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Ten Must Own Playstation 2 Games

Hundreds of games were released for Playstation 2 during the console's lifetime. There are so many, that it can be hard to choose which you want to buy for your collection. Below is a list of the ten must own games for the PS2 and why they should be in your collection.

10. Final Fantasy X - The first Final Fantasy game on Playstation 2 successfully evolves the best selling RPG franchise. FFX has a very deep battle system with even more complex stat upgrades. Your characters can literally take on hundreds of combinations of skills and abilities.

9. Guitar Hero - Live your rock and roll dreams in Guitar Hero. Use a real guitar controller to play all your favorite rock ballads and guitar solos. Hours of songs to play, multiple difficulty levels for even master players, and a song list with tons of classics. This game is great for casual players because it is so easy to pick up, but will keep you coming back with the steady increase in difficulty.

8. Katamari Damacy - A very strange premise, but very fun game. Roll a ball around a level. Smaller objects get stuck to the ball making it bigger, then you can roll over bigger objects. You have to grow your ball to a certain size to clear every level. Tons of replayability, random and funny cut-scenes, and solid game play make this a very unique but great game for the Playstation 2.

7. Ico - The game didn't sell very well, but has great story, good puzzle design, and environments that make you forget you are playing a game sometimes. You play as a boy who is destined to be sacrificed to appease the Gods. He must make his way through the world and solve puzzles or face his grim fate.

6. Kingdom Hearts - Square Enix combines the Final Fantasy and Disney characters into one role playing adventure. You play as Sora but fight along side Donald and Goofy and meet Ariel, Aladdin, and other great Disney characters along the way. Kingdom Hearts is great for RPG fans and fun for Disney fans too. You will love all the cameos from the Disney movies and cartoons.

5. Metal Gear Solid 2 - The sequel to Metal Gear Solid for the original Playstation. Play as Solid Snake as tries to stop a resistance group from gaining control of a high-tech weapon. Unlike other action games, you have to use stealth and planning to get through the game. You can just kill everything. In-depth story and great cinematics help solidify its place in the top ten.

4. Grand Theft Auto III - The smash hit that went on to create it's own genre. In GTA 3, you can do almost anything you want. Want to follow the story, go ahead. Just want to steal cars and get into police chases, you can do that too. It led to multiple sequels and countless copycat games and helped spark the massive success of the Playstation 2 during its first year.

3. Resident Evil 4 - Originally released as a Gamecube game, Resident Evil 4 for Playstation 2 has all the same features plus more levels. Its an action packed, heart pounding horror game as Leon tries to save the President's daughter. With a 95% review score from gamerankings.com it is the best reviewed PS2 game of all time.

2. Gran Turismo 3 - Hands down the best racing simulator. Gran Turismo 3 is a realistic racing game with real cars, real tracks, and real life attributes for all of them. Racing a VW Bug will feel different than racing a Corvette. Different accelleration, speed, and handling for each car and track. And I didn't even mention the impressive graphics yet. If you love cars, this is the best racing game you can get.

1. God of War - Great graphics, epic story, nearly perfect controls. This is the best game on Playstation 2 and one of the better games released the past generation. Play as Kratos as he makes his way through ancient Greece fighting mythological creatures and using his fallen foes powers to vanquish future enemies. A best seller, highly reviewed, and all around great game.

If any of these games aren't in your Playstation 2 collection you should buy them. All ten games of these games are great gaming experiences that every gamer should experience.

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7 Tips to Save Money on a Super Nintendo

Have you ever wanted to buy a Super Nintendo console but don't want to spend a fortune? How do you know what to buy with the SNES so you don't waste money on worthless accessories and bad games? Follow these seven tips below and you can get an Super Nintendo system for less and not waste time and money.

1. Buy a Super Nintendo Used: Super Nintendo's haven't been manufactured since the 90's so you aren't going to find any in stores. New consoles can still be found, but you will pay a hefty premium. Buy a console that has been cleaned and tested and you won't have any quality problems even though the system is used.

2. Buy Online: The best prices on SNES consoles are online. Most local video game stores don't carry Super Nintendo consoles or games so you online might be your only option. When you shop online you usually won't have to pay sales tax. But watch out for high shipping! It can eat into a lot of the savings if you aren't careful. If you have to buy at a local store checkout a pawn shop, sometimes you will find a good deal.

3. Bundle Games and Accessories: Buy games and accessories at the same time you buy the SuperNES. Many online retailers give discounts on bundled items. And Shipping is almost always less than if you bought everything separately.

4. Buy Used Games: Buying used games is a great way to save money. Again, you don't have much of an option with Super Nintendo games because they are hard to find new. Be sure to buy games that are in good condition though. You don't want a bunch of stickers on the games or faded covers. Be sure you see a clear description of the game's condition before you buy it.

5. Read Game Reviews: There are a lot of games for the Super Nintendo, and to be honest many of them are no good. Do a little bit of research into the games before you buy them. What are critics saying? Or better yet actual gamers? Amazon.com and other retailers have lots of customer reviews you can read before buying. Some good video games to start with are: Super Mario World, Super Punch Out, Donkey Kong Country, Zelda Link to the Past, and Final Fantasy III.

6. Buy Games that Interest You: Reviews can only take you so far because the critics might have different opinions than you. If you love skateboarding, you will probably enjoy a skateboarding game. If you son is obsessed with Spiderman, he will probably enjoy a Spiderman game, even if the reviews aren't all great. Try to find the best reviewed game in that genre.

7. Buy Nintendo Accessories: There are not many accessories for the Super Nintendo that are very important to buy. The console comes with two controllers and it can't use anymore and games don't need memory cards to save their data. If you do buy accessories, buy Nintendo made ones. Third party controllers and accessories are not reliable compared to Nintendo's. You will save time and money by buying the best one initially.

If you follow these seven tips you will be able to start enjoying on your Super Nintendo console, games, and accessories right away and won't have to spend a ton of money to do it.

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Ten Must Own Games for Super Nintendo

Hundreds of games were released for Super Nintendo during the console's lifetime. There are so many, that it can be hard to choose which you want to buy for your collection. Below is a list of the ten must own games for the SNES and why they should be in your collection.

10. Donkey Kong Country - Play as Donkey Kong as he tries to get back all his stolen bananas, serves him right for stealing Peach from Mario in the original Donkey Kong arcade game. The first game ever made with pre-rendered 3D graphics so for an SNES game it looks really good. A fun game with lots of replay value because there are different things to collect in each level.

9. Super Mario Kart - The first kart racing game ever. You get to race around a track and shoot objects at your opponents to slow them down. Good as a single player game, but great with multi-player. Racing against a friend or battling is one of the first great multi-player experiences on a console.

8. Tetris and Dr. Mario - Two great puzzle games on one cartridge. The classic Tetris with improved graphics (color) and virus busting Dr. Mario puzzler too. For puzzle fans these are two of the best and are good for hundreds of hours of fun.

7. Starfox - This paved the way for the 3D games we all play today. It was the first major game to use 3D models for all graphics. You play as Fox McCloud and fly a space ship as you try to shoot down enemies, fly through hoops, and defeat gigantic bosses. Fox McCloud is now a playable character is the Super Smash Bros series so you an see his start in this game.

6. Super Punch-Out - The follow up to Mike Tyson's Punch-Out of NES. This game has better graphics, new characters, and even appearances by your old favorites. The game is just fun to play. Funny characters, a slow increase in difficulty, weaknesses you have to learn. You will enjoy this boxing game, especially if you played the original.

5. NBA Jam - "He's On Fire". Anyone who has played this game will remember this line from the announcers. Any time one player makes three baskets they literally light up on fire and can make shots from anywhere. One of the original arcade style sports games where you can push and hit other players and it doesn't follow the typical rules of basketball. See if you can find "Big Head" mode and other hidden easter eggs that change your player's appearance.

4. Zelda Link to the Past - The sequel to Zelda on NES, Link to the Past is an adventure game through Hyrule with great puzzles, new weapons, and incredible game play. Link has to navigate between light and dark worlds as he makes his way to save Princess Zelda. Many people think LTTP is their favorite Zelda game, which considering the other great Zelda games is saying quite a lot.

3. Super Mario RPG - A rare game that can be hard to find, but worth it. Its a very funny RPG taking place in the Mushroom Kingdom with all the Mario characters including Bowser, Peach, Toad, and more. Mario RPG makes fun of past Mario games and leads to the Mario and Luigi RPG and Paper Mario games. It was developed by Square, who are well known for their RPG Final Fantasy RPG games.

2. Super Metroid - The sequel to the original Metroid for Nintendo. Super Metroid has more weapons, new areas to explore and more difficult bosses. Consistently rated in the many top 100 lists, it was rated the best game of all time by Electronic Gaming Monthly. Its fantastic level design is often seen as a pinnacle in game development.

1. Super Mario World - The launch game for Super Nintendo and the most popular game on the system in terms of sales. Super Mario World takes the Mario game ideas from Super Mario 3 and adds better graphics, better sound, and even more levels. Yoshi makes his first appearance this game too. Super Mario World has a 97% rating at gamerankings.com, one of the highest of any game ever made.

If any of these games aren't in your gaming collection you should try to buy them. All ten games of these games are great gaming experiences that every gamer will enjoy.

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How to Choose the Right Console for You

There are six major video game consoles available at retailers right now; Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, and Nintendo DS. It can be hard to choose which one is right for you. And after you add in the old consoles too, it makes the choice even more overwhelming. Don't worry too much though. Just ask yourself a few simple questions outlined below and you can easily decide which system is right for you. The points to consider are price, graphics, game selection, and other capabilities.

Price - Probably the single biggest factor for someone choosing a video game console is the price they have to pay to purchase the system itself. Prices range from $599 for the Playstation 3 down to $129 for the Nintendo DS. And if you really want to save money you can buy past generation consoles like Playstation, Nintendo 64, and Super Nintendo and spend no more than $20 for a used system. The prices for games should also be factored in when making your choice. PS3 and Xbox 360 games are usually $59.99 new, while Nintendo DS games sell for $29.99 new. Games for old systems are hard to find at regular retailers, but they are usually quite a bit cheaper if you buy them online.

Graphics - The graphics are always improving with the newer video game consoles, so the newer systems will always have the best graphics. The Xbox 360 and PS3 have the best graphics and can display in High Definition if you have a TV that can display it too. The Wii does not have the same graphical capabilities as the other two, though many casual gamers will not be disappointed. The PSP and DS have less graphical capabilities than the home consoles because they are portable. And the PSP can display graphics quite a bit better than the DS.

If you are considering older systems, each generation is roughly at the same level graphically no matter which system you choose. Playstation and Nintendo 64 are about the same, as are Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. But Nintendo 64 will be quite a bit better than Super Nintendo, which is better than original Nintendo.

Game Selection - The main reason you buy a system is for the games, so you have to be sure the games you want to play are on the system you choose. Some systems have very wide selections of games because they were so popular, like Playstation 2, Playstation, and Super Nintendo. With these systems you can almost always find a game in the genres you like. If you really like a particular series of games (Mario, Halo, Final Fantasy, etc) you need to be sure to pick the system that those games come out on. Mario games are only on Nintendo systems, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Super Nintendo to name a few. Halo is only on Microsoft's systems, Xbox and Xbox 360. Meanwhile, Final Fantasy has changed systems. You will find old Final Fantasy games on Super Nintendo and Playstation, and the newer games only on Playstation 2.

Other Capabilities - Many systems have features unique to them that might be important to you or change game play dramatically. For example, Wii has motion-sensing controllers so all the games use movement to control the characters instead of a regular joystick. Likewise, the Nintendo DS has two screens, one being touch-sensitive, and is portable. If portability is important to you be sure to choose one of the portable systems PSP, Nintendo DS, Gameboy Advance, or Gameboy. If online play is an important feature, you should probably choose the Xbox or Xbox 360. They have the best online features.

After considering all these questions you just need to decide which are the most important to you and then choose the system that best fits that criteria. If you are on a tight budget but want a wide selection of games to play, you should choose Playstation or Super Nintendo. The systems and games are very cheap now and thousands of games were made for them. If you want the best graphics and online games, you should probably choose the Xbox 360. It has some of the best graphics and the best online setup.

Once you have weighted all these options you should be well on your way to choosing the best system for you. Now go buy it and start enjoying your gaming purchase.

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How to Create Your Own Playstation 2 Bundle

You decided to buy a Playstation 2 system, but you aren't sure what else you need to buy to fully experience the system. What games do you buy? Do you need extra controllers? How many memory cards? Any other accessories? Follow these simple directions below and you can answer all those questions and start enjoying your system in no time.

Games – After choosing the system, the biggest decision is what games will you buy to go along with it. The Playstation 2 is pretty worthless without games, so you need to tackle this question right away. The first way to choose games is pick something related to one of your hobbies outside of gaming. Do you play football, skateboarding, like cars, or fishing, like a particular movie? There are games for all of these hobbies, movie tie in games, and many more. The second option for choosing your games is start with a list of the most popular games released on the Playstation 2. They are:

Grand Theft Auto Vice City
Final Fantasy X
Madden 2006
Splinter Cell
Gran Turismo 3
SOCOM Navy Seals

These games aren't made for everyone, so be sure you check the ratings and descriptions before buying one. The Playstation 2 has one of the broadest game lists of any system so you are bound to find a game that exactly fits your particular likes.

Controllers – The Playstation 2 console originally came with one controller out of the box but two controller slots. Buying a second controller can be a great investment, especially if your friends play games too or multiple people in the house play. The small investment will greatly increase your enjoyment of the system because you can play with friends at the same time. If you buy a multi-tap adaptor you can use four controllers at the same time. Unless you buy the multi-tap adaptor there is no need to buy more than one controller.

This is a great time to mention the difference between Sony brand controllers and third party controllers. Sony controllers are more reliable and comfortable while third party controllers are less expensive in general. I only recommend buying Sony brand controller for the most part. The one exception to this is Logitech brand controllers. They make a very high quality wireless controller that will not break on you right away.

Memory Cards – In order to save your games on the Playstation 2 you will need at least one memory card. The Sony brand 8MB memory cards can be used to save quite a bit of data. Unless you are an avid sports fan, you will probably only need one memory card. If you really love your sports games, be sure to pick up a couple extras because they need lots of space to store all the data needed to play an entire season.

Accessories - The Playstation 2 has lots of other accessories you could buy including the network adaptor, steering wheels, and even a hard drive. The most useful of these is the network adaptor which plugs into the back of the system and allows you to connect to the internet for online games. Many of the most recent games on the PS2 support online play so you will need this network adaptor. (Quick side note: if you buy a Slim PStwo system you do not need to buy this adaptor because it is already built into the system). The other accessories for the PS2 can be useful at times but are not quite as important as the network adaptor.

This list should have helped you choose the games, controllers, and accessories you want to buy with your Playstation 2. Now get out there and enjoy your new gaming purchase.

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Top Ten Video Game T-Shirts

We don't sell t-shirts here at JJGames.com but I definitely wear them. About half of my wardrobe consists of video game shirts of various kinds. Here are the ten best t-shirts I have found.


The Last Supper

This shirt makes me laugh every time. Pac-man, Blinky, and dinner. How can it not be funny?


You Died of Dysentery

Dysentery is no laughing matter. I lost more sons and daughters to it in Oregon Trail than I care to remember. Poor John Boy, made it all the way to the Dallas before dying.


Katamari and Elephant

I'm not sure why I like this tshirt so much. Maybe its knowing that the little guy is going to roll over the elephant once his Katamari gets big enough.


Cowbell Hero

Please, Please, Please ad a Cowbell mini game to Guitar Hero III. Blue Oyster Cult and Will Farrell will be so happy.


Contra Code

Forever ingrained into my brain. Why can't I stop saying this in my sleep!!!


Let It Bii

Two of my favorite things in one t-shirt: the Beatles and Wii. I own the album and the Mii's look pretty good too.


Bleeding Thumbs

I definitely know the feeling.


Gamers Against Anorexia

Gamers are doing there part to fight Anorexia. What about everyone else? Won't they think of the children!!


Nintendo Family Tree

So is the Virtual Boy like that Uncle that nobody talks to at the family reunion?


Donkey Kong

Everyone likes to get it on like Donkey Kong every now and then.


Here's an honorable mention. Plus one that you can't buy anywhere, but is my favorite in my personal collection.

Bald Bull

I just love Punch-Out so I had to include this one.


"I've Got More Swag Than You"

Not the best of pictures, but I got this at E3 one year. I don't think it was ever sold to the public.



Let me know some cool shirts you've seen by commenting below. I'm sure I didn't find all the best one out there.


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How to buy a Playstation 2 System

Playstation 2 has sold more than any other video game console in history, more than 110 million systems sold since 2000. Even with these millions of units sold, many people still don't own a PS2 system. If you are one of these people and are looking to buy one, follow these simple directions below to ensure you get a high quality system at a good price.

1. Buy the Slim PStwo - The Playstation 2 came out in an original, larger version initially but a replacement has come out that is more compact and higher quality, the PStwo. The original PS2 system worked well in most cases but was bulky and some systems would lose power in their lasers over time making certain games unplayable. The PStwo system is much more compact than the original plus has a built in Ethernet adaptor or online play. The laser problem in the PStwo has also been fixed so you don't have to worry about the system not being able to read games after extended play.

2. Spend Less than $90 - Slim Playstation 2's are still sold new in stores, but they cost $129.99. If you want to save some money you can find used and refurbished slim PStwo systems for under $90 and the old Playstation 2 is even cheaper (thought be sure to read the paragraph above to make sure you know the differences between the two).

3. Shop Online – Although you can find used PS2 systems in many local game shops, the prices are usually higher in retail locations than online. Almost every video game website carries PS2 systems too since it was so popular. You won't have to look very hard for the system. Ebay can also be a good option if you want to buy games with your Playstation 2 at the same time. Sellers will sell you their entire collection and you can save even more money.

5. Buy Used - Buying used and refurbished systems will save you at least $40. If you buy used games too, that can be two or three extra games you can buy to go along with your system. Just be sure to read step 5 to make sure buying used doesn't hurt you.

5. Buy With a Quality Guarantee – Because the Playstation 2 can have problems reading discs at times, be sure you only shop from a website that guarantees their systems. You don't want to receive the system only to find it doesn't read certain discs and then not be able to get a replacement. Most websites will say they guarantee their items right on the same page you are buying the PS2 system.

Keep these five steps in mind when shopping for your Playstation 2 system and will can start playing all the great games available on the console and save yourself some money in the process.

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Ten Must Have Games for Gamecube

Hundreds of games have been released for the Nintendo Gamecube since it's release in 2001. There are so many, that it can be hard to choose which you want to buy for your collection. Below is a list of the top ten must own games for Gamecube and why they should be in your collection.

10. Super Mario Sunshine - The sequel to Super Mario 64 for Nintendo 64. This game was not as well received as the Mario's first 3D adventure (It's hard to top one of the greatest games of all time) but it was very fun. Mario uses a water pack to levitate and shoot enemies. The best parts of the game though are when Mario's water pack gets stolen and you have to control him like the previous Mario games.

9. Pikmin - A new franchise for Gamecube inspired by Myiamoto's garden. Control huge swarms of tiny plant creatures and throw them at enemies, solve puzzles, and try to rebuild your space ship. This game is very fun and original. Plus you have to beat the game in 30 game days, so the entire adventure has a sense of speed and adrenaline while to try to beat the game fast enough.

8. Zelda Twilight Princess - A mature Link tries to save Princess Zelda from the worlds of dark and light. The second Zelda game for the Gamecube, it has the same graphical style as Ocarina of Time and a more mature story line than Wind Waker (see below). Twilight Princess is the first Zelda game where Link turns into a wolf and can control other animals.

7. Animal Crossing - A very simple, but addicting game. You move into a house in a new town and must get to know the townsfolk while running errands, planting trees, designing t-shirts, and decorating your house. It is like 'The Sims' for PC. I never would have thought running errands could be so fun, but I had to sell this game because I wasn't having enough time to do my real chores.

6. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat - A platforming game using the Gamecube Bongo's as the controller. Run left and right with left and right drumbeats. Jump by hitting both and punch by clapping. The game is short but each level is unique and has different goals to achieve besides just getting to the end. Probably the most unique game released on the Gamecube.

5. Zelda Wind Waker - Many people complained about the graphics on this Zelda game because they were too "kiddie". But the cartoon style really helped you feel Link's emotions because they could be so much more expressive. A very fun adventure, slightly tedious in one section (a giant boat ride across the whole world), but one of the best games for Gamecube.

4. Super Monkey Ball - Roll a monkey inside a ball. That is the basic design of this game, but it is very fun. The single player mode is like a puzzle where you have to get the monkey through a goal without falling off a ledge. But the game really shines in multiplayer mode. Monkey Boxing, Monkey Racing, and best of all Monkey Target. Up to four players can play this at once and will enjoy themselves for hours.

3. Mario Kart Double Dash - A faster, better graphics Mario Kart game plus you control two racers instead of one. Each character has a special weapon only they can receive so picking your combo of riders is very important. Good single player with many varied levels and circuits to beat but like all Mario Kart games multiplayer is the most fun. Race or battle with four players at the same time and you will be entertained for hours with your friends.

2. Super Smash Bros. Melee - A deceptively simple fighting game for the Gamecube. It uses the joystick and two buttons for almost every move. Anyone can pick up and start playing, but experts will learn different combos and "secret" moves to keep them coming back for more. Very deep single player and a four player game that is the best released on the Gamecube. It's the best selling game on the system for a reason!

1. Metroid Prime - The first 3D adventure in the Metroid series of games and it is perfectly executed. Great weapons, thoughtful puzzles, beautiful graphics, and fun game play. My personal favorite game of all time and the highest rated game on the Gamecube. If you like first person shooters or liked the original Metroid games, you will love this game.

With any or all of these ten games in your collection, you should have hours of fun and definitely enjoy your Gamecube purchase.

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How to Create Your Own Gamecube Bundle

You are going to buy a Gamecube System but what else do you need to buy with it? What are the best games to buy? Do you need extra controllers? Should you buy a memory card, or Gameboy Player? And what is a Gameboy Player? Follow these simple directions below and you can answer all those questions and start enjoying your system in no time.

Games – After choosing the system, the biggest decision is what games will you buy to go along with it. The Gamecube is just purple paperweight if it doesn't have games to play. The first way to choose games is pick something related to one of your hobbies outside of gaming. Do you play football, skateboarding, like cars, or fishing? There are games for all of these hobbies and more. The second option for choosing your games is start with a list of the most popular games released on the Gamecube. They are:

These games aren't made for everyone, so be sure you check the ratings and descriptions before buying one.

Controllers – The Gamecube console originally came with one controller in the box but four slots for controllers. So you can buy three more controllers for the system if you want. If you will always be playing by yourself, you don't have to spend money on an extra controller. But I recommend buying at least one more because you never know when a friend will pop on over to play. If you choose any of the games that allow four players to play at once, definitely buy three extra controllers. They will be worth every penny with all the fun you will have with them.

This is a great time to mention the difference between Nintendo brand controllers and third party controllers. Nintendo controllers are more reliable and comfortable while third party controllers are less expensive. I only buy Nintendo controllers myself, because I think they are worth the extra money for the piece of mind that they will not break on you.

Accessories – The Gamecube has two major accessories, memory cards and the Gameboy Player. Memory cards are required to save your progress in a game. You will need at least one memory card unless you want to keep playing the same levels over and over again. Nintendo made three different sizes of memory card, 4MB, 16MB and 64MB. The smaller sizes will work for many adventure games but almost all sports games will require at least a 16MB and sometimes a 64MB card to save a season. I recommend a 16MB card for most people unless you are definitely buying sports games.

The Gameboy Player is completely optional but can be a great addition to the system. The player allows you play any Gameboy game ever made on your TV with the Gamecube controller. It is great if you already have a Gameboy game collection but can be quite expensive. Nintendo made a few other accessories for the Gamecube including a Network Adaptor for online play and a Gameboy Advanced Link Cable but neither of these is supported by many games. Unless you are sure you are buying a game that uses one of these, you shouldn’t buy them.

This list should have helped you choose the games, controllers, and accessories you want to buy with your Gamecube. Now get out there and enjoy your new gaming purchase.


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Ten Must Have Games for Nintendo 64

The Nintendo 64 had hundreds of games released since the system first went on sale in 1996. It can be hard to choose which games to buy. Below is a list of the top ten must own games for Nintendo 64 and why they should be in your collection.

10. Perfect Dark - The successor to Goldeneye 007. The developers kept the same great gameplay but added extra multiplayer features. Customizable bots to fight against if you didn't have enough friends. Six different multiplayer modes. Four human players and eight computer players playing at once. Perfect Dark is the best multiplayer first person shooter you will find.

9. Conker's Bad Fur Day - A surprise game for the Nintendo 64 because it wasn't focused on the typical young N64 audience. The game has cuss words and adult themes, but it is one of the funniest games ever released. And the gameplay is great too. The same developers who made Goldeneye and Perfect Dark also made Conker, so you know the multiplayer action is spot on.

8. Mario Golf - Play 18 holes with Mario and company. This arcade style golf game isn't the most realistic one you will find but it is fun for endless hours. Play single player and beat new characters in a round to unlock them. And then play against your friends with your newly unlocked characters. I personally played this game hundreds of hours when it first came out. A friend and I played a round of 18 ever day after school for a whole year. You know it must be good if it can keep someone coming back that long.

7. Star Wars Racer - A racing game based off the Star Wars Episode 1 racing scenes. Race in the same events Anakin did, plus many more. Choose different craft, some faster, some tighter on the corners and try to beat a galaxy's worth of competition. Any Star Wars fan will have fun with this one.

6. Super Smash Bros. - A simple, yet fun fighter with all the Nintendo characters. Fight as Mario or Bowser and even some of the more obscure Nintendo characters including Ness from the Earthbound series. The fighter just uses two buttons for the most part and the joystick so it is much easier to start playing than other fighters on the market.

5. Mario Party - The game that started the party genre for video games. A big board game you play on your TV. Roll the dice and try to get around the board to collect stars. After every turn players play against each other or on teams to earn coins they can spend on special items. Great for four player action with your friends especially if you keep on losing the dice to your Monopoly set. You can't lose these dice.

4. Mario Kart 64 - The sequel to Super Mario Kart for SNES, Mario Kart 64 is in full 3D and faster than ever. Try to race around the track and get to the finish first but watch out for attack items your opponents can use. Red Shells, Stars, and even the dreaded blue shell that will hit you anywhere on the track. This is the multiplayer game all my friends want to play when we play Nintendo 64.

3. Goldeneye 007 - Until Halo was released in 2001, Goldeneye was THE first person shooter all shooters were compared to. The best controls for any FPS with one joystick and a story line that follows the movie made this a great first person game and a fantastic multiplayer one as well.

2. Super Mario 64 - Mario 64 was the launch game for Nintendo 64 and brought Mario into full 3D for the first time. Consistantly rated one of the top ten games of all time for its contributions to gaming, this is a most own title for any gamer. The first 3D game with a free roaming camera, first game with use of the analog control stick so Mario can change his speeds. This is the game all 3D action games are compared to.

1. Zelda Ocarina of Time - What Mario started Zelda Ocarina of Time perfected. This game is rated the best game of all time by countless magazines and websites because it was such a perfect transition for Zelda from 2D to 3D. Great gameplay, engaging story, and hours of entertainment. No wonder this has best review scores of all time.

With these ten games in your Nintendo 64 collection, you should keep entertained for endless hours and definitely enjoy your N64 system purchase.

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How to Create Your Own Nintendo 64 Bundle

You decided you are going to buy a Nintendo 64 system but you don’t know what else you need to buy with the system to get the most out of it. What games should you get? How many controllers should you buy? Do you need a memory card, rumble pak, expansion pak? And what are rumble paks and expansion paks? Follow these steps below and you can be sure you get everything you need with your N64 system.

Games – The most important decision after choosing your system is what games to buy. The system is really only an expensive paperweight unless you have some games to play. Most systems will have games that fit your exact likes in the non-gaming world. If you like football, skateboarding, fishing, cars, etc, there are games for all of those hobbies so that is a great place to start looking. Another good way to start is to choose the most popular games for the system. For the Nintendo 64 those would be.

These games aren’t right for everyone so be sure you find out what they are like before adding them to your bundle.

Controllers – The Nintendo 64 system comes with one controller but has slots for four. If you will only be playing by yourself then you won’t need another controller. I recommend everyone have at least two controllers though, because it is nice to have to option to play with friends. If you have friends who play games or are buying Goldeneye or Mario Kart be sure to buy three more controllers. The best times you will have with your system will be with four people all playing at once.

This is a great time to mention that you should only buy Nintendo brand controllers. Many third parties made controllers for the N64 but none of them are as reliable or comfortable as the ones made by Nintendo. You can save a few bucks buying the cheaper controllers, but most likely they will break on you or not be as responsive.

Accessories – There are many other accessories you can get with your Nintendo 64, some of them are nearly essential and others you probably shouldn’t get. The most important accessories to buy are memory cards and the expansion pak. Memory cards are used to save your game progress so you can come back to it later. About half the games require one to save and the other half don’t. The expansion pak increases the graphical capabilities of the Nintendo 64 and some games require it, like Perfect Dark and Donkey Kong 64.

The main optional accessories for the Nintendo 64 are the rumble pak and gameshark. The rumble pak can be inserted into any controller and will shake when things happen on screen. It adds some realism to the games, but isn’t anything really impressive. The gameshark is a cheating device that allows you to get unlimited lives, invincibility, and other codes for the games you buy. It can be fun to have every weapon and the ability to walk through walls, but you don’t have to have one to enjoy your system.

After going through this list you should be able to choose all the games, controllers, and accessories you need for your Nintendo 64. Now go out and enjoy your new purchase.


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How to Buy Video Games for a Kid

Buying video games for a kid’s birthday or Christmas can be challenging. All the different systems and games can be intimidating for anyone who doesn’t play video games themselves. Luckily, the decision doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you keep three things in mind. System. Genre. And Rating


System – What system should you buy a game for?
Games are made to work on one specific system so you need to be sure you are buying the game for the correct system. Ask the kid or their parents what system they own. The main choices are: Playstation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, Nintendo DS, Gameboy Advance, Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PSP.


Genre – What kind of game should I buy?
Now that you have narrowed down your search to the right system, you have to choose the genre of game you will buy. The best way to do this is use what you know about the child. Do they play soccer? Buy a soccer game. Love watching football? Buy a football game. Do they skateboard or are they obsessed with cars? Buy a skateboarding game or racing game. Or do they really like a particular movie? Most major movies have a related video game you can buy.


Rating- Is the game appropriate for the kid?
Now you have honed in on the games you might want to buy but you have to be sure they are appropriate. Video games have a rating system like movies, with E, E10, T, and M standing for Everyone, Everyone over 10, Teens, and Mature. If the child is seven, but sure the game you choose is not rated Mature or more than likely the parents won’t be too happy.


Keep these three things in mind when shopping; System, Genre, and Rating. And you should be able to breeze through this daunting task and choose the video game that will make the kid’s birthday all they wanted.


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Used Video Game Articles

JJGames.com is starting a series of articles about used video games. How to buy games and save money? What system to buy? And the history of different systems? Plus many other topics.

We want to make them as informative as possible so customers can find the information they need and make good buying decisions. Keep watching this space to see all our articles and learn the secrets to buying great used video games without wasting a bunch of money.

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