It’s been a long time since I updated you on my video game finds, and I’ve been meaning to collect material for a longer post.
First off I attended a game convention called “Retro Mania” that hosted not only video games, but even vintage stuff like VHS tapes and a lot of toys. The prices were generally decent, and there were a lot of great deals to be made. I got myself some Star Wars and Turtles figures as well as a Psyduck figurine. Video game-wise I got Excite Bike and Faxanadu for the NES, a Tetris Jr. LCD handheld and a SNES joystick, the Score Master. I gave half the charting price for the NES games and the Score Master. I only gave about 6 Euros for the Tetris Jr., the online prices are ridiculous and average about 40 Euros, which is strange as it was distributed with Nintendo’s official magazine Club Nintendo through the Swedish distributor Bergsala AB at the end of the 90’s, when you subscribed.
Next I attended “Retrospelsmässan” which this year had extended to be running throughout the whole weekend. I got a Nintendo 64 controller (I now have four official controllers), Solomon’s Key for the NES (a great puzzle game classic), Road Rash for the Mega Drive and surprisingly Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time for the DS. I remember having tested the GBA games but I don’t recall ever playing the DS ones. The games were bought for about half the Swedish video game chart- prices, and Road Rash for 2 euros in a bargain bin. In that same bin I found an European NES Control Deck manual in decent shape, as well as a 1992 catalogue of French NES releases, and a Game Boy Color manual (I had a mint box and everything for it, but not the manual). For the SNES I picked up Wario’s Woods, Starwing and Tetris/Dr. Mario. I got Super Gokuden 1 and 2 for the Super Famicom. I also found Mutatin Raph and a Triceraton from the TMNT line of figures. That Super Ghouls and Ghosts is not from the convention though…
…it’s from an online store. I ordered Aliens Infestation for the DS, as I’ve lost my copy, only it costs an arm and a leg these days, while I paid 10 dollars for my North Amercian copy. I decided to order the game for about twice that amount, and excitedly opened up the box to find the hidden gem “Active Health“! So lucky!! I e-mailed the company back and they sent me a game of my choosing free of charge as Aliens Infestation is out of stock, so I chose Super Ghouls and Ghosts (an amazing game!). The other finds are from thrifting, the first one being Mega Man X8. This means that I only don’t have X7 if you include the Mega Man X Anniversary Collection compilation. I also found Epic Mickey for the Wii, and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare for the Xbox 360. Each thrift find was 2 Euros each.
These finds were from different places. Super Mario 64 DS and Star Wars Droidworks were from a flea market and a thrift store, respectively. Axiom Verge and Dragon Ball FighterZ were gifts and I bought the clear Game Boy Pocket online (it’s a complete set). Both Axiom Verge and FighterZ were amazing, and Super Mario 64 DS is the definitive version of the game in my opinion. I haven’t tried Droidworks yet, but it’s supposed to be entertaining.
Lastly we have some games that I found in storage and some that I got during a sale at GameStop. I found Kid Icarus, Ice Climber and Super Mario Bros. for the NES in storage, in one of my wifes old boxes. It also had a manual for the Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch and a complete box for Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins. So lucky, this time for real! The other games are King of Fighters XIV in a steelbook for the PS4, and Valkyria Revolution and L.A. Noire for the Xbox One. I haven’t played a 3D King of Fighters yet, and never got to play L.A. Noire on the PS3 when it was released.
And that’s it for now! Way too many games!