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How to Protect Your Retro Gaming Collection

Are you a retro video game collector? If so you know how expensive, or hard to find, some games and console systems can be. Many 16 and 32 bit games now sell for more than a hundred dollars for a single cartridge on the second hand market. This can quickly add up to thousands of dollars for even a modest sized retro game collection. If you're a serious collector, you may be interested in purchasing insurance to help protect your gaming collection. Did you know you can add your video game collection to your Condo/co-op or Renters Insurance? This way, should anything happen to your home, such as fire, flood, theft or other events, you can rest easy knowing your video games are covered by the insurance. Many people find that researching and trying to make sense of the many insurance opt

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New Amazon Exclusive Lime Green Nintendo 3DS XL with Super Mario World Preinstalled for $199.00

Amazon has a new exclusive color for the new Nintendo 3DS XL - a lime green shell with black interior. It comes pre-installed with Super Mario World. -- It however does not come with an AC Adapter -- When I read that I was kinda all wtf? Is this the case for all "new" Nintendo 3DS XL models? If so, what is Nintendo thinking? This seems like a must have item - cuz once it's dead, it needs charged. It will work with any NDSi, 3DS, or 2DS adapter but then so what? So they only want to target "existing" customers with this device? -- Or they REALLY care about making a few meager bucks by forcing customers to by the dumb adapters instead of including one for free??? Even if they had to "pad the price" of the 3DS XL a little - like make it $225 instead of $199 to cover the cost of the adapter, t

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Dark Cloud PS2 Retro JRPG Game Review

Reviewing one of my all time favorite games today, Dark Cloud. I will also be reviewing the very similar, but slightly better, Dark Cloud 2 later today as well. This game is extremely similar to Legend of Zelda. Our main hero even has a green floppy hat just like Link lol. But it brings with it some unique new features such as rouge-like random proceduraly generated level design, multiple playable characters, and most notably, a world-creation and city building system. Also, if you missed out on this awesome game back in 2001, you can play it again now if you have a PS4 via the playstation store. You can grab Dark Cloud 1 for $14.99 at  https://store.playstation.com... and also pick up Dark Cloud 2 for $14.99 at https://store.playstation.com... This was Level 5's first game - and defin

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Seiken Densetsu 3 | Secret of Mana 3 | Secret of Mana 2 | Retro Videogame Review for Super Nintendo SNES Part 3 of 4

Check Out Parts One and Two of our 4 Part Secret of Mana Series Part One: Secret of Mana Review Part Two: Secret of Evermore Review Welcome to Part Three of our Secret of Mana Reviews. Today's topic is Secret of Mana 3, a game which we never got to experience in North America, but which was thankfully translated by some dedicated fans. You're probably wondering how you can play this awesome game so here's a link to the Seiken Densetsu 3 fan translation. I really recommend that you purchase a physical copy of the game. You sometimes can find it on sites like Amazon. At time of this writing, it is about $160 but it is so worth it. Buy Secret of Mana 3 on Amazon.com I don't condone piracy so I'm not putting a link to the rom here. You can find it easily enough for yourself. I'm really ex

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Monster Rancher EVO | Monster Rancher 5 | PS 2 | Monster Taming | Retro RPG | Review

Monster Rancher is a series of games (there's also an anime) in which you (at certain prompts) insert another cd, dvd, or game disc into your machine to generate a monster which you then take back to your ranch to train for battle. I'm reviewing Monster Rancher EVO today because it stands out the most for its story and characters, although its gameplay deviates significantly from any of the other games in the Monster Rancher world. I recommend this game, but I also would recommend any of the other Monster Rancher games as well. I've played them all (with the exception of the hand held ones). It is truly a great monster taming series. Also, although no new games have been released in over half a decade, there are 2 different mobile games which come close to capturing the spirit and fu...

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Princess Maker 2 Review | Retro PC Game | Simulation Game | Life Sim | Anime Game

IMPORTANT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN NOW LEGALLY BUY AND PLAY THIS GAME ON STEAM. RE-Released with new art work as "Princess Maker 2 Refine" You can grab the game, and learn more about the release on my news article here: Princess Maker 2 Refine Now Available in English on Steam for the PC. Princess Maker 2 is part of the Princess Maker Franchise - Note - none of these games were ever released in English. Princess Maker 2's translation was mostly complete - 99.99999% when their licensing agreement fell through and also the game met tough criticism (by American media and press outlets) from people that viewed it as too pedophiliac in nature despite there being absolutely no sex scenes in this game. The (western) world was just not ready for Princess Maker 2 (and may never be ready

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Growlanser Generations: Growlanser II and Growlanser III Review

Hang tight; things are going to get confusing if you've never heard of this series before. Growlanser Generations is the name of an American version of Growlanser II and III (that's the one I'm reviewing below). BUT Growlanser Generations is the name of a Japanese game in the same game series, which is Growlanser V (and this game was also released in America as Growlanser Heritage of War, but I hate (or at least strongly dislike) that one, so I'm not reviewing it (at least not right now). So Keep in mind, this is a review of Growlanser II and Growlanser III (Generations NA). And it is NOT a review of Growlanser V (Generations JP) Got it? Good :) Title: Growlanser Generations Publisher: Working Designs Release Date: 2004 Platform: PS2 Genre: Strategy RPG with Dating Sim Elements Wher

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Breath of Fire is Getting a Sequel in 2016, But You Can’t Play it!

Breath of Fire 6 is coming to a screen near you, if you're in Japan that is. As of today, there are no plans to bring this installment in the Breath of Fire series to America. Breath of Fire has long since been one of my all time favorite JRPGs. In fact, you can check out my review of Breath of Fire 2 here. Unlike the more recent installments in this series, Breath of Fire VI is taking it old school with sprite and pixel based artwork. Here's a trailer for a game you'll probably never get to play, unless you speak Japanese (geez, thanks Capcom). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCQ8dJcN_yM&feature=youtu.be And another trailer showing off the dungeon and battle aspects of the game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2CaB0rWPKI&feature=youtu.be   TechnoBuffalo thinks this ga

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SaGa Scarlet Grace – Coming to PS Vita / PS TV in 2016

I recently read a review for another game, The Legend of Legacy, over on Techno Buffalo, where they continuously compare the game to SaGa Frontier, because some of the same developers went on to work on the Legend of Legacy. Which looks like a great game for the 3DS by the way (after reading their very in depth review, I really want to play the game now too!). I also have very fond memories of SaGa Frontier and its sequels. But what I was really reminded of was the fact that at this previous Tokyo Game Show (2015), we were treated with a trailer for a new SaGa game, SaGa Scarlet Grace. And it is very likely, we will get this game in the U.S. As well as our friends in Europe, as Gematsu reported that Squaresoft trademarked the name Saga Scarlet Grace for both markets. This new game will b

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Lufia 2 Rise of the Sinistrals Retro SNES JRPG Game Review

Title: Lufia 2 Rise of the Sinistrals Genre: RPG Publisher: Natsume Platform: SNES Release Date: 1996 Geeky:  Sweetie:  Overall Score: 60/80 75% C “Good Game For Girls” Concept: 9/10 This review is for the 2nd game in the Lufia series. Although, chronologically, the events in this game take place before the events in Lufia & the Fortress of Doom. Which we reviewed by the way over here in our Lufia and the Fortress of Doom Review. The 2nd game improved upon many aspects of the original including some pacing issues with the story and enhanced graphics, more challenging puzzles to solve, and no more random encounters. The story in Lufia 2 Rise of the Sinistrals takes you back to playing as Maxim and the original heroes who helped defeat the sinistrals as shown briefly in the prolo

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Dragon Force | Retro | SRPG | Review | Sega Saturn | Working Designs | Strategy | Strategy RPG | Strategy Game | Retro Game | Retro Gamers | Retro Game Review

Title: Dragon Force Platform: Sega Saturn (or if you're able to read Japanese, the original game has also been ported to PS2 and PS3. No word if it'll ever get ported over to the USA; chances are slim now that Working Designs, the original publisher in the USA, is defunct.) Release Date: November 1996 Publisher: Working Designs Where to Buy: This game goes for $100-$200 on sites like Amazon. (and yes, it's worth it; it's an amazing game) You can find it on this page here: http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Force-Sega-Saturn/dp/B00004SW0Z Geeky Factor:  Sweetie Factor:  Overall: 76/90 84% B “Very Good Game For Girls” Concept: 10/10 Dragon Force is a Real-Time Strategy RPG with large-scale warfare (hundreds of units in combat) which allows you to play as one of 6 different kingdoms initial

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Lufia The Fortress of Doom Review SNES Retro RPG Videogame

Title: Lufia the Fortress of Doom Genre: RPG Release Date: December 1993 Platform: SNES Publisher: Taito Where to Buy: Amazon has a few used copies in stock from time to time; at time of this review, it's priced around $68 You can keep an eye on this page on amazon to see when copies become available. http://www.amazon.com/Lufia-Fortress-Doom-Super-Nintendo/dp/B0007Y66N4 You may also have good luck searching on ebay for a used copy of the game. Geeky Factor:  Sweetie Factor:  Overall: 52/70 74% C “Good Game For Girls” Concept: 8/10 This is the first game in the Lufia series if you look at release date; however, several "prequels" were released that take place prior to the events in this game. The order that you play them in does not matter much since several deca

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Celestian Tales: Old North: An Indie Developed Suikoden Inspired Anime RPG

In the midst of E3 and steam summer sale, Ekuator Games, a quiet little indie developer from Indonesia, prepares to launch their "loving homage" to Suikoden. Featuring "moral based storylines" and "6 different perspectives" -- I can't wait to play this one. Looks good~ This title was recently funded on Kickstarter, and is quietly preparing to come to a PC near you in the coming weeks. Check out the Gameplay Trailer: https://youtu.be/6Ik_47M4MFg The developers are worried that if they launch right now, they will not have a captive audience due to so much hype around E3 and the Steam Summer Sale, so they are working on polishing up a few last minute details and plan to release it in a few weeks. Stay tuned for launch details on the developer's website. http://www.ekuatorgames.com/

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