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#14211853 Sega genesis mini preorders are live

Posted by NeoGutsman on 21 September 2019 - 12:49 AM

Anyone else order from Amazon and have it arrive in a bubble mailer? Predictably my box is thrashed, already started the return process and have one ready for pickup at Best Buy. Should have just done that in the first place.


Yup, I was a bit shocked to see the bubble mailer on my doorstep yesterday.  Lately Amazon has been great about sending things that generally warrant a box, well, in a box.  No actual dents on mine (I live 5 minutes away from an Amazon shipment center... which ships them to a delivery center further away, then back to my house - WTH :lol:), though the front of the box has some slight pressure marks.  Not bad enough for me to send back, and not so bad that my collector OCD felt the need to get a "perfect" one.

Anyway, sorry to hear about the damage.  Their packers don't always stay consistent or make sense.  One time I ordered a cheapo replacement power cable for an old boom box, and they send the 6' cable in a box big enough to ship two folded suits.  I could go on about other orders, but I'd get really, really off topic ;)


Overall I'm absolutely loving the Genesis Mini.  I figure $80 is well below what I would have comfortably paid for a Japanese version of Contra: The Hard Corps years ago when the price was reasonable, and now I pretty much own three versions of the game.  I think the selection of games is outstanding overall, and I understand why some games aren't on there as they're already on other compilations (and are possibly tied up because of it).  I would have preferred Ristar or a few other games (Pulseman would have been a really neat treat) over the likes of Eternal Champions, but again, for the price and the performance it's tough to be upset about the package as a whole.


The pack-in controllers are beautifully faithful to the originals, though I keep reaching for the Start button in the old place :D (edit: pack-ins have the Start button in the correct place - got confused with the 6-button version which I've been using the last 25+ years)  I enjoyed using them for nostalgia's sake, but like @defpally I bought the shoulder-buttoned Retro-bit 6-button pads ahead of time.  Those are glorious, and control and feel just as well as my original 6-button pads.  The Mode button is incredibly handy for accessing the save and load options, and I honestly can't go back to the original pads.  I highly recommend these pads, especially since they're USB and switchable between X-input and D-input.


Yes, there is some sound delay which is unfortunate, but after playing through the game list for a few hours it honestly didn't bother me much, and I forgot about it altogether most of the time thereafter (and I'm usually sorta picky about that kind of thing, so take that as you will).  I'm pretty happy with the input response on the Mini versus the (for me) annoying lag in the Genesis Classics Collection, so a tiny bit of audio lag on the Mini is a welcome compromise.

#14189158 TurboGrafx-16 Mini Retro Console (Amazon Exclusive : Pre-orders start July 15th)

Posted by NeoGutsman on 15 July 2019 - 05:46 AM

Thank you @kinjimuto!  It has been utterly confusing determining if these were exclusive to Amazon Japan or not.  I'm getting the TurboGrafx-16 model as I'm in the US and have Prime, so this is perfect.  Good luck to everyone on obtaining their preferred version!


Overall I think this is a solid value.  I'd rather a collection of games that featured NA/JPN versions like in the Contra collection or at least less overlap, but there's still a ton of gameplay here.  And we're getting Sapphire, so talk about a neat bonus.  Long story short, I no longer have my TurboDuo, really the only relatively major system from that time I don't own.  I never managed to rebuild that part of my game collection, so this is a nice way of being able to fill in that gap.


Amazon Japan (has option on page for all 3 systems)


Amazon UK 

PC-Engine CoreGrafx

Amazon US

TurboGrafx-16 (Not Live Yet)

#13445044 New 3DS XL New Galaxy Style system- now available to order. $200.

Posted by NeoGutsman on 29 August 2016 - 07:15 PM

That is the most un-Nintendo design.  We get this design and yet a white New 3DS XL is just a dream for us in NA?

#13408627 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by NeoGutsman on 21 July 2016 - 07:09 AM

Got 3 of these. Thanks!

Genuinely glad I could help add to your library.  Enjoy!

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#13408619 Steam+ Deals Mega Thread (All PC Gaming Deals)

Posted by NeoGutsman on 21 July 2016 - 06:58 AM

EDIT: These are from the 10-item GMG Mystery Sale Bundle
Ugh, why did I bite again?  Enjoy, fellow CAGers! :P

#12730321 Indie Royale - The Mixer 18 Bundle - The Debut 25 Bundle

Posted by NeoGutsman on 07 June 2015 - 05:43 AM

Nice!  I actually did something similar to you late last year but forgot which bundle I stopped at.  My wife is right in that I like to find ways to make things much harder for myself :D


I'm being selective which games I'm downloading that aren't on Steam as well as what I'm registering.  There are a lot of mediocre (and bad) games in some of these bundles so I'm trying to save space on my external drive (for non-Steam) and keep my Steam library a little more curated.  I will admit that I really want to pump up my library numbers in Steam but even I have my limits (Chicken Shoot will never be registered to Steam! :D).


For what it's worth I'm recording what I do in a new spreadsheet, so maybe that's slowing things down.  That and checking out reviews and videos in Steam.  It's actually kind of therapeutic.


Code for Delve Deeper + DLC:


7VHPQ-TACI4-K3X26 TAKEN!  Enjoy! :)

Let me know if you nabbed it so I can mark it off.

#12730151 Indie Royale - The Mixer 18 Bundle - The Debut 25 Bundle

Posted by NeoGutsman on 07 June 2015 - 03:17 AM

Thanks for the md5 explanation, Foxhack!


I'm working backwards, going from most recent to earliest bundle.  I've actually found a few interesting games I seem to have overlooked in the process.


Here's an extra Steam key for Jets 'N Guns Gold, one of the craziest horizontal shooters I've ever played.  I bought it from the dev (on CD!) many years ago and also bought it again on Steam.  It's straight up metal, and you can grind for cash to upgrade your ship in lots of different ways.  Don't let the initial difficulty put you off.  There's some dark humor, some geeky jokes buried in the backgrounds, and a really cool soundtrack.


Y9DWC-XFL4C-9QB5I (TAKEN!  Have fun!)

*Let me know if you use it so I can mark it off my list and in this post.

#12729886 Indie Royale - The Mixer 18 Bundle - The Debut 25 Bundle

Posted by NeoGutsman on 06 June 2015 - 11:52 PM

I started to back up games and register Steam keys late last year on IR but forgot where I left off :\  I'll probably just start backtracking tonight and register as I go along.  Oh, and when I was doing a mass registration of games I bought last time, Steam would put up an error message if I kept entering keys I've already used/game I already had and made me wait for several minutes before trying again.  So, make sure to cross-check Steam first before you register a code.


I bought a lot of games with soundtracks and DLC, as well as indie albums, so I've got a lot to go through.  I have dozens and dozens of bundles to go through tonight.  Like someone above said, I'm treating this as a sinking ship:


  1. Register games I haven't yet
  2. Save codes for ones I already own on Steam (someone is getting an awesome birthday/Christmas/whatever in the coming weeks, heh)
  3. Save soundtracks and music albums
  4. Try to download DRM-free PC versions of important games (Mac and Linux might have to be the band that plays as the ship gurgles below the surface :()


Best wishes to the Indie Royale team during this tough time, and good luck to all of you.  The last few months have been sad (I only bought one or two bundles out of the last 20 or so I think), but in their prime they were so, so awesome.  Sometimes I'd miss out on a bundle by a few hours or forget to pay more than the average to get the indie music album.  I would email them to see if I could pay something to still get it and often they'd just add the album to my account or let me pay the difference in PayPal and unlock it for me.  That made me very loyal for a long time even when the offerings were not always the best.

#12728712 Indie Royale - The Mixer 18 Bundle - The Debut 25 Bundle

Posted by NeoGutsman on 06 June 2015 - 03:46 AM

2 people have already lost their jobs. I think we all knew desura/IR weren't going to last, but I didn't know it'd come to this so soon.

Oh, that sucks :(  I really should have been checking in sooner.  I noticed their Facebook posts were sometimes sarcastic or sad, and their offerings were pretty bad as of late.  They were hit-or-miss like any bundle but in the early years they were often surprisingly good.

#12724348 3DS eShop Deals - 3/28: Natsume Sale/Resident Evil/Sega 3D Classics Sales,...

Posted by NeoGutsman on 03 June 2015 - 11:19 PM

I haven't beaten it yet but Gunman Clive is a true delight.  I had it on Android prior to this but touch controls for a mobile platformer are rarely good.  Having said that, I think its mobile roots lent a slower, sometimes floaty feel to the game.  That's a compliment in this case, particularly since Clive feels like he has heft and weight when he moves and jumps.  He controls responsively and any deaths were always my own fault.


There are a lot of lovely game homages in the game but they're not always overt.  I also love the presentation.  It's wholly unique in that regard.  The music is also great, like a gentle spaghetti western melody.


This was a nice bonus, a platforming shooter that's thoughtfully paced and isn't punishing.  Can't wait to pick up Gunman Clive 2 now!

#12717516 Humble Bundle Thread

Posted by NeoGutsman on 31 May 2015 - 06:17 AM

Woah Dave is horrible. It's a complete rip-off of the original Mario Bros, except there's only one enemy and when it reaches the bottom it switches between the fly and spiky types. And you kill enemies by throwing shit at them instead of knocking them over and kicking them.

I dislike the lack of heft in jumps and the way throwing feels. Actually, I don't care for the gameplay in Woah Dave. Bubble Bobble, Snow Bros., even China Gate are way better.

#12715560 amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by NeoGutsman on 30 May 2015 - 01:00 AM

Picked up Pac Man for no fucking reason. Guess nobody gives a shit about Pac man? :(

I got one if only because the design is awesome.

#12697764 PSP game 2-packs - $0.97 NEW each at Gamestop (in store only)

Posted by NeoGutsman on 19 May 2015 - 03:12 PM

For those of you who have PSPs still (and come on if you're reading this thread...) I'm sure a lot of you know this already but thought I'd put it out there:

This official PS Move Charging Station happens to include a 5v 1500mA AC adapter. It should sound familiar as that's the same specs as the PSP 3000 charger - it fits in the PSP too.

I found some for $4.99 "used" but clearly they were just getting rid of old brand new stock as it had its original packaging. It's a great way to get cheap PSP chargers!

Nice find! The PSP 2k and 3k can charge via their mini USB ports, too, but only if they have enough battery charge to recognize it's plugged in, ironically. When the battery is truly dead you have to charge via the charge port. I've had a 2000 unit since 2008 and still occasionally play it. I use a 3rd party USB charge cable that has a dual charger plug and mini USB plug in the end.

Good find on the deals, OP!

#12695886 PSN Flash Sale Ends 5/18 @ 9 AM PT/12 PM ET: $5 Don't Starve, $...

Posted by NeoGutsman on 18 May 2015 - 06:25 AM

I bought Entwined and Flower and while all are cross buy, the PS4 versions say "Rent" next to them too. I hope this is some mistake or goof. Im gonna be pissed if they are just rented. Anyone else experience this? 

I get this now and again, so don't worry.  When you run it it'll be the full version and the designation should change.  I would sometimes see two downloads for a game I purchased (a "demo" and a "key" I think), and running the game unlocked the full version and I was left with just the game in my list after going back to the XMB.  Something like that.  Basically it's a kludgy way the PSN unlocks purchased software that drove me nuts the first time I bought a PS3 a couple of years ago. :D

#12630450 3DS eShop Deals - 3/28: Natsume Sale/Resident Evil/Sega 3D Classics Sales,...

Posted by NeoGutsman on 09 April 2015 - 05:52 PM

How is Tetris Ultimate?  I ask as a huge fan of the original GameBoy Tetris as well as Tetris DS.