Remember Cartridges?

I’m gonna start off with Volume One right here. Volume One includes four games on the cartridge. So you get Strikers 1945, you get Sol Divide, Samurai Aces, and the original Gunbird. Sol Divide is a two-player horizontal shooter, which, in my mind, actually looks pretty cool, because it has those pre-rendered sprites. Definitely reminds me of a little bit like Donkey Kong Country. Samurai Aces is a vertical-scrolling shoot’em up, originally released in 1993. Now I think this is my first time playing this game, and I’m definitely getting a Strikers 1945 vibe from it, which is a good thing. Here is the second volume of Psikyo shooters. This one includes Strikers 1945 II, Tengai, Gunbird II, and also Dragon Blaze. All of these shooters are still a blast to play today and are considered stone-cold classics, it’s just a little lame that they only put four on each cartridge because I know they’re not very big. They could have easily doubled that, but what you do get, it’s definitely worth it. Some of you may recognize this as Okami, the HD remaster.

Obviously this was a beloved PlayStation 2 and Wii game back in the day, and of course, here is the HD version, but physical, for Switch. Now obviously this HD remaster is also out on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, but again, in North America, we never got the physical version for the Switch. And for a lot of fans like me that absolutely love this game, it’s great to have a physical version in my collection here. And as you can see, this game is just as revolutionary and as beautiful as ever. Such a fantastic third-person action puzzle/platforming game. And I know I haven’t mentioned it yet, but again, it plays completely in English, so you don’t have any problems having to try to read Japanese or anything like that, it just works great. Here’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing a little bit more of and that is a compilation of two indie games on one cartridge. Many of you are gonna be familiar with Child of Light, because it won all sorts of gaming awards when it was originally released, and here we have the physical version, and it is the Ultimate Edition of this game for Switch. And what’s nice is that if you’re a fan of the game, well, this has a bunch of cool stuff, like an additional mission, extra skins, extra skills, as well as DLC packs already included.

The other game included on here is Valiant Hearts, which is a game that I first heard of from by buddy Reggie. And that’s a hand-drawn puzzle adventure game about World War I. What’s interesting about it is that you get to see the effects of war from the viewpoint of an American, a Frenchman, a German, and a Belgian. It’s actually pretty heavy stuff, but obviously very beautiful, and again it’s cool to have the physical version of it. Here’s a physical game I picked up at PAX in Seattle a couple years ago, and it was a total blind buy, I didn’t know anything about this, but it’s called Runbow the Deluxe Edition.

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