It Never Hurts to Ask

When I see an ad for a lot of video games go up on a classifieds site, nine times out of ten I already have at least one game in the bunch and for that reason am hesitant to buy it or even make an offer.  As much as I don’t mind accumulating doubles of games, I only like to do so when they are dirt cheap so that I can use them as trade bait at a swap or give them away to family.  Retro ad posts have died down considerably with the snow settling in as I mentioned previously, and most ads posted are for *~*Hot Christmas PS4 Bundles*~* and the like.

When two ads for some SNES and N64 stuff popped up last night, after having a look and seeing that I owned probably 60% of both lots, I was disheartened.  In those game lots were two games I’ve wanted to pick up for a long time, and those were Kirby Super Star for SNES with its manual, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day for N64.  I hummed and hawed for at least two hours trying to decide if the price was right for the lots.  At the end of it, I decided that they were too expensive.  One of the lots included the Donkey Kong Special Edition N64 with controller and the game which was pushing up the price considerably.  I’m not really interested in special edition consoles unless they have something to do with a franchise I really like, and even then, I’m not often willing to pay extra money for a different “skin” with no addition to functionality.  I decided to be brave and message the seller to ask if he’d be willing to separate out the stuff I wanted from his game lots.  Much to my surprise, he was!  We managed to settle in at a price of $150 for both games, which is pretty good considering that Conker’s Bad Fur Day often sells for close to $120 on its own, and the Kirby game with its manual is normally close to $70 Canadian. Here are some photos of the games.

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As you can see, the games/manual are in absolutely immaculate shape.  I found out from the seller that this was his personal childhood collection that he had rediscovered recently and was looking to part with.  He was one of the nicest people I’ve dealt with to date, going so far as to invite us in to show us the games working and giving us a bit of a backstory about his small collection.  I’m pleased to have found copies of these excellent games in such good condition that were well-loved by their previous owner.  Nothing is better to me as a lover of games.

The only thing I regret was that this seller also had a copy of Super Smash Bros. for N64 that I should’ve picked up last night as well, but didn’t.  I always go back and forth on that game since I played it to death many years ago on my friend’s copy that had everything unlocked.  I was doing solo play back then, so when I see the game come up, I often first wonder what more I could possibly get out of it when I’ve already played through it multiple times.  Then I remember that I have never played it through from scratch and haven’t experienced unlocking each of the characters.  I’ve messaged the seller this morning about buying the game, but he apparently has someone coming by to pick up that game and the rest of his lot sometime today.  I am patiently waiting to see if that falls through, and if so, I’ll be at his door!  Regrets, regrets.  If it doesn’t work out, another will come.

Either way, the games I did find come highly recommended, and this was the best price I’ve seen for them in a long, long while.  When I’ve seen them both at swaps, the price has been so inflated that I’ve never bothered, and this is especially true for Conker’s Bad Fur Day.  Generally, people are non-negotiable with that game because they know that there is a high demand for it as it is a rarer game for the N64.  It was also one of the few games to somehow sneak right by Nintendo’s strict policies on lewd/inappropriate content and is filled with the crassest of jokes.  The game is also difficult to emulate – we tried and failed several times!  Buying the cartridge for a decent price was the only way to go as far as I’m concerned.

With respect to Kirby Super Star, it is the better Kirby game on the SNES.  Kirby’s Dreamland 3 though charming in its own right has been reviewed as sluggish and slow-paced compared to other games in the series.  Kirby Super Star has several different adventures to play through, and boy do I love variety!  That said, I have yet to complete a Kirby game since the completionist in me gets irked when I have no idea if I’ve found all the secrets or not.  I’ve racked up quite a few games in this series even since starting this blog, so my Kirby backlog is starting to rear its ugly (or cute?) head.  I am pretty sure I have games to play for life at this point.

Anyway, I hope all you American-folk had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday.  Thanks to all of you for reading!

-GG

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15 Responses to It Never Hurts to Ask

  1. I always wondered how in the hell Conker’s Bad Fur Day ever got past Nintendo’s draconian censorship especially considering Conker was part of the Donkey Kong crew (at least he was one of the characters in Diddy Kong’s Racing, now THERE’S a game I’d love to get my hands on again. So much fun), and DK is pretty wholesome and family friendly. I’ve seen a Let’s Play of it, and the stuff they get away with with earn an easy M rating nowadays. Congrats on your finds! You’re right; it never does hurt to ask 🙂

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Was he really part of Diddy Kong’s Racing? I have that game and haven’t played it yet. I will definitely have to check it out!

      I think Conker’s Bad Fur Day will be right up my alley with respect to the type of humour it plays on. I played the first 20 minutes on an emulator and laughed out loud at least once. I’m looking forward to it!

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      • I think so? But I could be wrong about it. I thought he was one of the characters you could play. I’m pretty sure he was one of the characters you could pick. I would love to play that game again. It was so much fun, and CBFD is hilariously raunchy. That type of humor will never grow old. It speaks to the immature, childish part in all of us :p

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        You are the second person to mention it, so I’m sure you’re right! I haven’t played much of Diddy Kong Racing in many years at this point.

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  2. I’m patiently waiting for my opportunity to score a decently priced copy of Conker’s Bad Fur Day. I have fond memories of playing it at my friend’s house since my parents wouldn’t let me play it. I also have Conker’s Pocket Tales for the GBC and remember the cute innocent squirrel from Diddy Kong Racing. I often wonder what turned him down his dark path… lol

    Great scores! It’s great when you meet a nice seller. Have fun conquering your adorable Kirby backlog 🙂

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I find it funny how much I was in a bubble growing up. I don’t remember hearing about or playing any games past the SNES/Genesis in my youth, and when I got older, I found out about all these cool games like Conker’s Bad Fur Day! I’m grateful for the opportunity to get them now and play them! I’m so glad you had the opportunity to play a gem like this in your youth. From what I understand, there were many copies that went unsold because of no advertising/questionable content, which makes the game a little rarer than some. I hope you can find a cheap copy. I will keep my eyes out for you!

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  3. pine717 says:

    I have never played the SNES original, but the DS version of Super Star may be my favorite Kirby game. The Great Cave Offensive is excellent! I love games with maze elements.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Good to know! Someone around here was selling the DS version in the summer, but I didn’t end up getting it. I am desperate for the day that Nintendo makes DS/3DS games playable on a big screen because as much as I like my DS Lite for portability, I never game outside my home unless I’m on a long road trip. My preference by far is something playable on the TV!

      I have heard that the DS version is packed full of improvements over the original, though. I always like to see what a remake brings to the table.

      I hope you’re well, by the way. Thanks for stopping by!

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      • pine717 says:

        If you own a Wii U, there are about a dozen or so DS games available on Virtual Console, including Super Star. I’m not sure how much of an upgrade the DS version is, however. My understanding is that it only has a few extra minigames that aren’t in the SNES release.

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  5. Mr. Panda says:

    Yes! Conker’s Bad Fur Day! I’m incredibly sad that I actually lost my copy years ago when I “lent” it to a friend and never gave it back. Oh well, I still remember the fond times I had, though it would have been nice to still have my physical N64 copy. Regardless, congrats for that acquisition and of course, the classic Kirby Super Star. I agree it’s much better than Kirby’s Dream Land 3.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Nooooooo 😦 I hate to hear stories like that! Maybe you’ll find a copy at a steal price one of these days and be able to play through it again? I just saw a copy today for the cheapest price I’ve ever seen it (even cheaper than what I got mine for), so maybe the price is taking a nosedive!

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  6. Kirby Super Star is a great game! I don’t think I ever 100% completed it myself, but I played that game so much when I was a kid! I remember my mom getting it for me as a gift for getting straight A’s on my report card. 😉

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      What an awesome mom and an awesome gift! I haven’t sat down to play it yet because I am swamped between work and other gaming ventures, but Kirby games are some of the best!

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      • Yeah my mom is great, and it was an awesome gift! 🙂 I still remember standing with her in line at Best Buy to get it and I couldn’t wait to get home and play it! I know what you mean, I love Kirby games, as you can probably tell by my avatar lol!

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