Another Successful Show!

Two Sundays ago was the semi-annual Durham Game Swap.  I was approached by Flavio and the Sega Dude to sell with them at their table, but I’ve got nothing left that I want to part with except for a few old PS2 and XBox 360 games that no one wants… hell I’d give them away for free if someone can actually make any use out of them!  I actually thought that some of the titles (Rachet & Clank series, etc.) were pretty good, but I can’t even get a song for them!  Anyways I went to the show as a buyer and I’m glad I made the trip.  Here’s my loot:

IMG_0860 The two games on the left, Solomon’s Key, and Championship Pool are nothing special, but Flavio had them, and I didn’t.  The former is actually a decent puzzle game and is the prequel to Fire N’ Ice… a much more expensive game!  Day Dreamin Davey is one that I see a lot, but it is never at a price that I want to pay.  I started talking to the dealer as he had a copy of Chip N, Dale 2 (In a past blog I stated that I owned all the Capcom games…. This was an error that I hope to correct some day) with a great price on it… I picked it up and immediately returned it after seeing the label damage… to me a damaged label means the game is less than worthless!  Anyways when it came to buying the Davey game I offered him $20… he took a long time to come down from the $25 he had marked stating quite emphatically that he “usually” gets full price.  Not from this guy pal!  I’m trying to complete a collection here!  And $20 is market value so big whoop!

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The dealer was also trying to tell me that Aladdin was a USA released game, and that it was his favorite Disney title.  He wasn’t impressed when I told him it never left Europe,  as you can tell by the circular Nintendo Seal of Quality symbol.  Am I wrong?!  If I am then there’s yet again another game I need, and I probably owe the guy an apology for being so matter-of-factually.

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Onto the next booth.  I’ve been on the lookout for these two games but the price was always way too high.  I asked the guy for fun what he would take for the both, and he said $200… I thought this was a pretty good price as the labels are in great shape.  I must have been blind though for as you can see there is some writing on the Tomato cartridge:  Normally I would have passed, but I must have been caught up in all the excitement of the deal!  Does anyone know how to get permanent marker off plastic?  I heard that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers don’t work as they discolour the NES shell??  I hope there is a fix because if there isn’t then I’ll need to buy a replacement/upgrade at some point as I just can’t have a game in this condition in my collection.  Got to love OCD!

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These games were purchased from Peter at P- Market Games in Belleville Ontario who was also had a dealer booth in Oshawa.  He claimed that he was giving me a great deal… and while his prices have come down substantially since I last saw him (he previously had $300 on Sword Master), they were just at market value and while perhaps a deal at a store, I want more from a retro game show.  Then again, as soon as I picked up Sword Master another dude swore under his breath as he was about to pick up the game.  Hey man, I’m glad I have it, but the price tag at $200 for what most people consider a piece of plastic with a sticker on it is still pretty high…

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Home of my NES collection!

… which brings me to my next point.  When I got home and my wife took a look at what I had bought, and I had to promise her that we would pay off the mortgage before buying the top five most expensive NES games (Little Sampson, Flintstones 2, Panic Restaurant, Bonk’s Adventure, and Power Blade 2).  I agreed to this as the mortgage interest rates are going higher, and our money would be better spent meaningfully on our investment.  However what if I’m presented with a deal I can’t refuse?!  This will be hard, but it may blow over if I can convince my wife that we will donate the “savings” to the World Wildlife Federation.  In other words what I’m trying to say is that it will be a couple of years before I can attempt to complete the North American released NES collection.

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Sqoon was actually purchased online from JJgames.com.  They don’t often have any real deals, but for $75 US including shipping this was decent.  Whenever I see it here it sells for around $130CAN which is above market price and thus I’m not sure how many copies sell.  You should check them out from time to time as you may find a good price every year or so.

Well that brings the needed NES games down to a mere 27 (unless I’m wrong about Aladdin).  While it doesn’t happen often anymore as I’m pretty much at the mercy of Flavio, the Retro Game Bros., and game shows for NES titles to add to my collection… there are occasions where it just seems to work out!

On to other business…

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’re aware of Canada legalizing the use of marijuana, and as many of you know I’m not a fan of Doug Ford (Ontario’s Premiere).  The other day it was released what the Provinces rules/laws were around the use of cannabis.  Namely you can’t use it within a certain distance of a school, etc..  I was just wondering if Doug Ford followed his own rules when according to the Globe & Mail newspaper he was allegedly selling it to people in the 1980’s?!  Hmmm.

 

Joe’s Grievances:  Has anyone noticed that the Dallas Cowboys get way too much air time on nationally televised NFL games?!  They are owned by this racist douche bag, Jerry Jones who at one point took a knee in support of his players in protest during the national anthem before a game… then later said that he would fine players for kneeling as it was disrespectful to the country when Trump declared it “unpatriotic” to kneel.  It’s clear what side you are on dude… not mine!  While we are on the topic of the Dallas Cowboys, what do we think of a team whose star running back is a wife beater, and horrible human being in Ezekiel Elliott… or Zeke as fans like to call him?  It’s amazing what people are willing to put up with from a dude who can run a football a few extra yards!

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SEGA Corner:  Well they’ve finally done it!  They have fixed the bug in Phantasy Star Generation 2 (a remake of Phantasy Star II) that made the game unplayable on the Play Station 2.  I can’t wait to get my mitts on this game as this was the chapter that made me fall in love with the series.  That being said it was the first chapter I played on my newly acquired Sega Genesis in the early 1990’s.  Playing the original game on the Master System “Power” Converter was a massive bonus!  Phantasy Star III sucked, but was made up for in part IV!

That’s all for now.  Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

September Update

It’s difficult to write about NES game acquisitions when you only need 37 more for a full North American set… life’s not that bad!  The Durham game swap is coming up in October, and I’ve already reserved one game from my dealer (and fortunately it isn’t expensive at all!)  Other than these shows, there sadly isn’t much in the way to game hunt any more.  Value Village, once a gaming fans dream, is now just awful to shop at.  They’ve forgotten that they are a thrift store, and the possibility of getting a great deal is what lured customers in the first place.  But now as soon as they see Nintendo on an item, they charge ridiculous prices… sometimes even higher prices than at a retail store that specializes in retro games!  Goodwill (if you can even find one anymore) is a bust as they put all their “good” items for an online sale, and charge high prices along with shipping fees.  Everyone thinks their stuff is worth way more than it really is on Kijiji, and Ebay has long been tapped out.  JJgames is now charging for shipping, and with the American/Canadian dollar exchange rate being so terrible, there’s no deals on their either.  Lukie Games doesn’t show pictures of their merchandise (JJgames does!), and neither will do a deal even if you buy in bulk! Well that just makes it feel awesome when you do manage to find a game for a good deal which of course I’m hoping happens in October.

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When I was at the gaming show in Pittsburgh last summer, there was a really cool poster (not for sale) of Mario with a Tetris background in a Russian propaganda theme.  Unfortunately the lighting wasn’t that great and the picture didn’t turn out.  I was really into learning about the Cold War so that only added to my interest.  This was the closest thing I could find to Nintendo propaganda on Google.

In other news, my Africa videos are posted on my YouTube channel if you want to check them out.  They might seem a bit long, but honestly I just couldn’t bring myself to edit all the really cool animals.  Also, the shorter clips took away from how special the experience actually was.

You know what’s really been upsetting me lately… it’s that everyone has tattoos now, that they are no longer cool.  This really sucks because I used to REALLY want one… a big one of Dark Force from Phantasy Star on my back.  I just can’t bring myself to do it though as every douche bag at the beach has tattoos… so much so that it’s more original to NOT have any tattoos.  What’s worse is that I was downtown the other day and saw this old lady (she must have been 75) with a fresh tattoo on her calf.  If the geezers are doing it then something isn’t right!

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Imagine a full back tattoo of this!

I heard a really disturbing thing the other day… apparently kids that are really bad at Fortnite are getting bullied in the playground… and in response, their parents are hiring “coaches” to help them play better.  This is ridiculous!

The only other thing on my mind is that there used to be a YouTube channel called Retro Liberty that I used to watch… then out of no where they stopped making videos, only to reappear in another channel with the same format but re-branded Pixel Game Squad… and for some reason Aaron changed his name to Riff?!?  This doesn’t make sense, and even worse is that his friends on the show don’t seem phased by it?!  I expect more from the NES Complex!

Anyways that’s all for now…. Cup Head rules!

Nintendo Joe

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

 

A Little of This A Little of That…

This week has been great for mynintendodimension.  I’ve made many acquisitions for the display cases.  I purchased 36 NES games from a dude named Flavio… perhaps the coolest name I’ve heard in quite some time… I may even name my gold fish after him?!  The other two fish in the tank are Cory and Trevor of Trailer Park Boys fame.  Notable titles that I picked up are The Terminator, Bubble Bobble, Journey to Silus (which apparently was originally supposed to be a Terminator game of which the company lost the license for… the last boss looks exactly like a CSM-101), and Punch out… I already have Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, but not this variation of the same game… probably the best sports game made on the NES… I usually hate sports games.

I also made my way to Peterborough/Lakefield area last weekend and made a major score.  For $40 I got my hands on a great copy of Phantasy Star IV.  Obviously not a Nintendo game, but one of the greatest Sega Genesis games of all time… which was a relief because part III was bloody awful… I still want it though:(

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Also purchased from the Lakefield flea market where a copy of Terminator 2, Castelian, Kickle Cubicle, Pinball Quest and Rock ‘n Ball for the NES… the last three of which were thrown in for free as I was buying several games.  Fred (the owner of the booth) is awesome like that and I love doing business with him and hope he stays around for a good long while! I also got a copy of Blazeon for the SNES from him. At $28 it is a lot of money, but not when you consider it is usually listed at $36.  While Fred had two other raIMG_4699re games (Metal Storm, and Mighty Final Fight), I just couldn’t justify spending what he wanted for them… close to $250.  My wife would kill me if I spent this much on two games… even if they are rare and great!

From a store in Peterborough called Chumleighs I managed to score a copy of the elusive Thunder Spirits (which is basically just Thunder Force III on the SNES with two additional levels) which I’m rather excited about.  And at the  Value Village I bought complete copies of Conduit I & II for the Wii… yay!

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Yes I’ve been spending a lot of money lately… but I’ve also been selling some stuff for a profit… or loss depending on how you look at it as I reinvest it into my Nintendo display in my basement.  At Value Village my wife found a mini arcade version of Donkey Kong for $25.  I sold it on Kijiji to a guy for $75 which seems to be the going rate.  I’ve also gotten a few bites on an extra N64 I’m trying to get rid of.  It works great and comes with the memory expansion… and is priced at $65 which is far cheaper than any other ad on Kijiji for the same thing.  It isn’t moving though… perhaps people just aren’t interested in the 64… Not that I blame them as the system is my least favourite of all Nintendo consoles.

In other news, I’ve finished modifying all 200 cases and cut out all the covers for my NES games.  This puts me approximately half way finished with my collection to date.  It’s a ton of work, and while not expensive per case (approx. $2 including printing costs) does add up when you are doing so many.  I’ve been trying to do 5 cases a day for the last while, and it is amazing how fast time flies!  After I get some shelving to put all my games on I’ll make another post.

Sega Corner:  There has been a little bit of additions to the honorary Sega department.  The infamous Sega Dude gave me a really good copy of Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System.  Unfortunately I have to hook up my SMS in order to play it and I’m just to darn lazy.  I’ll wait until I get the Power Base Converter for my Retron 5… I’m told this will be expensive though so I may have to rethink my strategy.  I may end up wrapping Phantasy Star up and giving it to myself as a Christmas present from Santa… Somehow he always knows what to give me!  Also purchased from Flavio (the guy mentioned above) was a great copy of the SMS game Golvellius: Valley of Doom, and Fantazy Zone II… both games of which are awesome and I can’t wait to play.

Speaking of Fantasy Zone, I was watching a youtube video of a guy playing the arcade version… and remembered why I didn’t like it much as a kid.  The arcade is WAY more difficult than the Master System version!  You can check it out here at Fantasy Zone and Fantasy Zone II.  I must take my hat off to this guy as clearly he has some major talent!

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe

Dragon Warrior

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The other day I was downtown and decided to visit the Iceman who owns a video game buy/sell/trade store.  His prices are what you would expect from a reseller and nothing to write home about.  That being said, a while ago I had traded in some old PS2 games that I didn’t want, and since I had the voucher on me decided to see what he had in stock.  There were several titles that I wanted… all over priced, but since I only rarely go downtown I figured I should cash in.  One of the titles I picked up was Dragon Warrior II.  The stick price was $50 which is hardly a bargain, but since I had a $90 voucher, it didn’t hurt too bad.  I haven’t played any of the games in the series yet, though I’ve seen quite a lot of it as a friend in high school ranted and raved about it.  It looks like an okay, but unfortunately pales in comparison to Sega’s Phantasy Star.  As inappropriate as it is to mention on a blog dedicated to Nintendo, Sega really had out done itself with the PS series (except for part 3 which had potential but was a really big disappointment).  In fact I would go so far as to say the most fun I’ve had with a console RPG is Phantasy Star II… but that’s for another blog.

Unfortunately there is not a cover that I can print out on the cover project website.  If you have the game, please upload a scan of the cover.  My collection just won’t be complete with out it.  They have I, II, and IV posted, but not III.  So sad:(

Dragon Warrior came out in 1986… which I believe was a year ahead of the Phantasy Star release.  For what it was… it seems like an okay game.  I’ll update more as I progress through the game however it will be a while as I’m currently playing Metroid Hunters on the DS, and Gothic 3 for the PC.  As I get more into the game I think I’m going to hold a contest to see which title (Dragon Warrior or Phantasy Star) had the better slime monster. I’m not holding my breath on the DW version because if I remember correctly there was no monster animation.  However the DW slime did have eyes and a smile which was rather frightening.  I mean think about it… you are minding your own business when out of nowhere a slime jumps out at you??

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YIKES!!!  What demonic hell-spawn created these foul beasts?!  It is these types of monsters that chase me in my dreams and cause me to wake up in a cold sweat!  Freddy Kruger has nothing on these slimes.