[Picks of the Month] April 2019

Hello guys,

Despite being a rather intense month on the collecting side, some extra long delivery time have left me this month with juts a few games to show you. Well, the good thing is that next month when I’ll discuss about my May purchases there will be a lot to talk about 🙂

Even though the number of games is limited there’s sure some great quality this month, especially for my loved NES. If you remember some time ago in one of my ramblings in the [Stuff I wish I had] column I’ve expressed my desire to have the full Ninja Gaiden trilogy. As I pointed out, the third game is rather uncommon in Europe being an NTSC-exclusive and when it shows up it command steep prices. But sometimes the Gods of gaming are benevolent and unter their protection I found Ninja Gaiden III: Ther Ancient Ship of Doom from a dutch seller. The high shipping cost really set me back but just a few people placed a bid so I ended up buying it for a total of 60€ and it’s really a good price since I usually find it priced 80€ or more. Once I bought it I was touching the possibility to complete the trilogy and two days later I’ve found Ninja Gaiden II, this time in Denmark. The price was good and for slightly more than 20€ I’ve secured a great looking copy of the game. For a strange twist of fate, as it happened with the Castelavnia trilogy where I miss the first game, I only need the first Ninja Gaiden, even though I can say that the series is complete anyway since I own Shadow Warrior, the european version of Ninja Gaiden.

Remaining in nintendo territory, as you’ve probably read in the first entry of the [Game of the Week] column, I’ve also secured a copy of Judge Dredd for the SNES. This is a game I was looking since the beginning of my adventure even though I had no particular reason since I ain’t such a big fan of the movie. But the Mega Drive version is usually rather expensive so the Nintendo version suits perfectly.

Moving on more modern platforms I’ve secured two PS3 games, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Dead Space 2. I’ve heard good things about the Alien game, especially for its setting and for its “survival gorror” feel. Same thing for Dead Space 2: of course even this time I miss the first game so I have to start from the second, but its atmosphere and the sci-fi setting make this game one I shouldn’t miss.

Haunted Halloween 86
Layers of Fear

Taking advantage of some good discounts, I’ve also secured two digital games for Xbox One. The first is Layers of Fear, a FP horror advenutre whose trailer scared the hell out of me while the second is another horror game although completely different: it’s Haunted Halloween ’86, an 8-bit platformer with the characters of the Kunio Kun series. Of course it won’t be that scary but it looks damn good anyway!


NES (Games count: 146)

  • Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
  • Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom

SNES (Games count: 23)

  • Judge Dredd

PS3 (Games count: 16)

  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Dead Space 2

Xbox One(Games count: 14)

  • Haunted Halloween ’86 (Digital copy)
  • Layers of Fear (Digital copy)


  • Retro Gamer #187

Consoles bought this month: 

Consoles count: 32+ 2 PC (43 including doubles)

Games bought this month: 7

Games count: 638

I hope you’ll enjoy what you see!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. drjohngalt says:

    Nice Nintendo finds! No feeling like that of completing a goal!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Thank you! Another great achievement would be completing the hexalogy of Mega Man, but I’m not really fond of this game so it will be a bit irritating for me to spend 50€ or more on Mega Man 6 or 100€ on Mega Man 5…


      1. drjohngalt says:

        Agreed. I was recently reminded how bad I am at Mega Man when I found both the collection discs on PS4 for cheap and tried to play them. I’m even worse now than I was before!

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      2. benez256 says:

        I mean, I don’t know why but it never got me. I’ve also tried it on the NES Mini but I’ve found it too difficult for me and too confusing. I don’t have a precise word to express my feelings about it but when I play it I feel like I’m playing one of those cheap platformers everyone was releasing during the heyday of the genre.

        Some Mega Man fanboy might even kill me for what I’ve said…


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