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Sunday Roundup: 11/2/14

New Games (11-2-14)After a small vacation last weekend, I’ve combined two weeks worth of games for this Roundup. And to justify why there are so many games this week so I don’t feel too bad about myself, after the previous Roundup I also happened to buy some games, so really… it’s three week’s worth of games. That makes this massive pile of games more reasonable sounding, right?

Right?


Assassins Creed Altairs ChroniclesAssassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles
DS
Release Date: February 5th, 2008
Purchased at: eBay (Onilne – $6)
The Assassin’s Creed series is almost exclusive to my PS3 collection, with every game up until ACIII on the PS3. Altair’s Chronicles is kind of like a DS port of the original Assassin’s Creed, but there are some minor changes. I’m curious to see how the game compares to the PS3 big brother, which, believe it or not, is the only game in the series I’ve completed!
Batman The Brave and the Bold (DS) CoverBatman: The Brave and the Bold
DS
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $9)
Laura and I have started playing the Wii version (watch us on Twitch!) and we’ve both enjoyed it! The visuals and simple gameplay lend themselves nicely to a casual gaming experience. I really wanted this DS version though so we can use it to apparently link up to the Wii version to control Bat-Mite. I’m… not really sure what that means, but at least I can do it now! Also, the auction listed this as “Sealed”, but it isn’t in an original factory sealed plastic, s
Classic Action Devilish CoverClassic Action Devilish
DS
Release Date: May 9th, 2007
Purchased at: ebay (Online – $4)

Apparently Devilish here is a remake of a Sega Genesis game of the same name. The gameplay is reminiscent of the classic Break-Out game, where you’re essentially playing Pong with yourself and a bunch of bricks. I really only wanted this because it looked kind of cool on the shelf, but the gameplay isn’t holding up according to online reviews. Maybe I’ll check it out, but likely not. Sorry, Classic Action Devilish.

Dementium the Ward CoverDementium: The Ward
DS
Release Date: October 31st, 2007
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $5)

The DS isn’t the first platform I think of when talking horror games, but Dementium has some pretty glorious praise right on the box (comparing it to Doom 3!). Dementium actually received a sequel on the DS which is a bit harder to track down. I think it is interesting to attempt the survival-horror genre on the DS, because I mainly think of atmosphere making or breaking the genre, and the DS doesn’t really stack up because you’ll likely not be sitting in the dark playing it. Although you can, I suppose: it wouldn’t be that weird.

DK King of Swing CoverDK: King of Swing
Game Boy Advance
Release Date: September 19th, 2005
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $14)

Man, I really love getting complete Game Boy Advance games! There’s something about classic games in cardboard boxes that really makes me happy. Maybe it’s my nostalgia kicking in, reminding me of how much fun it was to play the original Super Mario Kart or even Little League Baseball on the NES. Regardless, I was happy to secure this game, complete, for the price. I like the adorable art style on the cover as well: DK and Diddy look so happy flying through the air at me, banana in foot!

Fantasy Life CoverFantasy Life
3DS
Release Date: September 24th, 2014
Purchased at: Target (Sunnyvale, CA – $35)

I wanted to get this last weekend when it came out, but I was on that mini-vacation and couldn’t really play, so I just grabbed it once I got back. So far the game is entertaining, but a bit on the simple side. It feels like an MMO-like RPG, but everything is super easy. Interesting to note, the logo I thought looked like something from the Final Fantasy series, so after some research I found out the game has artwork done by FF artist Yoshitaka Amano! AND music by Nobuo Uematsu! Score! Pun intended…

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Echoes of Time (Wii) CoverFinal Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Wii
Release Date: March 24th, 2009
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $10)

This game completes the Final Fantasy collection on the Wii! Huzzah! I believe I also need this game on the DS to round out that system’s series as well. Strangely, I kind of forgot this game existed. I knew the DS game was a thing, because a college buddy of mine wanted to get the game so we could play it together. After a lot of deliberating, we decided we didn’t have time to play, so it didn’t warrant a buy. Honestly though, I like the Crystal Chronicles game on the GameCube, so maybe this will be worthwhile as well.

Hoshigami Remix CartridgeHoshigami Remix
DS
Release Date: June 25th, 2007
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $5)

A remake of a PS1 game, Hoshigami Remix is a great find at GameStop! I was so excited to see it, although incomplete, for only five bucks! The game sells for a lot more than that online, and even incomplete I’m excited to call it my own. With all the online buying lately, it was very fun to get back out there and hunt for games! I need to do that more often.

Jake Hunter CoverJake Hunter
DS
Release Date: June 11th, 2008
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $6)

So there are two Jake Hunter games on the DS; this one and another called Jake Hunter: Memories of the Past. Both games include older versions of the long-standing Japanese series, but the latter game Memories of the Past is the ideal game because it includes everything in this game, as well as more scenarios to play, more extras included, and better translations. Regardless, I’m looking at this game to be something between Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton. Which reminds me, I still haven’t beaten that game…

Lets Tap CoverLet’s Tap
Wii
Release Date: June 16th, 2009
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $5)

Initially, I wrote this game off as more lame shovelware for the Wii. I mean, come on. It’s called Let’s Tap. But it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the game was created by Yuji Naka, the same dude that masterminded Sonic the Hedgehog! Interesting controls have you placing your Wii Remote on the table, and tapping on the table itself to control the gameplay on screen. Reviews are positive for the game, and a few people said it is great in a party setting. For five bucks I’m willing to try!

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword CoverNinja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
DS
Release Date: March 25th, 2008
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $6)

I believe it was a pre-order bonus, but this game could include a special Dragon Sword stylus! I really wanted the stylus when this game first came out, because it looked pretty badass to be honest. Though this doesn’t come with the special stylus, it still comes complete! Strangely, I have never played the Ninja Gaiden series outside of the original game on the NES. Yeah, I’ve heard their difficult games, but I still wouldn’t mind playing them. Also, the insane violence I’ve seen in later games is mentionable as well. Will either of those be in this game as well?

Pac n Roll CoverPac ‘n Roll
DS
Release Date: August 16th, 2005
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $5)

Man, I didn’t know this game was such an early DS title! I didn’t know this was a game until just a year or two ago. I did know of, and bought way earlier, Pac Pix, which has you drawing Pac-Man’s that come to life and eat ghosts. This game however has you controlling Pac-Man by rolling him through each stage using the DS touchscreen. It… doesn’t sound like anything special. But it is Pac-Man, and it is complete! It’s also a unique’ish twist on the classic video game.

Prey the Stars CartridgePrey the Stars
DS
Release Date: October 13th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $3)

You can’t see it with just the loose cartridge here, but the actual DS cover has a what I initially thought a shark but later discovered it was a dog-thing on it which first caught my eye. Though it’s not complete, I was very happy to get this one for under five dollars. In the game itself you eat stuff. So maybe it’s Katamari Damacy like in that sense of consuming all kinds of stuff, but outside of that I’m not sure how it’ll hold up.

Puppeteer CoverPuppeteer
PS3
Release Date: September 10th, 2013
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $10)

This sucker popped up super cheap on Amazon a few weeks ago. I grabbed it because I really wanted to experience that story when the game first came out but just didn’t line up with what else I was playing at the time. Ten dollars is wonderful for a brand new game. Though I ordered it way back when, it didn’t come in until this week. So here it is!

Soul Bubbles CartridgeSoul Bubbles
DS
Release Date: July 1st, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $1)

Dollar games! I was trying to track this sucker down on eBay for a decent price complete (decent being anything under $5), but I was always coming up just short. For one dollar I “caved” a bought the game loose. Soul Bubbles is a puzzle game with match-three style gameplay mixed in. The DS cover has a “Toys R Us Exclusive” sticker on the box, so I’m not sure if it has anything special on it specific to that version, or if it’s just a marketing ploy. More research is needed I suppose.

Tamagotchi Connection Corner Shop CartridgeTamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop
DS
Release Date: January 31st, 2006
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $3)

Whoo, sweet finds! Both this game and the sequel below were super cheap at this GameStop. Come to think of it, this particular trip to GameStop was rather profitable. Anyway, Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop uses the Tamagotchi character/animal/monster things as the main characters, and you play as a shop owner selling goods. There are actually three of these games available. How they stretched out that concept into three games, I have no idea…

Tamagotchi Connection Corner Shop 2 CartridgeTamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2
DS
Release Date: November 14th, 2006
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $3)

See above.

Taos Adventure CoverTao’s Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal
DS
Release Date: March 21st, 2006
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $10)

This was a great price for the game. I don’t recall ever seeing this game out in the wild, so it’s hard for me to judge just how great the price is. However, for just $10 complete (and I can remove that sticker) this game was much cheaper than many of the other auctions I have seen. An early DS RPG, my expectations aren’t insanely high for this game, but I’m hoping it can be entertaining!

Viewtiful Joe Double Trouble CoverViewtiful Joe: Double Trouble
DS
Release Date: November 8th, 2005
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $5)

I didn’t know this game was such an early DS game. I have only played the first Viewtiful Joe game. Ironically enough, I also only have played the game on the PS2 rather than the original GameCube system. Anyhow, Double Trouble borrows a lot of gameplay directly from the mainstream Viewtiful Joe series, which doesn’t always happen when games translate to the DS.

Laters,
Jsick

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I've been writing about video games for over five years and playing them even longer. You'll find me playing all types of games, old and new. Mega Man III is greater than Mega Man II.

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