The Vectrex is Coming!

No, there’s not a new version of the Vectrex being released, and no, a successor isn’t in the works. What is happening is that I picked up a Vectrex along with 8 games, and it’s on its way right now to my humble little home. The Vectrex will take up residency in the arcade room, right between Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac-Man on a table (which also has a Virtual Boy fighting for attention).

I’ve always loved the vector games and how impressive they look in person. I’ve never owned a Vectrex, so this is going to be quite the treat for me. Ever since I added Asteroids to my arcade, I’ve been itching to get more vector-based games. While the Vectrex isn’t exactly an arcade machine, it’s pretty close.

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Now if I can just get my hands on that Star Wars arcade game I’ve been chasing around…

Starting an MVS Neo Geo collection

The first of many Neo-Geo MVS titles arrived in my mailbox today and I was all giddy as I hefted the carts and checked them out. While I still don’t have a cabinet to play the games in, I’m working on resolving that very soon. I’ve always been a big Neo-Geo/SNK fan, but I’ve never owned either an AES or MVS system. My exposure to SNK had been through console ports or within the arcades themselves. So for me, it’s all very exciting. I already have more games on the way, and I have a good line on a cabinet source, so here’s hoping it all comes together soon.

Oh, here are the two games that showed up:

Ninja Combat

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Samurai Showdown II

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Oh, and here’s some awesome SNK-inspired art. Enjoy!

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100 Virtual Console Games – What to Buy?

There are now 100 Virtual Console games available. Within the list, there are some gems, some good games, some decent games, and some stinkers. I’m going to give my opinion on which games you should definitely buy (the bolded titles), should try if you never have before (italicized), and those that are up to your own discretion (no special markings). So, without further ado, here are my VC picks:

NES

Donkey Kong
Legend of Zelda
Mario Bros.
Pinball
Soccer
Solomon’s Key
Wario’s Woods
Donkey Kong Jr.
Ice Hockey
Tennis
Super Mario Bros.
Baseball
Urban Champion
Gradius
Xevious
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Legend of Kage
Elevator Action
Tecmo Bowl
Excitebike

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Galaga
Punch-Out!!
Castlevania

Mighty Bomb Jack
Ninja Gaiden
Pac-Man
Milon’s Secret Castle
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

SNES

F-Zero
SimCity
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Super Castlevania IV
R-Type III: The Third Lightning
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Super Mario World
Donkey Kong Country
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts

Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
Gradius III
Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Final Fight
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
ActRaiser

Nintendo 64

Super Mario 64
Mario Kart 64
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Star Fox 64

Sega Genesis

Altered Beast
Sonic The Hedgehog
Ecco the Dolphin
Golden Axe
Columns
Ristar
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Gunstar Heroes
Space Harrier II
ToeJam & Earl
Bonanza Bros.
Comix Zone
Gain Ground
Streets of Rage
Bio-Hazard Battle
Sword of Vermilion
Sonic Spinball
Beyond Oasis
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Virtua Fighter 2
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Streets of Rage 2
Kid Chameleon
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron

TurboGrafx-16

Bomberman ’93
Bonk’s Adventure
Super Star Soldier
Victory Run
Alien Crush
Military Madness
R-Type
Dungeon Explorer
Soldier Blade
Moto Roader
Vigilante
New Adventure Island

Chew Man Fu
Double Dungeons
Splatterhouse
Dragon’s Curse
Bravoman
Bonk’s Revenge
Battle Lode Runner
Shockman
Ordyne
Ninja Spirit
Blazing Lazers
J.J. & Jeff
Dead Moon

Impossible Mission on the VC? A dream come true…

For anybody that got their start gaming when the Commodore 64 was in its prime, you definitely know about the Epyx developed classic, Impossible Mission. The gameplay is a bit difficult to describe, but it was one of the first games to use randomly generated item placement (as far as key items needed to progress in the game). If this comes to the Wii Virtual Console, I’ll be one happy camper. My Commodore 64 kicked the bucket just a few short years ago, and this is a title I dearly miss.

Check out the best opening sound clip ever here: Dr. Elvin Atombender’s famous intro voice