without hesitation? A re-make of Duke 3d in this engine. Get rid of the ego/power-suit, hold an unreasonable amount of guns, give me my jetpack back, and just let Duke be Duke. Keep the nice graphics, plethora of one-liners, awesome aliens, pig-cops, octabrains. Give me back the sprawling levels that have multiple paths.
Yup, cool game, but doesn't stack up to its former self.
|Posted by synical_enigma on October 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM||comments (2)|
VERY sorry for the late entry on the monthly syn. I was having some personal issues but they have all been resolved.
here is this months news!!!
Used games won't be banned, but will cost more.
Despite the chatter, Microsoft and Sony won't actually build systems that refuse to play previously owned games. To do so would alienate Gamestop, a critical retail partner, not to mention outrage the very consumers they're hoping will buy new consoles. Instead, expect to see one-time use codes in games even for single player, meaning people who buy used will have to pay more to "re-activate" those titles.
We won't see 'em all next year.
While the common assumption is that Microsoft and Sony will both bring their new systems to market around holiday 2013, it may turn out that only one company does so. Some analysts, including Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter, don't expect to see at least one of the systems until 2014. That rings true with the launch pattern of the current systems: the Xbox 360 was released in November of 2005, while the PS3 arrived a full year later.
Nintendo will revolutionize online play.
Okay, so they didn't exactly set the world on fire with the lackluster online setup on the Wii. Nintendo has basically sat out of the online gaming race so far, but it has declared plans to change that this generation. Details about the Miiverse are still slim, but if there's one thing Nintendo does well, it's making us look at things in a different light -- and shifting the industry's paradigms. They might not create the best online gaming network, but they'll deliver a feature or two that will fundamentally change the way we look at online play.
Blu-ray will finally hit the big time.
DVD storage is on its way out, as it's simply too small for holding all the data in next-gen games. Expect Blu-ray drives in both the next Xbox and PlayStation (which, accordingly, will give it a bigger presence in the movie section of rental stores).
Backwards compatibility will be sacrificed
By now you no doubt own a burly game collection, but don't expect to play those old games on the new machines. It costs money to configure new consoles to play old games — and expenses are going to be high enough on next-gen systems. Ditching backward compatibility will cause a mild squawk at first, but ultimately we'll all get over it (if the new games are cool enough).
I know this is current news but i just thought I would fill in for the all gen gamers
Capcom is in consideration of remaking a Resident Evil 2 remake. I really hope this is true and comes out like the RE 1 remake on the GC. I hope they dont fu*k this up. sorry for the language but those who know me, knows I take Resident Evil seriously. PLEASE help show support for this remake here! http://www.egmnow.com/articles/news/capcom-will-consider-a-hd-remake-of-resident-evil-2-if-fan-support-is-there/
This months tips and tricks: Mickey Mouse: Castle Of Illusion for Sega Genesis
Toggle collision detection:
Hold A + B + C and press Start.Mickey may now fly through the air and pass through walls, opponents,and items. Note: Repeat this code to return to normal mode.
Press Start at the end of a level, while thescore is calculated.
Locate the bag of marbles at the end of Stage 2 inthe Toyland level. Take the bag and move to the right until theoriginal location of the bag scrolls off screen. Move back tothe left to find another bag in the same location. Take this bagand repeat the process to collect up to 30,000 points and 30 bagsof marbles.
Keep swinging on the vines in Stage 1 of Level 1 tocollect easy points and up to ten extra lives. Mickey is invinciblewhile he is on a vine.
As of right now I have gotton really good at COD: BO and currently playing Desert Strike for SNES and RE 3 for DC. What horror games are you guys playing this month?
Thanks for checking out this months blog e, even though its kind of late. As always, this has been Synical Enigma. Keeping it retro...90s style Have a great month bit-heads!
|Posted by NESJohnny on October 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM||comments (4)|
What's up, fellow gamers! If you're wandering in for somewhere, welcome! Let me tell you about something we do here at RRR: we like to set aside October to be our month dedicated to horror games. From before the Atari was even out in homes, horror games captured the imagination of gamers and sparked flames of controversy in the minds of America's uninformed talking heads. I'm thinking specifically of Death Race, one of my favorite arcade games. They were into the "run over 'people' for points" waaaay before GTA ever came around!
What makes October such a good month for this? I can't put my finger on it. Halloween is cool, but something about the temperature dropping, the wind picking up, the sporadic rain and thunder, the world is just a little creepier in October. So join us, play some spooky games! If you're not sure what to go for, we've got some suggestions for you here.
I'll kick it off with my personal favorite: Castlevania III. When I say personal favorite, I'm meaning it very well could be my favorite game of all time, or at least on the Nintendo NES. It's certainly my favorite spooky title. The entire Castlevania series gets a hearty recommendation from me (especially Bloodlines, the original, and Dawn of Sorrow), but there's no way to top this one. You have multiple characters, multiple paths, exceptional graphics and music, and it all comes down to a very solid platformer with pixel-perfect controls. One of the more thought-out and polished games ever published, and it all takes place in settings like graveyards, clock towers, etc. Too perfect.
Next comes a recommendation from Zen, the late-release Midnight Mutants for Atari 7800. It was released in 1990 when the NES had taken over the market, so it's pretty tough to find (a tangible copy, anyway). But for those that do, what a fun game this is. The protagonist is on a quest to save his grandfather (a nice change of pace from the damsel-in-distress). It's an action-adventure with a pseudo-isometric design. It's tough as nails, but fun and worth working on. The graphics had me hooked from the intro! It's free-roaming, has some fun music and nice controls. I hate it when reviewers tack on "... for this old system," but not being an Atari guy myself, I thought this was an amazing title for the 7800. Easily one of the best looking, and it's a great game. Not a great game for the 7800, a great game. Be sure to check it out!
Next, we'll go modern. Blob has suggested Condemned: Criminal Origins. Made by Monolith Productions, one of my favorite game producers these days, this one gets psychological thriller. They cited Seven and Silence of the Lambs as their inspiration - com'on! You know this will be good. It's a bit of a film-noir (with a horror slant) style where you play as an investigator hunting down a serial killer who framed you for murder. It's first-person, but you're not usually armed with a gun. You are able to use melee weapons from your environment, as well as your investigative tools. An absolutely amazing atmosphere and engrossing gameplay pull you in and won't let you go.
Well, let's say you do want a gun all the time, what do you play? I have a couple suggestions with you. We'll save the best for last and start with F.E.A.R. FEAR is a fantastic game, released in 2005. So it's modern, but not cutting-edge. I won't give away much, since the story begins with a lot of ambiguity. Essentially, you're combining a shooter with a monstrous little girl with some killer ESP. Your character is able to use hyper-reflexes to enter into a bullet-time state of existence. Think of this game as the best of The Matrix and The Ring. The horror of this game is in the atmosphere and settings. It's another Monolith game, and they wanted to use the idea of Japanese horror--the type that gets under your skin, not the kind that has monsters jumping out at you. They pulled it off brilliantly. (Please note, I'm a fan of the sequel, FEAR 2, but not the third. No one likes the third.)
Let's take it old-school again and look at Gargoyle's Quest II: a fun and exceptionally unique game for the Nintendo NES. It's a bit like Zelda II, with an over-head style map play and then side-scrolling platforming action scenes for specific areas. Set to great music, this Ghosts n' Goblins series game is loads of fun to play. It's a lot more fun to be the gargoyle than the human! (Be sure to check out other games from this franchise: Ghosts n' Goblins, Gargoyle's Quest [original], Demon's Crest, Maximo.)
Last but not least is Blood: One Whole Unit. It's an amazing DOS FPS game created with the Build engine (of Duke3d renown). Many who play it consider it the best of the old DOS FPS games. Though I always love Doom 2, I'm starting to think those folks may be right. It's a 1930s setting with a medieval-esque feel. Great textures, fantastic sound and music and the amazing controls of a Build engine game make this possibly the most well-balanced FPS ever designed. The weapons are unique and macabre, the levels exquisitely designed, and it's tough as hell. I did a huge write-up on this game, so if you want to read more, check it out here!
I hope this gives you some inspiration to get your horror gaming on this October! If you're stumbling in from some other time of the year - you know, there's never a wrong time to play a scary game. But we invite you to set aside your October to celebrate the spooky side of gaming. All that running, jumping, shooting and screaming like a little girl will get you ready for your Halloween party. (If I didn't live in So. CA where there's always something amazing to do, I think I'd host a Halloween gaming night every Oct. 31st!) Happy gaming and happy Halloween!
|Posted by synical_enigma on September 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM||comments (2)|
Hello to all my bit-heads out here at RRR! Got some bad news. for those who were looking forward for me to go to NA midwest meetup, I am unable to attend because lack of funds. But that will not stop me from trying. I have a been known to work my pimp skills at last minute hence CGE 2K12. I will keep u guys posted! now lets start this months news!
xbox live games coming to PC?
it was announced yesterday that there will be xbox live arcade games enabled for windows 8. which i really dont understand why. if you have a 360, then why would you want to play them on a PC? unless, your a PC gamer. here is a small list of games to come: two Angry Birds games, the episodic game Adrea, BlazBlue Calamity Trigger, Skulls of the Shogun, Fruit Ninja, and IloMilo. there are more but i am too lazy to list them lol. could this be a great move on microsofts part? who knows.
Killzone triple pack HD is coming
This was one of my Favorit games on PS. I still have yet to buy and play the 3rd game. When I do buy the HD pack, I will also get the gun for it. I really dont know if it is worth buying but I am getting it anyway. I will do a review on it ONLY if it is requested by you guys of course. I personally cant wait for this to come out. the set release dat is late october but, like always, may be changed. If your a Killzone fan like me, this is a must have.
Complete Final Fantasy collection coming soon?!?!
Thats right! I worded EVERYTHING correctly. It was announced 8/31/12 that this will be happening very soon! This will feature original PlayStation versions of Final Fantasy I, II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, UMD of III, PS2 versions of X, XI, XII, PS3 version of XIII. This is the ULTIMATE must have for that final fantasy fan or RPG fan of any kind. This set will also have a video disc containing an anniversary celebration video montage, an art book called Crystal Artworks, a Final Fantasy XIV item code for in-game "mogu mogu" earrings, a mini replica of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary visual logo drawn by Yoshitaka Amano, and a two-disc music CD featuring songs from the series. Release dat is December 18 in Japan, and no word weather it will be released here in NA or elsewhere. All we can do is hope for now. Why the hell cant they do this with Resident Evil??? I know they have a collection coming out, but most of the games are soft copies. I want the physical copies in my hands! even though I have them already lol. but i wouldnt even think about opening them.
Gamestop willing to go back to selling retro games???
on 8/30/12 it was said that they are considering selling retro games fron NES up to PS1. What does this mean? Cart only and Disc only copies of video games. SCREW THAT!!! This is what WILL RUIN retro game hunting. People will stop giving games to goodwill and thrift stores and start getting $2 a game at LameStop. This can not happen to us and is not fair to us because we all know what LameStop will do. OVERPRICE SH*T!!! I understand that were now living in a digital world and they need business, but I know they will overprice games to the f*cking MAX! I am upset about this for the fact that this will ruin game hunting until they go out of business. Yes, you got fle markets, swap meets, etc but they are mostly resellers. and at garage sales, they will start to overprice games as well. F*ck LameStop with all my black heart! They throw away cases and sell scratyched/lable torn games for overpriced sales. Not to mention they will cover the whole carts and disc with LameStop stickersw and promo stickers and w/e else. what do you guys think on this situation? PLZ comment below.
This months Tips n Tricks game will be Altered Beast for the Sega Genesis!
Continue game play:
After losing a life, hold A and tap Startuntil restarting at the last game location played.
Hold B and press Start at the title screen.An options menu will appear.
Enable the "Options menu" code. Select alevel from the options menu and hold A + Start atthe title screen to begin game play at that location.
Hold A + B + C + Down/Leftand press Start at the title screen. A menu that allowsselection of the beast for each round will appear. Use the D-padto change beasts and Start to exit the menu.
Hold A + C + Up/Right and pressStart at the title screen.
This month in gaming history
I have lost my info containg this topic. I will find it for next month.
I have the Unoffical High score in Columns for the sega genesis 6-PAK. I scored 2,130,614 points on nromal difficulty. If it would have been on hard, I would have been placed in 2nd offically entering Twin Galaxies score board and gotton a certificate.
Ok guys that about sums this months SYN lol. As always, this has been Synical Enigma. Keeping it retro...90s style Have a great month bit-heads!
|Posted by synical_enigma on August 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
ok, we made it to number 2! lol. Got some interesting news for you all.
On July 20th, there was a movie theatre massacre that happened in aurora, CO durring a Batman movie. 12 people died and 59 were injured. Its very sad to hear about things like this. I mean if you think about it, it would be kool if it was done in a movie or comic etc, but not real life. R.I.P to all the people that fell that night. I hope the suspect rots for this!
Apple vs Samsung
Apperantly the reason for this is simularities of their cell phones. I personally could care less. its just another way of trying to rip off another company.
NEW Super Mario bros 2- 3DS
We are very close to the release date of this highly anticipated game for the Nintendo 3DS! I personally wanted to have this game but my 3DS got stolen while at band practice awhile back. But that still wont stop the Syn-Man from buying this game filled of golden epicness! Release date is August 19, 2012. Let me know if you plan on getting it
Ok, there have been ALOT of people trash taling about PSA for quite some time now. I honestly don get the point on why they would. I truly think this game will be successfull. I just wish they released this back when the PS1 was out. would have been pretty awesome. I actually look forward to this coming out but wont buy it until they release a GOTY edition.
Nintendo in need of something new?
thats right! Nintendo is currently looking for some new franchises. What will they come up with next? hoping something mind blowing with the new Wii u coming up with its soon release. Would love to see some new adventure games nd survival horror. let me know what you want Nintendo to work on.
This month in Video Game History!
August 01, 1992 – Nintendo releases the Mario Paint video game and mouse controller for the Super NES in the USA.August 01, 1993 – Nintendo releases the Super Mario All-Stars video game for the Super NES in the US.August 01, 1995 – Command & Conquer released.August 01, 1998 – Rainbow Six released.
August 30, 2004 – Acclaim Entertainment files for Chapter 7 final bankuptcy, with debt over US$100 million.
Tips N Tricks
Todays TnT game is.....ToeJam and Earl
Almost all ship pieces:
Pause game play and press Up + A + B+ C, Right + A, Down + B, Left+ C. A sound will confirm correct code entry. All shippieces except for the final piece will be present when game playresumes. The final piece can be found on the next level played.
Collect an unused inner tube, Icarus wings, or rocketskates. Use one of those items on level 1 to cross the water inthe lower left corner of the map to reach an island. Take thetwo presents and fall into the hole in the center of the islandto reach a hidden level. Use the hot tub to be healed and thelemonade stand for an extra life. Leave this level by using anUnfall to return to level 1 or fall off the edge to return tothe highest level previously visited.
Collect an unused inner tube, Icarus wings, or rocketskates. Use one of those items on level 1 to cross the water inthe upper right corner of the map to reach an island with severalpresents. Use the Unfall available on this island to return.
Complete the game and go to Planet Funkotron. Followthe yellow brick road that leads to ToeJam's and Earl's parents'pad. Then, keep swimming to the south to eventually reach a mermaidon a small island.
Hint: Extra presents:
Approach Santa while he is looking in his bag. Do notmove when he looks up. Santa will drop two or three presents ifyou can reach him.
I have finally gotten passed world 5-4 in yoshies island. I have been waiting 13 years to do so. lol. Looooong time eh? I am currently on world 6-5 I believe now. And I also got to level 21 in Gauntlet II for NES. God this game is incredible. lol. I been having soo much fun on my nes and snes.
I am currently holding retro month this month. To find out more about this, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/events/166378373496642/
Alright guys, this has been Synical_Enigma with your monthly report! As always, Keeping it retro 90's style!
|Posted by synical_enigma on July 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Hello to every and thanks for checking out the very first edition of "The Monthly Syn". As always, I am Synical_Enigma.
NEW PS3 slim design
Sony has decided to make a NEW "Slimer" model of the Playstation 3. although, sources have not yet confirmed this yet, it seems to look legit and pretty sweet! If this is true, I could see this coming out by this holiday season and ranging from $149.99 on up. The new PS3 model will come in 250 GB and 500 GB models as well as a rather strange 16 GB model, which kind of surprized me, but hey if you can only afford it, and then later down the line, buy a laptop HDD for it, then there you go! cant wait to see if this is true. I dont believe we have seen anyone make a 3rd model(besides handhelds) since the genesis. I will be getting one even though i already have a PS3 slim, but for collection purposes. I would like to have all 3 models. Here is the link for the Pics: http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2012/07/ps3-novo-anatel-4-610x482.jpg
Deadpool Video Game!
for all you marvel fans out there, looks like we are having a Deadpool video game in the making! there has already been a trailer released and so far, It looks good and pretty funny. for those interested, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UjK_yeXOmo
Gears of War: Judgement
upcoming Gears of War: Judgment now has an official release date! 3-19-13. to be honest, i dont know if i can wait that long. lol
I have finally beaten Ghost n gouhls on the nes! it took me a very long time, but felt really good about myself when i did it. I almost also beaten Rampage with my friend masky, but the damn system froze on us at the last stage DX
Tips N Tricks of the day: Castlevania II: Simons Quest
OFIC M5YX XD4C Q3AA- Thorn whip,h. water
OFIT M5QX 1P5S QBQA- Rib,chain whip,blue crystal
SZMH QXE1 5PXW UESE- Heart
TIRH DYDZ 4O5V 81B1- Nail,flame whip,red crystal
MLIE WUCW VNKU SCBC- Ring,cross
F6SL VQX5 LXEU SGIR- M.Star,dagger,h.water, D's rib,laure
F61M Xq5T DtEU- Sbar M.Star,oak stake,h.water,white crystal.
POPB PRBV U2DT RGQZ- Last level and all items
This month in Video Game History:
July 01 – 1983 – Cinematronics releases Dragon’s Lair to arcade centers. It is the first laser-disc based coin-operated arcade game. Cost per play is 50-cents. Advanced Microcomputer Systems designed the game, with animation provided by Don Bluth Animations. Cost to purchase a machine is about US$5500.
July 12, 1990 – Final Fantasy for NES released in US.
July 15 – 1985 – James Vollandt plays Joust for over 67 hours on one coin, (with four 20-minute breaks) a world record for any arcade video game. His record high score is 107,216,700.
July 21, 1982 – Atari signs a deal to make a video game based on the film E.T. the Extraterrestrial.
July 24, 2001 – Max Payne released.
I know that there isnt much here this month, but I will do my best to have more for the next! as always guys, keeping it retro 90s style! this is your host, Synical_Enigma, Signing out!
|Posted by NESJohnny on June 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (1)|
It was a Saturday morning, and I was driving through the worst part of Long Beach, CA. Let me tell you, that's scary enough in itself. It was the middle of the day and I'm still scared. I find my destination, park, and walk up to a severely run-down townhouse. I knock on the door, and hear the most terrifying scream I've ever heard. Curious, I yell "hello?" and don't hear a thing. My logic is urging me to just leave, but my greed is hoping there's a long lost NWC cart in there and my twozies are just brave enough to wonder what's going on.
Why am I here looking for NES games? Craigslist. I respond to an add someone posted in the electronics section to sell NES games. The day before, I get a call that she's going to have a yard sale instead. I get there and am told that it was too much trouble to bring everything outside, so she invites me inside to look at the games. She and her husband were older people, and I'm fairly sure I can overpower them so I step inside.
If you're not familiar with Craigslist, it's a free online classified section. It has everything on it. There are no pop-ups, banner ads, or anything to distract you, just a giant classified section with a search tool. I cannot stress how exhaustive Craigslist is. You can find job listings, housing, community postings (events, musicians, etc.), real estate, discussion forums, and there used to be an "erotic services" section which is little more than listings for prostitutes and nasty massages [they had to take that down, but you really can get everything on craigslist!]. It's self-governed, meaning Craigslist users are responsible for filtering the ads. This is done through "flagging," when you tag an ad as prohibited, spam, etc. [People often wonder how craigslist makes money. Since hardly anyone seems to know, I suppose it bears mentioning that it costs money to post a job listing.]
Assuming you're new to Craigslist, this is how you find it:
1) Go to www.craigslist.org
2) Craigslist is done on a local basis; it will probably redirect you to your nearest city.
3) Check to the right of the screen to see if a different location is better for you. Mine defaults to orangecounty, but losangeles is best. You'll see "us cities", "canada", and "intl cities." Select the area that works for you. If you can't find one, you can suggest a new one, but if you live somewhere fairly populated you should have a hub.
For NES stuff, you want to focus on six (or seven) sections in for sale:
When I wrote this article a couple years back for nintendoage, this section didn't exist yet. There was so much gaming items clogging games, electronics, etc. that they made a section for it. It really helps narrow down the search, but there's still some gold sitting in the other categories, so check 'em all! In my area, it's mostly XBOX 360/PSP stuff, but the vintage is definitely hiding in plain sight, so browse the listings carefully.
I suggest browsing each listing, as a search may miss good listings with bad titles like "lots of old games." You'll find anything in this section from beat up old Playskool toys to adult novelties. In proportion to the other postings, there is very little vintage gaming offered, but I still see NES and other old-school games for sale on a daily basis.
This is where the search function comes in very handy. This section (again, in L.A.) is flooded with cell phones, T.V.s and stereo equipment. While this is all awesome, it's not at all what the Nintendo collector is looking for. At the very top of the page you'll see a search bar. Do a search for "Nintendo" and/or "NES" and it will narrow the results to what you're looking for. I also recommend using search language to narrow the result. In my area, a lot of people advertise PSP mods/emulators and sell Wiis second-hand, so my search for this section is "Nintendo -PSP -Wii" to weed out the stuff I'm not interested in.
One of the coolest spots on the internet. People literally give away stuff here. This is usually pretty lame stuff (e.g., "Free dirt, you haul") but you can occasionally find some great stuff, including NES games (but ya gotta be fast!).
In this section you can post looking for items, and the vintage gamer can find some great hauls posting that they'll pay cash for video games. Be sure to be respectful of the community rules, and don't over-post.
A lot of people advertise their garage sales on Craigslist. Use the search tool to your advantage. Search for anything NES related: Nintendo, NES, video games, games, cartridges, etc. In my area there are always a couple of sales with some NES games. Don't bother emailing them about it, they'll just take offense; your best strategy is to show up early.
People post trades here, and I've actually done a couple of cool NES trades with local collectors through this spot. I recommend posting as well as searching. There's not much video games, it's mostly weird stuff, but hey, it's fun to look through. (I just glanced quickly to get a good example and listing #10 is: "Amateur or Pro U Massage Me (long, slow) Trade adult DVD's." Yeah, someone jump on that quick, there's a perv that will give you his old porn if you rub him down. Told you Craigslist has everything!)
I mention this last because it's basically a dud. People only put their old games here when they're trying to get a lot of dough for them. You know the type. More power to 'em if it works. I've never had luck here, but maybe a few well-worded lowball offers could do some good here.
By now you're probably saying, "this is awesome Johnny! There's like three or four great ads in my area! What do I do now?"
Now, I've responded to a lot of Craigslist postings trying to get NES games. I've found some great strategies and know what works, and I'm willing to share them here. But to go a step farther, I did some awesome armchair investigative reporting and posted a dummy Craigslist ad:
Here's my psychology: I posted some really fun games, some fairly rare/valuable games, and the sought-after NES2. I placed it all in a cardboard box to make it look like it was just chillin' in my closet, and gave it a story. I listed it in central L.A., so people in the northern and southern reaches of the county wouldn't be too put-off by distance. The obscure titles like Faria and Lolo 3 would only be noticed by collectors who know what they're looking at. Furthermore, I figured $80 would be enough of a cost to scare off the looky-loos and hipsters who would pick it up just to play Mario and Zelda again. It's a great resale lot or just one to pad the collection. The ad was up for about 60 hours, from 10:01 AM Friday to 9:42 PM Sunday.
Now, if you're reading this on RRR, this experiment was done awhile ago. But, based off what was then the current NA price guide (Vol. 2 Issue 7) and assuming a $70 value for the NES2 (from eBay completed listings), this lot had a value of $383 ($313 [games] + $70 [NES2]). [This would be a lot more in June 2012!] Assuming a $20 premium for selling a full Mega Man set and cutting out the shipping costs (approx. $2/cart and $8 for the console), there is further potential $86 upside with and from buying/selling online. This gives this listing a value between $383 and $469.
Beyond the thrill of posting an ad that clearly violates the terms of service, I got some really interesting responses. I told every respondent that someone has already claimed it, is paying $80, and will pick it up sometime tomorrow.
Here are some general observations:
People largely responded pretty soon after the ad was posted. I had a several responses within 45 minutes.A lot of people emailed asking about condition, where I was specifically located, etc. Responding to these emails and getting their response back took a lot of time. By the time we had a short email conversation, I could have sold it to the more direct and to the point collectors.Almost everyone low-balled. When I told them I had a buyer coming paying my full asking price, almost everyone offered $90-$100. I had one serious d-bag. He offered $100 and I told him thanks, but I had someone picking it up. He responded:"I guess ill be waiting it out but remember. The $100 only sticks so that i purchase tomorrow morning/afternoon, but if he flakes i will stick to original price. If u consider it giveme a call in the morning. I'm available until 3 tomorrow. Cheers" So, this guy tries to guilt trip me (I don't care if he has to wait, I'm selling something here) and then offers an ultimatum (that essentially reads "you have until 3 PM tomorrow to respond or I withdraw the offer.") I'm assuming this fellow is a used car salesman, mortgage broker or some other tool trained in taking control of the situation; his tone and response really put me off. If he said something like "Alright man, but I have an open offer of $100 any time you want to take it, give me a call," I would have been more open to deal with him.
To the upside: in an area of 10 million people, I got 11 responses. You have to assume a few hunters were out of town, but still, the relatively low number of responses gives us hope that there aren't that many people looking, no matter how tough it can be to be the one who gets a find. Most people sent one or two responses, one determined fellow sent twelve. He said he wanted the system for his brother. The most interesting set came from one guy who responded about 15 minutes after the ad was posted. This guy was quick. He offered $60 and said he'd pay and pick up the system "right now" and gave his cell phone number. It was obvious he knew what it was all worth and wanted to get it ASAP. I responded that I already had several $80 offers and thank you anyway. About an hour later (probably wasn't checking email but waiting by the phone) he emails back and simply says "I'll give you $100". Twenty-eight minutes later he responds with: "Hey Johnny, before you sell that collection for WAY under value, you should take a look at eBay prices or at least at videogamepricecharts.com. That NES console is a rare, hard to find top loader and worth at the very $50 all by itself. As for the games, many of the games you listed are worth a LOT more than $2 a piece, even if they are cart only. Megaman 1-6 are worth more than that, Bubble Bobble, Lolo 2 and 3, Dracula's Curse (I'm assuming that's Castlevania 3), Punch Out, Contra and Super Contra are all worth much more than that even cart only." I would really like to know his thought process for this, if he had a change of heart or the "if I can't have it no one will" mentality. After the ad ran it's course I emailed him, explained the experiment, and I asked him to speak anonymously for the article. He never wrote back.
So here's what the Craigslist deal hunter needs to take home from this:
Be fast! The quicker you get a reply in after the post is made, the better. I would recommend setting up an RSS feed (or similar tool) so you can easily keep tabs on the sections and searches you frequent.
How to close the deal:
Include your cell (or home/work) phone so people can get you right away. You can lose the deal playing email ping-pong. If you're worried about item condition and/or location, cover that while you're on the phone so you don't waste any time. If it's a good find and you're willing to pay more, beat the other folks to it. Most everyone low-balled and no one offered more immediately. If this were a real ad, and one guy offered $90 off the bat while others were coming in with $60, that first guy would have had it, no contest! If you have something attention-getting for the seller (like a higher offer), put it in the subject line. The seller will open their email to find several responses, and will see a number of subject lines. That subject line is your chance to edge out the competition before the emails are even opened. If they open an email they get excited about before even opening yours, your find can fall through. Not one person did this and it would have made a big difference (see picture below). Low-ball within reason. Don't read my observations thinking I condemn low-balling, because it's a great way to get good deal. Craigslist is like a giant online flea market. Of course you should low-ball! Even though this was just an experiment ad, the people that extreme low-balled my stuff kinda pissed me off. Also, make the deal based on the item and it's value. I had one guy ask to come down on the price because gas is so high. Dude, I'm not going to buy you gas. Be a nice guy (or gal). Be the guy people want to interact with. A few people offered dumb stuff to trade. Stress you can pay cash. If you want to see if you can get rid of your old VCR via a sweet trade, sure, put it in there, but state it something like this: "Will pay $80 at your earliest convenience. I also have a VCR if you're interested, but cash works too." One guy offered me XBOX 360 cables or something. I'm not sure if he would have paid cash or not; he didn't make that clear. The time taken to clear that up would have given other people time to come in and buy the lot.
In this situation, an ideal e-mail response would have looked like this:
firstname.lastname@example.org RE: $90 CASH TODAY FOR ORIGINAL NINTENDO SYSTEM
Call me to set something up. Will buy today, call my cell anytime 310-555-3825 - Johnny
Look how well it would stand out of 10 responses:
Now that you're ready to use Craigslist, please know this: There are a lot of scammers on Craigslist, so protect yourself! Only pay with cash, and meet someplace public, like a Starbucks. Also, beware of flakes! They're not dangerous but I wouldn't drive far unless it was an awesome find. You'll get a lot of people flaking when you meet. Sort of expect them to at least be late (though I hope this is just a Los Angeles thing).
There are other online classifieds out there which some NA members have had great luck with. These are:
*It's worth mentioning that Kijiji is an eBay company. They're real sore about Craigslist cutting into their profits, so they started this as a free service. When it gets popular, it will be ad-based (including sponsored classifieds, banner and pop-up ads), as it already is in some countries. For this reason, I don't use it; it has a poor user base anyway.
What happened at the end of my scary buying experience that started this article? I bought Dinowarz, Rad Racer II and a gold Zelda for $5. I sold the Zelda and ended up getting Dinowarz and Rad Racer II (essentially) free. That scream? It was this half-dead mangy parrot that screamed like a little girl. Not worth the scare but at least I came out okay in the end. On the other hand, I've also snagged a CIB NES2 for $30, some more sought after titles like Mega Man (1 and 4), TMNT III, pirate multi-carts, good SNES games, etc. for dirt cheap. I've gotten a system with a CIB Excitebike for free. I've found lots of great resale lots (i.e., Mario 3) and the profit from that keeps my collection growing. However, I am by no means a Craigslist ninja; there have been better finds! Our own ArmageddonPotato found a Ninja Gaiden II prototype! May you have great success.
> Special thanks to MetalEggMan (for explanation of RSS feeds) and the poor Angelinos who thought they found gold. Couldn't have done it without you guys. If you'd like to respond to this article or contact me personally, feel free to email me at NESJohnny at gmail (or, just message me on the RetroReviewRevolution forums!).
|Posted by email@example.com on May 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM||comments (1)|
After having no luck picking up either the Flashback 2 or 2+ locally, I finally managed to get my hands on the Atari Flashback 3, now being manufactured my AtGames. I have mixed thoughts on this console, but overall I recommend it IF you can get a fully working unit.
The Flashback 3 has 60 Atari 2600 games on it, mostly old classics but also some new and unreleased games. Two huge standouts for me are Combat 2 and Adventure 2, two games that expanded greatly on the originals. There’s the usual share of good games and clunkers, but mostly its a good selection. One large disappointment for myself was the removal of Pitfall from the Flashback 2, as it was one of the greatest releases for the 2600 and should be here. Still, there’s a good selection of classics here such as Yars Revenge, Asteroids, Super Breakout, Centipede, Ghost House, and Adventure.
It looks like AtGames is having some major quality control issues with these units. It took me three tries to get a working setup. The first one I got had a nonworking power supply. The second one powered on, but when a controller was plugged in it flipped through the menus continually. This happened with both the controllers it came with as well as the original 2600 controllers. Finally, the third unit I received fully working.
A small concern that some people are having with this newer Flashback is that it is now being controlled with an ARM CPU emulating the games instead of Atari hardware, thus it cannot have a 2600 cartridge port hacked into it in order to play original 2600 titles. To me this is a nonissue as I have both an original 2600 and 7800 to play the original games, but people who like to do mods are out of luck with this one.
Overall I think this is a decent console for people to either re-live a few of the 2600 games, to try out some of the unreleased games, or as a second 2600 to have in the living room without needing to haul all their carts around. Just be sure that you have options to return the console for a different one if you get a nonworking one, which seems to be a problem for these.