Our New Year’s Haul

New Year…New Games!

Our new year’s games collecting got off to a good start with two N64 games, two WiiU games (the Gamecube game is a bit of a cheat as it was a Christmas present) and a Nintendo 10 Billion Barrel.

Chameleon Twist 2 is a single player platformer which received a luke warm reception when released by Sunsoft in 1999. Whilst it had improved graphics and more moves than its predecessor, the lack of multiplayer and possibility of missing out on bonus courses was somewhat of a let down.

Virtual Chess 64, as the name suggests, is a chess game which was released by Titus France in July 1998. As well as the ability to play against AI or a real life opponent, it also features a tutorial mode as well as a number of levels to suit player ability.

Both of these games are average at best, however they take us another step closer to a full N64 PAL collection!

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are the WiiU offerings of the sports crossover games from Sega. Both games follow the series in providing players with various olympic sports to try their gaming hand at.  The series itself also marks the first time we see Mario and Sonic in the same game. The 2014 game is the first in the series to not see a handheld release, whilst the 2016 edition sees the introduction of a host of new characters including Birdo, Dry Bones and Toad.

Odama is a quirky Gamecube title published by Nintendo in March 2006. Odama is actually a giant ball which is used to flatten troops or anything else in its path in this pinball-war strategy crossover. It is one of only a handful of games to make use of the Gamecube microphone and came with the peripheral in a big box version. The microphone is used to give commands to your troops such as “Press Forward”, “Fall Back” and “Rally!”. Despite its unique gameplay and interesting idea, the voice command function can be somewhat sketchy and the game received mixed reviews.

The Nintendo 10 Billion Barrel is an interesting (and frustrating!) piece of Nintendo history and will be treated to its own blog entry shortly…

All in all this haul was a good start to our 2020 collecting and hopefully a sign of a great year of collecting to come. We will just have to wait and see…but until then, Happy Gaming!



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