Fire Emblem VI: Fuuin no Tsurugi Japanese Ad
May 23, 2011

Ha, that definitely brightened my day!

Love this game, though it’s more than a challenge…to say the least.

And speaking of Fire Emblem, please do yourself a favor and play the U.S. releases on the GBA, Wii and DS if you can get your hands on a copies — they’re amazing titles and highly underrated with Western audiences. This is one of Japan’s most long-lived and beloved franchises for a good reason folks! Heck, they made a live action production of the theme song to advertise it!

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Game Freak’s Drill Dozer (GBA)
January 4, 2011

Well, you don’t run across something like this every day.

In 2006, Game Freak (Pokemon was it?) developed a niche game for the GameBoy Advance entitled Drill Dozer. It was an action platformer starring a young girl (and youngest member of the “Red Dozers” gang) named Jill and her mech/drill (aptly named the “Drill Dozer”) as they traverse underground levels, break through metal barriers, solve puzzles, smash through enemies, and upgrade their weaponry in search of their stolen red diamond. It was published by Nintendo, and quietly disappeared soon thereafter.

So much so that I hadn’t so much as heard of the game until today when I stumbled across a review that recommended it highly. Then I read another, and another (including a game of the year award from Nintendo Power), and from such it appeared that there was something to this little game. It didn’t take long for a little more “research” to turn up classic platforming game play, detailed sprites, zany characters, and something that looks to be a lot of mindless fun overall.

The best part is that you can pick the game up brand new at Amazon for a whopping $1.68 (+ $3.99 shipping). Yea, that deal is just nuts and surely the game is worth far more than the minuscule price point would suggest. Take advantage of it if you think it’s something you might enjoy as well.

Did I mention that Game Freak developed Drill Dozer and that Nintendo published it? Wonder of there’s something to that…

[Amazon Link: Drill Dozer (GBA)]

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!