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Sony Chat / Re: Japanese PS2
« on: Today at 14:00:12 »
Few more games in the post. Castle Shikigami 1 & 2 + Gradius III+IV

Altogether now....

Nintendo Chat / Re: The NES Thread
« on: March 21, 2020, 09:06:34 AM »

Played THE HELL out of Bubble Bobble and Contra on NES.  Surprised he omitted Gradius as that is a solid port too - played that a lot.

Balloon Fight was Nintendo's take on Joust and I believe it's the better game - esp. for home play. Played a lot of that too.

7800 Asteroids is such a good port. I still play it despite owning a real cabinet.  2600 Asteroids is probably the game I have played the most in my life - my bro and I CANED that game for at least a year....I doubt a day went past when we didn't play it.

7800 Centipede is a brilliant port too - and like Asteroids on 7800 - has some excellent 2 player simultaneous modes.

Berzerk on 2600 is maybe the best arcade port on that console. Just a pity there were no diagonal shots from the robots though.

Memories of 2600 Decathlon. My bro and cousins wore out joysticks on that in 4 player mode - so many memories.

I think I prefer Beamrider on 2600. The 5200 was such a mis-step for Atari. They never really recovered. :(

2600 Joust played well but the 7800 port was great - really solid feel to it.

5200 Kaboom! - What was the point of that with no paddle control? It does have an interesting 2 player mode where player 2 controls the bomber but with no proper control it's a mess.

2600 Megamania - another game I caned. I completed it (it stops at 999999pts).

2600 Missile Command was a real surprise to me. I though it would be crap but it was translated really well. Atari devs really were craftsmen back then. Vies with Berzerk for best port award.

Space Invaders - I wanted this game SO MUCH back in the day. I didn't get it until years later when the shine had worn off but it's a great cartridge on 2600 - mainly because of the excellent 2 player modes inc. some co-op games.

Enjoyed 2600 Space Shuttle - was mind blowing what the 2600 could be coaxed into doing.

Super Breakout - 2600 version every time. Paddle controls. Simple as that. It's a great port of the game - I still play this.

Super Cobra - had this as part of a long term swap with my cousins. Played the hell out of it but that jerky scrolling was headache inducing. The 5200 port looks really good but never played it.

2600 Vanguard was a good game but the absence of background tunes made it feel empty. And the final boss was so disappointing - a single hit kills it - when I realised that the longer you dodged bullets and held out before killing it the more points you got then it felt better. Played it a lot.

Jr Pacman on 2600 is a great game - really solid port. Rock hard though - it's an accomplishment just to beat level 1....

Retro News & Chat / Re: Let's Compare Klax
« on: March 10, 2020, 13:04:36 PM »
Didn't know the MD got two ports. I have the Western one which is rather nice.  The 2600 port looks decent too!  A 1990 game for the 2600 :)

Sony Chat / Re: Japanese PS2
« on: March 07, 2020, 21:04:44 PM »
Didn't realise some games don't work on the slim!!!

EDIT: PS1 games - yeah some of those don't work even on the phat console - think there's a Atari compilation pack for PS1 that won't run on a PS2.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: March 06, 2020, 14:12:33 PM »
I like the look of those paddles.

Are they compatible with any other hardware apart from Atari? Guessing no.

Love to be able to play some MAME paddle games from time to time.

Sony Chat / Re: Japanese PS2
« on: March 05, 2020, 11:59:23 AM »

Ordered some more shmups...

Castle Shikigami 1 & 2.
Also Gradius III+IV

These games had PAL releases but were butchered. Shikigami 1 is aka Mobile Light Force which was a ultra cheap release but 50Hz and letterboxed  and had features stripped out. Shikigami 2 kept the moniker and features but also the 50Hz letterboxed image. Gradius III + IV had a similar treatment.

Other Systems / Re: Hyperkin Retron 3 HD Review
« on: February 29, 2020, 15:02:02 PM »

Sound is out but it's a decent compromise.

Retro News & Chat / Re: The Making of Crackpots
« on: February 26, 2020, 17:11:26 PM »
Never owned the original cart but it's a good old game. Played it on some retro compilation on the PS2. I have it loaded onto my 2600 Harmony cart now.  :)

Nintendo Chat / Re: The Nintendo 64 thread.
« on: February 25, 2020, 15:46:19 PM »

Here's a lark - me making a mess of F-Zero X Queen Cup.

I uploaded this because some of the deaths are amusing (to me at any rate)

Nintendo Chat / Re: The Nintendo 64 thread.
« on: February 25, 2020, 14:23:48 PM »
Wetrix is a magnificent game. Well worth going back to. It got an "update" on PS2 but I didn't like it as it sullied the purity of the original. The Dreamcast got a port too which was a straight graphical update - but it lost the great soundtrack. Still a nice version though I prefer the original.

Sony Chat / Re: Japanese PS2
« on: February 22, 2020, 23:55:42 PM »
To be fair there is one game I have noticed in particular - called Detonator. It's a 2D puzzle game -quite simple looking but rock hard. On the slim the drive whirrs like blazes - no noise from the phat at all. Weird - there shouldn't be any difference really.  I'm wondering if it is to do with whether the disc uses DVD format or not.

Sony Chat / Re: Japanese PS2
« on: February 21, 2020, 09:55:21 AM »

The only issue I have with the slims is that they run warm/hot. They are nice little console though. They are sometimes a bit noisier too - I have some games that run quieter on the phat.

Sony Chat / Re: Japanese PS2
« on: February 20, 2020, 13:25:22 PM »
I have a slim - silver. Looks exactly the same as the PAL slim I have apart form it being black.

I have a PAL phat PS2 as well. I have the PAL slim hooked up to a rotated CRT and use it exclusively for vertical shmups. The phat is connected to my larger CRT for normal gaming. I swap the JP slim between the two TVs depending on the game I am playing.

Sony Chat / Japanese PS2
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:28:04 AM »
My latest toy :)

I got this for a few reasons.

Sega Ages Series - some of these are expensive now but they are very collectable and look great play value-wise.
2D shooters - my favourite genre - some superb games available and I thought it high time to dip in before prices go mad.
Japanese PS1 library - another rich seam

So far I have procured these:
Sega Ages : Fantasy Zone - one of my favourite hori-shooter series. I have the Saturn version but this adds in a nice updated version and a challenge mode.
Sega Ages : Tetris - last word in Sega Tetris - every conceivable version with every option and mode. With a New Century version with modern additions and features. Coded my M2 themselves - the meisters of ports. Tetris is minor obsession of mine - I have a good sized collection of Tetris games.
DoDonPachi DOJ - considered by many as "the best shooter ever". Gorgeous port by Arika with extra modes. TATE too. and a superplay DVD included
Espgaluda - another lovely job from Arika. Extra modes. Superplay DVD.

Gradius Gaiden - widely considered as the best entry in the series. Superb game.
Xevious 3D/G+ - lovely Xevious compilation with original, Super, Arrangement and a semi-3D remake which is actually good - using nice clean polys and textures meaning it has aged well.
Space Invaders 2000 - continuing my Space Invader collection. Just a nice basic port with a time attack mode and a 2 player versus mode.

On the lookout for more. Raiden DX, Castle Shikigami 2 in my sights next. :)

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