Tradeshow Triumphs

I found myself at another swap a few weekends ago, and what a sight it was to behold!  After not getting out to any since May-ish, it was a welcome change of pace from the slow-as-molasses-going-uphill-in-January pace of game hunting locally.  Some scheduling conflicts have made it quite difficult to get out and about to all the events that I would’ve liked to this summer, but what can you do?

Instead of splurging on early access as we usually do, we chose to be super casual and show up about 30 minutes after the show had started to avoid the lines, and have a more relaxed travel morning.  I can’t express how much nicer the trip was.  Because we sometimes have to travel quite far for these swap events, it takes a bit of the stress off when we’re not held to a strict deadline for early entry.  I’m sure we will do this again in the future, without question.

Between a few great swaps and from buying up my friend’s video game collection, I’ve checked a lot of big ticket items off my “to-get” list.  Don’t get me wrong – this particular event yielded some fun stuff, but it was the first time ever that I felt a little… bored?  I walked by bins and bins of games for all the consoles I collect for and didn’t find too much that I still needed to find.  It makes me wonder how much more I truly want to collect, and what the hell I’ll do with myself when that final day finally does come.  Hopefully that’s not for a little while.  I have a blog to write after all!

I only picked up a handful of games this time around, and the first one I’ll show here is Zillion for the Sega Master System.  I’ve really rounded out a lot of what I want to own and play for that particular system, but Zillion caught my attention when it was brought to my attention several times by people asking if it was part of my SMS RPG Quest I’ve been working through at a snail’s pace.  I almost bought the game at a game store a few months ago, but they wanted $35, and the salespeople pissed me off after they tried to persuade me to buy Sailor Moon reproduction cartridges.  I was insulted on several levels, but I digress.  Zillion was in excellent shape, came complete, and I snagged it for $20.  What… uh… wonderful boxart this game has.  It looks like a fancy microwave.


The last few games I picked up were for the NES: Battletoads, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project, and Legacy of the Wizard.  As a huge fan of Faxanadu, Legacy of the Wizard is another game in the Dragon Slayer series I’ll likely enjoy despite its apparent high difficulty level and obscureness at times.  The TMNT game was more for my other half than myself, but it completes our collection of those games for the NES.  I’ve never even seen gameplay of Manhattan Project, but I’ve heard it likened to the second game which I’m horrible at.  Beat ’em ups are not at all my forte.  Finding Battletoads felt like a personal victory for me.  My cousin had given me a complete in box copy of the game when I was younger and then later decided he wanted it back.  I foolishly gave it back to him without a fight and had been missing it ever since until now.  I’ve been looking for this game for at least five years and have had no luck finding a deal.  Vendors have tried to sell me loose copies at around $60 a few years ago, but for some reason the price has come down quite a bit in the last year.  I managed to get my copy of Battletoads for $20, Legacy of the Wizard for $10, and Manhattan Project for $30.  Not too shabby!


As a lover of art and manuals, I couldn’t help but pick a few of them up for myself.  I actually forgot to include a few in this photo, and those would be for Golden Sun (GBA) and another for Warlocked (GBC).   I was really happy to find a copy of the Oracle of Ages booklet.  I have an absolutely beautiful copy of Oracle of Seasons complete in box, and I only had the cartridge for Ages until getting the manual here.  The manual for Kirby’s Adventure was a great purchase too since it’s the only part I was missing for my copy of the game – I’ve got a box and cartridge awaiting the final piece!  I don’t own Castlevania II Belmont’s Revenge for Game Boy, but I thought it would be a good idea to pick up the manual.  It’s about five pages long in total, but if I ever find the (fairly expensive!) game, it’ll be nice to have the book to go along with it.


In a pile of manuals, I started sifting through some Atari booklets.  Among them I was really excited to find two of the Swordquest comic books that came with the Swordquest games back when they had their infamous game contest.  They were in absolutely pristine condition, and I’m really looking forward to reading them sometime soon.  I regret not getting some other Atari comics that were there, but maybe there’ll be some at the next one.


So yes!  Nothing at all groundbreaking here, but I am certainly happy with the bunch of things I brought home.  As usual, here’s a group photo (minus the two manuals I mentioned above and with my boyfriend’s copy of Samurai Shodown for Neo Geo MVS I forgot to take an individual photo of.)


I’ve been pouring over eBay for a few games I couldn’t find at the swap, especially Game Boy RPGs.  I’m a bit obsessed with those and have added a few to my shelves over the last month or so.  I’ll have another post for that once the last of them show up in the mail!

Hope you’re all off to an excellent start to the week.  Thanks for reading!


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7 Responses to Tradeshow Triumphs

  1. thedeviot says:

    Nice pickups! I like Zillion. But it is a challenge. It’s kind of like Metroid on the NES meets Impossible Mission on the C64. But it’s also based on an anime, and it has a sequel!

    Good score on TMNT III. It came out at a time when the Super NES was about to get the port of Turtles In Time from the arcade. So for many, it got lost in the shuffle. But my brother, and I ended up getting it before TMNT IV back in the day. It’s pretty great. It uses the TMNT II engine/assets in many spots, but entirely new animations, characters, and tiles were also added. The levels are of course entirely different, and overall it’s a really good Turtles beat ’em up. After TMNT IV Konami made TMNT Tournament Fighters, which is a Street Fighter II clone with the Turtles. It has both game, and Turtle toy collectors going bonkers. Because the Sega Genesis, Super NES, and NES each got their own versions, with their own rosters. The NES version had the lowest print run. So if you see it anywhere expect to pay bank.

    I also love you found the Swordquest comics! Believe it or not, they’re required to beat Swordquest Earthworld, and Fireworld. Should you ever find the insanely rare Waterworld, that too, has a comic needed to win. You see the artists hid words in panels throughout the books, and in the games placing the correct items in correct rooms gets you a page, and panel number. They also put in decoys so if you place the wrong items you’ll find the wrong words as they’ll put the wrong page, and panel number on the screen. Anyway that’s how you won the game. Filling the blank words in the manual, and sending them into Atari. All of the folks who had the right answers were pitted against each other in a tournament, and the winner of the tournament won the treasure. Of course the crash killed off any hopes of the final game Airworld coming out. Still, they’re great collectibles, and the storyline is pretty cool.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I never knew about the TMNT tournament fighters game at all, so that’ll be something to look out for. You’ve always got such good info for me. Thank you 🙂

      I am pretty much in love with manuals and video game-related publications, and I showed all my cards to the sellers of those comics. They only wanted $2 each for them, and I couldn’t believe it! I’m sure they’re not rare or anything, but I never come across cheap stuff like that (even my 5 page Castlevania II manual for the Game Boy game was $5…) I need to find Earthworld and Fireworld again so I can actually try out the game. I had Fireworld briefly but passed it along to a friend .

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      • thedeviot says:

        Fortunately Earthworld is almost as common as Pac-Man. It’s also dirt cheap, and you’ll usually find it in a lot, if you buy a huge box of 2600 games at a yard sale (along with a few copies of Pac-Man. Somehow we all end up with three or four copies of Pac-Man.) Fireworld isn’t exceptionally rare by any means, but it isn’t as common as most other commons either. So it’ll take you longer to find that one. In my case Fireworld was a game that took eons to find. But now that I have it, I always seem to see it in game shops.

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      • hungrygoriya says:

        Funny how that happens that way eh? That happened to me recently with a Game Boy game I was looking for over the course of a few months. I finally caved and bought a PAL version, and it came up in a classifieds ad locally within two days. So silly.

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  2. I need to start searching out sales event type stuff as I’ve not found anything interesting for a while now.

    Best I have been getting is off a mate who goes to Boston MA to see a friend, I send him game hunting for me.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I wonder if the lull is just everywhere. I’m sure there are some swap/exchange/tradeshow events out your way if you can find them. I had no idea these kinds of things even existed until a few years ago. I hope you can find some good stuff soon.


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