Mike / June 24th, 2012
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June 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Cool 8D New video Got my Game Gear two years ago for 5 bucks lol. I had eccho the dolphin in it…Which I hate, so I bought Sonic 2! Hard but fun!
June 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm
I don’t think any console ever had an X-men game as cool as the arcade version.
June 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm
Another very nice video, much like the obscure NES top 10. Awesome to see Richard helping out on getting these recordable. Only disappointing thing is it didn’t cover everything, but that just means part two is on the way some day, right?
June 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm
I think this is my personal favorite of Mike’s video game reviews so far, I don’t know why; I just like it.
June 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Nice video and coll GG modding.
June 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm
Mike, this video was awesome! You should review more Sega Game Gear games.
June 25, 2012 at 12:07 am
As the players tried to take the field; the marching band refused to yield.
Do you recall what Mike revealed? The day… the AVGN… died.
June 25, 2012 at 12:23 am
Hey Mike, on the incredible crash dummies game the bomb factory is the easiest level. You don’t smash the bombs you smash the dummy parts. You are also supposed to blow out the lit bombs. If you get 100% on any of the events you get a huge point bonus. I had that game on Gameboy back in the day. It was a piece of shit, lol.
June 25, 2012 at 12:37 am
Did I see you with an iPad there?
June 25, 2012 at 1:33 am
I was also a nintendo fan, though I really liked Sega. Funny thing is I owned a game gear and a genesis, but I only ever owned 3 games on each of the systems. Everything else I either rented or borrowed, while my NES and SNES library expanded.
June 25, 2012 at 1:57 am
Little blue zap? Mike, don’t take this wrong, but are you color blind? It was yellow in color with jagged edges. It was a lightning bolt. That game was alright, but not as bad as the LJN version of the X-Men on the NES. The arcade game was okay, I’ve played it on my roommate’s PS3, but it isn’t even close to being as good as the X-Men game on the Genesis.
June 25, 2012 at 2:11 am
Awesome video Mike! Make more with GameGear games.
June 25, 2012 at 2:15 am
Objective opinions aside, sorry, but the Arcade game is better in just about every way to the Genesis X-Men games. Hell, for that matter, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse on SNES was better than the Genesis X-Men games too.
They weren’t BAD, but the hit detection in them was terrible, and the controls needed to be a lot tighter than they were.
June 25, 2012 at 2:54 am
The video looks fantastic! What do you think about a new spin-off specifically for retro style indie titles? I think it would be killer and totally fit with the theme of the site. A few absolutely terrific indie titles come to mind. 1 Limbo, 2. Super Meat Boy 3. Braid. All of these contain a deep love for retro games and I know that you would do a fantastic job covering these old school/new school titles, and they are very quick to beat. (except Super Meat Boy, one of the hardest games ever made, with clear references to Ghosts and Goblins, Ninja Gaiden etc). Considering the Minecraft short, obviously you are considering it anyway but I think the Indie Community could use the press for all their hard work and love of gaming!
June 25, 2012 at 3:26 am
I had a Game Gear when I was a kid. Love all of your classic video game videos Mike, make more!!
June 25, 2012 at 3:44 am
Beautiful video, I really appreciate the authenticity of each video you present.
June 25, 2012 at 4:41 am
Nice review Mike. Richard Daluz is a magnificent bastard. I have to agree with the other comments and say it would be great if you made sega reviews a recurring thing. Whether it’s a turd like Pitfighter, or a genuine classic like Splatterhouse 3.
June 25, 2012 at 5:42 am
You called it…. X-Man….. two times
June 25, 2012 at 5:51 am
I can tell that Game Gear is better because it didn’t feature “Milon” in it’s game collection.
June 25, 2012 at 7:06 am
@9994, what’s wrong with an Ipad? Because it’s Apple?
June 25, 2012 at 7:32 am
I´ll say It once, but clear enough:
June 25, 2012 at 7:36 am
The other big deal with the GameGear vs Gameboy back in the day was batteries. It was really hard to sell my parents on getting something that lasted for a few hours on 6 AAs!
June 25, 2012 at 8:34 am
I had one of these as a child.
Only game I remember have was some Sonic game, and I believe I broke the GameGear within a week out of frustration. Hated Sonic – the game just drove me absolutely bat shit crazy.
June 25, 2012 at 8:37 am
Cinemassacre does, what the rest don’t hehe… well, with some help from the Nintoaster creator. This was an excellent idea! You should review your whole library of game gears games Mike because this invention alone makes it a better visual than anyone else can do!
June 25, 2012 at 9:18 am
I didn’t play my Sega game-gear as much as my Nintendo gameboy, the main reason being the game-gear took six batteries when the gameboy only took four.
June 25, 2012 at 9:26 am
Thanks Mike, love your reviews, continue like this !!
June 25, 2012 at 10:21 am
Hi my name is Gabriel and i was wondering
what happened to the energetic Mother Fucking mike i used to know
i love all your video, i think its missing something like your old Character like the Joker, Chop Top or the Lion from Wizard of Oz. Man those crack me up.
Anyways all for saying you should come up with new characters or old one
i missed those
Keep on the good work and inspiring us along the way.
June 25, 2012 at 10:45 am
I saw it in the pile. If you get a chance, you should take a look at the Jurassic Park game. A lot of nostalgia from that one.
June 25, 2012 at 11:05 am
I owned the first X-men game on Game Gear. It looks like that Game Masters Legacy thing must have been a sequel, because the game mechanics are really similar. In that one, you start with Cyclops and Wolverine, and like this game you rescue the other characters by beating levels which you could select, and like this one you toggle your powers on and off with the start button. And yet I remember it much more fondly than I think I would have remembered this game. I was able to get through most of the game, but I could never beat Sebastian Shaw to rescue Nightcrawler.
June 25, 2012 at 11:25 am
awesome, I’ve been waiting for a GameGear review for a long time from you or James, i owned it once and didn’t have many games on it, i had the power rangers game, that one was pretty awesome
hope you review the Sega Master System too
June 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Ha! I saw judge Dred in that pile.
June 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm
USE AN EMULATOR………………
June 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm
I take that back after watching for a bit longer lol
June 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm
First game gear review while playing actual game gear, awesome. Mike, I agree with other peoples comments, that you should develop some characters in your videos. I always loved the ones you portrayed in James’ videos and i think you have a real talent for it. Im not sure if it would be good but maybe you could do a review on Nintendo baseball games or football games. I remember there being a ton of them and I think there was some nostalgia there. or maybe more broadly a sports game review.
Also I think it would be really cool if you did a review of nintendo scrolling shooter games. There were probably more of that genre then any other and there are some truely weird ones that i think would be great for review (legendary wings, sky kid, r-type, etc.)
June 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Ok, the music that plays during the X-Men game review… where is that from? It was at the end of the AVGN X-Men video too, but I don’t recall ever hearing that in any X-Men game I’ve played….
June 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm
Neat! Do more!
June 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm
You son of a gun Mike.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Game Gear was the very first video game I played. The 2 first seconds of this video was enough to give me a massive case of nostalgia
June 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm
I asked for a Game Gear for Christmas in the early 90s. Like you, I loved the GG’s backlit screen and colors. But I do regret not having asked for a Gameboy instead. Who could’ve known how long those games would remain playable, even into the 2000s? And the Gameboy’s library is far far superior.
I also wanted the GG because it was supposed to have a TV Tuner attachment to be come a little TV. But Sega never made enough of them– I not only didn’t get one, but couldn’t even find one! What a ripoff.
June 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm
Awesome vid Mike! Ya the Sega Game Gear is pretty much just a handheld Sega Master System. Coincidently, I found out that you can do that about a month ago.
June 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm
awesome game gear modding!
June 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm
Should review Sonic 2 if for no other reason but to bitch about how there are no rings on the boss levels. One hit deaths. Ugh, it took me months to get past the first boss in that stupid game.
June 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm
I was a Sega Kid but Game Gear is still one of the systems I don’t have. It’s interesting to see a look at some of them. I hope you do the Sonic games soon. That was a really creative way to record the game footage, as well. Thanks for the review!
June 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm
I’m going to bet that the bag of peas involved pot brownies & a bet.
June 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm
That funny bone with the clown nose looks like the “Hamburger Helper” …..just not with fingers
June 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm
I hope you do some more reviews for GameGear Mike. Mortal Kombat would be awesome.
June 26, 2012 at 12:23 am
Mike seriously,you talk about gameboy games without saying anything about pokèmon Red Blue and Yellow
June 26, 2012 at 4:10 am
You guys seem to have misconceptions about emulators… I’m not old/rich enough to own any older consoles, which means I’m stuck using emulators, and they’re not what you guys seem to think they are.
1) Yes, you can cheat using an emulator. It’s called a built-in Game Genie. Cheating via emulator is exactly the same as on the real consoles, except for that you can cut and paste, so technically it’s a little easier. But in the end, nothing is forcing you to cheat.
2) While using a keyboard to play is awkward, you can just get a controller. I got a replica USB NES controller for emulators, and it’s nearly identical to the real thing. Plug that into the computer, plug the computer into a tv, and viola: close enough.
Alternately, you can get adapters for damn near any controller in existence.
3) You don’t have to show the emulator in the video; for a system like the Virtual Boy you can just show yourself loading the machine and all, and then just cut to footage of the emulator in full-screen as opposed to zoomed in awkwardly on the eyepiece.
Basically, for consoles such as this that require awkward clusterfucks to record and play, you’d probably be best off getting a controller and using an emulator.
June 26, 2012 at 10:47 am
Mike again i will tell you again my friend! those new emulators for those consoles are gone to the top and they enhanced them so freaking much that you can even play with better picture,dont believe me? try once and you’ll be see just test it.And next use a program like hypercam or another software you can find in the net.It will cost you nothing believe me and for god sake see it with your eyes the games run really smoothly there.Second (personal opinion) GB console is better,yes better! sorry mike to spoil you up there but we are not talking only about the battery that makes it no suitable for a portable not handheld (for the size as well) but for the titles.I believe you have not searched the titles on the GB to much haven’t you? the diference is big,GB not only had 8 hours of playability but also the biggest kick ass library in a handheld those era back.With only minority the screen,and even then could play better even in a sunny day.The grafics do not make the games sunnny boy
June 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm
I had a Game Gear, and it sucked! First of all, talk about a Battery Suck, this thing took six batteries and lasted like 4 hours. It was like a gift from God when I finally discovered a rechargeable battery pack to stick on it.
The games were awful, this was a perfect example of Sega’s Graphics of Gameplay philosophy. I have a hard time thinking of anything worth while on the Game Gear aside from Sonic and the Chaos Crystals. I don’t even think there was a game on the system that had a save feature. On the other hand the Gameboy had MANY good games, even the not so good ones were better than most of the stuff on Game Gear.
June 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm
Believe it or not, that is my Game Gear in the video =3. I donated it to Richard =D.
June 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Hey guys. This Mcdonalds ad keeps getting in the way of stuff on here. might want to check your site setup
June 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm
You guys are fucking idiots. They know that you can buy usb controllers and it will make you feel like playing the real thing, but playing the real thing and feeling like you’re playing the real thing are two entirely different things. Playing the real thing feels authentic. Playing an emulator doesn’t. Shut the fuck up, you dumbasses.
June 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm
Wow. I started watching the video without an ad, and the video fucking stopped, reloaded, and forced me to watch a god damn ad. Horse. Shit.
June 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Motherfucker Mike is the man!
I can’t wait for more Game Gear reviews. You should check out “Master of Darkness”. Its a “Castlevania” knockoff made by SEGA. I’d love to find the Sega Master System version, but it was a PAL release only. The Game Gear version can be found, however.
Keep up the good work brothers! You guys are really inspiring me. I may transition to film after all.
June 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm
Mike, I think this is my personal favorite review you’ve done so far. keep it up man.
June 27, 2012 at 1:24 am
LOVE YOUR VIDS MIKE! SO neat, the gamegear setup you have goin on there. Excellent review, entertaining and interesting as always. Keep it up~
June 27, 2012 at 3:15 am
I think James, Mike, the GameChasers and perhaps Toby Turner should do a fucking show together.
June 27, 2012 at 8:26 am
Password VANISH! haha my favorite TMNT movie.
Interesting review, thanks. I had the Gameboy and thought about getting a GameGear but the battery life was a real killer. Plus I didn’t think there was enough solid games to make it worth it.
June 27, 2012 at 9:18 am
9994, being too young isn’t an excuse to not own a original console. I own an Atari 5200, but I’m 23 years old. Being too expensive is also bullcrap: I can buy most console between 15 – 30 euros.
June 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm
Nice video, Mike!! I have a healthy console and game collection of my own but nowhere near the immense volume James has down there in his basement. You guys sound like a trip to hang with. XD
I just traded in a faulty Game Gear for parts towards the price of another one in much better condition. Still a fun handheld and not as much of a financial loss for SEGA as the Sega CD and 32X. The Game Gear was just a portable Master System; same hardware in a different shell.
I love the Master System but, MY GOD, I have hated that square D-Pad for YEARS! It never feels like I’m pressing a direction hard enough to register in a game, it drives me crazy. If it were me, I would have requested your friend Richard put the guts of it into a Genesis 3-button controller.
A lot of these GG games more than likely were on the Master System in very limited quantities at that time in North America but were definitely widespread in Brazil. The SMS made a killing down there. In hindsight, SEGA should have done a “Super Game Gear” attachment cartridge for the Genesis, it would have sold a hell of a lot better than the 32X.
June 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Nice!!! Mike mentions Streets of Rage 2! Thats the best in the series and still available on xbox live arcade. I used to love arguing with my pals over what the characters were saying when they do there special moves. It all sounds so retarded. The only reason I went with the gameboy was because the games were typically way cheaper and the system was the same deal. Then the battery pack on Game Gear was sorta beast and needed constant charging. So since I literally used the portable sytstem for LONG car rides I obviously went with Nintendo. I never had a fave system I actually had almost every system at some point. Even Veotrex. Not trying to compete with you and James obviously. Good Video.
June 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Wait, I thought James returned to his home because he finished the movie. So why is Motherfucker Mike still in control of the site? Not that I don’t like him. I mean his good, his funny, and all all around, a great guy. It just that I haven’t seen a new AVGN or Board James episode in months because James was working on the movie. But his back now so there’s no excuse to not make another episode. Maybe his busy making a new episode or his trying to settle back into his house. No offence, Mike, but I just want to something new that involves the nerd or a board game.
June 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm
I remember the game gear I use to play the mortal kombat and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie game with it. I agree with Mike the game gear is better than the gameboy.
June 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm
Yeah, James is back, but the movie is far from finished. According to the nerd logs and twitter posts there’s still more east coast scenes to be shot then the movie moves on to post-production which can be a very lengthy process.
He did mention he would like to make a new Nerd episode possibly this summer.
June 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm
You should play xmen 2 clone wars for sega, that is an awesome xmen game!
June 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm
I AM MASTER SYSTEM! MASTER OF GAME! WELCOME TO FUN!
June 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm
I paused this video when Mike started talking about the a/v outputs, etc and went and grabbed mine ´cause I could swear mine has a/v outputs. And it does! Kind of….
I live in Brazil where Sega ruled in the 80s/90s and not Nintendo. Sega still releases Mega Drive, Master System, and GameGear consoles to this day here. Not the originals, but smaller versions that look similar to NES knock-offs. My gamegear plays the original carts, but looks more similiar to a PSP.
Anybody interested in one, lemme know and I’ll post some links to “brazilian ebay”. Anyway, thought you guys might find that interesting…
June 28, 2012 at 1:23 am
How could you not review Jurassic Park? I saw it, it’s in your collection.
June 28, 2012 at 7:34 am
Mike, check this:
June 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm
OMG. Saw Seven Samurai in the backround. One of the best movies ever. You guys have got to review that!
June 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm
I realize that it does not feel the same, but it sure beats having some techie kludge some clusterfuck just to plug into a dvd recorder. XD
June 30, 2012 at 1:00 am
Game Gear was F’ing awesome! Power Rangers and Lion King were the only games I was able to play on it before my little brother jacked it up by pushing the volume button into the handheld somehow rendering it useless. But they were great. Power rangers was even better than its SNES counterpart if you ask me. glad somebody finally gave this piece of crap some recognition.
P.S. Whoever turned that thing into a console is one tough badass. props for that
June 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm
Actually guys…. like the Nintendo…. Master System had a Game Gear Adaptor Cartridge…. (also the Genesis/ megadrive had a Master System Adaptor cartridge.) So you could actually have played Game Gear on TV and recorded footage
June 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm
P.s. no im not talking fake products… it was a legitimate product i remeber 1 of my Sega Posters actually listed there products and accessorys including the Mega CD & the Game Gear TV tuner cartridge (that had a telescoping aerial) which turned ya Game Gear into a portable Colour TV.
June 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm
Awesome! I love the reviews Mike is doing on things like this. They’re fun to watch, and I learn so much from them!
July 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm
GAME GEAR!!! <3
Oh man, I loved this thing. My only complaint was it had shit for battery life.
July 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm
holy shit that setup for the game gear is fucking awesome! so it’s finally a supergameboy type setup but for the game gear…the guy that made that should definitely make those and sell them even though its probably illegal I’m sure there are a ton of people that have an appreciation for old games that would love one of those things. I know I do playing game gear on the PC emulated sucks but playing on an actual game gear is also kind of a pain as well.
July 10, 2012 at 4:17 am
problem with game gear is the same with the turbo express (can you review that??). the graphics look “washed out” because of the low screen contrast. compare that display to today’s gen of handhelds and what a difference. yes it’s unfair but backlit should have meant a contrast adjustment dial. go figure the gameboy did have that dial but without a backlight and monochrome graphics, it just wasn’t so great. also, MOTION BLUR was a major problem with the gameboy. as soon as you move one pixel, the entire screen blurs. i wonder if game gear suffers from this? did you notice this mike?
July 12, 2012 at 10:50 pm
Mortal Combat for the game gear with Blood codes. Nuff said. Hehehehehe.
July 13, 2012 at 12:15 am
… 0:28… Together Again by Janet Jackson… in 8-bit… Dafuq?
October 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm
Is there something wrong with being a SEGA Guy Mike?
January 2, 2013 at 12:43 am
I remember stealing my older sister’s Gameboy and playing Donkey Kong. So much fun. But the Game Gear looks far better and I haven’t been able to play on it yet. Even though I was born in 1992 and didn’t have the opportunity to grow up with all of the amazing gaming systems that I love today, I appreciate it so much more than all the other “modern systems.” Don’t get me wrong, I like playing my brother’s Call of Duty sometimes but playing NES is a way better experience…depending on what you play.
January 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm
Nice one mike i remember when i got my game gear when it came out i saved all my money so i could get the tv tuner for it i was so excited untill i found out i could only get one station in on it if i was lucky those FUCKERS lol, but still great for games back in the day
February 1, 2013 at 9:31 am
I still have my Game Gear, the picture quality isn’t to good and I always just plug it into the wall because this thing just kills batteries.
February 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm
why didnt you just use a master system it had all the same games
February 4, 2013 at 4:24 am
The “funny bone” at 6:32 looks like the “Hamburger Helper” Glove…. lol
February 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm
I had Game Boy, Game Gear, and Lynx. I didn’t even know about TurboExpress, sadly, or I’d have gotten that too. I’m a handheld fan. Always have been, always will be. Anyway, for all my fellow GG fans, check out Defenders of Oasis. I didn’t like my Lynx. I had maybe 10 games. It was shit. No good games. If there were good ones I never found them. But I did love both Game Boy and Game Gear. And even though I preferred GB for the better games, I did use the Game Gear a lot and when I found a good game on that I’d play the shit out of it. Defenders of Oasis is my favorite game for either system besides Tetris and Link’s Awakening but those are given. Anyway, check it out. It’s an old school RPG with the soapy plot, turn-based battles, cheesy tile graphics, all of it. It’s so fun and to this day it’s my favorite non-Zelda RPG. Super Mario RPG comes very close, don’t get me wrong, but I like DOA because it’s so nostalgic for me. I saw it at the used game store for 5 bucks and I thought it looked interesting so I bought it on a whim. It was the luckiest random game I ever bought! And I bought Oddworld on a random whim too. That was a great game, no doubt, and objectively a better one. But I still have to give the #1 spot to DOA. Oh, and if you can get the Puzzle Bobble and Sonic games, do it. They’re really good. Sonic Chaos is NOT as hard as people say and it’s very close to as fun as the Genesis versions. Of course those are better games. Of course they are. But you get close with the handheld games. You get a lot closer than you may think, in fact.
March 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm
PLEASE DO PART 2!
August 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm
Did you know on streets of rage 2 you can do secret moves? If you press Forward Forward B, it does a secret attack. The girl does a front flip, alex does a punching combo, max does a slide. With the skater, if you press Forward, Forward he runs. Then press forward, forward B again and he’ll do a running dive at enemies.
October 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm
I remember that Chuck game. I had it for the Sega Master System II. Pretty fun.
February 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm
The only two games I owned on Game Gear were Sonic 2 and Streets of Rage 2, and I played the hell out of them!
March 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm
WELCOME TO DIE
March 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm
I was hoping that you wouldn’t record off of the Sega Game Gear directly from the game screen for 11+ minutes! Lol, thank goodness that one guy replied to you and helped you. Nice work man
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