Racy?!

I ordered a couple of NES games from JJgames.com, which is odd as normally I think they charge too much… at least 20% over market value on rare games plus now they charge shipping to Canada, which is only $2.25 but it used to be free.  Anyways I found these two games that for some reason were undervalued… not by much, but enough that it was worth a few clicks and two weeks later they showed up in my mail box.

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The first game that caught my attention was the final chapter of the NES Ninja Gaiden series.  This game isn’t really rare, and should sell for around $70, but even at game swaps it is rare to see it for under $80CAN which is why I haven’t picked it up yet.  However on jjgames.com it was going for $56US which worked out pretty fair in the exchange.  I hear this is one of the better Ninja Gaiden games as it isn’t as notoriously difficult as the first two chapters.

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The second game I picked up was one with a bit of a racy label.  I don’t think Native Americans/Canadians would be too happy with this depiction of their culture.  It is kind of stereotyping them and I don’t think this type of picture would fly in todays age of political correctness.  I’ve seen this game on sale before at swap meets, but the label has never been in that great shape, and I’m a stickler for good labels.  The game usually sells for around $60CAN (with the suspect label), but jjgames.com had it on sale for $46US and again after the exchange it was worth picking it up.

So you never know what you might find.  As I say, 90% of the time jjgames.com charges too much, but every now and then it is worth having a look as there just might be some games at the right prices!

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So Sqoon?!

Well this is a surprise post because for once I feel I actually have something to say!  My needs list was incomplete as I was missing both Sqoon, and Solomons Key on the NES.  I thought these two titles were European only games, but apparently I was incorrect.  Solomon won’t set me back much as it is only a $15 dollar game, but Sqoon is a bit more pricy at over $100.

While I never did well in math class, I’ve calculated that the average game I need is going to cost me around $151 a piece.  This includes Little Sampson and all the other very expensive games, but it’s a bit discouraging as it seems like a huge amount of money to spend on something I’ll hardly play.  I just love collecting though… I still need to get the remaining 8 or so G! Transformers I’m missing so I can put that one to bed.

I’ve attached a list of the games I need along with the going rate for what they go for on puregaming.org.  As you can see at the bottom, the very expensive games make up the vast majority of the money I will need to spend.  Unless I get a stellar deal, there is no way I’m paying that much for a single NES game unless it was the absolute last one I needed in my collection.

Needed NES list

Just a few other observations.  While the unveiling of Samus at the end of Metroid on the NES is no news, for some reason I found it funny this week that they needed to put her in a bikini?!  So under all that awesome armour, there’s this woman in her underwear?!  It doesn’t really make sense, but at the same time didn’t really bother me when I was a teenager.

I also saw the last level of Life Force for the NES being played.  After you defeat the final boss, you then have to fly around all these protruding pipes, and some of them are very tight squeezes!  The guy who recorded the ending died an additional three times after vanquishing that demonic beast!  It felt like a real kick in the pants… something that I would have done if I were a game designer, but then again I’m not a very nice person.

Until next time!

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Kijiji Strikes Again!

 

First of all I would like to apologize for my last blog as there were some inaccuracies that need to be redacted.  Firstly, the “A” section in my collection is NOT complete.  I forgot that I am still missing Athletic World.  It is far from rare, and is an under $10 game, but for whatever reason I don’t have it.

Last Saturday I was browsing around on Kijiji (something I don’t do very often anymore) and the usual garbage came  up.  Not so rare games for a ridiculously high price.  It’s like these guys haven’t heard the word that retro game prices have fallen… in some cases quite dramatically.  However there was one ad that caught my attention.  It was an ad for a store called Retro Quest which was actually not that far away from my place.  So I called up the Sega Dude and we met in the parking lot.  Now honestly I wasn’t expecting much… just another store with some over priced games, but I the ad said that they had other retro collectable toys as well which I always enjoy seeing:)

The Sega Dude actually was actually optimistic, came prepared with stuff to trade.  I only the other hand came with a nearly empty wallet… I think I had like $20 on me… as I said I wasn’t expecting much.  While my friend did his business with the guy at the front counter I headed towards the Nintendo games.  The first game I saw was Donkey Kong Jr. Math… a much needed yet very terrible game that was the only missing black label cartridge in my collection.  However the price tag said a whopping $150, and I was like “okay here we go… another over priced retro game store”.  I was discouraged, but kept on looking at the other games as the Sega Dude wasn’t exactly racing to get out of the store.

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This first picture is of three relatively common games for the NES with Super Cars being overly valued by collectors.  Either way, nothing special here other than that I didn’t have them and I figured that if I bundled some games together, maybe we could work out a deal.

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Now we’re talking!  GI JOE is a game I’ve been looking for and at $65 the price was about right.  Tecmo Cup Soccer is a game that I don’t really want, but as I’m sick in the head feel I still need.  $70 for a not so good soccer game seems steep, but again for whatever reason collectors over value it.  The price was actually a bit under what it normally goes for.  Cliffhanger I almost bought last week, and I’m glad I didn’t as this one has a much better label… a little peeling, but no damage.

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Okay, two other games that I’ve been on the look out for for quite a while.  Ultima Warriors of Destiny and RC Pro-AM 2.  Yes I figured that if I was interested in all these games, then perhaps the guy would give me a bulk discount to offset the Donkey Kong Jr. Math price.  I brought them all to the front and had them tally it all up.  As I guessed it was more than I wanted to pay, so I asked for some money off and he knocked $60 off the price.  Plus he was willing to play ball, and I offered cash, and you know what that means!  Off to the bank.

They also had this contest where you spin a wheel and play a game for a chance to get more money off.  I landed on Super Mario World and had to complete one of the stages… I almost made it, but that’s really just a nice way of saying I lost the challenge:(

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Oh ya… once again I bought a game that I already owned!  I’m not the proud owner of two copies of North and South!  For whatever reason I temporarily got it confused with the title Fire and Ice which is a much more expensive game and I should have known better.  I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer sometimes and it is starting to cost me!  Hopefully I won’t have a hard time trading it.  I’ve updated my list with what I’m missing and current prices so hopefully this doesn’t happen again.

Anyways after all was said and done, the Sega Dude didn’t end up trading any of his stuff, but still ended up with some loot that I’m sure he’ll be mentioning shortly on his blog.

SEGA Corner:  No news in this department… and likely won’t have much for a while as I focus on my NES collection.

The “A’s” are Complete!

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After a visit to one of my regular suppliers of NES games, and with the addition of Adventures of Lolo 3, I can now officially say that I have all the North American NES games that start with the letter “A”.  No more sleepless nights worrying about that anymore!  Now it’s on to complete the “B” titles, though I’m missing only three games here, two of them are Bonk’s Adventure, and Bubble Bobble 2:(  This should be enough to hold me off for a while.

The other major pick up was Gargoyles Quest II, which leaves only Snow Bros left to complete my Capcom series.  Good news however, the price for a Snow Bros cart has come down quite a bit.  As of today, the price of a mint cart goes for around $239… far from the $350 it went for a year and a half ago!   I emailed the Retro Game Bros right away to offer book value on the cart, but unfortunately they are sold out:(

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These other two games were also picked up today.  Ninja Crusaders is a bit significant because it was also one of the games stolen from me on our California road trip.  The Punisher has no significance other than he is my favourite comic book character – turned  – Netflix star.  His character was great on Dare Devil, and once again in his own series.

I was supposed to pick up a copy of Cliffhanger for the NES, but the label was a bit suspect so I gave it a pass.  Like most collectors, I’m a stickler for a good label.  If the label is damaged, then usually I will give the game a pass… it is worthless to me.  This kind of makes it sound like I’m collecting some grey plastic with stickers… well I guess that’s sort of true which is why I’m 99% sure I won’t be getting Stadium Events in this lifetime, while still intend to boast a complete North American release NES collection.  I have 76 games left to go, and yes, most of them are really expensive so my collecting will be taking a major slowdown.  I no longer hope to find Little Sampson in a bargain bin at a game show… that day has past.  Though I will only continue to purchase games if I can get what I feel is a deal for them… and by the trend of things (as evidenced by Snow Bros.) the price of games seems to be on a downward trend.  Are people done buying for crazy prices finally?  I hope so for the sake of the collection!

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Two blog posts in three weeks?  What the heck is going on?!

I had a $60 store credit at the Ice Man for well over a year now and while they have a downtown Toronto location, it is too far to justify making the subway ride down.  The store I frequent the most is Ice Man’s Peterborough location on George Street.  They sometimes have some NES games I need, but most of the time they either don’t, or when they do the price is so jacked up that it’s far from worth it.

This time Ice Man had a game that I needed… Bandit Kings of Ancient China.  Of course the price was $140, which is about $33 over what it’s worth which normally I would have just passed on to look for a better deal.  However as I mentioned I’ve had a store credit for quite some time now, and didn’t really see me using it in the near future.  I rarely buy from the Ice Man anymore because of his high prices.  But using the store credit which is money that I’ve long forgotten about, I figured I could maybe justify the cost.  After all,
after the trade, $80 for the Bandit Kings cartridge felt okay.

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So I was shocked when the store clerk asked me for $92!  Apparently when you do a trade-in, unless you use your store credit right away they charge you tax.  This doesn’t feel right as they didn’t give me the extra tax value when I traded in my stuff… so why now?  Is this a normal business practice?  Please let me know!

Long story short, I did the trade as I figured I would never end up using the credit.  I used a $60 credit to save $15 from what the game should normally sell for ($107).  While I’m not really pleased with this purchase, I’ve learned not to trade in games with stores anymore unless they have games that I need in stock at a reasonable price.  It just isn’t worth it.

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SEGA Corner:  The Sega Dude lent me his copy of Wonder Boy III – The Dragon’s Trap for the PS4.  It’s an awesome remake, but I’m just not that into playing games anymore.  It’s almost like I have to force myself to play these days?!  This will in now way effect my growing NES collection.

Massive Purge

I’ve taken a break from blogging about my collection for a while now but the action is still happening.  I’ve traded 90% of my Nintendo collection!  No more N64 (crappy system anyway), Game Cube, Wii, and all but my favorite 15 SNES games.  I just can’t collect for all the systems anymore… there just isn’t enough money pouring into my Imperial Coffers to even think of obtaining it all.  So I’m now focusing solely on NES titles. I think I have a real shot at completing the entire North American released collection. In fact the good news is that I need about 50 fewer games than I had thought. The Sega Dude forced me to compile a list of my NES needs, and the grand total came to 99 left to go. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the remaining 99 games will cost me more than the 588 I already have! Oh well, you only live once.

New acquisitions:

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In this first lot of games, we traveled all the way to Guelph to go to a game show, and the only things that I bought were the titles I had already arranged with a friend beforehand. In other words I could have stayed in Toronto. I did make an offer of $300 for Contra Force and TMNT Tournament Fighters, and I’m pretty sure i could have gotten the guy to bite, but on closer inspection, there was some slight label damage. If I’m going to pay that kind of coin then it has to be mint! Anyways I finally replaced that Mario’s Time Machine that was stolen from me in California last year. My buddy gave me a good deal at $85 for it, and I am now at peace.

Next I gathered all my games… made a master list, then emailed it to the Sega Dude to see if he wanted any of it. I think he bought three SNES titles, but I don’t remember which they were.

Then I sent out the same email to the Retro Game Bros in Toronto to see if they wanted to trade for any of it.  I knew they had a lot of rarer titles and although they are a store, I also knew they would give me a good deal. The best thing I traded them was my mint copy of R-Type III for the SNES. They took about 20% of everything I was selling (most of it were the games that they thought they could sell easily).

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The above games are what I traded for.  In the end it worked out to about $1,000 in trade… the best title being KickMaster. Unfortunately I already owned KickMaster for the NES and for what ever bone headed reason it was listed on my needs list?! So I have an extra copy to trade which sucks because I’ll probably end up taking a loss.

So I’m left with 70% of the games I wanted to sell/trade. The next game show that I could sell at isn’t until spring 2018 up in Barrie, Ontario and while I wasn’t in a rush to sell everything, if the right opportunity came around then I would snap it up.

So the Sega Dude and I were at the Durham Game Swap in Oshawa, Ontario a few weeks ago, and there was this game that he wanted called Pulseman. Check it out here.  Anyways the game was priced at $400… and while that is what it goes for on Ebay (rarely) it is a hard to sell game for reasons I’m sure the Sega Dude will inform you of. So he offered the guy $200 for it, and the guy wasn’t impressed at all!  Later in the show just as we were about to leave, the Sega Dude offered the guy $260, but still no deal. The vendor said he needed at least $300 cash… so the deal didn’t happen.

Fast forward a few weeks, and apparently the Sega Dude was in touch with the same vendor (who owns a store out in Belleville, Ontario… a 2.5 hour drive east of us) who said he was coming to a store in Ajax (about a 30 minute drive from us) on Thursday, and if the Sega Dude had some stuff to trade for the game, then perhaps the transaction could happen. Long story short, the Sega Dude found some things to trade that added up to around $400 in value and got the game.

But this isn’t about the Sega Dude, this is about me and my Nintendo adventures. I sent the same vendor a list of my needs, and of course he replies back that he has most of the 99 games remaining on my list, and said he would bring a bunch of them down to Ajax for a possible trade.

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These were the miscellaneous games that I needed that weren’t worth a whole lot.

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Getting better!

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Things are looking good!

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Oh ya!

It ended up that he wanted the rest of the games I was selling, but of course on some games he was offering too little. So I pulled some of the higher end titles and the above is what we ended up trading for.  Dragon fighter is by far my most expensive game at $400. The grand total came to $1,850 in trade. I probably could have gotten another $700 if I sold it piece by piece, but that would take up too much of my free time, plus I would have to be charming to all the Kijiji buyers that are looking to rip me off, and have to deal with strangers coming to my house. No thanks!

All in all, I traded 98% of the games I wanted to get rid of for around $3400.  I’m left with a few titles that I should have no problem selling (like that bloody extra copy of KickMaster!).

The collection is now at a whopping 607 NES games!

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It’s Been a While…

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…

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… 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Liquidated!

It’s been a while since my last post, but the game collecting has been going rather well lately.  I’ve officially decided to part ways with the N64 for the simple reason that I never play it.  It is in my opinion the worst of the Nintendo consoles, and I never really did get into the blocky 3D style graphics.  So when I went to the latest Waterloo Video Game Swap with the Sega Dude, I brought most of my N64 games to trade.  It was actually difficult to line up trades as not many people were interested in what I had (even though some of the titles were well known such as Majora’s Mask, Mario Kart 64, etc., all with mint labels).  I think N64 collecting is going downhill rather quickly and my advice to you is that if you have any games, sell them now before they become worthless.

The game swap is always a good place to trade games as most vendors will give you a lot more trade-in value.  The guy I traded with gave me 80% store credit on my games which is a deal considering that if I walked into any store I would only get between 30 – 50%.  All in all I did okay.  I traded my N64 games for NES games that I actually wanted.

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These were the games I traded for at the game swap.  What we have here is a copy of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Shadow of the Ninja, Klashball, Ghoul School, and Ultimate Air Combat.  What you don’t see here is a copy of Godzilla 2… I didn’t think it was part of the trade, but I’m going to get an earful from the Sega Dude as he thought that game was also part of the deal.  It would have been pretty sweet, but it wasn’t to be.  I honestly don’t think Godzilla 2 was part of the deal, but if it was, I’m a total dumb-ass and I left it behind!  Either way I still don’t have the game in my collection:(

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These are some of the other pick ups from the game swap.  Batman: Return of the Joker, Gremlins 2, Bart Simpson Meets Radioactive Man (with an “okay” label), Alien 3, Silk Worm, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Last Starfighter (this was a label upgrade as I already had the game).  The prices were expensive, but at 50% off it was actually a pretty good deal.  The games were purchased from a vendor who owns a local store called We Got Gamez.  The owner is a really friendly guy, plus he sold me Super Metroid (the best SNES game) for $45 a few years ago.  Now if these games were truly 50% off what the guy sells them for in his store, then his prices are VERY high!  Either that or as I’ve been saying for years I should sell my collection and retire.

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The best trade actually happened outside the game swap in a little town called Orangeville which is about an hour north west of Toronto.  I saw an ad in Kijiji that a guy had posted saying that he was looking for Mario Party 1 – 3 on the N64.  Up for trade was his excellent copy of Mighty Final Fight.  I had passed on this game a while ago at $150 and have regretted it since.  $150 seems to be the magic number as I also passed on a copy of Snow Bros for the NES for the same price.  It was too expensive… I didn’t know the price would double in a year!  Now was my chance to partially redeem myself.  I had paid about $60 for both Mario Party 1 & 3, and part 2 I acquired through a trade that I literally paid $2 for at a yard sale.  So for $62 I picked up a copy of good copy of Mighty Final Fight, and this is now officially the most valuable game in my collection!  I hope the dude is as happy with the trade as I am.

So as far as my N64 collection goes, all I have left is the console with the memory expansion, a few controllers, and a complete mint in box copy of Diddy Kong Racing.  I’ll be selling the game, and trading the console at a later time.  I now have a vacant shelf where my N64 used to be that must be filled with more NES games.  MORE I SAY!!!

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img_8755Lastly these two games were my latest find at a local Value Village thrift store.  I paid $17 dollars for a complete Zelda and $4 for the Kirby game (missing the manual).  I actually thought I was getting a major deal, but I mistook Epic Yarn for Kirby’s Return to Dreamland.  Oh well.

So the N64 collection has been liquidated, and the NES collection now sits at a respectful 546 games.  Unfortunately I think I have most the “cheap” games and what’s left is going to hurt my wallet and marriage.  Maybe I should start a Go Fund Me campaign?  For some of the more expensive games I’ll probably just get a reproduction cart rather than spend the money on the original.  As much as I want Little Sampson, there is no way I’m forking over $1600 for it.  Or worse, possibly $10,000+ for Stadium Events which is basically the same game as World Class Track Meet which sells for $7.  That is a crazy amount to pay for a different label!  Yikes!

Pinburgh 2016

2016-Website-Logo6Two of my friends and I went down to Pittsburgh for that huge arcade/video game convention again this year.  750 pinball machines and arcade games along with over 2000 console games filled the David Lawrence Convention Centre that included vendors, live music, cosplay, and of course the King… Billy Mitchell was there again to try and reclaim his Donkey Kong high score.  This guy is much friendlier in person than he appears on the King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.  Dare I say he is a nice guy?!  Anyways a fun time was had by all (except perhaps for the Rush cover band who had an audience of about 25 people at best… hey I’m not a huge Rush fan, but they covered the band really well.  The singer even hit all of Getty Lee’s high notes!  Honestly I’m not sure why they weren’t more popular as Rush was huge in the era of pinball and arcade machines?!)  The band Bit Brigade was very popular with fans as they played all the music live to a speed run of Mega Man 2, and Ninja Gaiden on the NES.  Watching the guy play MM2 was pretty cool and even though I’ve beaten the game a thousand times I learned a few new moves.  Also, Ninja Gaiden is a VERY difficult game… this guy can beat it without any problems… not even a scare!  The music was actually really good (if you like heavy metal; which I do:).  Even my non-musically interested friends were impressed at how hard the musicians had to work to keep up with the difficult NES soundtracks.  Very impressed indeed.  I definitely recommend looking up Bit Brigade on Youtube!

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The vendors at the show were pretty cool.  I picked up a few NES games at the show including Captain Planet, NFL, and George Foreman’s KO Boxing.  Nothing really to write home about as these are all extremely common games that for whatever reason I didn’t have in my collection.

Around the corner from the convention is a store called The Exchange that I purchased a few cool games at.  Bucky O’Hare is a game I’ve been on the lookout for but has just been too pricy.  The copy I purchased was no exception andIMG_8683 is the most I’ve ever paid for a game at $115US.  The price was only about $30 less than it retails here in Canada, but this game just keeps going up in value… and is actually a really good game!  I’ve already plugged it in to give the game a spin and I was thoroughly impressed at what Konami was able to do with an 8-bit system.  The graphics, music, and gameplay really pushed the NES to it’s limit.IMG_8684

I also picked up these two games:  Stealth and Defenders of Dynatron City… the latter of which I’ve not heard of, but the price was cheap enough that I decided to take a risk and make the purchase. Stealth stinks and Dynatron City is just okay.  I’m just noticing now however that there is a pink discolouration on the photos I took.  The games are in excellent condition so I’m not sure where that came from… maybe an evil spirit, or perhaps some dust on my camera lens?

The only other two acquisitions from the convention were Deja Vu, and The Rocketeer… neither of which are really worth discussing.

All in all it was a great convention.  My buddy entered the Pinball tournament and actually made the play-offs; he won $200 so that was pretty cool… though it did cost him $200 to enter the tournament in the first place:(  Will I go again next year is the question?  Three days of gaming is a marathon.  It took a while for all the bleeps and blip sounds to leave my head.  Also I wish they had the arcade version of Wonder Boy in Monsterland machine available to play.  They did however have a Big Lebowski themed pinball machine which was really cool though I only got to play it once.  The hotel we stayed at was the nicest that I’ve ever stayed in, plus it was within walking distance of the convention which was nice.  I’ll probably go back next year if my wife lets me:)

SEGA Corner:  It’s no shocker that Mega Man is my all-time favourite series on the NES so I was surprised to learn that SEGA actually made a Mega Man game for the genesis called The Wily Wars.  It gives players a chance to relive Mega Man 1 – 3 except in 16-bit format.  The music and graphics received a major upgrade, though the story in the timeline is a bit stupid… apparently Dr. Wily has a time machine and went back to battle Mega Man again with his old robots.  Not the most brilliant of ideas, but hey it sold games.  The game was only released in Japan and a  retail copy of this game goes for around $310CAN.  The complete copy that I purchased was a reproduction game and cost me $45US.  But, the manual is in colour and I can lord it over the Sega Dude (his is black and white).  The game rocks, and the forty five bucks I paid was well worth it  A great addition to my Sega Corner.

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That’s all for today.  See you next time:)

Nintendo Joe

 

 

Shopping Therapy

Upon my return home, the Sega Dude called me up and asked if I wanted to do some shopping therapy at the Retro Game Bros..  I was still hurting from the robbery… so the answer was an emphatic “YES!”.  Unfortunately they didn’t have any of the games that were stolen from me so I selected a different game.

There is always ton250px-Darkwing_Duck_boxs of uncommon games to choose from and the game I chose to purchase was Darkwing Duck on the NES.  After I brought it home I immediately plugged it into my Retron 5 and took flight.  The game was not a disappointment, though as is typical with most NES games is very difficult.  The controls are steady, the music is fairly good, and the graphics are the most an 8-bit machine can offer… although it is a Capcom game and I would expect nothing less.  The game set me back $80 and I’m sure I’ll get enough enjoyment out of it to justify the cost.  I’m one step closer to finishing my Capcom collection; though the remaining games are quite expensive:  Ducktales 2 being the most costly, however Snow Bros. seems to be increasing in value and is a close 2nd.

So while I’m still mad about the robbery, the trip to the Retro Game Bros. was therapeutic.

SEGA Corner:  Nothing to report today.

Nintendo Joe