Ninfundo (I have a feeling I’ve used this title before…)

Older games from Nintendo are definitely some of my favourites, and it seems that whenever I think I’ve found all that I could ever want to play for those systems, I find out about something new and exciting.  That’s what I love about collecting – there’s always something to look for and new games to explore.

Much of what we have found lately has been for various Nintendo consoles.  There were a few NES games for sale locally that I jumped on – Arkista’s Ring, Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II, as well as The Guardian Legend.  Though all vastly different in gameplay style, I was happy to find them all from the same seller.  They’re all in relatively good condition, though I do wish I had the manuals for all three.  Arkista’s Ring is especially fun, but those stupid Ninjas at the end of the game make me want to throw my controller through the window!  I’ve been holding off trying out The Guardian Legend because I have a feeling I’ll get sucked in pretty quickly.  I don’t have time for getting sucked in right now!

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Thanks to my lovely friend TheDeviot over at Comma Eight Comma One, I was able to get a bit of reading done on these titles using the Ultimate Nintendo Guide to the NES Library by Pat Contri.  TheDeviot graciously picked up and mailed me a copy of the book after listening to me complain about the outlandish cost of shipping to Canada through the official ordering mechanism, and I’m so grateful to have it in my possession!  When the book was first revealed, I was completely enamoured by the prospect of a book that would detail much of the information I was always scratching my head over (rarity, rating, etc.), and have reviews for each game on top of it all.  I honestly can’t see myself using the internet to look up anything NES-related going forward since everything I need is right here in this enormous book.  There were lots of really great contributors to the book as well, so if you’ve been thinking about buying it and haven’t yet, take it from someone who loves retro games too much for her own good: do it!

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I had to go back and check through previous entries to make sure that I hadn’t already posted about these next four games, but I finally, finally got the last of my reproduction cartridges in the mail after almost a year.  I got three of them within a few months of placing an order, but the third one never shipped and after going through quite a long process with the guy who makes the cartridges, he finally sent another one out to me. After playing Earthbound for the first time last year, I decided I wanted to try out the first game in the series and opted for the Anniversary Edition, which is slightly less difficult than other iterations of the game.  Ys II was another game I wanted because at the time, I didn’t have the PSP version that included the two first games of the series, and this was as close as I was going to get to playing the original on a Famicom.  Adventure Island IV is a game that never saw an English release, and you may have forgotten just how much I love Adventure Island games.  I have the first three and desperately wanted the fourth after I tried it out on an emulator to see what it was all about.  Though it mostly departs from previous games in the series, it does present an interesting story.  Lastly, Final Fantasy III was the only game from that franchise that I didn’t own physically.  I have a digital copy of the game, but to me, there’s nothing quite like popping the game into the console and playing it through.  I’m interested in streaming the game sometime, so the version released for handhelds wasn’t going to cut it.  I’m not usually a huge fan of buying reproductions, but for these specific games, I couldn’t quite help myself.

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A nice surprise was seeing a lot of SNES games on the local classifieds site a few weeks ago.  Though a few games here were doubles for me, they will make for good trades down the line at swaps and other such events.  The ones I was probably the most excited for were Super Ninja Boy and Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow.  Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow has some of the grooviest music I’ve heard come out of an SNES console (save Super Adventure Island or Sim City).  I tried out Clue for about 2 minutes before I lost.  I wrongly accused someone and immediately game overed, so I’ve learned an important lesson: never play Clue again.  Just kidding.  It honestly looks like it would be a fun time.

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I alluded to finding some things for some handheld consoles in my last few posts, and I wasn’t kidding!  I managed to find a 3DS at a really great price and picked up a bunch of games for free from Shoppers Drug Mart using their points program.  All of these are still sealed for the time being until I’m ready to play them, but I heard such amazing things about Kirby: Planet Robobot that I had to get it when I saw it there.  I’ve got a huge love for Kirby and robots, so some weird fusion of both things seems like a no-brainer for me.

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Also for the 3DS, I ordered two games from the internet: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.  I’ve yet to play the original Luigi’s Mansion, but I have played A Link to the Past in… well, the past.  Though it’s far from being my favourite Zelda game, I’ve heard a lot of praise for the 3DS game.  This means that along with Tri Force Heroes and my recent acquisition of Link’s Crossbow training, I now have every major canon installment in the Zelda franchise.  Does anyone know if A Link Between Worlds was supposed to come with a proper manual?  Just wondering!

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For the regular old DS, I found a copy of Super Princess Peach.  There was something that really drew me to this game, and I think it was the Yoshi’s Island-like graphics.  I think the gameplay being called easy by many different folks is a bit of a stretch.  Like many games, it’s easy if you don’t go the completionist route like I do for these kinds of adventures.  It was taking up quite a bit of my time before I put it down for a while, but I’m looking forward to finishing it up.

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Speaking of games that started eating my time for breakfast, I also found a copy of Pokemon Soul Silver for DS. I had found a copy of Heart Gold last year, but it didn’t come with the Pokewalker.  This Soul Silver did, and I was really excited until I realized that a Pokewalker is really hard to de-sync from a game file.  I deleted the game file from the previous owner and started playing the game with a new save before realizing this, and even with a brand new battery, the Pokewalker doesn’t want to connect to the DS to be synced to my new file.  I’m pretty sad about that because I do a fair bit of walking at work.  What better way to hatch eggs or potentially raise affection with certain pokemon?  Oh well.  I fought with it for two evenings for about 15 minutes each time and I’m okay with giving up for a little while.  Maybe I’ll have a brainstorm and get it working some day.

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In addition to these lovely handheld games, I was sent a wonderful gift by mail from Brad at Cheap Boss Attack!  The games are Bomberman and Ice Climber from the Classic NES Series for Game Boy Advance, and I couldn’t have been happier to receive them.  Oddly enough, I didn’t previously own either of those games for NES unless you count my multicarts, so it’s nice to finally have an official version of both of these classics.  The games are in nearly perfect condition!  I’m pretty excited to try them out.

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Some other games I picked up just yesterday were Operation Wolf for NES, and Gauntlet Legends for N64.  I feel like at some point I had watched a really, really negative review for Gauntlet Legends, but it just doesn’t seem to want to be recalled in my head.  This purchase was a situation where there were lots of games for sale but I had most of them, and despite my attempts to get a package deal, the seller was pretty adamant on her price of $10/game.  My boyfriend is especially excited about Operation Wolf since he loves light gun games, and this one has an optional integration for it.

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Yet another bunch of games from this same seller were for the Game Boy.  She amazingly had a Game Boy pocket in her pile of stuff that I ended up buying.  Along with that, I got a bunch of really great common games for the system including both Mario Lands, some Pokemon games, Kirby’s Dreamland, Warioland, and Donkey Kong III.  What was most surprising to me in the lot was a game I had never seen before, and that was Avenging Spirit.  I found out that the game was a port of an arcade release called Phantasm where you play as the ghost of a gunned-down man trying to save his kidnapped girlfriend from a rival gang.  You get to possess enemies in the game and use their properties to attack and kill other enemies.  It’s a really interesting premise for a game that I haven’t really heard much of outside of this release.  It oddly sounds like the plot of Ghost, and any game where I get to play as a figurative Patrick Swayze is fine by me (I think we need a Dirty Dancing game too)!  It turns out the game is pretty uncommon, so I ended up bargaining at $40 with the woman for that particular game.  It was kept in a protective case and is pretty flawless.  Considering that there are barely any copies online and that it actually looks fun to play unlike other uncommon or rare Game Boy games (coughAmazingTatercough), I think it was a pretty good deal.

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Lastly, I found a SNES Game Genie!  I’ve had one for the NES since my youth and it brought my family and I lots of hilarious moments while gaming.  I was pretty shocked and mostly appalled to see just how small the code book is.  I haven’t really shown it in the photo below, but it can’t be more than 50 pages and only covers a very small number of games.  It’s not that I’m a huge Game Genie user these days (ask my childhood self for an entirely different answer), but when you look at the Game Genies for NES or Sega Genesis, you could use the giant code books to fend off an intruder!  The box and its contents also both smell (un?)pleasantly of laundry detergent or fabric softener.  It was a little jarring when I first opened the box.

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Though it’s taken a few weeks to put together a sizeable post, I hope you enjoyed seeing all these lovely games.  I am so thankful to have finally started having some luck locally again, and I am especially grateful to TheDeviot and Brad for sending the book and games along to me.  I appreciate it more than you know, so thank you both again for your generosity and for thinking of me!

And as always, thank you to everyone else for reading.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

-GG

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15 Responses to Ninfundo (I have a feeling I’ve used this title before…)

  1. thedeviot says:

    Some really great finds! By the way, there *was* a Dirty Dancing game. It was for PC, and had barely anything to do with the film. It was a Gamestop exclusive collection of terrible mini games from what I remember. It came, and went with nary a peep. Apparently somebody has one up on Amazon for peanuts right now: https://www.amazon.com/Liongate-Dirty-Dancing/dp/B001LWOBB0/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1508627659&sr=1-1&keywords=dirty+dancing

    Anyway, glad to see you’re enjoying the book. There is the smartphone app based on it, as well https://embraceware.com/ultimatenes/android/en/ which may help anyone who doesn’t want to carry the book with them into a store or yard sale or flea market.
    But yeah, I love Pat’s book. Especially nice to look through when I find a couple of NES games in the wild.

    Cheers!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat… why have I not heard of this game before?! I just checked your link, and it’s funny that there are two reviews: one is five stars, and the other is one star. I have a feeling I will end up ordering this…

      The app is pretty cool, but there is absolutely nothing better than a hard copy to me. I know a truly giant book is not easy to drag around, but I would be the person doing it. Thank you very much again 🙂

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  2. Red Metal says:

    The original Mother was a really good game for its time, but like many pioneering 8-bit JRPGs, it hasn’t aged well. Though I had many problems with it, I appreciate how forward-looking it was, and it remains my second-favorite of the trilogy (though I would have a difficult time recommending it). Looks like the version you got is an unofficial remake, so it’s possible they addressed its worst issues.

    Final Fantasy III wasn’t localized because Square decided to focus on localizing the then-newest entry Final Fantasy IV instead. Then again, considering that the game took up all of the space on the ROM, it’s possible they couldn’t have brought it over to the West even if they wanted to.

    Though it’s not exactly a Mario game, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 strikes me as the best game in that trilogy by far. I think what helps is that it’s a completely new game with a new protagonist whereas the previous two Super Mario Land installments came across as watered-down versions of the console entries. I also like how the sequels went in a different direction with the overall gameplay, meaning that the original Wario Land didn’t come across as a half-formed version of its sequels.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I do feel like what you’re saying about fixing Mother’s issues is correct based on what I remember researching at the time of planning the repro purchase. As long as the game and its story is the same, fixing minor rage-inducing details is welcome!

      I didn’t know that FFIII was so big and that they would’ve had such a hard time with its localization. I remembered thinking one time that I must have had all the games in the series and was floored to find out that there were no desirable official versions of the game available for me. I hope it is a good one. I actually know nothing at all about it, whereas I’ve at least , played, heard or read about most of the others. I’m excited for it!

      Would you believe I’ve never played Wario Land? My boyfriend brought it over when he moved in with me, and I never gave it a second look. I only know Wario as the fart-horned heavy weight in Mario Kart games and never gave much consideration to his character (or Waluigi for that matter) before I saw a post on Nintendo Figures (nintendofigures.wordpress.com) and started thinking more about them both. I’ll definitely be sure to give them a go. Do you know if the other Wario Land games are good? I think there are more for Game Boy, aren’t there?

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  3. Red Metal says:

    Yeah, the DS remake of Final Fantasy III failed to address its biggest issues; if anything, it’s arguably worse than the original because it was made more difficult while weakening the two best jobs in the game, thus increasing the amount of level grinding one must do to an absurd degree. Playing a translated version of the original is good idea.

    The only other one I’ve played is Wario Land II, which I also liked. It’s quite a bit different because it’s not actually possible to die. A lot of the challenge revolves around platforming and using enemies to your advantage and you lose boss fights by being tossed out of the arena, so it’s not a cakewalk. While the original is a standard platformer, the sequel is more of a puzzle-platformer.

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  4. Game Genie! I remember using that for Final Fantasy VI so much I memorized the codes 😆 Awesome haul as usual!

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  5. Mr. Panda says:

    I love Ninfundo! Great post! I always love seeing what you get, and I’m already noticing a bunch of my favorites in there, especially in the SNES games. By the way, that book looks amazing, and I think I need to pick it up too!! I love compilation books like that and reading about games in physical book form.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      It’s honestly such an amazing book, and I’m so glad/blessed to have a copy. I have looked at it every single day, and I’m so happy to be finding out good information I am usually just scouring the internet for. I’d definitely recommend it!

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  6. LightningEllen says:

    I can confirm A Link Between Worlds does not have a proper manual, just the warranty info sadly. I’m so disappointed the industry is moving away from physical copies of things… sigh.

    Anyway, I loved reading this post! Will we be seeing your huge Amiibo collection form in the future? Haha 🙂

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Thank you for the info. I’ve been fretting a little bit ever since I picked that game up!

      And yes, it’s entirely likely that I will form a small obsession with Amiibo. It’s only a matter of time. Remember me…

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