Mailbox Madness – Guides and Games

It’s a bit of a bittersweet day today since the last of the fun things I’ve been waiting for in the mail have finally arrived. There’s nothing quite like having something to look forward to, especially with all this snow we’ve been getting!  Mail is a nice distraction, but I probably won’t be ordering anything else for a little while.

The first item I ordered was to round out the boxed copy of Dragon Warrior for NES I received recently from a kind internet friend.  I got the Explorer’s Handbook, a detailed guide book with dos and don’ts for the game for when I finally get around to playing it again.  All I’m missing to have a “complete” version of the game is the bestiary poster that has information on all the game’s enemies.  The person who sent me the game is keeping her eye out for it in storage.  Hopefully she can find it and send it to me eventually – I love that kind of stuff!  The Explorer’s Handbook has a pretty fun sense of humour!  I love how it references characters from Nintendo Power magazine and from other NES games of the day.

The second item I received today was one I chanced upon when I was shopping for Psychic World.  I was buying from an overseas seller in France and had a look-see at what else they had in their eBay store.  On what felt like page 23849, I saw a North American copy of Secret of Mana for the SNES with its manual and map/poster.  I was shocked to see the price of the game at $120 CDN since at swaps and online, the lowest price I’ve ever seen the game in that condition/level of completeness was $200 with the higher end of that bracket stretching up to nearly $400.  It was a bit of an impulse buy, but I got it!  I am so, so excited to have that game complete.  Since I got a bunch of SNES games CIB last summer, I’ve been itching to find more for a decent price and this was it!  Everything is in pretty good shape, though the manual’s corners are a little bit creased.

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The map/poster was in wonderful condition as well.  I’ve often seen this Secret of Mana artwork recreated and adapted, and seeing it firsthand for the first time is really nice.  So nice in fact that I might just consider putting it up in the Nerd Room after I play the game and won’t need the map again for a while.  The map itself on the poster’s reverse side is very plain and a bit underwhelming in my humble opinion.  After seeing the map for Miracle Warriors, every map is going to pale in comparison I suppose.

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I wish it was already Spring so that I could get back to swapping and thrifting and yard sale-ing again, but there’s still at least two more months of cold Canadian winter to contend with.  In the meantime, I suppose I will continue on my quest to beat back my backlog with a metaphorical 2×4 with nails hammered into it for extra brandishing effect.  I wanted to thank those of you who have been checking out my LP videos on YouTube/Vidme, and that have been hanging out with me in my streams.  The company and support means the world to me.

Until next time!  Thanks for reading!

-GG

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17 Responses to Mailbox Madness – Guides and Games

  1. Great finds! I have that Secret of Mana poster lying around here somewhere, along with the one that came in Final Fantasy III on SNES. My walls are out of room though T__T.

    That Dragon Warrior handbook would have been handy to have around when I was struggling to make it out of the first area as a kid, lol. Man, that game is TOUGH!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I’m happy you have the posters. I feel ya on the “not enough wall space” front… we have so little wall space ourselves in the Nerd Room because my boyfriend keeps putting up shelves…

      Oh, you don’t have to tell me about how hard DW is… I ran into a Wyvern one time really early on and learned my place real quick! I started the game twice and never finished it. It’s about time I do.

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  2. I love it when stuff arrives that I order online. Great scores, and that’s an awesome deal on Secret of Mana! I’m kicking myself for not buying a boxed $80 copy a few years back.

    Spring will come soon… It has to, right? 🙂

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  3. Secret of Mana has such a great soundtrack! I have a few songs on rotation on quite a few playlists. It’s another oldie, but goodie on my backlog to play. Getting mail is like receiving a present even if you paid for it yourself! I’m waiting for a package from Barnes and Noble that will contain my Hyrule Historia. I’m pretty sure those two inches of snow we got this weekend stalled the delivery. Come on UPS!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Ohhhhh I’m so excited for the soundtrack. So many SNES games had good ones. I have music from FFVI in my head every day even though I’ve never played the game, for example.

      I think you’ll adore the Hyrule Historia. I got it a few years ago as a gift from my boyfriend, and it’s a wonderful read. Let me know what you think of it!

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      • Right? It was like the golden age of soundtracks, too! Even the NES had some gems, and they made it work with midi. FFVI is the game that really got me into video game soundtracks. I used to replay certain parts just to hear certain songs. Definitely the opera, but there were quite a few others too.

        I can’t wait! I was actually having a conversation with a Zelda nerd today. He’d read it and gave the seal of approval. I will definitely let you know what I think of it. It’ll be my next “reference” book 🙂

        I also just got an email that you updating Magical Warriors on YouTube so I’ve got my plans for the evening 😀

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        I hope you enjoy the next little bit of the game. It’s much less death-filled! I wanted to do more recording/editing tonight, but work picks back up for me tomorrow so I’ve got some stuff to do before then. Enjoy!

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      • Phantasy Star isn’t it? I don’t know where I heard that mentioned, but that’s one either my to-play or to-watch list.

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        I am going to be playing Phantasy Star after I play Ys: The Vanished Omens. It’s in my queue! I’m not sure if that game allows for multiple saves, but if so, I will definitely LP it as well. Otherwise I’ll have to play it for LP purposes after I beat it on stream and figure out where I need to go and things! I’m looking forward to it though!

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      • I hope it does! If not I”ll try to catch you on Twitch when I can. What system is it for? I think I have it on my backlog list, but I’m terrible with knowing what system games are for.

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        Phantasy Star was released for the Sega Master System originally, but I think it saw some other re-releases in compilations on PS2, PS3, XBox360, as well as the Game Boy Advance. Hopefully you can track a copy down if you’re thinking of playing it!

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      • According to Grouvee it’s available for the Gameboy Advance, which would be perfect! I look forward to watching you play it 🙂

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        Thanks! I’ll finish MW one of these days. I’m a little behind with work picking up like a whirlwind the last week or so, but hopefully things settle down and I can get back to it soon.

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  4. Springtime thrifting for games sounds like fun. I sometimes watch videos of Lazy Game Reviews and Bithead1000 who scour yard sales for retro bargains.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Oh goodness… the LGR Thrifts are some of my favourite videos on the internet! I also like Pat the NES Punk’s Flea Market Madness as well. I haven’t heard about Bithead1000 though… I’ll have to look into that!

      Searching for games is probably one of my favourite pastimes. Things die down to a slow, horrible crawl in the winter months, so I’m really looking forward to getting back out there in the Spring! This pseudo Spring we just had was a little reminder for me of the awesomeness that is to come in a few months!

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