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by Ganelon
Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The must-have psp games thread
Replies: 8
Views: 1825

Outside of some of the stuff already mentioned, I like the following games, separated by what's available in the US and what's only available in Japan. I also note if it's the best version, has tradeoffs, or if a port is in every way better: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PCE remake, PCE por...
by Ganelon
Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:32 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Awesome Famicom/NES action games **MASSIVE ULTRA UPDATE**
Replies: 69
Views: 29446

It's always tough for me to decide which regional version of a FC/NES sidescroller to buy. On one hand, the JP version usually includes the cinemas and uncensored visuals. On the other hand, the US version usually has new mechanics. And getting both seems like a waste. The good thing is that there a...
by Ganelon
Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Today's marketplace for yesterday's games
Replies: 46
Views: 7443

I definitely agree with the website influence. Sometimes, after an HG101 article about a game, there's a noticeable spike in the game's value . One of the greatest examples was Segagaga where a game that consistently went for $20-40 on Ebay for years (normal jewel/Amaray versions) suddenly started s...
by Ganelon
Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Today's marketplace for yesterday's games
Replies: 46
Views: 7443

Let me address some of the points based on what I've seen. Note that I've been keeping track since about 1999 so I'm only privy to the prices since then. Console shooters are on the whole cheaper than what they were in 2000. But arcade shooters are on the whole more expensive than what they were dur...
by Ganelon
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Today's marketplace for yesterday's games
Replies: 46
Views: 7443

Today's marketplace for yesterday's games

At 1 point years back, I could buy games on eBay and expect 50 transactions in a row to end up smoothly. As of today, 4/5 of my last eBay won game auctions have ended up in failure. These failures include passing a fake item off as real, passing a used item off as new (twice), and not sending the it...
by Ganelon
Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Determining the best version of a game to buy
Replies: 6
Views: 1650

For region differences, googling and watching videos is enough for most console games. Plus, if you feel like being a pirate, you always have an option of trying each version first to see what's different. That's much easier than for upcoming games where it's impossible to gather unknowns.
by Ganelon
Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:39 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Determining the best version of a game to buy
Replies: 6
Views: 1650

Determining the best version of a game to buy

In this generation more than any other, there's practically parity at the very top of the console market with the PS3 and 360 where it's rarely obvious from a screenshot's glance which has the best version of a game. Since many of us have both platforms, you don't want to get the inferior version or...
by Ganelon
Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [ETC] Nintendo butt rape
Replies: 12
Views: 5762

It's odd how Nintendo still hasn't learned its lesson to amass 3rd party support before releasing a new platform. Also, if it needed to be said, never raise prices out of "fan interest." It's hard to sympathize much with Nintendo when they dug their own hole by diluting the current gen mar...
by Ganelon
Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:13 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Shit that makes me LOL
Replies: 569
Views: 168144

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/07 ... ing.hoare/

Don't piss off the Murdochs or you may suddenly find yourself involved in a "non-suspicious" suicide.
by Ganelon
Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The rare & awesome shit thread...
Replies: 26
Views: 7321

The Wizardry anime isn't that good but it's fairly amusing how they interpret elevators. I've never heard of an Ultima anime before and it sure wasn't mentioned in online RPG communities during the 90s.
by Ganelon
Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:36 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Shit that makes me LOL
Replies: 569
Views: 168144

Yeah, but I was joking about the postmodern interpretation.
by Ganelon
Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:26 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Ninja Warriors Again is awesome
Replies: 20
Views: 5231

I've never been a fan but I agree there's little to fault with The Ninja Warriors Again. I don't like most of their other games but I do think Natsume is very underrated for their fighters, one shining example being Gundam Wing Endless Duel only on JP SFC (and its little brother Power Rangers The Fi...
by Ganelon
Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:32 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Shit that makes me LOL
Replies: 569
Views: 168144

by Ganelon
Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: 3DS belt scroller...
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

There's also Tokyo Beat Down for DS. Low expectations, folks...
by Ganelon
Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: 3DS belt scroller...
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

I hear you but considering there aren't even any RPGs on the system yet, I think we should be thankful of getting something at all from an underrepresented genre.
by Ganelon
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The rare & awesome shit thread...
Replies: 26
Views: 7321

The "LaserActive" itself is nice and sturdy but its stock PACs are garbage. Is anywhere selling recapped PACs?
by Ganelon
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:34 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Games on a plane... (GBA/PSP)
Replies: 27
Views: 5599

Is it just the download that doesn't work or do Ys 7 and other games not even work in UMD form on CFW?
by Ganelon
Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: What E3 2011 announcement are you gay for?
Replies: 17
Views: 4119

George Kamitani is no doubt a skilled artist but I don't like the crazy proportions here just as I don't like deformed characters in anime. I much prefer modestly proportional art, like in the original D&D brawlers. That said, Dragon's Crown's in-game characters seems a bit more subdued. As for ...
by Ganelon
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: What E3 2011 announcement are you gay for?
Replies: 17
Views: 4119

Well, looks like it's a good deal too. Only $30 on Amazon for PS3 or Vita version (US-only).
by Ganelon
Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: What E3 2011 announcement are you gay for?
Replies: 17
Views: 4119

From games unveiled at E3? Probably just Tekken Hybrid. I want to like Dragon's Crown (and will end up getting it for sure) but the design art so far is hideous...
by Ganelon
Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:05 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Shit that makes me LOL
Replies: 569
Views: 168144

Ha, I used to do that when I was around 6 years old, only I 1-upped that by jumping across 2-story rooftops (granted, the gap couldn't have been more than 4 ft. across but it was pretty frightening as a kid). And I've got to say: few things in life were more relaxing than enjoying a couple of minute...
by Ganelon
Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Games on a plane... (GBA/PSP)
Replies: 27
Views: 5599

What type of headphones do folks use on planes? Noise canceling closed-ear ones? I've pretty much stopped playing because it's very difficult to hear anything over the engine noise (without messing up your ears by maxing up the volume). Last plane trip I had was on Air Canada, which has free on-dema...
by Ganelon
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [ETC] Sony's new thingy (EDIT: The Vita)
Replies: 9
Views: 2690

Speaking of hacks, hopefully we get a 3DS one soon. I need my region-free.
by Ganelon
Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:08 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [ETC] Sony's new thingy (EDIT: The Vita)
Replies: 9
Views: 2690

The 3G is looking completely useless right now. $50 more, required monthly charge (from AT&T only no less), and apparently it can't be used to play games online? Wow. Anyway, I think everyone agrees the PS Vita is at a great deal for $250 (wonder how much Sony is losing) but the software selecti...
by Ganelon
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Zyclunt & Genocide
Replies: 45
Views: 12989

I wonder how many folks were introduced to this game through HOTU. I don't recall ever seeing this game in US stores otherwise.

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