Some days, the collecting gods smile down upon you or maybe the store makes a mistake and doesn’t check value before putting stuff to the floor. Whatever the case, this was one of those days. Fire ‘n Ice is valued between $75-$100. So, when you have a bad game hunting day and you don’t score anything, always remember how random this is. You never know what you might find tomorrow.
Let’s talk sports games, which we won’t often do around here due to their common nature and low value. While still near worthless, those trying to complete sets will find late generation sports games stubborn. They sell few copies as most move on to the next generation of consoles, so finding them – let alone complete – is a bother. A complete copy of NHL 98 is nothing to PlayStation collectors but for SNES devotees, it’s a toughie. Hence, $2 splurged on this copy. The same goes for NBA Live and Madden 98. They’re worth as much as spare change, but uncommon.
“Um, WordPress guy? Those aren’t games. They’re cases.”
Exactly, and a smart buy. Reality dictates you will come across swarms of broken cases for games you might otherwise be interested in. Sometimes, you may even pass based on condition. BUT, knowing you have replacement cases at the ready alleviates those fears. I found these Xbox and Xbox 360 cases at a thrift store; would have bought more if they had them. Be on the look out for PS2 cases as well, which always have the ubiquitous PlayStation logo, plus a light blue tint. Generic DVD cases lower value. Consider empty DS, PS3, and others as well.
Nine games for $16? Yes please. This isn’t the best time to begin collecting Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, but there are deals to be had. Once the next generation of consoles are firmly embedded, prices will fall further. Much like the glut of available PS2, Xbox, and GameCube games out there at flea markets and garage sales, it’s not long now until people want to discard the “lesser” gen titles. GameStop is being especially aggressive with loose PS2 titles, and early shovelware for Wii can be had for a buck or two each.
Display tip: Stay away from black shelving, especially when glossy. Even if it fits the room’s palette, black is quick to show dirt and dust, plus even slight surface wear will be impossible to miss. This is my boxed portable collection and for as well as this shelf holds what I need it to, it is persistently dirty. Shelves show scrapes, and owning pets makes it no easier to maintain. Stick with faux wood grains, custom build where possible with light stains, or paint with bright colors.
A wild multi-cart appears! This is an unremarkable Gamestop/local chain find ($15 for all) except for that 128 in 1 multi-cart for the GBA. These are weird little oddities, made for every system imaginable in various capacities, which often house a slew of NES ROMs. This one is no exception aside from a few GBA titles. They’re effectively worthless and glitch like crazy but as a means of carrying around a ton of games, they suffice if you can break your conscience from the legality.
Oh, Enslaved and Vanquish are two of the best from this current generation of gaming. I highly recommend both. Track Meet is a cute clone of Konami’s classic button masher.