Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Nokia N-Gage

This is the seventh post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

“Engage.  Wait, N-Gage? N-Gage? What’s an N-Gage?”

That was my initial reaction when I was talking to Joe about what mysterious things awaited me in his collection and he mentioned the Nokia N-Gage.  We got a box for the second release of the unit called the N-Gage QD, which apparently corrected some issues and complaints about the first version of the gaming console/phone.

That’s right, I said the box.  The box was devoid of the actual device, and it never did turn up after we finished looking through the many, many boxes that housed Joe’s video game collection.  Joe had been upfront in saying that he didn’t know where it was or if it’d turn up at all, but even in anticipating the worst, I was still pretty disappointed.  The likelihood of me buying one to complete this collection at the moment is slim since they’re fairly expensive online.  Maybe I’ll find one at a yard sale this summer, but my hopes are not too high.  Here’s a lovely photo of the box and all of its contents.

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Though we didn’t get the console, we did get a lot of games.  Because I had never heard of the N-Gage previously, I wasn’t sure what the games released for this system were.  Were they ports from other systems?  Were they released especially for this device?  The truth is that the games are a mix of the aforementioned: some remakes/ports, some exclusives.  Because the entire N-Gage library is only comprised of 58 games, we’ve put quite a dent in that number with what we ended up with in this purchase.  All but one game was complete, and a few were even still sealed.

We got quite a few sports games for the handheld.  There’s a nice variety in sports types here, though I don’t know why anyone would ever want to play another golf game after experiencing Neo Turf Masters.  Unless that game of course is World Class Leaderboard for DOS.  Then I’m all over that.

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Among the bunch were also many games from pretty popular franchises that could be classified as shooters or action games.  I was really surprised to see games like Call of Duty and Splinter Cell released for such an obscure little device like the N-Gage.  We’re talking tiny handheld phone screen for playing on here!  I’ve watched some game capture videos from this thing, and the quality is pretty grainy.

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As usual there were some RPGs in the mix, and these included some pretty exciting titles.  Many of you probably know of my deep, undying love for Faxanadu on the NES, and Xanadu was its predecessor on the MSX.  These games are part of the Dragon Slayer series, which has seen many games released.  Unfortunately not many of them ave been particularly popular in North America.  Xanadu Next was actually rereleased for PC in 2016, so if I can’t track down a console I might have to try it out that way.  Pocket Kingdom: Own the World also looks pretty neat.

The most expensive game according to the Unholy Interwebs is the N-Gage-only release of an Elder Scrolls game, The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey.  Unfortunately for me, this was the only cartridge missing, but you can see the game case below.  It did come with its manual.  Joe said that the game is probably with the N-Gage, wherever it ended up.  Schmoo.

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Lastly, here a bunch of colourful, fun-looking games that I’d absolutely love to try out sometime.  The Sonic the Hedgehog series is one of my favourites, and Sonic N is an N-Gage exclusive.  Need to find actual N-Gage… rising…

Obviously there’s some great puzzle games like Puyo Pop and Puzzle Bobble here, as well as classics like Bomberman, Rayman and a Crash Bandicoot game as well.  I haven’t done much research on those so I’m not sure if they’re ports of games for other systems or also exclusives, but I’m absolutely loving the diversity of games for this handheld console/phone thing.

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It’s nice to have an instant collection for the N-Gage, but it breaks my heart a little to know that it never did well on the market.  The manuals were all beautifully done with lots of colour and detail, and each individual game came with a carrying case for cartridges (the plastic thing on the right side of the case in the photo below folds into a little holder.)  The people that worked on putting things whole endeavour out there clearly put a lot of time and care into the products.  I feel like I owe it to them to try to track one of these things down and give these games a whirl.

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So there it is.  Another come-and-gone console that I never knew about, but now seemingly have a lot of stuff for.  I am planning to keep my eyes wide open yardsale-ing over the next few weekends for one of these, though if I’m unsuccessful, I’m hoping to run into one at a swap in the future.  Who knows?  There might be one of these babies waiting for me for a good price!

Thank you very much for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Xbox

This is the sixth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

Ah yes, the original Xbox.  It was part of a console generation that I missed in its entirety in my youth and am just now finding out more about.  My boyfriend and I have recently stumbled upon a few cheap Xboxes out in the wild and have been trying our luck at modifying them into multi-console emulators with great success.  These have made great gifts for a few friends of ours, but before acquiring Joe’s collection, we probably only had about 3 games for the system.

Way back at my blog’s first entry when we acquired the collection of A.S. long, long ago now, one of the things he withheld giving us was his crystal Xbox.  He had gone on about how much he loved playing Jade Empire and couldn’t bear to part with the machine, and at that point I didn’t care one way or another.  In the past year we’ve seen the consoles going up and up in price and though we’ve never actively sought one out, we’ve always said that if a good deal came along that we’d jump on it.  Well, Joe’s collection delivered a chance to us, and conveniently the console came complete in box with a matching controller.

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The console was in its original styrofoam packing and was still in a bag, so it’s entirely likely that the thing has never been turned on.  We are debating what we’d like to do with it since it’d be nice to modify it, but there’s also some allure to keeping it in its native state.

Along with this beautiful console, we got a bunch of games as to be expected.  The first bunch of games here are all various versions of Halo and Halo 2 with some extras.  Though at first glance it might seem as if there’s two copies of Halo and the Halo 2 Collector’s Editions, but there’s a regular copy of both along with Not For Resale/Display Only copies.  I’m not sure if there’s a difference in gauged worth for these different releases, but it’d be interesting to look into them to see what they’re all about.

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The next set of games are both Doom 3, the regular and collector’s editions of the game.  The collector’s edition comes in a steel case and is actually quite heavy, but both games are complete with their manuals and discs in immaculate condition.

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There were lots of games that we got for the Xbox I personally have very little interest in playing, and many of the Tom Clancy games fall into that category.  I have many epic RPG quests to embark on, so I’ll leave these to my better half who might enjoy them a little more.

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Along with these came many more games, and some of these I’m a bit more familiar with and am interested in.  I’ve heard really great things about Psychonauts, Beyond Good & Evil, as well as the Star Wars games.  I’m still looking into a lot of the others here since this is a console I normally don’t collect for, but it’s looking to be quite a well-rounded bunch of games.  Every single game here is complete with its manual and sometimes has its other inserts as well.

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Every time I see Max Payne: The Fall of Max Payne, I keep thinking of the physical interpretation of someone falling and crack up.

Last but not least, there were a handful of RPG-esque games for the console in the bunch.  I was hoping to run into both Panzer Dragoon Orta and Fable, but Otogi and Otogi 2 came as a total surprise to me.  I hadn’t heard of the series before now, but it looks pretty cool!  I’m definitely looking forward to some action RPG action!

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And that about wraps up what we got for the Xbox from Joe’s collection.  If I don’t sound super excited about this portion of the buy, I apologize.  I have truly never spent much time looking into the Xbox or its games, so this is all really new to me.  If anyone has insight into some of these games and can tell me of their goodness/badness, I’d definitely appreciate some information, as usual.

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire – NES

This is the fifth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

Ah yes, the foundational springboard system of success for Nintendo!  My family owned an NES in my childhood, and I have some very fond memories and nostalgia associated with that ugly grey box with its squeaky door flap and winking red light.  Joe’s collection yielded a number of interesting things that I did not already have previously.  Onwards!

Probably the biggest acquisition from this portion of the game lot was a boxed NES console.  If you follow me in Twitter, you may recall I once posted a photo long ago of my own Action Set from childhood complete in its box, but this one from Joe came with the Power Pad and is aptly named the Power Set.  The box is considerably larger than that of the Action Set to accommodate the extra accessory.  You can see in the photo below that the box has some wear and tear from age, but it came with everything it advertised and then some!

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As always, I was happy to see the manuals, inserts and posters, especially those having to do with Nintendo Power.  Nintendo pushed Nintendo Power so hard with every single product release, and they often did a special game-specific art to hook you into a subscription (I don’t know how my parents ever resisted.)  This became more popular with releases on later systems,  though you can see a Nintendo Power magazine advertisement on the far left in the photo above.  Very alluring!  Along with the zapper, controllers and other manuals for various parts of the set, there were two posters included as well: one for (you guessed it!) Nintendo Power and the other for game show games of all things.  I was chuckling to myself looking at the game show poster since I don’t remember any of my friends having a copy of Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune back in the 90s.  To be honest, I’d love to give those games a whirl today to see what the puzzles and questions are like, especially Jeopardy!

The copy of Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet looks as if it had never even been removed from the NES until I pulled it out, and its manual was also in pristine condition.  We still need to fire this one up to test that it’s working, but everything looks so unused that unless there was some horrible manufacturers defect, it’s likely fine.  If we give the power pad a whirl sometime, I’m looking forward to pounding it with my fists like so many evil children/people avoiding exercise before me.  It should be a fun time.

Along with the boxed console came another boxed item, the NES Advantage.  For anyone that might not know, this accessory was a joystick that was compatible with the NES with Turbo capability.  I personally prefer the standard controller to this, but my boyfriend and his love of arcade games will surely appreciate this accessory while playing some appropriate games.  I can’t imagine playing something like Super Mario Bros. 2 with this beast, but the box boasts about how you can defeat fire breathing dragons with it…

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Truly, I’d like to read the author of this caption.  It’s so exciting!

Reading the box piqued my interest in the exclusive slow motion control.  I wonder how that works!  It sounds like the only way I might ever get through Gradius without pulling all my hair out.  Below, you can see the NES Advantage in all its glory, including more Nintendo Power propaganda.

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The NES games we received were all loose in great condition, and most were common.  I was especially excited to see Hydlide and Bartman Meets Radioactive Man since I’ve been dying to try those out.  Another thing in this collection I’d never seen before was a standalone version of Duck Hunt.  I’ve seen Super Mario Bros. by itself, but never Duck Hunt without a companion game on the same cartridge.  I’m sure there’s no difference between the two versions, but it’s still fun to see all the different iterations of a particular game.  Mechanized Attack is a rail shooter zapper game I’d never heard of before now, but I’d like to try it out.  It actually looks fun!

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Related but also unrelated was a watch we got with a Super Mario Bros. 3 game on it.  The battery is dead and you need a virtually microscopic screwdriver to get into the back of it to change the battery, so I have no idea if it actually works.  I think it’d be awfully weird to bring this to a watch repair shop, so it might stay unworking for eternity.  The watch also comes with one of those plastic wristbands that likely makes your wrists smell awful if you sweat even a little.  It’s certainly not something I would wear in real life, and it honestly barely fits my adult wrist.  It’s still pretty cute though, despite having the scariest version of Mario I’ve ever seen, what with his black sclerae and maniacal smile and all!

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Speaking of appendages and accessories for them, we also got a Power Glove!  Unfortunately it’s unusable because it didn’t come with any sensors, but it’s still a lot of fun to have and see in the flesh.  I have pretty small hands and it’s quite big on me , so I’m not quite sure how kids would’ve fit into this gargantuan thing!  As well, we got a second NES console that was not boxed but came with its cords and a controller.  You can see the power glove ignoring all rules of personal space below with the lone console.

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That just about does it for what we got from Joe’s collection for the NES.  These items are a wonderful addition to our collection, and it was honestly so great to finally get an NES Advantage, a Power Glove, and a Power Pad.  The new games we didn’t previously have will also be fun to try out, especially the Simpsons game!  I’ve heard such good things about it, and after playing Bart vs. The Space Mutants/The World, I could really use a go at a decently good game from that franchise.

I hope you’re all having an excellent Hump Day.  Thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: N64 (aka The Fun Machine)

This is the fourth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

The Nintendo 64 is a console I have fond childhood memories of but never personally owned growing up.  My best friend and I used to play hours of Mario Kart 64 with friends in her parents’ basement, trying our luck in the reverse mode her brother had unlocked.  Apart from this game and Super Mario 64, I wasn’t very familiar with much of the game library when I started collecting and was left scratching my head a lot at swaps and the like wondering which games would be the most worthwhile to track down to play.  After going to the obvious ones (Zelda, Smash Bros., etc.) and getting some great recommendations from Mr. Panda, I set my sights on some great games.  Joe’s collection yielded quite a few good ones along with a particularly rare game, so without further ado, here’s what we got!

Firstly, we ended up with a boxed N64.  Though the box boasted the inclusion of the atomic purple controller, it was nowhere to be found after we finished organizing the entire game lot.  Though there was no sign of the purple one, the grey controller was present and in really good shape with a snappy analog stick.  The N64 console itself is in good working condition and came with all its cords.  I would say that the box itself was in very good condition even though it has a crushed corner (you can see it in the top left corner in the photo below.)   Because I’m not usually eyeing up boxed consoles at game swaps, I had never really looked at an N64 box with much care before.  In taking some time to read everything, I was tickled to see the subheading, “The Fun Machine” below that iconic N64 logo.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone call it that!  Maybe I should start the trend.

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In addition to the first console we also got a second special edition one: Jungle Green with its controller.  This one came with an expansion pak, but unfortunately Donkey Kong 64 was not included in the game lot.  I’ve heard mixed things about that particular game with many people calling it one huge collecting-fest, but those kinds of games are fun sometimes as a break from the story-driven RPGs I adore so much.  I’m sure there’s some challenge to Donkey Kong 64 as evidenced by the challenge level of games previous to and that followed this game, so I’ll have to see if I can track it down for a good price.  The only negative thing about this part of the lot is that the analog stick on the green controller is a little loosey goosey, but I’m sure it’s still useable.  Either way, it’s our first unique/special N64 and we are quite happy to have it.

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Along with the consoles, we got two memory cards (a massive 32x and a memory card plus) as well as a transfer pak.  I didn’t manage to get those photographed and they’re in a bottom of a bin somewhere, so you’ll just have to use your imagination!

For games, we got some that were loose, some with just their manuals, and some that were complete in box.  I’ll start here with the loose ones.  There were definitely a few great ones in the bunch along with some that were a bit unexciting like the snowmobiling game.  Contrary to popular belief, just because I’m Canadian doesn’t mean I like snowmobiling in real life or in video games!  My boyfriend was very excited to see Doom 64 and Starfox 64, and we conveniently got two copies of each of those.  Joe seems to be a huge fan of Tetris and there’s at least one Tetris game per console platform it would seem, so as expected there were two Tetris games here.  Some other classics included Bomberman Hero, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and the two Zelda games from this console generation: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.  Quake II was also a nice addition to our collection since we already had the first game, and it was also great to see a game manual for Mario Kart 64!  That was one I didn’t have already and is now in my loose manual bin.

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The boxed games were generally in great shape, but I will start with the one in the worst condition first.  GoldenEye 007 was the player’s choice version with a torn manual cover and some weird spotting on the label itself.  It almost looked like it might be a chemical stain of sorts, but despite the aesthetic issues the game is working.  This was a game I never tried playing with friends, and I really disliked the single player mode.  I’ve heard such great things about how much fun it is when you play with someone else, so I think I need to ask my better half to give it a spin with me.

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Next, we got a boxed copy of Super Mario 64.  This was also a player’s choice edition and a nice touch for our collection since we currently have a loose and a sealed copy of the game.  I’ve never wanted to bust open the sealed copy to see all its innards, so it’s nice to see one already opened with its manual and other inserts.  This is a game I’ve started at least twice in my life and never finished, and it’s a shame.  It’s so good!  I just get frustrated and end up quitting.  In my most recent playthrough attempt, I got frustrated with the level with the giant mountain and gave up.  I think my problem is that I always go for every single star in each stage, so I get bored pretty quickly.  I’ve thought about starting it again, but the thought of having to beat the damn penguin slide level makes my blood boil.  It might be a while before I can bear to pick it up again.

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We also got a near-perfect condition copy of Perfect Dark.  The game cartridge looks like it has never even made its way into an N64 before, and the box is completely devoid of nicks, tears or scratches.  I’m tempted to get a box protector for it to keep it in its pristine condition.  It’s going to sound silly, but seeing the box for this game was nice because I finally got to see this lady’s whole face and both eyeballs at once.  I never realized that one half of her face was on the cartridge and that the other was on the manual.  What an interesting choice for the art for this game!  Having all parts of the game makes it feel truly complete since you literally get the “whole picture”.

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Much to my excitement, there was one boxed RPG in the mix: Paper Mario.  This game was also generally in very good condition but did not come with its manual.  Because I buy up manuals all the time whenever I see them for a good price, I had an extra one for this game lying around to make it complete in box.  What fun!  I think I also have the strategy guide for this game hanging around somewhere.  It’s definitely a game I’m interested in playing some day, after I finish up Super Mario RPG on the SNES.

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Last but certainly not least is the rarest game in the bunch, Bomberman 64: The Second Attack.  Word on the internet is that this game comes close to being one of the rarest for the N64, so I was very pleased to find it among everything in such excellent condition with its manual.  Between finding this game and Ogre Battle 64 lately, I’m quite sure most of the fun to play rare games are now a part of my game collection.  Thanks again to Mr. Panda for recommending this game to me what feels like ages ago.  I’ve been keeping my eyes open for it until now.

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I’m quite happy with what we’ve found in this portion of Joe’s game collection.  Though we already had some of the games we got here, we’ve been able to upgrade some of those to complete games, or at least have gotten a cartridge with a better label in some cases.  As always, adding boxed consoles to the collection is a nice touch, and there are plenty more to follow in future posts on the topic of this major collection acquisition.

As usual, thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Sega CD

This is the third post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

The Sega CD is a console I barely knew about a few years ago until I got to talking about games a lot with my boyfriend.  He was a bit obsessed with tracking one down along with a Sega Master System, and I truthfully had no idea what all the fuss was about.  It wasn’t until our third or fourth swap until he finally got one for himself, but because of the ridiculously high game prices, we didn’t end up buying very many games to play.  Until recently we only had Jurassic Park and Sonic CD, and now we can say we have a few more, including a 4-game Sega Classics compilation disc (Columns, Golden Axe, Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage) shown in the photo below!  Before I mention anything else about the other games we got, I first want to show you a photo of the console.  It might not be what you’re expecting…

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It’s the front-loader!  If you’re like me, you’ve only ever known about and experienced the side-by-side version of the console.  This alternative console release came boxed, and I’m really happy that the box and manual are in good condition, save a few buckles and normal wear and tear from storage.  In addition to being less common than the side-by-side version, the front-loading Sega CD is also a lot more practical than its bulky sibling when it comes to saving space.  The Sega Genesis sits on top rather than attached on the side, so it’s considerably more compact.  The photos below are of the side-by-side version.

The other thing I like about the front-loader is that it’s meant to accommodate the model 1 Sega Genesis rather than the model 2.  In the photo above we clearly have a model 1 attached, but in all my photographic prowess, I’ve cleverly hidden that the base plate is too short for that version of the console; the model 1 actually hangs over the edge of the base plate by a few inches.  The reason why I like the model 1 Genesis better is because it is superior in both sound and video quality compared to its successor.  Below, you can see how the front-loader and the model 1 were meant for one another.  They fit like a glove!

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Another little trivia fact is that the front-loader and side-by-side Sega CD consoles have different start-up music.  When I get the ability to capture game footage back (my boyfriend is working on upgrading my setup so it’s all disconnected for the moment), I might record it for fun and post it here at a later date.  If your curiosity is burning away in the meantime, there are a few videos online to showcase the differences!  For console system start-up music, both versions are pretty groovy (this word is not-so-subtle foreshadowing to a game we got in the lot below… guess now, or forever hold your peace!)

Onward!  Now for the games!  As I mentioned above, the market for Sega CD games is phenomenally expensive.  There are some games for the console that are so rare and sought after that they go for hundreds of dollars on their own.  We definitely found a few winners in this game lot.  First off, we got Sewer Shark.  This game was a pack-in with some versions of the console and is a really strange rail shooter.  It really has some quirky full motion video moments.  I can’t wait to don my helmet and shoot some sewer bats!

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Next, we got the non pack-in version of Sonic CD.  I absolutely adore the manual art for this game – I’m loving what appears to be a throwback to Metal Sonic.  Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Sega Genesis is one of my favourite games of all time, so I’ve got a big soft spot for the Sonic series.  I’ve been told that this game is a lot of fun and beautiful to look at, but I’m also a little hesitant.  I still haven’t beaten many of the earlier Sonic games apart from the first two, so it feels a little like cheating to jump ahead to a well-done, fast-paced beauty like Sonic CD.

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We also received Heimdall, a weird little RPG-ish game based on Vikings that I had never heard about until I was holding it in my own two hands.  Most of what I’ve read or heard about it is on the negative side, but I think it’s still something I’d like to try out sometime.  It’s poo-pooed for not having stellar graphics and music and for being a little convoluted, but if you guys know anything about me by now, it’s that my desire for perfect graphics and straightforward gameplay is practically non-existent.  Heimdall might just be a good time compared to some of the games I’ve been picking up to play lately!

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Another game we got that I had never heard of before is called Heart of the Alien, a sequel to a much-loved game called Out of This World.  Conveniently, both games are on the disc so I will eventually be able to enjoy both, perhaps even back to back.  From what I’ve watched online about both of these games, they punish you a lot and force you to think of ways to maneuver through many different kinds of puzzles and predicaments.  They almost remind me of all the hardest parts of King’s Quest games that can make the story unbeatable, but instead of being an occasional occurrence, it’s the whole game.  It honestly looks like fun.  The death scenes are gory, and there’s nothing I like better than creative ways to die in video games.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched Prince Alexander or King Graham die in death compilation videos online.  Sounds sadistic, but when the writing/animation is good, it makes for a funny time.  I have a feeling the deaths in Heart of the Alien/Out of This World have a significantly more sombre tone though.

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The Monkey Island series is hands down one of my very favourites out there.  I’d say that Guybrush Threepwood is one of the funniest game characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing through a game as, and I was absolutely thrilled to find The Secret of Monkey Island in the box with all of the Sega CD stuff.  Along with my elation came feelings of confusion since I had no idea that The Secret of Monkey Island had been released in this format.  I had the wonderful experience of playing through the remastered edition on PC, but there’s something about tackling the game in its original form that’ll be a lot of fun.  This was the only cardboard game box in the bunch, and it was in surprisingly good shape considering it had been in storage with many other games for so long.

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Earthworm Jim: Special Edition is also now ours.  You may not know, but my boyfriend is in love with and is conveniently really good at the Earthworm Jim games for the Sega Genesis.  The Sega CD version is just a graphically and musically superior version of the first game with an extra level and some additional content.  It was a dream come true for him to be able to own this game.  Earthworm Jim: Special Edition is pretty scarce like many Sega CD games are, and when it does show up online for sale it tends to go for a lot of money.  Its price is one of the reasons we haven’t picked it up ourselves until now, but as part of an enormous game lot, we certainly weren’t going to say no!

As a small aside, I remember renting the Sega Genesis game growing up and wondering why Earthworm Jim sounded like a country bumpkin.  I used to watch the television show where Jim sounded like a regular North American human being without the “drawl” and wondered how they could get his character so wrong in the games.  I was shocked to learn that the games actually came first and that the TV show made him into a totally different “person”.  So strange!

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Last but not least, we got an RPG (hooray!).  Lunar: The Silver Star is a game I’ve been wanting to own/play since finding out about the Sega CD.  I own Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete on the PS1, but I’ve been told that there are significant differences between the PS and Sega CD versions of the game.  I was happy to see Lunar come to us in such good shape.  It’s going onto my increasingly long list of things to get around to playing.  I need more hours in my days.

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We definitely got some good Sega CD stuff here, and it’s nice to have nearly tripled our Sega CD library with this game lot purchase.  The only thing that keeps nagging at me is that Joe mentioned he had already sold some of the bigger Sega CD RPG titles a few years ago, like Popful Mail and Snatcher.  A little part of my joy for this purchase died when finding that out since those games are far, far beyond the price I’m willing to pay for a single game ($500+), and it would’ve been surreal to get them in this game lot.  I’ll likely never see either of those games come to my hands at that price.  Though it goes against the spirit of collecting physical media, thankfully the Sega CD can play burned games.  If I’m ever feeling desperate to play some of the hard-to-find RPGs for the system, at least I can.  In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes open at yard sales and flea markets for $2 copies of these big titles.  Maybe some day!  Who knows?

I hope you all enjoyed this seemingly tiny snippet of our total findings in this game lot purchase.  There’s still a lot more to come!

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Playstation 2 and 3

This is the second post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

Thought I’d go about this chronicling in chronological order, did you?  Me too, actually, until I realized that I love retro stuff a ton, and that all the best stuff would have passed early on as I got into the uncharted territories of PS3 and XBox 360 as the terminal consoles acquired in Joe’s Collection.

The game lot did not come with a PS3, which I was thankful for.  We just recently got our very own PS3 for a screamin’ deal from the thrift store and stepped into the world of new(ish) generation gaming.  What was great about that particular PS3 was that it came to us for $20 and made a make-work learning project for my better half as he tore it apart for cleaning purposes.  Anyway, the PS3 games we got from Joe’s collection were all complete and in great condition, but I honestly can’t see myself playing a lot of them myself except for 3D Dot Game Heroes or Little Big Planet.  The other games all fall into genres that I don’t feel would interest me very much, or might be better saved for an experience with a PC.

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The Playstation 2 bounty was plentiful in this game lot.  There are a wide variety of titles and several Playstation 2 consoles.  We received a PS2 slim, a PS2 fat unboxed, and one in the box that was so well wrapped that I don’t know if it’s ever been played.  I didn’t bother to take the boxed one out for the photo, but below you can see the three consoles and the plethora of controllers that came along with them (as usual, I’ve left the power and audio/video cables out because they’re ugly.)  There was a wired aftermarket controller that I didn’t bother photographing, but I did include my favourite controller of the bunch: a second aftermarket wireless controller by Logitech (it’s on top of the slim.)  It’s the same as the one I got with my own PS2 on my 16th birthday and I can honestly say it’s the best wireless controller I’ve ever used.  I was really happy to get a second one just in case mine ever kicks the bucket.

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An interesting doodad I’d never seen before was the external memory card adaptor (also on top of the slim) that is used to load saves from earlier PS consoles on a PS3.  It connects via a USB cord.  I haven’t tried it out yet, but this might be useful since I do own the backwards compatible PS3 and might like to play my older game saves on the newer system.

Now for the games!  We received over 60 games in total, but some of them were doubles that I’ve put aside and did not include in the photos here.  I’ll start with some of the offbeat titles that didn’t quite fit into the other categories I made up in my head while arranging games for photos.  We have a baseball game, an arcade compilation that I’m sure my boyfriend will adore, and Dog’s Life.  Dog’s Life has been described as a very strange and lackluster experience with at least two controller buttons dedicated to activities surrounding excrement.  I think I might find it interesting at the very least.  I don’t know much about the HD Loader except that it allows you to store whole games on the hard drive of the system so that you don’t need the discs to play anymore.  As a fan of physical media, I don’t know that it’s something I’d be inclined to use unless I had screaming children that were always scratching my games.

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Next up we have some obsolete online-only games for the PS2.  The first is Final Fantasy XI and some of its expansion packs/collector’s editions.  The servers for FFXI shut down fairly recently, so unfortunately none of these games are currently playable.  Everquest Adventures is also unable to be enjoyed since the servers for the game shut down in 2012.  Though the box art for all the games is pretty interesting and they come complete with other goodies, I’m not sure if we will keep these ones.  I enjoy playing the games I collect, and we are a bit scarce on shelf space.  We’ve got some pondering to do here.

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In order to participate in online gameplay with the Playstation 2, a special hard drive/modem was required.  Though the games are obsolete at this point, we still have a wonderful piece of history in the boxed component and all its instruction manuals and inserts.  It came with another copy of Final Fantasy XI and was practically brand new.  As far as I know it hasn’t been previously installed.  It’s neat to see this stuff!

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We also picked up some Final Fantasy games that are actually playable!   I can’t say I know much about Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus, but I know that it has a lower price tag than many of the other FF games.  I don’t know if that’s because it’s not a good game or just really common, but I digress.  Final Fantasy X  on the other hand is a game I know well since it was the first FF game I ever played.  I loved it and was moved so much by the story that I can still watch the game’s ending without any other context and it still brings me to tears.  I’ve mentioned in a few places on WordPress that the opening song (To Zanarkand) in the game’s menu is one of my favourite pieces from any video game.  Anyway, I’ve still got my personal copy of FFX from my teens, but it’s nice to see a second one in such nice shape.  I once played through part of FFX-2 but never finished it in part because one of my sisters moved away and took it with her.   And lastly, FFXII was a game I almost finished in its entirety until graduate school happened and I got distracted.  I think my saved game file is right at the final stretch of the game, but I desperately want to start it over again and play it through completely.  I have a guide now which will help me fend off the seemingly endless number of sidequests!  What’s nice about the version we got is that it’s the collector’s edition of the game in a steel case.  I only have the regular edition, so that is also a nice touch!

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The RPGs and action adventure games keep coming, and there are some solid finds here. Xenosaga is a game my family once owned, but it was also taken when my sisters moved away.  I’ve heard it’s the most excellent of the series, so I figure I can start with that and see if the others are worth picking up.  Having just recently found Suikoden and Suikoden II at a swap, I was happy to also run across Suikoden IV, though I’ve heard mixed reviews about it.  I was also pleased to see two games from the “Tales” series, Tales of Legendia and Tales of the Abyss pop up.  This game collection has a few other installments in the “Tales” series on other platforms, so it’ll be nice to delve into those sometime as well.  You all know how I feel about Dark Cloud and Dark Cloud 2 since I posted fairly recently about them, but there were two games here that I had never heard of: Ar tonelico and Phantom Brave.  I’ve definitely got some work cut out for me trying to get a handle on what all these games are about!  Anyone played either of those before?
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The fun didn’t stop there.  A bunch more really great games of a similar genre were also in those many, many boxes we have cluttering up much of our living space.  The Castlevania game and Rogue Galaxy are both still sealed, which is why they look a little washed out.  Escape from Monkey Island was a fun thing to run across since I’m a huge fan of the series.  I’ve heard a few gripes about this particular installment because of the “ridiculousness” of a point-and-click using the PS2 interface, but I’d be willing to give it a whirl.  The back of the game case for ICO (Ico?) reads like a relative to Quest 64, and I have no idea what to make of it (I’ll put it into the questionable category with Dog Life.)  The game’s box art looks like it doesn’t belong on the PS2 at all, but who am I to judge a game by its cover?  The top row in the photo below is a rockstar lineup: Valkyrie Profile 2, Odin Sphere, and the first two Disgaea games.  I’m looking forward to those!

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Along with games in the regular plastic cases came three with cardboard boxes.  For Dragon Quest VIII and Star Ocean: Til the End of time, the boxes only contained the normal plastic case and an extra copy of the manual, but the big box for Growlanser Generations Deluxe contained the game and a bunch of extra goodies including a watch, a deck of cards, and the soundtrack.  That particular iteration of the game usually came with a ring, but that was missing from the box.  Working Designs really knew how to cater to their audience, and to the people who collected their games.  This is the third “big box” game I own now from them, the other two being the two Lunar games for PS1.

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Moving away from RPGs and action adventure games leaves us with a little bit of everything else.  Many of these games I’ve heard are excellent, but again, they’re slightly outside of my comfort zone of cushy, linear role-playing games.  One thing I found hilarious was that the three Devil May Cry games are here.  Again.  It seems whenever I get a game lot that includes PS2 games, those are always included.  I’m pretty sure I’m up to at least 5 copies of the first game that I’ve been meaning to give away or sell, and at least my second or third copies of the second and third games.  It’s like a running joke in my head now.  I could make a coffee table out of them!   Do you folks have any recommendations for me out of the two photos below?  I know my boyfriend adores Half-Life but can’t imagine playing it on console.

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The last huge bunch of games we got I grouped together because they seemed cartoon-y and a bit more lighthearted than the last bunch I lumped together above.  Katamari Damacy is a game I heard about only last year and have been dying to play.  I haven’t picked it up before now because the price was never right, but it looks like I can finally try it out!  Okami also looks like a really interesting game.  Again, I don’t know much about the others here or which series Mega Man X7 is a part of at the moment, so I’m a little lost on opinions for any of those.  Any insight you guys might have about what’s good would be helpful!

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Along with all these games came a few oddities that you don’t normally see hanging around in every collection.  The first was a Guitar Hero II Demo Kit.  Thought it had previously been opened, it came complete with the guitar controller, demo instructions, stickers, pins, the demo game, a cardboard guitar stand, as well as four identical posters as shown below.  This is something that we will likely try to sell so that we can make a little money back after this enormous purchase.  I’m sure there are some completionists out there in the world looking for this very thing.  I’m not sure how many of these were made or still exist, but it’s certainly a nice little piece of history.

One of the things in the best shape we stumbled across was this Tekken 5 fight stick.  The box is unsealed, but everything inside looks as if it has never been unwrapped.  I didn’t take it apart to preserve its minty-ness, but I wanted to add a lovely photo of the box here for your viewing pleasure.  The only memories I have of Tekken growing up are playing against a friend of mine who just spammed the same move at me over and over again.  I feel the same way about playing Tekken as I do about playing Mortal Kombat against my boyfriend.  It’s a fruitless exercise for my ego.

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Lastly, we have two more collector’s items: two never-before-opened chainsaw controllers that were sold for use with Resident Evil 4.  I’ve looked at some photos of these online and they look awesome!  They’re painted to look nice and bloody if you’re into that.  This might be another set of items we look to sell because in this condition, I think they’re quite sought after.  We’ll have to see how things go though.  I might want to tear one open and try it out, though we do have another one for another platform that’s already open…

Don’t you love my vague foreshadowing?

So that just about does it for what we got from Joe’s collection for the PS2.  There is certainly a lot here in great shape with quite a few doubles to potentially part with.  It has been nice to be in the presence of some true “collector” items.  Though I think of myself as a video game collector, I certainly never deliberately acquire these rarer items that serve no purpose to me other than to sit in their boxes on a shelf and look nice.  If we choose to sell them, I truly hope that we can find them good homes where they’ll be appreciated by people that are into that and make a bit of cash back!

My PS2 collection to date prior to this purchase was a bit pitiful, mainly consisting of one million different copies of the Devil May Cry games.  I’m happy to see it becoming much more well-rounded.

Thought I have no idea what I’ll post about next from this collection acquisition, stay tuned for the next post in this series.  We still have at least 18 more posts to go!

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: The Magnavox Odyssey 2

This is the first post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

Though I had previously heard of the Magnavox Odyssey console, I had not heard about its successor the Odyssey 2, nor did I ever expect to own one.  The console was released in the late 1970s and was in direct competition with other massively popular consoles of the time like the Atari 2600 and the Intellivision.  The Odyssey 2 is not rare by any means, but having been out and about at game swaps and exchanges a lot over the past few years, I can honestly say I’ve never seen one before now.

The Odyssey 2 I received from Joe came to me boxed. Though it was a little worn along its edges, the console box was in decent shape without any major scratches, scuffs or tears.  Along with the console and the connectors, five games were also included.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am absolutely adoring the packaging for the Odyssey 2.  Everything is so bright and fun!  Speaking of glorious things for my eyes to take in, the Odyssey 2 also came with all its inserts, manuals, and warranty card.  I love seeing stuff like this.  I especially love the 70s-esque family with pure delight on their faces playing the games.  Let those kids have a turn!

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The game boxes for this console were either made of plastic or cardboard, and the cardboard ones have definitely seen better days.  Although they are not torn or ripped, some of their integrity is gone as if the material has given up after all these years.  The games we received are Computer Golf!, Alien Invaders Plus!, Las Vegas Blackjack!, K. C. Munchkin, and a compilation cartridge with three games, including Speedway!, Spin Out!, and Crypto-Logic!.  I promise I am not being overly enthusiastic.  Each Odyssey 2 game has an exclamation point at the end of its name to clearly emphasize all of the awesomeness contained within.

What do you all think about this awesome box art for Alien Invaders Plus!?  I’ve seen a lot of RPG box art with similarities to this like the tiny city in the bubble (Final Fantasy, anyone?) or scaly creatures attacking the protagonist (ummm, Dragon Warrior?), but nothing like that for a Space Invaders clone!  I think the thing everyone is wondering about this image is where those enemy ships coming from.  That’s one mighty multi-snake orifice.  Yuck.

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Though none of the games we got here are particularly rare,  one of them was shrouded in controversy following its release: K. C. Munchkin.  It is a “Pac Man clone”, though truthfully it only bears some similarities in design and concept and has about an equal number of differences to set it apart.  I’d capture some gameplay for you all, but I currently have no way to capture RF output – we are looking at old VCRs and the like all the time to no avail.  Thankfully in the times of the internet, there are plenty of videos online showcasing the game’s footage.  I’ll let you all be the judge even though a real judge already ruled on this lawsuit case ages ago.

Before finding Joe’s collection, I only owned one retro boxed console.  It was my childhood NES, which is put away in a closet somewhere at the moment.  I’m pretty proud to be able to add this beautiful box and its contents to its place in the Nerd Room in the (hopefully) near future.  We definitely need to get more shelves and get organized!  There are so many new goodies to set up and display.

Thank you very much for reading.  I hope you’re looking forward to the next posts in the series.

-GG

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