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  1. I've also been playing Super Metroid off and on for a while, but haven't made it too far. Does the game have save points? If it does, mine doesn't work right.
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  2. Justin

    The Collectorvision Phoenix

    I never had a ColecoVision in the '80s either. I went right to the Atari 7800 which I would argue is a superior system. The ColecoVision wasn't on my radar until the early 1990s when I began collecting and would see them at garage sales and flea markets for around $30 with a few games. One time in the summer of 1994 I even ran into an older gentleman walking out of the mall carrying an open cardboard box with a ColecoVision and a bunch of games. I ran over to him, stopped him and asked about the ColecoVision. He had taken it into FuncoLand in our mall as a trade in, but they did not accept anything pre-NES, so he was returning to his car. He offered it to me for - guess how much - $30. I got his phone number, should've bought the system but never did. To this day I have never owned a real ColecoVision. It's been a blind spot in my personal gaming culture. I have a lot of appreciation for the ColecoVision, and I agree with every one of your points @RickR -- that as much as I love Atari, I would have enjoyed the games on ColecoVision much more. Between your blog post here, and what @Willie! has shown of the CollectorVision Phoenix in some of his videos, you are really selling me on this neat little system. Without the personal sentimental feelings of having grown up with the original unit, I would feel just fine having a CollectorVision Phoenix with modern connections under my TV to enjoy some of the best games the ColecoVision has to offer.
    1 point
  3. There are Save Stations where you can save the game and replenish your energy at. I can't remember where they are because I haven't played in a while. They look like booths and are in special rooms on the map. Your ship in Crateria is also a save point. Going there also replenishes energy and weapons.
    1 point
  4. I'll have to take a look at that blog @Justin, thanks! Here's an interesting interview with Wade Rosen, the new CEO, via GameBiz. It's clear they want refocus the brand and I hope he gets the chance. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gamesindustry.biz/amp/2021-09-29-how-ataris-new-ceo-is-looking-to-recharge-the-brand
    1 point
  5. I'm hoping you're right! When the Forums were new, @Doctor Octagon had a long Blog entry drawing parallels between Fred Chesnais (CEO of Atari until not too long ago) and Gil Ameilo (CEO of Apple when it was 60 days from bankruptcy until Steve Jobs took over again). Fresh blood, a new vision and a lot of integrity would really help Atari's chances. So glad to hear the new Centipede game was able to impress you this much
    1 point
  6. Thanks @Justin! It's a great game. I picked up the PS4 version to try the "Immersive" graphics setting with my PSVR and I have to say, the VCS and PS4 (Pro) versions are roughly at parity. A big plus for VCS is the additional exclusive challenges. I imagine that it's a solid experience on any platform on which it's available and for $9.99 you can't go wrong. I'll add that with the change of CEO, Atari seems to have turned a corner. They are paying attention to the brand and the VCS in a way that gives me some confidence for the future. It's a breath of fresh air as an Atari fan.
    1 point
  7. This is our first in-depth review of a new Atari VCS game, great to see that it's Centipede! Have to say your review has made me more interested in the new console. Great to have a new Blog post from you @Sabertooth🔥 🔥 🔥
    1 point
  8. Yes, finding out that Samus was a woman was a surprise to me as well. Looking at her armor, you never expected it. Super Metroid for the SNES was one of the first SNES games I bought because of Harry's enthusiasm for it. I still haven't played it beyond the first couple of minutes, but one of these days 🙂
    1 point
  9. RickR

    Metroid (and Metroid Zero Mission)

    Nice job on this blog. Makes me want to play more Metroid.
    1 point
  10. RickR

    The Collectorvision Phoenix

    An addendum to my blog post with a bit more about me: I never had a Colecovision in the 80's. However, I drooled over them in the stores. I remember being totally blown away by the pack-in game "Donkey Kong" on the demo unit at my local "Payless" store. At the time, there was a choice for gamers for the latest system: The Atari 5200 or the Colecovision. As much as I love Atari, I would have chosen the Colecovision in a heartbeat. It had more unique games and they looked great. My next system after my Atari 2600 was the Commodore VIC-20, which I loved. I did get a CV about 15 years ago when I started retro-collecting. I was not disappointed. What am I playing on the Phoenix? My go-to on CV -- my favorite game -- is Frenzy. It's fun. It's challenging. And I really like the sound effects and graphics. I'm also revisiting a lot of the classic arcade games. Looping, Ladybug, Donkey Kong, etc. I like the games that don't take a ton of time investment. Next on my list will be some of the "Super Game Module" ROM files I have.
    1 point
  11. RickR

    The Collectorvision Phoenix

    For this second-run unit, the price was $200 + $30 shipping (from Canada). It has been a while, so I may be off plus/minus $10. I believe it is a fair price, and I'm sure the creators do not make much per unit.
    1 point
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    The Collectorvision Phoenix

    Price?
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