N64 Pick ups… really?!

I’ve recently had a bit of luck at Value Village and with Kijiji, but nothing that will blow your socks off.

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I picked up these games for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii for $4 each.  They aren’t really that big a deal other than I love Mickey Mouse, and though this isn’t the best game, it isn’t the worst either.  Pilotwings Resort I purchased because I want to use my 3DS more.  I think that it is a fantastic little handheld system… I have the XL unit… no big deal;)  I look forward to playing both of these titles, and if they are complete garbage then I can always trade them later.

IMG_8010Another pick up from Value Village.  Nothing spectacular other than I don’t have it.  Honestly though I’ve never really been into driving/racing games… if I want to drive a car I’ll just go out and do that in real life!  Some of my friends are really into these types of games… especially one on the PS4, but I couldn’t care less.  This game was complete and in great shape though so I figured what the heck, and spent the $4 they wanted for it.  It isn’t worth very much at all… maybe $8??… but I’ll probably trade it anyway.

 

 

IMG_8009Now onto the Kijiji hunt.  I’m still astounded by how much people want for their retro games on Kijiji/craigslist/Ebay.  Every now and then however you stumble across a deal which I suppose is what keeps me coming back regularly.  Seeing the same ads though over and over again drives me crazy… if it isn’t selling, then your price is too high dude!

So I came across this one guys ad for a bunch of NES games.  I had them all except for Adventure Island 2 and offered the guy $20 for the game (he wanted $25).  I think this is a fair price for this title and apparently he did too as he accepted my offer.  It’s not the rarest game out there, but it is made by Hudson Soft and is a pretty good platformer.  It also completed my Adventure Island trilogy on the NES.  I’m not sure why (other than it must have been a licensing issue) they didn’t just call this series Wonderboy as this is exactly the type of games they are?!  In fact, on the first title, the only thing different is the sprite of the character you play… everything else is spot on Wonderboy.

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Again on Kijiji I came across an ad a guy had for a bunch of Nintendo 64 games.  Now I know that I’ve poo pooed the N64 several times in the past but these are actually decent games (a rare thing on the N64 as most games on this system are total crap).  Plus it nearly completes my Mario party collection… I’m missing part 9 on the Wii, and 10 on the Wii U.  However unless I find these two games at a yard sale I doubt I will ever own them.  Come to think of it… I’m missing the disc to Part 6 as well… I purchased a mint case and manuel from a Salvation Army last year for $4.  JJgames.com actually has a “disc only copy”, but they want too much for it; like $59US!!  The game is okay, but not that good:(  To me it is worth $15 – $20 for the disc, and even that is pushing it

I’ve been thinking for a while now though about selling/trading my N64 and games.  I just never play it (partly because the system stinks) and there isn’t really that many good games out for it.  That being said there is “only” 311 games to collect for the N64 and none of them command the hundreds (or in some cases thousands) of dollars that some NES titles go for… and many are sports titles; there are nine wrestling titles alone!  So maybe it’s worth hanging onto the “good” games for now.  I mean after all if I am going to ever complete my NES collection, then I’m going to need some major trade bait.  No one seems to be giving away Panic Restaurant or Little Sampson for a song:(  And this is too bad as I write some pretty awesome music… unfortunately very little of it is appropriate for this site:(  I miss recording music with my cousin!IMG_8011

But the real find of the day was a VHS copy of Transformers the Movie!  See I needed a $10 bill to make exact change for the deal I made on Kijiji and only had $20 bills.  So I went into Value Village on my way to meet this guy, and this was the only thing that I wanted in the entire store.  I love G1 Transformers and have a fairly substantial collection, including every episode on DVD and a complete Fortress Maximus, but for some reason I didn’t own a VHS copy of the movie… at least not with this cover art.  Anyways it was $1 so I’m not that worried about it.  Then again that dollar could have gone towards one of these coveted titles below:(

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This game goes for around $540! Thus why I don’t own it:(

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This game goes for nearly $1200… YIKES!

 

A Blast From the Past

When I was a kid growing up, I was obsessed with Pac-Man and anything Pac-Man related.  I lived, breathed, and dreamed of Pac-Man.  Also I was pretty darn good at it… at least for a six year old!  We are talking about 1981 here and this was “the” game to play.  I suppose there was also Donkey Kong, and my other favourite Galaga that were also in the arcades, but Pac-Man was played by far the most frequently.  Anyways while visiting my parents, I came across some old drawings that I did in school and thought I would share them:)

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I have to say… not bad (remember I was only six).  I don’t know what mark I received for these works of art, but I remember my teacher being really mean and forced me to draw something else…

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… so I gave her Galaga.  Again, not too bad, though this was all from memory and I didn’t have time to colour it:(

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I also found this manual at my parents house.  I had this game when it first came out and I absolutely loved it!  In fact during one lunch hour I was scoring so high that my mother actually wrote me a note saying that the reason I was late going back to school was because I was heavily invested in this game!  Unfortunately I don’t know what ever happened to this game and all I have left is the manual:(  Someday though I’ll find another one of these in good shape to put into my collection.

Anyways just a short note this week as I’ve been really busy cutting boxes/covers for the rest of my NES collection.  That will likely be what I post next:)

Nintendo Joe

 

The Hunt Must Go On!

 

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I remember when I first asked the Sega Dude if he wanted to go game hunting with me, he thought that I wanted kill a deer and eat it.  I was shocked when he told me an emphatic “NO!”, but then later realized what he thought I meant.  Anyways… So I went to the above three events looking for games and I came out with some pretty cool titles.

First the picBlue_Budgie_Gryphon_V1k ups are from Fan Expo.  What’s interesting here is that there was a store represented here called The Blue Gryphon which is a place that I visited in Gatineau, Quebec last year… but at the store their prices seemed a bit high… however at Fan Expo the games were not only at a good price but the owner was also willing to deal with me.  Also I finally acquired a title that I’ve been looking for since I started collecting for the NES… Might & Magic:  Secret of the Inner Sanctum!  I’m a huge fan of the M&M series and as this was the only title on the NES I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to find; I was wrong.  In fact I had only seen the game once before at a store called Buy & Sell Kings but they had it complete with the box and that jacked up the price to over $100+tax… even though it is a cool game, it’s just too much.  Besides as you know I lik to buy my own boxes thanks to the help of the universal game cases, and thecoverprIMG_7965oject.net (which by the way was down for a bit, but is now back up and running business as usually…phew!).  Might & Magic is an RPG that is from a first person POV.  There are many monsters to defeat, and many items to acquire… I can’t wait to get started as I’ve only played the beginning on an NES emulator for my Mac.  So in addition to M&M, I also bought Rollerblade Racer, Rally Bike, Garry Kitchen’s Battle Tank, and Tecmo Baseball, all for $70 cash.

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For whatever reason I just didn’t have Tecmo Baseball in my collection… it is such a common game.  I sifted through several boxes of games and managed to pick out the few I didn’t already have from his common titles.  In his “rare” bin there were a few I needed but just didn’t want to spend the money.  One title that I kind of regret not buying was Nobunaga’s Ambition 2 for the NES.  The price was fair (I can’t remember how much exactly) but as I said, he wasn’t giving it away for a song:(

We went to Fan Expo on Friday night, and hit up the Barrie Game Exchange the following Sunday.  While I didn’t win any of the door prizes (they were actually really terrible prizes) a good time was had.  I met up with a few people I knew who were selling games including the Retro Game Bros., Flavio, Fred (my guy in Lakefield ON), and also had a chance to meet SeeJayAre who does a live garage sale pick ups video on youtube (he was just selling games like other vendors but no one knew who he was except me.  You should actually check out his channel as it is pretty cool… he was one of the pioneers of the hidden camera at garage sales video (at least up here in Canada).  He is actually from a city just outside Toronto… and man does he have lots of luck… but in a way he makes his own luck.  You’ll see what I mean.

Anyways the Barrie Game Exchange was bigger than I thought it would be… at least compared to the July exchange last summer it was fairly big… like 90 tables.  Still though it was no Waterloo Video Game Swap Meet which puts on the best game exchange in the area.  I believe the next one is on May 29th.

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Above are the pick ups from the Barrie Game Exchange, the most notable being Rainbow Islands that I picked up for $30 which was a deal as most other dealers had it up for $50.  At least I didn’t talk myself up in price this time!  Paperboy has been a title that I have wanted, but the price was always too much for the game that it is.  I haven’t played it on the NES, but I have played it on the Commodore 64 and I remember thinking it was pretty good.  But the $20 most vendors wanted just didn’t seem worth it.  I managed to score Paperboy, Paperboy 2, and Jackal for $30 all in.  Not bad eh?!  F-15 Strike Eagle was part of the Rainbow Islands deal… this s a game that isn’t really worth speaking about so I won’t.

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The above carts were traded to me from the Ice Man for the store credit that I had accrued last Christmas.  While the credit wasn’t “free”, it sure didn’t feel like I was spending my cold hard cash.  If you’ll recall, back last Boxing Day I went into the Ice Man’s store in Peterborough ON, and traded in pretty much all the doubles I had collected in a year… usually I sell these at the game exchange, but the Ice Man gives the best trade in value in town… the downside to this is that his games are also fairly expensive, but if you look hard you can find a deal.  The best deal that I found was for a copy of Dusty Diamond All Star Softball which according to RetrowareTV.com is the second most rare sports game on the NES (Stadium Events was not included in this top 10 list but rather as an honourable mention).  This is officially the rarest game in my collection.  The game normally sells for around $70 – $85CAN, but this carried a $65 price tag.  I’ve never seen the game before so jumped at the opportunity to trade for it.  Plus when you trade there is no tax on retro games… that’s another 13% savings:)  The other titles were fairly pricy… too much for my wallet, but not for trade.  To acquire the $450 in store credit, I probably spent about $100… so $4.50 on the dollar isn’t bad and makes these pick ups great as I probably would not have otherwise have gotten them.  Anyways the titles are Conan (obviously cool), Mickey’s Adventure in Numberland, and Nigel Mansell’s World Championship.

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There is absolutely nothing remarkable about the above two games except that I once owned them and they disappeared.  I had the universal game case complete with covers printed, but somehow managed to lose these games.  The Sega Dude swears he didn’t steal them… and I believe him… which means they disappeared into thin air which does happen from time to time around these parts.  Anyways my North American NES black label collection is now complete:)  What is interesting is that this was all I started out collecting.  Then it got out of control, but that is a story for another day.

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

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Well our Spring Break trip to Kingston Ontario was a big success… at least in terms of picking up games for the collection… the weather was cold and rainy the entire time:(  But rain or no shine… there were games to be had!

Our first stop was in Belleville Ontario (about a 45 minute drive on the way to Kingston) as I  remembered from last year that there was a particularly good retro game store called Chumleighs there.  I wasn’t disappointed this time around in the selection, but a bit miffed that I was turned down on an offered price on a game.  More on that later.  Below are the pick ups from Chumleighs:

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This first pile of games is nothing special, other than that they are games I didn’t have and were a fairly cheap price; at least for a reseller.  I think I over paid a bit on Rescue: The Embassy Mission, but we are only talking about a couple of bucks here. The Heroes of the Lance title I’m interested in (the best thing about this game is the artwork on the label, but at least it is one of a series of Dungeons & Dragons games on the NES… the others being Pool of Radiance, Hillsfar, Dragon Strike, and Dragons Flame)  The other games pictured are The Untouchables, Laser Invasion (needs the top part of the label cleaned) and Wrestlemania Challenge.

IMG_7962 WURM: Journey to the Center of the Earth is a game I’ve been looking for. It is a kind of a shooter, but not really… sorry for the poor description, but those whom have played the game will know what I’m talking about.  Kiwi Kraze I believe is a platformer but I’ve never actually played the game myself.  I’m not sure if it is related to New Zealand Story, but there are a few similarities between the two games.

IMG_7957While I’m not really into GameBoy, I couldn’t resist picking up these two Mega Man titles.  They are both for the GameBoy Color and look like they could be a lot of fun.  The labels are in mint shape and are a welcomed addition to my Mega Man collection.

 

 

IMG_7958On it’s own this title is nothing special, but I’ve been looking for this game for a while now as it is the last Metroid I needed for the collection.  Well that’s technically a lie since I don’t own the Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii, nor the Zelda Wind Waker combo disc for the Game Cube… but I don’t count these as I now do own all of the Metroid games.

 

So…the refused offer… what happened was that Chumleighs also had a copy of Earthbound for the SNES.  This is a fairly expensive game… can be over $300, and they wanted $250+tax  for the game.  I offered the guy $200, and much to my wife’s relief he said “No” and “that he paid $150 for the game and there wasn’t enough margin”.  Oh well, I tried.

Another interesting thing that happened on our trip is that when we were at the Belleville Value Village, one of the employees saw me looking at the video games and asked if I knew anything about GameBoy games.  Wow… here was my chance to prove that I was a pro!  Actually the truth is that I don’t know much about Gameboy… and let him know so, but that I was curious and wanted to take a look anyway.  He then brings out seveIMG_7960ral multi-cart games… the one I remember was a 73 in 1.  I tried looking it up, but couldn’t find it.  I told him to put a $15 price tag on it and see if he gets any bites.  I just wasn’t interested for as I mentioned before I’m not into GameBoy games… or should I have been?  Maybe it was some good trade bait?  Anyways I picked up a Gameboy copy of Pokemon Gold for trade.

Sega Corner:  Well I have finally picked up a copy of Wonder Boy 3:  The Dragons Trap for the Sega Master System, and for a pretty good price of $35.  To me this is the second best game on the SMS… next only to Phantasy Star.  IIMG_7956 remember when I first got into WB3 that I instantly fell in love with it.  You start the game at the last level of Wonder Boy in Monster Land in a fierce battle with the Mecha-Dragon… though of course this baddie is much easier to defeat in WB3!  After beating the robot dragon, a curse is put on you that changes your character into a small dragon.  You have to defeat a series of other dragons before being restored to your original form but along the way get transformed into several different man-creatures… like mouse-man, piranha-man, lion-man… and I can’t remember the others.  Mouse man was my favourite as it gave you the ability to climb walls.  Anyways I can’t wait to give this game another go!

That’s all for now.  Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

New Super Metroid?!!!

Just a short note.  Why isn’t this real?  While I’m a huge fan of Super Metroid on the SNES, I just saw this video on youtube.  It is a 3-D revision of Super Metroid that I don’t believe exists.  Now this is just a demo, but shows us what the possibilities are for a new Metroid.  A re-make… wow I would love that.  In fact that might be all the inspiration I need to purchase a Wii U (the one Nintendo console I don’t own).  Anyways check out this video.  It’s a short “game”, but it shows us the possibilities on the Wii U.  I would buy this game if it were of course much longer… and real!

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe… enjoy the video!

Video Game Vacation

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Well it is March Break and unfortunately because of the crappy exchange rate we will not be going down to Florida this year.  It’s hard to pass up all those flea markets on the way down, but the CAN dollar just really sucks right now.  So we are going to the lovely Kingston, Ontario for a few days.  It’s just to get away for a bit.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that Belleville is on the way (I had a lot of success last year at a video game store here last year so I’m anxious to go back) .  Who knows what goodies I’ll come home with?!  However although my hopes are up, I know that retro game prices have also gone up… so Belleville might be a downer… but as it is on the way to our destination it’s worth a look-see:)

After years of trying, I’ve finally broken the Value Village code… I know what day and what time is the best to go and pick up loot.  I can’t divulge all my secrets, but don’t worry… Nintendo Joe has your back!

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This was the first pick up.  Now my Japanese is a little rusty, but I believe that this is a game called Peetan.  The game (like many gameboy games) is rather simple in that you have to drop eggs down from the top platform to spring up your chicks that are being hunted by a big bad wolf.  Check out the game here.  I picked it up for $3.50 just because the label looked kind of interesting.  I had no idea that the game was going for $85US on Ebay!  Now I’m not crazy, I know this is only an asking price… and everyone on Ebay thinks their stuff is worth a fortune, but even at half that price I scored big!  I don’t really have any attachment to it, so I’ll probably use it as trade bait.SNES-Mod1-Console-SetSNES-Mod1-Console-Set

That’s right… not one, but two Super Nintendo consoles!  For $35 bucks each plus a 30% discount how could I refuse?  Again, more trade bait… I’m hoping to get $50 each in trade as they are both in excellent condition.  I know I could probably get more for them if i sold them on Kijiji, but then you have to deal with the back and forth emails, and meeting up with the person… it isn’t worth the extra few bucks.  Plus you never know what kind of psychos there are out there.

This next game is.IMG_7902.. and please excuse my rough Japanese translation, but I think it is the Sailor Moon R game for the Gameboy.  Again I paid $3.50 once all was said and done, however this one might be a bit more difficult to unload in trade as the game requires that you speak Japanese.  You can see the game play here.   Please don’t waste your time and watch the entire hour and twenty minute video…. I didn’t.  It goes for about $18 on Ebay, so I hope to get $10 out of it.  Or maybe I’ll just give it to my room mate from college… he was into Sailor Moon at the time… not sure why?!

Sega Corner:  The post wouldn’t be complete if not for a comment on the Sega Dude.  He gave me a few items that are pretty cool.  The first is a Super Mario All Star’s manual.  It is in mint shape, and I’m not sure why he had an extra copy of it, but I’ll give it a good home:)

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The next two things he gave me were a copy of Legacy of the Wizard and Shinobi for the NES.  Shinobi is a good game, but Legacy of the Wizard is garbage… however for some reason I don’t have either in my collection so it is a welcomed addition:)

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That’s all for now.  Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

 

Next Generation of Gaming

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Well the unbelievable has happened… I actually talked my wife into letting me buy a PS4.  Our Xbox 360 was acting up so it was time for an upgrade.  The Sega dude has been harassing me to get one of these things since it’s release, however I held true to my word that I would never get one… at least for a long time.  But then…. Star Wars Battlefront came out and I was hopelessly out gunned.  The detail that went into that game was too much for me to handle (foot prints in the snow?!… Come on!) so I caved and bought the console from a guy on Kijiji:)  In addition to Battlefront I’ve also purchased Fallout 4, and The Witcher for the system… again on Kijiji.  I’ve been told that The Witcher is an awesome game… and it looks awesome, but honestly I’ve had a hard time getting into it.  Between my job and school I just haven’t had the necessary time to dedicate to the game.      I haven’t even loaded Fallout 4 yet, but I know I won’t be disappointed by it… I’m a huge Fallout Fan!

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Enough of that… onto Nintendo!  Honestly there hasn’t been much to say in the past while.  I picked up a complete copy of Cybernator for the SNES at a local pawnshop for a fairly good deal at $29, but this is the only real acquisition I’ve made since Christmas.  Well that and I managed to pick up a horse for my Ganon figurine that I picked up at a local retro toy show last weekend.  I actually had bought Ganon at a thrift shop for next to nothing, but for years it he has had to walk around my basement.  No longer however… now he has his trusty steed.  The horse looks pretty cool… kind of like a Nightmare in Dungeons & Dragons minus the flaming feet.  I have always thought it would be cool to own a black horse and dye it’s mane and tail bright red, though I’m sure PETA would have something to say about that and I wouldn’t want to cross those guys!  It would be pretty cool though eh!?!

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The horse was the only pick up at the toy show that I made.  The Sega Dude managed to score some Insectors figures which I haven’t seen in a really long time… that was pretty cool, but unfortunately there wasn’t a whole lot of retro video games at the show.  In fact there was really only one two tables that had games… and one of them wanted WAY too much for his wares.  $40 for Super Star Wars… get out!  No really, get OUT!  He must have really not wanted to sell it, or as a buddy of mine says, “he must have been real proud of it.”  There is no way it will move for that price!  Then this guy also said he would be willing to pay $1200CAN for a copy of Little Sampson.  If that is what the game is going for these days… then I have to throw in the towel.  Even though it might be one of the best games on the NES, there is just no way it is worth that much.  At least not to me… and I’m Nintendo Joe for goodness sake!

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Holy crap… $30 for a lousy copy of Super Mario Bros.?!!!  And to think… this was at Value Village thrift shop!  You know this was a pack-in game right, and every jerk in town owns a copy even if by accident.  They must have:

1.  Saw that it was Nintendo, and since retro games are currently a hot item MUST be worth a pretty penny.

2. Saw that it was a Mario game… and some Mario games go for a lot… but not this one!  If this sells for $30 then honestly, I’m done.  I’ll sell off my entire collection and retire for good! That would mean no more blog… and how sad would that be!  Actually it wouldn’t be sad at all… I would be suckling down rum and cokes on a beach and playing video games for the rest of my days. Oh the dream!

SEGA Corner:  Well there isn’t much to say here other than that the Cybernator SNES game that I bought is actually a prequel to Target Earth (Assault Suits Lynos) which was a Sega Genesis game that totally rocked.  I don’t currently own a copy, but if I remember correctly it was a really hard, but really awesome game.  There were of course a few cheats that made the game beatable… such as ignoring everybody in the first level except for shooting down the boss ship… this awarded you with every weapon in the game which gave you a major advantage in the early stages… while still proved challenging in the later levels.  I think there was an invincibility code too, but I can’t remember what it is.  Anyways if Cybernator is half as good as Target Earth then this was money well spent.

Target Earth is also to be re-released on the PS4 soon… actually I’ve heard it has already been released in Japan but not yet in North America (or anywhere else in the world for that matter).  I am anxiously awaiting it’s North American debut!

That’s all for now.  Until next time…

Nintendo Joe

Merry Christmas Love the Ice Man

Lately I’ve been browsing on nintendoage.com which is a video game forum for nerds like me.  I was told to treat it just like I would a Kijiji listing, except that it isn’t local, and trades are in US dollars…YIKES!  Well I found a listing where the guy had some games that I needed for my collection, and his prices were actually really good!  However now that the transaction is over I realize that it wasn’t really worth it.  The games had to be shipped all the way from Glendale California which was pretty expensive, AND the current US to CAN dollar exchange rate made this great deal just an “okay” one.

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These are the games that I ordered.  From top left we have Motor City Partol, Astrika’s Ring, and Thrilla’s Sufari.  From the bottom left we have Wild Gunman, Gold Medal Challenge, and Break Time.  Of all of these games, Astrika’s Ring was the one I wanted most for the simple reason that I liked the label art.  As an added bonus it also came with the instruction booklet.  Gold Medal Challenge is a sports game, but it’s made by Capcom and thus I needed it for my collection.  One day I would like to own all the Capcom games, but some are just too expensive.  Snow Bros. for example goes for over $300 here in Canada. It makes me think about the $150 price tag I saw on it at a local pawn shop… but even that is a crazy price to pay for a game that is just “pretty good”.

Wild Gunman was supposed to be the completion of my black label NES game collection, but I forgot that somehow I lost my copy of Excitebike?  I have the case, and cover, but no game?!!  I also had lost my copy of Wrecking Crew, but was able to pick up another copy for a good price (I think $15).  So alas my black label collection is still incomplete:(  This is significant as when I first got into this my goal was not for a complete NES collection, but rather just the black label games.  Now the rumours are true… I don’t own a copy of Devil World, but this was a European only release and thus I don’t count it… though I would like to have a copy (even though I couldn’t play it).

Now I had a boat load of stuff to trade/sell.  In fact most of what I had collected from yard sales and thrift shops for over a year I had to trade.  Out of the entire pile of loot, there were only a handful of items I kept because I needed them for my collection, but 95% of it was to trade for bigger and better games; and big they got indeed!

I went toIMG_7430 the Ice Man’s location in Lindsay first, but they didn’t really have anything that I wanted to trade for except for a copy of Freedom Force and Tom & Jerry.  The latter game being one that has been on my want list for a long time.  It isn’t a particularly rare game, but I’ve never seen it before, and the price at $15 seemed fair.  As an added bonus, the Ice Man was having a boxing week sale, and I got this game for 25% off.  Not that big a deal, but it is the only time of year video games ever really go on sale around here.

Castlevania_-_Dracula_X_-_01Our next stop was at the Lakefield flea market to visit Fred.  I was really looking forward to trading with him, but as it turned out he didn’t really have anything that I needed except for a boxed copy of Castlevania – Dracula X for the SNES.  This would have been cool, but the box put this already very expensive game out of my price range.  The cart alone goes for nearly $260.  However I don’t collect boxes, so this was an easy thing to pass up.  So yes, onwards and upwards.

The final stop on our trip was at the Ice Man’s new Peterborough location.  Now this place had a ton of games that I needed for the collection.  I gave one of the employees (Mike) a printed list of all the games I had to trade and he spent over an hour tallying everything up.  The grand total:  $470.  Finally I could get some games that I really wanted and for a good deal (I figure I paid about $200 for all the games I had to trade)… so a $270 profit seemed like a pretty good deal.  I probably could have gotten more if I sold them on Kijiji, but then I would have had to deal with low ballers and people coming over to my house…. this seemed like a much better option.  Plus it was boxing week and as I said the Ice Man was having a sale on most of his video games.  One game that I wanted (that unfortunately was not on sale) was E.V.O… at $300.  This is an awesome game that combines elements of both a shooter and an RPG (sort of).  You evolve though out the game by eating lesser creatures until you become who knows what?  One thing I consistently hear this game is very hard!  This was my chance to pick up the game for “fair” price.  I passed as it was just too much money to spend on one game.  I’m not quite at that level yet, or as Mike said to me “I wasn’t ready yet”.

IMG_7429However the following games were holes in my collection and were within my price range.  On closer inspection, I should not have bought Little Ninja Brothers.  It is a great game, don’t get me wrong, but there is some faded writing on the left side of the cart… maybe to some this isn’t a big deal, but for me and my OCD, it’s a huge deal.  I must have been blind (or tired from waiting around for over an hour for Mike to price out my loot).  Oh well I can’t do anything about it now.  I ended up trading it for $52 in credit after the sale price.  There is also no tax on trades so that’s another plus to trading rather than purchasing.  Frankenstein seems like it could be a good game; the truth is I don’t know much about it so I’ll have to let you know after I play it.

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This next game was one that I’ve been on the look out for.  I think the Sega Dude has it complete in the box, but whatever.  This is my copy.  It came out to $43.50 in store credit after the discount.  This game seems like it will be a lot of fun.  It is a top down RPG that was typical of the SNES at the time.  Nothing Earth shattering, but still a darn good game!

 

This last game that I picked up has a bit of a back story.  Not so long ago, the Sega Dude and I went to the Retro Game Bros., for the grand opening.  Their prices are fair for a store, but also there was no tax on this day so that made the prices even better.  Of course you’ll remember that I found the Stack Up game for $50, but somehow managed to pay the guy $70 for it.  A story that haunts me still:(  Anyways the Retro Game Bros., had a raffle in which the Sega Dude actually won a boxed Super Nintendo!  I thought this would have been an awesome prize, but what he did was really sneaky.  He ended up trading it for a game that he knew I wanted:  CHRONO TRIGGER!  And he basically got it for free!  While I can’t compete with that price (nor the thrill of winning such a great prize) I had no choice but to break down and trade for my own copy.  Now you’ll notice that I took the price tag off.  That’s because I did NOT get the game for free, and I want my marriage to stay intact.  So ya, I’m now the proud owner of Chrono Trigger… officially the most valuable game in my collection.

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Sega Corner:  I was able to pick up a copy of Mystic Defender for the Sega Genesis which is a game I remember playing with the Sega Dude back in the day.  It was a hard game, but if I remember correctly it wasn’t very long and wIMG_7436e were able to beat it.  I look forward to playing this game again.  The best part is that I was able to pick it up complete for only $12!  Now that’s a good deal…. still though, it wasn’t free:(  My only problem with this game is that the cover art on the Japanese Megadrive version is much better!  I think it was called Spell Caster 2 over there?  There are some slight differences in the two versions, the biggest being the outfit the main character is wearing.  In the Japanese version it was more like robes, where as in the American version it was more like you see on the cover.  I’m not sure why they would bother to make such a minor change?

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Spell Caster 2 (Megadrive version)

That’s all for now.  Until next time,

 

Nintendo Joe

 

 

Nintendo Joe 1, Value Village 0

I just got home from visiting my relatives in Buffalo, N.Y., for a holiday dinner this past weekend and of course I had to do a little game hunting while I was down there.  Unfortunately we didn’t arrive until 4:00pm as some people (I won’t mention any names) took forever to get going in the morning and thus I only had time to go to one game store.  Such decisions to make with so little time.  On one hand there is Elmwood games which is in the middle of Buffalo and the furthest away.  The owner has some great deals and I’ve probably purchased about 30 games from him over the past three years… but he is too far and it just didn’t work out.  So I settled on Oogie Games inside Eastern Hills Mall…. It is a chain, they are resellers, but sometimes their prices are actually not too bad

The first two games I picked up from old man Oogie was a copy of Life Force and Caesars Palace.  I already own Life Force, but this copy IMG_7010is in much better condition so I’ll trade the old one away.  At $4.99 I thought it was a pretty good deal and it is actually a pretty good game (perhaps one of the best shooters on the NES). Caesars Palace… I know who cares right?!  I certainly don’t, but I needed it for my collection… and at $2.99 it hardly brokIMG_7007e the bank.

These next two games are for the SNES.  Fatal Fury 2 is pretty cool to have.  I’m not a big fan of beat ’em ups, but this series was actually okay.  I think there is a “Guy” version out there too, but it is too expensive.  The other game is the Art of Fighting which I don’t know much about, but I thought I remembered the Sega Dude saying that it was pretty cool on the Neo Geo.  At $4.99 it was worth the risk.

Believe it or not I actually found a deal on Kijiji that worked out for both myself and the seller.  This is a really rare thing these days as most people are asking crazy high prices for games… often more than what a store charges!  The game I bought was Kings Quest V for the NES.  I’m not really sure where I stand on these types of puzzle games.  On one hand they can be VERY frustrating… on the other hand they can be really satisfying when you actually solve a puzzle without having to look up the answer on the internet.  This is just the type of game that will drive you crazy for a long time!  I remember playing a Kings Quest (I’m not sure which one) back in high school… this was before the internet, and somehow we managed to beat it.  It must have taken us hours and hours to complete all the puzzles, and the dialogue was just soooooo bad.  “I took a mint”, or near the end when you get to the minotaur “get away from her YOU BULLY!”.  Of course these are all meaningless unless you know the game I’m talking about, so we’ll just leave it at that.

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While I was out picking up Kings Quest V, I figured I would go to the Value Village that was close by.  Normally I skip this one as they have never had anything worth speaking about… until today:)

IMG_7005When I first walked into the store, I went as I usually do right to the showcase to see what games they may have for sale.  What they had was an over priced version of Sonic & Mario at the Olympics for $19.99.  Pass.  So I went to where they keep all the crappy sports games and behold what I found:  What you see here is a complete mint copy of Star Fox Assault for the Game Cube.  The game commands a fairly large price tag at around $35 – $40, but in this case I got away with one.  The price was only $5.99!  I couldn’t believe my luck, but it didn’t stop there.

 

Right beside Star Fox Assault was a complete in the box copy of Metroid: Zero Mission & Final Fantasy Tactics for the Game Boy Advance.  The price tag was a whopping $4.99 and $1.99 respectively.  The Sega Dude has been lording over me for long enough that he has both these games complete in the box copy of these games while I just have the cartridge.  No longer!

 

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What’s even better is that I can finally rid myself of the “NOT FOR RESALE” version of Metroid: Zero Mission that I have.  Don’t get me wrong, the game is amazing… one of the best on the system, but this little detail has been plaguing me for a while now.

IMG_7002It is such a small and minor detail that most people probably don’t even care, but I hate it and the Sega Dude knows it!  Anyways I’ll trade off my old copy for something better at the flea market or maybe even the Retro Gaming Bros..  I have a heap of stuff to trade so I should get something good.  In fact, I was in a store Christmas shopping today when I stumbled upon a complete copy of Might & Magic for the NES.  I really want this game, but I couldn’t justify spending the $95+tax they guy wanted for it… I’m not all about having boxed NES games anyways… in fact I only own one (Mega Man) which was my original copy from back in the day.  However I might be able to pull off a trade.  Hmmmmm… yes this could work out in our favour!  A little of this for a little of that.  It’s crazy enough that it just might work!

SEGA corner:  There is some news on this front, but due to the sensitive material it will have to wait until after Christmas;)  Sorry about that.

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

Immortalized!

Well the improbable has become possible.  I have forever been immortalized.  Last week was my birthday, and the Sega Dude really out-did himself this time.  He commissioned an artist to do an avatar of myself with the Nintendo theme and I think that it quite possibly could be the most thoughtful gift I have ever received.  Check it out:

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That’s me dude!  I think the likeness of it turned out really awesome.  There are so many different Nintendo references that I never would have thought of… the Power Glove, Legend of Zelda’s Master Sword, the Mario fox tail, the Joe logo in the nintendo font, and of course the Mario hat with a J on it for “Joe”.  It even captured my sparrow-like legs and big boxy shorts that I wear.  If you look really close, the arm patch is that of a Smurf which represents my wife that I thought made this extra special.  It really is a quality piece of art and I have no doubt that when I die it will increase in value so much that the artist becomes famous!  Thanks so much for this!

Unfortunately I haven’t had much luck in the acquisition front.  In fact the only pick ups that I’ve had are a PS2 copy of Dark Star Fox 64Alliance, and the Nintendo 64 Version of Star Fox.  I already have both of these games… in fact multiple copies of Dark Alliance so they are up for trade.  They don’t command a high price tag though so I’m not sure why I’m blogging about it.  I’m not even a big fan of Star Fox… but the price was right at $10

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This next picture is one of the coolest Nintendo accessories that I think they made and i must have one!  It is a hands-free controller for the Nintendo Entertainment System.  This is a controller for people who don’t have use of their arms and I think it is brilliant.  I don’t know how well it works, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.  I don’t know of any other company who has made a hands-free controller.  I’m willing to bet that this commands a huge price tag today though… which probably means my wife won’t let me get it:(

That’s all for today folks.  Once again a special thanks goes out to the Sega Dude for immortalizing my image.

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe