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What’s on my Nintendo SWITCH? 18 Retail & eShop Games w/Gameplay!

Games I am currently playing on my Nintendo Switch:

Rogue Trooper Redux
The Mummy Demastered
Neon Chrome
SteamWorld Dig 2
Strikers 1945
Knight Terrors
Alpha Mission II

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +
Cave Story +
Super Mario Odyssey
Splatoon 2
Disgaea 5
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Lego City Undercover
PuyoPuyo Tetris
Tiny Barbarians DX


– Hey guys, Metal Jesus here. Now the Nintendo Switch is a relatively new console, yet can you believe there are already almost 100 games you can play on it? So today I’m going to show you the Switch games that I’ve been playing, and that includes both the physical retail releases as well as the eShop games. Let’s take a look. Before we get into the physical retail releases, let’s take a look at the eShop games I have. First up from my eShop games is a game I never thought I would see being remade. And that is Rogue Trooper Re-doo, Redux. I wanna say Redux, I know that’s not right. It’s Re-doo. But here’s a game that I covered previously on a PlayStation 2 Hidden Gems video. Although, now it’s been remade and updated for the Switch as you can see. In this game you play as a genetically altered soldier that is bred to withstand fairly harsh conditions that would kill any normal soldier. Maybe that’s why their skin is blue, I have no idea. I do know this this based on a fairly popular British comic called 2000 AD, which also used to feature Judge Dredd. One of the things that gives this game a bit of personality has to do with the soldiers that fight with you. Whenever they fall in battle, you pull out a knife and pull out their personality chip and then you embed it into your gun, into your helmet, into your backpack, and then they help you and talk to you while you’re in battle, it’s pretty cool. This update has HD graphics, it also has remodeled polygons so the characters look a little bit better. Also improved lighting and, more importantly, it also has modern controls, so anybody used to playing games like, say, Uncharted, you’re gonna feel right at home here. The campaign’s gonna take you about five to 10 hours to complete through 13 large missions. It also has online co-op for two to four players and there’s really nothing quite like it in the eShop, so if this looks interesting to you, definitely check it out. Next up on my Switch is The Mummy Demastered. However, I know what you’re thinking but don’t let a licensed game based on a fairly mediocre movie dissuade you. This is actually a really great game. The first thing that caught my eye is that WayForward made this, now you not familiar with WayForward? Well they’ve made some truly excellent games like Shantae, they also made Mighty Switch Force, Contra 4, and also the new Ducktales Remastered. All really great games. Obviously the 16-bit graphics look amazing, but the gameplay is really solid too. It reminds me of Super Metroid or Contra, which makes sense because again, these guys made a Contra game. And like Super Metroid or Castlevania, these levels are non-linear, allowing you to explore as you want while upgrading your weapons and your skills to unlock new areas and take on new monsters. I just love finding games like this where it’s based on a movie that nobody cares about, nobody went and saw, but yet in the right hands with a great developer can just make an outstanding game so, despite the name, definitely go check this out. Next up is Neon Chrome. Now it calls itself a ruthless, cyberpunk, top down shooter and I would say that’s pretty accurate. Basically, it’s a twin stick shooter with randomly generated levels that change every time you start the game. However, what makes this game fresh is that you unlock new abilities, enhancements, and weapons. Which is nice because every time you die, you come back stronger, ready to see if you can make it just a little bit further. Another neat part of this game that I wasn’t really expecting when I started playing it is that you can shoot through some walls. You can also make entire rooms explode and later on, you can take out entire floors. It definitely keeps you on your toes. In addition to a pretty tough single player game, this also has local co-op with two to four players. So if you like twin stick shooters with a little bit of RPG elements in there and a serious challenge, definitely check out Neon Chrome. I was a big fan of the first Steamworld Dig game. But when I heard that the sequel was losing the randomly generated levels, going for more of a hand crafted experience, I knew that this would make the game even better. See, I don’t mind a randomly generated game. Especially when it’s done really well. But in my opinion, there’s nothing quite like having a level designer sculpt a game to perfection, that’s what I really like about this. How would I describe this game? Well, basically think Super Metroid meets Dig Dug. Now, there is a story here, but honestly I skip it every time, because it just slows me down because I want to get digging, and yes you do a lot of digging in this game. What makes this game so much fun and why it reminds me so much of Dig Dug is that you are creating your own path through the dirt to find those hidden objectives. But you have to do it before your light runs out. You also upgrade your tools along the way, which slowly changes the experience as previously blocked areas suddenly become open to you, and newer, tougher monsters also provide additional challenges. This is a well made game with lots of hidden surprises to discover, as well as a unique art style and a nice polish. All right, now it’s time to blow some stuff up with Strikers 1945. This is an arcade shooter that has been ported to a bunch of systems like the PlayStation One, the Saturn, I believe there was a compilation on the PlayStation 2. Now if you’ve played these type of games before, you’re gonna feel right at home here. You have some options here, you have three planes to choose from, and then you fight through eight different stages. Now you have your normal attack, of course you have your bombs, but then you also have an extra formation attack with a support craft. But let me say, I just love games that have a vehicle that transforms into a mech. So cool. Another nice feature of this game is that it haves many, many difficulty settings so you can play this on basically stupid easy if you just want to learn the patterns, and then you can increase the difficulty as needed. I like taking a chance on some of these budget titles. This is a budget friendly game here at only three dollars called Knight Terrors. This game feels like a mobile game, it’s fairly simple. Actually, maybe it was a mobile game, I have no idea. But it starts simple and then it gets really tough. It’s an endless runner that plays a bit like Flappy Bird or the classic arcade game Joust where you need to avoid obstacles while attacking enemies that are coming at you. What I mean by that is that one button flaps your wings, so you need to do that a bunch of times to gain height, and then the other button is to attack. That’s it, those are the controls. However, if three enemies get by you, it is game over. I will say I really love the visual style here, it reminds me of those early 80’s computers like say the ZX Spectrum. Now this is not a game you’re gonna spend a ton of time with but at three dollars, it’s good for a quick play when you have just a few minutes. Next up is Ironcast, and I was very much looking forward to this game after watching some previews. Initially, this looks like a standard match three game. But let me assure you it is much more than that. This game is incredibly deep as a tactical RPG. So as you can see here, there’s a bit of a steam punk theme going on here. The game takes place in a fictional Victorian England where you command a mech known as an Ironcast here against the French who are invading. Each gem type represents a particular element needed to keep your Ironcast running in tip top shape. For instance, you have coolant gems, gems that will repair your mech, give you more power, lets you attack, but there’s also special gems that will boost or allow you to do link combos. Each turn has you gathering these gems, fixing things on your mech, boosting your weapons and defenses, or even attacking specific hard points on your enemy. Oh yeah, and did I mention that there’s permadeath? Yes. If you die in this game, it’s back to the main menu to start all over again. This is definitely one of the best match three puzzle games I’ve ever played. Now there is a lot to learn in this game, and at times it kind of reminds me of Puzzle Quest, another one of my favorites, but that’s a good thing. There are a ton of great Neo Geo games in the eShop, and so I had to pick up a few of them. I’m just gonna highlight one of them here, and that is a shooter called Alpha Mission II. As you might expect, Alpha Mission II is an arcade shooter from SNK, all the way back in 1991. This game is mostly known for having 11 different armored power ups, and the ability to switch them on the fly. Initially when I launched this game, I had no idea what those letters meant, and that’s kind of the downside for this game, it’s not exactly beginner friendly. After a while, you start to pick on some things like for instance, S means speed, also E for energy. But then later on it gets a little weird. So for instance, R means reverse, which means it’s gonna send you back a little bit in the level. Also C means clear, and that will clear your current armor. Now I’m aware this is not the most amazing shooter on the Switch, and honestly if I had to recommend one, it probably would be Strikers 1945 over this one, but I think they’re both unique and a lot of fun to play. Those are the eShop games I’ve been playing, but let’s take a look at the physical releases too. I want to start off with The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth and the reason for that is because surprisingly, it comes with some really cool extras packed in this small little case. The Switch case is not big enough to hold this stuff, but yet somehow they stuff it all in there. Usually it bulges but this is a really cool physical release. They also did something similar for Cave Story +. Check this out, this little baggie here holds a keychain as well as a mini soundtrack. And then a full color manual. Again, it fits in this case but just barely. Of course I had to get Super Mario Odyssey. Oh man, this game is not disappointing, it’s amazing. Also, Splatoon 2, another game that has not disappointed, and I think it’s even better than the Wii U version because there’s so many people playing online. I have to admit that Disgaea 5 is a bit of an impulse buy, I bought it when I first got the Switch. And I need to give it some more time, I don’t know what I’m doing in the game. Of course every Switch owner should own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is the best Mario Kart game ever made. I love it. What to say about Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild other than of course it’s amazing, it’s a system seller. Everyone should own it. Lego City Undercover used to be a Wii U exclusive, but they brought it to the Switch and it’s fantastic. I finished this game, super fun. PuyoPuyo Tetris was another impulse buy. I would say I need to spend a bit more time with it, I don’t know what I’m doing, but it’s cool to have a puzzle game. Another game that got a physical release on the Switch is Tiny Barbarian DX. Pretty cool here, has a pouch with a keychain on the inside like so many others. As well as a full color manual, this one with a comic book on the inside telling you the story so far. That’s a quick look at the Switch games that I’ve been playing, but I’d love to know what games do you recommend that I get because as you know, there are tons of them and they’re being released all the time. So please post a comment down below. Also, I’m really curious to know, do you play your Switch in the console mode connected to an HD television or do you play it portably? Me personally, I actually like it on a big HD television with the pro controller, but I’ve heard that most gamers prefer this to be portable. So, love to know what you guys are doing with your Switch down in the comments below. All right guys, as always, I want to thank you for watching my channel, thank you for subscribing, and take care. I was recently at a gaming expo hanging out with a bunch of YouTubers in the hotel room. And it was so cool to have the Switch hooked up to the television in the hotel room and everyone just grabbing a controller, passing it around, and it was just so natural. I mean, there’s not really many other consoles you can do that, yes you can haul in your PlayStation 4 or whatever, but you’re just not gonna do that, it’s so much more convenient to have the Switch, and that was a real light bulb moment for me, it was very cool. All right guys, thanks so much for watching.

NEW GAMES for NES – Nintendo Homebrews!

John Riggs shows some new home-brew developed games for the classic NES. All these games are put onto cartridges as well!

Log Jammers
0 to X
Larry & the Long Look for a Lucious Lover
Haunted: Halloween ’85
Haunted: Halloween ’86
The Legends of Owlia
Basic Championship Wrestling
Super Russian Roulette
Tailgate Party
Mega Ran
Sergio Elisondo
Black Box Challenge

** All footage was captured using the Analogue NT mini **

10 Nintendo Switch eShop Games That Are WORTH The Buying Price!

Are there any GOOD Nintendo Switch games on the eShop? Are these Nintendo Switch eshop games worth the price? Here is 10 Games for the Switch on the eShop that are WORTH THE PRICE! Is Overcooked worth it? Is Retro City Rampage worth it? Good or bad, here is Gameplay and Review of 10 Nintendo Switch eShop Games!

Stupidly EXPENSIVE & Rare Nintendo DS Games

Here are the rarest and most expensive Nintendo DS games, complete in their original boxes!

Games Shown:
Dokapon Journey

Solatorobo Red the Hunter

My World My Way

The Dark Spire

Pokemon SoulSilver Walmart Edition

Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ

Avalon Code

Retro Game Challenge

Blue Dragon Awakened Shadow

Shepherd’s Crossing 2

Nintendo 3DS Games – 8 Hidden Gems You Need to Play!

Here are 8 Nintendo 3DS games that are Hidden Gems that you will want to add to your collection!

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Game Shown:
Heroes of Ruin
Azure Striker Gunvolt
Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes
Pilotwings Resort
Frogger 3D
CrossWords Plus

Virtual Boy – Gaming Historian

Gaming Historian gives the complete history of the Virtual Boy. Released in 1995 by Nintendo, the Virtual Boy was supposed to change video games. Instead, it became one of the worst selling consoles of all time.

The Virtual Boy system uses a pair of 1×224 linear arrays (one per eye) and rapidly scans the array across the eye’s field of view using flat oscillating mirrors. These mirrors vibrate back and forth at a very high speed, thus the mechanical humming noise from inside the unit. Each Virtual Boy game cartridge has a yes/no option to automatically pause every 15–30 minutes so that the player may take a break.

Nintendo GBA Games – Hidden Gems 3

The Nintendo GBA continues to be one of the most satisfying handheld systems to collect for with many great games released for it across all different genres. In this video Reggie highlights 10 GBA games that many people don’t know about but should play!

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Games Shown:
Tactics Ogre: The Night of Lodis
Shining Soul II
Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars
Pinobee Wings of Adventure
Sega Arcade Gallery
Lunar Legend
Riviera: The Promised Land
R-Type III: The Third Lightning
Cima: The Enemy
Yggdra Union: Well Never Fight Alone

GBA Hidden Gems – Part 1:

GBA Hidden Gems – Part 2:

Prototype USA 64DD UPDATE – The Adventure Continues!!

Holy cow! This was way more complicated than I ever expected… oh…and did I mention that 3 more rare blue dev disks showed up after my last video!? Thankfully Tony from @Hard4Games flew from Detroit to Seattle to help me discover what is on my mystery blue disk, whether there was anything on the other 3 disks AND backup the firmware of the drive itself! It’s an epic tale full of mystery, intrigue and excitement!

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Behind the Scenes w/ METAL JESUS ROCKS in Seattle! – H4G

Tony: Had an amazing time in Seattle with Metal Jesus Rocks! For those unaware, he had found an ultra-rare American N64 DD unit. It’s so rare that it’s the only one known to exist. He generously flew me out to shoot a video, show me around Seattle, and ultimately preserve the contents of his discovery. Amazing time. 10/10 would Seattle again!

FOUND: Ultra-Rare Nintendo Prototype N64 Add-On (US Version of 64DD)

In the mid 1990s, Nintendo announced the 64DD disk drive add-on for the N64 for the US market ….but it never came out. Instead the Japanese version of the drive crashed and burned upon release and it took all the hopes of US gamers ever buying one along with it. For almost 20 years it was consider a myth that an actual US retail version exists… until now. I have found a working prototype of the 64DD for the US market AND it contains a developer blue diskette inside of its drive. This unit is unique in many ways and in this video I tell you all the things that make it special…and what happens next…

Front of the Nintendo Prototype 64DD
This is the front of the Nintendo prototype 64DD for the U.S. market. I explain what those labels mean in the video.

Prototype 64DD boots up in English!
The Prototype 64DD boots up in English without a Partner N64 cartridge!

Everything that came from the Craigslist find
This is everything that came from the Craigslist pickup including some cool Japanese released games.

Serial number and label on the bottom of the 64DD Prototype
This is the serial number and label on the bottom of the 64DD prototype. There are several things unusual about it.

Blue developer floppy disk found with prototype 64DD
This is the mysterious blue developer floppy disk found in the prototype 64DD. I hope to discover it’s contents soon!

Video Transcription:
♪ [music] ♪ Hey, guys. I’m the Metal Jesus. Now, I’ve been very fortunate here on my YouTube channel to be able to share with you some amazing game finds in the past. Specifically what comes to mind is when Emilio found that one-of-a kind, ultra-rare, orange halo Xbox at a garage sale. How amazing is that? Now, the thing to know about my area here is that I live in Seattle, specifically the Puget Sound. And in our area, we have a bunch of game development places, like Nintendo of America is here, Microsoft, Valve. We actually have 300 game developers, both big and small, in our area. So, there’s a lot of game development that’s happening. And so, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that you might find something kind of interesting or rare around here. It does happen. Well in this video, I’m going to share with you something that I have recently acquired that is pretty dang rare. Now, that is a Nintendo prototype that they made for our market that never came out. It’s actually for the Nintendo 64 and most people, including me, didn’t even know this thing existed until this week. And, it came with a disk on the inside. And I’m going to have more information about that because that’s also kind of interesting and exciting. So what is the Nintendo 64 Disk Drive, the 64DD, as it was called? A lot of you are kind of wondering what that is. Well, that’s because it never came out here. It only came out in Japan. Now the history of it was that, around 1995 or 96, Nintendo announced that they were going to make a disk drive that would fit on the bottom of the N64 and basically expand that console quite a bit. And what was really cool about it is that they were going to use basically floppy disks that were specific to this machine. And I’m going to show you those in a second. So, it was actually kind of exciting at the time because here is this add on that hopefully will take off, and they had big plans for it. They actually did announce that this thing would come out in the U.S. However, it flopped terribly in Japan. It came out in December 1,1999, so it took awhile to develop, and it just tanked. They only made 10 titles for it, I have a couple of them here I’m going to show you, and it just bombed. And nobody heard anything of a U.S. version at that point. It was pretty much assumed that they never made one, or if they did, it was only developer units. So, along comes this machine right here. So initially, I just assumed this was a development unit because the development units were, while rare, they do exist. They’re out there. And Nintendo created them for a bunch of partners to potentially make games for this device. But when I got home, and I started searching, I couldn’t find any matches to this. And there’s a couple things that are very unique about this. For one, it did not come with a partner cartridge. That’s a development cartridge that you would put in the top of your N64 that would then boot up the drive. What’s really interesting about this one, it doesn’t need it. It actually…you just turn on the N64 with it attached to the bottom, and the screen comes up. So, it’s like it’s ready for retail. It’s really interesting, right? So I was like, “Well that doesn’t sound right” and then I noticed something kind of peculiar about it. Well, it was in English. See, I didn’t know that I had an American disk drive yet. And so it comes up, and it actually is asking you to put in a disk. And I knew that was kind of unusual because again, all of the retail units that came out were only in Japan. They only have Japanese on the actual splash screen. There are some other unique features about it as well. Let’s take a look at the front here. So you’ll notice it says, “NUD No.1 USA, Lot Check.” Now, I don’t know necessarily what that means, I don’t work at Nintendo. I can probably guess what some of it means, but I went out to a website for research called Now these are the guys who authenticated the orange Xbox, so I knew them. I trusted them. And they did not disappoint because they reached out to the actual guy who supported this at Nintendo for their partners. Now, his name is Mark DeLaura, and when he first heard about this, he flipped out. He was super excited because he basically was like, “Yeah, that’s the retail unit.” He hadn’t seen it in almost 20 years, and his job was to support this for the partners. He wrote code for it, and he demoed it back in the day. And he hadn’t seen it in all this time, so he was really excited. So, what this actually means is, Nintendo Ultra 64 Disk Drive Number One for the USA market, and then the lot check. And I asked him, I’m like, “What does the lot check mean?” Well, this is cool. Lot check is actually the part of Nintendo that tests hardware and software, right before it goes to market. So, think of it as QA people, who would take an N64, and there’s multiple versions of the N64, and they would put it on top of there, and then plug it into a television, and make sure everything works. Or they would plug it into different types of television, again, to make sure that it works. Now, what’s really interesting about this, and we’re going to get to it, it came with a disk in here that could be pretty interesting. So, some other unique things about it. Well, let’s flip it over here. For one, you’ll notice this label says, “Nintendo 64 Disk Drive.” That’s kind of odd because actually, when it came out in Japan, it was called the 64DD. Also the copyright is “1996, 1997.” The retail version in Japan came out in 1999, so this is clearly a couple years before the Japanese version even came out. Also, the serial number on the back here says, “NDJ,” and then it has a number, basically. All of the ones that came out, do not have that N there. They actually start with just D. Now again, I don’t work at Nintendo, so I don’t know what the whole plan was there, but clearly, this is kind of unique. Also, another thing to…you know I mentioned originally, I thought it might be a dev unit. If you look on the web, you’ll notice that all of the dev units actually have blue drives here, and this one, again, looks like a retail ready version because it’s black. It matches the case. However, the most telling thing about it is that it boots up in English with no disk in there, and again, no one had ever seen that before. Now I’d love to tell you it does, you know, something more than that, but really, it’s just booting up ready for a disk. Mario comes out, he runs around the N, the N changes a little bit, and that’s pretty much it. Now, okay so, what about games for this? Well, this model was designed for the U.S. market. I didn’t know that when I first got this, and so the first thing I did was, I tried to play F-Zero X. So, this is the Japanese release of F-Zero X. And I was like, “Well let’s see if it’ll play a Japanese game.” ♪ [music] ♪ It doesn’t. Then I was like, “Well that’s weird. Is the drive defective? I mean, it shouldn’t do that right?” Well, Mark quickly corrected me with that. See, Nintendo cares about region locking, and therefore, this is region locked to the U.S. It’s designed to only play U.S. games. And so I was like, “Ah! That makes total sense. It’s not broken. Okay, cool. It just won’t play Japanese games because it assumes you’ve imported them.” It doesn’t want to support that, right? So, what about that blue disk that was in it? So, here it is. This is the mysterious blue disk that was in the drive, and it’s got a serial number here on the back, so for those of you who have been on eBay, and buying these, and keeping track of what serial numbers have already been sold, that’s the serial number. As far as I can tell, this has never been sold before. No one has ever seen the contents of this. Now, when I was talking to Mark, he was very excited about this because, remember how I said that Nintendo would be testing games for the This most likely contains software for the Now, I’d love to tell you it would boot up. It doesn’t. And again, he wasn’t surprised. Again, this is a developer release of a game. This is technically unfinished. It’s probably very close to being finished. But the way that they would have tested this is they would have had one of those N64 partner cartridges. Now they’re very long. They pop in the top, and so the testers would have had one of those because you need that to boot this up, and that’s probably what I’m missing. I don’t know for sure. Now, I asked him, I was like, “You know, speculate, like, what do you think is on here, right?” See the thing is, is that there were a lot of games planned for this, and a lot of games that gamers were very excited about. And they actually demoed and showed some of this stuff in Nintendo Power magazine. A lot of people were very excited to see…well they were basically going to release a Zelda on here, also an expansion to Zelda, I think it was like, Zelda Ocarina of Time. They were also going to…probably one of the holy grails is that they were going to release Mother 3 on the disk drive. That was going to be sort of it’s killer app. There’s actually a bunch of stuff that was originally planned for this. Conquer, there was a Fire Emblem game planned for this. There’s all sorts of stuff. I don’t know what’s on here. Mark suspects it’s one of two things. It’s either a U.S. retail-ready version of a game, or it is potentially some of his demo code that he used to show people what this thing could do. We don’t know. He doesn’t know for sure. I can’t read the disk. So, I would love to know what is on this disk. There’s got to be somebody out there who has the know-how, the hardware, the means to read the contents of this, and also maybe copy off the firmware of the U.S.version of the operating system. Wouldn’t that be interesting for [inaudible 00:11:09] games? The possibility is kind of interesting. So please post on the comments below if you know somebody who can help me do that. I’d love to do a follow-up video after I know what’s going on with this. It’d be really cool if it was EarthBound 64, or Zelda, or whatever. It could be anything. It’d be pretty cool. Alright guys, thank you very much for watching my channel, thank you for subscribing, and take care. I want to give a huge shout out and thanks to Mark DeLaura, who talked to me on the phone for probably half an hour, 45 minutes, just to help me figure out exactly what I’ve got here. Such a cool guy, so nice. I actually want to have him on my channel at some point because the guy is a fountain of knowledge, and it extends actually beyond Nintendo, so that’d be very cool. Also a huge shout out and thanks to That is a really awesome site. It has some of the smartest people in probably all of game collecting. If you want to have your mind blown, go over to that site, and check out some of the things that get posted there. It’s amazing! Alright guys, thanks for watching.