Gamestop and local game store haul. Game Boy games were B1G1 free. Fist of the North Star has been on my want list for years, same with Rumble Racing. $36 for everything here.
A note on the two GBC “Rumble” carts. When buying these, make sure to check the AAA battery has not rotted out. That would almost certainly indicate a ruined game. The library of GBC Rumble carts is small, but prone to those issues if they’ve been in storage for a while.
While the foot pedals are missing, $10 for the Steel Battalion main controller console is still too good of a price to pass on. Considering how much it dwarfs the Vita and Game Boy game ($6 for that pair), it’s pretty awe-inspiring.
Thrift store finds. Unspectacular, but some games I’ve been looking for. How something as simple as Bases Loaded on Game Boy has eluded me all these years, I’ll never know.
Combination estate sale and thrift store find, around $55 for all. There was more, including strategy guides, magazines, and appreciate cables for the system’s which didn’t fit in the image.
This was also the first time I’ve picked over the house of a hoarder. Those systems underwent about three hours of restoration to get them to that point.
That was the N64 before. It wasn’t pretty.
Small $10 Game Boy haul at a local chain. Power Spike, despite the name, has no relation to the NES volleyball game.
A varied lot of titles from thrift and local game stores, $35 dollars total. Primal Rage is just the box as I draw nearer to a compete boxed 32X set.
A note on Tecmo NBA: While the game itself is common, not so common is the poster inside which lists all of the teams and their strengths. It’s surprisingly hard to find, and that goes double for the SNES version. It’s not valuable, merely uncommon.
Multi-store run after an extended weather based house arrest. Pulled the band-aid off per se and filled PSP sports game holes at only $1 each. Overpaid for Guerrilla War ($4) as I found my copy not working. Total for all was a hair less than $50.
A note on Flintstones (Game Boy): Some seem to be inflating the price of this title online, upward of $200. The cart alone is not worth the exorbitant price. Compete with box and manual is something else all together, and the false assumption is loose copies are equally value in those bloated prices. Comparable would be Castlevania Legends (also Game Boy), a $45-ish cart on the high side that balloons to hundreds with the box or manual. Flintstones? $5 game.
$20 local game store haul. Patience can be key, if risky. Most of these 3DO games were initially $10 each, but today were lowered to only a few dollars. Waiting is usually beneficial even if you consider the risk of losing out to another buyer in the interim. It’s not worth paying $10 for common titles even for oddball consoles. Set your pricing standards (mine is usually a $5 max) and stick to it. You can buy more games long term and you will certainly run across those gap filling commons again.
Hyrule Historia was on sale for $5.
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.