SAUDER’S “MULTIMEDIA STORAGE TOWER” IS WELL WORTH 40 BUCKS

Sauder Multimedia Storage Tower, Cinnamon Cherry Pros: Price (about $40 including shipping). Capacity. Ease of assembly. Satisfactory appearance. Cons: Back panel’s permanent “fold marks.” Last March I was in the process of completing my collections of (mostly) “racing” video games for the PlayStation 2; GameCube, and original Wii systems. I’d decided to segregate those older games from

THE BEST (TOP 121) “RACING & DRIVING” GAMES FOR ORIGINAL PLAYSTATION (PS1/PSX) FOR ADULTS AND OLDER KIDS (COLLECTOR’S COMPLETE LIST)

Pros:  Used PS1 racing games are generally quite affordable and easy to find via trustworthy online vendors (e.g., Amazon and eBay). And there are well over a hundred PS1 racing titles – which are compatible with all PS2 and (presumably) PS3 consoles. Cons:  Fifth-generation-console racing games’ graphics arguably aren’t as exciting as their counterparts for more recent systems. And

THE BEST (TOP 48) GAMECUBE “RACING & DRIVING” GAMES FOR ADULTS AND OLDER KIDS (COLLECTOR’S COMPLETE LIST)

Sure, an original Wii console can play a nice selection of “Wii” racing-game discs. But it can also play “GameCube” game discs– including many worthy racing/driving titles.   Pros: Plenty of great-looking, fun-to-play racing and driving games were made for the GameCube. And many extant Nintendo Wii console models (manufactured before October 2011) are fully backward-compatible with

THE BEST (TOP 51) GAMECUBE “RACING & DRIVING” GAMES FOR ADULTS AND OLDER KIDS (COLLECTOR’S COMPLETE LIST)

The GameCube console was released in late 2001 and discontinued in 2007. It was initially available in purplish “Indigo” and “Jet Black” colors; but a year later the above “Platinum” limited edition became available. Sure, an original Wii console can play a nice selection of “Wii” racing-game discs. But it can also play “GameCube” game

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Pros: Numerous delightful racing/driving games were released for the original Xbox console; moreover, many such titles are also compatible with the Xbox 360 system, whose superior (HDMI) video output can make original-Xbox games look better than ever! Cons: However, roughly 50% of all original-Xbox titles are not compatible with Xbox 360 consoles; therefore, note well my three

THE BEST (TOP 293) “RACING & DRIVING” GAMES COMPATIBLE WITH PLAYSTATION 2 (PS2) FOR ADULTS AND OLDER KIDS (COLLECTOR’S COMPLETE LIST)

Pros: The library of collectible, fun-to-play PS2-compatible “racing” games on disc is huge. And many titles are priced low. Cons: Most of the extant PS3 consoles aren’t backward-compatible with PS2 games.  And with virtually all PS2 consoles, in order to “save” games, you’ll need to have at least one reliable “PS2 memory card”– preferably an original Sony-brand [or perhaps

THE BEST (TOP 292) “RACING & DRIVING” GAMES COMPATIBLE WITH PLAYSTATION 2 (PS2) FOR ADULTS AND OLDER KIDS (COLLECTOR’S COMPLETE LIST)

One of the “Slim, black” versions of the North American (NTSC) PS2 console.  [Note:  The model SCPH-79001 CB has an EXTERNAL power supply. By contrast, the more recent model SCPH-90001 CB has an INTERNAL power supply.] The “Ceramic White” (special-edition model SCPH-79001 CW) PS2 Slim console, which I use to play my PS2 (and PS1)

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Alternatively available, this bundle includes not only the GameCube-compatible Wii console but also the “Mario Kart Wii” game plus a “wheel” (“motion-control” accessory) that can also be used with many other Wii racing/driving games.   Pros: Numerous racing titles are compatible with the original Wii console. Cons: But the plethora of “shovelware” and “hard-to-steer” games

GREAT GRAPHICS AND MUSIC, BUT MEDIOCRE OVERALL : GODZILLA – MONSTER OF MONSTERS FOR THE NES

GODZILLA: MONSTER OF MONSTERS for the Nintendo Entertainment System Pros: Graphics, sound, music, ending; appropriately strange at times Cons: Excruciatingly repetitive; difficulty level presents some problems “In the year 2XXX, the earth receives a declaration of war from Planet X. With the whole solar system as the battlefield, bloody combat begins between space monsters and

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Pros: Today many Xbox 360 games can be collected (as used specimens) at affordable prices. The quality of “360” games still compares pretty nicely with that of games for “eighth-generation” consoles (e.g., Xbox One or PlayStation 4). Cons: Think twice about buying any “downloadable” games (via Xbox LIVE) for your Xbox 360 console. (I’ll explain why below.)