Well our Spring Break trip to Kingston Ontario was a big success… at least in terms of picking up games for the collection… the weather was cold and rainy the entire time:( But rain or no shine… there were games to be had!
Our first stop was in Belleville Ontario (about a 45 minute drive on the way to Kingston) as I remembered from last year that there was a particularly good retro game store called Chumleighs there. I wasn’t disappointed this time around in the selection, but a bit miffed that I was turned down on an offered price on a game. More on that later. Below are the pick ups from Chumleighs:
This first pile of games is nothing special, other than that they are games I didn’t have and were a fairly cheap price; at least for a reseller. I think I over paid a bit on Rescue: The Embassy Mission, but we are only talking about a couple of bucks here. The Heroes of the Lance title I’m interested in (the best thing about this game is the artwork on the label, but at least it is one of a series of Dungeons & Dragons games on the NES… the others being Pool of Radiance, Hillsfar, Dragon Strike, and Dragons Flame) The other games pictured are The Untouchables, Laser Invasion (needs the top part of the label cleaned) and Wrestlemania Challenge.
WURM: Journey to the Center of the Earth is a game I’ve been looking for. It is a kind of a shooter, but not really… sorry for the poor description, but those whom have played the game will know what I’m talking about. Kiwi Kraze I believe is a platformer but I’ve never actually played the game myself. I’m not sure if it is related to New Zealand Story, but there are a few similarities between the two games.
While I’m not really into GameBoy, I couldn’t resist picking up these two Mega Man titles. They are both for the GameBoy Color and look like they could be a lot of fun. The labels are in mint shape and are a welcomed addition to my Mega Man collection.
On it’s own this title is nothing special, but I’ve been looking for this game for a while now as it is the last Metroid I needed for the collection. Well that’s technically a lie since I don’t own the Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii, nor the Zelda Wind Waker combo disc for the Game Cube… but I don’t count these as I now do own all of the Metroid games.
So…the refused offer… what happened was that Chumleighs also had a copy of Earthbound for the SNES. This is a fairly expensive game… can be over $300, and they wanted $250+tax for the game. I offered the guy $200, and much to my wife’s relief he said “No” and “that he paid $150 for the game and there wasn’t enough margin”. Oh well, I tried.
Another interesting thing that happened on our trip is that when we were at the Belleville Value Village, one of the employees saw me looking at the video games and asked if I knew anything about GameBoy games. Wow… here was my chance to prove that I was a pro! Actually the truth is that I don’t know much about Gameboy… and let him know so, but that I was curious and wanted to take a look anyway. He then brings out several multi-cart games… the one I remember was a 73 in 1. I tried looking it up, but couldn’t find it. I told him to put a $15 price tag on it and see if he gets any bites. I just wasn’t interested for as I mentioned before I’m not into GameBoy games… or should I have been? Maybe it was some good trade bait? Anyways I picked up a Gameboy copy of Pokemon Gold for trade.
Sega Corner: Well I have finally picked up a copy of Wonder Boy 3: The Dragons Trap for the Sega Master System, and for a pretty good price of $35. To me this is the second best game on the SMS… next only to Phantasy Star. I remember when I first got into WB3 that I instantly fell in love with it. You start the game at the last level of Wonder Boy in Monster Land in a fierce battle with the Mecha-Dragon… though of course this baddie is much easier to defeat in WB3! After beating the robot dragon, a curse is put on you that changes your character into a small dragon. You have to defeat a series of other dragons before being restored to your original form but along the way get transformed into several different man-creatures… like mouse-man, piranha-man, lion-man… and I can’t remember the others. Mouse man was my favourite as it gave you the ability to climb walls. Anyways I can’t wait to give this game another go!
That’s all for now. Until next time,