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Kangaroo

Wow, has it really been 9 days since my last blog? How time flies. Anyway, todays review is Kangaroo, one of those obscure arcade games that found a much more appreciative audience on home systems. The object of the game is to help Momma Roo get to her precious Mini Roo at the top of the screen, all the while helping herself to some of the fresh fruit in the level (which happens to be growing in a tree. Huh.). This is easier said than done though, since Mini Roo is being held captive by a gang o

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Sonic Colors

As a select few might know, I'm a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. I buy every Sonic game I can get, and play them all to death. I've played both Sonic Adventure games to completion, got all the ending is Shadow the Hedgehog, aced Sonic CD, and won every Sonic game on Genesis except 3D Blast and Sonic 2. So it is with baited breath that I await Sonic Colors, the newest Sonic game on the Wii.     From what I can see of the screenshots, Colors looks very much like a more polished Sonic Unleashed. It h

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Xybots

Xybots may not be the most well known arcade game, but the Lynx version is one of the most popular Lynx games around. It is a 3rd person shooter that tasks you to make it through a maze while blasting the Master Xybot's minions. Along the way, you will run into teleporters, power-ups, and life-sustaining energy. In between levels, you are given the opportunity to upgrade yourself in preparation for what lays ahead.   While Xybots may not seem terribly interesting at first, spend some time with

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Frogger on Genesis

Frogger was an odd release that came out during the last gasps of Sega Genesis' life (1998). It's a port of the arcade game (not the "new" Frogger that came out on Playstation), so if you've played that you've played this. You try to get your frog across a highway and a river 5 times, each time filling up one of the holes at the top. if you hit a car or fall into the water, you lose a life. Simple, much like other arcade games.     Now, the Genesis port (unlike others before it) is arcade p

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The many, many faces of Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man

Pac-Man has appeared on every system from Channel F (yes really, Channel F!) to Xbox 360, and everything in-between. Any system with a name people know has some kind of Pac-Man, so whatever system you buy, you can be pretty sure it will have at least one version. So without further ado, let's take a look at every version of Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man that falls from the sky. WARNING: this is going to be very long and wordy.     Now, Pac-Man came into existence when Pac-Man creator guy (I can n

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Super Mario Advance

Super Mario Advance was a launch game for GBA, which was a collection of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros. This may seem like an odd choice for GBAs first flagship title, you tend to forget that once you get lost inside it. Few people admit it, but SMB2 is an excellent game, and Mario Bros. has its charms too.     SMB2 is mostly ignored because it is the "black sheep" of the series. Rather than jumping on enemies and collecting coins, you pick up enemies and throw them bodily at their ch

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Zoop: Tetris of 1995

Zoop is an odd cross between a puzzle and a shooter. You play a little triangle that moves around a 4x4 grid in the center of the screen, and you must shoot yourself at objects to get them. If you shoot an object that is your color, it will disappear and give you points. But if you shoot an object that isn't your color, you will swap colors with the object. Your overall objective is to clear a set amout of objects in each level. Remember that now.     With that out of the way, Zoop is fant

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Lynx: Bigger, Badder, Better (but mostly Bigger)

When you see Lynx being discussed on the net (or anywhere else, for that matter), some wise guy reminds us all that Lynx sux because it's huge. Yes, it's huge, but size is power. I would love to see your pretty little Game Boy run Klax, so I can whip out my Lynx and blast you away. But anyway, let's discuss Lynx. Like I said, it's big.     But this size is for a good reason. Lynx has a large, color, hi-res, backlit screen. This screen makes it possible to play games like Ms. Pac-Man and Kl

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Hopeful of PSP 1000

After 2 threads worth of consideration (and help from my brother), I have decided to get a PSP 1000 as my model of choice. This is because it is the cheapest model, and has very little difference in quality compared to the slim models.   That said, I'm really lookig forward to it. I recently picked up a very nice CIB copy of Ridge Racer and a 32 meg memory stick, so I'm all prepared. I'll be buying a refurbished system from GameStop, which I've heard are very nice. They have their screens clea

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Game Review: Donkey Kong for Atari 8-bit

Donkey Kong was one of Nintendo's biggest hits in the Arcade, and was equally as successful on home systems. Coleco's versions for the 2600, Intellivision, and most importantly Colecovision, were runaway hits. Though no version managed to have all 4 levels until Atari released a version for their 8-bit computer line, and blew everyone away with it's awesomeness. Granted, the pie factory level wasn't the best, but it was still pretty cool to have here. The gameplay is perfectly executed here, and

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Wave Race: Blue Storm

I haven't done a blog in quite a while, but this just popped to mind, so why not?   The thing that really strikes me about Wave Race: Blue Storm is how FANTASTIC it looks. The rippling water on the loading and menu screens is an instantly great first impression, and it never goes downhill from there. If you've played any other jet ski game before (mainly Wave Race 64 or Jet Moto), you'll know the drill. You race through watery tracks, swerving around bueys and riding up ramps. precision is key

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Sonic X Blog: Game Boy Advance Video

It's been few dsays since I did one of these blogs (due to running out of episodes I've seen), but I do have one more card up my sleeve to occupy the time until I get my Satelite Swindle DVD. That card is the one and only Game Boy Advance video of Sonic X, which contains episodes one and two.   It always suprises me how well Game Boy Advance can handle full motion video, considering the nature of the handheld. Unless you're watching something like Spongebob Squarepants, the animation tends to

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Sonic X Blog: The Last Resort (Season 1, Episode 9)

With my Satellite Swindle DVD in my possession, I can get back to business with episode 9, The Last Resort. The plot is that Amy, Tails, Cream, and Chris are going to the beach. Amy offers for Sonic to come along too, but he refuses, due to his extreme dislike of water. However, Sonic is coerced into coming later on when Robotnik shows up with the Octorog, and proceeds to demolish everything.   Also known a, "The Episode Where Amy Kicks Azz", The Last Resort is a really wonderful episode. Not

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Sonic X Blog: Unfair Ball (Season 1, Episode 10)

It's that special time again where I write stuff about Sonic X, and specifically about episode 10 for today. In Unfair Ball, Tails finds another Chaos emerald in a baseball diamond after the emerald's energy spikes force him to land. Through a series of sudden events, both Robotnik and the Sonic team find out about it, and race to get it. Once there, a squabble over the emerald ensues, but Robotnik decides to settle things in an uncharacteristically sporting way: a game of baseball.   I'll adm

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Sonic X Blog: Flyspy (Season 1, Episode 11)

Here's the blog again, and the 11th episode is what I'm going over now. In Flyspy, Rouge makes her first real appearance by stealing a very large diamond from a museum. She is later cought trying to take another gem, but instead of throwing her in prison, they strike a deal with her. If she helps them capture Robotnik, they won't arrest her (and she gets to keep the diamond). An infiltration into Robotnik's base follows.   I typically hate Rouge, but she's actually done really well here. Inste

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Sonic X Blog: Beating Eggman, Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 12)

We're nearing the end of season 1 here, with the second-from-last episode Beating Eggman (part 1). In the first half of this two parter, the president decides to take action against Robotnik. They're going for a full-out attack on his base, and they have the help of Rouge and Topaz, who already know the inside of the structure. Meanwhile, Sonic and co. locate another chaos emerald, and give chase for it.   I must say, this is a very good idea. There's no better way to end a season than with an

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Sonic X Blog: Beating Eggman, Part 2 (Season 1, Episode 13)

Season 1 is over, and the last episode is Beating Eggman (part 2). Coming off from the previous episode, Sonic has to rescue his friends, get the chaos emerald, beat Robotnik, and destroy the fortress. Meanwhile, Rouge and her team continue their infiltration, with the help of Knuckles.   Well, Season 1 certainly ended on a high note. There hasn't been this much action in an episode since Chaos Control Freaks, which is actually upstaged here. As a whole, I give Beating Eggman (part 2) and Seas

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Sonic X Blog: That's What Friends Are For (Season 2, Episode 1)

Season 2 has begun for the Sonic X Blog, and the HOT!, NEW! episode is That's What Friends Are For. Due to Sonic's recent defeat of Robotnik, he has become quite the popular one (Sonic, not Robotnik). This has begun to intimidate the president's aids, who think that Sonic might run for presidency next and ruin their chances of re-election. Their plan is to invite Sonic to a party and have him shake hands with the president, in order to show people that they're "in" with him. However, Sonic has p

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Sonic X Blog: Skirmish in the Sky (Season 2, Episode 2)

It's been a while, but here I am again, and this episode is Skirmish in the Sky. Since Sonic and his friends have been publicly recognised, they can go anywhere without getting busted now. Ella takes advantage of this by taking Christ, Tails, Amy, and Cream to the mall. However, people won't leave them alone. What's worse, Robotnik shows up in his emergency hover base, and starts wreaking havok on the city.   Overall, it was a very good episode, and the idea of the Sonic characters trying to i

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Sonic X Blog: Depths of Danger (Season 2, Episode 3)

It's been almost a week, but here's the Sonic X blog again. In Depths of Danger, Sonic and his friends try to retrieve the fourth chaos emerald from a sunken ship. However, Robotnik has his heart set on the emerald as well, and Sonic's dislike of water presents problems.   What's to say that hasn't been said? It's another worthy episode, and it's got a few unexpected things in it. Seeing Sonic trying to overcome his hydrophobic tendencies was pretty entertaining, too.   Watch episodes here.

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Sonic Spinball

Sonic Spinball was one of two Sonic spin-off games released in 1993 (the other being Dr. Robotnik's Mean bean Machine). Both games were met with applause and high sales, perfectly serving their purpose of holding people over until Sonic 3 & Knuckles. But while Dr. Robotnik's game was a fantastically fun Puyo Pop-alike, Sonic Spinball is a pinball game gone wrong.     Putting Sonic in a pinball game is a concept that seems practically foolproof. After all, one of Sonics big powers is tha

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Sonic CD

If you've ever owned a Genesis, odds are you've heard of Sonic. He was the thing that made Genesis so hugely popular, and he even managed to carry others like Master System and Game Gear well into the 90s. And of course, Sega wanted to extend Sonic to other systems of theirs like 32X and Sega CD.     Now, Sonic CD was originally not going to be Sonic CD. Back when the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was in development, Sega had planned to have the same game on Genesis, Game Gear, Sega CD, and Master S

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Game Review: Pac-Man for Atari 8-bit

Atari appears to have learned their lesson from the fiasco that was Atari 2600 Pac-Man, and actually put a lot of effort into the 5200/8-bit version. The maze and character sprites look very much like their arcade counterparts, and the sound effects are much more than just repetetive beep noises. So thanks to the 5200 and 8-bit, Atari was back in everyone's good books (including the Intellivision fans, because Atari did them the service of releasing a nigh-on perfect version of Pac-Man for them

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Sonic X Blog: Chaos Control Freaks (Season 1, Episode 1)

Well, I'm back to blogging again! This time, and from now on, this blog is going to be for Sonic X. In case you don't know, Sonic X is an anime TV show based on the Sonic the Hedgehog games. The premise is that Sonic and his friends have been caught in a huge explosion of chaos control and sent to Earth, where they befriend the household of one Christopher Thorndyke, and try to get back home. It follows the art style of the Sonic Adventure games, and even has episode series based directly off of

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Sonic X Blog: Sonic to the Rescue (Season 1, Episode 2)

It's time for the second Sonic X Blog, and todays episode is Sonic to the Rescue. In this episode, Sonic and Chris find out that Cream and Cheese have been captured and taken to a facility called Area 99, where they are going to be tested on. Naturally, they (and Chris's Grandpa, who finds out about Sonic) rush to the rescue, and what follows is another great episode.   Once again, Sonic X has managed to dish out an action-packed, well-written episode that left me wanting more. It may not be a

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