While walking around my local Goodwill a while back, I stumbled across one of those video game devices that you plug directly into your television. This one, though, was shaped like Pac-Man, had a joystick on the side and two buttons on the bottom (labeled 'A' and 'B'). I'd show you a picture, but I neglected to take one due to... me... forgetting. Just use your imagination here. Or do an image search in your favorite search engine.
"You are not alone, my friend. I dream of pipes, too."
-Ed (Ed, Edd, n Eddy, 'Ed, Ed and Away')
I was at a yard sale recently and I found a Namco TV Game that was made by Jakks Pacific around 2003. It's a small device that easily fits in my hand, has a joystick and a fire button, and it looks kind of like a Ms. Pac-Man cabinet if you saw off the monitor, the marquee, and everything below the control panel. It also has audio/video cables built-in and runs off battery power, so you can just plug it into any handy television and start playing games.
Hudson's Adventure Island is a strange game to me. It features a guy who lives on an island, which appears to actually be several near-identical islands, he wears a loincloth and a baseball cap, his name is 'Master Higgins', and his legs wobble and gyrate around like he's scrabbling to find footing on a slippery floor (which slidy-physics to match). He has to rescue a girl from an evil witch doctor, which is just enough plot to get the game moving.
And I'm awful at it.
I meant to upload this last week while I was on vacation so that you would have something to look at, but I forgot, so I'm uploading it this week! Lucky you!
This is a video I recorded of me playing The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle for the first time while using the Beeshu Zinger that I talked about a couple of weeks back.
Back in 2004 or so, I visited a friend out of state, and during the visit he gave me a Beeshu Zinger joystick. Yesterday, I finally tried to use it. (I've been busy, okay?)
The Zinger is weird.
This game doesn't look like I remembered... maybe it's been sitting in that box by itself for too long.
I was walking around my local Big Lots the other day, when something caught my eye, a Super Mario-branded bath bomb (branded here as a 'bath fizzie') for a dollar, and then 20% off. I'd never used a bath bomb before, but for that kind of price, I figured I could give it a shot.
Skate or Die 2 is one of those games that is probably mostly remembered because of one major thing, in this case its title screen music, and then kind of forgotten about the rest of the time.
Yoshi's Cookie is a weird game. Not because it takes place in a bakery of some kind and has you matching rows and columns of cookies in order to eliminate them. Mostly it's weird because a game called "Yoshi's Cookie" barely has Yoshi in it at all.