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This Week’s Purchase: Lime Green PlayStation Vita 2000 Slim

1It took forever to arrive, but the PS Vita Slim I purchased some time back in November is finally here. I must admit I was at first a little skeptical of Sony’s redesign, I mean it’s a bit thiner and the back is green, that’s about all that’s changed, right? But now I’ve got hold of it I’m pretty impressed, and this Japanese exclusive is a clear improvement on the original Vita in just about every way.

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This Week’s Purchase: Xbox One: Day One Edition

01This week I spent a little more than I usually do on videogames, and I usually spend quite a lot. I’m not going to try and justify the Xbox One’s enormous price tag, but hey, if you’re planning to play Xbox games in the next seven years then you’ll need one of these machines, so why not get it now? ‘Day One’ has certainly been an exciting day, and before it’s over I’m going to share some early impressions of Microsoft’s new console, as well as a few of it’s games.

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This Week’s Purchase: Sakura Wars Pink Dreamcast Controller

titleSo this is what a slow news day looks like at Dracula’s Cave. Usually I’m talking about an entire console or something, but today all I’ve got to show is a single controller. And to make matters worse I didn’t even buy it this week, I bought it two weeks ago but had to wait ages for it to ship from Japan. Still, it’s a pretty awesome controller (it is pink after all) and marks a good opportunity for me to show off a few other items from my collection. Please enjoy this look at some of my rare, collectible, and downright strange controllers.

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This Week’s Purchase: SEGA Dreamcast

DreamcastLast week I talked about my recently amassed collection of Mega Drives, and since then I’ve got my hands on another SEGA classic; The Dreamcast. Today I’ll be looking at SEGA’s final machine in detail, and discuss my own experience with this notorious games console.

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This Week’s Purchase: SEGA Mega Drive(s) + Games

genesisThis week I bought a box of SEGA Mega Drive consoles and games. Today I’ve been sorting it out, and will be looking at both SEGA’s classic console and some of the games I’ve picked up for it.

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This Week’s Purchase: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Limited Ganondorf Edition

titleI’m usually not a sucker for these ‘Limited Edition’ boxes, but who can resist when it comes to The Legend of Zelda? I was such a huge fan of Wind Waker on GameCube that I really had no choice other than to get the premium version of the remake. So exactly is inside this exciting looking box? Read on to find out.

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This Week’s Purchase: Joytech TFT Colour Monitor for Nintendo GameCube

TitleThese days you don’t hear very much about the Joytech TFT Monitor, but I remember when this item first came out back in around 2003. At the time Joytech made two different screens specifically designed for the Nintendo GameCube, but of the two this one was notably superior, as well as harder to find. In fact, the shop I ordered it from (I think it was Argos) originally sent me the STN Monitor, and once this error was finally resolved I saw for myself the vast improvement in picture quality that the TFT delivers. It’s as true today as it was ten years ago that this is hands down the best portable monitor available for the GameCube, and it’s now even more difficult to acquire than it was back then.

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This Week’s Purchase: PSP Go

titleWhen the PSP Go first came out in 2009 a lot of people (myself included) didn’t take the console too seriously. In fact, its lack of UMD tray and reliance on the PSN meant I had little interest in what is now dark horse of the PSP family. But a few years later I’ve decided to give it a go (awesome pun intended), and for £50 picked one up, boxed in good condition. Today I’m going to look at the pros and cons of the system, and ask if in 2013 this shiny misfit of a PSP is now an underrated classic?

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