Off to the Dark Continent!

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This will be my last post for a while as my wife and I are off to Africa to see some good animals not limited to but including: Great White Sharks (my personal favorite and motivation for initiating this trip), mountain gorillas, lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, etc..  This is all a bucket list trip… something that I’ve been wanting to do since 4th grade when I first saw Jaws on City TV.  Interestingly enough, the whole trip will cost more than a complete NES collection, but honestly I would rather see some kick ass animals (some that I will never see in a zoo) in their natural habitat.  We are flying from Toronto to Ethiopia, then onto South Africa where we will go on safari, and come face to face with Jaws.  Then it is onto Uganda to see the mountain gorillas and to solve Diane Fossey’s murder and bring those bastards to justice!  She may have been in another neighboring country where we are not going, but it’s the same animals she was protecting so I’ll be on a constant lookout for clues!

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When my time comes… hopefully later rather than sooner, my intention is to give my fortune to these animals in hopes that it will help them to co-exist with the disease that is humans.  At my passing, all my NES games (hopefully a complete collection) will not be liquidated but rather go to the Sega Dude to keep or sell to complete his own collection!  I’ll be sure to blog upon my return from the Dark Continent… though I give it a 50% chance at surviving with these wild beasts!

A few months ago, my former band mate (the Stone Mason) turned me onto this Norwegian guy who makes metal cover songs out of 80’s music.  His name is Leo and he rocks!  I sponsor him every time he produces a new cover song, and he hasn’t disappointed me yet!  This link is to his cover of Toto’s song Africa.  If you love heavy metal like I do… you’ll love this guy!

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Back to video game collecting news… we were at the GTA Games X 2018 in Mississauga ON this past Sunday after being invited to sell our wares at a table with our dealer at Flavio’s Video Games. These events are always a great time, and it’s fun to see the same nerds time and time again… show after show.  It’s awesome how small a community as  the gaming collectors are, and how we help each other out to achieve our individual goals…

… which brings to mind something that happened at the show that I found rather funny.  Remember a few months back when I sold pretty much all my boxed SNES and N64 games on Kijiji within under a minute of posting?  The buyer had told me that all these games were going to his son to play… which was kind of interesting as the same dude was at the table behind us selling the very same games he bought from me!  The guy was a re-seller!… but if I’m being honest I don’t mind as he paid a good price and bought my games at just under market value… I gave him a a deal as he was basically cleaning me out of my extended Nintendo collection and as such I didn’t have to deal with any other strangers in my house.  I just wondered why the guy gave me the song and dance about his alleged son?!  I have come to peace these past few years with re-sellers as they are only charging what someone will pay… if they over charge they’ll soon go out of business.  I was never a math prodigy… in fact I only have my grade 11 and only achieved a 54% in that course!  However even to me this makes obvious numeric sense!

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Also at the show, the Sega Dude apparently had a conversation with the Retro Game Brothers about a conversation I had had earlier.  I had told them that there was no way I was paying $1,200 for Little Sampson, and that I had previously passed on a mint $800 copy of Flintstones 2: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak.  They all agreed that if I am to ever acquire those games, 2G’s is what it is going to cost me on the cheap.  What they are all forgetting is the expensive monetary and emotional cost of the divorce my wife will ask for if I spend this kind of cash on what she considers a dumb hobby… far more than I want to pay for two NES games of which only one (Little Sampson) is of any fun!  Besides, the fun is in the collecting… not the completion.  Once I complete my collection and achieve infamy, then what?  NES manuals I suppose?!

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On a side note… remember a few posts ago when I commented on that gorgeous woman who dressed up as Chainsaw Lollipop?!  Well, at this event she didn’t come in costume and of course looked as awesome as always.  However she and her video game selling boyfriend obviously don’t read this blog as she was once again sitting on his lap, giving him a shoulder massage on the sales floor?!  I think it is only good business sense to have our gaming nerd clientele think they actually have a chance with her?!  Her boyfriend would be the most successful seller at the show!

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These were my pick-ups at the Game X show.  They were both from the same guy from Belleville (Peter) that I made a major trade with a few months back.  I didn’t have much to sell at the show… just a few not so expensive PS2 and XBox 360 games, but I made $70 and spent an additional $50 for these two games.  I actually really like Lemmings… it’s both addictive and fun (though the PC version is a million times better!).  L’Empereur is a military strategy game that Nintendo has made a million of… it’s okay if you have patience (I don’t), but not that great.

SEGA Corner:  Before we went into the show, I had quietly told the Sega Dude in private that lately I had sort of become a big deal in the retro gaming community… what with my awesome NES collection, and being featured on the Retro Game Btothers VLOG’s.  Of course he couldn’t let me have one over him, and informed me that during the past six weeks he was given the role of a game tester for some new home brew Sega Genesis game… he showed me some footage and it actually looked really good!  Kind of Sonic the hedgehogish, but an original platform never-the-less.  Check it out here: Tanglewood Gameplay Demo.  Let him know what you think!

In other sad heavy metal news, I was angered to hear that my beloved Vinnie Paul of the band Pantera passed away in his sleep the other night.  First his brother Dimebag Darrel gets blown away on stage by some psycho, then Oderus Urungus of GWAR dies of a heroin overdose, my beloved Delores O’Riordian of the Cranberries dies of unknown (but probably suicide) causes… and now Vinnie?  He was a metal drumming master and I will never forget the way he made me feel during my rebellious years.  I’m still living the dream!

Until we are back from Africa,

Nintendo Joe

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Getting Gooder!

A lot of people think the most famous line from the Terminator series is when Arnold Schwarzenegger says “I’ll be back” to that cop.  While that is a great line, the one I think of most is “the more contact I have with humans, the more I lair-n”.  I was just on YouTube last night looking at some of the people that I follow, but haven’t paid much attention to in a while when I came across some videos about spotting fake NES carts.  My collection has is down to 42 needed games… unfortunately many of them are heavy hitters that command a large price tag… in several cases WAY TOO MUCH!  That guy who was selling Little Sampson for $1700 must clearly want to hold onto that game as there is no one in their right mind who would pay that amount!  As these games can get pricey, it should come as no surprise that there are many fakes out in the wild, and I don’t want to get swindled.

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I’ve been following the NES Complex on YouTube for several years now.  In fact this is the guy that turned me on to getting universal game cases and printing covers for all my cartridges.  Anyway, if you click link below, he describes several ways to spot fake NES games.

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Another person(s) I follow on YouTube are Metal Jesus Rocks, and his friend Kelsey.  She owns two video game stores in the Seattle area, and has seen her fair share of fakes trying to be passed off as legit.  Some of the counterfeit copies are actually really well done, and can easily be passed off as original if you don’t know what to look for.  The link below takes you to their video about how to spot a fake game

Metal Jesus Rocks – with Kelsey – Spotting Fake Games

 

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Doug Ford… Ontario’s new Premiere:(

I’m sorry but many of you who know me know I’m not one to just let things go.  I can’t believe this douche-bag is our new Premiere!  What really burns me is that this guy is a community college dropout, and now is going to have the final say on educational issues in Ontario!  I don’t have a problem with dropouts, after all not everybody is going to be successful in school… but perhaps someone with more experience in education should be in charge as opposed to some jerk with daddy’s trust fund to fall back on!  Dougie, please appoint a qualified Minister of Education.  Uuhhhgggg!

On a lighter note, I scored an awesome deal at the Retro Game Bros. today!  I picked up a mint copy of both Wacky Races and S.C.A.T. for the NES.  I’ve never played either of these games and I hope that the latter has better game play than it’s name.  Either way, these two are not easy to come by and and are usually quite expensive.  We made a deal over email, and when I came into the store to pick them up, out of the blue Evan gave me an additional $50 off.  That totally made my day!  Thanks guys, and keep those VLOGs coming!

SEGA Corner:  As I was driving home, I was thinking about the best retro video game music, and I think hands down the award should go to Herzog Zwei on the Sega Genesis.  The game is already awesome, but the music melodies make you want to continue playing even longer!

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Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

Some Goings on and Mysteries…

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Doug Ford… Ontario’s new Premiere:(

Well, the results are in… and Ontario is stuck with a Progressive Conservative majority government and now we have to deal with that blowhard bully PC leader Doug Ford for at least the next four years:(  Seriously, the Liberal Party was so despised/hated that the PC’s could have run a monkey as their leader and still won.  They didn’t even have a political platform… all the dude had to do was smile and not hit anyone on camera.  What this means is that our kids will get their sex education programming in the school playground, based on what Johnny saw on the internet the night before.   I don’t think Doug Ford is as bad as Donald Trump, but I certainly hope his lies and Twitter feeds are at least as ridiculous as the President of the United States… it’s quite entertaining!  Let’s not forget that Doug’s crack smoking brother, and former Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford actually made it onto national TV when he went on Jimmy Kimmel twice!  What really bugs me is that the despised Liberal government received 1 million votes and won only 7 seats in the legislature… and the PC’s received 2 million votes and won 73 seats!  There is something terribly wrong with our “democratic” system.

…. But this is not a politics blog, so we’ll move on…

In other news my beloved Las Vegas Golden Knights (whom I’ve been following as a loyal fan since their inception) lost the Stanley Cup finals in only five games to the Washington Capitals.  For those of you who don’t know me, I’m not a big fan of hockey… and certainly not the National Hockey League.  How great would it have been to have the Golden Knights win the coveted trophy in their first year of existence?!!!  This would really be a slight to Toronto Maple Leaf fans which are the worst fans in the world… and I’m a Buffalo Bills fan!  Why Leafs fans still support such a terrible team for decades and yet still pay hundreds… if not thousands to secure tickets to a game is just insane and stupid!

My second favorite sport to watch is basketball, but I must say that I’m glad that the National Basketball Association’s season is over.  What a disappointment it was… the Golden State Warriors won yet again… like anyone didn’t see that happening again!  The last four years has seen the same two teams in the NBA finals and thus I don’t even know why any team even bothers to play anymore?!  The only interesting games in this years play-offs was between Golden State and Houston… at least the Rockets gave those miserable Warriors a run for their money!

… But this isn’t a sports blog either so we’ll move on…

No Nintendo news today unfortunately so we’ll jump to everybody’s second favorite part of this blog…

SEGA Corner: I was thinking the other day about something that has confused me for the past two decades.  When I was a teenager, I was really really good at Thunder Force 2 & 3 games on the Sega Genesis.  While part 3 wasn’t nearly as hard as part 2 for the simple reason that you only lost the weapon you were currently using when you got blown out of the air by the Orn Empire… where as you lost every weapon in part 2 when the same thing happened.  Never-the-less I could handily beat both games… part 3 with one ship!  All this talent and yet I could still not get a single actual date with any girl I was attracted to in high school! I always landed in the dreaded “friend zone”.  And yet I was super good looking and was a runner up for both the Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC!

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Nintendo Joe’s Grade 12 Yearbook Photo

Look at this sexy stud!  The girls at my school must have all been crazy to pass me up!  Did I mention I could complete Thunder Force 3 with one ship?!  This is surely one of the world’s biggest mysteries.

Things are looking up though… I’m hoping the next blog will have me acquiring two rare NES game titles!

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost Famous!

The title will make sense later.

Last weekend I traveled solo to the Barrie Game Exchange as this will likely be the last big convention before next fall.  That’s a huge drought, but it gives me time to save up some money to buy more games.

After being at so many of these shows, you start to recognize the same people (both dealers and customers) which is both good and bad.  You know the dealers who are willing to haggle, and those that expect to receive no less than top dollar Ebay sold listing prices for their wares.  The other customers is kind of fun as you get to catch up on how their personal collections are coming along.  Watching the people new to the hobby is kind of fun, but I have to bite my tongue and not tell them that this is almost the WORST time to get into collecting games… prices are crazy high!  I saw one guy trying to sell his good condition Little Sampson for $1700.  Good luck with the sale!  Another dude was selling a boxed copy of Phantasy Star IV on the Genesis for $150… it’s a great game, but not worth that much!  However who made me the expert; the price of games literally seems to fluctuate daily.  For example, you’ll remember I traded for the Snow Brothers for the NES a few weeks ago, and already the price guide is telling me it is going for an additional $70!  As I say, it is the wrong time to start collecting retro games, and pity those of us schmucks who are already in too deep!

Anyways, lets check out my loot from the Barrie Game Exchange:

That’s right… Greg Norman’s Golf Power is now mine… no big deal… no really it is no big deal!  Just another crappy sports game that I didn’t have.  In fact this is what I was looking for… any of the 30 remaining games that are not on my wish list.  The other 12 NES titles pretty much out of reach… for now.

These next two games are titles that I’ve passed over for the last six years, but have no idea why.  I’ve never played them before, but the price wasn’t usually too bad.  For whatever reason I decided that today was the day to pick them up.  Of course I didn’t pay sticker price, but I have to say that in order to keep my marriage intact.

These three games were not purchased at the show, but were picked up in the early years when I was still trying to define what exactly it was I going to start collecting.  Back then I bought everything that was cheap, but as my goal is to have a complete North American NES collection (minus Stadium Events) these games don’t really count.  They are unofficial and therefore have no business in my stash of games.  None of them are particularly valuable.  In fact I think the Adventures of Dizzy goes for a mere $19 in good condition (which my copy is not).  I’ll be lucky to get $10 for it.  Captain Comic is what I’ll probably get the most for listing it at $18 and taking $14.  Quattro Sports is pretty useless and isn’t worth really anything.  The only other games I have for sale are most of my PS2 and XBOX 360 games.  I’m keeping a few for the memories, but most of them have got to go immediately!

Okay, onto the big news.  I’m kind of a big deal now thanks to the Retro Game Bros..  They saw a slightly below average looking dude and decided to include a few seconds of me in one of their awesome YouTube videos.  It took place a few weeks ago at the Durham Video Game Swap, and I think this makes me a star!  They have about five or six videos that they’ve made and they are actually really well done.  I met their video editor/videographer a few times and he seems to be a really friendly guy… more importantly he does a fantastic job creating their videos!  Also, you know how some people just have it on camera… Matt and Evan are quite the personality and I recommend checking them out at retrogamebros.com

That’s all for now, so until next time….

Nintendo Joe

SEGA Corner:  There hasn’t been a lot of news on this recently because honestly there isn’t much I need for my small SEGA collection.  The few remaining games I need are the first Mickey Mouse game, Quack Shot, Gaires, and Air Diver on the Genesis.  As far as the Sega Master System is concerned I only need Fantasy Zone and Psycho Fox.  Thanks to the Sega Dude and a few lucky pickups I have managed to score the rest of the games that I have nostalgia for.

New Sheriff in Town!

That’s right folks, I’ve traded all my SNES, N64, Game Cube, and Wii to beef up my NES collection and as a result have been able to pick up some fairly heavy hitters in the last few days.  All in all, I sold my collection for close to $4000CAN, and over time reinvested it into NES titles.

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I was going to hang onto my good SNES titles, but with the release and purchase of the SNES Classic it wasn’t worth it to me to hang on to these artifacts.  While I would much prefer to have the real thing, I simply cannot afford to collect for everything Nintendo and can now focus my collection solely on my NES.  Here’s what I managed to score the other day:

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Nothing big here… I just didn’t have them and they were fairly cheap.

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Still not the greatest thing since sliced bread… but we are getting there.

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Now we’re talking!  What’s interesting here is that I could have traded for Pro Sport Hockey with the Retro Game Bros. for what’s now a great trade value at $120… but I stupidly held off… I thought to myself, why would anyone pay $120 for a lousy hockey sports game?!  Yes, unfortunately for me, the game has gone up in value by about 25% during these past few months and I ended up having to trade a few more items.

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Holy smokes… are you kidding me?!  The Snow Brothers saga is finally over with this latest trade.. and trading in bulk, the guy game me a great deal.  Duck Tales 2 is also very cool… and a really good/fun game to play, but what’s more is that I can finally say that I have completed my NES Capcom collection!  There was a California Raisins game by Capcom that was never officially released, so I suppose one could make the argument that my Capcom collection isn’t complete until I get one of the prototypes, but I’m calling it on this one.  This is a huge milestone in my collection.

The two games that I didn’t pick up unfortunately were Bubble Bobble 2, and Nobunaga’s Ambition 2.  The price was right, but the label wasn’t 100% perfect, and when it comes to these valued games, I’m unwilling to compromise.  Actually that isn’t all together true… 99% of my collection is fairly mint…. and I actually mean it, unlike those people on Kijiji who claim to know what “mint” means, and you drive all the way over to their place only to find out the cart has cracks or the label has tears!  That really bugs me!  The remaining 1% isn’t mint, but it’s something dumb like small marks or slight damage damage to the back half of the cartridge which can easily be replaced.

The magic number is down to 46 remaining titles to acquire… of course some of them like Little Sampson/Flintstones 2/Panic Restaurant/Bonk are going to command the big bucks.  If I’m ever going to get these games, I’ll either have to get an absolutely amazing deal, or save up for years.  I’m hoping for the former!

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

SEGA Corner:  Nothing to report on this end, but head over to the Sega Dude’s page as he has had some great new acquisitions!

Durham Game Convention 2018

Last Sunday April 8th, I went to the Durham Game Convention in Oshawa Ontario.  My dealer, Flavio said he had 1/3 of a table left over if I wanted to sell on it.  I’ve decided that it isn’t worth keeping the good SNES games that I kept from the previous sale last fall.  The reason is quite simply that every single game I kept is already on the unmodified SNES Classic… so great games like Super Metroid (my favourite), Secret of Mana, and my beloved boxed/complete Super Mario RPG were put up for sale.

A few days before the show, the Sega Dude put me in touch with a Kijiji post where the guy was selling a copy of Zombie Nation on the NES for $450… way over priced!  I politely said to the guy that if the game isn’t selling (it won’t) that I would be willing to pay him $300 for it (retail this game should sell for around $380), to which I received no reply.  No big deal… I wasn’t really expecting him to bite at my offer.  However, at the game swap, another dealer was selling the same game in mostly great condition for $350.  I told the guy that if I did well in selling at my table, then I would make him the same offer… $300 if it didn’t sell by the end of the show.

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Behold, it didn’t sell, and I told the dude that I did well at my table, and that the offer still stood if he was interested.  It’s now officially my most expensive NES game as Dragon Fighter has really dropped in price since I picked it up… a fact my wife loves reminding me about!  Now I said that this copy of Zombie nation was in “mostly great condition”… the label is mint, and the front half of the cartridge is really good.  However the back half of the cart looks like someone put out a cigarette on it?!  It’s easy to fix, but come on… couldn’t they have put the cigarette out on their tongue like a real man?

This one dude dropped $400 at my table throughout the day and easily bought up 40% of what I was selling.  After all was said and done I sold a total of $600 in games.  I’m not sure how much I “made” as I can’t remember how much I paid for most of it… but I know I made quite a bit.

Pictured above is what was left of my SNES collection… while there was a lot of interest at the show, only one of my boxed games (Diddy Kong Racing) sold. There were also manuals and maps to Zelda, Mario All Stars, and Super Mario World.  As soon as I got home, I listed these remaining games on Kijiji, and in literally under a minute of posting, I had a response from a guy with an offer.  It was a bit low, but hey man I get it.  We agreed on a price and he picked up the whole lot for $400.  A really good deal for both him and I… I know I didn’t pay much for these pictured games, so I’m really happy with the sale.  I could have gotten more if I sold it piece by piece, but then I would have had to have all these people over to my house, put my dog in the back room so he doesn’t eat the customers, etc..

I’ve now got a bit of coin to spend around the retro gaming community.  Of course I’m looking to get the most for the least (who isn’t) and I figure I’ll do quite well at the Barrie Game Exchange this May 6th!

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The above games were my other pickups at the Durham Game Swap.  Nothing special, but I didn’t have them, and I negotiated a fantastic price for them!

EGLX Gaming Expo 2018

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Your probably wondering what that sexy little guy is on my wrist.  Well let me tell you… it is a wrist band that gained one access to the EGLX Gaming Expo last Sunday.  In addition, it’s attractiveness also allows it to act as a lady magnet!  I couldn’t keep them away!  Back off I’m married!  Anyways, my buddy the Sega Dude and our dealer (Flavio) invited me to come to the EGLX Gaming Expo in Toronto to sell the scraps of what I have left over in my non-NES collection.  For a few weeks now I had put up the lot on an ad on Kijiji, but only got one response which led to no where.  Usually this means one thing… my prices are too high.  I thought they were fair as they were under what both my puregaming.org app and prichcharting.com said they were worth… but alas, something is only really worth what someone else is willing to pay for it.  Anyways I basically brought my loot with the same Kijiji price tags attached and managed to sell a few things.  To be specific, I sold an N64 console, a Game Cube console, and a copy of Baten Kaitos.  I was happy to be rid of these items as I had never played the Game Cube, and the N64 is just a garbage system.  Unfortunately I was stuck with my copy of Chiki Chiki Boys for the Genesis, and my extra copy of Kickmaster for the NES that I have.

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Now before we go any further, I did have an issue.  You see, one of the other vendors brought his girlfriend/wife dressed in some sexy cosplay outfit that I’m unfamiliar with.  I’m told her name is Chainsaw Lollipop (as pictured above)?   Honestly, she was very attractive and totally pulled it off… a great sales gimmick!  Unfortunately she wasn’t utilized properly.  You see, her boyfriend was all over her and couldn’t keep his hands off her  body the entire time.  This removes the element that the nerdy customers might actually have a chance at female contact, and thus be willing to shell out monstrous amounts of cash for the junky trinkets they were selling.  My suggestion to this couple is that the dude should stay home and let his cosplay girlfriend work her magic alone!

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I did manage to pick up these two titles… though obviously nothing to write home about, they were previously absent from my collection.

All in all I’m glad I went, though I would have been very disappointed had I paid the $35 admission fee to get in.  If your into competitions, then I suppose it may have been a really good time, but if not, then you basically are paying that cover fee to do some shopping for miscellaneous items.  However Flavio got us in for free so it was a good time.

SEGA Corner Special!

As there is no Nintendo news, this week is dedicated to SEGA Corner… which is kind of a nice change of pace as I haven’t had anything to report in this department for a while.

I was scanning through some retro Sears catalogues and came across some very interesting ads that I thought I would share.  Now these ads are from 1986 – 1989… and from what I can tell, Sears Canada didn’t sell anything Nintendo??!!  Apparently it was only Sega.  Well fortunately these ads have the best that the Sega Master System had to offer.  What I’m most surprised by are the prices… wow did our parents ever pay a lot for our video games!  $100 for Phantasy Star?!  Yes it was THE game to have, but honestly that cost in 1989 prices seems very steep.  In todays dollars that would equate to over $200.  I love you mom and dad!

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… and there you have it.  Wow were games ever expensive!  It makes me feel grateful that I don’t own a time machine to buy up all these old games back in the day… the games are literally twice as up to five times as expensive today as they were then if you take into account inflation.  There were no deals to be had!

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This is an ad from Scientific American in 1975,  Wow… $80 way back then for a bloody calculator!  Outrageous considering that would be $275 dollars in todays prices after inflation.  And for what… a stupid calculator that we now all have a better version of on our cell phones as a free app?!   Man technology was expensive back in the day.  How did we ever land on the moon?!

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

 

 

 

The Past is Not Forgotten

I was reading over some of my old blog posts the other day and came across the one where I wrote about the time I was ripped off by some dude named Alexander Ali.  I’m not really one to let things go (I still want to meet up with my childhood bully someday and demand my money back from the bastard!).  Anyways it didn’t take very long to find this dude’s address as I had taken a picture of the envelope I sent him with the games in it.  I decided it’s been almost 5 years… perhaps I should send him another note!  Here is what I wrote:

March 2nd, 2018

Dear Alexander Ali,

Hey man, how’s it going?! It’s been a while since we last talked… five years in fact! How are you enjoying the four Pokémon games I sent you? I value them at about $100. Even though it’s been half a decade since we last talked, I still haven’t forgotten about the “package” you were supposed to send me in trade that included Mega Man X, and Mega Man 5. Though as I’m sure you know, the Canadian postal service can be slow…. maybe your package is still in transition/lost?!

Anyways I just wanted to let you know that even though it’s been so long, I haven’t forgotten about our deal. I’m still waiting for you to honor it.

Feel free to follow me at www.mynintendodimension.com

Anxiously awaiting your package!

 

Nintendo Joe

P.S. Included is a picture of the envelope and cartridges I sent you five years ago. Enjoy!

 

Unfortunately when I told my wife about this letter she wasn’t as thrilled about the idea as I was.  She thought I was out of my mind and that the guy could take it as a threat and go to the police.  Personally I don’t see any threats in the letter… just that I hadn’t forgotten how he had wronged me.  Is it a crime to remember things?!  Anyways I won’t send it because I’ll honour her wishes… but I still think it is kind of funny.

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In other news after I went to the doctor to get some cancer scraped off my face (one of the nice things about being a fair-skinned redhead) I went to a pawnshop nearby and found this game.  It’s in good shape, but it does have a sticker on the left side of the label which will be difficult to remove.  Normally I would try Goo-b-Gone, but as the label is white, if the liquid gets near the edge, it can soak in underneath and ruin it.  I’ll have to think carefully about this one.

Anyways, I’m off to try and settle down a bit.

Nintendo Joe

Earn up to $1,500!!

I earned nearly $1,500 the other day just from doing some general research!  Basically I totalled how much the remaining NES games would cost me on pricecharting.com and compared it to the prices listed on the iPhone app puregaming.org.  It turns out that price charting list my remaining games at $1,500 cheaper than the app!  My wife will be so pleased at what I have earned for her!  The grand total for all the remaining NES games is still at a hefty $8,878.  However when you break it down into twenty four easy payments of $370, this baby will be complete in two years!  That’s if I pay retail (I won’t)… so the savings just keep adding up, and our mortgage will be payed off in no time!

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This game was actually sold to me by a follower of this blog.  Apparently he was helping a friend sell his games for very reasonable prices.  Unfortunately this was the only game out of the bunch that I needed for my collection.  It’s actually a really bad game… at least I’m fan of NES games.  I think the graphics are cheap, and the game play involves a lot of staring at the same screen over and over again… not my cup of tea, but to each their own.

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This is a game that I’ve been looking for for a while.  It doesn’t turn up that often, and when it does it sells for over $40.  However I knew the guy and offered him my extra copy of North vs. South as a straight up trade.  In the end, he did better than I did in the trade, but I was okay with that as it saved me from selling the game on Kijiji.  You’ll notice that the label is a little damaged in the top right corner.  This was a bit of an oversight, but alas it is a sports game that I’ll never play… plus I’ll tuck it neatly into a universal game case where it will never see the light of day again.  That or until my wife gets mad at me and sells my collection.

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These next three games were partially traded for at the video game swap in Guelph ON.  In return this vendor took my Mario Party 7 for the Game Cube, and Radiant Dawn for the Wii which I picked up a couple of years ago at a yard sale for $4.  I was hoping that he would also take my extra Kickmaster, but unfortunately he already had a copy for sale.  So I had to pony up a small sum of cash to make the trade fair.  I’ve never seen Ghost Lion before so I was excited to see this.

As usual, I get a little stupid when I go to these game swaps, and this one in Guelph was no exception.  I had asked about the Terra Cresta game, but the dealer accidentally pulled out the wrong game… Prince of Persia which I already own.  However I was caught up in all the excitement and didn’t notice.  Fortunately I took the dealers card which had his cell phone number on it and texted him if he would swap the games through the mail.  He was a very honest chap, and express posted Terra Cresta to me right away.  In turn, I posted him the Prince of Persia game back so all was settled.  It actually cost me more to ship the game that I would have thought, but it was only 35 cents extra to express post it.  Unfortunately this guy is a private dealer and doesn’t have a website or social media for me to plug, however if you ever run across Brodie’s Gaming 101, he’s an honest dude!

Well the good news is (at least for collectors) is that it seems as though the price of retro video games has peaked, and is on a slow downward trend.  For example, the most expensive copy of Snow Brothers went for $350…granted this was at a retail store and I would never have paid that ridiculous amount, the $188 the game lists for on pricecharting.com feels a lot better… and is hopefully a sign of things to come. In fact, with only three exceptions did puregaming.org list my remaining games at a buck or two more than pricecharting.com.. I love my games, but damn, even at the updated values some of them are so expensive!

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