It has been a busy couple of weeks! The end of May I went back home to watch my brother get married! It was amazing, of course, and it was the first time I was back home in Indiana in almost two years! The weekend immediately after was Fanime, an anime convention here in California that we’ve gone to for the past few years. We dressed up, we bought stuff, and we had a good time. Following that we had a friend move in with us until he can find a place of his own, and now Laura’s sister is back home for a couple weeks before her job starts! Phew! Thankfully though, a visit home means a ton of new video games I can’t get here in California! Let’s break it down! Read the rest of this entry »
Category Archives: Saturn
This past weekend I was finally able to make it to the De Anza College Flea Market! It is held every first Saturday of the month, and I’ve been consistently coming up with reasons why I can’t make it! Laura and I would literally be planning on going one weekend, and then something would come up and cause us not to make it. Thankfully this month we had the backing of Laura’s sister and our friend who wanted to go too, cementing our trip! I went into the flea market hoping to find games (naturally) but was really looking for something extraordinary to make the whole trip worthwhile. There were some good finds, some busted haggles, and, if you can believe it, an extraordinary find! Read the rest of this entry »
Good lord, when stores have sales I tend to go crazy! This time around, Space Cat, a local used game store, moved locations to a bigger yet somehow more cramped space, and to commemorate the transition offered 50% off their used games under $9.99! I’m sure you can tell I picked up a lot of titles. What was doubly great about this deal however was the fact that a lot of games I previously passed on during my past visits to the store were still there, and now they’re even cheaper! Those account for a lot of the pickups this week. There was also a random visit to a board game selling couple on Craigslist that lead to a new Wii Fit as well as a very successful trip to Mountain View’s GameStop! And any week I can scrounge up a Sega Saturn game is a good week, so throw that onto the pile for this post as well! Read the rest of this entry »
I can officially say the craziness of the eBay auctions has officially ended this week. The last couple of orders have come in, and there is only one more game that I’ve ordered that I’m waiting on (which should have been here by now, because I ordered it well over two weeks ago). This week was also special because a coworker of mine actually gave me some of her old, albeit beat up, Sega Saturn games! And Laura and I made a trip to San Jose we don’t commonly make, and I was able to secure a copy of a game to finish up a DS trilogy. All around a fun week in collecting! Read the rest of this entry »
My first video using my Sega Saturn! Die Hard Arcade is such a fun game. It alone makes me happy to own the system! Now I want to play Dynamite Cop for the Dreamcast…
|Mario Kart 8
Release Date: May 30th, 2014
Purchased at: Target (Sunnyvale, CA – $60)
In case you haven’t been reading anything about video games lately, Mario Kart 8 released this Friday for Wii U! With a truly fantastic promotion that nets you a free video game, there hasn’t been a better time to buy the console! After playing with it this weekend, I can say that it is definitely a wonderfully fun racing game, and feels like Mario Kart. The new stages are quite interesting and fun to play, and I’ve only unlocked a few characters and extra stages! So there are plenty more races in my future! And one more note: I’m happy that my first character unlocked was the Koopaling Ludwig!
Release Date: 1995
Purchased at: FanimeCon (San Jose, CA – $8)
You could imagine my surprise when I was attending this year’s FanimeCon and came across a booth selling retro video games! Strangely enough, it was literally the last booth in the hall, so I was really surprised when I got there! They were an online group that happened to set up shop at the con, but the great thing was their selection, prices, and quality. Most everything they had was complete, with only a few loose Game Boy games and Atari classics. There were some other good titles I thought about grabbing, but only Myst and Silent Scope caught my eye.
|Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouette
Release Date: September 18th, 2001
Purchased at: FanimeCon (San Jose, CA – $5)
The only other game I bought from the booth was Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouette. After putting up my video review of the original Silent Scope on PS2, I have been looking for copies of this game and the third game to complete the trilogy. While they aren’t very expensive games ($5 is probably on the high end), I haven’t been able to find them in my usual used game stores. It seems the most unlikely of places is where I need to start looking now.
Another full year of game collecting has come to a close. While I don’t think 2013 stacked up as much as 2012 (in terms of amount of games added), 2013 still gave me dozens of great new games to play and cherish. I picked up a brand new console in 2013 with the Wii U, and even managed to snag a few new Sega Saturn and original Xbox games as well. This was also a strong year for downloadable games for me, especially for review on the 3DS, so a lot of games I’d have loved to own I only have in digital form. Sad, but not the worst thing that could happen. Without further adieu, here are the games of 2013: