I'm looking into getting a new boxed Nintendo 64 on Ebay. My current N64 although a cherished possession (it was the first games console I ever brought) has had its day and is probably going to wind up in the dustbin sometime soon. Anyway, if I do manage to purchase a new console I think I might christen it by playing Super Mario 64 on it. When I first got my original N64 it came with Super Mario 64 and I had some great times playing that game. I was never off the game from one day to the next until I had got every single star in the game (thats 120 stars). I was therefore delighted when it was released a few years later on the DS with extra characters and a further 30 stars. Needless to say I played through that game all over again and relived some classic memories although it didn't quite match the same gaming experience as the original which I miss greatly. I still have the original Super Mario 64 cartridge but, considering that my N64 is dying a slow death I won't be able to get as much enjoyment out of it as I should.
I'm gutted that I've just lost the Ebay bid for a Nintendo 64 console. Iwas sitting in front of my computer looking smug that I was currently leading the bid at £12 with only 90 seconds to go. Within the next minute though the bidding shot up to £25 and I lost it in the dying few seconds!
What people really look for is the condition of the box. The console, despite being a classic that introduced us to Mario and Zelda's 3D worlds and also several other excellent games like Goldeneye normally only goes for around £8 - £10. If it comes in its original box and the box is in a fair enough condition (no rips, creases or flaps missing) then it can go for about £25 - £30. Japanese or American N64 consoles can go for about £50 - £70 in their boxes and UK consoles that were limited editions ones (Gold controller version, Pikachu version) can fetch anything from £25 - £40 depending on how desperate collectors want them.
These prices are however only my estimates but they are based on recent sales on Ebay.
The Gamecube was a classic piece of machinery and mine is currently connected up to the TV in my bedroom while the Wii is downstairs connected up to another TV. The problem with the Gamecube is that all of the Playstation and Xbox obsessed stores downgraded it somewhat. I remember walking into my local Dixons store shortly after the Gamecube was released and was looking everywhere for Gamecube games. After about ten minutes of fruitless searching I then noticed that one of my shoelaces had come undone and so I bent down to tie it back up and that was when I noticed Dixon's Gamecube section. The console and all its games were placed on the bottom shelf in an area of the store which very few people walk past. A few weeks later Dixons released the statement that they were taking all Gamecube related stuff off their shelves because none of it was selling!
Woolworths also did a similar trick with the Gamecube. Not content with selling five Gamecube per every 40 odd PS2 and XBox games they then removed the Gamecube and all of its games out of the computer games section and dumped them into the kids toys section. Nintendo's console no longer sat side by side with the PS2 and the XBox but rather they graced shoulders with Chad Valley 50 piece jigsaw puzzles! Conveniently, Woolworths also released a statement some time later saying that the Gamecube wasn't selling in their stores.
Dixons also pulled a trick regarding one of the Metroid Prime games (I can't remember whether it was one of the Gamecube games or the DS ones). A ex workmate of mine went into Dixons to buy the game because he liked the Metroid games and he had read nothing bad about the game on the net and in games magazines only to be told by Dixons staff that they had completely sold out of the game. He returned a further two or three times within the next fortnight but got the same answer. Shortly afterwards, Dixons said that they were not going to be selling the game any more because it had sold such an appallingly low amount of copies. Either this statement was a string of lies or Dixons had engineered how many copies were to be sold in its stores so that the game would intentionally sell badly.
To my extreme joy I was glad when both Dixons and Woolworths bit the dust.
PC games are actually at the bottom end of the market. Despite PC's now being sold that are made specifically for games the games themselves depreciate quite fast. I read somewhere once that when a PC game is sold the buyer cannot sell it on again for anywhere near the price he brought it for. Due to some games only running on certain versions of Windows the price of games drop by about 80% as soon as somebody buys them. There are some shops which don't even risk selling PC games in the first place because if they are not brought then they are largely worthless.
I've got quite a few PC games and have no intention of selling them due to this fact.
When Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour first came out on the Gamecube I brought the US version of it before it was released in the UK and I had no trouble saving and loading files from the game. All I needed was the standard Freeloader disc that allowed the game to play on a UK console.
You also spoke of the Donkey Konga bongos a short while ago. Have you ever tried playing other games with those bongos? I read in a magazine once that somebody played Soul Calibur 2 with the bongos and they worked a treat. I can imagine it was also humourous to watch a character kick the living s**t out of another character whilst he was being controlled by a pair of bongos!
Does anybody know where I can pick up a storage tower that holds unboxed Nintendo 64 games? Obviously games shops no longer sell them (but I can remember when they did) and some of the foreign Ebay sites occasionally sell them but otherwise nothing. I'd preferably want to get one from a UK seller and was wondering if anybody knew any good websites that sells retro stuff like this.
The issue only effects certain Japanese games. Some are ok (I have the Japanese Soul Calibur 2 as it's based on an earlier version of the game than the USA/EU versions, which is less broken than the later versions, go Namco!! Anyway, this works fine) if you format your memory card in the game, but others don't. It's most weird.
I've just won a boxed Nintendo 64 off Ebay for £30. Including the £10 postage cost it has cost me a bit more than I was hoping to pay for it but I expected the bidding to end around the £25 - £30 mark anyway.
Seems like the appropriate thread... Ordered an Amiga CD32 off eBay, the console that I always wanted but never had. I have an Amiga 500+ (with memory card and second floppy drive), but hooking that up to a TV or running an emulator just seems scrappy to me.
My list of desired games isn't that long...
Alien Breed Special Edition + Quak Alien Breed 2 Alien Breed Tower Assault Alien Breed 3D Kingpin Project X + F17 Challenge Superfrog Ultimate Body Blows Worms
Alfred Chicken Base Jumpers Benefactor Brutal Football Bubba n Stix Cannon Fodder Chaos Engine Chaos Engine 2 Diggers and Oscar Dizzy Collection IK+ Fears Frontier Elite 2 Gloom Heimdall 2 James Pond 2: Robocod Jungle Strike Out To Lunch Pinball Fantasies Pinball Illusions Roadkill Sensible Soccer Shadow Fighter Speedball 2 Super Putty Super Skidmarks Super Stardust Syndicate Xenon 2 (CDTV)
I've never really been a massive fan of those kind of retro games but I do occasionally get the urge to want to play them. The Dizzy collection is a good call as I've read a lot about those games in retro gaming magazines like Retro Gamer and Games TM.
The 100-888 compilations are the best thing to happen to the CD32 (well, with the exception of the SX32). The CD32 games catalogue was extremely poor in the mid 90s. I'd estimate that these unofficial compilations have doubled if not trebled the number of games that can be played on the machine.
Now if only there was a decent joypad to use with it.
A guy has made a Playstation adaptor and he was making them for people, but he hasn't responded to me yet.
If you actually look at the ISO images of most the CD32 games, they come in the same size as the floppy versions, ie exactly the same game.
I heard the 100-888 compilations had a really crappy menu, so I'm investigating making my own. I've got a "dev kit" to set this up and create an ISO using WinUAE with a menu based on AMS, but tweaked to be faster.
How much did you pay for your CD32, Stom? I've got one in the attic I think (I certainly didn't get rid of it) with the "Fantastic Voyages" pack and a few extra games- Liberation, Banshee and whatever the third game was. I only ever found one shop in Glasgow that sold games for the damn thing and as luck would have it they had the two that I craved above all else. Liberation was immense. I've tried to play it via emulator a few times but couldn't get it to work.
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon
At this current moment I've only got one computer games book and that is this one that Guinness World Records made a couple of years ago. When I can find myself more space I'll stock up on a few retro games book because the golden age of computer games and consoles interests me a lot.
Retro games just don't do anything for me. I have a Megadrive and most of the games on that console didn't appeal to me at all. The same goes for the SNES. I've got no problem with the graphics but all of the games I've seen advertised are the same old 'jump around with no good storyline' game. Furthermore, the adverts for all retro games never actually show in game graphics to try and sell the games to me except in tiny little screenshots. All we get are airbrushed scenes that claim to be 'representative of gameplay' and that just annoys me. If they are representative of gameplay why don't you actually show us real gameplay instead of getting us to buy a game first and then find out afterwards that its nothing like the advert! At least modern game adverts show actual gameplay footage or CGI scenes. They know that their gameplay aren't much better than Megadrive or SNES but do they care. Nope, they don't!
Another thing that irks me about retro consoles is that there are so many of them. I've known people before who have been compelled to buy every different retro console as soon as they see them on eBay because 'the old consoles have some really great games, and these old machines are a big part of their past' even though it is still a Megadrive or still a SNES and you can play those games as remakes from PS Store or Wii Virtual Console.