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  1. Sonic 2 and 3 were made by Japanese Devs who were apart of an American development branch of Sega (STI). So they're technically American.
  2. This is the oldest question in the book, but I think it should be posted again since tastes change. My top 10 (in no particular order) are: Shenmue Street Fighter II' Champion Edition Mario Odyssey Blazing Star Yie Ar Kung Fu Super Mario Bros. Grand Theft Auto 4: Episodes of Liberty City (The Ballad of Gay Tony in particular for it's extra content) Fighting Vipers Mario Kart DS Tube Panic Of course, as I said in the beginning, this is subject to change. But these games are the ones that I believe are timeless and have infinite replayability.
  3. If this was Japan VS. U.S., then Japan would win. But this is VS. the world, so I goota chose option 2. Let's think about this, the world has under it's belt: Doom 1 and 2 Joust Ms. Pac-man (was created by an american company) Grand Theft Auto series Tetris Pong Choplifter Karateka Prince of Persia Battlezone and much more Japan does make really great games, but in comparison to the world, their catalog is very lacking.
  4. I started playing the arcade version of Punchout, and I'd never thought I would feel accomplished after beating Glass Joe.

  5. I don't really like to post personal stuff on here, but this was so crazy I gotta talk about it. So out of nowhere, my father called my mother. This may not sound crazy, but between my birth, and now, they've only talked a handful of times (they separated). And oh boy, a lot of things happened. Firstly, my father got COVID-19 and has mostly recovered, my half brother I guess got mugged and was shot (I didn't hear much about this, but I think he's ok), and I guess all of this made him call my mom to seek forgiveness. Thankfully, they made up and he will start getting in contact with my mom more often and be friends. This makes me happy since, you know, it's nice to see your mother and father make up after 1½ decades. What Did We Learn? Nothing! But you should call your parents and see how they're doing. They'd like that .
  6. Consoles were optimized in the current generation. I can't say, graphically, speaking, the games look any better than an Xbox One X game or a PC game (This coming from a console fanboy btw). But games aren't good just because of their graphics, so who knows?
  7. Don't you hate it when you wake up in the middle of the night and your stomach feels like it's melting?

    1. Crazy Climber

      Crazy Climber

      stop eating cheese and  donuts for dinner

    2. ClassicGMR


      But that first glass of cold water feels awesome.

  8. BREAKING NEWS: NASA Discovers Life On Earth!


    "We would've never guessed" says scientist.

    1. Agamon


      Still on the hunt for intelligence, though...

    2. Tickled_Pink


      I got Rockrolled. I keeel you!

    3. Giles N

      Giles N

      Add ‘intelligent’ to that

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  9. A new Arcade Archives Reviews entry is up! This one's about the infamous Nintendo game Sky Skipper!

  10. Sky Skipper is a 1981 flying arcade game by Nintendo. You may have heard of this game because it never made it out of the test market phase due to poor reviews. Strangely, Parker Bros. made a port of the game for the 2600 and released it in 1983. In the game, you play as (what for it) Mr. You, and you have to rescue the king's family from gorillas. The whole object of the game is you drop sleeping gas on the gorillas so the King's family has just enough time to jump out of their cells so you can catch them in mid-air. The only three things you have to look out for are the gorillas, your fuel (which you can refill once per level), and how you fly. That's it. The graphics, while on the chunky side, look pretty good, they used the same graphics style as Popeye (high-resolution sprites but low-resolution background). The sprites themselves have a black border surrounding them, so Nintendo compensated for that by making it night all the time. It also has some familiar sounds like the pause sound for most of the black box games as the 1-up jingle, the first intermission song is really similar to to the title theme for Pinball on the NES, and one of the later jingles has the "how high can ya get?" song from Donkey Kong. The difficulty is really high, mainly due to the controls being finicky on the switch, you see, the original cabinet had an 8-way joystick and the direction buttons can't emulate that type of joystick like that. It's also rather bland, there are no bonus stages to my knowledge, there are only 4 levels before it loops, and the gameplay can get really repetitive, even in short bursts. Since Hamster probably got the ROM from the cabinet at Nintendo (which is the only known official cabinet), you're only gonna get one ROM and (like all Arcade Archives releases) the highscore and caravan modes. Overall, I'd say if you want to play an obscure piece of Nintendo history, then it's a no brainer to pick this up, for $7.99 it's a steal. However, if you just want to spend some gold coins or are looking for a really good game, there are better titles to choose from, this was cancelled for a reason you know. 7/10.
  11. So this all started when I was doing research for an entry for my blog, I somehow found myself on a German forum thread (Thank God for Google Translate or else I wouldn't have been able to read it) documenting Pong consoles, when I found this post: Now, I know this isn't an uncommon thing, Epoch actually imported like 10,000 Heavy Sixers and sold them in Japan in 1977, but we're talking about Nintendo, arguably one of the most popular and successful gaming companies of all time. So like any normal person, I made a status update asking if anyone knew about it. AA user Bluejay replied saying he did a little research and did find some articles stating that this happened, but I still didn't know anything about the light gun. So I went deep into google (about 3-4 pages) and found an article that mentioned it:http://odysim.blogspot.com/2015/09/nintendo-and-magnavox.html?m=1 In the article, it says Magnavox was looking for a toy manufacturer to make the plastic for their light gun. Somehow, they got ahold of Nintendo (probably at a toy fair) and they agreed to make the plastic. Now Nintendo was pretty clever, instead of making a brand new mold, they used an existing mold for one of their toy guns made by the late Gunpei Yokoi. This is why if you open up an Odyssey light gun, there's a bunch empty space near the stock (that was the battery compartment for the Nintendo toy gun). To my knowledge, no examples of Japanese Magnavox Odyssey are known to exist (There is however, a flyer that is shown in the article), but I hope to be mistaken.
  12. So I was looking at a German thread about Pong consoles, and one user claimed that Nintendo sold the Odyssey in Japan and made the plastic housing for the rifle peripheral. Can anyone confirm this? If so, are there any surviving examples?

    1. bluejay


      Edit: Did some searching online and it does seem that Nintendo did acquire the rights to sell the odyssey in Japan, around 1974. There are very few websites that do say that, and none of them are super credible, but I have yet to find an article that says that it didn't happen. However I did find out that Nintendo sued Magnavox to try and invalidate Ralph Baer's patents for the video game, but lost. However this happened in 1985 so Nintendo had good reason to, regardless on whether they partnered with Magnavox more than a decade ago.

    2. masschamber


      this probably would have been easier to research pre mario odyssey

    3. joeatari1


      Ich bin ein Berliner!

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  13. If a region free console has little to no difference between a foreign one and a home plate one (Example: Gameboy), then I just use a regular console. If it's partially region free, I'd just get the foreign console so I don't have to worry about getting a region-locked game.
  14. I'm personally not upset, but I'm a little perturbed since it's gonna be harder to find reasonably priced games (I don't mean dirt cheap either) since your average Joe is gonna see a copy of SMB sold for over 100K and not know the reason why (granted, not a lot of people did this when that other copy sold for 100K, but remember the "NES-001" situation"). I'm not upset about it selling for that much since I know why it's selling for 114K, I'm just not looking forward to the influx of people who are gonna try to sell their torn copy of Mario/Duck Hunt thinking it's the holy grail.
  15. The day it's normal to put pineapple on pizza is the day I declare cereal is a soup.

    1. _The Doctor__

      _The Doctor__

      um, pineapple is normal on a pizza with ham and bacon... :)

    2. Magmavision2000


      While I agree that Bacon and Ham are normal on pizza, I can't say the same about pineapple.

    3. _The Doctor__

      _The Doctor__

      Ah when sliced and cut along with the ham and bacony goodness! TASTY!

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  16. That's not really the point though.. I like to have the OG consoles to go along with the games (unless a console is officially backwards compatible).
  17. So here's the problem, I own a small collection of NES games from when I had one, but I kind of want to replace them with Famicom games. At the same time, I also want to get another NES and resume collecting for that. What should I do? Replace my NES games with Famicom games or wait and look for an NES?
  18. From within your mind, no one else can find
    The life that you inspire
    From another place, not from outer space
    But from some place even higher

    1. DragonGrafx-16


      So you watch Vinesauce then? lol

    2. Magmavision2000


      Yes, and Redlettermedia.

    3. DragonGrafx-16


      I quite like the Vinny or Joel playing random games streams lol have it playing on my second monitor while doing other things.

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  19. I kind of want to do a Lost Gaming Vault entry on lost/cancelled Pong consoles. So far all I know about is Atari's Pong Doubles, Magnavox's Odyssey 5000, and A Tank console from Atari (I think it was talked about here, but I'm too lazy to look right now). Are there any more I can add to the list?
  20. How much disco dollars would you have to pay to get one?
  21. Ah, I was just looking at Atari lots. I don't keep track of Sears stuff since I avoid it like the plague (timely pun intended).
  22. I just did a quick browse through eBay, everything looks normal to me.
  23. For any fans of Kangaroo, it's been added to the Archives Archives catalog today. You can get it on the Eshop for $7.99

    1. Magmavision2000


      Still no signs of Burgertime getting released.

    2. thanatos


      Well at that price, a good MAME collection would run about $30,000 to get it on a switch.

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