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

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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

Nintendo Hands Free

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