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Sunday Roundup: 7/14/13

14 Jul

New Games (7-14-13)Two new stores to find retro games! One store was brand new as of this week, and really isn’t a store. It’s more of just some guy that tacked on his game collection to an existing hobby game store. Nonetheless, there were a few titles there that caught my eye. The second store was a used music/movies/games store that I saw from the highway and decided to stop in and look around. Surprisingly there were games aplenty at this place, including a Dreamcast game of all things! Well, let’s get this thing underway!

 


007 Nightfire Cover007 Nightfire
PS2
Release Date: November 18th, 2002
Purchased at: 8-Bit Gamers (Santa Clara, CA – $3)

After securing Everything or Nothing before leaving Indiana, I can finally say I have Nightfire. I have the first Bond game, Agent Under Fire, on the Gamecube, so maybe I’ll try finding it on the PS2 as well for completion’s sake. Speaking of Agent Under Fire, I really enjoyed that game a lot. I actually finished it too. I’m hoping these games are just as good!

Crash Bandicoot the Wrath of Cortex CoverCrash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
PS2
Release Date: October 29th, 2001
Purchased at: 8-Bit Gamers (Santa Clara, CA – $3)

The first non-Naughty Dog developed Crash game, and also the first Crash game on a system other than the PS1, and also also one of the earliest PS2 games created, The Wrath of Cortex isn’t regarded as highly as the original PS1 trilogy, but it’s still regarded as a decent game. I should really play through the Crash’s and then get to this one to see how it is, but it’s likely I won’t get around to it anytime soon sadly.

Donkey Kong Land CartridgeDonkey Kong Land
Game Boy
Release Date: June 26th, 1995
Purchased at: 8-Bit Gamers (Santa Clara, CA – $3)

Whoa, this game was originally released on my birthday! I remember playing this game around the time it came out on my cousin’s Game Boy and enjoying it. Now it looks dated, naturally, but even to this day the game is worthwhile. Certainly not as worthwhile as Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, but still a fun game. Also, it’s not a port of DKC, but rather a completely separate series designed specifically with the Game Boy in mind!

Mushroom Men the Spore Wars CoverMushroom Men: The Spore Wars
Wii
Release Date: December 2nd, 2008
Purchased at: Streetlight Records (San Jose, CA – $6)

A bit of a splurge on this one since GameStop sometimes sells it on sale for $5, Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars stood out to me at the time of it’s release as being a unique indie-ish title. The quote on the front cover says it’s one of the best games on the Wii since Super Mario Galaxy: high praise for a game not from a big developing house. I’m happy to have this game finally, and I’m still looking for the DS version.

Speed Devils Online Racing CoverSpeed Devils: Online Racing
Dreamcast
Release Date: December 16th, 2000
Purchased at: Streetlight Records (San Jose, CA – $5)

There were only three Dreamcast games available at Streetlight Records: This one, the regular not-online Speed Devils, and something else I already have that I can’t even think of. For whatever reason, this version was only $5, but the vanilla Speed Devils was $10. Seeing as I have neither and this one was cheaper, I decided to go with this. I’m sure no one’s in the market for Dreamcast games, so perhaps one day I’ll head back there and pick it up as well.

You may also notice the two strategy guides in the thumbnail. Here’s a bigger picture to see everything better:

New Games (7-14-13)

The Ni no Kuni strategy guide is an official premium edition guide. The Gears of War strategy guide is also an official premium edition guide containing an extra artbook as well. The best part about these guides? They were worth $3 each! Oh man, three dollars a pop! Ni no Kuni is a hardback, several hundred page book, and the GoW one is a premium edition that’s a cool collector’s item. Huzzah!

Laters,
Jsick

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7 responses to “Sunday Roundup: 7/14/13

  1. John

    07/14/2013 at 5:17 pm

    Ooh, I need to find that GoW guide. Brady did the same treatment for Final Fantasy XII, God of War II, and Onimusha 3: Demon Seige. Now I know I’m lacking the Gears of War guide.

     
    • jsicktheslick

      07/16/2013 at 4:48 pm

      I’ve never really bought/collected strategy guides. I feel like I should just focus on games, both financially and spatially. But man, these were too good to pass up!

       
      • John

        07/16/2013 at 6:22 pm

        I agree. Still, when I find a guide for a JRPG or something too good to pass up, I’ll usually strike.

         
  2. Eric @ The Warning Sign

    07/15/2013 at 1:47 pm

    Speed Devils Online Racing was my go-to Dreamcast game back in the day. I can’t even tell you how many hours I put into that online with my 56K modem. 😛 It was pretty worthless offline though, unfortunately.

     
    • jsicktheslick

      07/16/2013 at 4:49 pm

      Is that so, haha!

      Is the game even playable offline, or does it have to be online to even play? Maybe I’ll be going back to that store to buy the offline version sooner than anticipated…

       
  3. JJ M. (@jjmahoney3)

    07/26/2013 at 9:56 am

    I started buying the nice guides with FFXIII then I just kept going with FFXIII-2, Dark Souls, Ni No Kuni, etc.. I managed to snag a few of the nice hardcover limited edition Zelda guides off Paperbackswap (pretty much for free). I kind of include guides in my collecting and my thrift store hunting.

    Btw, I went by a Goodwill and pawn shop near my office. Thankfully the Goodwill reorganized so the games are much easier to find (and there are more of them). The pawn shop had a nice selection but nothing I wanted. I realized after going to those two places (and finding nothing this time), that as much as I love the local eStarland store (I could literally spend all day hanging out there), I want so desperately to find a complete (and perfect condition) copy of Wind Waker or that Zelda collection for Gamecube at a thrift store for $5. Finding Oblivion GOTY edition at the Goodwill near my house for $3 was great. I want more finds like that (but for some older games). If I could find a working N64 at a thrift store I’d be thrilled.

     
    • jsicktheslick

      07/26/2013 at 10:54 am

      I know a few other collector’s that are into collecting guides. It’s a great way to spice up a collection, and I fully encourage the behavior!

      I hear you about finding games at thrift shops! The exhilaration of getting such a fantastic deal for a wonderful game is like nothing else to us collectors. If you keep with it, you’ll likely find that copy of Wind Waker, and probably the N64 as well. Speaking of the N64, I’ve seen a few Craigslist ads for the console here in California. Maybe there are some decent sellers around you to look into as well.

       

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