Barrie Game Exchange

Yesterday my wife and I went to the Barrie Game Exchange which is about an hour north of Toronto.  Perhaps I should clarify.  I went to the Barrie Game Exchange while my wife waited in the car (like most wives, she isn’t into games).  In fact, the only women I saw at the show was the significant other of the vendor.  I don’t recall seeing any women buyers, which is odd since the floor was literally covered with nothing but handsome and athletic studs!

Now it has been a while since i’ve found games, and i knew that i wasn’t going to get a steal from the vendors at this show.  I did however manage to score a few deals.  I use the word “deals” lightly as I paid nearly book value for a few items.

IMG_6028 The first score of the day was Balloon Fight and a copy of Baten Kaitos… the later which I know nothing about, but the price was right and is a game that I’ll give a go to.  Balloon fight is a game that I’ve been looking for, but for what ever reason (probably price) haven’t picked up yet.  I offered the guy $40 for the pair and he agreed.  Now he did mention that Baten Kaitos was missing the bonus materials disc, but this is not important to me and I appreciate his honesty:)

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The next purchase was for a copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker.  I’ve been holding out on this game since the HD re-release on the Wii U looks mint, but again the price was right at $30.  I didn’t even bother haggling with the guy.  Again I know nothing about this game other than that it somehow fits into the Zelda franchise which is something I stopped trying to keep straight for a while now.  With all the splitting timelines, and games being released out of order makes it too confusing.  Fortunately I have yet to meet a Legend of Zelda game that I didn’t really enjoy so this was a good purchase.  The guy actually tracked me down at the event as the game was locked away in a cabinet (his wife had the key).

I can’t put my finger on it, but the next seller kind of rubbed me the wrong way.  It wasn’t anything he and his wife IMG_6027said or did, but I came away feeling like a bit of a sucker???!!  The  games I bought from this guy were The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (which is an amazing game!).  This copy came with the Zelda music CD which I’m looking forward to listening to.  I hope it has a mix of the dungeon music from the original game as I can’t get that piece out of my head.  So for $75 I purchased this title along with Prince of Persia and Spy Hunter for the NES

IMG_6026The final sale of the day was yet another Zelda title… this one being one that I already own, but not on my 3D hand held system.  I’ve had the Ocarina of Time on my N64 for quite a while now and although the game has had stellar reviews, I just don’t really like the system that much.  In fact of all my Nintendo consoles, I would put the N64 as my least favourite.  I had picked it up at Value Village for next to nothing years ago, so no big loss.  This version I will play as I just love my 3DS XL.  I beat the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and loved it.  It shares a lot of similarities with A Link to the Past both in game play and content, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as both are extremely good games.  A Link Between Worlds obviously has better graphics, and the 3D element added a lot of fun.  This is why I didn’t mind shelling out $60 for the Ocarina of Time and a copy of Maniac Mansion for the NES.IMG_6023

Oh, and I also picked up a copy of Turok: Evolution, and Time Splitters 2 for the game cube at a garage sale the other day for $3.50 each.  Both are complete and are in excellent shape.  I’m not really that excited about these games as I’m not really into FPS, but I didn’t already own them and they were too cheap to pass up.

I went to a shop in a flea market just north of the city that has the most outrageous (almost insulting) prices yet.  He wanted $89 + tax for a copy of Act Raiser on the SNES!  The game normally goes for around $20.  I can understand a bit of a markup at a store, but this is insane!  At first I thought I heard him wrong (I HATE having to ask the price), but then he also had a crummy bass fishing game for the SNES for a whopping $43 + tax.  I hate to say it, but for this price I would happily sell off my collection and retire down in the Caribbean.  It’s too bad though because this guy had a lot of games that I needed.  At these prices however, I will not be coming back to his shop!

Sega Corner:  I’m on the lookout for another Phantasy Star cartage for the Sega Master System as the Sega Dude apparently has a made himself a copy of the game that has extended dialogue which isn’t too much for kids like the original release was.  Also the game has the FM sound put on it so that will be nice to hear.  Not that the original release was bad… Phantasy Star was perhaps the best game on the system or even of the time… I’m just saying it will be an added treat and will give me a reason to play the game again.   Anyways if I can find another copy of the game, he’ll transfer over the improvements.

See you next time:)

Nintendo Joe

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Barrie Game Exchange

  1. Wow! Zelda everywhere! You cannot go wrong with any of those purchases. That Baten Kaitos also looks pretty cool. I checked out a video online. In fact I think you’re doing really well with all of those Game Cube games. I don’t see Game Cube games very often and they are so often very expensive. Your GC collection must be getting good an fat by now! I really liked Turok when it was new for the PC. I’m curious about what Turok Evolution might be like. Even if you’re not into the first person shooter genre you still might find something you like there. They will feel very unique because of their age.

    And YES! I did it. I made a SMS Power version of Phantasy Star. It was a ton of work but I really enjoyed learn how to do it. I just made a post about it:

    https://thesegacollection.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/its-alive-phantasy-star-as-it-always-should-have-been-by-smspower-org/

    Check it out and see what a serious Sega Corner is all about! And keep looking for a cheap loose cart of Phantasy Star. Also to get FM sound you’ll need more hardware. The modded game itself is not enough.

    • Yes I think it was the 400 flea market that I was referring too. I overheard the guy saying that he “doesn’t like collectors”. I wonder why… I mean we are his bread and butter!

      • It’s actually quite interesting to hear peoples opinions on gamer vs. collector. Some people really do not like it when other people do things differently. No gamer should care that collectors have bought all the copies of Wheel of Fortune for the NES. But some do seem upset when a collection buys a popular game… well, the gamers are buying the popular games too. Do gamers sell the games like they and then try to buy them back again later when they’re into it again? I would guess that most keep it because they know they will play it again. So how are collectors harmful to the market and gamers are not?

        *I think I’ve over thought this 😛

  2. Yes indeed you have:) I guess I can see your point. I collect NES games, but don’t really play that many of them. Once I complete my collection (fingers crossed) I’ll probably sell off all my “wheel of fortune games” and just keep the ones i actually like playing. Then again…. maybe it would be nice to complete something I started?!

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