GameStop run

Being the last day of the email coupon for 20% off used games and accessories, I took a stop into the stop. From my to-get list, and what was available, I grabbed Pikmin, Zelda: Wind Waker, and another wavebird. with my Edge card, it worked out to 28% off, well worth the unscheduled stop. I was really hoping for Skies of Arcadia, Beyond Good and Evil, or one of the Burnouts, but you take what you can get when there’s a discount.
The wavebird puts me up to 6 with receivers, 4 for the wii and 2 for the cube, and a spare without a receiver. I’m now done with wavebirds…well, maybe I’ll hit ebay if I come across another.
The games go in my pile to play, which right now could easily reach my shoulder, but that will have to wait until I’m done with Chocobo’s Dungeon.
On a side note, it seems GS doesn’t deal in ps1 any more. Looks like filling out my Final Fantasy collection might get a little tougher. It’s a shame, really, since there were tons of good games on that system.

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Buy 2 get 1 free @ Gamestop

So, yesterday was the last day of the buy 2 get 1 deal on used games at GameStop. I wound up going to two GS’s on the southern side of the state in search of Metal Slug for the Wii. Gotta love classic side scroller action. No luck in the one in the big mall, but across the highway is the other mall. Kept alive by its anchor stores, this small, two floor mall has about three open stores. Back in the Electronics Boutique days, this location was like an unofficial outlet store, a treasure trove of bargain stuff the other stores no longer have. Here, I found Metal Slug, Mega Man X Collection, and Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, all rare finds in the stores I normally hit. I topped them off with Manhunt 2, Burnout 2, Timesplitters 2 and Gun. Seven games, yes, but Timesplitters was $7, while the rest were $15-$25. No sense wasting the freebie.

On the way back I popped into the coffeecommander’s and went for a coffee. He wanted in on the sale, so we hit the local ones. On my recommendation, he grabbed FZero GX, Killer 7, and Metroid Prime from the first store. Second has nada. Third had NFS: Hot Pursuit 2 X 2 and not much else, so CC and I split the second copy, tossed in NFS Underground 2 and were off.

I totaled in 9 games, CC got 4, and my list of games to get dropped to 13 titles, two of which are yet to be released.

How’d you folks do with the sale?

edit: Oops, Already had TS2, looks like CC gets a freebie.

Hidden Gems: Crazy Taxi

With the Wii’s GameCube compatibility and the PS1 and PS2 compatibility of some PS3′s, it opens new possibilities for gamers who passed on these consoles and past fans alike to play some great games, and normally dirt cheap. In the Hidden Gems segments, I will review some of these titles.

Crazy Taxi was originally released to the arcades in 1999 and can still be found in many places today. I myself have it in my normal game rotation while having a few at Dave & Busters.

It’s amusing to think that a $13 game (from gamestop) elicits squeals of delight from grown men, but thats exactly what happened when i popped the disc in. The simple gameplay managed to keep us amused for hours.

There were a few changes from the arcade version. You still have the same four drivers to choose from, albeit I’m fairly sure the voice actors have changed. The arcade mode is there as well as an “original” mode set in a different city layout. A stunt mode has been added, and while the stunts can be done after a little practice, they require playing with the gearshift which doesn’t make much sense as far as real world mechanics goes.

The control is good, using the analog triggers for gas and brake, a and b for shifting. I highly recommend a wheel for this game as playing it with a controller after getting used to the arcade version, using a joystick can be a bit wierd.

The graphics are smooth, and while they are a bit dated, the framerate is nice and smooth, perhaps better than the arcade box.

The rocking arcade soundtrack is still there and the sound effects are good.

There is no multiplayer, which would have been a good addition. The upside to this is that you only need to buy one gamecube controller.

While the game is great fun, I couldn’t see myself playing it solo. A group, now that’s a different story. The game is perfectly suited for group play, especially when drinking. The average play time of about 5-10 minutes for most players gives plenty of drinking time and it’s pretty entertaining to watch too.

I wholeheartedly recommend this game for groups and parties, but if you’re playing solo, you might want to pass on this one, unless you’re a fan of the game.