So the Labor Day Weekend has come and gone and apparently the Postal Service decided today that they were going to get off their lazy bums and deliver some packages that I had ordered over the last few weeks. Some of the pickups came from eBay while most of them were from a UK game shop. All of what I picked up is just a hodgepodge of games for different systems that I recently discovered in one way or another. I wish I had some grand stories about why I wanted each and every one of these games but the truth is I just love collecting what I don’t already own. 🙂
The first cart I picked up was from an eBay seller in Japan who had a copy of Bird Week on the Famicom. Bird Week is a game I became familiar with a few months ago by random chance. I was playing around with some roms on my NES Powerpak and booted this one up. It has a super simple premise, you are a mother bird and you collect butterflies to feed to your baby birds. You have to avoid the asshole black birds and pesky squirrels who are out to get you and your babies. Once you feed the birds enough butterflies they will eventually leave the nest. Wash, rinse, repeat. It is a fun game and one that would be perfect for a high score challenge contest!
The other loose title I picked up was Splatterhouse 2 on Genesis. Normally I do not pick up loose Genesis games but this is a super hard game to find for a decent price and at $25.00 it was a no brainer! I have never played any Splatterhouse titles beyond the original game on the Turbografx-16 but if its anything like that one then I am in for a treat! I will probably try to stream this one sometime during the month of October for you all. 🙂
My next three pickups were all PAL exclusives that I found on a UK game shop website that I was recently made aware of by a friend on Twitch. The price was right and the shipping was reasonable so I decided to take the plunge and pickup them up. The first two are Air Rescue and The Ottifants on Sega Master System. Air Rescue seems to be a more modernized version of Choplifter. You go around rescuing hostages in a helicopter while trying to evade the enemies. The screenshots on the box definitely make the game look like it has much more depth and detail than Choplifter so I look forward to giving this one a shake. The Ottifants is another series I know nothing about. Apparently it was a German cartoon that was adapted into a platformer game for the Genesis and Master System. The stages look colorful and varied and since I can never get enough platformers in my life I had to pick it up. Fingers crossed that it is good!
The third and final game that I picked up from the UK shop was Formula Karts: Special Edition on the Sega Saturn. This is the first PAL game that I have ever purchased for the Saturn so I hope that is plays properly in my NTSC system. I have read that you can use an Action Replay cartridge to trick it into working so I hope it pans out. The game itself looks like a run of the mill racing game from the era so I don’t expect much out of it. I will say though that I am really impressed by the plastic case that this Saturn game came in. I have never seen anything like it! I thought all of the PAL Saturn titles were in cardboard long boxes but this one is a hard plastic and very sturdy! This is what SEGA should have used for all of their Saturn titles!
And last but certainly not least we have SpellCaster for the Sega Master System. This was an ebay purchase (since I have never come across it locally). A friend of mine had told me that I should give it a try but I kind of written it off thinking it was a different game on the system (Miracle Warriors). It wasn’t until I watched another streaming try a blind run of it recently that I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase it. It is an action/adventure games with some rpg elements as well as some point and click scenes. It definitely runs the gamut with regards to genres and seems like a fun little time. I made it a point to get a copy with the manual because I need to make darn sure I know what I am doing before I dive in!
WOW! So there it is.. two blogs in two days! What has gotten into me? Haha! Don’t get used to it but I have a few more things I would love to blog about. It might be a few more weeks until I get around to them but I can’t wait to share with you all! I hope you enjoyed taking a look at today’s pickups. Do you have any thoughts on what I got today or suggestions of games I should be looking for? If so please feel free to leave a comment below.