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SNES Retro Mix Vol. 1


The first mix was a 5 game series: Dino City, Stunt Race FX, The Rocketeer, Super Mario RPG and Super Adventure Island II.

Dino City (Platformer)– This is a somewhat forgotten platformer, and it’s actually a pretty good one too.  It has a good challenge to it, as I got wrecked by the boss to the 2nd Stage.   That’s as far as I played, but I did walk away with a Password: 4K1XTƎK3HN4M

Stunt Race FX (Racing) – This is one of the few SNES games that uses the Super FX Chip.  Nintendo has yet to make a sequel or re-release this game (speculation is because of legal issues with the Super FX Chip), but this was a very fun game.  I only played the Stunt Mode this time, and it was still fun, will play some races another time.

The Rocketeer (Adventure) – When I first got a SNES game as a kid this was a game I got with it (alongside Super Mario World), I believe it was part of a Price Club Bundle.  This was always very difficult and frustrating, the first stage is a flying stage and I think I only made it past there a couple of times, I’m not sure if I ever made it pass the next stage in the hanger.  Revisiting this as an adult was pretty fun because I was able to actually make it much further than I ever had before.  Unfortunately/fortunately I discovered that I didn’t miss out on anything as a kid.  I’m skeptical to ever play this again.

Super Mario RPG (RPG) – I love this game, I think everyone does.  When I was a kid I rented this game and played it all weekend and beat it, it was awesome!  I’ve revisited this a couple of times in the past 15 years with my wife, but we always get side tracked before we can reach the end.  Playing this time we didn’t get very far, but we at least got past the beginning, got Mallow in our party and beat the Purple Croc thief Croco.  We hope to pick this back up again and actually make it through the end.  *This was actually played/streamed  on the Wii U instead of the SNES

Super Adventure Island II (Adventure Platformer) – I was pleasantly surprised by this game.  I am a fan of Adventure Island as it is, but this one was different as it had RPG elements to it, allowing the player to equip different items and talk to people in cities.  Instead of just playing through a series of stages, you had to navigate and overworld map.  The design is similar to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link but the action is more traditional Adventure Island type.   I definitely plan on coming back to this

My Favorites of 2016


I didn’t play everything this year, I didn’t play every game of every genre on every platform.  I don’t even play PC games.  I know I missed out on some of the highest praised games of the year.  But out of the games that I did play, I had some favorite ones and found some memorable ones.  Some of the games might be leftovers from 2015 that I didn’t play until 2016. Hell, I even included some retro games in My Favorites of 2016.

This is what I played, and this is what I enjoyed. But to get a feel for my taste in gaming, I thought you might be interested in seeing what it is that I liked.  If you enjoy or have interest in the same kind of games, then you might want to keep checking back here on or on my twitch channel ( because I might be covering the exact kind of games that you want to see covered.










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Wii U Rarity Guide

banner2.jpgNow that the Wii U is wrapping up, I thought it would be a good time to go back and look at what are the rare, or hard to find games and how much they were selling for on eBay.  These prices are based on what the games have sold for, and not necessarily what people are asking.  There are always sellers who ask ridiculously high prices on rare or limited items, it’s not necessarily how much it’s actually worth (unless it’s the only one online).  Rarity is mainly based on the ability to get a new/sealed copy and their value.  All used games are priced on being complete with good/great condition case, manual and disc.  This is entirely based on North American releases. If I missed anything or you have any additions, please contact me.




Release Date & MSRP: September 26th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? Its only North American release was exclusive to the Nintendo World Store in New York City.  The game is the same as the standard version but it does include a cool scarf

Is It Holding Value?  Yes and it will probably remain high.  The Japanese Collector’s edition has even more items and can be purchased cheaper.  Fan-made scarfs can also be found online, but it is still holding its value strong




Release Date & MSRP: May 29th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? Its only North American release was exclusive to the Nintendo World Store in New York City.  This makes this item very limited and rare, all for the blue shell and packaging included

Is It Holding Value?  Very much so, and most likely will only go up.  There was a similar collector’s edition released overseas that was more widely available, but this still is highly sought after.




Release Date & MSRP: November 24th, 2014 – $99.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? They only made enough of these to fulfill pre-orders, and maybe a handful of extras.   It sold out quickly online and was never brought back as a bundle.  The controller and adapter were sold separately but were hard to find for months.

Is It Holding Value?  It has remained at the $150 – $200 price range since release.  The controller and adapter are available separately, so the value really is just the packaging in a bundle.




Release Date & MSRP: September 20th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? This was a limited Collector’s Edition released exclusively at GameStop.  The game is the same as the regular edition but the packaging and inclusion of a Ganondorf figure are different.

Is It Holding Value?  It shot up to $150 right after selling out at release and has held that value since.  The new price for first print Wind Waker HD with a gold cover has gone up slightly.

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Nintendo Switch Initial Excitement


The Nintendo NX is no more, Nintendo has dropped the code name and finally revealed their newest console, AND portable.  It’s called the Nintendo Switch.  It’s a hybrid handheld console and I’m very excited for it. The more I think about it, the better it sounds actually.  But I will be fair, I am a huge Nintendo fan and I have bought 4 of their consoles (including the Wii U) and 3 of their handhelds at launch (not including special editions). The ones I didn’t buy at launch, I got later, and still have it…even the Virtual Boy.  Last but not least, my game collection is probably 70%+ Nintendo.  So yes, I do play favorites to Nintendo, but if you are also a Nintendo fan or even rooting for Nintendo to succeed, then get excited.  If the momentum gets big enough for the Switch, Nintendo might bounce back strong.  The more I think about the system the more potential I can imagine from it.  I just hope Nintendo can capitalize.  Here are some things I’m throwing around in my head.


Local Multiplayer Possibilities

This could be huge, this could re-invent things like couch co-op, LAN parties, and your traditional ideas of local multiplayer. Even with only one piece of hardware it looks like players could gather around the screen and play a co-op game like Diablo, and Donkey Kong or even multiplayer games of Madden and Mario Kart.  The more this spreads, or the more people that own the Switch, the wider the multiplayer possibilities get.  Battlefield, Splatoon, and other resource heavy titles will start to become a possibility.  With some of my friends, it might actually be easier to play a game together  in person than online.  A good amount of my friends and family have a PS4, if those games we play at home were also portable, we would be playing a lot more together.  Even transporting it to a friend’s house is simple.


Combining It’s Markets
The biggest roadblock is that this system has to sell, a lot.  If the social aspects and local multiplayer opportunities are really going to flourish, it’s going to need to have a large install base.  The Playstation 4 sold amazingly, in 3 years, it’s already around 44 million, one of the fastest selling consoles of all time.  In 3 years the XBox One has reached 22 million while the Wii U only broke 11 million in 4 years time.  And the 3DS, which is very important here, will most likely hit 60 Million sold in 2017.  The Switch means Nintendo is combining it’s portable market and it’s console market, there is definitely some overlap in there, but it’s actually not too crazy to think that it could put up PS4 numbers.  If it REALLY catches on and reaches a fad-like status, Nintendo could have a Wii/DS combo on it’s hands (Wii sold 101million, DS sold 153million).
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Pokken Tournament


Tekken Tag Tournament 2


Xenoblade Chronicles X


Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist


Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE