Archive for December, 2010

The Happy Holiday Haul, Part 2
December 22, 2010

For Part 2 of the “happy holiday haul” I’ll look at the gently used games that I picked up (in a couple of cases after a good deal patience over several months).

The  Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX (GBC) – One of the most beloved games in the Legend of Zelda franchise and one of the few that I still needed to complete my (not exhaustive) collection. I found a copy complete with box, instructions and the game in very good condition and bit the bullet. I ended up paying ~ $25 for it, but that was a price I was more than willing to pay for this gem.

Game & Watch Gallery 2 & 3 (GBC) – Always on the lookout for Mario-related games that I don’t own, or have never played (and with more than a little bit of nostalgia for the plumber, friends, and Mr. Game & Watch driving me ever towards picking them up) I knew I had to take advantage of a couple of offers to own both of these games, with box and instructions, for a little over $10. The games themselves are pretty simple, but also pretty dang charming. Glad I snatched them up!

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS) – Been trying to hunt this one down forever at a good, deeply discounted price, and managed to pick it up for $11 recently. I love games like this that offer so much depth of play and while I seldom have the time necessary these days to immerse myself as long as I’d like, I’m certainly hoping for the opportunity.

Heroes of Mana (DS) – I mentioned yesterday how much I enjoy Ryoma Ito’s art and that’s what originally attracted me to this game beyond the strategy elements and conventions that I love about these games. I’ve heard good and bad about the experience the game offers, but for me, there’s a lot more going for it than against it as I’ve tried to weed through commentary about the game. I found it for less than $15 so I went ahead and jumped at the offer.

Thanks for taking a few moments to check out my holiday haul with me, I’ve still got a few hopefuls to pick up, but I’m more than happy with what I was able to accomplish this year where my video game collection is concerned. Here’s hoping you find some treasures under your own tree this year. Whatever the case, I still wish you good folks a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


The Happy Holiday Haul, Part 1
December 22, 2010

Like so many of you, I like to try and take advantage of all the crazy sales at the end of the year and while I expected to pick up a few games, I ended up finding deals all over the place for new and used games and thought I’d share what I was able to get (I should point out that I sold some older games of mine as well which helped finance most of this). I hope y’all have had some good fortune as well on the game front, and would be happy to hear of your accomplishments if you’re inclined to share.

With no further ado then, the 2010 “happy holiday haul” so far:

Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii) – Fortunately, I was able to obtain Kirby’s Epic Yarn for free after taking advantage of an online credit promotion Amazon had last month that we took advantage of. I believe it was discounted to ~ $34.99 when I picked it up, which left me some additional credit. My wife and I are looking forward to playing this together as big Kirby fans, and I always appreciate the rare game that allows us to do that.

Super Scribblenauts (DS) – During one of their holiday sales, Amazon had the game discounted to $24.99 and with the remaining credit I had with Amazon I was able to pick up the game for $12.99. My wife enjoys a number of the smaller iPhone games available so I thought that she might be interested in this. After explaining the concept behind the game her interest was peaked and I bit the bullet so that she could have something to play while I’m wrapped up in a game of my own. Likewise, while my wife’s english is very good for a Japanese native that has only been in America 4 years, the game has the side benefit of introducing her to new words and concepts which has already proven fun. Oh, yea, she didn’t wait until Christmas to open it up…

Mario Kart Wii (Wii) – I love this game. I’ve enthusiastically played Mario Kart since fatefully discovering it on the Nintendo 64 those many years ago and the series just get’s better and better all the time (incidentally, the DS version is probably my favorite in the series to date). My Dad actually purchased this for my nieces a couple of years back for Christmas and I spent countless hours mastering the courses and unlocking content over at his place when I’d visit. Alas, the nieces lost the game at some point as they played at the house and I figured I’d ask my wife for a copy of my own for Christmas (no worries, I’ll share with the yung-uns). We were able to find it online for ~ $39 (incl. the Wii Wheel) and its sitting under the tree as her gift to me.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) – I’ll try to condense this a little, but I hadn’t picked the sequel up yet as I had lent my copy of the original SMG to my sister’s family to play and they spent the good part of a year playing the heck out of it and I’m only about half-way through the first as a result. I love what I’ve been able to experience so far and I wanted to pick up the sequel when it was discounted, so I found it on Black Friday at Target for ~ $36 dollars. A great price for a game worth a heck of a lot more by all indications. Can’t wait to fire it up! And how about that Yoshi!?

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS) – I’ve had my eye on this one since it was announced largely due to the compelling art style, slick presentation, and throwback game play and after finding it for $15 online during one of Amazon’s holiday sales I had to snatch it up. Saving it for a “rainy day” down the road as I noted here a few weeks back.

Super Mario All-Stars (Wii) – Here’s a confession: I never actually owned a Super Nintendo. I must have been a Sophomore or Junior in high school when the console was just reaching the height of its popularity, and while I would have loved to have played the system more (had to relegate that to Street Fighter II sessions at a friends house) time was at a real premium in those days.  Long story short, I missed Super Mario All-Stars on the system and wanted to own each of these games on one disc (though I certainly would have loved even more Mario games on one disc) and finally play through those “lost levels.”

Sonic Unleashed (Wii) – I actually picked this up as part of a promotion Walmart was having where if you purchased a Wii remote (which we needed for the games above as I only had the one) you received a free game out of a selection of a dozen or so titles. I’m an old school Sonic fan and while I’ve heard “yea’s” and “nays” about the Werehog portions of the game, I’ve heard almost nothing but great things about the side-scrolling Sonic sections and figured that for the price of free that I’d best take advantage of the chance to play ’em.

(See Part 2)

Sliding Heroes Discounted to Free at the iPhone Store +
December 21, 2010

Be sure to take a few minutes at some point before January 5th to jump on over to the iTunes App Store and download Square Enix’ well received Sliding Heroes for low, low price of free. I’ve had my eye on the game for months after spying Ryoma Ito’s (always impressive) promotional art on the title so this is the perfect chance to give it a try. Be aware that the graphics are drastically different, however.

You can also download Square-Enix’ Crystal Defenders, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, and Chaos Rings for a swan song. I picked up Chaos Rings last year to play on the train while traveling in Japan last year and it was a lot of fun, so at $5.99 it’s definitely a deal worth snatching up (in fact, I still have loads left to do in the game).

Sega is throwing their hat into the ring as well offering a myriad of titles at steep discounts, including Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 for $2.99 and most of their Genesis titles at .99 cents. You can take advantage of their discount offers until January 3rd.

[Source: Pocket Gamer]

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation Goes West!
December 20, 2010

It’s been a long time coming, and more than a few of us worried, but it looks as if Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, the only Dragon Quest game from the main series not yet localized, is finally headed to U.S. shores!

Arriving appropriately enough on Valentines Day, February 14th, next year. If I could have received any Valentine’s gift from Square-Enix, this definitely would have been it!

Here’s the official word:

On Feb. 14, DRAGON QUEST® VI: Realms of Revelation – previously unavailable outside of Japan – will make its North American debut exclusively on the hand-held Nintendo DS family of systems. Combining classic role-playing adventure with new character options and enhancements, the game offers hours of imaginative DRAGON QUEST fun spanning several unique game worlds that can be enjoyed on the go.

DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation features a rich storyline that leads players through a multitude of captivating worlds as they gather allies and battle fierce monsters on a quest to defeat evil forces. With updated graphics and more than 15 character classes to choose from, new and experienced players alike can dive headlong into the timeless role-playing excitement of the DRAGON QUEST franchise anytime, anywhere. They can even enjoy special features such as switching between character classes and letting monsters, such as Slimes, join their party.

Originally released in 1995 for Japan’s Super Famicom system (known in the U.S. as Super NES), DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Revelation challenges players to explore multiple worlds as they confront the many problems caused by the evil Murdaw. Players can choose from nine starting classes and unlock others as they progress through the game.

Check the link below for the trailer and more info.

[Source: Nintendo]

A Very Slimy Welcome!
December 20, 2010

I’m all smiles.

The Quester’s Log has experienced an uptick in readership in recent weeks and I wanted to take a moment to welcome all those that have stopped by (and those that will soon wander through the door) and to thank you for your support.

I hope you’ll continue to find the place a fun place to kick your feet up!

DQIX: Torneko Arrives (A Week Late for Me)!
December 20, 2010

I apologize for the delay in revealing the latest guest to the Rester’s Rest as I had a couple of brutal finals to study for and didn’t have the chance to visit the inn and download the latest quests, etc. from the DQVC. This was a good week though for Dragon Quest fans as Torneko arrives!

For those of you playing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel’s of the Starry Skies (or not playing for that matter), every other Friday is always a lot of fun because not only do we receive new downloadable quests to undertake, along with a new shop theme at the DQVC for the upcoming week, but we also see the arrival of new guests at the Quester’s Rest from past Dragon Quest/Warrior games who come to visit the inn (what with Erinn’s Inn’s reputation growing throughout the lands).

This week sees the arrival of Torneko of Dragon Quest/Warrior IV and Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon fame. Torneko is a jolly fellow, and will graciously grant you the following items by visiting him in his room at the Quester’s Rest:

  • Discarded robe for speaking with him
  • Discarded head gear for speaking to him on your birthday

[Torneko images courtesy of the I Heart Dragon Quest]

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Episode 3
December 16, 2010

These Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Episodes bring back so much of the excitement that I loved about the original games, as well as that feeling of in the gut of seeing a great comic book moment unfold (as exemplified in the Magneto reveal, and the Hulk’s entrance in the episode). We even get a sneak peak of one of the new players…assuming you’re patient.

And speaking of patience, February 15th really can’t come quick enough.

Are A Couple of Dragon Quest Games Headed Our Way?
December 16, 2010

A couple of gaming news outlets have reported that recent Game Stop Power Up Rewards listings reveal that Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 for the Nintendo DS and Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory for the Wii may be coming to Western shores, but that we’re not supposed to know about it just yet.

If true this is great news, as I was thiiiiiiis close to trying to devise a way of talking my wife into getting a Japanese region Wii console as it was (hey’s she’s from Japan, it could work) so that I could play all the Dragon Quest games we just don’t get over here. Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory was one of the games I really wanted to try so here’s hoping  Square-Enix and Nintendo make this happen! In the meantime, I’ll try and keep my excitement in check…

Stay tuned!

[Source: Destructoid]

Super Smash Land (De-Make)
December 14, 2010

How cool is this?

Created by Dan Fornace, Super Smash Land envisions itself as an original  Nintendo GameBoy title in the Super Smash Bros. series (one I would have loved to have played back in the day) and its full of all the goodness you would have found in those original carts.

If this looks like something that you’d enjoy, a demo of the game will be available over at Piki Geek this Friday (12/17).

Until then you’ll just have to enjoy reading what Dan Fornace has to say about the game below and in the links provided…

Super Smash Land is completely redone with the original GameBoy in mind, capturing the nostalgic essence with two button controls and piss-green visuals, an interesting aesthetic choice to say the least. Some would argue that the Smash series has some of the most intricate controls in the fighting genre, so the concept of condensing those down to the A and B button could be somewhat baffling. Smash Land uses A for jump and B for attack – there’s no block, dodge or grab. Despite missing these critical elements, the game still plays remarkably similar to its N64 counterpart, which is to say it’s a freaking blast and a half.

…and maybe enjoy this great video of the game in action as well! Don’t forget that demo!

A Happy Holidays from Mario & Friends…
December 13, 2010

…as well as the uh “staff” here at the Quester’s Log! Hope you have a Merry Christmas season and a happy New Year!

Wanted to make sure I got this ‘card’ in before Christmas arrived!

[Source: Club Nintendo]