Back Catalog Update: PS3 edition

Similiar to the Nintendo post I did earlier, I planned to sort out and organize all of my PlayStation brand games. That didn’t work out today, but I did manage to sort all the PS3 games. Some of these are already on the Back Catalog page, but a few entries needed to be added.

I’ll post the list and some photos later on.

Back Catalog Update: Nintendo Edition

Today, I inventoried my Nintendo games, since it’s time to update the back catalog properly. I’ve added a few titles over the years since I last did this (2009 or so), and most of these don’t actually appear on my dedicated page. That will also be updated when the time is right.

I’ve listed these alphabetically, in chronological order of when the systems were released. Consoles first, handhelds second. The total is 198 games, though I’m missing a few games here and there. It’s funny, games I didn’t know I had, round up in my storage. Games I was sure I had have gone missing. I’ll find them eventually.

I was surprised at how many Nintendo DS games I acquired, and how few 3DS games. Although it probably shouldn’t surprise me, given that my gaming has decreased with age. And I did not list any digital downloads, which would add a few games here and there.

Forty-two GameCube games seems about right, though to be honest, I thought I had more. Despite it being the heyday of the PS2 and the original Xbox, I was committed to that platform. For better or for worse. Though as you’ll see in upcoming posts, I have more than enough of games for those platforms on hand as well to last me a long time. Forty N64 game seems too much to me, but then I recall that I went on a buying craze shortly around the tenth anniversary of the system. I had a vague idea of doing a playthrough of the complete library by the twentieth anniversary. Obviously, I did not do that.

With the exception of my NES, all of my original systems still work. Though the Game Boy was in rough shape the last time I played Metroid II on it (Fall 2017). I suppose I could repair these two, along with cleaning the carts and replacing the batteries. I don’t know that I necessarily want to do all that. Might be good for my tech skills though.

I’ll update this post if I come across any other games in storage.

NES

  1. Dragon Warrior
  2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  3. Kung FU
  4. Metal Gear
  5. Operation Wolf
  6. Pac-Man
  7. R.B.I. Baseball
  8. Shadowgate
  9. Silent Service
  10. Spy vs. Spy
  11. Super Mario Bros / Duck Hunt
  12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game
  13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
  14. The Goonies II
  15. The Legend of Zelda
  16. Tiger-Heli

SNES

  1. Doom
  2. Illusion of Gaia
  3. Judge Dredd
  4. Mortal Kombat
  5. Mortal Kombat II
  6. NCAA Basketball
  7. NHL ‘94
  8. Ogre Battle
  9. P.T.O – Pacific Theater of Operations
  10. Secret of Mana
  11. Sim City
  12. Super Battleship
  13. Super Empire Strikes Back
  14. Super Return of the Jedi
  15. Super Star Wars
  16. The Ignition Factor
  17. The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past
  18. The Terminator
  19. Wing Commander

N64

  1. 1080 Snowboarding
  2. Command & Conquer
  3. Cruis’n USA
  4. Cruis’N WORLD
  5. Doom64
  6. Duke Nukem ZER:0 H:Our
  7. Goldeneye 007
  8. International Superstar Soccer 64
  9. Killer Instinct Gold
  10. Midway’s Greatest Arcade Hits (Volume 1)
  11. Mischief Makers
  12. Mission Impossible
  13. Mortal Kombat Trilogy
  14. NamcoMuseum 64
  15. NBA Hangtime
  16. Ogre Battle64 Person of Lordly Caliber
  17. Paper Mario
  18. Paperboy
  19. Perfect Dark
  20. Pilotwings 64
  21. Resident Evil 2
  22. San Francisco RUSH Extreme Racing
  23. Space Invaders
  24. Star Wars Episode I RACER
  25. Star Wars Shadows of the Empire
  26. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 64
  27. Starfox 64
  28. Super Mario 64
  29. Superman 64
  30. The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask
  31. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
  32. War Gods
  33. Waverace 64
  34. Waygne Gretzy’s 3D Hockey
  35. WCW vs. nWo World Tour
  36. WCW/nWo Revenge
  37. WinBack Covert Operations
  38. Wrestlemania 2000
  39. WWF No Mercy
  40. WWF Warzone

GameCube

  1. 007 Everything or Nothing
  2. 007 Nightfire
  3. Baten Kaitos Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
  4. Battalion Wars
  5. Beyond Good & Evil
  6. Dead to Rights
  7. Donkey Kong Junglebeat
  8. Enter the Matrix
  9. Eternal Darkness Sanity’s Requiem
  10. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  11. Forgotten Realms Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance
  12. Geist
  13. Gladius
  14. Hitman 2 Silent Assassin
  15. Luigi’s Mansion
  16. Mario Kart Double Dash!!
  17. Metal Gear Solid The Twin Snakes
  18. Metroid Prime
  19. Metroid Prime 2
  20. Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance
  21. NHL 2003
  22. Pikmin
  23. Prince of Persia The Sands of Time
  24. Resident Evil
  25. Resident Evil 2
  26. Resident Evil 4
  27. Rogue Squadron II Rogue Leader
  28. Star Wars Jedi Outcast Jedi Knight II
  29. Star Wars Rogue Squadron III Rebel Strike
  30. Super Mario Sunshine
  31. Super Monkey Ball
  32. Super Monkey Ball 2
  33. The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition
  34. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time / Master Quest
  35. The Legend of Zelda the Wind Waker
  36. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
  37. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  38. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  39. The Sims
  40. Time Splitters 2
  41. Wrestlemania X8
  42. XIII

Wii

  1. Donkey Kong Country Returns
  2. Epic Mickey
  3. Goldeneye 007
  4. Mario Kart Wii
  5. Metroid Other M
  6. Metroid Prime 3 Corruption
  7. Metroid Prime Trilogy
  8. Monster Hunter 3 Tri
  9. Muramasa The Demon Blade
  10. Okami
  11. Pandora’s Tower
  12. Redsteel
  13. Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary
  14. Super Mario Galaxy
  15. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  16. Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz
  17. Super Paper Mario
  18. Super Smash Bros Brawl
  19. The Bigs
  20. The Last Story
  21. The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
  22. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
  23. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
  24. Trauma Center Second Opinion
  25. Xenoblade Chronicles

WiiU

  1. 007 Legends
  2. Assassin’s Creed III
  3. Bayonetta 2
  4. Deus Ex Human Revolution Director’s Cut
  5. Lego City Undercover
  6. Mario Kart 8
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U
  8. NintendoLand
  9. Shovel Knight
  10. Super Mario Maker
  11. Super Smash Bros for Wii U
  12. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD
  13. The Wonderful 101
  14. Xenoblade Chronicles X

Subtotal: 156 games

Game Boy/Game Boy Color

  1. Metal Gear Solid
  2. Metroid Prime II Return of Samus
  3. Mortal Kombat II
  4. Play Action Football
  5. Quarth
  6. Tetris
  7. The Castlevania Adventure
  8. The Flash
  9. Turok 2 Seeds of Evil

Game Boy Advance

  1. Advance Wars
  2. Castlevania Circle of the Moon
  3. Doom
  4. Final Fantasy I & II Dawn of Souls
  5. Final Fantasy VI Advance
  6. Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
  7. Metroid Fusion
  8. Metroid Zero Mission
  9. Sword of Mana
  10. Wing Commander Prophecy

DS

  1. Advance Wars Days of Ruin
  2. Advance Wars Dual Strike
  3. Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
  4. Children of Mana
  5. Chrono Trigger
  6. Final Fantasy III
  7. Final Fantasy The 4 Heroes of Light
  8. Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars
  9. Izuna Legend of the Unemployed Ninja
  10. Lunar Dragon Song
  11. Lunar Knights
  12. Metroid Prime Hunters
  13. New Super Mario Bros
  14. Resident Evil Deadly Silence
  15. Spectrobes
  16. The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass
  17. The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks

3DS

  1. Bravely Default
  2. Kid Icarus
  3. Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D
  4. Metroid Samus Returns
  5. Steel Diver
  6. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D

Subtotal: 42

Total: 198 Nintendo Games

Back Catalog: The Wii GameCube Connection

Time for a quick update on the Back Catalog. Today I received a used Wii, and completed my Nintendo system collection. From the NES to the Switch, it’s kind of nice to have the whole family together under one roof again. But I had quite forgotten a nice feature of the original Wii: full backward compatibility with the GameCube.

Now that was a first. Nintendo had long eschewed backward compatibility on its home consoles. There were plenty of reasons not to include it. The business model depended on people buying the games to subsidize the system, for one. And compatibility is a complex design issue, for another. So we have all this old hardware, competing for precious shelf space. Most of the time, it’s not worth it to hang onto the old stuff. Memories tend to create halos around old games, as I recently discovered. But sometimes, we just want to play anyway. At least, the GameCube games have aged a little better than those 90s consoles, I have to admit.

I might be mistaken, but I think Nintendo achieved backward compatibility the same way Sony did so with the PS2 and PS3; by grafting on the old chipsets. Indeed the Wii has four controller ports for GameCube controllers and two memory card ports. When you flip those hatches open, the system starts to resemble those old Sega hybrids that occasionally surfaced. It works pretty well too; as far as I can tell, there isn’t any difference between a game played on the Cube and one played on the Wii.

One more benefit to this transaction: I do have component cables for the Wii. After changing over the default configuration to 480p mode, and setting the 16:9 display setting, I gave The Twin Snakes a quick run. It looked low res, of course. But glorious nonetheless in widescreen display. I can’t wait to try out Rogue Leader in the coming weeks. And I might have an idea about a certain 20th anniversary coming up. Stay tuned.

 

Back Catalog Update

Success this morning with the back catalog project: I’ve recovered my GameCube and PS2 along with all the appropriate memory cards. Now set up will take a while, as will cataloging several boxes of games. In the original Back Catalog project, I made the decision to go from the year 2000 to 2010. Back in 2009, that seemed more realistic to me, as well being a nice even number. Well, here we are 9 years later, and my catalog has grown even longer. But as I said yesterday, no progress has been made.

Maybe I just wasn’t mature enough to play video games ten years ago?

Anyhow, expanding the list will increase my game catalog to something like 25 years worth of titles. It won’t be possible for me to play them all, so I’m going to have to rethink how I list these. Like these Game Gear titles for instance. I quipped to a friend, why do I even have these games? My Game Gear died an ignominious death a long time ago. I don’t have much desire to pick up a new system to play Mortal Kombat, Star Wars, and Steel Cage Challenge. Although from the looks of it, the Star Wars game might be interesting.

I honestly don’t recall playing as Princess Leia on the Tallon IV in this game. In fact, I can’t recall a single old game in which you can play as the Princess. So that’s kind of novel. I have very vague memories of a similar graphical style during the Luke portions of the game, those tough Jawas in particular. But that might be memories of the NES version of Star Wars blending in here.

I think I played Steel Cage Challenge once or twice. I don’t remember it being very good, like a lot of those licensed WWF games in the early 90s. As for Mortal Kombat, well, you know how I enjoyed those ports.

I’ll have an update on the Back Catalog as I go through more of the boxes.

Getting back into the Back Catalog

One of the interesting challenges of owning a lot of video games, besides moving them around and storing them, is actually getting to play them. I have to admit a decade or so later after dreaming up that original back catalog project (you can see the links here and there…) I never really considered how to block off time to do it. Not to mention, audit my own time use. Or get into the questionable value that such an undertaking would bring. But we’ll leave the ciphering for another day.

Navel-gazing aside, it’s nice to have options when it comes to this hobby. And my collection remains in good order, if not a little spread out throughout the attic. Today I wanted to pull out the GameCube and fire up Super Mario Sunshine. Found the game easily enough, but not the system. Or rather, I found my “newer” purple Cube, sans the HD out port. No memory cards to be hand either.

So much for the good order huh?

Thus today’s quick post about the Super Mario Sunshine and how it compares to Super Mario Odyssey is going to be delayed a bit. But going through the dusty boxes made me realize that it’s time to update and reorganize the whole thing. I haven’t added an entry to the back catalog page in almost a decade now (!), nor have I chiseled off any of the games. Probably a good time to give that a hard look too.

The original back catalog project was just a way to get motivated to play all the games I had. The intent was to sell them afterward, using better than average product descriptions (aka “reviews”) for ebay and the like. Boy, my thinking wasn’t very sophisticated back in 2009. Maybe it still isn’t, but that wouldn’t be my aim for a revamped back catalog project. I would approach this from a deep dive, design perspective. Which means I need to do some homework before I work on that.

First things first though, the catalog needs to be updated. I’ll be working on that throughout the coming weeks.

Oh and, finding my original GameCube and memory cards.

Adding to the Back Catalog Project

From PC Gamer, a new list: the Best Cyberpunk games on PC.

http://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-cyberpunk-games-on-pc/

By Release Year:

  1. Beneath a Steel Sky (1994)
  2. Syndicate Wars (1996)
  3. Blade Runner (1997)
  4. Final Fantasy VII (1997)
  5. System Shock 2 (1999)
  6. Deus Ex (2000)
  7. Anachronox (2001)
  8. Uplink: Hacker Elite (2001)
  9. Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011)
  10. Gemini Rue (2011)
  11. Binary Domain (2013)
  12. Shadowrun Returns (2013)
  13. Remember Me (2013)
  14. Transistor (2014)
  15. Technobabylon (2015)
  16. Neon Struct (2015)

I actually own many of these games, and some of them have served as inspiration for my own game development projects in recent years. In the Back Catalog Project I made the policy of not including PC games, because I felt it would be overwhelming to add my Steam (and later GOG) accounts to the fold. But I may have had a change of heart, seeing as how the console-only list is already overwhelming as it is.  I am still maintaining my rule regarding no 90s games since that would probably double my back catalog.  So I guess I would have to start with Anachronox (I’ve beaten Deus Ex many times…).

Like most people at the time I had heard very little about the Ion Storm game, which would turn out to be the last one released before the infamously troubled studio shuttered its doors for good. From what I’ve heard it’s something akin to a Chronotrigger for PCs, which from a storytelling and design standpoint would have been a remarkable achievement. I’ll add it to my 2001 list and give it a whirl after I knock off a few more titles.

Back Catalog Project: Paper Mario

After yesterday’s post I committed to start chipping away at the Back Catalog list. The first game is Paper Mario, which began life in the late 90s as a sequel to Super Mario RPG on the SNES, a quirky Nintendo-Squaresoft collaboration. Since Square had left Camp Nintendo for the greener PlayStation pastures they obviously were not available to work on a follow up game. So it fell to Intelligent Designs.

The game was released in February 2001 in North America, and was one of the final Nintendo 64 games. I ended up picking it up mainly out of nostalgia; I had missed out on the the Mario RPG and had recently gotten a copy so I wanted to make sure I got the most out of the series. I also wanted to complete the cycle: I had supported the n64 since launch day and wanted to close out with the system. As it turned out though this was a particularly difficult time for me in college so I didn’t have the time to play any video games, and by the time I started paying attention to the scene again most of my attention was on the pending release of Metal Gear Solid 2.

I didn’t remain obsessed with that game or anything…

So here it is, working on scratching off the first game on my Back Catalog. I’ll be recording the gameplay as soon as I can get a decent recorder, and posting some sort of video review on YouTube once I complete it. I did in fact get the Wii U virtual console version of the game at a nice discount ($2.00 total) probably since I already own the Wii virtual console version.

Wish me luck.

Another look at the back catalog

I’ve been spending some time organizing and storing a lot of the video game collection of late. So I decided it was time to give another look at the back catalog. I started compiling my games from 2011 and 2012, which incredibly has added another 25 games to my list. There have been a few additional titles for previous years, which I’ll get to when I update the page. And of course there’s still 2013, 2014, and 2015 to get on the list too.

I might have a collector’s mania.

I’ve been looking for a new capture card, along with some old equipment for the youtube channel (launching in the future). I prefer to play the authentic games rather than emulated copies but in the interest of video quality this may be unavoidable. I’m not that comfortable opening up and soldering an RGB connector for my venerable n64. It’s probably a better idea to get the Virtual Console version of it and record that.

A bigger problem is acquiring the ridiculously expensive GameCube component cable, which on Amazon is going over $300 from some sellers at the time of this writing. One of the enduring mysteries for me from the last 7 years has been the disappearance of this cable. Well over 10 years ago I did buy one from Lik-sang when they were still reasonably priced (around $85 IIRC), but in the course of several moves it’s become lost. Nintendo – in its infinite wisdom – decided to remove the progressive scan capability of the GameCube relatively early in it’s life cycle. To make matters worse, the cable itself contains a proprietary chip and was produced in relatively limited quantities. Scarcity of the product and the fact that it’s not an easy hack has made for quite a nice profit margin for those who had the foresight to buy these cables when they were readily available.  Long story short, if I want to get high quality captures for the GameCube games and by extension all the GBA games via the GBA Player, I’m going to have to cough up the cash for this cable or miraculously find my original cable.

It’s tough being a retrogamer some times.