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!

Nintendo Joe

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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