Friday, April 27, 2012

Sunday 4.29 Preview: Vintage Gaming Myopia

This weeks post will be focused on our vintage gaming section.  We have amazing new clothes, cameras, knick knacks, and records as well.  The SoWa Open Market begins on May 6; from then until it ends in October things are going to get busy at DiscoVision.  We would like to thank all of our customers for supporting the SoWa Vintage Market during the winter, and in particular DiscoVision Vintage in our first year of being open year round.  We would especially like to thank all of our regular vintage gaming customers.  Some of you nuts came out in terrible weather to buy video games that were made 25 years ago... Thank You! (skip to the end for a more monetary thanks)

First Friday:

We will be open on Friday 5/4/12 from 5pm to 9pm check the Facebook Event for more details.

New Games For Super Nintendo:

Comments on some of our new SNES games: Wizardry V, Virtual Bart, Shadowrun, Final Fight, Aladdin, F-Zero, World Heroes II, Krusty's Super Fun House, ad uh Shaq Fu.

This week has yielded some awesome finds.  We try to keep a copy of Shaq Fu ($5) in stock at all times, and although it is rated as one of the worst fighting games ever made, it still flies of of our shelves on a weekly basis. This game is ridiculous and  probably never should have been made, but it did.  Honestly the game play is pretty bad, but maybe not as bad as its rumored to be.  If this screen shot doesn't doesn't make you want to pick up a copy, nothing I say can either.  This website is based on finding copies of the game and destroying them.  Although not currently in stock, if your a fan of ridiculous celebrity games, check out Michael Jordan- Chaos in the Windy City.  
   We have a few factory sealed copies of F-Zero ($10) left for the SNES, but we now also have an unsealed copy ($5) if you want one to play, and one to display.  Krusty's Super Fun House ($5) is a 16 bit version of the NES classic Krusty's Fun House.  World Heroes II ($5) is a pretty ridiculous fighting game.  You can play as a variety of stereotypical ethnic characters like "Brocken" a Nazi android, or "Johnny Maximum" an American Football Player, or "Rasputin" ... Rasputin. The game play is solid and the controls respond well making for very playable game.  Final Fight ($5) is a port of the arcade game of the same title.  It's a fun side scrolling beat 'em up which you will like if your into Streets of Rage and such. If  Dungeons and Dragons is your jam, then Wizardry V ($5) will be right up your ally.  Out of everything in the vintage gaming world 16 bit RPG's are my favorite thing, but I couldn't get into this one. Wizardry V was originally released for the Commodore 64 in 1988 which explains why this 1994 SNES port is largely text based... or something.  Fans of truly old-school video gaming or D&Ders may appreciate this title; it may be an awesome game, but as a fan of 16 bit RPGs I couldn't get into it.  Aladdin ($8) is a Capcom produced side scroller that is extremely playable, and considered one of the best Disney/Capcom productions.
Shadowrun ($30) is absolutely amazing, this is what vintage gaming is all about.  This cyber punk RPG is part Blade Runner, part Neuromancer, and overall amazing.  The game play starts out with you waking up in a morgue,  from there you have to figure out who you are and what you are doing.  Check out this video of the intro, it totally "borrows" from the opening of Blade Runner.  Another awesome score this week is Virtual Bart ($12)  I was going to keep this one until I beat it, and while it is a totally awesome game, it is frustratingly hard.  I remembered as a kid throwing my controllers at the screen trying to beat the baby Bart level, I'm going to let this one go.

New Games For Sega Genesis:

Comments on some of our new Genesis games: Cool Spot, Desert Strike, Castle of Illusion Staring Mickey Mouse, Quackshot,  Fire Shark, Menacer 6 Game Cartridge, Warsong

The Sega Genesis was my first system as kid, I will always think of it as "the best" (Super Nintendo is pretty good too).  Cool Spot ($5) is a game that is based off of the 7up mascot, it is however a surprisingly good platformer.  Platforming games are not my forte, but this one features some great game play and music, and is certainly the best video game based off of a soda mascot.  Castle of Illusion ($5) is another platforming title, and even though it is a Mario-esque game, it's really really good.   Castle of Illusion was an early title for the Genesis (released before Sonic!) and as it was programmed by Sega of Japan, it makes great usage of the Genesis' graphic capabilities.  I have played and beaten all 3 strike games for the Sega Genesis, and rather enjoy them.  Desert Strike ($5) is the first game of the "Strike" series, and although this is a very common game it is a great play.  It apparently received some bad press at the time of it's release, critics said that the game was great, but was in bad taste and was trying to capitalize on the recent  Gulf War.  Fire Shark ($5) is a great port of a Japanese shoot 'em up style arcade game titled "Same! Same! Same!"  Basically you are a souped up biplane fighting against some type of industrial enemy in an alternate future-reality... the plot is really not important think Japanese steam-punk.  Not much to say about the Menacer 6 Game ($5) as I do not have a Menacer, and there is not much you can do in this game that you can do without one.  Quackshot ($5) is another Disney platformer where you go around as Donald Duck blasting enemies with a plunger gun.  It's a very playable game, but not nearly as solid as Castle of Illusion.

Warsong ($15 w/box also know as Langrisser)  is a rockin' 16 bit tactics game.  Warsong isn't exactly an RPG as there is really no game play outside of the battles, but RPG fans will certainly enjoy it.  It's a somewhat rare Genesis game, hence the price (sorry).  The game concentrates on battle strategy and troop placement.  The game puts you on a battlefield as a leader, each leader can control about 8 troops in addition to the leader, and in most battles you control several leaders!  This setup make for some spectacularly enjoyable gaming.  The game play is similar to the Final Fantasy games, especially Final Fantasy Tactics where like Warsong, there is only battling to be done!

Nintendo 64 and More:

Nintendo 64: Goldeneye, Super Smash Brothers, Bust a Move 99.  Nintendo NES: ? Sega Master System: Alex Kidd in Miracle World

We finally have a copy of Super Smash Brothers ($20, label damage) If you're looking for this one, you know what its all about.  Goldeneye ($12) redefined the first person shooter and multiplayer gaming world, if you own a N64 you need a copy of this game.  Bust a Move 99 ($5) is quite similar to Snood... if that's your jam.  We do have new NES games for this week, including a rare unlicensed one, BUT they have not been cleaned and tested yet, so stay tuned for more details on that.  Before there was Sonic, Sega had Alex Kidd, a kid. Alex Kidd in Miracle World (in box $5) was the fist game in the series, and is actually built into most Sega Master Systems released after 1986.

DiscoVision is super stocked up on gaming consoles, we have NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, and Atari 2600 in stock, several of each! We also have plenty of NES light guns, and a boxed NES for sale, stop by this Sunday or next Friday before the Open Market begins!

$5 Off

If you have read this entire post, you must really like vintage gaming.  To reward our regular costumers, this Sunday 4.29 and Friday 5.4 you can receive $5.00 off any gaming purchase over $20.00 by claiming a check-in deal on our Facebook Page.  If you don't have a genius phone, simply draw a coupon!