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StarBoy91

Well last week was good for me as far as retro gaming concerned. I got two import purchases (each game for a different system), and they both are very fun (if not flawed) games. First on the line was Jerry Boy for the Super Famicom
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Yeah, I'm fully aware that this game was released in America for the SNES under the nomenclature Smart Ball, but after having looked up that there were alterations in the transition (like the removal of the intro sequence and the town areas) I decided to go with the Japanese original. Sometimes I believe that it's best to experience a game as it was originally intended to be experienced as opposed to a version producers and/or executives assume is best for the Western audience (though that might just be the purist in me), so that's why I went with Jerry Boy. It's funny how many slime-based games there were in the early '90s (or there are now, really), like the Putty series of games and this one European-exclusive Super Morph. But I'm trailing off, so about Jerry Boy. After years of being curious about this game, all I've got to say is that it's pretty simple yet fun game, imo. It's not flawless, the controls do tend to be sticky and slippery at times (particularly when you dash) and for the most part it's easy but has its good set of challenges, even if it's a bit short; but otherwise I like this game, flaws aside. It's too bad that the sequel Jerry Boy 2 never got a released, because from one of the gameplay videos I've seen on YouTube it looks really good and it looks like an improvement over its predecessor (had it not been for the fact that it took three years to craft it, not to mention the fact that Sony-the publisher-would part ways with Nintendo to create their first PlayStation console in 1994, it probably would've come out, even if only as a Japan-exclusive). So, this 16-bit game was not great, but I do find it to be fun while it lasts. Pretty charming, too.

Okay, second game: Mogurānya for the Game Boy classic
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Again, I know that it was released outside Japan as Mole Mania; but unlike in the case of Jerry Boy where I wanted to experience it as it was meant to be experienced (in my book), that was not the case here. The reason I ordered the Japanese version as opposed to the American version of this game was because of the art on the cartridge. I found it to be rather appealing and cute (despite there being a white space in the background area). It probably would not have made a difference which version I would wind up with here, because all the same it's not that hard to follow even though there's lots of trial and error and requires extensive thinking and consideration to get through many of these screens (in particular the complex ones). I didn't finish the game as of yet, but from what I've played I find it to be tons of fun. I like the variety of the areas and how different each level would look, and the songs are pretty good (though I could do without the annoying constant beeping sound effect whenever you're low on health here). It's lighthearted and charming, it's sort of like The Legend of Zelda, if you replaced Link with Muddy Mole and traded the action/adventure aspect with an adventure/puzzle theme (at least, that's something I noticed while playing this game), only you have to beat it in one sitting. ... Still, really fun other than that, imo! Also, it looks really good on the Super Game Boy.

02/13/14 NOTE: Forget what I said about Mogurānya having to be beaten in one sitting. Turns out your progress can be saved: so long as you perform the Game & Watch Gallery method of saving by pausing the game and then turning it off. All I've got to say is: that's such a relief!

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KingMike

The only thing I think SmartBall did better was to separate the shoot and dash/stick buttons (L/R and X/Y respectively, whereas X/Y does all of them in Jerry Boy.) A minor annoyance since it wastes ammo so you have to go back and farm some.
Right, you wouldn't even know the story in SmartBall unless you have the manual.
Equinox is another Sony-published SNES game that for some reason is missing ingame story in the English version even though the Japanese and English versions were developed simultaneously (to they point they even co-exist in the code but you can't choose which to play).

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Nintenjoe64

Not sure if it's old enough to be considered retro but I am finally getting round to buying "Sid Meier's Pirates!" on steam. The original was my favourite C64 game but the reviews put me off the remake for some reason. After sifting through all the reviews I found enough to convince me that the game was similar enough to the original for me to love it!

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Peach64

Just got myself a copy of Mario Golf for the GBC. Fed up of waiting for it to get a European VC release. No doubt it will happen next week now.

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sharkyShark

Just won Final Fantasy III on ebay having just beat Final Fantasy II. While FF2 is awesome, I hear FF3 is like the RPG to beat all RPGs. Can't wait 'til it shows up.

Votes from the community — do you guys think FF3 is better than FF2?

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ogo79

just hit up undercover cops super famicom. woooo!

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As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
And yes, he is (usually) always right, and he is (almost) the sexiest gamer out there (not counting me) ;)

antipop621

Just picked up a copy of Wario: Master of Disguise. I'm not expecting much but it was quite cheap.

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WaveBoy

ogo79 wrote:

had to get this right quick: nekketsu oyako
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That looks pretty wicked, especially the Zapper gun-Blow torch screen shot.
Have you ever played that Sailor Moon Arcade beat em up titled Sailor Moon: Pretty Soldier? it even comes with a Sailor Jupiter poseable action doll with a mini plastic brush so you can stroke her hair until your little heart's content.

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ogo79

WaveBoy wrote:

Have you ever played that Sailor Moon Arcade beat em up titled Sailor Moon: Pretty Soldier? it even comes with a Sailor Jupiter poseable action doll with a mini plastic brush so you can stroke her hair until your little heart's content.

man i really want to play that game, its funny i was looking at it last night actually...

the_shpydar wrote:
As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
And yes, he is (usually) always right, and he is (almost) the sexiest gamer out there (not counting me) ;)

CanisWolfred

sharkyShark wrote:

Just won Final Fantasy III on ebay having just beat Final Fantasy II. While FF2 is awesome, I hear FF3 is like the RPG to beat all RPGs. Can't wait 'til it shows up.

Votes from the community — do you guys think FF3 is better than FF2?

No.

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KingMike

ogo79 wrote:

just hit up undercover cops super famicom. woooo!

Sadly the market values that game much more highly than I do. I'd pay maybe $20-30 for its gameplay, but I know finding it at that price is an unrealistic expectation.
(I have seen bootleg sellers asking that, but buying a fake sounds worse to me than that other method. )

There is what seems to be a licensed emulator-based compilation for PC, but the quality does not seem that great. Oh well, guess I'll have to live with that unless I decide to pay big bucks.

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ogo79

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when i tried to order gourmet, that site acted funny with my credit card. ill have to get it elsewhere...

the_shpydar wrote:
As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
And yes, he is (usually) always right, and he is (almost) the sexiest gamer out there (not counting me) ;)

Tasuki

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KingMike

ogo79 wrote:

@KingMike
when i tried to order gourmet, that site acted funny with my credit card. ill have to get it elsewhere...

The only SFC games seller I think that ships internationally at the moment is one called auc-games (I think there's a button to choose your country to filter the others). For others it may require using a proxy buying service (which means adding some commission fees). Quite some time ago I used one to buy Crisis Force for the Famicom. $13 loose on yahoo turned into about $55 after all fees (which was effectively paying the ebay price), but I recall that may have been because I used EMS or whatever the fastest priciest shipping was. Probably could have been in the area of $30-35 otherwise.

KingMike

ogo79

KingMike wrote:

ogo79 wrote:

@KingMike
when i tried to order gourmet, that site acted funny with my credit card. ill have to get it elsewhere...

The only SFC games seller I think that ships internationally at the moment is one called auc-games (I think there's a button to choose your country to filter the others). For others it may require using a proxy buying service (which means adding some commission fees). Quite some time ago I used one to buy Crisis Force for the Famicom. $13 loose on yahoo turned into about $55 after all fees (which was effectively paying the ebay price), but I recall that may have been because I used EMS or whatever the fastest priciest shipping was. Probably could have been in the area of $30-35 otherwise.

yeah dude, ive never had any problems importing games from other sites until that one. they sent me an email saying something like my card isnt working (yeah right). the told me to contact my bank, after that i ordered another game from japan the same day with no problems. in fact thats the first time ive ever had any problems ordering a game from a different country.

the_shpydar wrote:
As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
And yes, he is (usually) always right, and he is (almost) the sexiest gamer out there (not counting me) ;)

Fheonix

Just picked up a copy of Parasol Stars for the NES... Love the Bubble Bobble series and been after it for a long time! Can't wait to plug it into the NES and give it a go... I've been waiting to play it since I was a kid!

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