[Picks of the Month] December 2017

Hello guys and Happy New Year y’all,

Here’s the fourth entry of this column, a resume of what I bought last month.

I’ve developed a sincere love for the “other side” of the 8-bit era lately. Having always been a Nintengo guy, for the the other side can’t be anything but Sega, namely the Master System. This is a platform I’ve never owned and rarely played in my childhood (propably I’ve put my hands on a SMS controller just twice in my life). Then, when I started collecting, I got my “first” SMS this year while in London and I started to amass games. They’re not so much, I’m still far away to have a large grup of titles but some of the one I have are at least remarkable ones.

This month I’ve acquired some other games rather influential and some of them are “translation” from their 16-bit counterparts. I’m very happy for having found another Alex Kidd episode for a small price, three Wonder Boy games and Ghouls and Ghosts so for this month I’m happy with what I’ve bought for the SMS.

As always, a lot of games for the NES fill the list of purchases. All of them are quite “basic” games but I’m really proud to have found Super Mario Bros. 2 with its own booklet for a few euros: now I have finally completed Mario’s NES trilogy. I’ve also found the “infamous” Dragon’s Lair with its booklet in pristine condition.

Of course I couldn’t pass on some SNES games; even though Battleclash is probably not the best game on the console I’m really happy to have found Super Metroid. This is not my favourite Nintendo saga but I can’t help but admit that is one of the most prolific series with genre-defining games so I’ve been lucky to find the game at a reasonable price.

After I’ve purchased a region-free PS1, I’ve started to look after PS1 and PS2 games and this month I’ve found the solid Alone in the Dark for the PS1 (since yesterday I’ve played it only the PC version), the first two installments of Time Crisis…

…and Resident Evil 4 for the PS2 (unfortunately I still haven’t found the first three episodes at a reasonable price…).

The ZX Spectrum is always on my heart, so everytime I find a good deal of games I’m always happy to buy them: this time I stumbled upon Dynamite Dan, a great platformer I was looking for since I’ve bought the computer.

Last month’s haul is completed by a few Mega Drive Games, including two Terminator games (other stuff to use in my still-to-come column in which I will put face to face the same game from different consoles) and James Pond 2, a game I owned for PC and of which I wrote a review some time ago.

Here are the new entries of December:


  • Athena
  • Commando
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Dragon Warrior
  • Gremlins 2 – The New Batch
  • Kid Niki Radical Ninja
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Rad Gravity
  • Totally Rad
  • Xenophobe


  • Battle Clash
  • Super Metroid


  • Alone in the Dark – The New Nightmare
  • Time Crisis
  • Time Crisis: Project Titan


  • Resident Evil 4

Sega Master System:

  • Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
  • Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Psycho Fox
  • Teddy Boy
  • Wonder Boy
  • Wonder Boy in Monsters Land
  • Wonder Boy III Dragon’s Trap

Sega Mega Drive

  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Batman Returns
  • James Pond II
  • Terminator
  • Terminator 2 – The Arcade Game

ZX Spectrum

  • Dynamite Dan


  • Retro Gamer #174

I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Hey now Battle Clash is awesome


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