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#16 Ginger Tosser

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 09:49 PM

Think i lost the will for collections after this lot.



Though tempted by densha de go

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 12:50 AM

Shouldn't be too hard, only on the Nintendo 64 (1 + Controller), Sega Saturn (1 + Controller), Dreamcast (1 + Controller), Playstation (4 + 3 Controllers), Playstation 2 (5 + 1 + 1 Controller), Gameboy (1), Gameboy Colour (2), Wonderswan (2), Neo Geo Pocket (1), PSP (4 + 1) and Electronic game (at least 3, including a funky Pedometer version...) versions to collect.

Oh and a Nintendo Wii version has been announced too. tongue.gif

Ah Famicom Mini collections are 10 a penny, would be more impressed with a collection of the original Famiom / FDS games.

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 11:03 AM

Hey, i've got 3(+1 controller) of the PS2 versions and Neo Geo Pocket so its a start!

Mind you i'd have to get PSP games so i guess thats that collection killed then.

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:33 PM

fairly softcore since theres not many of them and one of thems fairly new

wild arms 1, 2 and 3

i like wild arms smile.gif , one of ps1s better rpgs

hmm i could go for suikoden as well since i only need #3
i dont feel motivated to collect anything before the playstation

#20 E. Randy Dupre

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:32 PM

Update!



MSX Parodius. Well, okay - Konami Antiques on the Saturn. But it's got a perfectly emulated version of MSX Parodius on it. It's the very first game in the series - the one that most people think of as the first, Parodius Da!, is actually the second. This one never came out on anything other than the MSX - it's got a completely different set of levels than any of the others.

Unfortunately, it's not very good. Far, far too jerky to be playable. It wouldn't be so bad if the background (and, therefore, the ground-based enemies) didn't scroll at a much lower frame rate than your own craft - that just throws you. You can't keep track of bullets or enemies - there's also a huge amount of sprite flickering. I'm sure it was great at the time, but not now. Still want to put some proper time into it, delve into the series' roots, but it'll have to wait until I'm very bored.



NES Parodius Da! Honestly, I've not played this one very much. It's the NES, therefore it's jerky, therefore it's more difficult than it needs to be. I need to put some effort into it, though, so that I can see the exclusive level and bosses. Also want to hear how the sound people handled the music in the later levels - one of the best things about the seris is the fantastic music and one of the best things about trying out the different versions is hearing all the different variations on the music.

Box was a bit battered when I bought it, which annoyed me. Worse, the connections on the cart are past their prime and you've got to wiggle it to get the game to work. Even then it doesn't always work properly - I was playing it a while ago and it just kept on cycling through the first level endlessly, always failing to kick the second level into action.



PC Engine Paroidus Da! Has a totally fucked up intro that really looks like it was created by somebody hepped up on goofballs. It's ugly, it's completely random, it's.. well, it's beyond odd. Graphics look great - the screen has to scroll vertically to a small degree - to fit the score panel in while keeping everything at the same ratio as the arcade game, I suppose - and the result is that the bosses look that bit bigger than usual. Having to scoll up and down doesn't harm the gameplay in the slightest. Nice score attack bonus level from the get-go, too.



GameBoy Parodius Da! I love this. It's a unique version of the game - each level is instantly recognisable (bar the exclusive 'crystal' one, obvs), but has a different layout than in the other versions. You can only make the main character sprite so small, so the levels end up feeling like tighter squeezes. Entire sections are dropped and new, simpler ones put in. Bosses are all familiar faces still. My only gripe with this one is that original flavour GB games don't work on the Micro. If they did, I could die a happy man.

Came in pristine condition. I was fucking chuffed, I'll tell you.



Super Famicom Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius. Or however you want to spell it. The real-time vocal commentary is the hook, clearly, but after an hour or so you'll be in the options screen, turning the bastard off. He's a distraction from what I consider to be the best game in the series (er, the Saturn version, anyway, but we'll get to that). it's the first and only Parodius to offer a full-on parody of Konami's software library, rather than just of Gradius, and that makes it a rich experience for fans. It's also the game in the series with the most inspired level design, music and background touches, and the most precise, rewarding gameplay.



Saturn Parodius Deluxe Pack (PAL version - just called Parodius over here). This was the first time I'd ever played the series. Contains Parodius Da! and Gokujou Parodius. Da! is, I'd imagine, arcade perfect. I kind of hope not, though, because the collision detection feels off sometimes - your hitbox extends past your sprite's visual border (with certain characters, at least). My other issue with this one is that it doesn't have the hidden level from the PS1 version. For shame, Konami.

Gokujou - or Fantastic Journey as it's known in this PAL version - was originally the part of the comp that I enjoyed the most. That's changed over the years - Da! is less stupidly punishing and simply more fun to play. The biscuit fortress level in Gokujou still feels too random for me - it's like level four of R-Type, but without any of the precise, considered balance in that game. It's just relentless, with far too many enemies appearing on the screen at the same time as your path is blocked by the cake that you have to blast a passage through. Shame, because other than that one level everything else is bloody great.

PAL version is craptacular, btw, unless you've got yr Sat fitted with a 60Hz switch. Happily, I have smile.gif

Saturn Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius - Forever with Me. Okay, now this might just be the single greatest hori shmup ever. Every single thing about it is perfect. The commentator is still an annoyance, but it's funny having a second player along for the ride, bringing a second commentator onto the soundtrack so that they can have a conversation with each other.

Everything that Konami added to this version from the SuFami one improves it. The extra hidden faries make it a stupidly long-lasting title. The extra detail packed into the backgrounds is lovely. The music is astounding - the Tokimeki Memorial level is backed by an instrumental J-pop version of Stranger in Paradise, same as in the SuFami game, but if you pause the game and enter a button-press code it gets replaced by a version with singing included. I love it. Again, it's really interesting to see how Konami changed things between the versions, too - the additional boss at the end of the Lethal Enforcers level, the gunsights that try and shoot you down during that level, the different boss attacks... If you only ever buy one Parodius, make it this one.

Saturn Sexy Parodius. As with the NES version of Da!, I've still not put a great amount of time into Sexy. Main reason is that I bought it at exactly the time as Saturn Jikkyou and spent the next month or so playing that one. It's bright and colourful, and seems to have some pretty large sprites - more like Gokujou than Da! or Jikkyou. Alternate paths through, depending on your success or failure in netting the bonus goal on the current level, is an inspired idea. But it's a less well-focused parody again - back to the Da! and Gokujou thing of being a broad side-swipe at Gradius. I'm not keen on the familiar, either - the little Pac-Man dude that you can collect and feed up to add to your firepower. But still, it's hard to be down on a game that has an evil cob of corn as its first boss and a penguin with a urinal on its head as its second.

Missing from the collection:

MSX Parodius (although having the Saturn Konami Antiques disc makes this less of an issue)
X68000 Parodius Da!
SuFami Parodius Da!
SuFami Gokujou Parodius
PS1 Parodius Deluxe Pack
PS1 Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius
PS1 Sexy Parodius (which might be pointless anyway, a I don't think it's any different from the Saturn version)
PS1 ParoWars (turn-based strat thing - I'm in two minds about this one)

Odds and sods from the above:





Fantastic manuals. I want one of those blue penguins that are threatening the dude at the desk - series creator, maybe? Dunno.



The GB version's box. Each of the inner tabs has a little cartoon image of one of the player characters. How cool is that?



Great boxes. Not shown: the back of the PAL one. Because it's shit.

My collectathon to date (not including Konami Antiques, because I forgot about it until writing this post):



Singho> Yes, I bought the penguin wub.gif Seller was trying to flog it for £30 for so long, I nearly gave in. Then she gave up and knocked it down to about £18 - it was mine.

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 01:45 PM

Nice idea Randy.

Yer I love Outrun, bought most that stuff because it was cheap and couldn’t bear that thought that someone would only end up burning it. I really, REALLY want to get the classics version of Outrun 2 on the Xbox. Its been made and should be out but I cant find it anywhere.

Also here is another on my Gameing loves, Crazy Taxi. This is about all the stuff worth getting. I didnt see the point in also getting CT for the PS2.



I also Love Street fighter but seeing as there are just so many Street Fighter games I didn’t want to venture down that road. But I wouldn’t mind getting all the action figures. I think they are cool.



Com'on Singho, post ya SF stuff... lets see it!

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 11:37 PM

Just thought id mention randy there is a mint jap super fam parodius that you dont have going on ebay at the moment. Buy it now price is £12.99 but the bid starts at £6.99. If i were you i would bid because no one bid for it last time and the guy has listed it again.

#23 E. Randy Dupre

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 12:14 AM

Ta - I'd already seen that. Most of the games aren't that hard to get hold of. The X68000 and MSX titles are the rarities, probably because the hardware is equally difficult to source. Otherwise, it's just the PS1 version of Sexy that can be a bit of a bugger to find (and maybe PS1 Jikkyou - the main reason for the PS versions being rarer than the Sat ones is because Sony's console doesn't have the shmupping kudos of Sega's, so there's less demand for them and people just don't put them up for sale as often).

The plush penguin, on the other hand, was a find and a half.

I'm pacing myself where the more common releases are concerned. Too many other things that I want at the same time, I'm afraid sad.gif

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:57 AM

QUOTE(E.Randy Dupree)
Singho> Yes, I bought the penguin Seller was trying to flog it for £30 for so long, I nearly gave in. Then she gave up and knocked it down to about £18 - it was mine.


Dude, sod that! I want a life size poster of the penguin in the James Bond pose! ohmy.gif

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QUOTE( E.Randy Dupree)
Fantastic manuals. I want one of those blue penguins that are threatening the dude at the desk - series creator, maybe? Dunno.


laugh.gif those look cool.

Great collection Randy, although that looks to be a different Parodius to the one I had on the Snes. Are they different games...Super Parodius...had a yellow box with a picture of pirate cats and some Carnival Bint on it. Heh, ah memories of the game are coming flooding back...god it was a hard game. >_<;;

I have got the PAL NES version somewhere at home too, will have to give it another bash some time.

QUOTE(Jakeway)
Com'on Singho, post ya SF stuff... lets see it!


I am just gonna retake some better pics of the stuff Ive got after seeing your and E.Randys pictures and posts. The ones I took are a bit shabby so will get hold of a decent camera in the afternoon. smile.gif

Nice Crazy Taxi Collection too, you gonna try and get the GBA and PS2 versions just for completions sake? biggrin.gif I suppose getting every region of the same game is a bit excessive though, but not if they are going really cheap. Like for me, I am not buying any SF games for systems I have never owned such as Saturn and Megadrive, although I really wouldnt mind getting "Fighting Street" on the PC Engine. >_<; It will just end up being a rather expensive collectothon if I got caught in that trap.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 03:27 PM

Sounds like you had one of the two other SNES Parodius games, Singho - either Da! or Gokujou. Da! starts with a pirate-themed level with a penguin boss who you've got to shoot in the belly button to defeat - it's the same game as the NES one that you own. Gokujou's first level takes place in a giant crane-catcher, with a ballerina panda boss. I think the Gokujou box has a yellow trim, but I could be wrong.

I know what you mean about buying games for consoles that you don't own, but as far as this series goes there are only the two releases that I wouldn't be able to play and they may be worth it just for completness' sake (and the additional artwork).

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:06 PM

Thats the one that made it west isn't it?

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 07:10 PM

I'm not sure, Smeg. I'd got it into my head that SNES versions of both Da! and Gokujou came out in Europe, but now that I look it might only have been Da!

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 11:46 PM

Well the Saturn/PS1 release had 2 games on the same disc as one was called Fantastic Journey, that could have been Gokujou? The other game on the disc was identical to the only one I've ever seen for the SNES smile.gif

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 05:52 PM

Yeah, that's Right. the first of the two games on that disc - the one simply called Parodius - is actually Parodius Da! The second - Fantastic Journey - is Gokujou.

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 08:23 AM

Ah, another Parodius collector. I've got:

Famicom - Parodius da
Super Famicom - Parodius da, Gokujo Parodius and Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius
PS - Gokujo, Jikkyo and Sexy
Saturn - Gokujo, Jikkyo and Sexy
GB - Parodius da
PC Engine Parodius da
PSP - Parodius Collection

Didn't know the first game was available on the Saturn. Will look out for that.




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