Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pick Ups - December 4, 2015

What a way to start off a weekend! Its really not that often that I find really good games or deals in my area, but every once in awhile luck is on my side. Before I get to the goodies I find locally, the mail man delivered two reproductions that I had been waiting on.

I grabbed Ninja Gaiden for the Sega Genesis from a Etsy seller. I believe it was from FanBrewGames. The game was placed in an actual Genesis cart and not a Mega Drive cart like a lot of the other reproduction games I own are. The label sticker looks quite professional, but the case is nothing more than a Universal Game Case. While the insert has a nice layout and captures that retro Genesis feel, it's printed on really thin paper. Normally if I'm buying a Genesis/Mega Drive repro game, I just settle for the cart only. This particular seller was running a Black Friday sale when I ordered the game so I got the case essentially for free. The game itself...well that's for another post.

Insanity for the PC Engine / TurboGrafx CD is from a company called a company called Aetherbyte. Released in 2009, this homebrew game is a clone of the Atari 2600 came, Berserk. I had forgotten about this game entirely until I saw someone post a eBay link of the game a week or so ago. I got for less than what it sells from Aetherbyte. Packaging is quite nice and looks good spine out amongst my other PC Engine Super CD-Rom games. I may give the game it's own post at a later date.

When it comes to video games stores in my area, I actually have a few options outside of GameStop. While I'm not a GameStop hater per se, it's always nice to be able to walk into a store and find retro games. The area I live has two G2K game stores. I decided to drop by the one that is a little further out from me after work on Friday and I was glad I did. There was a lot of "new" things since my last visit. While I grabbed more than I initially planned, I feel as if I still got some good deals.

Starting on the top row, I grabbed The Suffering for the Xbox because I thought I needed the manual. Got home and turned out my copy had the manual so now I have a complete copy for trade fodder. Most of G2K's Xbox games run $5. Missile Defense 3-D was one of the few $5 Sega Master System games out on the shelves that was complete. While I don't have the 3-D glasses or even the Light Phaser at this time, I have a hard time passing up complete retro Sega games when I find them. Psycho Fox was in their glass case up front and I barely noticed it before leaving. At $35 it was more than I wanted to spend, but from the completed eBay auctions I could find it seemed like a good price. Plus I've always wanted the game so why not?

Finding Atari 2600 games w/ good labels intact in the wild can be tough, or at least in my experience. At only $.99 each I'll grab whatever I can find that looks interesting. Still looking for a copy of Pigs in Space. Anyhow, I remember having Dark Cavern growing up and how could I resist a cheap Donkey Kong game?

The two DS games came by chance. I never look at DS or 3DS games while I'm there, but I went to pick up a DS case that had fallen on the floor and I noticed it had been marked down. That got me looking and I saw many of their complete DS games were discounted. Being the Transformers fan and collector that I am, I grabbed the Animated Game for $4. I don't know much about Classic Action Devilish, but it was only $2 and it looked cool. Turns out its kind of like an Arkanoid clone. Look forward to spending more time with this one.

Lastly I found two SNES games I wanted. Super R-Type and U.N. Squadron. I'm a big fan of the shmup genre so I'll grab just about anything that I don't have. R-Type was only $5 while the Capcom shooter was $10. Not too shabby in my opinion.

Being a frequent shopper of G2K, I also get 10% off all my purchases. All in all not a bad little haul for a Friday. What do you think?


  1. I'm currently playing Ninja Gaiden on my original XBOX.I'm with you on Gamestop,they have nothing In the way of retro.I have a ton of original XBOX games If you ever wanted to trade for any.I don't have many of the real popular titles ,but I do have quite a few.

    1. Still looking for the 2nd Buffy the Vampire Slayer game released as well as the Land of the Dead for the original Xbox.

  2. I don't have any of those.A video game "want list" might be In order ;)

    1. That is a feature I have thought about adding.