Change in Direction?!

Lately I’ve been pondering where this blog is going.  I haven’t exactly been keeping up with the theme of Nintendo, or even retro video gaming in general.  The reason is that my NES finds are very few, and far between.  If I posted only an acquisition, I would likely have a biannual entry.  That’s why I’ve been talking about current events and goings on along with my hobby news… and while I haven’t received any criticism, I’m not sure it is appreciated among my legions of loyal followers.  Although I’m not usually needy, I’m asking for feedback in the comments section.  While I get extremely excited about new NES acquisitions, I also really enjoy putting out there what I think about the current climate.  What I might end up doing is putting the retro video gaming section news first, and my additional comments later so you aren’t forced to read them.  Here it goes.

Gaiares back cover

I’ve noticed a flaw in my “mint” Gaiares game for the Sega Genesis that I picked up last week.  There is a slight gouge on the back of the cover through the UPC code.  It is a very minor flaw, but honestly I’m not sure I would have picked it up (even at the discounted rate) if I had been aware.  I’m usually better than this, but I must have been caught up in the big discount.  Perhaps I’ll swap the cover for the Sega Dude’s when he isn’t looking!

My wife gave me the news the other day that they have made a Primus themed pinball machine.  While I appreciate pinball for it’s arcade nostalgia, I never really was into it.  That being said I loved Primus in high school!  That Les Claypool has to be one of the best bassists in alternative rock.  My favorite song has to be Tommy the Cat, but I think Jerry was a Race Car Driver would be a better theme for the pinball machine.  Honestly, the machine looks rather weak in it’s play-field, but a Primus themed version lead by front man Les Claypool who played a fretless bass guitar and tuned the thing as part of the song’s progression gives it reason to notice.  He might not be the best bass player of all time, but at least he was the best of the music genre!

Have you checked out the copy of Little Samson on lately?  It’s actually gone UP in price for no apparent reason.  It currently sells for $1873US on the site… what’s going on over there?!  In fact all of the major online retro gaming sites have outrageous prices…,,,…. I mean if they are getting what they are asking, then more power to them… but there is no way in Hell I’m paying those prices!

That’s me on the right on Halloween.  I went out as the infamous manager of the heavy metal band GWAR, entrepreneur extraordinaire, Sleazy P. Martini.  That guy has confidence like no one else!  If you need anything… and I mean anything!  You have but to ask Mr. Martini.  He ran for president back in the 1990’s, and the country would have been run into the ground even faster than Donald Trump is currently leading it!  That takes dedication!


What do these women all have in common?  All four of them are token female NFL correspondents during regular broadcasts on various channels. My wife and I argue about this all the time, but as most of you know, I am a feminist…


Pvt. Vasquez

… for as you know (if you are a follower of this blog), Private Vasquez is my favorite Colonial Space Marine from the movie Aliens!  I’m a fighter for female equality, and personally I’m offended that these female NFL correspondents get such a lousy role!  I mean if the NFL was serious about incorporating women into their broadcasts, there would be at least ONE in their main sportscasters!  Now before you jump all over me, not all the great ones are ex-players.  I don’t believe the infamous Joe Buck every played on an NFL team… yet he is one of the premiere announcers.  Now honestly I don’t mind a dominantly male cast calling an exclusively men only league, but let’s not pretend to care about diversity when it’s so bloody obvious that they don’t!

That’s all for now,

Nintendo Joe



It’s All Mine!!!

Let’s just say that in the end I got mine!  More on that later…

IMG_6048This is a Value Village find.  I picked up this sweet chess set for $15 and am hoping to trade it for something really cool.  I hate eBay, but some people are listing it for nearly a hundred bucks!  Now I realize that this is just an “asking” price, but heck I should get more than my money’s worth… and that is really what this whole thing is all about… finding rare Nintendo games at an exceptional value.  Hopefully my investment pays off.  You’ll be the first to find out:)

I remember this gIMG_6667ame being a great platformer.  Much better than they Sega Genesis version… at least graphically.  I seem to remember it playing more smoothly as well.  Anyways both games are pretty good and look great on my shelves.  I ended up getting the guy down to $15 for this game.  Not really a big deal, but then it’s better than nothing.  I look forward to playing the game again as it is from one of my favourite movie franchises.  Alien and Aliens are just awesome films.  Alien 3 was disappointing in that there were no weapons on the penal colony the movie took place on.  I mean COME ON… it was the the guns and Colonial Marines that made the previous movie so good… not to mention that it was an excellent horror/action movie.  It scared the crap out of me when I first saw it, and to be honest I occasionally still have nightmares of the xenomorph!  But Alien 3 was nothing compared to the eye garbage that was Alien Resurrection.  This movie was horrible.  I mean when you put human female sex organs onto the Queen alien to give birth to a hybrid human/xenomorph you know you have gone too far.  Besides this abomination… and that’s exactly what Alien Resurrections is… the story and script were just crap.  I actually drove all the way to Buffalo with some friends so that we could see this movie three days before it came out over here.  Lets just say it was a quite car ride back home to Toronto as we all felt like a bunch of chumps.  So even though Alien 3 (let’s try to forget about Alien Resurrection) wasn’t a horrible movie, it paled in comparison to the first two movies in the franchise.  However as I mentioned above, the video game is actually pretty good… they gave us the guns and fire power that was lacking in the movie!  Perhaps the makers of the game should have made this film!


These NES games were purchased from the one and only Flavio.  Some of these (namely G.I. Joe) were titles that I’ve been on the lookout for and for some reason have not found.  But alas my search is over.  Digger T. Rock seems like it could be an okay game, and Kid Kool (a special thanks to the Sega Dude for trading a Sega Master System console for it) I hear is a lot like Psycho Fox on the SMS.  If that’s the case then I’m in for a treat as Psycho Fox was a great game!

IMG_6693But this is what I have been waiting for.  That’s right a copy of the one and only Nintendogs:  Dachshund & Friends complete in the box.  I realize that with such a great game comes great responsibility… this has not been lost on me.  IMG_6694



What’s really sad is that the person who donated this game to Value Village actually paid nearly $35 from a local game store.  I know this as the receipt was left in the box which I took a picture of and posted:) This game has only one purpose… the case is good to store a GBA game in.  The rest (as awesome as it is!) can be let go.


IMG_6691The real find was last Friday at Value Village.  I just walked in there as I usually do and found this little gem.  Now I knew it was worth a mint, but did they know?!  The answer is NO… to them it was just another SNES game for $10… can you say cha-ching!  Holy smokes a copy of R-Type 3!  My app tells me that the game sells for $102 US which would officially make this my most valuable game in my collection.  Super Mario RPG is worth more as it is complete in the box, but the actual cartridge doesn’t carry as high a price tag.  Honestly I’ve never even seen this game, and am proud to now own a copy of it in my collection.  So ya… i got mine in the end!

SEGA Corner:

IMG_6665So I picked up this game on the Sega Dude’s recommendation.  Was it a mistake? I don’t know as I haven’t played it yet.  It looks really stupid if I’m being honest… What the heck is a Chiki Chiki Boy anyway?  At least the cover looks kind of interesting and at the very least I’m assured that I can get my money back if I don’t like it.  Who knows though… maybe the game actually rocks!

That’s all for now.  Next time I’ll be discussing my trip to the video game swap meet in Waterloo.

Nintendo Joe