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Jaguar, Lynx, and Arcade Collecting.

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Airship Get!

We find everyone and do some back tracking and boss fighting. Some plot twists again that are interesting.      The prince of the evil empire joins us after being fed up with their killing ways. And we steal an airship he helps us get.     Then it feels like the game opens up way more. Building a base, collecting crew members, ship upgrades, discovery searching. Even some humor and light hearted banter in-between. I'll finish fighting the empire after more

No Treasure

The boss battle took forever. 2 heads that each hit the whole party for 600+ each. Then when one gets low a 1200 hit to the whole party. Ended up Fina doesn't have enough hit points and it was really hard with just 3. I went from over powered on regular fights to woefully terrible at the boss.  The for the treasure. Or lack of. Friends are treasure, blah, blah, blah.   Then the evil empire invades Nasty as we return together. The general is aquainted with Fina apparent

Treasure Island

Vyse is rescued by an air pirate named Gilder who joins the party. He likes treasure and ladies. The pirate girl that saved the girls is infatuated with this Gilder.     So this starts a back and forth of Vyse and the girls narrowly missing each other several times. Made me think of the "missed connections" tab that used to be on Craigslist that was always good for a laugh. Both parties end up with half a map for pirate treasure and it makes for

Stranded Pirates

Some back and forth and a lot of talking. The tribal people had the crystal all along. Interesting plot twist I guess. A big green thing as a boss was cool. And we blast the Valuans who go running back home, opening our way forward.     I venture to the north now in search of the yellow crystal into the evil Valuan empire homeland. We soon come across some comic relief. A black pirate that steals food. Very funny stuff here.     F

Lost City of Rixis

I leveled up so much in the mines the final battle and saving Elton John and the perverted priest was easy. Followed by a lot of talking and then searching for locations in my ship. Finally into the maze filled city ruins, and a boss battle with a giant bird. More level ups and grinding, ultra high encounter rates. It's starting to bore me. The characters have lots of character, and the ship and battles are cool. Just not at this level, I'm pretty high level for here, nothing is difficult just t

Road to Ica Taka

After the desert and stealing the engine from the evil lady, we were off into the storm ocean. It looks like giant tornadoes top to bottom like something out of Star Trek. And it's against the wind and pulls the ship left. I was not impressed, I spent more time here then I want to admit, random encounters every 3 seconds. Finally, following blowing garbage in the wind I make it out.        I spot a town and land in a jungle. Good music here. The towns kinda like a maze,

My Graded Paperweight

After all the news coverage of WATA I never would have thought I'd be the owner of one of their graded products. VGA, PSA, etc. or any graded game at all really. $70 for a 9.8 A++ was hard to pass up though.       That's how much my new PS5 games are so a vintage game graded or sealed is in that range to me. Mostly cause it's getting opened and played. It does look kinda neat floating in its case. But I'm not in the market for bookends. And this Dreamcast is going good but it doe

Skies of Arcadia Adventure Log

After many many years I finally get around to playing this. I held Grandia 2 in such high regard, I played it three times over when the last Dreamcast died finally. And only a meager couple hours of Arcadia.     After 12 or so hours in now I have a good grasp of much of it. The elemental nature of fighting hand to hand is interesting. Coupled with the ship to ship combat that's nail biting fun.        Vyse and Aika are Blue Rogue air pirates. Along with Vyse's dad, the capta

Game Gear Fury

Fatal Fury Special is another win for Game Gear. Much like Samurai Shodown I am very happy I got this. It is a faster paced experience than SS and really makes me think Street Fighter could have been done on the system and been just fine.  The presentation is very similar to SS. Scrolling backgrounds, animation, very colorful. Round 1 is daytime, then the next is turns to night. Detailed characters, I always play as Terry but can tell who everyone is.      There is no side

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Game Gear Samurai

We had a Game Gear pretty close to when it was released. As an arcade kid I naturally ended up with all of the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 2 iterations on our Genesis and SNES. Only the first Mortal Kombat ended up at home in our Game Gear though. Many years later I've gotten to try the other fighters available on the Game Gear. They have not impressed very much.     Then I acquired the Takara release of Samurai Showdown. Now I've played many SNK fighters in the arcade, PC Engine

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neogeo1982 in Sega Game Gear

Songbird Black Friday Sale

Songbird posted up an early Black Friday sale last week and I figured why not. Super Off Road was not on sale but, I'd been wanting to put it in my collection and try it out. T-tris was on sale and so was Cyber Virus, both from my Songbird wish list.      Super Off Road. To start with do not buy this off ebay for $300+. Same with Desert Strike and Double Dragon. Songbird stocks them or order direct from Telegames UK if he is out, $70. It took me a couple races but it is a fun little mud rac

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Went for games but ended up with this

I ended up with my daughter this weekend so she was along for Black Friday this year. My town has several thrift stores including a very large Salvation Army, and some odd pawn shops run by odder characters. I thought lets throw in a dash of Wally World to see if anything was left too, we went around noon this year.     Smaller thrift stores were a bust. They usually are here unless you need cheap work clothes or old Nat Geo mags going back to the 70's. Worth a look though. Odd pawn shops w

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PS2 Holiday Foster Donation

I have a co-worker who recently took in several foster children. They had known the family and the kids knew who they were, the parents had overdosed several times and lost their kids for the foreseeable future. I talk about games frequently at work though most ignore me. They are more into hunting, fishing, and trucks. This day however, my co-worker asked me where to buy PS2 games for a 9 and 11 year old. Turns out he has a nearly new PS2 he hasn't used in years he wanted to hook up for the fos

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Jaguar Total Carnage

I like a good twin stick shooter. When I was younger we had the imported Saturn controller to play Virtua On with. That was awesome at home. Smash TV, Shock Troopers, Cyber Sled, T-Mek at the arcades all ate up my pocket money through the years. Now many years on I picked up Total Carnage for Jaguar. I had no expectations going into it, just a new shooter for me to try.      I never played this anywhere else so its hard to compare to other versions of it. The graphics are good and highly an

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Lynx Centipede HSC

I'd been waiting for the Songbird Centipede to come up in HSC Lynx for several months now. I figured Shred or jgk would put up good numbers for me to beat. Low and behold it was Carl himself who was my biggest challenge. All week I reigned number one then I notice Friday night Carl posts a score far greater than I had gotten. My old hands aren't like they used to be, holding the Lynx vertical for hours is a challenge in itself. I going to finish this challenge. All Saturday afternoon into the ni

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Protector SE is it worth it?

Protector SE was the game that got me hooked on the Jaguar again. I owned a Jaguar right at the end of its life cycle I picked up cheap at a used game store. I did AVP, Tempest, and moved on. Fast forward 20 years. There are many games I found out I really would have liked had I stuck with it. After venturing down many internet rabbit holes and researching what I missed out on, I ended up at Songbird. Liking shooters and arcade style games I took the $90 plunge. Money well spent. I think at this

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Real men don't read manuals

I had forgotten I bought On Duty and Always Winter about a month ago. Coming all the way to northern Pa from Finland is quite a journey. On Duty is a cool little top down shooter that kinda reminds me of Commando mixed with nes Metal Gear. It has a lot of humor to it and doesn't take itself too seriously. Always Winter Never Christmas is a small novel along the line of choose the path to take, and is Sci-fi in nature. Once again it is filled with pop culture humor from other sci-fi franchises. A

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Rising Jaguar Price Bubble

The bubble that Wata and the auction house have created is disappointing. It took awhile for it to get to some of the Atari systems but it has hit. I have never been one to play emulators or roms but the last year has seen prices skyrocket. I went to buy a new replacement Jaguar and I know it was 399 not long ago. Now it was over 600. Really? I got my Lynx Desert Strike and Double Dragon new for 50 each in the last year, now ebay sellers at over 200 each. Or take Another World, pictured is a cur

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Tempest 4000 Vs. 2000

I really enjoy T2K for the Jaguar. So much so I even went as far as having an open copy and a sealed copy of it. Today we have T4K which I have on the PS4. Very good in its own right but it doesn't feel the same in a lot of ways. This brought me to Polybius which I play on PSVR until my middle aged eyes hurt from it. The Leaderboards on PS4 are a great boon for old arcade goers like me, there's no question of who has what score and at what arcade anymore. PS4 has such a large install base of use

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