Some Humble Acquisitions

In my winter downtime from game hunting, I’ve been working on other projects like streaming, creating reviews for my YT channel, and getting back into the swing of making some Super Mario Maker music levels.  Here and there though, I’ve stumbled upon a few new games that I wanted to share with you all.  In some exciting news, there is word of a winter swap next month that we might try to get out to if the weather is good, but who can tell with these unpredictable Canadian winters?  Time will tell, but my little list of games I’m interested in is growing again and I’ve got an itch to scratch!

The first set of games I picked up were for the Wii, and I found those locally in a classifieds ad.  When I first saw the posting I probably smiled far too wide because Grey’s Anatomy was in the mix.  A number of months ago I was looking for some good Wii games and came across a review or a gameplay video from the Grey’s Anatomy game, and I was in tears laughing at how weirdly intriguing it all seemed to me.  I was really into Grey’s when it first debuted, so this was a game I had been waiting to find.  It was a steal at $5 since I got the whole pile of games for $30.  The other steal in the bunch was Rune Factory Frontier.  As some of you may recall, I recently played through Harvest Moon 64.  Rune Factory is supposed to be all of the things I love about Harvest Moon but with the addition of RPG elements.  Marrying two of my favourite things together can’t be a bad thing, right?  The only issue is that the disc seems pretty scratched, and I’ve been boycotting the hock shop that does disc resurfacing because they’re a bunch of greedy jerks, but it’s looking like I might need to saunter over there sometime.  I don’t know if it’ll play otherwise.

I feel like I got some shovelware with this purchase, but hopefully there’s something worthwhile in those other four titles.  I’ve always wanted a Wii Degree after all!

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I was also happy to receive two NES games I ordered in the mail: Ninja Kid and Dragon Spirit: The New Legend.  Though I’m really, really bad at shmups, I was interested in Dragon Spirit because of the story and the potential for it to be a new mash-up of great gameplay for me.  After finishing SpellCaster for the SMS last year, I’m trying to be more open-minded since that game was quite enjoyable despite being in large part genres I tend to stay away from.  Ninja Kid is also something I thought might be fun to try out.

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I also stumbled upon a few doubles of GBA games I already own at an okay price at the thrift store this week, and those are Golden Sun, Golden Sun: The Lost Age and Pokemon Ruby.  I often pick up cheaper games for the purposes of trading or to pass along to friends.  The thrift store has been barren for a long time now, so it was a nice surprise to find these.

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Also, I found something at the thrift store that I don’t see very often: some big box PC games.  My boyfriend has a pretty substantial PC game collection and these were two that I couldn’t pass up on.  Though I can’t see myself playing any of the Leisure Suit Larry games, the Collector’s Edition was in excellent shape and it looked pretty complete.  I couldn’t remember seeing it on the shelf in the house so I went for it, and my boyfriend was pretty excited when I brought it home.  The other PC game I ran across was Bioforge, a game I had previously never heard of but bit the bullet on because it was a good price.  After getting it home, I learned that it was reviewed very positively.  I can see myself trying out Bioforge.  The story sounds like it’s right up my alley!  Anyone play that one?

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There were a few things I passed up on lately and have regrets about.  Apart from a bunch of cheap doubles I could’ve snagged for $30, there was an ad online for Ghost Lion (with its manual), Toxic Crusaders, Gargoyle’s Quest 2 and Pirates! for NES, but the seller wanted $280 for everything.  I offered $220 and was shot down pretty hard and the ad disappeared a short time later.  All of those games are uncommon, so I feel like I missed out, but I keep reminding myself that they’ll come around again someday.  Hopefully.  I also really want to find copies of The Uninvited and Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom one of these days too.  There’s still so much I’d like to find for NES!

I am cautiously optimistic that we might find some more good stuff soon.  Since this blog goes a little quiet over the winter months, perhaps you’d like to check me out over on Youtube sometime.  I do the occasional Let’s Play or video review over there and have been pouring my heart out into making some good Super Mario Maker music levels which will be releasing on Thursdays for the next half a year or so at the rate I’m going.

I hope you’ve all been keeping warm this winter.  It’s been one of the coldest I can recall in recent years, so I’m anxious for Spring!

Thanks for reading!

-GG

 

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12 Responses to Some Humble Acquisitions

  1. Red Metal says:

    Golden Sun and its sequel were some of my favorite Game Boy Advance JPRGs, so you certainly picked some winners. Also, I actually like Gen III more than the two that preceded it. Yeah, it had its share of annoying aspects, but I felt it has aged better if for no other reason than because it significantly cut down on the level grinding one must do (or barring that, made it much easier).

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Like many other games I have, I’m really excited to play the Golden Suns since they were a set of short-lived standalones that don’t get talked about very much. Was the Gen III game on the DS? I feel like I might be confusing it with a Lunar game, but that’s what’s ringing a bell to me at the moment.

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      • Red Metal says:

        Actually, Gen III was Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald on the Game Boy Advance. Gen II was Gold/Silver/Crystal while Gen I was Red/Blue/Green/Yellow. A lot of people have reverence for Gen II, but having replayed it recently, I have to say that the level grinding you have to do was absolutely insufferable. The same was mostly true of Gen I, but when I did it at the end of the game, it turned the Elite Four into a joke.

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  2. Geddy says:

    Love the look of Leisure Suit Larry, those big box PC games really take me back to my childhood! Particularly with Sierra. They made some amazing stuff throughout the 80s and 90s.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Absolutely! I only had a few big box PC games growing up and I could stare at that artwork all day long. It was a really different time!

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      • Geddy says:

        Wasn’t it though? The amount of love poured into a game was so evident by the amount of work put into the box. It really needed to sell you – I remember the first time I saw a box where you could open the cover and it had a double-fold with tons of screenshots and everything. Such an incredible time.

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  3. thedeviot says:

    Some nice finds. The PC stuff is great, and I think you’ll enjoy Rune Factory. Not sure about some of the other Wii games though. I have both of those NES games though, and they’re terrific.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      It’s always a pretty big dice roll with games I haven’t heard of on the Wii, and I might have come up snake eyes on this one. Oh well! I’ll likely try them out sometime and see what happens 🙂

      I’m glad to hear that the NES games are good. I can read/watch every review in the world, but it helps when people who seems to have similar interests in games (like me and you!) seem to line up. Thanks 🙂

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      • thedeviot says:

        No worries! The Wii library has a lot of schlock since Nintendo let just about anything on the system. But there are a lot of great, and obscure games on there too. Hidden Gems, as MetalJesusRocks would say.

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  4. What kind of a game is Grey’s Anatomy? I never really got into watching the show, not through any hatred of it or anything like that; it just never pass into my zone. If it’s an RPG or problem solving type of game, that would pique my interest, too!

    I’m kicking myself for missing your last stream of Ultima IV. I just saw the email notification, and I’m annoyed my phone didn’t tell me, but it’s been really wonky lately with my daily alarm not even going off.

    I’m trying to get into more PC stuff, though I refuse to become a stereotypical PC gamer. Do they even still exist? That elitist type PC gamer? I know this was a thing back in the 90s or something like that, same with the Nintendo vs. Sega factions. I’m an equal opportunity gamer. If it’s a good game and I have the system, I’ll play it!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I think the Grey’s Anatomy game is like a conversational drama/scenario-based game with mini games in the mix. From what I’ve seen it’s a lot of making friends and choosing who you want to focus on for relationships, which I think will be a hoot! I don’t think it’s particularly complicated, but I won’t know for sure until I get to try it out.

      And not to worry… there is still a ton of Ultima IV left. It’s one of those games where I feel lost at all times and even 10+ hours in am still getting used to some of the mechanics for. Hopefully you’ll be able to catch it soon!

      I think that in some horrible cave somewhere on this earth, some elitist PC gamers of the 90s still exist. My boyfriend plays almost exclusively PC games these days, but he’s not an evil person, I swear! From what I’ve gathered from things my partner has muttered at me, he feels some games are just better on PC, like first-person shooters. He will not play games that involve shooting a gun at things with anything other than a mouse, and I think he has a fair point. Controllers were not made for that! I started Mass Effect many, many years ago at a friend’s place and put the game down because of the controls. Kudos to all the folks out there that have that skill because I personally don’t have the patience for it! And I think you’d love some PC stuff if you gave it a whirl. There’s so much good indie stuff I read about here, and you can never, ever go wrong with classics like the LucasArts/Sierra point-and-clicks. I’ve also stayed retro in my PC gaming adventures because my computer couldn’t run anything modern until this year. Just stick a toe in and see how it goes 🙂

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      • I’d play something like that! It sounds interesting.

        Oh whew. Well hopefully, I’ll catch a stream at some point.

        I actually grew up playing computer games much more often than I do now! In fact I first playing FFVII as a PC game and FFVIII. I didn’t have a PlayStation so it just made sense. I have quite a few PC game son my backlog. I do like the convenience of having games right on my computer since I’m always using it anyway ;D

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