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!

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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

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Waterloo Game Swap 2015

Before we get started on this weeks post, I thought I would direct your attention to this website (click here) which has a very funny video making fun of us video gaming nerds.  We’re so lame!

Anyways this weeks post is about the game swap in Waterloo Ontario that happened on March 29th, 2015.  What is there really to say… it was a good swap.  I sold nearly all my merchandise and made a profit of around $220… which I then spent on more games to add to my collection.  Apparently my prices were “really good” and “the lowest at the show” according to several customers.  Hey man… I was able to add to my collection and that’s what counts to this nerd!

IMG_1161This is a picture of my buddy Flavio and I at the swap.  Between him, the Sega Dude, and I, he really came out on top with a whopping $900 in sales… and he was able to pick up several quality NES titles like Toki and Times of Lore for cheap which I am extremely jealous of.  At least the Sega Dude isn’t lording these games over me!

IMG_5187We managed to score a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles for our friend the Stone Mason.  The price tag says $75 but I negotiated a deal for $70 which doesn’t sound like much but the game goes for much more than that in the stores.  I have no idea what type of game it is, but the Stone Mason really wanted it and thus he now has it.  I would promote his site, but I think he has given up on that:(  So let me know…. what type of game is this?  I know it is an RPG, but is it actually any good?  Maybe I’ll borrow it some day from my friend and defeat it, but until then I’ll have to rely on your comments IMG_5188when deciding if it is any good or not.

I picked also picked up a copy of Mario Party 7 for the Game Cube.  It isn’t anything special, but the Mario Party games are kind of fun.  That being said, I bet they were a lot more fun back in the day.  I wanted this title for no other reason than I didn’t have it in my collection and for some strange reason I’ve started accumulating all the Mario Party games.  I’m missing Mario Party 1, 3, and 9… the latter being for the Wii U which I also do not own yet… I’m close though… ever so close!

IMG_1167This is a picture of me and my buddy Jay Bartlett who is starring in the upcoming movie Nintendo Quest.  Actually the movie used to be called NES Club, but Nintendo Quest is a much better name as the former didn’t make any sense at all.  The movie is basically about him visiting game stores all over the United States and Canada in order to build a complete NES collection.  We don’t know his budget, but we do know he travelled a crazy distance in order to complete the quest.  Was he successful?  I don’t know.  As close as we are (which is like fire and ice apart) he wouldn’t tell me.  I look forward to seeing your video Jay, and good luck.  My prediction is that he failed, but I’m hoping I’m wrong.  The reason I’m so pessimistic is because there are tons of obscure NES games and I can’t see how on earth he would be able to buy them all.  One of the rules is that he is not allowed to buy games online… only in person at the stores.  Unfortunately they don’t say how much he pays for the games which to me is a really important fact.  I mean who cares if you picked up a copy of Mega Man for $80… for crying out loud I could do that!  Fortunately I already own this title:)

IMG_5186Sega Corner:  So I managed to pick up a copy of my beloved Phantasy Star II and a copy of Granada for the Sega Genesis.  These games are both awesome.  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that Phantasy Star II is my favourite RPG of all time… almost blasphemous coming from a website dedicated to Nintendo I know, but true never the less.  Phantasy Star 1, 2, and 4 are the best RPG’s to me. 3 just sucked! Perhaps I’m a bit nostalgic, but ya… they are better then anything Nintendo has thrown at me.  That being said Super Metroid is over all the best game I have ever played so take that Sega!  Granada is a simple but really fun shooter with great graphics and music.  I remember beating the game for the first time in front of all my friends in the Sega Dude’s basement in the early 90’s.  Crazy as it may sound, no one of the female sex was impressed:(  It did however score me a few high fives from the boys!  Oh Granada… how you tried to best me, but in the end it was I who was victorious!

See you next time.

Nintendo Joe

 

Retron 5 Has Arrived!

IMG_4526Well the Retron 5 has finally arrived and Hyperkin (the manufacture) sure delivered a great product.  Now I’ll admit that it stayed in the box for two weeks before I opened it, but that was only because I suspected it didn’t come with an HDMI cable.  So I went out and bought one (thankfully very cheaply) only to find out that the bloody machine came with one!  Awesome… once you buy the Retron 5 you are ready to rock right away… and because of the HDMI capabilities you can hook it up to an HD television and experience great quality in terms of both sound and graphics for all the systems that it is comparable with (NES, SNES, Famicom, Super Famicom, Genesis, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy, Game Boy Colour).

IMG_4524What is really the only downfall about the Retron 5 is that games that were meant for a handheld system (GBA, GB, GBC) don’t look nearly as good as they do on a 2.5 inch screen.  On my 46″ screen it looks very blocky and the minimal use of colour on many of the games becomes very apparent.  That being said, the games are still very playable and I’m enjoying some of the classics all over again…. it’s like new life has been found inside these old cartridges.  It is nice to play Zelda II: The adventure of Link on my big TV.  By the way, as an supplemental to my last entry, one of the comments/complaints Shigeru Miyamoto (the creator of Link) had was that the monsters couldn’t be bigger due to the system’s limitations.  I think this is a load of hooey as Guts Dozer in Mega Man 2 was huge and didn’tIMG_4503 overly tax the system.  What they heck was Mr. Miyamoto talking about?  Anyways it was still an awesome game, and on the 46″ it looks fantastic!

SNES games play like a dream on the Retron 5, though admittedly some of the save states don’t work on at least a few titles that I’ve tried… namely Super Metroid.  But this is okay as I don’t mind playing the games as they were meant to be played… besides, SM had enough save spots in the regular game to make it more than fair.

The Retron 5 comes in two colours (black and white) and I chose the black version… actually I didn’t have a choice as the vendor I bought it from only had the black.  But I’m not disappointed in any way of the systems capabilities.  It comes exactly as advertised.  My only actual complaint is that I don’t really care for the accompanying controllers yoke stick.  I would have much preferred a cross-like design like on the SNES controller.  But this is a moot point as you can hook up the original controllers to the system as well.  The Retron 5 also lets you map out the controls to any way you wish to customize it.

I’ve been waiting for a long time for this machine to come out and I must say it was worth the wait.

imrs.phpOn a different note, this picture came from the Washington Post under the caption “Is This the Greatest Ebay Listing Ever?”.  Apparently it is a complete NES, SNES, N64, and Sega collection; and it can all be yours for the low asking price of $164,000.  Now the highest bid to this day on the collection is $45k which I think is a really lowball offer.  Is it worth the asking price?  Well apparently not as something is only worth what someone is willing to pay.  It will be interesting to see how much the collection ends up selling for.  Though admittedly even if I had the money I don’t think I would buy it as what would be the fun in that?  The fun is in the adventure of collecting.  If I just wanted to play every game I would download the ROMs and play them on my computer.  But where is the fun in that?!

I went on Kijiji the other day looking for games.  Not a deal to be found in all of our great city.  Everyone wants way too much for their games that I wonder if any product actually moves.  I have managed to sell off quite a few games as I think I price them right about 10-20% lower than the “list” price.  However the prices that people are asking are well over the list price and it seems as though they are trying to retire early.  Good luck!  Or perhaps I’m selling my games too cheaply.  My friend the Sega Dude has been telling me about a forum for the NEO GEO where people will sell games to other collectors for great deals… just don’t be reselling them or they will ban you from buying ever again!  I wish there was something like this for the NES/SNES.  The only reason I resell some of the games I buy at thrift stores is to fund my hobby of collecting games.   Nothing gives me a bigger rush than finding a good deal that I can add to my collection and blog about.

I’m done with EBAY.  The new import fee that most people from the U.S. are charging make it a complete rip off.  Basically they are saying that they will pay the duty on the shipment for you… for a fee.  In the last decade of ordering from EBAY, I’ve only had to pay duty once… ONE TIME!  Now thanks to Ebay’s greed I get charged every time.  So ya, I’m done with Ebay.  This will slow down my collecting, but as I have a regular job with a regular salary I just can’t justify paying even more fees!

Coming up on my next blog:  For Halloween I’m going to make an attempt at Link from the Legend of Zelda.  We’ll see how it turns out, but I’ll take pics along the way.  Halloween rules!

Later dudes,

Nintendo Joe:)

 

 

127 Yard Sale

127pic-2013-lgMy wife and I are back from out annual highway127 yard sale trip and it’s good to be home.  In the past 5 days we’ve been yardsaling across the state of Ohio…. and to think that is only the tip of the iceberg.  This sale goes starts in Addison Michigan, and goes all the way down to Gadsden Alabama.  It would be impossible to do it all on one trip… that being said, if I was by myself I would have made it WAY further (I really only wanted to acquire more video games where as my wife was looking at all sorts of uninteresting things).  However as far as Nintendo goes the pool was rather dry.  In the entire state of Ohio, I only managed to get my hands on 5 NES games I didn’t already have.  I did score a big hit for the Sega Dude in that I got him 8 non-sports Sega CD games for $20.  That seemed like a good deal, but wasn’t really helping my collection any. So further south we travelled, and my patience was running thin…

IMG_4180…that is until we hit Cincinnati…

.logo games-galore.. here I went to two different retail stores (Game Swap, and Games Galore), and for a resale outlet I must say that their prices were more than fair on many NES and SNES titles.  There was a few oddball prices… like $55 for a copy of Super Smash Bros. on the N64 with it’s label completely destroyed (to the point that you could barely tell what game it was).  That being said, some guy bought the game when I was there… thanks buddy, because you bought this piece of crap for such a high amount, games will continue to have overly inflated price tags!  I however only picked up the games that were priced blow that stated on my iPhone ap and/or pricecharting.com.  In fact, some of the prices were far below the listed rate… and this was true at both of these stores, so it wasn’t like I caught them sleeping.  Video games are just that much cheaper in the United States than they are up here in Canada.  The staff at these stores were very friendly and anxious to help me out.  I felt like a kid in a candy store… I’ll take that one, that one, and that one…. oh that one looks good, etc..

Traders_World1The next morning we went to two flea markets (Traders World, and Treasure Aisles) that were right across the street from each other… and like the stores, their prices were low as well for many games.  I picked up a copy of both Caslevania IV, and Act Raiser 2 for the SNES for $45.  It was not the listed price… that would have been $52.  But my offer was accepted:)  Now according to pricecharting.com, this is a fair deal.  But up here in Canada I’ve seen stores charge $55 for Caslevania IV alone… granted prices here are not  as expensive as in European countries, but still I must protest!ti_logo  I liked that people were willing to haggle a bit on their prices, and overall were a joy to do business with.  There was one video game store in Traders World that had prices I would compare to that from Canada.  For example he wanted $150 for The Adventures of Lolo 1,2,&3 as a set… i wasn’t impressed and didn’t buy anything from that guy.  But all the other stores were pretty cool.  $10 on Mario Time Machine for the SNES, a buy two get one free… actually I got two free games (Final Fight and Fatal Fury) as they were already priced low at $5, and $4 respectively.

All in all I spent $240 and came home with 34 NES games, 9 SNES games, and a few miscellaneous titles that I want to trade. The big lesson to be learned from all this… save up your money and go down to the United States to do your game hunting.  It’s just hurts my wallet too much to be buying games up here from stores… so what do you say Sega Dude, road trip?!

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Garage Sale Victory!

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The date was Saturday May 31st, 2014 when the Sega Dude made his big find (well to be more precise, the Sega Dude’s lovely, beautiful, adoring, caring, sympathetic, honourable, outgoing, and awesome wife found this)  Holy crap!  For a mere $40 he picked up a red N64, a regular N64, and around 15 or so games which included both Zelda’s Ocarina of Time (gold edition), and Majora’s Mask.  The best part… and really painful for me to accept was that what the package also included a copy of the Super Smash Bros.  To add salt to the already festering wound, there was the memory expansion pack hidden away.  I just couldn’t handle it.  Letting the Super Smash Bros. slip through my fingers for the third time was just not an option.  In as polite a way as possible I informed the Sega Dude that “I’m taking this”… and he let me!  Not even a single punch was thrown (just so we’re clear he could beat me to a pulp… yeah, he works out!).  I couldn’t believe it… finally in my possession was a copy of a game that has eluded me for the past two years.  The best part was that the condition of the label was mint.  Honestly I was worried for a bit as there was some rusting on the contacts, but you’ll be happy to know that with a little elbow grease I was able to clean it up… and it worked!  Oh the joy… finally I could play as Samus and kick Link’s ass… something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  That should teach him to not have such a complicated and nearly impossible to decipher story/timeline! Honestly this is something I still don’t completely understand (the Zelda timeline that is).  Perhaps a blog topic for another date as this will require some study.

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Check out this sweet N64 box that the Sega Dude gave me.  Oh he gave me quite a lot last Saturday.  Included with the Super Smash Bros. was the memory expansion (I can now finally play my Majora’s Mask, Donkey Kong 64, and Command & Conquer with all the extras), and a yellow controller.  He even offered me the red one, but I couldn’t accept that as it belongs with the red N64 for which he should get a fair price on Kijiji.  I suggested that he bundle it with both Zelda games for $150.  Do you think this is a fair price, or too high/low?  Within less than 24 hours he already received the typical low ball offers of less than half what he was asking.  I think $150 is a good ball park price, but perhaps I am mistaken.

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The Sega Dude’s latest contribution to the Nintendo Museum

Well now onto my finds…. though they seem rather pathetic compared to what I’ve already described.

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I also picked up a pink Nintendo DS lite with a charger (only to later to find out that the charger belonged to the DSi… why would they make it different?  I guess I’m on the look out for a DS lite charger now).  On the other hand I could keep it as I don’t have a DS lite and technically don’t have all the hand helds besides the Advance Pocket and 3DS.  I can see myself buying a 3DS down the road, but I figure I’ll have to bite the bullet and probably pay full price for a Pocket.

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So here it is, the N64 collection thus far.  To be honest I’m not sure that I want to collect much more from this console as all the titles I have are the ones I’ve wanted.  I think I should focus more on NES and SNES  as they were Nintendo’s hay-day.  That said I won’t pass up a bargain for anything Nintendo with the intention to trade it.

Good luck to you Sega Dude with your sale.  Not that many people read this blog, but you never know.  Click here for the link to his ad.  I think it is a more than fair price, but what do I know?!

 

 

Super Metroid Comes Home!

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My dear friend the sega dude (pictured above) has been collecting games since university back in the mid 90’s and he has built up quite an impressive display.  As his name indicates, he is primarily into Sega/Mega Drive, but occasionally he’ll dabble some NES/SNES.  While I haven’t been collecting for nearly as long, we felt that we had acquired too many doubles thus when we stumbled upon the VGCC.ca seasonal swap meet, we were quick to sign up for an exhibitor table.  Even though we were so late in signing up, the convenors were friendly enough to squeeze us in!  At $25 per table, this was a bargain!  Interestingly enough the guy who had the table beside us had bought games from me before at on of my yard sales this past summer… small world.  My quest in at going to this event was to bring home a copy of Super Metroid, however there were only two vendors at the entire event that had a single copy each… and one was only using it as a display… he was taunting me!  However with a lot of verbal harassment (and and i mean A LOT!) he finally caved and sold it to me for $45.  This was a tad more than I wanted to pay, but I couldn’t turn it down because it is my favourite game for the SNES and I haven’t even physically played it…. ever… that’s how good this game really is.

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I was able to pick up a few other titles… most notably Final Fantasy and Ultima: Quest of the Avatar for $25 total.  I’m not really sure about the Ultima game as I’ve never played (or seen it played) before.  However it is an RPG so I figured I would give it a shot.  Maybe I’ll write a review of it in a later posting.  Final Fantasy is a classic that goes without saying.  

The Sega Dude told me I should use this site as a bit of a trading post.  Back in university, he had a site and if I remember correctly he did quite well… made a lot of contacts, and was able to get some good trades.  Maybe he was onto something.  The games I’m looking for are pretty standard:  Anything with Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, Mario, etc..  I’m missing 4 & 5 of the NES Mega Man, and all of the X games.  True, I have a copy of Rockman X, but that doesn’t really count.

The hunt for games must go on!