Finally Pushing Through GTA IV

Although I bought this new in 2007, I truly never got into it.  I loved GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas – so one would think this would have been an easy go-to game.  Hell, even watching a friend play on XBox 360 I was impressed.  But – here we are ten years later.

I just recently finished Red Dead Redemption, a game I’ve hit close to 90% finishing ever since I bought it, but I could not muster the interest to complete.  Fortunately – this past week I got over the hump and here I am trying to focus on finishing out this other Rockstar classic.

Although GTA V is out, I for some reason won’t play until I finish its predecessor.  Looks like I have some playing to do!


Revenge of Shinobi – A look back

There come times when you really feel the need to re-live your childhood.  One of the easiest ways for me to go back-in-time is to play one of the video games I owned as a kid.   For me nothing brings back memories more than Revenge of Shinobi on the Sega Genesis.

Shinobi was one of THE franchises for Sega when the Genesis launched.  This initial installment on the Genesis gives us Joe Musashi crossing paths again with the organization ZEED three years after the original Shinobi game.  The reason for crossing paths is that ZEED have killed Joe’s master and kidnapped his bride.  What was it with the 80s and early 90s concept of kidnapping and having to rescue someone?

For the first Shinobi game on the Genesis, this one set the bar high in my opinion.  An enjoyable soundtrack, tight controls, and the right amount of length in stages made for steady gameplay.  It can be VERY challenging in parts where your reflexes and memory are going to be key (alongside patience) to passing to the next level.

Although more widely known today – this game is famous for having various revisions being made to content within the game due to copyright restrictions.  The original release featured all bosses / enemies related to pop culture icons – Batman, Spiderman, Godzilla, The Terminator, The Incredible Hulk and Rambo.  Up to 4 or 5 revisions exist, replacing or recoloring the palettes of specific characters, removing text, etc.

If you don’t own a Genesis, this game is available on the Playstation network.  If you’ve never gotten 100% trophies on a game – this would be a fun and worthy route to do so.

Some more finds

Greetings all!

In the past few months I’ve picked up a bit in terms of collecting and playing for that matter.   Unlike in recent years where I’ve focused primarily on NES/SNES, I’ve purchased quite a bit for my Sony library.

Today I made a stop by a favorite store of mine – EStarland.  They have an impressive storefront and a wide variety of games, from Atari to PS4 and from common to rare.  I picked up one title I didn’t think I would ever care to buy – Conker’s Bad Fur Day for N64.  It must have been a good day, because a copy of Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 popped up on Ebay, which I won as well.

I’m enjoying playing the following at the present time:

PSP – Gun Showdown & Final Fantasy IV

PS1 – Einhander

I know the posts have been few and far between.  See you next time!

A few years, and looking on at collecting

It’s been a good while since I’ve made much of  a post here at Video Game View.  With the last few years of the video game market storming in terms of prices, I’ve honestly just lost much of the interest that I had.  Maybe I’m the old man on the porch yelling at all of the youth getting into the market, but the prices in some aspects are just, as they say, too damn high.

I’ve batted a few ideas over the years with Chris Jeffries of the Video Game Pad regarding collaborations and reviews.  Perhaps it is time to fully realize those ideas so that I can continue enjoying this once high passion of mine.

As for collecting, I haven’t stopped.  From time to time I find a buy here and there on eBay.  The local market here in southwest VA is pretty much done for the most part due to re-sellers and most are comfortable taking their stock straight to eBay.

Now, what have I picked up in the last month?   Well…mostly imports:


  • Virtual Pro Wrestling (Japan Import)
  • IQ Final (Japan Import)
  • Toukon Retsuden series (1-3, Japan Import)


  • Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium (Japan Import)


  • Sega Ages After Burner II (Japan Import)
  • King of Colosseum Red (Japan Import)
  • King of Colosseum Green (Japan Import)
  • Yakuza 2 / Ryu Ga Gotoku 2 (Japan Import)

Gameboy Advance

  • Fire Pro Wrestling

I did go on a PS3 Binge to check out some of its offerings as I have a little more time to actually enjoy a few play throughs:

  • Mass Effect Collection (1-3)
  • Injustice: Gods Among Men
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Some games I’m looking for / wanting to add to collection

It is always fun finding titles you’ve always wanted. I personally enjoy finding rare gems and titles that I may have forgotten about since childhood. If you’re looking to buy me a gift then this list will serve you right. If you own one of the following titles and want to see it go to a good home – hit me up!

Updated 2/25/2013 – I’m focusing MOSTLY on my NES collection since I’m about 75% the way into a complete cart collection.  However I will not pass up any of the below:

Absolute Top 5

  1. Little Samson (NES)
  2. Alysia Dragoon (Sega Genesis – boxed)
  3. Ninja Boy 1 & 2 (GameBoy)
  4. Ninja Gaiden (Game Gear and Sega Master System)
  5. Indiana Jones: Greatest Adventures (SNES)

Full list of looking (for all systems):


  1. Super Adventure Island II
  2. Mega Man 7
  3. Pocky & Rocky II
  4. Indiana Jones: Greatest Adventures

Sega Genesis

  1. Alysia Dragoon (boxed)
  2. Golden Axe II (boxed)
  3. Rolling Thunder 2
  4. Shadow of the Beast
  5. Herzog Zwei
  6. Talespin
  7. General Chaos
  8. McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure
  9. Rambo III
  10. Pretty much any of the first releases that have the “cross-hair” black on gray design which I don’t currently own.

Sega Game Gear

  1. Sega Master System Converter

Sega 32x

  1. Knuckles Chaotix

Sega Master System

  1. Rastan
  2. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
  3. Altered Beast
  4. Phantasy Star


  1. Little Samson (wishful thinking eh?)
  2. Bible Buffet (or any other Wisdom Tree games I don’t currently own)
  3. Mega Man 4, 5
  4. Battlekid 1&2


  1. Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

Playstation 1

  1. Dino Crisis 2
  2. Test Drive Offroad

New Store in the New River Valley

I’m happy to say that there is a vintage store in the New River Valley, in Pulaski of all places!   The store is called Gr8 Gifts, located on 47 West Main Street in downtown Pulaski (to the right of the Pulaski Pawn).  It’s not a huge store but they do pack a lot of the right stuff a collector is looking for.  Ranging from NES, SNES, Genesis, Sega Master System, Atari, PS1, PS2, PS3, N64, Gameboy and more – the store has a lot to offer.  

Prices aren’t too shabby either.  Got a decent copy of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: the Movie for 8 bucks.  Definitely will be supportive of this place in the future!

Collector networking and a new store

Collecting has picked up a bit in the past few weeks.  Although some titles were ebay buys, I did happen to catch a few other titles by chance of my friends finding them or from a new store I found.

NES pickups via my cousin – Crash ‘N the Boys, Cowboy Kid, River City Ransom, Indiana Jones: Last Crusade (Ubisoft), Blues Brothers

While in Asheville, NC I did find a store called Game Xcape.  It’s a store with a pretty nice retro selection and a lot of items decorated along the walls.  I was able to pick up a few commons that I did not own at a really cheap price.   Will definitely spend more money with these guys when I’m in the area!

Lackluster Year as a Collector

Well, I can say I really haven’t found much this year.  That’s mostly why there haven’t been any posts.   I’ve found two items:

  1. Complete copy of Batman for Sega Genesis for $8.
  2. Sealed copy of Tekken 2 for $1

Hopefully the collector scene picks up a little more.  Prices are very intense at the moment and I am not going to waste money.  Fortunately I have most of what I want so it isn’t such a big deal.  I do miss collecting though!

Feel free to look me up on (littlesamson) if you have anything for sale I may be interested in!

Gargoyle’s Quest – timing is everything

A few points:

  • Fortunately I was able to land a copy of Gargoyle’s Quest II for NES for $9.
  • It reminded me of a post I did in 2010 regarding the original gameboy title (you can read that here).
  • To top it all off – the Happy Video Game Nerd just recently released an excellent look at the trilogy (which you may view here).

Recent Finds

Well, it has been a good couple of weeks.  I dropped off the face of the earth for about 7 months in terms of video game collecting, however I think I made up for lost time in the past two weeks.  Here is a sampling of what I have come across and added to my collection:

  • Super Noah’s Ark 3d (or Super 3d Noah’s Ark) (SNES)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (NES)
  • Super Adventure Island (SNES)
  • Little Ninja Brothers (NES)
  • Retrozone Powerpak (NES)
  • Adventures of Batman and Robin (Sega Genesis)
  • Sega Game Gear
All in all, a good couple of weeks and money well spent.  Have any items you want to get rid of cheap and think I may be interested in?  Feel free to leave a comment on this post.   I collect items I pick up and do no resale (unless I happen to come across a lot full of duplicates).   Then and only then will I resale, even then it is for barely nothing and no profit is made.