Well, I just beat the game again. The first time through I did not cheat, ended w/ 18 4/5 hearts, 42 poe souls, big quiver, 2 bomb bags, all bugs. and beat the Cave of Ordeals. That time took 62 hours.

This time, I tried to hurry though it. I have every heart, every bug, every item, beat the CoO and did it in 31. -Used guide book a bit

Great game! I wanted to play it all the way through again since I got my 50" plasma. w/ the component cable.
The first time I played, I just got the plasma in time to fight
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I'd be glad to help anyone that is stuck. Game is fresh in my head