Console Wars (But Not Really)

Contrary to my perception of normal thrifting trends for this time of year, this particular spring/early summer has been incredibly slow with respect to game hunting.  I’ve had pitiful luck at yard sales and haven’t seen hock shops turning over much of their stock at all.  Thrift stores have also been quiet lately.  So quiet in fact that it’s taken me months to acquire enough new games to warrant writing a proper post.  In a way, it’s good for me.  I spent plenty on acquiring my friend Joe’s collection and am not as willing to part with my cash as easily these days.  On the other hand, it’s also frustrating not finding any deals because I love and live for deals!

I’ve been finding stuff primarily from Sony and Nintendo.  I’ll start with Sony because why not?

You might know that I recently played through Ys: The Vanished Omens on the Sega Master System and loved it.  The second Ys game is one that didn’t see a translated North American release for many years, but there is a compilation disc for PSP that has both the first and second game in the series.  Though I’ve ordered a reproduction cartridge of Ys II for NES, I was really happy to find the PSP game for $20 at a hock shop.  I’ve usually seen it for at least double the price.  When I was testing the game, the updated graphics were actually really beautiful.  I got a little teary-eyed hearing the orchestrated theme during the opening cinematic.  And man, just when I thought that overworld music couldn’t get any better, it got metal!  What a track!

Now that you’re all thrashed out, here’s a photo of the game.  You’ll see that it came along with its manual.  The disc and its UMD plastic case thing are both pristine.  I can’t believe what a deal this was.  I’m convinced when hock shops get their stock in that they price it for the moment and then never look at that price again.  It’s either a blessing or a curse, and in this case the skies opened up and illuminated this game in holy light.  I will take the game for 66% cheaper than the internet any day!

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At the thrift store weeks ago, I scooped up a rare-ish game for PS1 called The City of Lost Children.  It sold very poorly in the North American market when it was released but saw success in other regions.  Apparently it’s based on a movie, a dark and scary movie about kidnapping children and stealing their dreams.  I’ve been looking for the movie to have a gander but haven’t had much luck finding it.  The game looks pretty macabre from what little I’ve seen of gameplay videos online.  Though I get freaked out pretty easily playing scary games, it might be a fun time!  I’ll have to play with all the lights on.

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Additionally, I found two PS2 games.  Because I’m a ridiculously huge fan of Peanuts, I couldn’t resist picking up Snoopy vs. the Red Baron for $7.  You might recall I also found the Atari version of this game within the past year.  I wish there were more Peanuts games available.  Though I love Snoopy, I’ve always wanted to see a game featuring Charlie Brown.  He is hands down my favourite on the show.  I also feel the need for a King of the Hill video game, but I digress.

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I was a little lucky on my next purchase, Drakengard 2.  I don’t have the first game and didn’t find out about the series until very recently, but it was something that seemed interesting to me.  Prices for that game online are completely outlandish at $60+, but I managed to get my copy for $40.  It might not seem like huge savings, but I went for it anyway.  The game came with its manual as well and the disc looks like it has never been played.  I love when that happens!

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Now for a little jump into some Nintendo games.  The first two were both for the Game Boy, and they are Pac-Man and Balloon Kid ($10 for both).  This version of Pac-Man is a pretty faithful port of the original awesomeness of the arcade game, but Balloon Kid was a game I hadn’t heard of before.  It turns out that it’s actually the next game after Balloon Fight for NES, which is a game I don’t currently own other than on bootleg compilation cartridges.  Unlike Balloon Fight, Balloon Kid has side-scrolling levels to maneuver through while you collect balloons.  Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, it reminds me a lot of Hello Kitty World for the Famicom – maybe that’s a re-skin.  It’s a short little adventure I’m looking forward to embarking on.  I have a soft spot for Game Boy games in general, especially the classics like Super Mario Land and Kirby’s Dreamland.

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The next Nintendo game I picked up is The Legendary Starfy for Nintendo DS.  I don’t usually buy a lot of DS games, but the protagonist’s cuteness on the box cover has been drawing me in for months now.  I caved at a yard sale where I saw it for $5.  I’ve played a little of the game for fun, and though Starfy’s cries and exclamations come in somewhere between Navi’s annoyingness and Kirby’s adorableness, it’s still a fun adventure.  It’s probably something I’ll pick up and play casually over the next few months.

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Lastly, I found one GameCube game: Mario Kart Double Dash!!  This is a game I’ve been wanting to find for ages, and as usual, when it rains something for me it also pours that same thing.  As a minor spoiler for a future post, I’ve already found a copy of this game in the game collection I bought recently and was quite happy to add it to my (previously) tiny collection of GC games.  At $30 with a 30% off coupon, I couldn’t bear to pass up a second copy.  Like many of the other games I’ve found over the past few months, the disc was in nearly perfect condition.  I really love Mario Kart games, so I’m sure I’ll warm up to this one after a few laps.  I’ve heard it’s a fan favourite.

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Phew.  That was a long wait sitting on some great games to tell you all about.  Hopefully the pace for game hunting picks up again soon.  We seem to be travelling a lot on weekends, so I haven’t gotten around to yard sale-ing for a few weeks in a row.  Who knows how many boxes of boxed Earthbounds I’ve missed out on?

Thank you for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: SNES

This is the thirteenth 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.

When I started this blog, one of my major goals was to get my hands on SNES RPGs so that I could enjoy all the games I had completely missed out on.  I’ve amassed quite a few excellent games that I have yet to play (what else is new), and truth be told, there isn’t an exceptionally large number of things I’m still looking for for the console.  Of course there are repros of games that haven’t been released in North America as well as a bunch of others that are just leaps and bounds beyond what I’m willing to pay, but many of the staples are finally there.  Despite this, we still managed to find a few new interesting things for our game collection in Joe’s stuff.  Hang onto your hats, folks!

Like the Dreamcast consoles we got, the SNESes were also not boxed and came loose with no inserts or manuals.  I had been hoping to find an SNES boxed among everything, but heck: at least we got two of them!  The consoles were in great shape and we got a controller along with each of them.  Though it might be difficult to see, the console/controller combo on the left is slightly yellowed compared to the set on the right.

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Along with the two consoles above, we also procured a copy of Turtles in Time, a wonderful arcade-style beat ’em up that my boyfriend adores.  He played it recently with a friend and had so much fun that he’s been pestering me to play since.  I played a lot of TMNT: The Arcade Game for the NES growing up and found it so difficult.  A second player in those games always carries me through.  I get distracted pretty often, or lose track of which character I am.  This also happened to me recently playing a Revolution X arcade where you’re just a coloured crosshair targeting weird clone enemies.  If you haven’t heard of that game, you should look it up.  It’s weird and awful but in a hilarious way somhow.  We also got Battle Clash, a futuristic shooter that requires the use of the Super Scope.  This brings me to the next part of the acquisition…

A Super Scope with its sensor and box was also included in the mix of items here.  The thing works pretty great, but I’m not so sure about its design.  It’s huge, and you’ve got to stick your eye in the tiny little crosshairs on top.  It’s like you miss the entire game staring through the little tube.  I’m generally not a fan of light gun games because they’re mostly western-themed or involve shooting other people, but I think I can get behind Battle Clash and Yoshi’s Safari without too much issue.

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Along with the boxed Super Scope came more boxed goodness: a Super Game Boy.  I’ve always loved seeing photos of the box for this thing, and it was really something to hold it in my hands and call it my own.  There was also a loose copy of the accessory tucked away in a different box, so I’d certainly call that a bonus.  The only thing I truly wish had come with this was the manual for this.  It was awesome and told you all the different codes to put in to custom colour specific GB games so they’d be truer to the series.  I’ll have to track that down some day.

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There was one last boxed item in the bunch, and that was a boxed copy of Secret of Mana.  I can recall a time in my life when I wanted this game pretty desperately, and this is my third time finding it.  I have a nicer condition copy of the game (go here if you want to see a photo), so this one will likely become a pretty lucrative trade for me in the future.  I guess when it rains Secret of Manas, it pours Secret of Manas.

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Though the SNES items were small in number, there were still some excellent things to uncover here.  I hope I’ll be able to turn that Secret of Mana into something awesome, as well as finally take a stab at some of those Super Scope games.  Pardon me while I attempt some Battle Clash.

Thank you for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Xbox 360

This is the twelfth 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.

Because I know very little about “new generation” console gaming, I was a bit overwhelmed when I stumbled upon a bunch of Xbox 360 stuff in this game lot from Joe.  You might recall that I recently got a PS3 which shot me forward into the realm of new generation gaming, but I still had very little experience with the equivalent Microsoft console.  Believe it or not (I’m walking on air; I never thought I could feel so free…), I’ve owned an Xbox 360 for a long while but have only ever experienced Dragon Age.  The console was one of those things in my entertainment stand that mostly served as a DVD player rather than a gaming console, but I think I can safely say that I might have a few more exciting things to dabble in with the games and things we got here.

We got a bunch of Guitar Hero and Rock Band games with some wireless guitars.  I’ve only ever played Guitar Hero on the PS2, so this might be a nice change.  We don’t have any of the other instruments for Rock Band and with our space constraints, it’s unlikely that we will any time soon.  We also got a game called Brutal Legend which seems to be in the same vein as the other game series mentioned here.

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There were a handful of games here that I might pick up sometime, like Grand Theft Auto IV.  I’ve played a bit of Vice City back in the day but never finished it.  If I ever get around to trying out Perfect Dark for N64 and enjoy it, I might also consider picking up Perfect Dark Zero and giving that a whirl sometime.

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As well, some fun games that I know I’ll appreciate were also included.  Lego Batman is something that I’ve always wanted to play but haven’t.  I can shamefully say I’ve never played a Lego game but completely find the idea attractive.  I obviously gravitate towards the RPG genre, so it was great to see a Tales game in the mix as well.  I don’t know much about the other titles just yet, but I’m planning to take a look at some reviews and see what’s out there.  If anyone has reviewed these games, feel free to link me in the comments.  I’m really out of touch with this entire generation of games!

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There were some signed games in the pile.  It would seem that Joe ran into some folks that worked on the game Too Human and got some signatures, but I don’t have any context for them.  I’ve got to pry some information out of him about how these signatures came to be and who they belong to.

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It was also really interesting  to find some collector’s editions in the mix.  Firstly, there was a collector’s edition for Grand Theft Auto IV that came along with a bunch of great stuff.  Included was a map of Liberty City, an art book, a keychain, and probably the most fun of all, a lock box with keys!  That thing is pretty heavy duty, and the box’s weight made sense when I pulled that out.  The collector’s edition is a great little bit of fan service!  I think it was supposed to also come with a t-shirt or something, but that’s long gone.

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Another limited edition game that we got here was Bioshock.  The game came boxed with a figure that looks pretty cool.  I haven’t played Bioshock, but my boyfriend played some Bioshock Infinite and really enjoyed it.  I don’t know if the games are the same story or concept, but I’d be willing to give this a go sometime.

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Last but not least, we got an add-on for the Xbox 360: an HD-DVD player!  As silly as it might sound, I never actually understood that there was a different kind of DVD out there other than the regular kind.  I thought it was just DVD vs. blu-ray back in the day, but apparently not!  Either way, since King Kong was nowhere to be found, we managed to find an HD-DVD movie at the thrift store to try out with the player (my boyfriend chose 300.)  After taking a little look-see at the footage, to my mind, there is virtually no difference between this and a blu-ray, so I don’t know what all the brouhaha was about.  I still watch things on VHS with no qualms, so perhaps I’m not the person to be making these kinds of statements.

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The items here along with the PS3 games I spoke of way back at one of the first entries in this series are the newest games and accessories on my list of things to tell you all about.  Despite trying to keep rotating between releases from different corporations, it seems that Nintendo is piling up along with a bit of Sony.  Stay tuned for more of that as well!

I hope you’re all ramping up for an eventful weekend.  I can’t believe that June has almost left us behind.

Thanks for reading.

-GG

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Playing on All the Teams: Sega, NES and Neo Geo

I haven’t been able to make it out to many swaps all summer because of conflicting scheduling with other life things, but we finally got to make a weekend trip out of one this past weekend.  I am really excited to say that we found some very excellent things, and of particular importance, some things I had been looking for for some time now.

Because we recently acquired a bunch of doubles (and in some cases, triples) while buying up my friend’s large game collection, it was a goal of ours to be able to do some trades at this swap rather than spending cash.  Not only was this to save some money, but also because we have so many extras hanging around that it’s problematic storing everything.  Though I wasn’t sure how successful we would be, I was pretty happy that people were interested in some of the trades I had to offer.  Here’s a photo of what we went with (don’t worry, Hamtaro stayed put at home):

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I finally managed to round out my Final Fantasy Legend collection by finding the second game in the series.  I was graciously given the first game by a wonderful friend, and had found a bad label copy of the third game at a hock shop last year.  Final Fantasy Legend II is in absolutely excellent shape, and we actually used it to test out something else coming up later in the post that I won’t spoil for the moment.  I also found a copy of Conker’s Pocket Tales, a top-down collecting game that came before Conker’s Bad Fur Day.  It looks cute and relaxing, so I’ll be intrigued to play it.  Both games were without boxes or manuals, but they’re in absolutely fantastic condition.  I’m quite happy to have them.

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I’m sure you guys are getting tired of hearing me whine about wanting to find Skies of Arcadia (Legends), so I finally bit the bullet and picked up a copy for the Dreamcast.  Though I’ve heard some good things about the GameCube port, I just couldn’t find a copy of it at the last few swaps that wasn’t horrendously overpriced.  The copy I got came complete and was in excellent shape.  I played through part of the introduction awhile ago and am looking forward to starting this game.  I don’t have a ton of Dreamcast games that I’m itching to play, but between this and Grandia II, I’ll be sure to keep busy.

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My Sega Master System collection grew by one game, and that’s Master of Darkness.  I can’t even begin to describe how excited I was to find this one.  I spotted it on lockdown in someone’s glass case at their table and recognized the iconic Dracula-themed game case art even though the title was covered up.  Unfortunately the game didn’t come with its manual, but the cartridge itself is in excellent shape and fired up with no issue on the first try.  For anyone that doesn’t know of the game, it’s very much like Castlevania but with a different backstory.  It seems to have many of the same game mechanics and macabre atmospheric touches as the Nintendo game.

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While we’re on the topic of Castlevania, I also found Castlevania for the NES.  For the longest time now I’ve had a copy of Simon’s Quest and Dracula’s Curse, but despite my best efforts, I couldn’t seem to find the first game for a good price.  After asking every vendor selling NES games for it, one of them finally had it.  It’s in absolutely beautiful shape and looks brand new.  The Castlevania trilogy for NES has been a dream of mine to have, and I’ll be quite happy to hear that phenomenal soundtrack blasting out of my Nerd Room stereo soon enough.

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My boyfriend nearly threw down with an older lady at the swap who was going around and buying up random things she thought her grandchildren might like.  As my better half was reaching for a copy of King of Monsters for Neo Geo MVS, the lady picked it up.  She asked the vendor if MVS games could be played on the home console AES version of the Neo Geo, but even when she was told that it wasn’t possible and that it would cost about $600 for an adapter to make that happen, she still bought it anyway.  It drove my boyfriend a little nuts to see a game he was after disappear into that lady’s bag to never return again, but he did have a second choice on the table that we did pick up: Metal Slug 2.  We don’t currently have a working Neo Geo to try it out on, but hopefully it’s in good working condition.  There aren’t a lot of cartridges I’ve met that don’t work.

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For the Sega Genesis, we got two games.  The first was Shining in the Darkness, the first game in the Shining Force series.  The game came with its manual and had a saved game on it when I popped it into the Genesis to test it.  I don’t know if I flubbed when trying to load the save file, but the game decided the save didn’t exist anymore and sent me into a new game instead.  I’m not sure if the game needs a new battery or not, but it’s not too much trouble if it does.  I absolutely love the game art here.  It throws me back to old Disney.

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The second game *drumroll please* is Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (I’m sure one of our favourite retro game reviewers over at I Heart Old Games will be very pleased)!  Some of you that follow me on Twitter might be familiar with my cries and howls about how every time a copy of the game comes up on the classifieds sites that it never seems to work out in my favour.  I’ve had deals for game lots including Moonwalker fall apart on me twice in the past year, so when a guy at the swap was willing to shuffle through all my trades to find some things he liked instead of paying out the heinous asking price, I felt pretty good about that.  I’ve still got Smooth Criminal stuck in my head and it has been hours since we tested the game out.

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The last games I wanted to mention here were two boxed SNES games I picked up.  The first is Brandish, an action RPG/dungeon crawler game that has generally gotten negative reviews because of its “controversial” movement mechanic that involves rotating the screen around your character rather than changing your character’s direction instead.  I knew of the game, but it had been quite some time since I’d thought about it and was pretty hesitant to buy it at its steep price tag of $250.  Conveniently, the bag of trades saw me through.  The game box is practically brand new and came packed with a poster, registration card and game manual.  The only downside is that the thing smells like cigarettes, and I’m not about to start adding soapy water to paper and cardboard to alleviate that scent.  I’ll just have to let it air out I guess!

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The second SNES game was Brain Lord (woohoo!).  You can see from the photo below that the condition of the manual and the fold-out information poster are teetering on the verge of being pitiful.  Even though they’re being held together with copious amounts of tape and smell like cigarettes and mustiness, at least they’re there.  There’s also a tiny bit of label damage on the cartridge that I couldn’t care less about.  If I had seen the cartridge on its own in that condition, I wouldn’t have hesitated to buy it up.  Brain Lord is lesser-known and lesser-loved than many other RPGs that were released for the SNES in its heyday, but I was still really interested in giving it a go since it’s one of the last RPGs I have to find for the console.  I make that statement a bit casually since I know that there are still a lot of games for the system that are probably great, but I just haven’t heard about them yet.  I do have a lot of what I’ve set out to find for that console.

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The last thing I wanted to talk about was probably the best deal we got all day.  I alluded to it earlier when I was talking about Game Boy games, so allow me to elaborate here. We recently got a Framemeister, an upscaler that cleans up and improves video/audio quality from older games.  I wanted one so that when I was creating videos or streaming that the quality would be as good if not better than the spectacular view I get to have on my professional video monitor.  Anyway, the Framemeister has a Japanese D terminal for hooking things up to it.  My boyfriend, with his hawk-like eyes, saw a Japanese GameCube component cable sitting on a table populated mostly by foreign games that would fit that D terminal connector, and we bought it for $80.  This might seem steep for a cable, but for those of you that might not know, GameCube component cables are rare and expensive  and can go for hundreds of dollars because they can’t be replicated by third parties.  The cords have a chip in them that makes them completely proprietary.  You might be thinking that we are fools since it’s possible to play GC games in high resolution using the Wii, but what we didn’t have was a way to play games using the Game Boy Player add-on in high quality.  This component cable blew this opportunity wide open for us, and we did a test last night using Final Fantasy Legend II (I still have the battle music taking turns in my head with 16-bit Smooth Criminal.)

The quizzical thing about the cable is that it doesn’t seem to transfer audio along with video, so you need to have a secondary component cable plugged into the second port to get both signals.  Despite this weirdness, it works beautifully and I’m so, so excited to eventually do some game capture using this method.  The videos are going to be absolutely beautiful!  I won’t show a picture of the cable here, but if anyone is interested in that setup, let me know.  I’d be happy to write up a post about it and get some video comparisons made to showcase how different things look for Game Boy games with and without the GameCube component cable.

Looking back on everything, I can say without a doubt that this was a very successful swap.  I crossed a few things off of my list and had some unexpected success in other ventures I didn’t even know I was going to be undertaking with the GameCube component cord.  Here’s a little photo of everything together so you can see what I got here all in one swoop.

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Believe it or not, we didn’t even trade everything away to get all this stuff.  I think I spent out $180 in cash two of the games and the component cable, and the rest we got in trades.  I still have that boxed Secret of Mana, the two GBA games, Dragon Quest VIII, Final Fantasy Chronicles and a Super Game Boy left from that original trades photo from the beginning of the post.  All in all, I’d say we didn’t do too shabbily.  Now for the endless updating of inventories… sigh.

Hope you’re all staying cool in the summer heat!  Thanks for reading.

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Sega Genesis/Dreamcast

This is the eleventh 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.

Many folks know that I’m a huge Sega fan, especially now that I’ve jumped down the rabbit hole of collecting great games for the Sega Master System.  My love for Sega is not new since I started out with a Sega Genesis in my youth and got my very first Dreamcast console just last year along with some wonderful games, including Seaman.  In Joe’s collection there was very little to be had in terms of all of the aforementioned consoles, so I’ve decided to lump them both together into one post.

Unlike most consoles we received, the Dreamcasts were some of the few that did not come boxed or with any inserts or handouts.  On the bright side, we did receive two consoles in working order, and each with their own controller but with only one VMU to share between them.  Both games we received here we already had, but I’m pumped to have a second copy of Grandia II to either trade for something I don’t already have, or potentially bundle with a console if we decide to sell one.  I also love seeing the old price sticker for $19.99 on there.  Have times changed, or what?

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Along with the Dreamcast greatness, I was thrilled to find three model 1 Sega Genesis consoles amidst all the items of the game collection.  Two of them were loose with some controllers, but one came boxed with its instruction manual and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.  The box was in pretty great shape for the most part with some wear and tear from age/storage.  Despite some aesthetic issues, it still has really great integrity!  In total we got four controllers, one of which was a 6-button.  This was a pleasant surprise.  Not only are they harder to come by, but the 3-button counterpart tends to feel mushier and mushier as years go by.  The 6-button controllers tend to have a little more snap.

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Along with the Sonic 2 pictured above, there were a handful of other games games in mixed condition (and if you’re wondering, that’s a different Sonic 2 below.)  Most of the issues were only label-deep (marker or stickers over the game’s labels), but all games are working which is what is most important.  I wish that all the games came with their manuals, but only three games had them.  Altered Beast had a manual but was missing its box.  It was truly a mishmash of incompleteness, but at least Altered Beast and Toejam and Earl were new to us.  The other games are ones we had already.  To date, I probably have about as many copies of Sonic 2 as I do of Devil May Cry (to those that have not been following these posts, it’s a lot of copies.)

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So not much new for us here, but there are definitely some good things to come our way in this chunk of the collection.  I’m mostly excited to play Toejam and Earl again.  I absolutely love the sequel, but I remember accidentally renting the first game instead of the second and hating it because it wasn’t Panic on Funkotron.  I really need to give it a second chance!

In other news, I went to a game swap today and made out like a bandit by making some good trades.  I’m hoping to get a post together about that when I have a chance to get some photos taken of everything, so stay tuned for that!

I hope you all have a lovely week.  As always, thank you very much for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Virtual Boy

This is the tenth 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.

A long, long time ago back when I was just a youngster, I remember lying on my stomach with a pillow under my chest in my best friend’s computer room, struggling to get my eyes level with the eyepieces of the Virtual Boy on its stand.  We took turns playing the Mario Tennis game, and I don’t remember enjoying it very much.  This was the first and last time I saw a Virtual Boy in the flesh until I almost bought a loose one with a few games about six months ago.  Thankfully I didn’t because I snagged one in Joe’s collection.

For starters, we got the Virtual Boy console with its stand and controller in the box.  Unfortunately the box’s insert and all its papers were nowhere to be found, but the basics were all there!  When I picked up the controller it felt pretty heavy, and I was worried that batteries had been left inside and might have leaked during all those years in storage.  Unfortunately the batteries had been left inside, but by some miracle they were still intact and actually still powered on the system for about 2 seconds before they died forever.

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With some fresh batteries installed in the controller, I fired up the console.  The boot screen felt like some kind of weird eye test.  After wiping tears out of my eyes trying to focus and get used to the picture, I noticed that the left eye’s picture wasn’t showing at all.  I was pretty bummed out thinking that the console wasn’t working properly, and my boyfriend and I were soon deep into web articles on how to fix broken Virtual Boys.  Because I wasn’t much help wading through the sea of technical jargon, I decided to try out a game for a while with the one eye working and eventually the broken side just kicked on.  Maybe it just needed to be warmed up after so long?  Who knows.  All I know is that it’s functioning normally now and I am very, very relieved.

We also got a bunch of games with the system.  One was boxed with its manual (3D Tetris) and the rest were all loose, but we definitely got some of the best games for the system.  I’ve heard absolutely wonderful things about Teleroboxer and Wario Land’s use of the virtual reality/3D abilities of the console while many other games fell short.  I did try out all the games for a little while and can certainly see myself coming back to them.  3D Tetris feels like my worst nightmare, though.  For anyone that’s ever played Skyward Sword and had a hell of a time trying to manipulate those 3D “keys” to unlock doors in some dungeons, you’ll have an idea of how miserable 3D Tetris feels to me.

Can I also just say how ugly the colour schemes for these cartridges are?  The overall design is reminiscent to Master System cartridges and just feels yucky to me.  The reddish/pinkish-brown is a far cry from the sharp, bright red of the system itself.

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Though there is not a huge library of games for the VB and it’d be easy enough to collect to completion for this , I’m not so sure I’ll be actively seeking out any more games for the system for a little while.  I have more than enough to enjoy, especially with Wario Land at my disposal.  Maybe I’ll even warm up to 3D Tetris sometime.  Maybe.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week.  Thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire – PSP

This is the ninth 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.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I got a screamin’ deal on some PSPs within the past year but didn’t have many games to play.  I will admit that the number of games I own for the handheld has not increased substantially with the acquisition of my friend Joe’s video game collection, but there were certainly a few games worth sauntering through in the bunch.

One thing I was happy to see were two more PSPs.  You might think I’m a greedy, terrible person for now owning four of the very same thing,  but in attempting some gameplay with the silver one we got, it’s a little finicky and constantly asks me if I want to quit playing which makes it difficult to enjoy using it.  These two PSPs were in excellent shape and each came with a memory card, something lacking in my previous PSP purchases.  One came in its box as well, so that was also a nice addition to the numerous boxed consoles/accessories we got in this lot of stuff.  I even got a sealed copy of Spiderman 2 on UMD to watch.  I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not since I don’t really follow a lot of superhero movie politics, but time will tell.

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For games, there were a few really nice additions for the collection here, and some sealed doubles I might be able to use for trades at a swap coming up in the next few weeks.  As usual, the games came complete with their manuals and sometimes other inserts and were all in pristine condition.  The first three here are completely unrelated, but didn’t fit into my other weird “categories” for photos I imagined up.  Of the three, I think I’d like to try out the God of War game the most given that the internet tells me it’s good.  I think streaming from a PSP is possible as well, so I’m definitely looking into ways to get that set up.

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The second bunch of games here are either puzzle or shooter games.  Space Invaders Extreme as a title made me laugh out loud when I saw it.  I can just picture advertisements for the game with beefy, tattooed, bandana-wearing guys yelling, “Extreme!” while flexing in front of an alien wave, but in all honesty, I’m sure the “extreme” part of the game is some of the extras that they’ve added onto the typical gameplay – bosses, power-ups, etc.  Loco Roco is a game I’ve always been interested to try out, so that’s one I’m hoping to play sooner than later.  It’s on the same level of interest for me as Katamari Damacy.

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The last set of games here are, as always, RPGs!  Even more excitingly is that two of them are of the Final Fantasy variety since there were plenty of re-releases of many classic games for this format.  I think that with this new addition for the PSP, I now have three iterations of the original Final Fantasy game with the others being for the NES and PS1.  Though there are many people out there that dislike FFII, I actually don’t.  It’s a different spin on the usual, and I vowed long ago to actually finish the game someday.  I’ve started it twice, and for various reasons had to put it down.

From what I understand, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is a port of the original PS1 version of the game.  I’ve mentioned here before how I always get the PS1 RPGs that start with the letter V confused with one another (Vandal Hearts, Valkyrie Profile, Vagrant Story, etc.), but after double-checking again with the internet and what I already own, Valkyrie Profile is one of the more elusive of the bunch because of its limited release.  Though this PSP version is obviously not the original, there are apparently very few differences between the two releases.  I’m excited to play it, though I hear the premise is really sombre.  Doom and gloom isn’t so bad, right?

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I deliberately put off talking about Crisis Core above because I wanted to share a special edition of the game I received here instead.  It comes with a cardboard sleeve, the game with all its usual goodies as well as an art book.  The art book has barely even been opened – the spine made a cracking noise when I took a peek inside.  I’ve heard Crisis Core is incredibly moving and an excellent game all around, so it’s definitely going onto my list of things to eventually play.

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That’s it for PSP stuff.  As I mentioned above, there are definitely a few really great things here that I’m excited to try out, and I’m even more excited to see if I can stream and record some gameplay for fun.  We recently added an upscaler to our stream/recording setup, so video quality can definitely be improved upon if the PSP doesn’t output in a lovely signal.  I haven’t looked into things too much yet, but I’m hoping to in the coming weeks.

In other news, I am primed to go to a few swaps over the next few weekends.  Hopefully I’ll have some other things to write about outside the realm of these big collection buy posts, though I’m happy many of you are enjoying them.  Thrift stores and classifieds ads have been so fruitless lately.  I’ve only found one measly game at a yard sale and a few Playstation games, but that’s about it.   I’ll probably put a post together about those shortly to change it up here.

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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