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  1. On the horror side, how about Silent Night Deadly Night? A film with a homicidal, axe wielding... Santa. or its sequel, which is SO CHEAP the lead character goes into a cinema in the movie and watches a good 45 minutes or so... of the first film. or if we’re talking total trash with 80s movie naming schemes, how about Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama? or of course, just about any 80s output from Troma. Movies of the future, you know.
  2. After that Royal Rumble performance I’ve got to get back to chasing the 24/7 title round the ring like an idiot... NXT TAKEOVER PORTLAND Portland, Oregon NXT Championship Adam Cole (c) vs Tommaso Ciampa 200 points NXT Women's Championship Rhea Ripley (c) vs Bianca Belair 200 points NXT North American Championship Keith Lee (c) vs Dominik Dijakovic 175 points NXT Tag Team Championships The Undisputed Era (c) vs The Broserweights 175 points Johnny Gargano vs Finn Balor 125 points Street Fight Tegan Nox vs Dakota Kai 125 points
  3. A great write up on Prince’s Super Bowl halftime show.
  4. if you’re not fussed about boxes, regions etc, then the Japanese loose copies can be had for reasonable money. That’s how I got mine (even cheaper if you’re in Japan at the time). They’re lovely games, great art style but yeah, a tad too easy. Relaxing gaming now, annoyingly short back in the day.
  5. Another game finished! 3) Kaizou Choujin Schbibinman Zero (SNES) Picked this up quite cheap in Osaka; it was a Satellaview game that then got a 2017 physical release, which appealed to me due to the sheer oddness of doing such a thing -- certainly other titles have had ROMS ripped and dodgy Chinese carts, but this was a legit release (albeit not one with the Nintendo Seal of Quality, what with them no longer producing SNES carts). It's really not that difficult -- if you imagine Megaman but much easier and you're mostly punching in a scrolling platform beat-em-up style, you're close -- but it's quite charming. May have to return to it in two player mode, as I've only cleared single player.
  6. I played so, so much of the Amstrad version of this back in the day. Will have to give it some time this month (though I'm sure my skills will have... rusted... somewhat given it'd have to be 30 years and change since I last tried it.)
  7. Better than Orphan 55, but still riddled with plot holes. Not great.
  8. just a few games so far... 1) Borderlands 3 picked this up in the post Christmas sales and... it’s only OK at best. Lots of backtracking, way too many bullet sponge bosses and a much less witty script than prior instalments. 2) Super Mario Bros Lost Levels this one has been on my pile of shame since (gulp) 1993. I’ve got completed saves of everything else on Mario All Stars, but I’d always start this, hit the difficulty wall and give up in frustration. Digging my heels in (and using a LOT of continues) saw me through. Well, through to the end of 8-4 anyway - I’m not a total masochist. So many dead Marios though. Hundreds for some levels.
  9. Not likely with my tipping ability. Still, that being said (and given I've only been paying scant attention to the NXT scene of late, and only slightly more to the 'E)... NXT vs NXT UK WORLD'S COLLIDE Houston, Texas NXT Women's Championship Rhea Ripley (c) vs Toni Storm 200 points NXT Cruiserweight Championship Angel Garza (c) vs Isaiah Scott vs Jordan Devlin vs Travis Banks 200 points Imperium vs The Undisputed Era 150 points Finn Balor vs Ilja Dragunov 150 points DIY vs Moustache Mountain 150 points Mia Yim vs Kay Lee Ray 150 points WWE ROYAL RUMBLE Men's Royal Rumble Winner: Drew McIntyre (this won't happen... but I can dream) 500 points Women's Royal Rumble Winner: Charlotte (Because Vince likes big ol' chunks of silicon) 500 points WWE Universal Championship Strap Match The Fiend (c) vs Daniel Bryan 250 points WWE Raw Women's Championship Becky Lynch (c) vs Asuka 200 points WWE Smackdown Women's Championship Bayley (c) vs Lacey Evans (If Lacey wins, we riot. Or, to be honest, take a bathroom break because that's slightly more interesting) 200 points WWE United States Championship Andrade (c) vs Humberto Carillo 150 points Falls Count Anywhere Roman Reigns vs King Corbin 100 points Shorty G vs Sheamus (Poor Chad.) 100 points MEN'S RUMBLE BONUS QUESTIONS 50 points each 1. Entrant #2? R-Truth 2. Entrant #30? Big Show 3. Longest innings? Brock Lesnar, via a nap outside the ring 4. Surprise entrant 1? Honky Tonk Man 5. Surprise entrant 2? Wade Barrett WOMEN'S RUMBLE BONUS QUESTIONS 50 points each 1. Entrant #2? Bianca Belair 2. Entrant #30? Lacey Evans (because Vince loves him some silicon chunks, and more is better) 3. Longest innings? Natalya 4. Surprise entrant 1? Lita 5. Surprise entrant 2? Jazz
  10. On the bugs front, earlier copies of WWF No Mercy (N64) had a hideous random bug that would wipe all your progress, CAWs etc some hours into the game. That release also had blood (the game has first blood matches) animated properly for the time. The “fixed” carts wouldn’t wipe your save, but the blood had been edited out. Just the red mask, mind you - first blood matches are still a thing, and the animations your wrestler goes through when busted open are still there. Just no actual red bits.
  11. Monster World IV on the Megadrive, enjoying it a lot. Donald’s Magical Hat on the SNES. Lovely animation so far, but the game itself feels a bit thin. Pokémon Red on the GB... and I’m not sure why. It’s very grindy.
  12. I can’t get on with the arcade version of this at all. It’s weird - Shinobi type games (Rolling Thunder et al - is there a more precise name?) are entirely my thing, but this kills me unfairly and just doesn’t feel “fun” in the way other entries do. Maybe it’s just me. Is the MD version that much different?
  13. So having been bitten by the Castlevania bug badly, I decided I’d try my hand at Kid Dracula. A surprisingly unforgiving “kid’s game”, but I finished it around 9ish... and I still had time to spare before NYE in Sydney. So I thought I’d have a crack at finishing off Castlevania IV as well. It too has challenges, although they’re a little more fairly spaced out than Kid Dracula. But with the time ticking away, it became as much a challenge of finishing it in 2019, not 2020. The Grim Reaper kept on killing me and killling me and it took some time to get his pattern down. Drac himself was easier - he’s tougher in the NES original I’d say - but at 11:59 I laid in the final whip blow. Mission accomplished, and a few other Vanias knocked off my to do list as well. All in all, a tidy whip swinging month!
  14. Inspired by this ai also had a serious crack at Castlevania Bloodlines, a game which has been sitting in my to do pile for way too long. and I only finished it! Interesting one - I prefer IV’s music and whip physics, but there’s some amazing designs and spot effects for the humble old Megadrive/Genesis in there.
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