Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: GameCube

This is the eighteenth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

I’ve been putting off putting this part of this series together purely because of its length.  The amount of GameCube stuff in my friend Joe’s game collection stretches into over 100 games with a ton of different accessories.  It took a very long time to get everything for this blog post photographed and edited, so hopefully you enjoy what will be one of the last posts about this topic.

As usual, I’ll start with the console itself!  The silver GameCube came complete in its box with lots of manuals and inserts, and barely looked used at all.  We actually received a second, empty box for a silver GameCube, so I will be looking for a cheap one to put into that box to sell at some point.  Interestingly, we got two Game Boy Players as wel.  One is the usual North American black one you might expect, but the other is silver!  In North America the GBPs were only released in black but in Japan, a variety of colours were available to purchase.  This other boxed one is a Japanese version, and from what I understand, though the player itself isn’t region-locked, you need to have a region-specific disc for your region-specific player for it to work properly.  I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet since I have a North American GBP set up and ready to go, but one of these days I’ll hook that up and give it a go.

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Along with the console came a variety of accessories.  Logitech released a racing wheel controller with its respective pedals, and we’ll be able to give this a spin with the bunch of racing games we also received in this lot.  If there was ever any paperwork included in these boxes, it’s long gone, though the box for the pedals did come with its cardboard insert.

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Speaking of interesting controllers, we have the pleasure of owning a chainsaw controller for the GC release of Resident Evil 4.  You’d be right if you’re thinking we got other chainsaw controllers in this game lot purchase, and they’re for the PS2.  The chainsaw controllers for the GC are rarer and were released in limited quantities.  I’d like to play Resident Evil 4 at some point down the road, and though I’ve heard this controller is bulky and difficult to use for the most part, I’d be interested to see for myself.

The DK Bongos were also here with two games to go along with them: Donkey Konga, and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.  I had only ever seen the bongos in the flesh at hock shops with heinous price tags attached, so they were never something I thought I’d pick up for myself at all.  I’ve heard they’re an absolute hoot to play with though, but my percussion rhythm skills are abysmal.  I haven’t looked much into how the bongos work or what is required to play games using them, but if it has to do with rhythm, I might be out of luck.  They game boxed with a bit of the paperwork, but the  box is a little crushed.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but the top panel is smooshed, making the box difficult to open.

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Another accessory is the Dance Dance Revolution mat for the Mario Mix game.  This is a pretty fun thing to have, though my lack rhythm skills and non-compliant 31-year-old body might not enjoy a jaunt with this particular game.  There was a second mat for some two-player fun, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to convince my other half to play this one with me.

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And now for the games.  As you’ve likely come to expect if you’ve been following this post series, there are lots of shooter and stealth games here.  I’ve heard many praises sung for Killer 7, Serious Sam and Time Splitters, and though these are not games I’d usually pick up, I’m going to try them out at some point.  Oddly enough, I’ve amassed a substantial Metal Gear Solid collection from this big game lot.  Funny how that happens, eh?

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There were a whole pile of games here based on television and movies.  I narrowed my eyes suspiciously at this bunch, wondering if they’ll be at all better than licensed games on other consoles.  My guess is no, but considering I haven’t seen at least half of the media related to these games, I might have some catching up to do before I can accurately judge these ones.

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Among the many, many sports games, there was a true gem: NCAA College Basketball 2K3.  This is shockingly the rarest game for the GameCube and at this point in time is selling for well over $100 in many different places online.  There are lots of titles here that I have very little interest in playing through, but I might try out a few.  I surprisingly had some great times playing NBA Jam with my boyfriend, so who knows if I’ll fall a little in love with sports games?

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Fighting, horror, and action games were plentiful here as well.  I got to “upgrade” my Super Smash Bros. Melee from a Player’s Choice to a regular label here, and the rest of the games were new to me.  I especially love that there are several robot fighter games.  I’m becoming mildly obsessed with robot stuff for no good reason, and these games (Custom Robo and Metal Arms) look to be loads of fun.  I don’t know much about some of the other games here.  Maybe tell me your favourite of this bunch so I have a place to start!

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I’m not sure how many Star Wars games were produced for the GameCube, but we landed in a pile of five of them.  Though some of them have to do with the prequels which I am mainly unfamiliar with (I’ve only seen them once), I still love the Star Wars universe and want to dive into these.

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I dipped my big toe into real time strategy games recently, and I am really enjoying that sort of gameplay.  Of all the GameCube games here, there were only a few RTSes.  I’m generally not a big fan of games that take place in real war history, but these games look far removed enough that I might enjoy them.  I was intrigued to see that Odama comes with a mic and wonder how that’ll integrate into the gameplay.

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Lots of puzzle-based and arcade games were here as well.  I’m not sure why I lumped Mega Man’s Anniversary Collection and Luigi’s Mansion in with this particular group of games, but I’m awfully excited about them both (specially Mega Man.)  I only have 2 and 3 for NES, and X for SNES.  I’m excited to try out the other games in this particular collection.  It’s so funny that people are currently getting the Mega Man Legacy Collection, and I’m just now getting my hands on long-ago remakes of the originals.  It sounds like that’s par for the course for me! Chibi-Robo is a game I know nothing about but have always wanted to play.  See my above commentary on robot love.  It looks awfully cute.

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Among the spoils were more adventure games with a cartoon-y style rather than the more serious bunch I’ve already mentioned.  Of obvious interest to me here are the Phantasy Star Online games which I do not own for the Dreamcast, as well as the Viewtiful Joe games.  Star Fox Adventures is supposed to be a mediocre RPG-ish adventure game, but I’ve only dabbled a tiny bit in the earlier games in the franchise.  Maybe I’ll actually like that one since I don’t have much of a comparison or nostalgia attached to the earlier installments.  I’ll also have to practice my French a little to partake in the Rayman games, which seems to be a French language copy of the game.  I’m by no means even close to being fluent in French, but I can order a hamburger with a questionable Canadian French accent.  Hopefully there are lots of hamburgers in those games!

I’m also excited about Wario World.  I just received a copy of Wario Blast in the mail not long ago, so my affinity for that character is growing a little.  He’s becoming far more to me than the Mario Kart character with a fart horn.

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Racing games were abundant!  There were two copies of Kirby Air Ride, one of which I was able to use in a trade at a swap a few months ago to get some other games.  Lots of these racing games look absolutely awesome, and I am particularly intrigued by Tube Slider.  It might be a case of misleading cover art, but I don’t know that I’ve ever played anything involving what appears to be luges, racing or otherwise!  Mario Kart Double Dash is also a nice addition.  I found a copy of the game at the thrift store a few months ago so this is now a double Double Dash, but it’ll make for a good trade down the line.

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When I mentioned a few posts ago that I am now really close to having a complete Metroid collection, I wasn’t kidding.  I ended up with several copies of Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime Echoes, and even a compilation with Prime and what might be a demo of the latter.  I’m shocked that this game, being as well-loved and highly praised as it is online, doesn’t cost more money like others that have become subject to the strange retro game inflation problem sweeping the world.  Either way, I’ll likely start the Metroid series from the beginning and work my way up to these eventually.

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RPGs were a-plenty here as well, with the Baten Kaitos games, a Tales game, as well as a few others that I’m not entirely familiar with.  This is another case of games being “too new” for me to have much knowledge about, and given how many games are here, my research to find out what is worth starting out with has barely begun.

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I also received a collector’s edition of Robotech Battlecry, but the t-shirt was long, long gone by now.  I don’t know if I like the cut of boy t-shirts anyway, but the rest of the stuff was there in the box. Though I haven’t played or even heard of the game before, I’m sure the art, dog tag and lithographic art will feel more personal to me when I do get around to it.  More robots!

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There were also a few Japanese games in the mix.  It’s interesting to me how different the packaging is between North American and Japanese GameCube games.  The boxes are so tiny and small compared to the DVD cases!  The games are Castle Shikigami 2, Radirgy, and the Nintendo Puzzle Collection.  We also conveniently received a copy of Free Loader, a region unlocking disc.  I’m not entirely sure how it works, but I’m glad that I’ll be able to try these Japanese games out without having to jump through too many hoops.

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I wanted to keep the Zelda games for last because it’s one of my favourite franchises.  If you read my post about completing my Zelda collection up to and excluding 3DS some time ago, you might be scratching your head and wondering why I’m so excited about these.  In truth, there were a few variants I didn’t have yet, but getting my hands on these doesn’t make my collection any more complete in terms of new games.   It just means I have more variants of games I already owned.  It was really neat to find a cardboard box copy of Four Swords Adventures with the DVD case and a GBA link cable included.  I don’t know how many of those types of packages were released for other games, but it was neat to see something different than the plastic snap cases!  Of the games here, the only ones I was missing were the Ocarina of Time Master Quest, and the Windwaker variant that also has a disc for the OoT Master Quest.  I didn’t even know that variant existed, but it’s neat to have!

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In addition to all of these games, we got a few extra goodies.  The first bunch of things I wanted to mention were some demo/preview discs.  Each disc has a few demos on it that were meant for in-store play.  Though I never played a demo disc for the GameCube specifically during its run in stores, I do remember trying out some demo kiosks in my youth.  The specifics are pretty fuzzy.  These are really neat to have since they’re not something you run across every day!  I know that you can search versions online to see what they contain, but I’m curious to just pop some of them in and see what happens.

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Another thing that absolutely blew my mind in this lot was a development tool consisting of a hard drive called an NR Writer, and a Memory Card Emulator.  I’m not entirely sure how this stuff works, but I was told that it gives you the ability to burn GameCube game discs, as well as write different game states to a memory card to do testing.  We have a little bit of research to do.  I’m pretty sure this sort of thing was not meant to be available to the public, so I’m not sure where to start.  Hopefully I can find some information!  More on this when I have a better idea of what it’s all about.

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If you’re still with me here at the end, thanks for sticking it out.  This post was certainly a lengthy one, but I hope you’ve enjoyed my tour through all this GameCube Goodness.  Considering I had only about 10-15 GC games prior to picking this game lot up, I can certainly say that it was quite shocking to receive more than 10x that many games here.

I have one more post planned, so stay tuned for that one.  Thanks for reading!

-GG

 

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Some Gnarly Atari Games

Am I allowed to use the word gnarly?  I think I was a bit too young in the 90s when that was popular.  Visions of Bill and Ted are flashing before my eyes now…

Though retro game pickings have been mostly dismal over the past few months, I did see a classifieds ad for some Atari games pop up.  As a relatively casual collector for that system, I wasn’t quite sure whether or not any of the seller’s games would be worthwhile for my tastes, or whether any were particularly sought after that I could snatch up.  TheDeviot over at Comma Eight Comma One recommended I check out AtariAge for some information on rarity, and it was incredibly helpful (thanks again!)   After doing some research and watching some gameplay clips online, there were definitely a few gems in the pile, so I negotiated what I thought to be a reasonable price for 8 games, and actually went back on another day to pick up a few others to round it all out.

Of the games I picked up there was only one double in my current collection, and that was Frogger.  The rest were entirely new to me!  It was obviously great to find a copy of some Nintendo games like Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Jr., but I was even more intrigued by Pitfall II.  It’s not a game I had known very much about before owning it, but after trying it out and seeing that it was like a little adventure title, I was very surprised to find that it has an ending!  That’s a bit of a rarity on a console normally geared towards racking up points, and I played that game for two evenings straight just to listen to the great music and get to the end of all the obscurity of collecting what might have been a bunch of glowing cheese and a shaking monkey – I didn’t have an instruction manual after all.  I even went so far as to record a playthrough of it, but though my voice and the game’s audio were captured fine, there was so little detail in the video’s picture that it’s going to take some tweaking of the setup before I try that one out again!

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The two games I ended up going back for on a separate occasion after doing some more research were Crackpots and Radar.  Crackpots honestly looks like a game I can get behind and involves smashing spiders with flower pots as they try to ascend your apartment building.  Radar I picked up for the simple fact that it was a Zellers-exclusive game, meaning that it was a Canadian-only release and likely has a higher rarity than some of the others here.  I know that most of the games from that set are just blatant copies of other games, and this one is no exception: it’s a copy of Cruise Missile.  Either way, it was great to find a third game in that bunch, with the other two I currently have being Dragon Treasure and Earth Attack.

In other news, I’m heading to a swap event soon, so hopefully I’ll find some more really great stuff there and report back with that in the next few weeks.  We recently had some new shelving custom-built and installed for the Nerd Room, and it’s looking fantastic.  We have so much more storage that’s quickly filling up with all the things we didn’t previously have room for (mostly all the stuff from Joe’s collection I picked up a few months ago), so who knows how much more collecting I can realistically do before we need to have shelves built on the ceiling in there?  I am hoping to do a post in the next bit showing the before and after of that space.  That will be something fun and a little different!

I hope your weekends are all off to a lovely start.  As always, thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Nintendo DS

This is the seventeenth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

I mentioned in my last post that one of the main reasons I had stayed away from the handheld gaming phenomenon (which also includes Nintendo DS/3DS) was mainly because there were no TV-compatible adapters to play the games with.  Regardless of the neck pain and stress headaches being hunched over a tiny handheld screen would usually cause me, I’ve never been much of an “on the go” gamer with the exception of a few road trips in my 20s.  Even in my youth playing my original Game Boy was spent tethered to the wall with an adapter cord rather than running wild and free in the light of day, trying to figure out how to increase the contrast so I didn’t go blind from all the squinting and straining.

I suppose in my stubbornness, I’ve actually missed out on a bunch of really excellent games.  I have regrets, but at least getting a few games from Joe’s collection can ease the pain, and I can start seeking out some other great additions to the handheld game library.

We received a black DS Lite with all its fixings.  Like everything else we got in this acquisition, it was in really great shape with no scratches on either screen like it had never been used.  The DS Lite is my personal DS of choice because of its ability to play GBA games too.  I’m sure many of you have already figured out that I’m a huge backwards compatibility fangirl.

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This collection has been a little stash of special edition or anniversary release paraphernalia, and that certainly didn’t stop here.  Among the many boxes of things, we found a Legend of Zelda stylus fashioned in the shape of a feather, along with a special Castlevania 20th Anniversary game carrying case.  These are pretty neat to have, and I definitely plan on using the stylus to finish Kirby Mass Attack some day.

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Another accessory we got was a rumble pak.  This was something neither my boyfriend or I had ever heard of for the DS, and I’m actually not quite sure how many games would be compatible with something like this.  I’ve never used any type of rumble feature on a handheld, but I’ve experienced it on the Playstation.  It definitely does add some depth and immersion into a game, but I wonder if it shakes the whole screen and makes things hard to see on a handheld.

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Now for the games!  I finally have a copy of Nintendogs.  I think when I finally get around to playing it that it’ll become a guilty pleasure of mine.  I used to absolutely obsess over pet care games.  I had a discount dinosaur Tamagotchi-like device growing up which almost got me sent to the principal’s office several times in the 6th grade because I didn’t respect the school’s ban on them.  Rebellious!  Getting the demo for Metroid Prime Hunters was also great.  I actually realized last night that through this collection purchase, I own nearly all the Metroid games out of nowhere.  I used to only own two: the original Metroid for NES, and Super Metroid.

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There were also lots of the usual shooters/horror/adventure games to be had among the spoils.  I watched a trailer this morning for Dementium: The Ward, and I’ve had goosebumps and the willies ever since.  I’m truly hoping I can get into some of these horror games because I now own so many of them and wouldn’t want to see them sit on a shelf forever.  I’ll just have to keep a teddy bear and a blanket close at hand I guess.

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In brighter and less bloody news, there were more Space Invaders games here!  I thoroughly enjoy the use of the world “revolution” to describe the newest and shiniest iteration in an old series brought back to life.  Electroplankton actually seems like a really relaxing time where you adapt different environments to make music with tiny aquatic beings.  It’s hard to explain, but you might consider checking out some gameplay of this one.  I can see it being a good afternoon-waster.

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More puzzle games were abundant in this set, including the usual fare with Tetris, matching games, music games, and drawing games.  I don’t have much else to say about these except that in the reviews I’ve watched of many, people praise the touch interface of the DS as a revolutionary change in the original gameplay (see what I did there?)

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Unsurprisingly, there were some Nintendo franchise staples in the mix.  Super Mario 64 DS’s box was missing the game cartridge, so I found a loose copy of it for $8 locally to make that one complete.  I was very excited to see Yoshi Touch & Go here.  The original Yoshi’s Island for the SNES is one of my favourite games despite the fact that it makes the completionist in me scream in agony, but this lighthearted mini-game compilation seems like just the type of relaxing gameplay I’d be interested in undertaking after bashing my head against the wall trying to perfect playing the original.  A strange part of me is also desperately wanting to know how they made Metroid Prime into a pinball game.  It’ll also give me a chance to try out that rumble pak…

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I bet that you are not surprised to see that for last, I kept my personal favourite game genre type: traditional and action-adventure RPGs!  And boy were there some goodies!  I personally can’t get enough of FFIV, and having a portable version of FFIII is also nice.  This is the only cartridge form of FFIII that I own.  I ordered a reproduction of it for the NES ages ago so I could eventually capture some gameplay, but there were some issues with the order so it still hasn’t arrived yet – I digress.  Either way, the Castlevania and Lunar series are both excellent, so any additinoal games I can add to my library are welcomed.  I did a bit of research about Orcs & Elves, and it doesn’t look to be half bad!  It’s reminiscent of games like Doom or Wolfenstein on DOS, so there’s likely hours of fun there to be had.  I didn’t previously have any Rune Factory games, and given my love for Harvest Moon, I was glad to see that one pop up into my welcoming arms.  I even got a squirrel plushie from the game hanging around somewhere.  I’ll have to see if I can find the other games in the series if I like this one.

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And there it is!  Many excellent titles for the DS are mine to be enjoyed casually during my travel escapades.  Maybe I’ll start bringing a DS to work and play during my lunches.  I just eat alone in my office anyway…

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!  Thanks for reading.

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Game Boy Advance

This is the sixteenth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

By now, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that I missed out entirely on the Game Boy Advance in its prime.  In general, the concept of handheld systems is my least favourite — I get stress headaches a lot from neck muscle tension, and it really seems to flare up while I’m staring down at a tiny screen.  Did I mention my near vision is starting to go?  Getting older sucks.

Joe’s collection had quite a few games for the console, and most of them came with their boxes and manuals.  There are some excellent games to be shown in due time, but for now I will start out in my usual way with the consoles themselves.

We received two GBAs here, one normal and one modified.  Modified to do what you might be asking?  Your guess is as good as mine.  It looks like the port installed on the back of the white one was meant to allow for an alternative power source of sorts.  Before this I didn’t actually own an original GBA and had been playing some games for the system using the Game Boy Player attachment for the GameCube, so it’s definitely nice to have the real deal for the first time.

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The games that we received were diverse and plentiful.  These are the games in the bunch that I probably know the least about, but it was great to see F-Zero and R-Type in there.  Those are born from solid franchises, so hopefully these games will be good as well.

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The next set of games we got I would broadly classify as a mix of arcade and puzzle games.  As a fan of older systems like the Atari/Intellivision/Colecovision, etc., things like Millipede and Super Breakout excite me to no end.  I’ve also heard that Zoocube is a lot of fun!  You can’t go wrong with ports of classics most of the time.

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In addition to these, we received a solid set of Castlevania games for the system.  I’ve only played a tiny little bit of any Castlevania game (it was Dracula’s Curse for the NES and I died over and over again in the Clock Tower level… ugh), but I can get behind the idea of new iterations of the foundational gothic platformer series.  I’ve heard that not all of these games are equal in quality, so I’ll be interested to be able to compare them whenever I get the chance to play through them.  I just hope that their soundtracks are as amazing as the other games in the series.

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There is nothing quite like the Nintendo staples to really round out a collection of games.  I recently bought Metroid for the NES after being inspired by LightningEllen‘s  last-minute run through the game at the end of last year, so I always find it funny when I end up with doubles, or in this case, a remake of the classic so soon after buying it up.  In that same vein, I think the Zelda II here is the third iteration I have (the others being the original on NES, and the port to the GameCube on the Collector’s Edition), but nonetheless, it gives me some options when I finally do get around to playing through it again.  Obviously the Super Mario Advance is a nice thing to have as well since SMB2 is my favourite of the original trilogy, and the Game & Watch Gallery games are also a good time.  I think the original receipt was still in the box for that one, and it was something like $51 with taxes in from the mid 2000s.  Crazy!

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No acquisition would be complete without a few letdowns, and unfortunately these boxes with their manuals came to me with no games in them.  Luckily I had three of the four games loose in my collection already, with the exception being Metroid Fusion.  That one is a bit expensive even loose, so it might be a while before I can track it down.  Either way, it was nice to upgrade those games to complete status.

Though I didn’t take a photo of it, an exciting thing here was the set of e-Reader cards that came with the Super Mario Advance 4 game.  They open up new levels for the game, and I can’t personally say I’ve had a chance to try them yet.  It’s so much fun to have new life breathed into a game I can beat in my sleep!  Okay, well not really.  I can make it through the original game as long as I use the cloud on the Dark World dungeon…

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I didn’t know that there were so many offshoots of the Megaman franchise.  The Mega Man Battle Network games, from what I understand, are RPG/action hybrids.  This is right up my alley, as usual.  Bomberman Tournament also looks like a ton of fun, and at first I didn’t realize it had a lot of . I never knew that Bomberman could visit towns and dungeons and get into battles!!  If I had known a game like this existed, I would’ve likely tracked it down a very, very long time ago.  So excited!

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There was even more action-y fun to be had with these other games including more Mega Man.  Earthworm Jim was great on the Genesis/Sega CD, so I’m curious to know if this is another direct port of that game or if there are any significant differences to levels/gameplay.  I haven’t played any Zone of the Enders games at all, but this is the third game I now own (the others are for PS2 I believe).  I have heard a lot of praise for Dragonball Z games in general but have very little experience with the show.  Can anyone say if the games are still enjoyable if the player doesn’t have a thorough understanding of the story beforehand?

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As usual, last but not least comes from the RPGs in the bunch.  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance was a game I already had in this exact condition, so it’s going to make a nice trade.  I was pretty pumped to see Kingdom Hearts.  It has literally been a decade since I’ve played the original on the Playstation 2, but it’ll likely be a great time since what little gameplay I’ve seen of the game is vastly different from the original.  Sword of Mana was also an awesome discovery.  I have the original Final Fantasy Adventure game on the Game Boy, so I’m likely to take a trip through that one first before trying out this remake.

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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep this for this post or for one of the last posts in this series to follow, but I got a ton of stuff for the e-Reader!  Some of it is for the GBA, but some of it is also for the GameCube (Animal Crossing cards).  I honestly couldn’t believe how many cards I got here, including some sealed ones!  I’ve never tried out the e-Reader before, so it’s definitely something I’m looking forward to sauntering through at some point in the near future.

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I think I have about three more posts planned for this series before it’ll wrap up for good, so stay tuned for those.  I’m also sorry for not posting more regularly — I’ve just been assigned a huge project for work which is eating up a lot of my evening and weekend time until I can get it all under control, but hopefully I’ll be back to a more frequent posting schedule soon.  I suppose that also depends on the thrifting gods smiling down upon my lovely head…

Hope you’re all enjoying what’s left of your weekend!

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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It’s Raining NES!

I was quietly complaining stating a few posts ago about how slim the pickings have been for retro game collecting in my community.  Apparently grumbling frustrations out into the world has pleased the thrifting gods because I was blessed in finding a bountiful harvest of NES games at a local thrift shop.  I got a great tip-off from a friend that works there and arrived at the store to see a ton of really great games at reasonable prices (for once!)

Surprisingly, most of the games we bought we didn’t already have.  Just when I think I’ve finally found all of what I want for the NES, I’m reminded of games like Double Dragon, Rampage, Popeye, and Kid Icarus.  A lot of these games I’ve only had the pleasure of playing on bootleg cartridges or not at all.

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The only disappointing thing about this game bunch is that I mistook Tag Team Wrestling for a different game I always found hilarious growing up called M.U.S.C.L.E. Tag Team Match.  The game we bought is just a regular old wrestling game where dudes grunt at one another until someone succumbs to too many pummelings.  I haven’t played much of the game than than just enough to test its functionality, but I want me some glowing, horned/moustached wrestling dudes that fly across the screen!

I got everything for about $100, which was a nice change from some rage-filled buying experiences of over-priced games I’ve had in the semi-recent past.  It also really helped that I had a 30% off coupon that I didn’t hesitate to use, so that also lightened the blow.  All the games work and cleaned up nicely, though some of them had a sticky mysterious brownness on them that I don’t even want to think about.

Hopefully this discovery means a change in the tides for retro game hunting.  It’d be nice to see more success in the coming summer weeks.

Hope you’re all looking forward to a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Playstation

This is the fifteenth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

Ah, the Playstation.  It’s one of the many consoles I missed almost entirely between the Sega Genesis and the PS2.  Conveniently for me its library is rife with RPGs!  I have to say that the things we got from Joe for the Playstation were some of my favourites from the whole shebang.  There are truly some excellent things to show here, but we’ll start with the console as usual.

I never owned a PS1 console until we bought this game lot – it was one of the only major release consoles we were missing.  Because I always played my PS1 games on my PS2, I didn’t see much of a use for one, but I obviously don’t mind having one!  The console came to us in decent shape and working order with one controller.  I was surprised to see an actual Playstation memory card.  I’ve only ever seen the Mad Catz ones and that’s all I ever used to date.

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For games in this bunch, we got all types and kinds from several different genres.  As usual, I haven’t had a tremendous amount of time to look into many of these mostly unfamiliar titles, but Sim City 2000 is something I’ve always wanted to play.  I’ve heard wonderful things about the Front Mission games, and in my humble opinion, most things Square touches turns to gold.  You will have to let me know if you’ve enjoyed any of these other titles in the three photos below.

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I’m probably one of the only people on this earth that has not played any of the Crash Bandicoot games, but I am now the proud owner of the collector’s edition for the console.  For those of you that have played these, are they as good as everyone says?  I’ve seen a little bit of Crash Team Racing on a stream at some point in the recent past, but that’s about it!  I always get this and Banjo Kazooie confused for some reason.  Please don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me.  I’ve never played either series!

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Onto the stuff I’m a bit more well-versed in: Final Fantasy games!  My goodness were there ever a lot of Final Fantasy games included.  There were really two sets, and the first I’ll show you here are the mostly beaten up greatest hits versions of the games.  You can see that the jewel cases have seen better days, and in a lot of the cases, the discs showed wear and tear from a little bit of rougher use.  Many of the things in this entire collection have been immaculate, so it was interesting to see these ones in mid-shape.  What’s great is that there’s an almost complete set of the games for the console here, with the exceptions being Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Origins (I and II compilation).

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Thankfully for me, there was a second, complete set of these games, all black-label.  I’m not usually too picky about green vs. black labels, but when it comes to my RPGs, I like to have the more attractive black stripe on my cases peeking out at me.  There are other nice differences between the originals and the greatest hits versions like different disc art and some small changes to manuals (i.e. black and white vs. colour in some places).  My personal copies I played growing up were not in the best shape since I had ordered most of them off of eBay in my late teens or picked them up second hand.  I was certainly not as diligent about disc quality back then as I am now, but these are an excellent upgrade for my Final Fantasy PS1 collection.

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And holy smokes, did the RPGs ever keep coming.  Way back when I started this blog at one of the first swaps I wrote about, I talked about finding a complete copy of Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete.  Joe’s collection yielded a second copy, but a different disc variant.  Sadly, there was no soundtrack included in this box set, but most of the other stuff was there including the cloth map and the hardcover manual.

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There were still more RPGs to be had in this lot, and they were definitely some heavy hitters I’ve been looking for for some time.  All of these games are excellent (and expensive!!).  The only double for me here was Chrono Cross, though this version was an earlier print compared to the one I already owned from Square Enix.  There isn’t much different other than the name on the front of the case and the discs being a uniform white versus a reflective surface.  But Star Ocean, Ogre Battle, Dragon Warrior VII, Tales of Destiny and Vandal Hearts II are all great, great titles that I plan to eventually put a bajillion hours into.  Guardian’s Crusade isn’t a game I’ve heard much of anything about, but I hope it’s good too!  Yay!  And boo.  I need more shelves.

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Last but not least, I have a small set of games that I’m hoping Cheap Boss Attack will be a bit excited for: horror games!  A few of these were recommended to me by folks from the blog world and also on Twitter, so I was quite happy to see these come through my door.  I’m not the best at playing scary games because I get too freaked out and need to walk away from them for a while (literally) but maybe I’ll be able to put on a stiff upper lip and play with all the lights on in the daytime.  There has to be some compromise, because I’ve heard these games are some of the finest horrors to be had in console gaming!

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This portion of the collection acquisition was a total slam dunk as far as I’m concerned.  There are a few other Playstation games I’m looking for (Legend of Mana, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, etc.!) but this checked off a huge portion of my list of things to smoke out of the woodwork.  I’m extremely pleased to say the least!

I hope you’re all enjoying this post series.  Thanks as always for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Nintendo Wii

This is the fourteenth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

The Wii was a console I waited several years after its release to buy.  Though I waited for a sale, I ended up caving at the last minute and bought the more expensive black version of it.  I had a fairly tiny collection of games for the Wii, mostly consisting of the titles you’d expect from the main Nintendo franchises, with the star of my collection being The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  There are a few games I’ve been wanting to pick up and actually have lately, but Joe’s collection helped to expand that collection a little further and netted me some new games I never knew I needed.

Before we get to the games, I want to show you the boxed console.  Most of you folks around my age have likely seen this box plenty at the stores, so it’s nothing particularly special, but it is in very good shape.  You can see that I didn’t take the console out of the box because packing it back in there is an absolute nightmare.  In addition to the boxed console, we also received the Wii Zapper, which is really just a plastic holder for the Wii-mote that happens to come with Link’s Crossbow Training.  The copy of the game was still sealed, so that was a nice touch as well.  I don’t know if any of you have played Skyward Sword or Ocarina of Time, but anything that involves aiming and shooting at targets (rupees, pumpkins, or whatever) makes my blood boil.  I can’t tell you how long I spent at the shooting gallery in Ocarina of Time listening to that music over and over and over again… needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be jumping into Link’s Crossbow Training any time soon.

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I was happy to see a USB wi-fi connector for the Wii.  Having wireless internet connectivity will be better than the previous setup involving many long network extension cables running throughout the house.  I never knew these existed.

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Because my friend couldn’t seem to get enough of Guitar Hero, we also got two boxed versions of the games released on the Wii: Aerosmith, and Legends of Rock.  Both boxes came with all the listed assets, and everything was in pretty good shape and working well.  I think along with the other Guitar Hero stuff we got for the Xbox 360 and the Rockband stuff, we’re up to 5 guitars!  That’s a lot of storage for something I don’t think I’ll play very much.

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There were a small pile of games to be had apart from these big, bulky Guitar Hero boxes.  I think what’s surprising to me about these first seven is just how much blood, guts, death, and surgical precision surgical prowess these games all seem to be focused around.  Between Mr. Chainsaw-For-Arm and Mr. Lightsaber-Lite, these games are jam-packed with gore and murder.  Don’t even get me started on all of the undead re-killing that probably happens in Resident Evil 4 and The House of the Dead.  Trauma Center: Second Opinion looks interesting to me, but I watched a video about it and it gave me the willies.  Though the graphics aren’t entirely realistic, the idea of suturing and pulling giant shards of glass and other debris out of people ushers me close to a state of vasovagal syncope.  The most fun I had in a hack-n-slash was definitely Diablo II, so maybe these games might bring me back to that in some way.

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The second bunch of games we received are on the much lighter side of things.  I’ve never owned a copy of Wii Play, but I do recall playing the cow racing game with a friend back in university and loving that so much.  What I was especially excited about here were the Metroid games, especially the Metroid Prime Trilogy!  I’ve heard that the games are not to be missed.  Given I have never played a single Metroid game, now feels like a good time to start.

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Though they’re just a humble set of games and accessories compared to the enormity of what we got for other consoles in this acquisition, these Wii additions are still some great staples!  I have a Wii U, so it’ll be nice to experience many of these games in a higher resolution.

Thanks so much for reading.  Only a few more posts to go!

-GG

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