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!

 

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

Barrie Game Exchange

Yesterday my wife and I went to the Barrie Game Exchange which is about an hour north of Toronto.  Perhaps I should clarify.  I went to the Barrie Game Exchange while my wife waited in the car (like most wives, she isn’t into games).  In fact, the only women I saw at the show was the significant other of the vendor.  I don’t recall seeing any women buyers, which is odd since the floor was literally covered with nothing but handsome and athletic studs!

Now it has been a while since i’ve found games, and i knew that i wasn’t going to get a steal from the vendors at this show.  I did however manage to score a few deals.  I use the word “deals” lightly as I paid nearly book value for a few items.

IMG_6028 The first score of the day was Balloon Fight and a copy of Baten Kaitos… the later which I know nothing about, but the price was right and is a game that I’ll give a go to.  Balloon fight is a game that I’ve been looking for, but for what ever reason (probably price) haven’t picked up yet.  I offered the guy $40 for the pair and he agreed.  Now he did mention that Baten Kaitos was missing the bonus materials disc, but this is not important to me and I appreciate his honesty:)

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The next purchase was for a copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker.  I’ve been holding out on this game since the HD re-release on the Wii U looks mint, but again the price was right at $30.  I didn’t even bother haggling with the guy.  Again I know nothing about this game other than that it somehow fits into the Zelda franchise which is something I stopped trying to keep straight for a while now.  With all the splitting timelines, and games being released out of order makes it too confusing.  Fortunately I have yet to meet a Legend of Zelda game that I didn’t really enjoy so this was a good purchase.  The guy actually tracked me down at the event as the game was locked away in a cabinet (his wife had the key).

I can’t put my finger on it, but the next seller kind of rubbed me the wrong way.  It wasn’t anything he and his wife IMG_6027said or did, but I came away feeling like a bit of a sucker???!!  The  games I bought from this guy were The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (which is an amazing game!).  This copy came with the Zelda music CD which I’m looking forward to listening to.  I hope it has a mix of the dungeon music from the original game as I can’t get that piece out of my head.  So for $75 I purchased this title along with Prince of Persia and Spy Hunter for the NES

IMG_6026The final sale of the day was yet another Zelda title… this one being one that I already own, but not on my 3D hand held system.  I’ve had the Ocarina of Time on my N64 for quite a while now and although the game has had stellar reviews, I just don’t really like the system that much.  In fact of all my Nintendo consoles, I would put the N64 as my least favourite.  I had picked it up at Value Village for next to nothing years ago, so no big loss.  This version I will play as I just love my 3DS XL.  I beat the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and loved it.  It shares a lot of similarities with A Link to the Past both in game play and content, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as both are extremely good games.  A Link Between Worlds obviously has better graphics, and the 3D element added a lot of fun.  This is why I didn’t mind shelling out $60 for the Ocarina of Time and a copy of Maniac Mansion for the NES.IMG_6023

Oh, and I also picked up a copy of Turok: Evolution, and Time Splitters 2 for the game cube at a garage sale the other day for $3.50 each.  Both are complete and are in excellent shape.  I’m not really that excited about these games as I’m not really into FPS, but I didn’t already own them and they were too cheap to pass up.

I went to a shop in a flea market just north of the city that has the most outrageous (almost insulting) prices yet.  He wanted $89 + tax for a copy of Act Raiser on the SNES!  The game normally goes for around $20.  I can understand a bit of a markup at a store, but this is insane!  At first I thought I heard him wrong (I HATE having to ask the price), but then he also had a crummy bass fishing game for the SNES for a whopping $43 + tax.  I hate to say it, but for this price I would happily sell off my collection and retire down in the Caribbean.  It’s too bad though because this guy had a lot of games that I needed.  At these prices however, I will not be coming back to his shop!

Sega Corner:  I’m on the lookout for another Phantasy Star cartage for the Sega Master System as the Sega Dude apparently has a made himself a copy of the game that has extended dialogue which isn’t too much for kids like the original release was.  Also the game has the FM sound put on it so that will be nice to hear.  Not that the original release was bad… Phantasy Star was perhaps the best game on the system or even of the time… I’m just saying it will be an added treat and will give me a reason to play the game again.   Anyways if I can find another copy of the game, he’ll transfer over the improvements.

See you next time:)

Nintendo Joe

 

 

It’s Mine!

Frist things first.  I FOUND IT!… and at Value Village of all places.  I went in there yesterday afternoon, and there it was starring at me right in the face… Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo Game Cube!  And all for the low price of $10.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  I haven’t forgotten how I was sniped by a guy for the same game about eighteen months ago… I think i even wrote about it here… but all that is moot now as at last the game is MINE!  The box is in great shape, however upon inspection, it is missing the manual, and the disc has seen better days but at least it works well.  Also in this threesome are Mario Strikers Charged, and Mario Party 8 for the Wii.  These were also $10 each and I’m going to keep the former and trade the latter game.

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IMG_5677These games were picked up at a yard sale which my wife and I do almost every Saturday morning.  All three of these games were picked up for $8,and  although Pikmin and Animal Crossing are missing their respective manuals I still think it was a good deal.  The discs are free of scratches and the boxes are in great shape.

Now onto the non-Nintendo finds.  I picked up these Sony Play Station 2 games at the same aforementioned yard sale.  I think I paid $10 for all six IMG_5679of these games.  I was kind of bummed that the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy was missing the Vice City disc, however that is a very common game and I should be able to find a replacement with very little trouble.  I don’t collect for PS2, but if I see some good titles for cheap I’ll get them to trade.  I’ve never heard of “The Warriors” before but I hear that it will trade well.  Too bad Dark Alliance is the Greatest Hits version:(

IMG_5675This was also a Value Village find.  It’s mostly complete (missing the Rachet and Clank game) but the box is in great shape as is the system.  It cost me $22 and I’m hoping to get at least $60 in trade??  I might hang on to it for a while though and see if I can find a copy of Mega Man to play.  From what I remember it the robot master battles were much more difficult than the original NES version.  Plus there was two additional bosses…. Oil Man, and I can’t remember the other?

IMG_5681Finally, these two candy dispensers were given to me by my mother-in-law.  She knows I love Nintendo and is always on the look out for me at the local thrift shops and yard sales. It is VERY much appreciated!

Sega Corner:  No updates this week… mainly because it is so hard to find the stuff other than at a reseller’s store, and even then the pickings are often slim.  I’m always keeping an eye out!

That’s all for now.  Until next time.

Nintendo Joe

 

 

Got It!

First and foremost, I have to thank the Sega Dude’s beautiful and thoughtful wife for finding (and giving me) a near mint box and instruction manual for my Diddy Kong Racing cartridge for my N64.  Thank you, and this service will not be forgotten!  It will go in the collection and shine with pride:)

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I’ve been doing a lot of garage sailing on Saturday mornings and I must say that I’m getting much better at it as I gain more experience.  I’ve been watching a youtube channel by some guy named SeeJayAre who documents his garage sale finds and has quite a substantial collection of his own.  I wouldn’t classify him as a reseller, but more of a trader. He seems to trade all his doubles to pick up games that he doesn’t have in his collection.  The big difference between SeeJayAre and myself (well his collection is much grander than mine) is that he collects for pretty much every single system.  I limit myself to NES and SNES… and I dabble in Game Cube, Wii, and the N64.  I have a few titles for the Sega Master System, and Sega Genesis which I usually cover in the ever popular “Sega Corner” portion of this blog;)

Below is a score that I made at Value Village last Tuesday while on my way to pick up my wife at work.  This post is titled “Got It” because of this find.  Nothing in here is really that big a deal (Super Mario All Stars has some trading value), but I swooped in on another guy trying to buy the games.  He asked, “can I see the SNES games” and the person behind the counter gave him half the pile.  I waited for a few seconds and then asked if I could see the other half.  Low and behold in my half there was a game that I didn’t have… Dr. Mario & Tetris double cart for the SNES!  Yay… but more than that the other guys pile of games were worthless pieces of junk like Wheel of Fortune… sucks to be him!  I finally scored (though it doesn’t make up for the “Early Bird Gets the Worm” tragedy where I missed a NES with about 8 games for $5.  I’m still bitter about that one!

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These games are some of the loot I bought while garage sailing.  While there is nothing special here, these are games that were not out on display at the yard sale.  I used my typical line (picked up from SeeJayAre)… “do you happen to have any old video games like Nintendo or Gameboy, or Sega”  For once the lady said that she actually had a few games inside the house if I wanted to take a look.  She brought them out, and while there was nothing to write home about at $2 a piece for complete games this was a bargain.  I’ll probably keep Pac Man Party and trade the others for more desirable titles.IMG_5567

The Pokemon Pinball came into my collection thanks to my amazing, beautiful, and generous wife.  While I don’t really collect Pokemon, this game was a big hit at the Swap Meet last March.  I should be able to get some good trade-in value for it.  That being said, I just looked it up, and it isn’t worth that much at all, but never the less I still thank my wife for looking out for me and the collection!  Keep your eyes open honey… you might just find something great!

Sega Corner:  A special congrats to the Sega Dude for setting up a youtube page that is becoming ever more profitable for him.  I think he was up to $0.34 the last time i checked.  That’s a lot more than I have earned, but then I don’ t have a youtube channel.  I’m not quite at that calibre yet (I still have lots to learn about this blog page first!).  I’m so proud of him and just a bit jealous!

That’s all for today.

Nintendo Joe

Ottawa

My wife and I went to Ottawa to visit a good friend of ours over the spring break.  Along the way we thought we would stop off at the local thrift stores and a small chain (5 locations) called Chumleighs so I could do some retro video game shopping!

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IMG_5181These were all pick ups from the Chumleighs at the Belleville location.  Of everything here, the one I’m most excited about is the official NES Cleaning Kit.  It isn’t that it’s worth a lot, but more that I haven’t seen one (let alone in the box) in a very long time.  At $12 the price seemed about right too so I nabbed it.  The four Super Nintendo games I bought are ones that I’ve been looking for for a while, however every time I see them they are in some over priced game store where I have had to take a pass.  Both Ultima games look like fun, and if Lemmings 2 is half as fun as the first chapter then it will be a worth while purchase.  Galaxy 5000 was just at a good price and I didn’t have it yet so I picked it up.

IMG_5175 IMG_5171 IMG_5178 I already have these games and thus I bought them to trade at the Waterloo game swap which happened last weekend. I will give IMG_5174an update in my next blog of what I ended up trading them for (I still have to take the pictures… also I’m still waiting for the Sega Dude to email me a picture

I got really happy when I found a copy of Mario Party 6 for $4.00 at a Salvation Army thrift shop in Ottawa, however I was disappointed to discover that the game inside wasn’t as advertised.  I bought it anyway as I’ll never get a case and manual for that cheap.  Now I just need to find someone (perhaps jjgames.com) who will sell me just the disc.  I always wondered who in their right mind would ever order “just the disc”, but now I know… ME.

At the same Salvation army they were auctioning off an NES console with 12 games.  While there were a few titles I didn’t have, tucked away at the back of the lot was a mint copy of the elusive Action 52 with manual!  The highest bid was only $120, but seeing as how I don’t live in Ottawa I couldn’t really place my own bid unless I put my friends information down instead of mine.  I bid anyway at $250… cheap for an Action 52 cart.  I probably (actually definitely) should have bid higher but the thing is I didn’t really want it for my collection.  I’m going for a complete NES officially licensed collection and the Action 52 does not fit this part of the criteria.  It would have however been a very valuable trading piece.  It’s all moot however as I don’t think I won it. The auction was yesterday and my friend in Ottawa would have called me by now… or maybe he is just being a dink about it and bid on the game for himself!  Oh well, it was fun to think about for a while.

Sega Corner:  No updates from the Ottawa trip aside from that I will be going back to Belleville at some point with the Sega Dude to visit Chumleighs again.  They had quite a few Genesis games for sale.  The thing about Chumleighs is that while they are a gaming store, their prices are usually what I would call fair… meaning that they are at or slightly below that of pricecharting.com or one of my several gaming price guide apps that I have on my phone.

All the other stores in Ottawa like Microplay were inconsistently overpriced… meaning that they were asking for either WAY too much money, or just a bit too much money that I took a pass.  In fact there was one store in Quebec that we went to that was in the middle of nowhere that had the BEST selection of games that I’ve ever seen.  However you guessed it… asking too much money.  For example they wanted $250 for a copy of Snow Bros. on the NES.  I suppose I could have tried haggling a bit, but you know how that goes when the person you are bargaining with is some underpaid teenager who just couldn’t give a hoot, and we are just lucky that they showed up for work.

IMG_5172I managed to score these two titles at a Value Village somewhere along the way:)

Until next time…

Nintendo Joe

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Score!

It’s been a pretty dry garage sale season when it comes to game hunting… until last weekend!

IMG_3874All this plus a complete SNES console for a mere $54.  The Gameboy games were a big find, but the score of the day was the SNES along with 7 games… six of them boxed for $20!!  The best game that I don’t already have is Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario World 2, but the others are pretty good traders and I should get something pretty sweet for these titles.  Now the debate I’ve  been having this:  I already have Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2 in a case that I had made, now I have an extra copy of each in the original box.  The box (while cool to have) doubles the trade value.  Donkey Kong Country in the box alone is $40 all day long.  I don’t necessarily want the cash… in fact i would rather have another $40 game that i don’t have…. like Mega Man 4 for example.  Then I would keep my old copies of both games (already in a fancy universal case with a printed cover). Your thoughts?!

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To be completely honest, one of the Gameboy games in the above picture wasn’t from the big garage sale score.  Pokemon Blue Version for the Gameboy was actually a Value Village purchase ($10.50).  It’s complete which great, but as you all know Pokemon isn’t really my cup of tea.  That being said it has fantastic trade value and will sell on Kijiji fast.  Again… I would rather trade.  But I’m going to hold on to this game for a while for if you remember several months ago I was ripped off in a trade by some douche bag who claimed to have sent me in the mail a copy of Mega Man 5 and Mega Man X in trade for this game along with three others… all I ended up with in return was some bad feelings and a more suspicious mind.  It’s bitter sweet that I ended up finding this game again, and complete in the box at that:)

IMG_3876 These N64 carts were also a recent Value village purchase and in total amounted to $23 after tax.  Perfect Dark is an early FPS that isn’t that great by today’s standards, but back when it came out was revolutionary.  Castlevania is the other title which is yet another 3rd person perspective game… much like most other N64 titles.  It’s like Nintendo found something that was pretty cool a few times (Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Mario 64) and decided that, hey, if it worked with a few hits, lets make ALL of our new games with the same engine.  That being said, Castlevania is actually a pretty cool game on the N64.  It has a targeting system much like that of the Zelda 64 titles, but I found that it was rather repetitive and became boring quite quickly.

Just throwing this out there… I would go so far as to say that the N64 is the worst of all the Nintendo consoles, with the SNES taking the top spot as terms of overall gaming fun.

What do you think is the best Nintendo console (excluding handhelds)?

Until next time, happy game hunting!

 

Another Week of Collecting Retro Games

IMG_3557This was my “best” find of the week.  Unfortunately I already have a mint copy in my collection.  I thought I would use it for a trade, but apparently the Sega Dude doesn’t have it and i just can’t resist giving it to him.  It’s important to keep him happy so that when he finds something that I don’t have he’ll give it to me.  Otherwise I can always expect a text saying “look what I found… no big deal”, whereupon he lords his purchase over me.  I haven’t had that happen in a while though… maybe keeping the beast fed is a good thing:)  The price I paid for the game is a bit more than I would have liked for a thrift store, but then again it was Super C (part of the Contra series) and usually sells for around $20.  To put it in perspective, they wanted $9.99 for a copy of Super Mario/Duckhunt so they were just throwing numbers out there when pricing these games.  Usually they go for around $3.99 at this place, but alas because it is retro they figure they can get more for it… and they were right as the next time i was in the store all the games had been sold.

 

IMG_3552I don’t know anything about it, but it has the Silver Surfer in the title, and I needed it in my collection.  Plus $8.99 isn’t bad.  The graphics and sound are pretty good, but the game itself is REALLY hard!  It’s so hard that it makes it not that much fun to play.  It’s an side scrolling and overhead shooter which normally i’m pretty good at, but in this case I’m terrible.  The one redeeming feature in the game is that like in Mega Man you can choose which stage you want to conquer first.  That way you get a bit more variety in how you start the game.

IMG_3554 IMG_3555This game I bought because it was under priced at $6.  For a complete game this is a really good price and I’m hoping to trade it for some more NES or SNES at the next video game show in September.  While I’m waiting though I’ll enjoy playing it.  Graphically it looks amazing, and if you are a fan of Robotech this isn’t one to miss.  There are a few problems with the game, the biggest being the controls.  I’m not sure why they didn’t use the two stick analogue controls like most games do… this would have made the game much more fun in my opinion.  However that being said I haven’t played it much at all so we’ll see what it has in store.

IMG_3553The last game I purchased was Lemmings for the SNES.  I don’t know why but I have always wanted to play this game but never have.  It is a puzzle game that you have to solve in order to prevent all the Lemmings from falling to their death in mass hordes… as they sometimes do in the wild.  What a gruesome and bizarre sight that must be.  I remember seeing this game on the PC and it looks like fun.  Hopefully the SNES version holds up to the test of time.

Bomberman Land & Spyro

So my two latest Value Village finds were Bomberman Land and Spyro:  A New Beginning… but you probably could have figured that one out if you read the title of this post.IMG_3279  Let’s start with Bomberman Land for the Nintendo Wii.  If you are familiar with the series, you were probably anticipating that this game would be a good multi-player game.  If this is the case you will be greatly disappointed.  Bomberman Land plays better on solo as the multi-player aspect seems like more of an after thought and was not done very well.  This game is basically a lot of mini-games, but don’t let this throw you off.  I realize that there are a ton of mini-games on the Wii that are absolutely horrible so I wasn’t expecting much when I bought this title; in fact the only reason I bought it was that it’s trade value is double the $9 I paid for it.  But surprisingly the min-games are actually quite fun.  I’m not really sure what the game developers were thinking by making us have to have to actually “look” for the games rather than simply having a list to choose from, but this is a minor issue.  Overall, Bomberman Land is pretty good and seeing as how it is all colourful and cute it can be played at a small party without feeling too nerdy.  This is always a plus for me so if you see it for cheap I recommend you pick it up.

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Spyro: A New Beginning while originally a game for the Game Cube, but now on the DS is a decent.  I’ll admit that I’m not really that familiar with the Spyro series as I never had a Play Station back in the day, however this title is rather fun.  The combat feels very similar to that of Zelda, and when you destroy an enemy, crystals pop out that either recharge your health, or power ups like fire breath.  The best part of the game is the voice acting by Gary Oldman.  His small role as the pimp Drexel in the movie True Romance was by far my favourite, and while this falls way short, still adds a lot to the overall story.  Again, as with many games, I picked this up for it’s trade in value.

I’m mostly interested in completing my NES collection (I’m 26% there) and and good SNES games.  Thus I often pick up these other titles with hopes that I can trade for what I am looking for.  However if these titles don’t trade quickly, then I will proudly store them on my shelf with no feelings of shame:)