Thursday, 30 June 2016

June 2016 Retro Game purchases.

 So another month over and another months worth of retro game purchasing to talk about. It hasnt been the best of months but there have been a few highlights here and there that have made me quiet happy so rather than prattle on I will get straight in to it.

On Friday June the 3rd after finishing at work I decided to nip into a little local independent store. They had a plastic tub of loose gameboy and gameboy color cartridges on the till So I decided to dive in and have a look, there were prices on some of them ranging from £2 to £5 but no prices on others so I had a look through them and began talking to the person behind the counter. In the end I ended up with 6 cartridges in my hand and haggled managing to get a price of £15 for all of them. I got 2 loose gameboy carts and 4 loose Gameboy Color carts. The Gameboy carts were CastleVania Adventure and Road Rash with the Gameboy Color carts being WWF Betrayal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Emperors new groove and Tiny Toons Dizzys Candy Quest. I was very happy with this purchase as I have often seen Castlevania go for around this on its own and its something I remember enjoying in the past, although I think when I get around to giving it another bash I will do so by playing it through my SNES using the Super Gameboy adaptor.

On the way home I also popped in to a charity shop and managed to grab Medal of Honour Underground complete for the PS1 for £1 and Armoured Core 2 for playstation 2 for £1
On monday the 6th I hit the local charity shops again and picked up a bunch of PS2 stuff. I got Knight Rider 2 The game complete for 50pence, ESPN Konami X games Skateboarding complete for 50pence, ESPN Konami International Track and Field complete for 50 pence, Starsky & Hutch complete for 50pence, Robot Warlords boxed but with no manual for 50pence, Midway Arcade Treasures complete for £1 and Dirge Of Cerberus Final Fantasy VII complete for £1. Mostly its the last two I was excited about, hate to go all nerdy fan boy but I love pretty much everything final fantasy and well there are lots of awesome games on Midway Arcade Treasures.
 On the 7th after work I went to my local play time and grabbed Dark Rift for N64 (loose cart), and Top Gear Overdrive for N64 (loose cart) for £8, and although these wernt proberbly the best prices for them it did put me on a bit of a game wanting kick so I travelled half way home and popped into an indy store where I managed to convince them to sell me the following for £14 Global Gladiators for megadrive (loose cart), Chase HQ for gameboy (loose cart), Chase HQ Secret Police for gameboy color (loose cart), The Empire Strikes back for Gameboy (loose Cart), Cooking Mama 3 complete for DS and Professor Layton Pandoras Box complete for DS. The best part of this is proberbly The Empire strikes back as I have seen it frequently sell for this much on its own, but I also have to admit I have a very soft spot for the entire Chase HQ franchise, I seriously wish they would make a modern one (although I guess some of the need for speed games have kind of gone down that kind of route).
The following day I went to some local charity shops again and managed to grab a boxed action replay for the N64 for £8, Cold War for the originnal Xbox boxed but with no manual for 50pence
Ghost Recon 2 for the original xbox complete for 50pence and Rayman M for the PS2 complete for 50pence. The action replay is something that could come in useful and checking up on it online people certain ask for a lot more when selling them through ebay and amazon and such.

On the 9th I went tto a charity shop and grabbed The Suffering for the original Xbox complete for £2
and I also spent £2 on a boxed Forza Motorsport pre order only disk, proberbly a stupid purchase as it only contains demo's and stuff but it was something I hadnt seen before and I did try to use my phone to have a look for any info I could find about it online but I couldnt find anything.

The following day I went to a local indy and spent £8 on Clock Tower 3 for the PS2 complete and a copy of  Mickey Mania for the SNES I had orderd a day or two before arrived, it was £3.50 for a loose pal cart including postage so I cant grumble at all, I also nipped in Granger games and got a copy of Moto GP for the psp complete for £1, The next day I saw another Mickey Mania cart for £3.50 and as I figured its a good price I grabbed it which I know proberbly sounds stupid but I just figured why not. I also spent 99pence on a boxed wii speak from Game, yeah its proberbly of no use but it was kind of cool to find one still in its box with all the packaging.

It actually wasnt until the 17th when I next picked something up, I went in a charity shop and got
SmackDown Just bring it (platinum edition) complete for ps2 for 50pence. I dont know who owned this before but sheesh would I like to buy more second hand games theyve owned its like its never been touched which considering its age, where I found it and its price is overall pretty darn good.

It wasnt until the 26th when I would next buy something, I got the following during a trip to my local Playtime, Lord of the Rings the Third age GBA cart only £2, Top Gear Rally GBA cart only £2, Sonic Chaos Game Gear cart only £3 and Major Title SNES cart only £2. II have never played the Third age on the GBA but I adore it on the Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox so im kind of excited to see what a cut down version will be like. One bad piece of news though is that it kind of turns out I got stung on the Top Gear, its actually a counterfit, it works and the whole game appears to be there but still its a little bit sucky, I guess it will remind me to not be quiet so quick to rush and buy something in the future, its not the only counterfit GBA game I have but it is the first I have rushingly purchased believing it to be real.

The following day I went into a indy shop and managed to get some PSP games complete for 75pence each, Crash of the Titans, Daxter, Secret Agent Clank, Rathcet and Clank:Size Matters, Medal Of Honour heroes. 

I finshed the month today by getting Fun n Games on the Snes cart only for £3.
The things I am most excited to have gotten this month would be Empire Strikes back and Castlevania adventure for the Gameboy and Clock Tower 3 for the PS2.
Having spent  in the region of £90 for the month I cant help but think I spent to much, but still I guess plenty of people just jump straight online and seek out a particular game or two and spend far more just getting those, at least I am spending some of my time looking for things and I enjoy the hunt just as much as the games themselves.

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