Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Game Boy Advance

This is the sixteenth 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.

By now, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that I missed out entirely on the Game Boy Advance in its prime.  In general, the concept of handheld systems is my least favourite — I get stress headaches a lot from neck muscle tension, and it really seems to flare up while I’m staring down at a tiny screen.  Did I mention my near vision is starting to go?  Getting older sucks.

Joe’s collection had quite a few games for the console, and most of them came with their boxes and manuals.  There are some excellent games to be shown in due time, but for now I will start out in my usual way with the consoles themselves.

We received two GBAs here, one normal and one modified.  Modified to do what you might be asking?  Your guess is as good as mine.  It looks like the port installed on the back of the white one was meant to allow for an alternative power source of sorts.  Before this I didn’t actually own an original GBA and had been playing some games for the system using the Game Boy Player attachment for the GameCube, so it’s definitely nice to have the real deal for the first time.

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The games that we received were diverse and plentiful.  These are the games in the bunch that I probably know the least about, but it was great to see F-Zero and R-Type in there.  Those are born from solid franchises, so hopefully these games will be good as well.

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The next set of games we got I would broadly classify as a mix of arcade and puzzle games.  As a fan of older systems like the Atari/Intellivision/Colecovision, etc., things like Millipede and Super Breakout excite me to no end.  I’ve also heard that Zoocube is a lot of fun!  You can’t go wrong with ports of classics most of the time.

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In addition to these, we received a solid set of Castlevania games for the system.  I’ve only played a tiny little bit of any Castlevania game (it was Dracula’s Curse for the NES and I died over and over again in the Clock Tower level… ugh), but I can get behind the idea of new iterations of the foundational gothic platformer series.  I’ve heard that not all of these games are equal in quality, so I’ll be interested to be able to compare them whenever I get the chance to play through them.  I just hope that their soundtracks are as amazing as the other games in the series.

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There is nothing quite like the Nintendo staples to really round out a collection of games.  I recently bought Metroid for the NES after being inspired by LightningEllen‘s  last-minute run through the game at the end of last year, so I always find it funny when I end up with doubles, or in this case, a remake of the classic so soon after buying it up.  In that same vein, I think the Zelda II here is the third iteration I have (the others being the original on NES, and the port to the GameCube on the Collector’s Edition), but nonetheless, it gives me some options when I finally do get around to playing through it again.  Obviously the Super Mario Advance is a nice thing to have as well since SMB2 is my favourite of the original trilogy, and the Game & Watch Gallery games are also a good time.  I think the original receipt was still in the box for that one, and it was something like $51 with taxes in from the mid 2000s.  Crazy!

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No acquisition would be complete without a few letdowns, and unfortunately these boxes with their manuals came to me with no games in them.  Luckily I had three of the four games loose in my collection already, with the exception being Metroid Fusion.  That one is a bit expensive even loose, so it might be a while before I can track it down.  Either way, it was nice to upgrade those games to complete status.

Though I didn’t take a photo of it, an exciting thing here was the set of e-Reader cards that came with the Super Mario Advance 4 game.  They open up new levels for the game, and I can’t personally say I’ve had a chance to try them yet.  It’s so much fun to have new life breathed into a game I can beat in my sleep!  Okay, well not really.  I can make it through the original game as long as I use the cloud on the Dark World dungeon…

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I didn’t know that there were so many offshoots of the Megaman franchise.  The Mega Man Battle Network games, from what I understand, are RPG/action hybrids.  This is right up my alley, as usual.  Bomberman Tournament also looks like a ton of fun, and at first I didn’t realize it had a lot of . I never knew that Bomberman could visit towns and dungeons and get into battles!!  If I had known a game like this existed, I would’ve likely tracked it down a very, very long time ago.  So excited!

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There was even more action-y fun to be had with these other games including more Mega Man.  Earthworm Jim was great on the Genesis/Sega CD, so I’m curious to know if this is another direct port of that game or if there are any significant differences to levels/gameplay.  I haven’t played any Zone of the Enders games at all, but this is the third game I now own (the others are for PS2 I believe).  I have heard a lot of praise for Dragonball Z games in general but have very little experience with the show.  Can anyone say if the games are still enjoyable if the player doesn’t have a thorough understanding of the story beforehand?

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As usual, last but not least comes from the RPGs in the bunch.  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance was a game I already had in this exact condition, so it’s going to make a nice trade.  I was pretty pumped to see Kingdom Hearts.  It has literally been a decade since I’ve played the original on the Playstation 2, but it’ll likely be a great time since what little gameplay I’ve seen of the game is vastly different from the original.  Sword of Mana was also an awesome discovery.  I have the original Final Fantasy Adventure game on the Game Boy, so I’m likely to take a trip through that one first before trying out this remake.

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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep this for this post or for one of the last posts in this series to follow, but I got a ton of stuff for the e-Reader!  Some of it is for the GBA, but some of it is also for the GameCube (Animal Crossing cards).  I honestly couldn’t believe how many cards I got here, including some sealed ones!  I’ve never tried out the e-Reader before, so it’s definitely something I’m looking forward to sauntering through at some point in the near future.

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I think I have about three more posts planned for this series before it’ll wrap up for good, so stay tuned for those.  I’m also sorry for not posting more regularly — I’ve just been assigned a huge project for work which is eating up a lot of my evening and weekend time until I can get it all under control, but hopefully I’ll be back to a more frequent posting schedule soon.  I suppose that also depends on the thrifting gods smiling down upon my lovely head…

Hope you’re all enjoying what’s left of your weekend!

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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It’s Raining NES!

I was quietly complaining stating a few posts ago about how slim the pickings have been for retro game collecting in my community.  Apparently grumbling frustrations out into the world has pleased the thrifting gods because I was blessed in finding a bountiful harvest of NES games at a local thrift shop.  I got a great tip-off from a friend that works there and arrived at the store to see a ton of really great games at reasonable prices (for once!)

Surprisingly, most of the games we bought we didn’t already have.  Just when I think I’ve finally found all of what I want for the NES, I’m reminded of games like Double Dragon, Rampage, Popeye, and Kid Icarus.  A lot of these games I’ve only had the pleasure of playing on bootleg cartridges or not at all.

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The only disappointing thing about this game bunch is that I mistook Tag Team Wrestling for a different game I always found hilarious growing up called M.U.S.C.L.E. Tag Team Match.  The game we bought is just a regular old wrestling game where dudes grunt at one another until someone succumbs to too many pummelings.  I haven’t played much of the game than than just enough to test its functionality, but I want me some glowing, horned/moustached wrestling dudes that fly across the screen!

I got everything for about $100, which was a nice change from some rage-filled buying experiences of over-priced games I’ve had in the semi-recent past.  It also really helped that I had a 30% off coupon that I didn’t hesitate to use, so that also lightened the blow.  All the games work and cleaned up nicely, though some of them had a sticky mysterious brownness on them that I don’t even want to think about.

Hopefully this discovery means a change in the tides for retro game hunting.  It’d be nice to see more success in the coming summer weeks.

Hope you’re all looking forward to a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Playstation

This is the fifteenth 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, the Playstation.  It’s one of the many consoles I missed almost entirely between the Sega Genesis and the PS2.  Conveniently for me its library is rife with RPGs!  I have to say that the things we got from Joe for the Playstation were some of my favourites from the whole shebang.  There are truly some excellent things to show here, but we’ll start with the console as usual.

I never owned a PS1 console until we bought this game lot – it was one of the only major release consoles we were missing.  Because I always played my PS1 games on my PS2, I didn’t see much of a use for one, but I obviously don’t mind having one!  The console came to us in decent shape and working order with one controller.  I was surprised to see an actual Playstation memory card.  I’ve only ever seen the Mad Catz ones and that’s all I ever used to date.

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For games in this bunch, we got all types and kinds from several different genres.  As usual, I haven’t had a tremendous amount of time to look into many of these mostly unfamiliar titles, but Sim City 2000 is something I’ve always wanted to play.  I’ve heard wonderful things about the Front Mission games, and in my humble opinion, most things Square touches turns to gold.  You will have to let me know if you’ve enjoyed any of these other titles in the three photos below.

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I’m probably one of the only people on this earth that has not played any of the Crash Bandicoot games, but I am now the proud owner of the collector’s edition for the console.  For those of you that have played these, are they as good as everyone says?  I’ve seen a little bit of Crash Team Racing on a stream at some point in the recent past, but that’s about it!  I always get this and Banjo Kazooie confused for some reason.  Please don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me.  I’ve never played either series!

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Onto the stuff I’m a bit more well-versed in: Final Fantasy games!  My goodness were there ever a lot of Final Fantasy games included.  There were really two sets, and the first I’ll show you here are the mostly beaten up greatest hits versions of the games.  You can see that the jewel cases have seen better days, and in a lot of the cases, the discs showed wear and tear from a little bit of rougher use.  Many of the things in this entire collection have been immaculate, so it was interesting to see these ones in mid-shape.  What’s great is that there’s an almost complete set of the games for the console here, with the exceptions being Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Origins (I and II compilation).

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Thankfully for me, there was a second, complete set of these games, all black-label.  I’m not usually too picky about green vs. black labels, but when it comes to my RPGs, I like to have the more attractive black stripe on my cases peeking out at me.  There are other nice differences between the originals and the greatest hits versions like different disc art and some small changes to manuals (i.e. black and white vs. colour in some places).  My personal copies I played growing up were not in the best shape since I had ordered most of them off of eBay in my late teens or picked them up second hand.  I was certainly not as diligent about disc quality back then as I am now, but these are an excellent upgrade for my Final Fantasy PS1 collection.

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And holy smokes, did the RPGs ever keep coming.  Way back when I started this blog at one of the first swaps I wrote about, I talked about finding a complete copy of Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete.  Joe’s collection yielded a second copy, but a different disc variant.  Sadly, there was no soundtrack included in this box set, but most of the other stuff was there including the cloth map and the hardcover manual.

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There were still more RPGs to be had in this lot, and they were definitely some heavy hitters I’ve been looking for for some time.  All of these games are excellent (and expensive!!).  The only double for me here was Chrono Cross, though this version was an earlier print compared to the one I already owned from Square Enix.  There isn’t much different other than the name on the front of the case and the discs being a uniform white versus a reflective surface.  But Star Ocean, Ogre Battle, Dragon Warrior VII, Tales of Destiny and Vandal Hearts II are all great, great titles that I plan to eventually put a bajillion hours into.  Guardian’s Crusade isn’t a game I’ve heard much of anything about, but I hope it’s good too!  Yay!  And boo.  I need more shelves.

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Last but not least, I have a small set of games that I’m hoping Cheap Boss Attack will be a bit excited for: horror games!  A few of these were recommended to me by folks from the blog world and also on Twitter, so I was quite happy to see these come through my door.  I’m not the best at playing scary games because I get too freaked out and need to walk away from them for a while (literally) but maybe I’ll be able to put on a stiff upper lip and play with all the lights on in the daytime.  There has to be some compromise, because I’ve heard these games are some of the finest horrors to be had in console gaming!

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This portion of the collection acquisition was a total slam dunk as far as I’m concerned.  There are a few other Playstation games I’m looking for (Legend of Mana, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, etc.!) but this checked off a huge portion of my list of things to smoke out of the woodwork.  I’m extremely pleased to say the least!

I hope you’re all enjoying this post series.  Thanks as always for reading!

-GG

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Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Nintendo Wii

This is the fourteenth 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 Wii was a console I waited several years after its release to buy.  Though I waited for a sale, I ended up caving at the last minute and bought the more expensive black version of it.  I had a fairly tiny collection of games for the Wii, mostly consisting of the titles you’d expect from the main Nintendo franchises, with the star of my collection being The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  There are a few games I’ve been wanting to pick up and actually have lately, but Joe’s collection helped to expand that collection a little further and netted me some new games I never knew I needed.

Before we get to the games, I want to show you the boxed console.  Most of you folks around my age have likely seen this box plenty at the stores, so it’s nothing particularly special, but it is in very good shape.  You can see that I didn’t take the console out of the box because packing it back in there is an absolute nightmare.  In addition to the boxed console, we also received the Wii Zapper, which is really just a plastic holder for the Wii-mote that happens to come with Link’s Crossbow Training.  The copy of the game was still sealed, so that was a nice touch as well.  I don’t know if any of you have played Skyward Sword or Ocarina of Time, but anything that involves aiming and shooting at targets (rupees, pumpkins, or whatever) makes my blood boil.  I can’t tell you how long I spent at the shooting gallery in Ocarina of Time listening to that music over and over and over again… needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be jumping into Link’s Crossbow Training any time soon.

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I was happy to see a USB wi-fi connector for the Wii.  Having wireless internet connectivity will be better than the previous setup involving many long network extension cables running throughout the house.  I never knew these existed.

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Because my friend couldn’t seem to get enough of Guitar Hero, we also got two boxed versions of the games released on the Wii: Aerosmith, and Legends of Rock.  Both boxes came with all the listed assets, and everything was in pretty good shape and working well.  I think along with the other Guitar Hero stuff we got for the Xbox 360 and the Rockband stuff, we’re up to 5 guitars!  That’s a lot of storage for something I don’t think I’ll play very much.

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There were a small pile of games to be had apart from these big, bulky Guitar Hero boxes.  I think what’s surprising to me about these first seven is just how much blood, guts, death, and surgical precision surgical prowess these games all seem to be focused around.  Between Mr. Chainsaw-For-Arm and Mr. Lightsaber-Lite, these games are jam-packed with gore and murder.  Don’t even get me started on all of the undead re-killing that probably happens in Resident Evil 4 and The House of the Dead.  Trauma Center: Second Opinion looks interesting to me, but I watched a video about it and it gave me the willies.  Though the graphics aren’t entirely realistic, the idea of suturing and pulling giant shards of glass and other debris out of people ushers me close to a state of vasovagal syncope.  The most fun I had in a hack-n-slash was definitely Diablo II, so maybe these games might bring me back to that in some way.

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The second bunch of games we received are on the much lighter side of things.  I’ve never owned a copy of Wii Play, but I do recall playing the cow racing game with a friend back in university and loving that so much.  What I was especially excited about here were the Metroid games, especially the Metroid Prime Trilogy!  I’ve heard that the games are not to be missed.  Given I have never played a single Metroid game, now feels like a good time to start.

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Though they’re just a humble set of games and accessories compared to the enormity of what we got for other consoles in this acquisition, these Wii additions are still some great staples!  I have a Wii U, so it’ll be nice to experience many of these games in a higher resolution.

Thanks so much for reading.  Only a few more posts to go!

-GG

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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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