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The Eighth Wonder

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The EIGHTH (!) retro game store in the city has opened, offering this haul. Prices were fair – $30 for the lot – but fell back on eBay pricing for most. Robocop vs. Terminator is one I can finally scratch from my want list.

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Black Friday Score

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The first post on this blog to ever require two images to capture the full set of games. A local game store offered B1G2 free for Black Friday, plus a gift card matching deal up to $40.

Not only did this selection of 32 games only cost me $40, there is still $9 left on the gift card for next time. A sensational buy which also landed me two long time want list titles: Batman on the Game Boy and Task Force Harrier EX for Genesis.

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Boy Game

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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.

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Steel of a Deal

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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.

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Thrifty Thrift Store

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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.

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The Nintendo Family

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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.

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That was the N64 before. It wasn’t pretty.

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Game Boy Mash Up

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Small $10 Game Boy haul at a local chain. Power Spike, despite the name, has no relation to the NES volleyball game.

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Grab Bag

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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.

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Cabin Fever

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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.

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Collecting Patience

$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.

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