Being Stealthy at Hit and Runs Gives You a Heart of Gold…? Uhm…

Things have been awfully slow on the retro collecting front lately.  People are in “Christmas Mode” and are selling package deals on the latest and greatest last generation consoles/games rather than parting with their much older counterparts.  If anyone wants used PS3s, XBox 360s and Wiis, now is the time to be looking!

I did manage to sniff out a few things in the last couple of weeks that I’ve been saving up to make a respectable post.  The first was Stealth, an NES game we got for $6 at the thrift store with its manual.  I am personally awful at these first person perspective flight shooters, but my boyfriend was excited to find it.  The game and manual were in good shape, and for $6, you can’t complain!

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The second game I tracked down was at the same thrift store on a different day, and it was The Simpsons Hit and Run on GameCube.  We snagged that one complete with its manual and case for $7, which was a great deal since I’d only ever seen it for $15 or more at swaps and in hock/pawn shops.  As a Simpson’s fan since childhood and as someone who enjoyed a little Grand Theft Auto back in the day, I can’t see an issue with marrying the two here.  The game disc does look used with lots of tiny surface scratches, but I think it’ll play just fine!  I’ve always adored games that drop you into Springfield, and I will admit that I was briefly enamoured with The Simpsons Tapped Out mobile game a few years ago.  I just love seeing that kind of world come to life with familiar faces and places I’ve known since my youth.  I’m looking forward to giving this one a spin (pun intended).

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Finally, I found someone selling a copy of Pokemon Heart Gold on the local classifieds site for $40.  It came with its cardboard box, the plastic game case and all its inserts, as well as the manual and the game itself.  The only thing that was missing was the Pokewalker.  As nice as it would be to have, I couldn’t see myself using since I don’t really do much gaming outside of my home.  When I phoned the seller, what sounded like a very young boy answered, and he turned out to be the person selling the game.  We had a lengthy conversation about how he came to find the game and what kind of shape it was in.  He was exceptionally professional and well-spoken, which prompted lots of images of a grown man with a child’s voice in my head.  When I went to go pick up the game, he was probably 12 or 13, and so nice and polite!  I’ve been having bad luck with horrible people on the classifieds sites lately, so this interaction was extremely refreshing.  The game is in pretty great shape, though the cardboard box has seen better days.  It’s a little crushed and ripped on one of its ends, but overall it still has its integrity.  A little reinforcing with some thin cardboard will sturdy it up!

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Despite my best efforts, I’ve been missing out on game lots to people who offer a seller way more than what they’re asking for in their ads.  For example, if a seller is asking for $200 for a bunch of games, people are offering $400-$500!  There’s no way to compete with people who are willing to overpay for common games.  I will just sit quietly and wait for good deals to surface again.

Well, today is the day that we will put up our Christmas tree.  If you celebrate, I hope that you’re slowly getting into the holiday spirit!

Thanks so much for reading.

-GG

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19 Responses to Being Stealthy at Hit and Runs Gives You a Heart of Gold…? Uhm…

  1. Good stuff there. The cover of Stealth immediately reminds me of the art for F-15 Strike Eagle, also on NES, which I loved.

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  2. benez256 says:

    Stealth it’s a great deal at 6$! By the way I look forward to see some pictures of your Christmas tree! 🙂

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  3. Great scores! I loved Grand Theft Auto Simpsons. I’ve been a huge fan of America’s sarcastic yellow family since I was a kid. I’m also very amused by the GTA games, so I really enjoyed stealing a car as Homer Simpson, lol

    Good luck with the Christmas tree raising! I hope the lights aren’t too tangled…

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  4. The overabundant offers reminds me of the $300-$400 NES Classics I’ve seen around the interwebs! And people are paying that much for them. Ridiculous and shameful. I don’t want to say much, but I managed to score one from an awesome person who only “charged” me the legitimate price. As for Christmas trees, I’m on the fence (and can’t think of a terrible pun for that) with whether or not I’m going to put one up. We usually get a real one, but if I do go that route, it may just be a small tree from the local super market. My Christmas cheer is in short supply this year.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      NICE! I’m so excited that you managed to get one for a fair price! I’ve mostly given up on finding one until after the new year when all the hype dies down a bit… You’ll have to let me know how it is!

      We’ve always had a fake tree, so it’s easy to throw it up every year. I wouldn’t know the first thing about getting a real tree. I’m normally a grump around this time of year, but I’m feeling better than usual. I hope that your holiday cheer grows a little, but I totally understand how the holidays aren’t happy times for everyone.

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      • My mother in law manged to find not one but TWO Wiis during that fiasco a few years ago. I have no idea how she did it lol.

        The real trees aren’t that difficult! Well, I’m saying that because there’s a place that sells them right down the street from me. You have to have a particular holder, and it needs to be filled with water. Now if you have two cats like me, you’re constantly playing tree water goalie because they want to drink the water, and they want to eat the tree.

        I usually love Christmas, but my Christmas spirit has been in short supply this year. I’m hoping I can garner some up before the big day. I really should get at least a little tree. It does help.

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        I would personally love to see a reenactment of tree water goalie. That sounds amusing and fun! I’m very allergic to cats, so I’d never be able to see the real thing!

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      • We try to put the tree skirt over it, but he just manages to get it off. My one cat is a super genius. I’m slightly allergic to them, too. Luckily not enough to have to avoid them altogether, but if I’m around them too much I’ll get itchy and sneezy.

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  5. YvoCaro says:

    I still have both Soul Silver and Heart Gold with box and Pokéwalker. Had no idea they were so sought after! Congratulations on your great buy!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I love hearing about games that got kept together! I was a stupid kid and threw away some of my boxes back in the day, so I have regrets at this later stage in my life now that I’m collecting games again. Did you ever use the pokewalker? I have no idea about what it actually adds to the game and just assumed it was similar to the mechanic in Pokemon Go!

      The prices of retro games have skyrocketed in general, but especially Pokemon as of late. Pokemon Go really piqued the interest of many people, and it’s trickled down into the retro scene.

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      • YvoCaro says:

        Good news then for people who still have their old games.
        Yes, I used the Pokéwalker. Actually had it clipped to my belt, and off we went. You could use it to catch some PK along the way, and level up the PK you had loaded into the device.

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        That sounds like fun! I thought you might have to use it in conjunction with a DS while walking or something like that.

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  6. Mr. Panda says:

    I loved The Simpsons Hit and Run! So many great callbacks to the series, and it was made at a time before the series has spiraled down to where it is now. You’re really making me want to go back and play that game again, considering I didn’t 100% it and thus haven’t seen every reference and joke the game has to offer. What a great find! Congrats!

    And Pokemon Heart Gold is excellent as well. I especially love who the seller was. The boy has great taste, hahaha!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I’m glad to hear that the Simpsons game was a good one! I figured it would be, but it’s nice to know that it wasn’t just the internet that liked it, but that real human beings did as well!

      You should’ve seen the little guy at the door. His dad was standing at the top of the stairs and everything! It was one of the nicest exchanges I’ve ever had 🙂

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      • Mr. Panda says:

        There are a lot of Simpsons games, but the only ones I’ve ever liked are Simpsons Road Rage and Hit and Run. Seeing that Hit and Run includes both driving and running around as the characters, it is easily the superior game. It’s one of the few quality Simpsons games. And aww, that story is amazing! So cute!

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