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.
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:)
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 said 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
The 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.
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:)