Tagged "Castlevania"

Oct 18
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads 1 Comment

Halloween is still two weeks away but that hasn’t stopped Nintendo, and various other publishers, from discounting the spookiest games in their back catalogue in eager anticipation.

Before we rattle off everything on offer in the Halloween eShop sale, let’s take a look at the new stuff hitting New 3DS, 3DS and Wii U this week.


Owners of Nintendo’s handheld are currently enjoying the Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon: Special Demo, which went live earlier today.

It’s well worth a download as Ash-Greninja, the Pokémon that appears alongside the hero Ash in the animated TV series, can be carried over to the full game.

Rhythm Paradise Megamix also hits the 3DS eShop later this week for £24.99, which is actually a fiver cheaper than a physical copy from Amazon. Now there’s a thing. That’s joined by the stylus flicking Ping Pong Trick Shot (£1.99) and the Pang-alike Pirate Pop Plus (£4.09) for New 3DS.

Those who own the Wii U version of Pirate Pop Plus can grab the handheld iteration for gratis, and visa versa. Nice to see a bit of eShop cross-buy support.

Then on Wii U there’s the pun-tastic arcade shooter Super Destronaut 2: Go Duck Yourself (£1.79), stone age puzzler Fire: Ungh’s Quest (£8.99) and a VC release of Project Zero 2: Wii Edition (£17.99).

Right, let’s get stuck into the Halloween deals, all of which are in effect from Thursday until 3rd November. There’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy.

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Mar 17
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

It’s a somewhat slow week for new Nintendo downloads. How slow? Well, the only new arrival is Pure Chess, out on Wii U and 3DS for £4.99. We’re starting to think Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder is never going to find its way to Europe. Sob!

As well as Pure Chess, in its rather eye-catching HD glory, there are also a couple of Virtual Console releases. The Wii U receives Castlevania for £3.49, while the 3DS is due to get Devil World for £3.59. The latter is a curious one – the NES Pac-Man alike made it to Europe but not to America due to the Satanic styling, becoming the only NES title from Shigeru Miyamoto not to be released in the US. It’s a pretty neat little game – if you’ve never played it before, then here’s your chance.

All of the above will be available from Thursday on the Wii U/3DS eShop, as well the handful of discounts we’re about to mention.


Shin’en Multimedia are a publisher we’ve always had a soft spot for. Their twin-stick shooter Nano Assault Neo was in fact our first Wii U eShop purchase, which we gave a glowing review. That’s being dropped to £6.70 while Nano Assault EX on 3DS falls to £6.35. Recent release Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai will be available for £5.70 too, while Art of Balance TOUCH! drops to £4.70.

Then there’s the well-received 2D platformer Mutant Mudds from Renegade Kid, down to £5.39 until the 3rd April on 3DS. Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey – which, admittedly, we’ve never heard of – falls to £3.35, and then finally Angry Bunnies on 3DS will set you back £4.49 until the 17th April.

Why yes, it is an Angry Birds clone. And not a very good one at that.

Dec 15
By Matt Gander In Cache in the Attic 1 Comment

Usually our eBay round-ups are distinctly retro flavoured, but we’re kicking this month’s run down off with some new games.

The Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition is highly sought after, especially seeing it wasn’t released in the US. This big box pack, which comes with a Sonic statue and a ‘gold’ ring, has been selling from everything from £94 to £230. It goes without saying that if you see one of these in Cash Converters, snap it up.

America did though get Metal Gear Solid HD Collection before us Europeans and as the PS3 version is region free a lot of people have turned to eBay. A limited edition version also exists which comes with an art book. One of these sets went for £101 after 20 bids. Zavvi has the rights to the UK limited edition of which only 10,000 copies are being made – 6,000 on PS3 and 4,000 on Xbox 360. At the time of typing you can still pre-order it for £69.99 yet that hasn’t stopped people from bidding on this auction which ended at £240 after 25 bids.

Limited edition packs are nothing new. A seller has been trying to get shot of three very rare limited edition sets for the Mega Drive – Primal Rage, Phantom 2040 and Batman Forever – for £1,249.99 a pop but had no luck. He did later however sell the Phantom 2040 set for £376 (19 bids).

A seller also bagged £570 (24 bids) for the rare Sega 32X PAL version of Primal Rage. Just to show how common the US version is in comparison, a US version sold for £25.

On the SNES an apparently new copy of Titus’ Wild Guns fetched £537 (27 bids) while a new copy of Puzzle Bobble: Bust A Move went for £144 after 14 bids. How about a new SNES to play them on? A new Killer Instinct bundle sold for £195 (19 bids).

An Amstrad GX4000 console won’t set you back much. We’ve even heard of people struggling to sell them. A few games for it though are now worth a pretty penny – Panza Kick Boxing, Plotting and TinTin on the Moon sold for €134 (£114), €75 (£64) and €36 (£31) respectively. You have to feel sorry for any child that was given one of these for Xmas instead of a Mega Drive. It did though have a very good version of Pang.

Finally, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one that always sells for a packet but this auction ended higher than most – €369 (£315) from 15 bids. We’re quite amazed it has held its value seeing it has been on Xbox Live Arcade for a couple of years now.

Sep 28
By Matt Gander In Cache in the Attic No Comments

If you follow the retro scene you must have heard of TecToy at some point. They’re the company who handled all things Sega in Brazil, not just publishing their games but also developing new ones and even managing to release a few unpublished games that Europe never saw.

Just about anything with TecToy on it sells for a handsome amount – like this copy of Buggy Run on Master System that went for £56 (6 bids) and this wireless Super Compact Master System which bagged £84 on a Buy It Now.

The Tectoy website is a source of fascination – they’ve recently released a Guitar Hero style-music game for the Mega Drive called Guitar Idol, while their latest iteration of the Master System is actually pretty darn sexy. Does it really need six-button joypads though?

From Master System, to GameGear. A brand new pale blue Japanese system – which comes with Ninkuu, a game based on an anime – sold for £132 (23 bids).

A boxed copy of Mortal Kombat 3, which was in fact a European exclusive, went for £70 due to its rarity. I hope the seller realises how bad a game it is – it plays like the developer made it during their lunch break.

The Game Gear was pretty bulky, but if for some reason you wanted to make it bigger there was a Handy Gear plastic case that offered extra protection for clumsy gamers. One of these sold for £17 (12 bids). A boxed bootleg cart also went for £50.51 (10 bids). The box claims it contains 68 games but chances are it only has 10 or so games repeated with different names. We took a look at the murky world of bootleg carts a few months ago.

A brand new Game Boy Advance fetched £102 (16 bids), but this was no ordinary GBA – it was a Boktai limited edition with a coffin shaped carry case. Very popular with emo collectors, we’d wager. Boktai, for the uninformed, was a very unique game from Konami which had a solar panel built into the cartridge. This had to be used to charge the main character’s weapon to destroy his vampire adversaries. A million times cooler than Twilight. The buyer could have even displayed his new purchase in this incredibly retro looking Nintendo display case, which sold for £75.89 (8 bids).

Speaking of vampires, the desirable Castlevania: Syphony of the Night continues to sell for a packet even though it has been on XBLA for some time. This one went for £108 (16 bids).

Meanwhile a full set of Namco Museum disks with a Namco joystick zapped £175 out of somebody. These didn’t review too well back in the day containing a mere five games on each disk but still retailing at almost full price. They’re popular with collectors though as the cases spell out NAMCO once lined up.

Nobody wanted this copy of One Piece: Grand Battle on PS1 for £100. If you’re wondering why that price is steep it’s because it was only released in Spain.

This 36” Spyro plush did sell though – for £149.99 on Buy It Now.

The One Piece Ultimate Cruise games on Wii are worth keeping an eye out for, selling at increasingly high amounts. The rare double pack containing both parts went for £70 while One Piece Ultimate Cruise Part 2 sold for £47.49 on its own. If you want to see how high your eyebrows can go, take a look at the prices on Amazon Marketplace.

Nov 08
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

UK Charts

GoldenEye 007 hasn’t managed to make it into the top 10 chart this week, but don’t feel down because 007: Blood Stone hasn’t made the cut either. Instead they’re at #13 and #17 respectively. I think Activision themselves are partly to blame – what were they thinking launching them both just 4 days before the biggest game of the year? 007: Blood Stone hasn’t had much publicity either, while reviews for GoldenEye 007 were held back until the last minute even though it’s a very fine game.

But I digress – there’s a new #1 in the form of Football Manager 2011. FIFA 11 is at #2, Fable III at #3, Just Dance 2 at #4 and up three positions is Professor Layton and the Lost Future at #5. The X-Factor game is doing a little better than last week – it was at #37 but it’s now at #22. It’s also swings and roundabouts for Enslaved and Castlevania – Enslaved has risen from #34 to #30 while Castlevania has dropped from #18 to #40.

Blur has made a re-entry at #36 presumably as it has been reduced to due to £12.99 at Blockbuster and £12 at Tesco.

Oct 25
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

Like Fallout 3 before it, which went straight to #1 back in 2008, Fallout: New Vegas has hit the jackpot for Bethesda and has also managed to outsell its predecessor on launch. Medal of Honor is now at #2, FIFA 11 at #3 and at #4 it’s a new entry for Professor Layton and the Lost Future. Sega’s Vanquish is the next new arrival at #12, followed by EA Sports MMA at #23. I thought MMA would do a little better than this seeing that UFC: Undisputed rode the chart high.

Both Enslaved and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow have had bad weeks – Enslaved has dropped from #11 to #31 while Castlevania drops from #10 to #20. That’s nothing though when compared to Naurto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 which has fallen all the way from #9 to #37.

Despite good reviews DJ Hero 2 has only managed a #25 placing. This, coupled with the fact that Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock hasn’t sold anywhere near as well as the last few Guitar Hero games, suggests that music games are on their way out. If EA’s Rock Band 3 fails to sell well then that’ll pretty much confirm it.

Oct 18
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

UK Charts

Were a few rather critical reviews ever going to harm Medal of Honor? Of course not – even though it has been a few years since the last MoH it’s still a franchise that’s popular. As such, it enters at #1 in the UK chart, beating my prediction of a #2 entry. I wonder though how many people are planning to trade their copies in on the 11th November?

This means FIFA 11 is now at #2. Just Dance 2 enters at #3, Wii Party rises from #10 to #4 and there’s also a surprise new entry in the top 10 – Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 at #9. Enslaved and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow are both on the way out of the top 10 already, currently at #10 and #11 respectively.

Elsewhere, Mass Effect 2 is back at #16 as Game are selling it for £5 if you buy Medal of Honor at the same time. Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition at #35, completes this week’s new releases.

Oct 11
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

UK Charts

In the all formats chart Castlevania: Lords of Shadow managed to outdo Enslaved: Odyssey to the West by one place – Konami’s fang-tastic romp goes in at #6 while Ninja Theory’s monkey man jumps in at #7. Likewise in the PlayStation 3 chart Castlevania sold more than Enslaved did but the Xbox 360 chart tells a different story with Enslaved ranking higher than Castlevania by one place. What does this tell us? Probably that more PlayStation owners are bigger fans of Castlevania.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is the highest new entry though at #2, currently unable to shove FIFA 11 off the top of the chart. Wii Party – which comes bundled with a Wii Remote – boogies into the chart at #10 while WRC: FIA World Championship skids in at #11. NBA 2K11 is the only other new release making a chart appearance at a respectable #19.

There’s still no sign of movie tie-in Despicable Me in the top 40, and neither has Front Mission Evolved managed to make it. It does though make it into the Xbox 360 chart at #25.

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