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Nice stuff, I especially like your Section Z NES! I should pick that one up myself. Some of your other NES games are stinkers though...

I like your Phantasy Star Portable for PSP as well. I think you could still play that one online, if you use Xlink Kai. Really addictive game there, I liked the second one a lot.
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After buying a new NES 72 pin connector and still having issues with it playing games (constant brown screen when turning power on), I took the older one I bought around 2000 and tried this method.

It worked! Excellently! The games play the first time now. The only problem is that now the connection is so tight, that I need a pliers to remove the games (gently of course).

There was also a bunch of corrosion/black gunk on the card edge connector on the motherboard that the 72 pin connects to. So, I cleaned this stuff up with Brasso and alcohol.

When I bought the 72 pin connector in 2000, it was also very difficult to remove the games, and it stayed that way for quite a few years... at least 8 years. So I'm thinking I won't have to boil the connector again for a long time.

It's nice to turn the system on and have it play the game immediately instead of giving me a brown screen until I remove and insert the game 10 times and it decides to work.
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The game store I have been going to since I was a kid now has a Youtube channel...

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Picked up the Retrobit "Retro Entertainment System" for $20, along with Mario Bros/Duck Hunt and Dragon Warrior for $4 each. Figured since there aren't many games I want for the NES, this will do for now. If I end up finding a $20 NES, I'd likely still get it, but I am not paying more than that, and all the ones I can seem to find tend to be $50-80. I would like to get Zelda, Tetris, Dr. Mario, Mario Bros 2, Mario Bros 3, Galaga...maybe a couple others, but that's about it really. I'd pick up other games if they where cheap, but those are the main games I would be looking for.

EDIT - was checking around, and I guess if I solder in a 7404 inverter, I can play games like Castlevania III. So I might as well order one since it'll be like $2 or something to do. Also, think I might paint the Retrobit RES so it doesn't look so...cheap redface.gif I think I might also put in some steel plates to add some weight and stiffness to the cheap plastic housing.



Give it an actual NES colour scheme. I might also get a better 72-pin connector for it, just trying to figure out where to order one at the moment. It's just a standard edge connector, but I have to figure out the pitch and board thickness. I just like tinkering, really.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 8/26/15 at 12:06pm
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Did I kill the thread or what? I picked up a few more games over the past little bit...got Super Mario Bros 3 for Nintendo ($14), Wave Race 64 ($7), Shadows of the Empire N64($4), and Jurassic Park Rampage Edition for Genesis ($4). Also recently found out the copy of Shenmue 2 I picked up for Xbox awhile back, at only like $5 or so, is now worth $50-60...in fact, most prices really seem to rocketing, if you haven't checked the value of your collection lately, you might be surprised. Both games and consoles seem to be going up, which is kind of worrying. Conker's Bad Fur Day is even going up...it's now up to about $120-130. Biggest surprise was the PS2 games...a lot of the good ones are starting to gain some value.
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lol, people prob haven't picked up anything new, though I've picked up some wii games so they don't qualify as retro.

Yep game prices are rising quickly, best to grab the games the older games that you want now.
 
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I've been busy. I saw your replies but I can't always reply immediately to everything. I'm not the type to give a one sentence reply, so if I'm not in the mood to type out a decent response I'm not going to. This takes me time to do.

It's cool that you got the Retro Entertainment System for so cheap but, I always prefer the original hardware. If you could use real NES controllers with it, that would make it better. The games you're looking for are good ones. That's basically my rule for collecting, the first rule is to get all the games I had as a kid, the second is to get all the ones I played by either renting them or playing them at friend's houses. Then, anything else I get is extra and generally under $5. I got a game called Sky Shark fairly recently for around that price, because I figured why not, and it turned out to be a good game (it's a vertical shooter).

The prices on everything are going up, especially retro games though. Right now the price hikes are hitting N64 games the most. I really don't care about N64 so I recently traded mine, and the 3 games I had in to get other stuff I wanted more. All I had as a kid for it was Wave Race and Mario 64. I'm not interested in anything else on the system and I personally think the system and games have aged terribly. I can think of about 20 other systems I'd rather play than the N64.

I think the next huge price jumps are going to be Psone (this stuff is still cheap), PS2 and Dreamcast games. Expect complete copies of Final Fantasy and Shenmue to get really really expensive. Xbox stuff will probably always be cheap because it had a lot of shovelware and it generally sucked. (Sorry, not an original Xbox fan when it comes to the games.)

PS2, that was the system with all the good jRPGs so expect them to rocket in price at some point. The rare ones can already fetch a decent amount ($50 or so).

I got a PS3 recently for very cheap on Ebay. Now I have a 360 and PS3. I'm mostly interested in PS3 for the RPGs on it. I waited until these things were EOL so I didn't have to pay $500 each for them. I'm not compelled by the Xbone at ALL, nor the PS4 right now. They're still making my RPGs for both PS3 and PS4 (example: Tales of Zestiria). Once they stop doing that and release them only for PS4, and there's enough other good games I want to play, I'll get one. And based on my experience with the (awful) 360 exclusive RPGs, I know that the PS4 will be worth my time. Anything else (read: FPS and such) I play on my computer anyway because they come out for PC and the experience is superior what with Eyefinity and all.

I also got G-LOC and Outrun (with box) for Genesis for great prices.
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Like I said before, I would much rather have the actual systems as well, but NES is kind of an exception since I never had one growing up, and only played it here and there and friends houses, and really only played a few games. You can use the original NES gamepads on the Retrobit RES though, and from what I can tell, it seems to work pretty good in regards to video quality. Audio is OK too, though likely not perfect. Works for me though, for the time being at least. I'd still pick up an actual NES though if I found one cheap enough, but I am not spending $50+ on one.

And yeah, RPGs have always been pricey to collect, which is unfortunate, since they are my favourite genre. PSX games are already getting pretty pricey, even common classics like Crash Bandicoot are in the $30.

I was never a real big N64 fan, never had one when they where newer, but played so much at friends houses there is still a pretty big nostalgia factor...and it's nice to be able to go back and play through games I only ever got the chance to play briefly when I was a kid. You are right though, most of them don't look real great these days...some games are OK, others are awful looking. It's even worse on an HDTV.

It's nice to see the value of games you own going up, but sucks when you see games you want quickly rising into "I'm not paying that!" territory. There are only a very select few games I would pay high prices for, and most of them are PSX/SNES RPGs. Dreamcast is getting ridiculous in pricing too, most good games are getting into the $30+ range...even for common stuff. There's only one game store in town that ever has any Dreamcast stuff, and it's all expensive...I only go there if I really need something. Every time I go there I seem to spend $100+ and not have much to show for it. Even the pawn shop I normally go to find deals is slowly raising their prices as well, even though most of what they have has been sitting there for years.

Not sure if I mentioned it, but I also collect retail PC games as well...most wouldn't qualify as retro, but I am up to about 150 boxed games or so now. Since everything is going digital, I find physical release PC games get very cheap, very fast. Most games I don't spend more than a few bucks on. There's a dollar store across the street that bundles 2 games for $3, and there are always some good ones. Though I think I have bought about all they have to offer at this point.
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Hey aaron: I bought a copy of Dead Island for PC from a thrift store. Only problem, the key has been redeemed on Steam. Now that I look at it, the box does say steam works. So I really should have known better than to buy it. I think it was $2. So a coaster then. If you want I'll just give it to you. It would just be a set piece, not a playable game, obviously. The case is actually a standard DVD/PS2 type size, has a manual/cover art/disc inside. Otherwise I'll throw it away as I hardly have room for things that are just there to take up space.
 
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Hey aaron: I bought a copy of Dead Island for PC from a thrift store. Only problem, the key has been redeemed on Steam. Now that I look at it, the box does say steam works. So I really should have known better than to buy it. I think it was $2. So a coaster then. If you want I'll just give it to you. It would just be a set piece, not a playable game, obviously. The case is actually a standard DVD/PS2 type size, has a manual/cover art/disc inside. Otherwise I'll throw it away as I hardly have room for things that are just there to take up space.

I would have appreciated it, but I already have a copy of Dead Island. Wasn't a big fan, but I did beat it. And I only paid a few bucks as well. I've run into that before...buying a used PC game that someone has kept the key to themselves...and it sucks. The one game I can think of is Battlefield 2142, to this day I have still never played it online because of the key issue. So I try to never buy opened PC stuff anymore, unless I absolutely know where it came from or have option to return it if the key doesn't work. Most of the games I buy are super cheap, but always new...there are a few good spots in my town to get them, so I just keep an eye out and pick up what I want when new shipments are put on display. Most of the collection is standard DVD case, not much older "big box" stuff, though I have some of that too.
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