I looked at the last time I posted and it goes back to October 2016. It’s been a while, but the NES collection and others continue to grow. I’m now at a whopping 566 NES games after these new additions.
Recently the Sega Dude and I went up to Barrie for a video game swap. While I didn’t bring anything to trade this time, I was hungry. Hungry to buy more NES games to add to my collection as I haven’t really made much progress recently due to the fact that I rarely ever go to Value Village anymore as they have gone crazy in terms of their pricing of retro games. $30 for Super Mario… give me a break! If they can get some sucker to pay that amount, then more power to them… but it’s finds like this that scare me away.
Another reason I haven’t been game hunting lately is because Kijiji and Craigslist are also flooded with WAY over priced games… higher than even the local game stores around here! What’s worse is that these people won’t budge on their prices as they think they are holding on to the Crown Jewels! I’m tired of seeing the same ridiculous ads that have in some cases been posted for over a year. Buddy… your games aren’t worth your “asking” price… nobody is buying them! EBAY is a dud for the same reason…plus the global shipping fees. The only solution is to occasionally go to retro game stores to try and swing a deal. There prices are lower than Kijiji, and they have an overhead cost to think about which at least justifies why they are charging what they do.
Garage sale season is fast approaching, but honestly I’m not really looking that forward to it as my collection has become so vast that what are the chances I’ll find something I need?! It’s a lot of racing around town in the wee hours of a Saturday morning for not much return.
So, retro game stores and shows seem to be the way to go, and now that I’m finished my rant I’ll get back on topic to the Sega Dude and I going to the Barrie Game Exchange. It was actually really good! I had previously made a deal with a guy I/we know for about 10 NES titles…
… the games got all shuffled up in my loot bag from the show so I can’t remember which titles I purchased from him, and the games I got from other vendors.
On the way to game swaps, the Sega Dude often asks me what I’m looking for, and I always tell him I want the remaining three Advanced Dungeons and Dragons games… only to be disappointed. Well you do see Heroes of the Lance often which is fairly common but I already had it… despite the awesome cover this is also the worst game in the series. Alas, at this show I found all three missing games. Pool of Radiance (the best game in the series) was actually part of the bundle that I previously arranged, but I did see other vendors selling this game at the show.
These sticker prices are a bit crazy but I was able to swing a deal. I paid close to $150CAN for the three games I was missing which is a deal considering Hillsfar goes for around $120 alone. Dragon strike came with a mint manual which is rather nice.
Bomberman and Wizards and Warriors 3 I actually managed to score from Kijiji during the Christmas holidays. Bomberman is in great shape, and W&W 3 is mostly decent except for the top label which is peeling. I have seen W&W 3 a few times before, but none of the labels are ever great so I decided to pull the trigger on this one. I think both games cost me $40CAN.
This is a game that I have never played before… and for whatever reason (it isn’t that rare) have never seen in stores. However the while out game hunting, the Sega Dude texted me a picture of what the store had in stock. This was the only game I didn’t already have, and the price was decent so I went for it. I’ll have to give it a try and get back to you on that.
I’m not really collecting much for the SNES anymore as I already have the games I want for this system (except Donkey Kong Country 3 which the Sega Dude has and Lords over me). However I was in a store called Pawn Pals in a neighbouring city and saw this complete Gemfire game. I have heard good things about this one, but at the price of $50 tax included I couldn’t resist.
On to some miscellaneous pick-ups…
I found this game the last time I was in a Value Village (it was months ago) and thought it looked interesting for $2. I’ll probably never play it and will put in my trade pile.
This t-shirt is from an arcade in Ottawa Ontario. A friend of mine lives there and happened to be passing by so I asked him to pick one up for me. This place has been around for a while and I think I even used to go there as a kid whenever I was in the area. I just thought it would be neat to have an arcade shirt.
Ah, a remote NES controller. The Sega Dude gave this to me for Christmas and is a welcomed addition. No more cord limitations!
So ya, that’s where I’m at right now. A bit cheesed off at the high prices of games (though they have gone down in value over the past few months… if I’m ever to complete my collection I hope this trend continues! Also the rarity that I find games that I need at fair prices is also a bit discouraging. In fact I was thinking on selling off my Game Cube, Wii, Game Boy, and a few GBA titles so that I can focus on my NES collection. It’s just gotten too expensive and while I want to continue collecting, I don’t want to have to take out a second mortgage to do so.
The Sega Dude (have I mentioned him enough in this post?) picked these games for me on a forum. The price was good, AND it completes my Wonderboy collection for the Master System which I’m kind of excited about!
Target Earth (or Assault Suit Leynos on the Japanese Mega Drive) is a game that I used to love. It is VERY hard to beat without cheating. I think there was a cheat in the game where on the first level you had to destroy the boss ship only… leaving everyone else alone… and that got you every weapon in the game which were quite hard to come by on normal play. So yes I was able to beat it, but only by cheating. I did get quite far on it in normal mode once… but only once. I look forward to trying this game out again.
Until next time… and it might be a while since I’m not quite as active at game hunting for the aforementioned reasons… plus Judge Judy is on twice a day!
It’s always nice when you can check-off a few items that you’ve wanted for a long time. It was great to see you complete your four Advanced Dungeons and Dragons games.
I’ve also heard good things about Gemfire for the SNES and I think you got an amazing price at $50 CAD for a complete copy.
I remember texting you that picture of NES games for a sale from the local retro shop and noticing that only one game label was not clear enough to read and wondering what are the odds that you needed that one. Sure enough, The Mutant Virus, the only illegible game pictured was the only one you didn’t have. I’m glad you asked about it!
Be sure to user that NES30 wireless joystick. I watched you play Mega Man with mine and there is no doubt that lag it not an issue.
I was actually very excited about those Sega Games for your collection. I’m glad you went for them.R-Type and any Wonder Boy game for the Sega Master System are some of the best games for the console. And Target Earth is also an awesome game for the Genesis. All great scores!
And on April 18th the remake for Wonder Boy the Dragon’s Trap is out for the PS4. I’m looking forward to that one.
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Nice pickups. I played the heck out of the C64 version of Pool Of Radiance back in the day. Love that game, but never thought much of the NES version.
And good lord do I love pierogies! Om nom nom.
I remember being surprised at some of the PC games that got ported to consoles back in the day. Consoles were so under powered by comparison it’s amazing that it could be done at all. I don’t doubt that a lot of content had to be removed to make it happen.
I’ve keep some of the for sale stickers on my games as well. Most notably I have Power Blade 2 with a sticker on the back side selling the game for $4.50. Yes, I agree the graphics now a days on the N64 & PS1 are just plain terrible.