Archive for the ‘nes’ Tag

Epic Gama Pickups #7 – GameMana

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Shawn goes solo today as we take a look at more of our wonderful gaming pick ups.

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Twitter: Josh@the_gamemana – Shawn@game_mana


Classic Game Review – Return Fire – GameMana

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here Josh from GameMana does a review of the game Return Fire. We cover some history of the game and series, and answer the question whether or not the 32 bit version is worth your time. Do you have this game? Let us know below and connect with us. Don’t forget to Like and Subscribe for more videos in the future.

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Twitter: Josh@the_gamemana – Shawn@game_mana

To Save or Not to Save

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Let me throw this question out there for your musings…Castlevania_nes_03
Why are retro games so freaking hard?

I bring this up because I started thinking about how and why we like to divide ourselves into categories like retro vs. modern games.  In 20 years we’re going to refer to the 360 as a retro console and all the games that get crapped on now will get this new “appreciation” in the future. To ask what the major differences are between retro and modern games would produce a list too long to go over.  So I’m going to mention the brilliant invention of the save game function.

Let me start off by saying, I am aware that some retro games did allow you to save games, but for the most part, that was based on a password system and you didn’t always start in the exact same spot as where you left off, unlike a modern game such as Skyrim.  I can show up at a random town, save the game, then unleash my lightening bolt fury on anyone who dares cross my path!  …then once I’m done having fun, I’ll just reload it and get back to my original quest.

44983-Classic_NES_-_Zelda_II_-_The_Adventure_of_Link_(U)(BatMan)-2 When we look at most NES games that allow you to save, it saves the brunt of your journey, but it won’t let you pick up at the exact spot that you finished at.  Is this a big deal?  To most of us, it might not seem like it, but if you have played any modern games, the save function has turned into this safety net.  We don’t know what’s around the corner, so lets save it just in case.  May I just add, I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t admit to non-stop saving myself and I’m sure we all do to some degree.  After reaching save # 321 in 2 hours, you can say that a little bit of adventure has been lost.

As a kid, when I went to school and said, “I just beat Contra!,” I was the talk of the town.  With the walk throughs, tips and cheats you can find on the internet now a days, not many care if you beat a game.  There is a certain satisfaction from beating an NES game that you won’t get from beating a modern game.  I was quite happy when I beat Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, and so on, but when I sit down and beat a retro game, it becomes more than a completion, it becomes an accomplishment!

Faxanadu: Hidden Gem or Hidden For A Reason?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Do you remember Faxanadu?  I sure do!
Tell us what you think.  Is this a dud or a stud of a game?
Let us also know why you think this game has stayed in the background and hasn’t emerged as a classic.

If you like to play with action figures, stick around for a fight scene you won’t want to miss!

More Flea Market and Thrift Store finds

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Random Appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger. We display a system that is getting harder to find with time, a few common items, but a deal is a deal. Wait to you see what we found inside. A few stories to go along with the pickups, and hopefully a few entertaining ones.

Remember to like and subscribe, share if you enjoyed it. We appreciate it. We have some a few different types of videos coming along while we continue doing pickups videos. So stay tuned for some variety.
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Epic Game Pickups #4 – GameMana

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We had a few nice pickups out in the wild again. We dive into some games like Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle, Crystalis, Ice Hockey, and even a slightly uncommon version of Double Dragon and more. Watch out for that crazy Return Fire Skull, he keeps pestering us, since we were children.. oh the mocking, why dost thou Mock us Return Fire Skull?

Phenomenal Retro Game Finds – GameMana

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

We head to our local shops, flea markets, and niche shops to bring you another pick ups video. We enjoyed out outings, and have a few fun ones to show you. We hope you like it.  Consider liking, and subscribing.. perhaps sharing if you enjoyed it. Comment and tell us what you think of our videos,  good or critique.

Brand New Epic Game Pickups Video

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

We found a couple rare games, and some great finds in this pickups video. We had a fun time out there in the wild hunting for most of these things.  A few games that are harder to find, especially outside of using Ebay and other sites.  We are happy with how it turned out? What about you? do you have any of these games too? Did you find it easily? Let us know.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Captain Quazar, a great retro Co-op 32 bit shooter for the 3DO. If you got a buddy, and you have a 3Do, oh don’t forget a second controller. Make sure you pick this one up. Or you could burn a 3DO game, but that information is soon coming!

Quarantine: 3DO Gameplay with Commentary

Monday, February 11th, 2013

It’s the post apocalyptic playground, and it’s all in glorious 32 bit sprites! Fond memories of this game when we were youngsters. How did you fare with this gem? does it hold up well over time. We explore 10 plus minutes with memories from the past. Apologize for poor audio, it has been resolved in preset and future videos. Enjoy.

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