Thought I would share something a little different than the usual. It’s definitely still retro and game related but it’s kind of a different kind of handheld. It’s known as Conveni Wars Barcode Battler II put out by Epoch Co. The idea is you can barcodes and the system created items, warriors and monsters from all the different codes you scan into the system then you can battle a friend or the forces of the computer. Unfortunately though it seemed really cool in practice, people didn’t think it lived up to it’s potential. I guess having to use the special cards and attach your own barcodes to it was tricky, and was hard to get it to work. This is what I have read at least, I personally haven’t had any experience with it. I had never actually heard of this growing up. It wasn’t until a few months ago when I was watching an episode of Game Center CX did I see it for the first time. The segment had 2 Famicom games battling it out on the Barcode Battler to see which one won, and Arino would have to bet on the game he thought would win. It looked like it worked pretty good so I thought it would be fun to have my own game battles. When I first started looking all the ones I had found were pretty expensive (at least $80 US) and didn’t come with anything, so I pretty much gave up on it until a few weeks ago when I decided to take a look again. I’m so glad I did, for $20 I got the machine, a package of Super Mario World themed cards and it came with an English manual too! Which is good cause it seems like it might be a little tricky to figure out without it. Plus there is also a way to have it hooked up to the Super Famicom to play some games that there especially made to work with it.
Though unfortunately being the English version it isn’t all Gundam themed like the Japanese one, but I’m sure the cards would work either way. I finally got some batteries so lets try this out…
It turns on so that’s a good sign! There is even a switch on the back to turn the sound effects on or off.
On each side you have a choice between using a power up or attacking. In this battle Blue-Dead would seem to have the advantage, but when I went through the battle the underdog Dth-Camel (I’m assuming it’s supposed to be Death-Camel) easily won.
Going through the package of Super Mario World cards there are a variety of types, ones like the Koopa Shell that give you 5 MP, attacks like the Bodypress that increase your overall strength by 1000, the Jump attack that increases your defence by 600, and the 1up Mushroom that gives you 5 PP.
HP wise Bowser (Koopa) has a huge huge HP advantage compared to Mario, about 6 times the amount of hit points, but he is also a +2 boss card too.
So Mario has 3500 Hit Points, 1000 Strength Points and 800 Defense Points
Hmm this isn’t looking too good for Mario, Choropoo (Monty Mole) has 5000 HP, Strength is higher at 1600 and Defence points are more than double.
Mario needs some help here, lets give him the Fire Flower to increase his strength.
I tried to make it fair and give Monty Mole a feather power up, but it didn’t do anything. Mario had the first attack and had a critical hit taking 3900 HP off of Monty Mole.
Monty Mole’s turn so we will try his attack.
Monty took 1000 HP from Mario, so for his turn I will try out the battle button and hope he will hit and not miss his target.
This attack took off a whopping 6000 HP, so despite having more HP and attack power Mario was still able to beat Monty.
This is actually a pretty cool machine. It’s just to bad there aren’t any graphics that are displayed on the screen.
Here are 2 “blank” cards that came with the machine. The one has a picture of the “Super Soldier”, which is basically a Gundam guy, and just a plain white one.
The idea is you find a barcode on something like a food product or anything really, cut it out and tape it to the blank card. Once you swipe the barcode and find out it’s stats you fill out the back of the card. The barcode you scan may be a soldier, power up or an item, there really isn’t any way to know until you scan the code.
You just have to make sure you attach the barcode to the bottom like the other cards. I will definitely be trying to make my own fighters, so be sure to check in soon to check out my homemade cards!