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    Another weekend, another hunt for non-childish Nintendo Wii games. I go to GameXchange stores because used titles $7.95 or less are buy one, get one free. And it looks like the majority of the Wii's library are around $3 to $5 there. But I'll drive really far out of my way to hit the stores because there's always one game at each store that none of the others seem to have. Pretty much most stores that sell used Wii games has a title that I've never come across elsewhere. This trip, those type of games were SpeedZone, Spray, Little King's Story, and Haunted House. I remember reading back in the day that Atari were attempting to reboot the classic 2600 game Haunted House for the Wii, I wasn't aware it ever came out until I found a copy this afternoon.

    Altogether, the roster of games are...

    Speed Zone
    Spray
    Alone in the Dark
    Little King's Story
    Overlord - Dark Legend
    De Blob
    The Calling
    Haunted House
    Zack & Wiki - Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

    I haven't been able to satisfy my collector's instinct since it's virtually impossible to find any games in thrift stores and flea markets. Getting a Wii has really ignited that drive in me. It's been a few months since I bought my first functional Wii, and I probably have around 125 games for it. I'm getting to the end of the line for really grown-up games on the system, and will have to start delving more into the more kid-friendly, casual gamer titles. Luckily those are common as hell and are dirt cheap except for first-party titles. I have a fascination with crappy shovelware for the Wii... Ninjabread Man was garbage, but the company that put it out reskinned the levels, put new characters models in it, and put it out as three other games. Talk about balls. I might pick those up just for the horribleness.


    By the way, if anybody in the Dallas area wants a Japanese Saturn console, go to the GameXchange in Mesquite. They've got one, right next to a US version, for $65 if I recall (same as the US console). And next to that is a toploading 3DO (don't remember the price on that one).
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    I went to the same video store see if they marked down any more games. They added stickers to some but of course not the ones I really want.

    My daughter talked about not havingbRayman, Raving Rabbids at home, which I thought I left the cooy we had during the divorce and buying my own, but I guess not. So I picked up that title for $2 with the case but no instructions along with Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, also for $2. I'll give my daughter my Rabbids original copy and keep the rental.

    They still have other titles I'm debating on, like Fortune Street and Batman: Bold and the Brave (or whater it's called). The former more for collectibility and the latter for my Batman-fan young step kids.

    I'm debating

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    i'm a big fan of fortune street, if you dont mind sinking a ton of time into a single match then its worth it. also that reminds me, i should suggest it in another post

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    Went to another GameXchange location, and ended up buying an original Xbox. My old one died many years ago (killed by my nephew, who also killed my Xbox 360 - I stopped loaning my brother game consoles after that) and I really wanted to play some of those old games. Plus, a game that only came out on the Nuon, called FreeFall 3050 AD, was graphically upgraded and ported to the Xbox but was cancelled at the 95% complete mark. A guy who has previously programmed for the Xbox got the source code from the developer and finished the game and released it online. I really liked the Nuon game, so I'm going to have to figure out how to modify an Xbox, burn a DVD of the game, and play it.

    I also stopped at a store called Freaks and Geeks in Denton, Texas and bought Fire Ball !! for the 3DO (it's a Japanese import pinball game) and an official version of Tetris for the Palm OS Handspring devices. I didn't know what it was at the time, thinking it was for a sort of educational handheld oddity that I bought in a thrift many years ago. Oh well, another oddity to add to the collection. Both games were $8 each.

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    i saw that thing that MVG did on FreeFall. I might try and get the version he finished running on an OG xbox

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niku-Sama View Post
    i saw that thing that MVG did on FreeFall. I might try and get the version he finished running on an OG xbox
    I downloaded it yesterday but have no idea what to do with it. I'm guessing put the folder in the "Games" folder where ripped games normally go?

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    It played catch-and-release today on an item. I kinds kick myself for doing it buuuuut....it's probably a good thing.

    I went to the local St. Vincent De Paul thrift store and spied an N64 with power and hook ups for $20. I grabbed it and saw two controllers that were priced seperate. After much debating, I put the system back. However, I did keep the controllers, which need a little fixing on their sticks. And I picked up a couple items as I couldn't pass them up:

    N64 Controllers (original, grey and red)-$3.50 each
    NES Life Force(loose)- $2.99
    NES Contra (loose)-$2.99

    Cisco/Linksys EA6500- $35

    I needed a good WiFi router as I will now have 7 kids actively using computers for virtual school and the DSL modem's wifi pipe is getting tight.

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    I havent seen carts at a thrift store since 2015.
    On a quest to buy every video game magazine- PM if you have any for sale

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    I went to a game store I wasn't aware existed before, and picked up a couple of Atari 400/800 cartridges, Demon Attack (damaged boxed with instructions) and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle (loose). Both $12.99 each. It's just so crazy rare for me to find any Atari home computer stuff nowadays. Well, past commons. Dallas has a bunch of stores called Movie Trading Company and recently I tend to come across lots of absolute dirt commons there in the past year. Never anything third-party though, mostly just BASIC and Centipede. I don't know why there's been so little Atari 8-bit stuff in this area, any time I've ever found Atari computer stuff it's outside the state.

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    Found the Pong Console at a yard sale on July 12th, paid $1.

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    Nintendo DS Lite, Crimson Red & Charger - Not Working - Free (Yard Sale Item)

    A Game Boy Advance (missing the battery cover,) 3 Playstation 1 Controllers and a bunch of twine for $1 in the last week.

    Found all the other pictured items (Playstation, N64, Gamecube, Controllers, Wires, Memory Cards + Rampage on PS1, Madden 06 on Gamecube, Mario Kart 64 and another N64 game I forgot) today but not all at the same yard sale. I found the Gamecube at one yard sale and paid $5. There was a cute, little nice dog at that sale. At another yard sale a few hours later, I paid another $5 for the N64 and Playstation. Funny thing is both lots were "$20 or make offer" and I got them for $10 total. Otherwise, many yard sales lately just had Playstation 2s or Xbox 360s either at market value or overpriced.

    Father and I have been finding other items at yard sales that don't pertain to Video Games; Stainless Coffee Pots, for example. I also bought 2 Dazey Donut Makers from the 70s recently (not worth a lot) and made donuts at home. It doesn't sound like I look at donuts from a health standpoint but I do; I don't eat them much but if I want any, I want to know what I put in them.

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    I was searching for a few Wii games that don't end up in store shelves too often, and for some reason I came across loads of 3DO games. I want to know what's going on. After I bought my 3DO it was a pain to find any games for the console. I went to Game Master in Rowlett, TX today and they had a stack of copies of Return Fire. About 6 copies, and mixed with their other 3DO games. Went to a Movie Trading Company location and saw maybe 15 different titles. Where were all these games when I was searching all over for them, ready to feed my freshly acquired console?

    Movie Trading Company was charging $550 for a caseless copy of Snatcher for the Sega CD. They like to put odd games with recognizable names into their glass cases and charge out the butt for them. Star Fox for the Atari 2600, loose, for $15. Or Donkey Kong for the 2600. One store had a Wii truck racing game for $60, the next location had it for $2.99. But $550? Screw them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve W View Post
    I was searching for a few Wii games that don't end up in store shelves too often, and for some reason I came across loads of 3DO games. I want to know what's going on. After I bought my 3DO it was a pain to find any games for the console. I went to Game Master in Rowlett, TX today and they had a stack of copies of Return Fire. About 6 copies, and mixed with their other 3DO games. Went to a Movie Trading Company location and saw maybe 15 different titles. Where were all these games when I was searching all over for them, ready to feed my freshly required console?
    No idea. While seeking a Power Glove from 2003 - 2008 (when finds were much more abundant) I never found one. Come mid 2018, I found one while not looking and paid nearly nothing much to my surprise; all with no NES to test it with.

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    been dry out west, and since i haven't been finding any thing lately (even at yard sales) i picked this up to spend some time on:
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    $400
    1992 Mercedes 300ce Sportline
    rather un common car
    about 325,000 miles

    it didnt run when i bought it but the next day i had it running, had a blown fuse on whats called an OVP relay
    after i got it running i made a quick run down of what else it needs: water pump, power steering pump, has no reverse.
    alot of stuff in it is serviceable, the power steerin pump for instance can be re built for about $20 and some time.
    Reverse its acting differently than what the internet explains when reverse is out in these cars, i get the feeling its some broken spring/valves in the valve body, or it might just be stuck from sitting a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slate View Post
    No idea. While seeking a Power Glove from 2003 - 2008 (when finds were much more abundant) I never found one. Come mid 2018, I found one while not looking and paid nearly nothing much to my surprise; all with no NES to test it with.
    I never came across Colecovisions in the wild until I went to a convention in 2008 where I picked up a Coleco homebrew, Spectar. After that I started finding loads of consoles in the wild. And none of them worked. My fifth machine was boxed and finally worked, and after finding a functional one I never came across another unit again. That Colecovision was dead within a year. Of course.

    I bought a Power Glove at a flea market along with an Atari 7800 and some Atari 8-bit cartridges, $1 each. I didn't need an Atari 7800, but it was such a shock to me in finding one I just had to get it as a spare. After that I started finding loads of them. After the fourth or fifth one I decided to stop buying them, and they stopped showing up in the thrift stores I went to. It's funny how these kinds of things work in waves.

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