Now that that's out of the way, my name is Jon and I'm from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I'm currently going to University studying Business. I have probably one of the BIGGEST collections of video games that most people will ever see, and my collection of "swag/promos/standees/collectables/soundtracks" is MASSIVE. I'm currently at around 1,500 games, of which I truly enjoy or have bought for collector's value. I also own some of the rarest collectables around.
Some of my favorite games are: Final Fantasy X, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Jet Grind Radio, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, Goldeneye, Okami, Shenmue II, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kingdom Hearts II, The World Ends With You, Breath of Fire III, Final Fantasy VI, Perfect Dark, Bubble Bobble, Chrono Trigger, and Beyond Good & Evil.
Dag yo! So, welcome to my first catch-up edition of A Compulsive Collector’s Haul! I’m trying to fire off at least one of these each week, if not two, so be prepared for a number of these blogs that show off what I’ve collected over the past 5 month (well, from the beginning of September), from various places. For this edition, we have stuff from the best store in the world, Cash Converters, some real gems from a Shmup Forum that our very own BulletMagnet is a moderator of, a number of strategy guides, plus some trades I’ve made with other Dtoiders over the last little while. I’m also going to make a separate post with all the hardware/consoles I’ve gotten over the past 5 months as well, and most of it has come from the super kickass Cash Converters. Prepare for some awesome and for some stuff you just couldn’t imagine that people would want to get rid of! Before that though, continuing with a mini-tradition . . .
Did you know that you guys are ALL ignorant and stupid! I mean, I’m the only one in the world who likes video games and keeps up with current events. Therefore, I feel it is my duty to FORCE all of you to see the world the way I see it, and if you disagree with me or criticize me in anyway, I will just make up some very poor halfass excuse to weasel my way out of the situation and blame you for not “understanding” my “superior” views and enlightenment I’m trying to pass on! If you do somehow manage to serve me up a heaping slice of humble pie, I’ll simply ignore it and trash other people I think I’ll be able to win an “internet” argument against! ^_^ On with the show!
So, I forgot to include this picture in my PAX 2010 Edition of this series, and I feel pretty bad, since this was one of the best things I got from PAX! Behold! A Mr. Destructoid Bobblehead that I received for being Mr. Destructoid himself for an hour or so during the convention. Only fitting, next to him is a shot glass from Pike Place Fish Market!
You know what’s the best thing about the best store in the world? Boxed retro games!!! There’s really nothing better than finding boxed and complete copies of games from the Nintendo 64 era and back. Well, Cash Converters somewhat regularly provides me with that luxury, so let’s see what I got over the last while. We have Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, Donkey Kong Country 3 (sealed might I add), and Yoshi Topsy-Turvy (box is a bit crushed >_<) for the Game Boy Advance, Yoshi for the original Game Boy, and then to finish we have R-Type DX and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (replacement for my cartridge only copy) for the Game Boy Color.
Now we have five DS games to add to my obscene number of those that I already own. We have Suikoden Tierkreis, Infinite Space, Mega Man Zero Collection, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. I actually played the last one there, and can say it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It didn’t seem nearly as long as its predecessors, but the writing and story were still topnotch, plus, you get to play as Bowser! =D
Continuing with my favorite store ever, we have a boxed Super Game Boy to replace my cartridge and manual copy, then Alien vs. Predator, along with Double Dragon 3: The Arcade Game, Bubble Bobble Part 2, and DuckTales 2 on the Game Boy. I have no idea how they could possibly do it, but they seriously need to somehow make a new console Bubble Bobble somehow. Who’s with me?
Now we have some games from various consoles. We start off with Command & Conquer: Red Alert for the PlayStation, then Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram and Crazy Taxi 2 for Dreamcast, then we finish with Alien Hominid, Street Fighter EX3, and Mega Man X Collection for GameCube and PS2.
Yet more stuff from the usual place! This here is The Revenge of Shinobi (to replace my Sega Classics copy), Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, and the arcade classic Mercs!
Now we’ve got a round of boxed NES games with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (one of the most bullshit games I’ve ever played), Tetris 2, and the ever lovable and often forgotten Trog. The former and latter are both replacements for my cartridge only copies.
Yah, we’re still going with Cash Converters here . . . that’s how awesome the place is! d(‘-‘d) We have here A Boy and his Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, Bomberman (now this one is old school to the max), Strider (I kind of want him in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, but I could live without him if they throw in Captain Commando!), Wacky Races (ATLUS! Awww yeah!), and Rainbow Islands (which is like an offshoot of the Bubble Bobble series).
I spend far too much money at this place . . . -_-‘ . . . but they keep getting in SO MUCH AWESOME! This round is Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, Red Dead Revolver, and Journey from Darkness: Strider Returns!
We have some Dreamcast lovin’, don’t worry my friends! =) We got House of the Dead 2, Blue Stinger, and apparently F-Zero: Maximum Velocity was suppose to be sold at Walmart only? o_O
Not going to lie, I only picked up Wild Metal because it had shiny lettering on it, plus it had the Rockstar logo on it as well. I don’t know anything about the game, but come on . . . shiny AND Rockstar? =P I’ve been told by far too many people to play Dead Space, so I finally picked it up and I guess I might try to get around to playing it . . . maybe. If you’re ever looking for a challenge, play like ANY of the games that are either Ghouls ‘n Ghost or have pretty much the same name. You’ll be in for bundles of fun!
Well, this is the last of my haul from Cash Converters over the past 5 month . . . *tear* . . . T_T . . . hahaha! We have a complete copy of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins to replace my cartridge only copy, a sealed copy of Mario Tennis: Power Tour, the last of the Breath of Fire series that I was missing in Breath of Fire II for the SNES, along with a nice copy [i]Super Double Dragon[i] as well! Many thanks go out to the crew at Cash Converters for being so awesome, and might I add that someone I refer to fairly frequently that works there, who is nothing short of LEGENDARY in my books, has signed up for the site. The fabled and super awesome Diamond Dave is now lurking the site! ^_^
Continuing on! Some of you may remember the super awesome BulletMagnet and his love of shmups and crazy Japanese games! Well, he’s also a moderator of a shmup forum site, where my homeboy Zoel also likes to hang out and inform of stuff going on at their “Trading Station” thread. With that said, through him and that thread, I’ve managed to nab the following: a complete copy of The Lost Vikings to replace my cartridge only copy (and might I add that it’s like one of the BEST puzzle/strategy games around), Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars, Mega Man 64, and Mario Pinball Land. Boxed copies of older games are probably one of my most favorite things in the world! =)
Awww yeah! SHINY! d(‘-‘d) Continuing from that thread and from the same seller/trader I got the stuff from the previous picture from, we have the Working Designs (I miss them . . . T_T) made Vay for Sega CD, Gunbird 2 for the Dreamcast, which is a shmup that features Darkstalkers’ Morrigan, and finally Shining the Holy Ark for Sega Saturn . . . awww yeah!
From another member of the forums, I managed to pick up these pristine Game Boy and Game Boy Color games that are: Mega Man Xtreme 2, Wario Land II (which they for some reason released both on Game Boy and Game Boy Color), Donkey Kong Land 2, and Donkey Kong Land III. Mini-rant time! What the hell is wrong with developers and publishers that make them think switching back and forth between alphanumeric and roman numerals in a series is a smart idea? I mean, how freakin’ hard is it to stick with one and make it so it’s not a pain in the ass for people to type, find, and organize their titles! >=[
From yet another member of that site, I managed to pick up a couple more rare gems that are Mars Matrix for the Dreamcast, and a sealed brand new copy of yet another Working Designs title, Thunder Force V: Perfect System! Hell yeah! So shiny . . . =D
Strategy guide time! We have the guides for Halo: Reach – Legendary Edition (has a developers’ diary, art, and stuff like that), Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (currently have like 300 hours invested in that), and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (which I really need to get to).
Once again, we have more guides here with: Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Red Dead Redemption, and Front Mission Evolved.
Continuing on with the guide theme, we have Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, Metroid Prime Trilogy – Premiere Edition (why Prima has decided to label all of their “regular” guides this, I have still yet to figure out), and Metroid: Other M – Premiere Edition.
I’ve been meaning to post this Final Fantasy XIII – Collector’s Edition Guide for quite a while now, but I’ve kept forgetting to take a picture of it. I’ll stick to that people just like to bitch about shit for the sake of bitching. Next to it, we have the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Limited Edition Guide. If I recall, the former has a limited run and number printed inside of it, while the latter has a mini-display that has maps and strategies.
Man, I’ve gotten quite a few guides over the past little while. Here we have Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Donkey Kong Country Returns – Premiere Edition. Take a look at that Metal Gear guide. While it’s more practical and smaller with a coil binding so it’s easier to use and keep your place while you’re playing a game, it is a freakin’ pain in the ass when you’re trying to put it in line with your other guides on a shelf! >_< Anyone else not a fan of trying to arrange these new fangled guides on their shelves? Stupid Prima . . .
To end our guide section, we have Disney Epic Mickey – Collector’s Edition and Call of Duty: Black Ops – Prestige Edition. I think there’s some sort of art print in the first guide and then dry erasable maps for the latter.
Here are a few more games, like the stuff I’ve gotten from Goozex over the past few months. On display is Killer Instinct on the Game Boy and the elusive Gitaroo Man Lives! on PSP. You’d think for someone who has like 4500 points and like over 400 requests, I’d get more than just 2 games . . . even if I want complete copies of stuff . . . just a thought.
So, this stuff was from a trade I made with Destructoid’s resident Mr. Squid . . . Qalamari! We basically traded PAX swag and threw in a few extras for each other. I mainly wanted the Star Wars: The Old Republic T-Shirt (Galactic Republic), but he also threw in an Xbox 360 Lanyard with Kinect Guest Pass, DOMO – The Manga, and a nice handwritten note featuring both our avatars! ^_^ Thanks for trading with me mate! =)
I made another trade, actually on the Trading Forums (which desperately need a revival) this time, with the Seattle native, BulletTrain. In exchange for an extra copy of Tales of Destiny II I had, I received a couple games I’ve had trouble getting my hands on, which are Rune Factory Frontier and Grandia Xtreme. I really need to find some time to play any of the Rune Factory games, as I’m a big fan of the Harvest Moon series, and throwing in some battling into it sounds right up my alley.
Another homie, JoeCamNet was having a mini-moving sale a number of months back, so I bought some of the stuff he had up for sale. First up is a The House of the Dead: Overkill VHS Case + T-Shirt. I totally didn’t use the magic of Photoshop to show both the front and back of the t-shirt, I just am THAT good with cameras. Hahaha! I like the “brick” + water faucet = t-shirt symbols, hahaha!
Since the Best Buys up in Canada suck compared to the States (actually, pretty much all retail stores in Canada suck compared to their southern counterparts), we didn’t get the Gears of War 2 Remote Control Centaur Tank. With that said, now I have one.
Here we have just some various odds and ends in the swag department. There’s the 8-Bit Tie, some Nintendo GameCube The Gamer’s Feast Popcorn, a MadWorld Pin, a MadWorld Sticker, a Nintendo GameCube Water Bottle, and a Nintendo GameCube Towel.
A couple more guides show up here, which are the Prima guide for Super Smash Bros. Melee and the Nintendo guide for the super awesome Conker’s Bad Fur Day!
Finally, we end this haul with a Dragon Age: Origins Guide – Collector’s Edition and a [i]Darksiders[i]: The Graphic Adventure art book-like thing.
That does it for this haul. I decided to separate the hardware stuff that I’ve gotten from Cash Converters over the past 5 months, because I got a fair amount of it and it really is that awesome to deserve its own post. Japan pictures are on the way, but sorting like over 2,000 pictures is taking just a little bit longer than expected. That said, I’ll take a mini-poll again for those of you who read this, should the next edition be a “New Game” edition? A “Swag” edition? Or a “Poster/Miscellaneous” edition? The next one definitely can’t be a hardware one, since I still have to catalog a couple things. Regardless, thanks for stopping by and until next time, latez mates!