Wednesday 20 December 2006

Wii wish you a Merry Christmas...

The Wii remote already responsible for more broken crockery than the Genki Christmas office party. Still hats off to the usually conservative Kyoto company for breathing vitality and greater social acceptability into our beloved gaming industry. Who else would allow you to sample all the fun of the Japanese festival in the comfort of your living room in Festival Master?

A few Nintendo masterpieces have been hung in the GameBoy/GameBoy Color sections too with vibrant gameplay in the much imitated brush style of Wario World.

Melon Chan's Growth Diary is a typical Japan-centric Neo Geo Pocket title the sort of which has next to no chance of making it to Western shores and has nothing to do with green fingers.

Art Truck Battle gives you a real gritty taste of life on the open road complete with wagon design that'd put a head honcho yakuza's tattoos to shame. Claymen Claymen 2 is a delightful title also on the PSX with experimental visuals sculpted to perfection. Crisis Beat too has a feel of AM2 in their prime whilst Crane Master brings the fun back to building sites!

God Hand announces Capcom's divine return to form on the PS2 with some fearsome specials and hammed up acting with Genki lapping it up.

The Biohazard Dreamcast is further evidence of Sega's reciprocated love for Dreamcast Gurus in the most stylish, slender curves of all the limited edition Dreamcasts.

Sonic Council pushes all the right buttons, as if another excellent 2D beat 'em up were required on the Saturn. Steam Hearts causes a few steamy windows with the bizarre Game Paradise Pack more for family consumption.

Ganbare Daiku Gensan and Super Empire Strikes Back for the SFC are two classic platforming titles from an era when graphical prowess was equally balanced with blistering gameplay.

Besides the new Home page, the boffins here at Genki have been working on the RSS Feed to ensure full gaming sustenance for all by keeping you up to date with the latest additions to the site.

All the staff at would like to thank all our customers for their support during 2006 and wish them all a very Merry Christmas. See you in the New Year!

Wednesday 29 November 2006

Game & Watch

Seeing the slick Famicom GameBoy Micro brought back so happy memories of Nintendo Game & Watch titles of old. Most of the Genki team were happy to hammer away at Donkey Kong's rubbery keys through school ski trip bus journeys or even challenge a chum to a playground battle of two player Donkey Kong Ice Hockey... But it seems in Japan these sublime Mario gift sets were available to the lucky, lucky few who came out top in the Famicom F1 Grand Prix challenge. And luckily for Genki coming across a veritable Aladdin's cave of the handhelds, the budget wouldn't stretch as far as adding this to the site. Still hopefully it'll still be sat there waiting in an Osaka back street for our return...

Tuesday 28 November 2006

Back to Gaming Roots

An update of all that's been happening on the site recently with some sublime additions bound to banish those winter blues. The GameBoy Advance puts the spring back in your step with the almighty Rhythm Tengoku. Stupendously funny with ace graphics and barmy gameplay - paradise indeed. Backed up by Castlevania and the Konami Arcade Collection, the GBA may not have quite the kudos of the PSP's slender curves, yet it packs a venomous bite pixel for pixel in gameplay.

The PSP also gets in on the off beat fringe act with Loco Roco delighting the locals. DJ Boy on the Mega Drive is one for the madcap Japan fan - nothing could be more bizarre than when Japanese developers try to capture the essence of the West. Ex Ranza is a cracking mecha title to be really savoured. Beetle Adventure Racing fills a nice niche on the N64, especially for gamers jaded by the persistant strive towards realism in driving games - this will soon clear your travel sickness.

Galaga 88 and Final Lap Twin add to the ever burgeoning collection of PC Engine titles - a real collector's machine. And there are some underground PSX releases that show the Sony prodigy could have been marketed as an otaku's playground as much as a clubber's companion - Magical Beat Warriors is a must have for anyone who can remember the mythical 'Monkey' TV series. Smash Court 2 plays like a true champion with the series' contagious humour intact. Ghost in a Shell will have the discerning anime evangelist in raptures as will Fist of the North Star on the big brother PS2. Bobobou delivers the goods also on the PS2 with the best use of the Eye Toy so far as King of the Fighters Maximum Impact looks mean and moody.

Twinkle Star Sprites sends a timely reminder of the Saturn's sparkling magic with pastal shaded graphics and deviously designed gameplay thrilling in equal quantities. The Samurai Sprits Best Collection is a bumper pack for the 2D fight fanatic. Last, but by no means least, the Super Famicom unearths another treasure trove of bedazzling riches with Area 88, Contra Spirits and Cotton 100% proving worthy of a Used Game magazine tribute. Happy Gaming.

Thursday 16 November 2006

Meet Genki Blog

Welcome to the first Genki Video Games Blog post - the rest have been switched from our news page so we can hopefully get more feedback from your goodselves. They'll be more updates too rather than just what's new on the site - but a good place to start might be recent additions...

We have come across som
e crazy games in our time including a Bangaioh prize edition we didn't even know existed... (Just don't ask the price... )

It appears 'Prize Bangaio' w
as given out to the five highest score contestants in a Japanese gaming contest. Apparently the game (and what you can see on the front) came with a signed Bangaio themed telephone card that appears to be signed by someone at Treasure (maybe someone who knows Treasure well can decipher it?) and a special poster. Not sure if the game is the same version or not...? Maybe its like a Caravan PC Engine edition...? Only five exist. If you are curious the winning score was 60,199,689 - not sure how long that took to clock up! The contest took place on the 31st of January 2000AD. I think I need a bit of practice before entering the next one!
Anyway just thought that'd be of interest to the DC vets out there. For more on this with links to Treasure's site please click here...

Otherwise we've had our first batch of stupedously stunning looking PS3 titles arrive fresh from the queue in Akihabara. The raw power of the console seems frightening so we await releases from the big boys such as Konami, Capcom and indeed Sony with intrepidation.

Also fresh from Japan comes the spanking Famicom tribute Game Boy Micro the height of retro chic combined with Nintendo's know how producing a truly portable handheld reminiscent of the kings of the playground Game & Watch titles.

Well happy gaming and we look forward to hearing your thoughts...

Saturday 11 November 2006

November Genki Update

On the eve of the Japanese PS3 release and the blind rush to the next generation of consoles we press pause to wet your appetite across a smorgasboard of platforms. We rediscover the Lost Golem on the Dreamcast with a slick mouse set for Outtrigger. The original Dreamcast console makes a triumphant return with Hello Kitty model available too. Nonono Puzzle proves very aptly named, but both it and Mr Driller never looked so at home and cosy as they do on the GBA. Naruto proves what a versitile ninja he is on the DS and GameCube with the Nintendo 64 guaranteed to bring a smile in Limited Edition Gold and a new copy of Sin & Punishment.

Plenty of welcomed relief on tap with a bundle of PC Engine restocks. Speed Power Gunbike, Suzuki Bakuhatsu, Strikers 1945 and Dracula X reveal the PSX's torso to be tatooed with the words 'hardcore gamer.' Quirky additions to the PS2 come in Super Galdelic Hour, Techictix and the pretty (distracting) Love Smash 5 with streamlined Charcoal Black consoles in stock. The Saturn section is once again brimming with Eastern delight. The Super Famicom pulls up a few crackers shrouded in the midsts of time from a truly golden era of gaming: Ganbare Goemon 3, Edono Kiba and Batman Returns should have you rumaging for the convertor. Failing that the consoles are in stock.

The new look site celebrates Genki's first birthday - thank you for the support thus far and happy gaming. For the full story please click here....

Wednesday 25 October 2006

More October Updates

Hundreds of titles recently restocked and plethora of brand new, mint in pack exclusives such as Cool Cool Toon on the Dreamcast, Sin & Punishment and Star Soldier on the N64, Shikigami no Shiro II Limited Edition on the Gamecube, Vampire Savior Ram Pack, Segata Sanshiro and Capcom Generations on the Sega Saturn. Its always hard to find such shrink wrapped bundles of joy so savour this whilst you can. The Saturn also offers the Nights Controller Pack, Metal Slug and Game Paradise proving an island of tranquility for jaded gamers. The Neo Geo AES goes from strength to strength with the cheaper option of the Neo Geo CD titles looking as tempting as ever.

The PSX offers some fine 'gamers' gaming with No One Can Stop Mr Domino, In the Hunt and Dam Dam Stompland. Its always a Halloween treat to have titles such as Tokyo Bus Guide, Virtual On, Under Defeat, and Gigawing in stock for the DC but its Dracula X on the Saturn thats been putting a real chill down the spines in the Genki office this week. On the hardware front there are some fine additions to the Sega section with the Densha De GO controller and sunshine delights of Samba DE Amigo Maracas for the Dreamcast along with some solidly built joysticks for both the DC and Saturn. Happy gaming. For the full story please click here....

Wednesday 4 October 2006

October updates

A good bunch of wholesome gaming goodness has been rounded up recently. Highlights include a very tasty Chu Chu Rocket pack on the Dreamcast, arcade romp Gain Ground exemplifing Sega's 16Bit credentials that saw it succeed with the Mega Drive in the West as Animal Crossing gets comfy on the N64 astounding with its unique gameplay and lovable, cuddly visuals. Always good to have the Virtual Boy in stock - even if it does look like you're doing a lab experiment when playing it. Dynastic Hero plays a perfect hand on the PC Engine - the sort of title the machine relished. Some throw away gun fun on the PSX with some more serious samurai 'chanbara' romps and slick shmups on the big brother PS2. A plethora of new budget titles to boost your collection on the Saturn and Super Famicom as the XBox shows its shooter wares in some sublime Shikigami updates. For the full story please click here....

Wednesday 20 September 2006

September Restocks Galore

Many belting titles restocked recently: more fight fests on the DC along with the funkiest Cool Cool Toon with Cool Cool Jam on the NGPC, the retro chic Cyborg 009 on the Mega CD, the infamous Gleylancer and Treasure classic Yu Yu Hakusho for the Mega Drive and more Treasure brilliance on the N64 in Mischief Makers. The PC Engine gets three amazing additions in Rayxanber III, Kaze Kiri and Steam Hearts with plenty more restocks on the Hu Card format such as Dead Moon and Splatterhouse. Gear Fighter Dendoh and Choukousoku Grandoll demonstrate the PSX's hardcore credentials if you know the right places to look. The Super Famicom shows off Demons Blazon from the golden Capcom era along with the genius of Violinist of Hamelin and Macross Scrambled Valkyrie. The Saturn proves its in a different orbit when it comes to import retro gaming with the welcomed addition of Battle Garegga and the ThunderForce V Special Pack along with some cracking restocks: Segata Sanshiro, Prikura Daisakusen, Salamander Deluxe Pack, Guardian Heroes and Hyper Duel all coming with the Genki seal of approval. Finally a lovely, limited edition version of Chun Li - well worthy of immortalising in a PVC figure.
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Sunday 10 September 2006

September Update

At last the Animal Crossing Figures are back in stock. Apologies for the delays - Bandai and Tomy's merger has meant they are no longer in production and hard to find. Other new additions to the site include King of Fighters bashing a few skulls together on the DC in the legendary SNK/Playmore style. Master Karateka on the GameBoy is a lesson in old school design mechanics with some fluid animation and rock hard challenge. Virtua Fighter Mini and Ristar look sublime on the Game Gear screen whilst Valis III on the Mega Drive is packed with nostalgia of the golden 16Bit era of gaming. Viewtiful Joe shows what a cracking character he is with some sterlingly heroic performances on the DS, PS2 and GameCube. The ever popular DC/NGPC Link Up Cable is back in while stocks last. The Sumo and Samurai Spirits IV leave no time to heal blistered thumbs with their nimble fingered joypad manoeuvres and good old fashioned button bashing gameplay on the PSX.

Shooting Love Trizeal, Gitaroo Man Wan and Vib Ripple prove the PS2 has a hardcore interior if you get past the mass market exterior with these delightful works of programming prowess. The DC X helps Dreamcast owners enjoy a wealth of import exclusives whilst the Virtua Cop Gun Controller Pack is back on the Saturn complete with jet black gun to match the jet black Reservoir Dogs style suits. Segata Sanshiro gets his fine tracks in the Soundtracks section and proves impossible not to sing along with his crooning. Finally we are proud to add a Customer Requests facility to our menu allowing you to request titles not currently on the site. We look forward to more of your favourite import suggestions and happy gaming.For the full story please point you browser here...

Friday 1 September 2006

Thursday 31 August 2006

Indian Summer

Getting things moving with the marvellous technical achievement of Wolfenstein 3D on the Super Famicom along with the extreme visual and aural delight of Actraiser. Retina ruining shmup action dominates the PS2 scene with three instalments of the delightful Psyvariar series not giving you time to blink. The PC Engine quietly gets on with its processing prowess proving you can't judge a console by its modest white cover: Gradius II and Super Raiden for the grizzled shooter vet, Adventure Island and Takeda Shingen for the action old hand. More undiscovered gems on the PSX proving it can rival even the Saturn for classic capers if you look in the right places in the wonderous and wacky Cooking Fighter Hao. Coin - op high jinx abound in the slick Sega converion of Crazy Taxi on the Dreamcast. The eternally youthful Sega Saturn continues to delight with a deluge of classic 2D titles both Ram Cart fortified fight fests and old school shmups with solid mechanics. Fist of the North Star's Kenshiro is a peach of a discovery in its post - apocalyptic Mega Drive world with the friendlier faces of Sparkster and Dynamite Heddy giving a more light hearted diversion. For the full story please click here...

Monday 31 July 2006

Sneak Preview

Here's a sneak preview of the latest additions to the site: Densha De GO! 2 for the N64 adds another facet to this supreme series with a microphone - just don't let the neighbours see you playing it. Bubble Bobble DS and Super Mario 64 DS demonstrate the power of the little handheld known as the DS. The PSX starts throwing its weight around with King of Fighters and the saucy Advanced VG 2. Not half as tasty as the morsels on offer in the bizarre Manpuku Nabe Kazoku of the gourmet genre. The PS2 gets all nostalgic with a cracking conversion of whip wielding, arcade antics in Akumajo Dracula. A delightful treat for PSP owners in the form of Ooedo Senryobako packed full of Eastern promise. This month also sees a wealth of restocks on the DC, Mega Drive, Saturn.... Plus some fine pieces of hardware too: the eternal Super Famicom with a plethora of import only classics, the Neo Geo AES - a Rolls Royce amongst consoles and the PSone - a great way to discover import gaming with many titles often far cheaper than the Saturn. Finally the Pia Carrot series gets immortalised in these stunning Kotobukiya styled figurines. More to come soon... For the full update please point your browser here...

Monday 17 July 2006

Feel the Heat

Recent highlights include close encounters of the crustacean kind in Darius R on the GBA, the ultra rare anime antics of Silky Lip on the Mega CD, mighty fine old school fun on the Mega Drive with Mickey Mouse, Strider and Golden Axe II. Cool Cool Jam on the Neo Geo Pocket Color puts the rhythm back in your stride with the Dreamcast Link Cable available too. Bushido Blade 2 on the PSX delivers the cold edge of steel with plenty of bargains to be had on the Saturn. The SFC shows its strength in depth with Sumo, shmups and the eternal Super Mario Kart.
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Sunday 16 July 2006

Gundam Scramble Final Version

Whilst unfortunately not on the site, we came across this game under lock and key in Japan recently. "Gundam Scramble Final Version" on the Famicom was limited to a thousand units and, appropriately for a cartridge produced in silver colour, now retails for around £800 boxed with instructions. One for the hardcore and insurance brokers then...

Thursday 25 May 2006

May Day Alert

More delights for the discerning gamer on the site. The Dreamcast leads the hardware battle with some delightful limited edition machines that would look chic on anyone's coffee table. Trizeal and the House of the Dead Gun Set forge the assault on the software front. Saturn owners are in for a treat with the elusive platformer Tryrush Deppy, King of Fighters 96 remonstrates SNK's command of the Saturn and G Vector demonstrates the 3D capability in the right hands. The PSX shows almost Saturn like hardcore gaming qualities in Makeruna Makendo 2, whilst we wouldn't mess with anyone in a white suit in Ichigeki Hagane no Hito. Capcom Fighting Jam cracks a few skulls on the PS2 whilst Genji does it with a sword and a bit of samurai class.

The Simple 2000 range continues to expand with B movie wannabe Daibijin and the Sega Ages collection continues on Sony's baby with Phantasy Star. New arrivals on most the Nintendo systems, but its the Super Famicom leading the way with an update of the PCE classic Super PC Kid 2, the adorable Syo the Seal and the FX Chip powered Wild Trax. Mind you little brother Famicom brings the nostalgia flooding back with Macross, Akira and the Japanese gem Ikki. Alien Storm, Arrow Flash and the expansive highways of Out Runners boost the Mega Drive section with a few CD's to unwind to in the Soundtracks section.

All these plus hundreds of restocks and new listings order (thanks for all the feedback). Full details can be found on the following link...

Friday 21 April 2006

Japan trip

The recent buying trip to Japan unearthed some intriguing artifacts although we didn't get them for the store (yet.....!)

Could this be an early Famicom prototype that Gunpei Yokoi san was working on with built in Mintel like facilities? Maybe only Shigs himself knows the truth....?

Spring in your Step

Highlights on the Dreamcast include the Macross M3 Limited Edition Set and Death Crimson OX, as well as a nice discovery that's quite nasty in the survival horror genre… Highly collectable crackers Ninja Warriors and Anet Futatabi lead the charge on the Mega CD front with the slick Shadowrun restocking. The Saturn shines the beacon for retro gaming with a score of new additions including sensuous Super Real Mahjong PV, ThunderForce V, a rare Clockwork Knight package, the remaining Shining Force III Scenarios and some highly addictive puzzlers. Popular collectables such as Game Paradise, Policenauts, Donpachi and Bokan are back in stock.

Genki also cracks out the champagne as the Neo Geo AES gets a warm welcome to the site, along with Stellar Assault on the 32X. A few off-beat PS2 titles such as Zombie vs Ambulance head the Sony charge with Shikigami no Shiro II back in stock. Mirano's Arebeit Collection shows there is an abundance of Saturn style fan soft on the PSX as Ore no Ryori returns. Biohazards are welcomed to the GameCube coming in value memory card packs and doing nothing for Genki's nervous twitch. Hagane and Magic Sword show what the Super Famicom can do in the right hands. Drac's thankfully back on the PC Engine Super CD Rom in Dracula X as the PC FX gets a couple of hot, hentai additions. For the full low down please click here.

Golden Mario!

This familiar looking chap would look great in any garden, but it was a wee bit too expensive for that.... (^^)

Friday 31 March 2006

New additions

Plenty of new additions to the site and restocks for almost all formats. A few of the highlights include:

Weather Tales brightening up the PlayStation section as snap happy Photograph Boy 2 captures the spirit of the original perfectly on the PS2. The Mega Drive section had felt incomplete without Gunstar Heroes rated by some as Treasure's finest hour. Garou makes it mark on the Dreamcast as the braces loving Mayor kicks into action in the amazing Mega CD conversion of Final Fight. Super Play fave Raccoon Rascal causes mischief on the Super Famicom. Devil Crash heads up a few choice cuts added to the PC Engine section. Some real retro revival with Rolling Thunder on the Famicom and packing a power punch with Pocket Fighter on the WonderSwan. Suave shmup Steel Empire gets restored to its former glory on the GBA.

Friday 10 March 2006

Monday 27 February 2006

Monday 16 January 2006

New Year, Select New Arrivals

A choice selection of the new arrivals to grace the site:

PC Engine highlights include: Sylphia, Sapphire, Magical Chase, Kato & Ken Chan, Jackie Chan, CD Denjin, Fausette Amour...

Lighting up the Saturn section include these dazzling comets: Dodonpachi, Guardian Heroes, Phantasy Star Collection, Sengoku Blade, Taromaru, Stellar Assault...

More of the most desirable Mega Drive (Genesis) games: Alien Soldier, Panorama Cotton, Pengo, The Ooze, Vampire Killer, ShadownRun (CD)...

Some real crackers on the Dreamcast: Vampire Chronicles, Gunspike, Tako no Marine, Cool Cool Toon...

A Nintendo collection to make our Shigs jealous: Kikikaikai, Dracula XX, Assault Suits Valken, Goemon, Evangelion, Bangaio...

From the sublime to the sensuous on Sony formats: Metal Slug, Princess Crown, Umihara Kawase, Rez, Sexy Parodius, Megumi...

As well as Metal Slug in Neo Geo CD, and updates to all other genres.