Throw Back Thursday: Astyanax

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On the latest episode I stated that Silver Surfer was our generation’s Dark Souls.  The more I thought about it, The more I remembered playing a game that was very similar to the style of Dark Souls. While there are two very different versions of this game, we’re going to focus on the Nintendo version.  Astyanax was a Nintendo Entertainment System game released in 1990 by Jaleco,  The game was set in a dimension called Remlia, and focused on a 16 year old High School student that was transported into the dimension along with a fairy named cutie to rescue Princess Rosebud from the evil wizard Blackhorn.  While the game had a very fantasyesque story it was a very difficult game.  The boss battles and even the levels themselves were tough enough to be one of the most difficult NES games of the era.

AstyanaxBoss1astyanaxboss2I think if this game was remade today I think the bosses and difficulty level of Astyanax make this game as close to Dark Souls as a game would be today.  There were many bosses in the game that were fantasy themed bosses like Medusa and Dragons and skeletons.  With the added elements of the fairy maybe you could throw a lighthearted style of graphics like Legend of Zelda, a cross between Dark Souls and Legend of Zelda would, I think, be the best way to present this game in today’s generation of consoles. With how the weapons would be upgraded and potions and everything else, I think it would be a success. How would you remake this classic NES game?  Have you played this game?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 On second thought, I still think Silver Surfer is our generation’s Dark Souls…

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Throw Back Thursdays: Little Nemo The Dream Master

Welcome to the first edition of Throw Back Thursday on Insert Coin To Begin, In this series of posts I will look back on some fond favorites, be it games or other things related to games, of the early and later days of video games.  I will tell you a bit about the game and if it could be made on the current gen systems.  The first game we’re looking at is Little Nemo: Dream Master.  So without further ado…

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Little Nemo: Dream Master, was a Capcom Nintendo Entertainment System game based on the Japanese animated movie, and Comic Strip about Little Nemo.  The game, which was released in 1990 in the United States, The game was a platformer that followed the main character (Nemo) and his adventures in Dream Land,  Once Nemo’s head hit the pillow he could go anywhere and do anthing with the help of some candy and a few animal friends.  Nemo gained help from animals such as a frog, a gorilla, a salamander, and a mole by either riding on, or in them… yes I said in them… It was a dream after all and Nemo, one he fed them candy could become the frog and the mole,  The game’s object was to collect keys to open a door in each level, the game was very dificult with many enemies per stage… It was a Capcom game after all.

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So the big question is, How can this game be brought back to life in 2014?  Well if Capcom wanted, or anyone that wanted to re-make this game, the answer I believe is pretty simple.  Instead of making it a platformer, Why not borrow from a recently released game that has a similar look.  Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch a game that was recently released for the Playstation 3 as an RPG.  This would be the perfect style of game for Little Nemo to become.  With the vast array of enemies and the Studio Ghibli like style of animation that the game showcased back in the day,  It would be a perfect fit for today’s games.  The animal friends can work like summons like in Final Fantasy games with different types of candy giving Nemo unique buffs.  The game can expand on the story of the film and comic strips and give gamers clamoring for Nemo to come back a new game to look forward to.

Do you remember playing Little Nemo: The Dream Master?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments and whether you think this game could be remade again!

Video Game themed things from around the Internet…net…net!

Did the Easter bunny leave you any treats this past week? No? Well, that rabbit sucks. Your pal Uncle Chachi has some fun things for you then! Welcome to this week’s Video Game themed things from around the Internet…net…net!
Using 48 wine glasses, 2 pencils, 1 frying pan, 7 microphones, 2 cameras, and tap water Dan Newbie over on Youtube made one of the coolest renditions of the Super Mario brothers

Kotaku put up a collection of video game themed easter eggs from this past weekend including the great pokemon ones below! Check out the rest right here. http://kotaku.com/10-great-video-game-easter-egg-collections-1565258649

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The best company in the world is Oculus Rift. Hands down. I will buy their device when its out regardless of the functionality. They deserve my money. Heres why.

All of the feels. Good Guy Oculus Rift.

Thats all i have for you in this edition of Video Game themed things from around the internet…net…net! Tune in next week as i wrestle a bear! Kidding. But you should still come.

Runners Up!
Video Game Characters Cosplaying – https://www.behance.net/gallery/Video-Game-Mash-ups/16218061
Slenderman in Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare – http://screenburn.kotaku.com/slender-man-is-in-plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-1563840377/+tinaamini

Nintendholm Syndrome: Why do we buy games over and over?

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The other day I was looking through the Nintendo 3DS e-shop and noticed they were having a sale on Legend of Zelda Games.  I then proceeded to purchase 2 out of the 3 games that were available, even though I had both games for the NES, The next week I went back to the e-shop and there was a sale on my favorite franchise, Mega Man,  I had already purchased Mega Man 2. but Mega Man 1-4 were on sale, so I decided to purchase Mega Man 3 and 4, Even though I already had those games in NES cartridge form, and Mega Man Anniversary Collection.  What is it about classic games that we need to purchase and re-purchase?

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I think it has a lot to do with how nostalgic it makes us feel, it feels great to play these old games, even though some may not be as great as we remember but the classics sure do hold up,  That’s why Nintendo puts these older games up for sale, playstation does the same thing with their classics on PSN, I purchased Destruction Derby from there and I know many people that have purchased and re-purchased final fantasy games,  Another reason the re-purchasing of games occurs is because they’re so easy to play now a days,  Nintendo cartridges were so tough to get to work at times, you’d have to blow in them, shake them, sometimes force them into the system, but with the e-shop they’re ready to play at the touch of a button,  Recently before out 25 hour game-a-thon, I decided to go to my local game shop and get some older NES games, I found Punchout and purchased it for $15, and just last week I found punchout in the e-shop for $5.00 so I basically paid $15 for a game from the 80’s  which is fine because it’s fun to play, and now I can take that game anywhere I want.

It’s not just re-released games as well, It’s whole franchises,  Nintendo has rehashed so many of their franchises and we keep coming back for more, The new releases of Super Mario 3d Land, and World on 3DS and WiiU recently and the newest game to be reborn a sequel to the SNES classic, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, (which I purchased)  How many times have you said that you wouldn’t buy a Nintendo console only until the next Zelda game or Smash Brothers, or Mario Kart games were released, not to mention the new pokemon games that come out regularly.  There are even 2 slightly different versions of the same game with different pokemon on the box that a lot of us purchases both copies of.

That said, Nintendo knows what it’s doing, They have us with their characters, and the nostalgia, it’s like we’re familiar with them and trust them even though they have possession over our hard earned cash, this is an effect I’m calling the Nintendholm syndrome,  Have you fallen victim to them, How many games have you re-purchased in your gaming lifetime? Let us know in the comments?

Sorg Brother Cast: New Consoles, Steam Machines, and Computer Gaming

A Podcast where the Sorg Brothers, Sorgatron and Brother Sorg, hangout and talk about the things they love such as Technology and Video Games.

In their second episode, The Sorg Brothers talk about what they think of the new console generation with the XBox One and PS4, how well they speculate Valve’s Steam Machines will do, and think back about all their experiences with building computers and PC gaming.

 

And if you missed it, Sorg Brother Cast: Episode 1, The Sorg Brothers Reminisce about their history playing video games. They touch on their beginnings with the NES and DOS Games, Renting Games, Their love of PC gaming over the years, and some problems with Classic game availability and ending on Pokemon

Let’s Play 66: Animal Planet Blackmarket

LetsPlay66This week on Let’s Play 66, we have our cast of Bobby (@bobbyfjtown), Chachi (@chachisays), Rizz (@theerizz) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron) On this weeks show we discuss:

  • What the cast have been playing recently.
  • The challenge which was Darkwing Duck. Does it stand the test of time?
  • Next weeks challenge, which is Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers!
  • What new releases are coming out! Including Batman Arkham Origins, Lego: Marvel Superheroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and of course Just Dance Kids!
  • What happens when you play video games too loud.
  • The Steam Controller and what we think about the product.
  • GTA V sightseeing! Here about some of the places in the game that are based in reality!
  • Titanfall for XboxOne and if we are interested in this game.
  • Our most embarrassing gaming moments.

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Let’s Play 58: Hooker Cats

LetsPlay58This week on Let’s Play 58, we have our angelic cast featuring Bobby (@bobbyfjtown) Chachi (@chachisays) the Rizz (@theerizz) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron) as they talk all things gaming!

  • What has everybody been playing? Some highlights were Sorg not playing any games and just reading comics, Chachi downloading some games and playing Avenger’s Alliance, Rizz playing a Muppets game and Bobby has been playing Saints Row IV and the challenge….
  • Action 52 is next week’s challenge! Looks like lots of gaming ahead for our crew.
  • The challenge was Bible Games for the NES. Bobby was the only one to play it and really enjoyed it! Praise the gods! I mean God.
  • The guys got their Lootcrates! See what they got and what they thought about it.
  • Bobby is playing some Indy games! Check it out on insertcointobegin.com
  • Saints Row IV. Be a hero or the President! Or both!
  • If you get the new Madden game, if you want to upgrade it to the Xbox ONE, it is only $10 dollars!
  • The Xbox One release date is November 8th.

GTA 5 is coming online. The cast discusses their excitement.
Boss Battle: What part of GTA 5 are you most excited about? Mostly the cast is excited about the GTA group missions and the world it will be creating online.
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Winter Games to beat the heat

Well depending on where you reside in this big round world, it may be summertime and it may be extremely warm. Well as nerds we don’t really like to go outside when its uncomfortable (or some of us at all.) weather wise. So while you are inside enjoying the cool air here are some winter or snow based games that you can try to help you beat the heat….mentally that is!

A couple classics and a couple newer games for you to play if you haven’t or replay if you have. Either way these games are fun and at least worth a shot.

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First up, Released in the US in 1985. You can fight enemies and break through the ice as you help Popo and Nana make their way up the mountain top. Using their mallets 1-2 players can cooperate or compete to break through rock and ice to gather more points on the way to the peak! A classic game that you should defently re visit for hours of fun. You can find the game online at virtualnes.com or buy a copy on amazon or ebay for a decent price!

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Next up also from the NES released in 1985, freeze the competition by dominating them in the Winter Games! Compete in such events as Alpine skiing, Ski jumping, Biathlon, Bobsled, Figure skating, Speed skating, Luge and Freestyle skiing. This single player game allows you to compete in all events, choose a few or practice ones that you have a hard time with! Also available on virtualnes.com or at an affordable price on amazon and ebay.

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On to a couple newer games! NHL 13, The latest installment from EA Sports features new game play and updated graphics. Start at the bottom in one of several minor leagues and work your way up to being drafted by an NHL team and carve your legacy in history, or you can run your own team against other members of the ps network or xbox live in GM mode. Either way, this game will kill some hours and keep you entertainment on ice. Available on Amazon in the 30-40 range.

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Last but not least on this extremely short list of winter fun games who could spend hours indoors without some of gamers best friends! That’s right you can join Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics! Play along with Nintendo’s and Sega’s favorite character in some real Olympic events and some far fetched ones. One of the Wii’s best party games and definitely worth at least trying. Available on amazon from anywhere between 10 and 40 dollars.

Those are just some of the winter based games you can play to take your mind off the heat! Certainly doesn’t scratch the surface though! what are some of your favorite winter/snow/cold based games to play? Let me hear them in the comments below!

Movie-Based Video Games You Don’t Know

Adaptations of movies in the video game realm has been around since the days of Atari (E.T., GhostBusters, etc.) and as is the case with most movie video games AND video game movies (see the featured picture)…they mostly suck (with the exception of MOST of the 007 games).

Since I’m familiar with video games AND movies, I was shocked to learn that there happens to be video games that are based on movies that…I never knew existed.

Here are five games I never thought existed. Note: These are REAL games. As in…REAL GAMES THAT I HAVE NOT MADE UP!

Austin Powers:

Does this make you randy, baby? That’s right! There have been two video games based on the hit smash movie franchise. Let’s start with the two GameBoy Color games called “Oh, Behave!” and “Welcome to My Secret Underground Lair”. This game is the Austin Powers’ take on something like WarioWare before WarioWare was WarioWare…but I say that because, well, it looks like WarioWare was a WAY better video game. I say that it’s kind of like WarioWare because they both feature the antagonist and not the protagonist. Also, the game consists of every mini-game imaginable. RPS? Check. Motor bike racing? Check. PACMAN!? THEY COPIED PACMAN! Next!

Oh…the non-portable game that Austin Powers’ franchise has? Austin Powers’ Pinball for PlayStation. Yup. Austin Powers’ Pinball. It was among the phase of video games where everyone thought that the coolest way to have their game was to have it in…pinball form. This featured two “levels”, each featuring the two movies that were out at that time, and honestly, I don’t care to play either of them.

Bill and Ted:

When I saw that Bill and Ted had a video game out at one time, I was quite ecstatic. B&TEA will live down as one of those campy, funny and bad movies. I will feel bad for laughing at the inaccuracies in the movie about fictional people picking up real life people in time and will probably leave little to live by, by laughing at such things but…their video game HAS to be good…right?

It’s off to a good start, the 1990 game started on the Commodore 64 (really neat-o). Yaaaay…? However, it did so good that one year that Bill and Ted made their way on to the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Looking at this game on the YouTubes, one thing is perfectly clear: For its time, this was a pretty looking game…but looks…boring. Also…the jumping in a place that’s not associated with a path (like grass) hurts. There’s a reason why I didn’t want to play this game as a younger self…my older self, somehow, traveled from the future to warn me about this game…and then yelled “WYLD STALLYONS!” before kicking me in my still developing nads.

Charlie/Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:

Wait…they made a video game of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Why? Wait…they made a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory game? Why?!

NO!

But the fact that in the 1980’s (when the first game came out) sounded like it looked like crap so that would mean that Willy Wonka, the Johnny Depp adaptation, on the Wii should be, you know, better right? G4 gave it a 1 out of 5. Just saying.

The Thing:

Not every game adaptations that I don’t know about looks bad.

The Thing looks like, with the exception of 007: GoldenEye, one of the better games. The Thing is a sci-fi thriller and the game captures that perfectly. The look of this game looks awesome and, honestly, if someone can find me a nice price for it, I will play it.

(This says the guy who played Ecco the Dolphin for an hour…followed by Ecco the Dolphin: Tides in Time)

Bebe’s Kids

I don’t wanna! *slap* I don’t wanna! *slap* I don’t wanna!

That’s right. Bebe’s Kids had a video game. I don’t know why or how I missed this. My brother and I LOVED Bebe’s Kids the movie and I would have LOVED to play the video game adaptation and judge it for myself.

This is the one that started the inner-conversation that I had. I was looking up bad video games, don’t ask why…it’s better that way. Sure enough, Bebe’s Kids was on a list that featured the likes of Superman 64, South Park and Clay Fighter 63 1/3.

Looking at the game play  I want to punch things…and, also, I want to know WHY it was feasible to create such a bad game for a movie that, quite honestly, doesn’t need a game made out of it. It’s a cartoon movie! That’s like making a movie of Who Framed Roger Rab…ooooh…shit.

Are there any games I missed? What’s the best/worst video game based off a movie? Leave it in the comments below.