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Posted on May 18th 2012 at 01:16:25 PM by (blcklblskt)
Posted under Summer Gaming Challenge

Well, it is that time of year again (never mind that it is actually Spring.  School let out last week and therefore Summer has begun for me!).  Time for the nice weather, the beach, the sun, and staying inside playing video games all day.  This year, I'm going to try to beat 10 games, as well as get at least 5 platinum trophies on PS3 games.

The Games to Beat:

1.) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES) - This game is a carryover from last year that I never got around to playing.  I plan to rectify that this year.

2.) Virtual Boy Wario Land (VB) - Same as above.  Hopefully I will dust off my poor, lonely Virtual Boy and beat this game.

3.) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) - I have already started this game, but it will definitely take quite a bit of time to beat.

4.) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS) - I loved the DS games, and I've always wanted to play this game.

5.) Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil (PS2) - I've always been interested in playing the Klonoa games, and now is my chance.

6.) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable (PSP) - I started this a few months back, but stopped playing it.  I want to finish the game so I can compare it to P4.

7.) Pikmin (GC) - I've owned the game for years, but I have never played it.

8.) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS) - I've started the game numerous times but it has failed to connect with me unlike the GBA Fire Emblems have.  I plan to play it through this time.

9.) God of War II (PS3) - I never finished the game on PS2, so I think it is time for me to finish it in (mostly) HD bloody g(l)ory.  Heh.  Puns.

10.) Clash at Demonhead (NES) - My NES has sat idle for pretty much two years, so I think this will be a good game to play.

The Game to Plat:

1.) Killzone 2 - I have been 1 trophy away from the Plat for years now.  I just need to beat the game on the hardest difficulty.

2.) Batman: Arkham City - I need to finish off New Game Plus, and then beat the Campaign Challenges.  The GOTY comes out soon with new story DLC, so I may play through that as well if I pick up GOTY cheap.

3.) 3D Dot Game Heroes - Only a few more bosses to collect in the Bestiary, then I need to beat the game on Spelunker mode.

4.) God of War - Only a few more trophies left.

5.) Tony Hawk Ride - I feel the need to complete at least one terrible game this summer.

I may add/change some games as time goes on, but I think I've got a pretty good list.  So, what are you waiting for.  Go start yours!

Posted on Sep 11th 2011 at 04:32:44 AM by (blcklblskt)
Posted under Summer Gaming Challenge

Summer is drawing to a close, and school is back in session.  My Summer Gaming Challenge didn't go exactly as planned, but I think it turned out just fine.  As you can see below, I didn't quite finish my list of games.  However, I did get sucked into playing and beating other games, which was a great way to get me out of my gaming slump.

1.) Pokemon Snap - Beat.  I still think this is a great game, but maybe it's because I like hitting Meowth with various objects...

2.) Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn (GC/Wii) - Unfortunately, I didn't start this.  Maybe during Winter Gaming Challenge. Smiley

3.) Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS) - Beat.  I enjoyed the game for the most part.  I could have done without the touch screen controls, but I would definitely play a sequel if it is ever released.

4.) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC) - Beat.  It has become one of my favorite games.  I loved the numerous Mario references and mechanics, and the atmosphere of Koholint was excellent.  I loved the little bits of story sprinkled throughout the game, and I thought the ending was a pretty good way to end the journey.  I definitely look forward to playing this through again someday.  Maybe I'll hook up the Game Boy Player and play it on a TV.

5.) Brutal Legend (PS3) - Beat.  I really enjoyed this game.  As a fan of classic rock and metal, the soundtrack kicked ass and has turned me on to several excellent songs I had never heard before.  It has the best soundtrack in a game that I have played.  The story was interesting enough to keep me playing, and the way the game looks like an album cover is awesome.  I felt that the battles could have been a bit more precise, but otherwise, I would have no complaints playing a sequel.

6.) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2) - Beat.  It took me 78 hours, but I beat it.  This, like Link's Awakening, has become one of my favorites.  However, if I was to describe the core gameplay mechanics to myself, I would probably never have picked this game up.  I've never been a huge fan of dungeon crawlers, but this game managed to make me want to play through more dungeons.  I really enjoyed how each dungeon was themed (especially Void Quest), and fusing Personas to make new ones only had me wanting to test them out in battle.  The story is excellent and kept pulling me at me to play until the morning.  Most characters felt like they were unique and each had their own place in the story.  Creating Social Links with individual characters was always addicting because I enjoyed seeing the progression of those characters, and the fusing bonuses they gave.

I could go on and on about what I loved, but I feel that I should touch upon a few small complaints.  While the voice acting was excellent, I wish there was a way to either skip cutscenes or quicksave during them.  There were a few occasions where I was unable to reach a save point for close to an hour.  I probably could have kept pressing "X" to advance the dialogue much quicker, but I wanted to listen to the characters.  A quicksave would also be very much welcome in the dungeons, which if you don't have a ton of spare time may leave you with no choice but to turn off the game without saving.  I can say I'm definitely glad that I played this game during the summer because of the sheer blocks of time it would take up.  There are probably a few other things that didn't sit quite right with me, but the overall experience of the game has made me accept these minor grievances, or forget them entirely.  This game has left me with a really desire to play through again once I have the time.  I am also really looking forward to Persona 5.

7.) Virtual Boy Wario Land (VB) - I never got around to starting this. Cry

8.) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES) - Same as above.

9.) Monster Tale (DS) - Beat.  Overall, I found it enjoyable.  The game is definitely a "metroid-vania", albeit with quite a lot of backtracking, most of which is done to make the game longer.  However, the sprites are excellent, and in-game areas and beautiful and bright, and the game controls pretty well.  The main draw is the "pet"-raising sim which takes place on the lower screen.  Your pet is named Chomp, and he initially only has one form.  After eating or playing with different things, he can gain new forms which have unique power-ups and stat increases.  After a certain amount of levels in the form, its' unique power is then open for use on other forms.  It is a pretty interesting mechanic, but once I found a nice set of moves that worked for me, I was never penalized for not trying out others.  The game could have used some fine tuning, but I liked the game overall.

10.) Castlevania: Double Pack (GBA) - I got pretty far in Harmony of Dissonance, but then I got stuck and lost interest.  Not sure why though, as I had enjoyed it up until that point.

Now, for the games I did play over the summer.  These games were not on my list, but once I started my Challenge, I found the will to play games again.  When I should have been playing the above games, I instead played the following:

1.) Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) - I played through the story mode, and it was pretty fun.

2.) Dead Space Ignition (PSN) - I finally got around to getting all the trophies.  It was an interesting, ummm, game?  I find the Dead Space universe to be interesting, so this bit of story appealed to me.  I'm not too sure I would have paid for it, but I'm glad that it was free.

3.) Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) - I went for the Platinum, and it was a nice way of playing small chunks of most every game on the disc.  The ports seem to be pretty accurate from my limited time spent with the Genesis, and the interviews were a nice touch, as were the arcade games on the bonus screen.  Of all the games in the collection, Sonic Spinball was probably my favorite.

4.) Cars 2: The Video Game (PS3) - I liked the first movie, and had a Redbox rental code so I figured I'd give it a try.  The game is as decent a game as I expected a children's game to be, but the later races did become pretty frustrating.  I had a bit of trouble, so I can only imagine how much frustration a child would get from playing those courses.

5.) Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PS3) - I was very disappointed in this one.  I was expecting something more along the lines of War for Cybertron (which I thought was great), and it instead became a quick, disappointing movie cash-in.  In hindsight, I should have seen this coming.  But, I hope they eventually do release a true sequel to War for Cybertron, as I had a blast with that one.

6.) Resident Evil 5 (PS3) - This was my second time playing through the game, this time on Normal.  I enjoyed it more this time around, and I find the save system for New Game + to be excellent.  I really love how all your cash, weapons, etc., carry through which ever course you pick, no matter what difficulty.  More games should use this system!

7.) God of War (PS3) - This was the second time I played the game, however, the first time was on PS2.  I still really enjoyed the game, but felt that it was pretty lazy for them not to redo the cutscenes.  Everything else looks good, crisp, and as inviting as a God slaying, blood-drenched man can be.  I can't wait to play through GoW II on the PS3.

So, I didn't finish my initial list.  However, I did end up beating 10 + games over the summer, which made me happy regardless.  I don't think I failed my challenge necessarily, because I still got to play some great games.  I love this idea, and thanks for bringing over to RFG noise!

Posted on Aug 9th 2011 at 06:15:38 PM by (blcklblskt)
Posted under Summer Gaming Challenge

We have entered August (already), and I'm a little over halfway done with my list.

1.) Pokemon Snap - Beat.

2.) Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn (GC/Wii) - Mostly done with PoR, need to start of RD.

3.) Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS) - Beat.

4.) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC) - Beat.

5.) Brutal Legend (PS3) - Beat.

6.) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2) - I'm currently in the month of September, and I'm loving the game so far.

7.) Virtual Boy Wario Land (VB) - Haven't started yet, but it shouldn't take too long to beat.

8.) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES) - Haven't started yet.

9.) Monster Tale (DS) - Beat.

10.) Castlevania: Double Pack (GBA) - I got pretty far in Harmony of Dissonance, but then I got stuck and lost interest.  Maybe I'll start Aria of Sorrow soon.

I ended up switching Metroid II for Monster Tale because I ended up going on vacation to South Carolina, and I didn't want to bring batteries or a backlight.

I will put all my thoughts of the games into one blog at the end of summer, so as not to clutter up my post.

Posted on Jun 7th 2011 at 05:40:57 AM by (blcklblskt)
Posted under Reality Vest, Rumble Pak, Odd

In case you ever wanted to wear a rumble pack, Nuby created a vest-like device back in the late '90's that allowed you to do exactly that.  While catering to this small market, Nuby made a really odd accessory for both the Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation.

When wearing the Reality Vest, you not only feel like a complete moron, you look like one too.  However, once you plug it into your controller, you may actually have a bit of fun with it.  This beast takes 2 AAA batteries to power the rumble pack-shaped connector in the controller, and 4 AA batteries to power the six vibration packs on the vest.  The vibration packs are placed on the left and right sides of your body: two on your chest, two on your shoulders, and two on your lower back.  There is also a switch that alternates the vibration patterns of the rumble packs.

The vest is surprisingly comfortable, and it looks like it will fit many different body sizes.  There are a few different adjustment straps to pull the vibration packs close to your body.   What seems like phone cable (no joke) connects the individual vibration packs (6 in all) to the battery holder, which also has the switch for controlling the vibration patterns.  Another phone cable coming out of the battery holder leads to the rumble pack-shaped connector, which you plug into the Nintendo 64 controller as you would any other rumble pack.  Although you really wouldn't want to be see walking in public with it, at least it doesn't affect your ability to play (aside from crippling you with laughter once you take a look at yourself during a reflective black TV screen Cheesy).

I tested the Reality Vest 64 while playing Star Fox 64, and I had a blast with it.  In every instance where the game would vibrate a normal rumble pack, such as getting hit by an enemy laser, the Reality Vest would vibrate in perfect sync with the game, including the rumble pack-shaped connector in the controller.  It was a pretty neat feeling when I played with the cockpit view, too.  It felt pretty cool looking out of the cockpit and feeling the rumble around your upper body.  It almost felt like you were getting hit inside the ship.

With that being said, I cannot really recommend it unless you find all of this really neat.  It is good for a few laughs, but I haven't touched it since I played Star Fox a few weeks ago.  It takes too many batteries, and will probably end up getting in the way of something else in your game room.  I only spent $2 on my Reality Vest with the box, and I'm happy at that price.  I haven't been able to find too much information on them, so I'd imagine they're somewhat rare (I can't imagine why Grin).  If you can find one cheap locally, you may want to give it a try just because it is so weird.

This lovely piece of hardware can be found in our database here: with a few pictures of it.  I also have some additional pictures on my photobucket account here: http://s981.photobucket.c...lskt/Reality%20Vest%2064/

I hope you enjoyed my blog on this odd Nintendo 64 accessory.  My next blog will feature The Glove by Reality Quest, so stay tuned!

Posted on Jun 7th 2011 at 04:50:16 AM by (blcklblskt)
Posted under Summer Gaming Challenge

I have decided to join in on the fun with the Summer Gaming Challenge of 2011.  Even though I do have some free time, I usually end up spending it watching Netflix.  This summer, I hope to beat a few games I have either never finished, or really should play.  That being said, here is my list:

1.) Pokemon Snap (N64) - One of my favorite Nintendo 64 games that I have never gotten around to fully beaten.  I plan on starting a new game and seeing if I can get every Pokemon in the game.

2.) Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn (GC/Wii) - I played the Advance Fire Emblem releases many times, but I haven't really touched the others in the series.  I've nearly completed the game once on GameCube, so I will finish that up and then move over to Radiant Dawn.  I liked PoR so far, so hopefully RD will be fun too.

3.) Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS) - I have heard many great things about this game, and I'd love to beat it.  I have never been a fan of Sonic (Funny thing is Sonic the Hedgehog was released on my birthday on June 23rd, 1991. Go figure.) for whatever reason, so maybe this will change my view on the series.

4.) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC) - This is a game that I've always wanted to beat.  I played it for a few hours as a kid, but never got much further than the first or second dungeon.  Hopefully I will be able to get a bit farther now. Smiley

5.) Brutal Legend (PS3) - I played this for an hour or two, but then I put the game away and focused on 3D Dot Game Heroes.  I plan on starting the game over and playing it through.

6.) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2) - I have been meaning to get back to this game, but never did.  I put an hour or two into this game, so I may just restart it.  I'll probably save this game for last.

7.) Virtual Boy Wario Land (VB) - I haven't touched my Virtual Boy in far too long, so it is time to beat Wario Land.  I don't think this one will take me too long.

8.) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES) - Another game I have yet to beat, but really want to.  I am definitely looking forward to playing this game.  I remember parts of it from watching my parents play through the game when I was a kid.

9.) Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB) - The black sheep of the Metroid series, I suppose.  I bought this game years ago with the intention of playing it, but never got around to it.  Pretty much the only 2D Metroid game I have yet to play.

10.) Castlevania: Double Pack (GBA) - I loved the Castlevania games on the DS, and I have heard many great things about Aria of Sorrow and Harmony of Dissonance.  I'm really looking forward to these two.

Well, that is my list.  I haven't decided on a particular order yet, but I will most likely start with Pokemon Snap and see what I feel like after that.  I did pick pretty well-known games, but I've really been looking to knock these off my "To-Do" list.  Maybe next year I'll venture into some more obscure titles.  Let me know what you guys think of my choices!

Posted on May 15th 2011 at 03:07:20 PM by (blcklblskt)
Posted under Nintendo 64, N64, How To, Region Mod

In this post, I will explain how to region mod an NTSC Nintendo 64.  This mod will allow you to play either Japanese or North American games on your console.  This mod will not work with PAL consoles, which have a different internal chip that will prevent PAL games from working on another non-PAL console.  North American and Japanese N64 games are compatible on either console, so the "region-locking" consists of a small bit of plastic in the cartridge slot.  There are converters that will allow you to play a PAL game on an NTSC console, but I believe that they are not fully compatible with all PAL games.

This is definitely a mod that anyone can do with the right tools.  All it entails is removing the little tabs in the cartridge slot, or simply removing the entire piece itself.  After the mod, you will be able to play nearly any game on your console.  There are only 4 PAL exclusive titles (F-1 World Grand Prix II, F1 Racing Championship, Premier Manager 64, and Taz Express), so you won't be missing too much.

Tools Needed: - 4.5 mm security bit and a bit driver (or a pliers to grip the bit)
                     - Philips head screwdriver set
                     - Safety goggles (If you are using a Dremel.  I trust you won't poke your eye out with a screwdriver)

Optional Tools: Dremel with cutting bit

Time Needed: 5-10 minutes

Difficulty: 1/10

Continue reading How to Region Mod an NTSC Nintendo 64

Posted on May 4th 2011 at 01:03:24 PM by (blcklblskt)
Posted under Nintendo 64, Controller, Joystick, How to

Is your Nintendo 64 controller joystick loose and worn out?  If so, you will be pleased to know that it is very easy to replace a loose joystick with either a replacement one, or a good one from a donor controller.  In total, this swap will take about 15 minutes if you're switching joysticks between two controllers, or half that if you have a replacement.

I have always used joysticks from used Grey or Atomic Purple controllers, simply because they are plentiful and cheap as most people tend to use the colored controllers more often than their "boring" brothers.  I have never used a replacement joystick, so I cannot comment on their quality.

After the swap, you will have an N64 controller with a nice tight joystick, and if you used a donor, one with a loose stick.  I will usually sell the loose controllers for what I paid for them, around $5, so that no one feels ripped off.  The buyer gets a cheap official controller, and the seller gets his money back. Smiley

Tools needed: Philips head screwdriver set

Time Required: 5-15 minutes

Difficulty: 2/10

Continue reading How to Swap an N64 Controller Joystick

Posted on May 3rd 2011 at 05:21:05 AM by (blcklblskt)
Posted under Blog, N64, Nintendo 64

Welcome to my first blog post here on RFGeneration!  In this blog, I hope to keep track of my goal for a complete Nintendo 64 collection and any rare or unusual Nintendo 64 related stuff I find either online or in the wild.  Hopefully, you will also learn something new about one of my favorite consoles.

I also plan to deviate from the N64 eventually for variety's sake.  I hope to do a few blogs on another of my favorites, the Virtual Boy, and who knows what else.  My next few blogs will most likely be a few simple ones, such as how to swap out your N64 controller's loose joystick and how to mod a North American console to play Japanese games.  I also plan to finally take pictures of my collection.  I will try to make this an informative and entertaining blog, so be sure to stay tuned to Channel 3.

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