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  1. If I had the money, I'd spend at most 500K for one. There's an emulator for the Apple 1 and I don't think anyone is really looking for one, I'd say at its core it's not really worth over a mil.
  2. If you want a good book about the Famicom, I'd suggest Family Computer: 1983-1994 made by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. It has short descriptions, high-quality photos, and original prices of every officially released Famicom game, and on top of that, it has interviews with some of the most well-known people in the Japanese game industry at the time, from Shigeru Miyamoto to Kouichi Nakamura and everything in between. And the best part? It's in both Japanese and English.

  3. Oh boy, the update's here!!! DKC makes this update worth it, if they just put DKC on the SNES app, I'd be fine. Of course, everyone knows about DKC and knows it's good, so I won't talk about it. Natsume Championship Wrestling is pretty good as well, the controls are a little clunky, but you can work around that. Overall I'd say the SNES update is great. Now we need Earthbound and Actrasier and maybe people like me will shut up! The Immortal is an ok game, it has a little bit of an EU smell, but the music is great and I can definitely see myself playing it more in the future. As for the Japanese updates, the Famicom app got VICE: Project Doom, which is already on the NES app so I won't say anything about it, as for Shin Megami Tensei, it has a lot of Japanese text, and I don't know enough to play it so you'll have to find out if its good or not yourself. Overall, this update as a whole is pretty good. If Nintendo does more updates like this, then I'll stop complaining.
  4. New Arcade Archives Review is up! This one's on Blazing Star!

  5. Blazing Star is a 1998 Shmup for the NEO GEO released by SNK. This game may be the best game I've ever played. The action is over the top (almost to a comedic extent), the bosses are insane, and it's so freaking addicting. Let's start with the graphics, for 1998, they are great, a little bit pixely, but considering the hardware it's on, it's expected. The music was also pretty good, I wasn't really listening to it because I was concentrating on dodging stuff (which we'll get to later), but it does fit the atmosphere well. I wouldn't say this game is a bullet-hell, but pretty much everything on the screen is gonna kill you, so bring some quarters if you're playing it in an arcade. The bosses are phenomenal. One I remember that was top tier was where after you blow up most of a ship, you have to fight the last functioning part while on a collision course with a planet, but the best two are the last two bosses. The stage 6 and 7 bosses are the best bosses to any shmup I've played (which, is, unfortunately, not a lot), the stage 6 boss is almost like and endurance of some kind, you're fighting a fleet of motherships (I think), and you have to dodge all of there projectiles (they don't take turns shooting), it's really a test of skill, patience, and skill. Then you have the stage 7 boss, where you're basically performing an intergalactic abortion on a Lovecraftian fetus (wait a moment just to process that), there were parts in this fight where I had to pause the game just to take it all in. The Arcade Archives release is your average fair. You get both the Japanese and English versions, which is always great. You also get the Highscore and Caravan modes. It's a decent package for $7.99 in my opinion. This game is an experience. It's hard to believe how much the genre evolved between Space Invaders and this, and it's also hard to believe I've only dipped my toes in this genre. Get this game now, you won't regret it. 10/10
  6. I love the design of the front-loading NES. It's a shame they're finicky.
  7. The DS: 90% shovelware crap, 5% okayish games, and 5% genuinely great games.

    1. Keatah


      Oh. I see. I've never been a 5-percenter. I want whatever system I get to be satisfying across several genres and offer me more. but that's me. Carry on!


    2. DuggerVideoGames


      I have very few games on my 3DS, but they're so worth it.  The Legend of Zelda:  A Link Between Worlds (3DS); Metroid:  Samus Returns (3DS); Angry Birds Star Wars (3DS); Namco Museum DS (DS). 

    3. BydoEmpire


      Never owned a 3DS, but DS was - and still is - awesome.  Wish the screen was bigger, but my eyesight thinks that about pretty much every handheld except the PSP.  I don't know if only 5% are great, probably more true than not, but 5% of a bazzillion is still a lot of great games!

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  8. Functional or not, the 30-year-old man-children will buy it and talk about it on YouTube.
    1. CharlieChaplin


      Damnit! German singer Roger Cicero also died of brain aneurysm in 2016, aged only 45...


  9. I always wonder how copies like this exist. I find it highly unlikely that someone has had a sealed copy of SMB in pristine condition for 35 years.
  10. Doom + Funk = conflicting emotions.

    1. Tickled_Pink


      Funky doom? Sounds like a cool way to go.

  11. This. Who knows, you may have the long lost writings of a famous author. Archive it, but keep it private.
  12. Why is the Famicom revolver so expensive compared to the zapper? Did it not sell well? Are there cheaper alternatives?

    1. DragonGrafx-16




      There's this but I'm not sure it would work with the Zapper.

    2. ApolloBoy


      Because it was only sold for a short time and was never packed in with the Famicom unlike the Zapper.

  13. According to the list on Pong Story, the last Pong Consoles were released in 1983, but there could always be some obscure console released by some obscure company later than that. I find it kind of funny that the same when the Famicom released, which was at the time one of the most advanced systems ever, there was also clones of an 11 year old game coming out.
  14. Cooking Mama: Cookstar prices have gone down by $20. Let this be a PSA for you guys. Don't buy a game thinking it will be valuable, you'll most likely lose money. 

    1. Zoyous


      *Looks forlornly at my wall of complete collections of Madden, FIFA, NBA and NHL games* Any year now!!

    2. pce_collector


      This is true. But I bought several late releases like Beyond Shadowgate and Shining Force III with the express thought they'd increase in value over time.

  15. The only CRT filters I use are the ones on the NES/SNES Online, and Arcade Archives. All the other ones I tried just look like they put lines on the screen (which they technically do) and call it a day.
  16. After some sweat, and a little bit of blood, here it is: That's the 3rd CRT in my room. and the 6th one (I think) in my house (they were under a dollar, how could I pass that up?). This is also my first Quasar.
  17. I decided to go to two thrift stores for the first time in months and besides unreasonably priced items ($200 5-year-old flatscreens and $30 VCRs), I did find a cool 25" Quasar TV from 1989 for $10. It's not in the house yet, but I'll post a picture when it is.
  18. I'm personally a huge fan of it. It has most of the stuff that you'd want in a Godzilla fighting game. Realistic moves, memorable monsters, great music, and easy to learn controls.
  19. I started to regret selling my Super Famicom since now I can't play 2 games. Those games would be: F-zero Gojira: Kaijuu Daikeesan The regret isn't that bad since I can play F-zero on switch, but you know, sometimes I feel the urge to play the real version. Have you ever regretted selling a system because of one game?
  20. Beef Jerky is one of the few types of food where the store bought stuff is better than homemade.

    1. Magmavision2000


      I gotta respectfully disagree with you guys. Every type of homemade beef jerky I've had tasted awful. 

    2. _The Doctor__

      _The Doctor__

      I'd say you need new suppliers of jerky, tenderized and properly dehydrated jerky can fall apart in your mouth, any jerky left out in the air or a paper sack may dry out hard as a rock over time. Oil can be added to take the place of water in home made jerky for those who no longer have teeth ;) there are just so many ways to make jerky and so many recipes.  Chances are your store bought jerky was a home made recipe at one time, might have some garbage in it to make you want more (MSG) or some moisture added back in, almost all store bought jerky is of lower quality these days... right down to the cut of meat used.

    3. thanatos


      There are at least two local jerky makers I know of that has fantastic stuff.  I would technically call it homemade because it is only sold in person in small batches.  Sort of like the old pickled egg jar at a bar.

      So I would have to disagree.

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  21. (Changed the name of the series to better suit some reviews) Karate Champ is a 1984 arcade fighting game released originally by Data East. In the game, you play as a Karateka who starts out sparring with his dojo (I believe, it could also be a dojo raid) and then you go to the big leagues and fight on national television! The game simulates point-based fighting unlike most modern fighting games and is rather slow as you need to calculate every strike or else you'll meet certain doom. Speaking of strikes, let me tell you how to perform one. Unlike most fighting games where you have a joystick and buttons, Karate Champ uses 2 joysticks and moves are performed by holding the sticks in certain directions (e.g. holding "up" on the right stick will do a head kick, but holding "back" on the left stick and "up" on the right stick will do a lunge punch). This layout, in my opinion, is both the strength and weakness of the game, it looks very daunting, but trust me, you'll get the hang of it with practice. Once you get used to the awkward controls, you now gotta get used to the difficulty. One of the problems is that your opponent strikes real fast and you have to hold your stick position or else it cancels out, so it kind of ends up being a game of quick draw. There are three special stages, in the first one, you have to deflect objects with your feet, it reminds of the bonus stage in the Famicom version of Yie Ar Kung Fu, the second one has you breaking either cement or ice, and in the third one, you punch a bull in the face. The Arcade Archives release unfortunately, only gives you one version of the game, which is the first Japanese version (there's a second version that looks more like the poor NES version). You also get the High Score and Caravan modes. On the whole, I'd only recommend Karate Champ to either Martial Arts fans, or people who want to learn about the history of fighting games. The controls, although easy to learn, are very hard to master, on top of that, if you're playing on the Switch, the sticks on the Joycons aren't made for stuff like this. You also have the arcade difficulty which, with the controls, makes it near impossible to do on one credit, even if you master it. And the cherry on top is the rather bare-bones Arcade Archives release, they definitely could've added the second version of the game, or at the very least, the English version alongside the Japanese version. I'd say either get this on sale or if you know what you're getting into. 6/10.
  22. Our voices have been heard, Donkey Kong Country will be coming to SNES Online on the 15th.

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