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.
*NOTE: Until I get home tonight, some pictures are missing, due to the fact I forgot to black out the addresses.*
Howdy folks! It’s time for an EXTREMELY SUPER ULTRA late entry into A Compulsive Collector’s Haul. So, I’ve actually been trying to get this post up for roughly TWO freaking months, aka, around July. But between working full-time in the summer, going to PAX, just getting a crapload of stuff, and figuring out school and two part-time jobs, I’ve simply not had the time. On top of that, I’m trying to get my PAX blog done, as well as another TWO entries into this series, one for PAX, and one for POST-PAX. Still, enough talking, here is my PRE-PAX haul, full of super awesome win, my 900th and 950th games, one collector’s games going to another, tons of awesome RetroForceGO Trading, a little place called Cash Converters, and gifts from a friend moving away! It’s honestly been so long, I can’t even remember which games were my 900th and 950th so I’ll let you guys just choose. On with the show!
So, a while back, another resident collector on the site, JoeCamNet, revealed he was selling part of his collection and all, in a bid to gather some cash for a gym membership and to pay some bills. Being the super awesome guy he is, he actually contacted me prior to him putting up his story on Destructoid and such, and asked if I wanted to purchase any of his stuff. I feel bad whenever someone I know/a friend has to part with stuff, but I did oblige and I did end up buying quite a lot of stuff from him, at prices that were fair to both of us, unlike some of the insulting offers he received. My homeboy possumwrangler and I took most of the “good” stuff, I don’t have a picture of what the wrangler got, but let’s begin with a Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete. If you follow JoeCamNet’s Goozex adventures, you’d know he’s gotten some pretty awesome stuff, and well, here is the super incredible condition Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete with everything in it. It was even so awesome, it even came with the demo that you were only suppose to get if you bought Vanguard Bandits, another Working Designs game. With this, you get the awesome outer box, map, pendant, hardbound instructions and mini-guide, miniature character standees, soundtrack, omake box, and the game itself.
Yet another rare and coveted Working Designs game, Arc the Lad Collection. As with the previous picture, you get some pretty rockin’ stuff and all. This collection came with a memory card holder, more miniature character standees, some PS2 controller thumbstick covers, omake box, hardbound instructions and mini-guide, and the game itself, which fit 6 discs in there and is one of the craziest game interiors I’ve ever seen.
As most regulars of this series know, I love collecting games from “rare/short print” companies such as Atlus, Working Designs, and NIS. Here are some more awesome things I purchased from good old JoeCamNet. Yet another shiny Working Designs game in Gungriffon Blaze, as well as one of Atlus’ most elusive “sets,” the Deluxe Box Set of Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2! Finding these are a bitch, period! The original came with the soundtrack unlike the reprint, and I finally discovered why I keep seeing 2 different covers for the second game, as it has a reversible cover.
Why can’t more companies learn from Atlus, Working Designs, and NIS, and have super kickass shit that doesn’t cost a lot in their games? Here we have yet another Atlus game in Thousand Arms, which has the holographic card and memory card stickers. We’ve also got some Squaresoft representation in the forms of Front Mission 3 and Threads of Fate. Rounding off this picture are Mega Man Legends and Klonoa: Empire of Dreams.
Just talking to JoeCamNet and such is also a very enjoyable and fun experience. Just chatting about some games, music, and life in general is a great thing, and something that makes the Destructoid community so awesome. Upon hearing that we get scammed in Canada for all the “good” stuff and all, good old Joe decided to toss in some of his favorite region-locked (see what I did there? X3) treats in the form of Peanut Butter Tasty Kakes and Bar-B-Q Middleswarth chips. The Tasty Kakes were good, but infinitely better if you put them in the fridge to get cold first, and the chips were all right, hahaha! Thanks regardless big guy! ^_^ As previously stated, all that stuff was from JoeCamNet alone. I wish the best for you dude, and hopefully everything will turn all good good for you soon!
Another fellow Dtoider and homeboy of mine, Zoel, has a “secret” forum he frequents, which WILL NOT be discussed here, but they have a trading/selling section of which he brings to my attention great deals. From it, I managed to snag both Wild Arms and Wild ARMs 2. Why they have different capitalization for each game is beyond me. There’s also yet ANOTHER rare Atlus and Working Designs game thrown in there, with Tail Concerto and Silhouette Mirage.
Now we move onto the games from my 2nd home, Cash Converters. I got quite the effing huge haul from them the past “two” months and all. Here are the handhelds: Pokémon Sapphire and FireRed, the EVER ELUSIVE Tetris DS, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix, Mr. Driller Drill Spirits, Pokémon Trozei!, a sealed copy of Rhythm Heaven, and Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume.
Okay, so one of my favorite shows on Discovery is Deadliest Catch, which is about crab fishing. I don’t know why, I just find it badass, and now I own the game! There’s also some X-Men Legends on Gamecube, and some SNES awesomeness in Super Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety, and Super Adventure Island.
Once in a while, Cash Converters will have some person sell them foreign games. Usually I pass them up, but not when it’s something awesome like BioHazard 2 (better known as Resident Evil 2 here in North America), along with some memory card stickers and the spine card. We also have Bubble Bobble (one of the GREATEST games of all time), Donkey Kong, and Kirby’s Pinball Land on GameBoy. To finish off this picture, there’s a Greatest Hits *blech* Tekken 3, and a Strider 2 with the games on the wrong discs, which I actually got from another friend.
We’ve got some Technic Beat, a sealed Mark Davis Pro Bass Challenge (okay, I’m a tard, it said Natsume on it), some original Genesis Shining Force, Dual Hearts (which was actually from JoeCamNet as well, and to replace my crappy instructions one I previously had), Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, and Ghost Squad.
Cash Converters + boxed retro games for good prices = happy Funktastic! ^_^ Here we have a boxed Super Mario Bros. 2, Yoshi, and Super Mario Kart, which will replace my cartridge only copies. Prince of Persia is in there as well, along with Muscle Bomber on Super Famicon, which is better known as Saturday Night Slam Masters, and according to Zoel, the Famicon game Getsufuu Maden, made my Konami, which is apparently what Zelda II: The Adventure of Link should’ve been.
Holy hell! Looking at these pictures made me realize just how much stuff I’ve gotten from Cash Converters “lately.” Here we have Shepherd’s Crossing (which looks like a Harvest Moon-like game), Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl, MadWorld, and for all you EUROPEANS out there, some person apparently sold these to the store, so I got a PAL version of Player’s Choice Mario Party 4, the Limited Edition two-disc game of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Super Monkey Ball. For any EUROPEANS that read this, know that you guys have WAY COOLER discs holders in the form of the hexagon and all, than us North Americans.
Shockingly enough, pretty much all that stuff was not “held” for me by the one, the only, Diamond Dave! He was actually on vacation for most of the time when I got that stuff. A couple things he DID managed to snag for me before his well deserved break, was an in box NES Satellite! Seriously! Look at how sexy that thing is! Also, you’ve got an Acclaim NES Infrared Controller. Thanks big guy! d(‘-‘d)
Finally, we have a sealed PlayStation 2 DVD Remote, a kickass HORI 16 Game SD Card Case (actually from Amazon), and an in box Squaresoft version of Final Fantasy Legend III, to go along with my previously had Sunsoft version.
So, this SNES came to me by possumwrangler, who got it from Cash Converters while I was on a family vacation, which they just gave to him since it was already really beat up, the cartridge slot was stuck, and it was without cables. He so elegantly took a hammer to it to make the cartridge slot open, and then I took some pliers and took out those little knubs, which now makes this my Super Famicon essentially! I busted out some Muscle Bomber, and it was totally sweet.
I even got some Goozex games a while back, even though I’ve severely neglected the site in recent times. =( What we have here is another Working Designs title in RayStorm, Command & Conquer Renegade for PC, NIS’s Generation of Chaos, and Contra: Shattered Soldier.
Believe it or not, I actually bought some NEW and SEALED games (with the exception of one) as well! I got me some Big Bang Mini with the holographic outer sleeve, found a used Psychonauts on Assbox at my EB Games, then we have Wii Sports Resort, and a triple hit of Atlus love in Crimson Gem Saga, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, and Class of Heroes.
Oh what? What’s this giant package I’ve received with a buttload of stamps on it? Could it be from some RetroForceGO Trading? I think it is! =D This is my second trade with the super awesome ScottyG! Let’s see what awaits me?
Balls! An in box Super Scope, Metal Combat: Falcon’s Revenge, and Battle Clash! Bitchin’! You have seen a couple months ago what I traded him and all! Trading stuff is awesome! As per with my own little policy, I tend to not mention what I traded for stuff and all, to avoid comments, but if the person I traded with wants to say, I’m all for it.
What have we here? Another package, only this time instead of from a fellow Canadian, it’s come all the way from Puerto Rico! Oh look! It’s from Chie Satonaka!
Fuckin’ rights! Guardian Heroes and In The Hunt on Saturn? Fuck yeah! An in box Super Castlevania IV to replace my cartridge only one, a sealed Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace for PC, and a 15th Anniversary Street Fighter Controller (Ken). This is why trading is freaking awesome! ^_^ Or maybe it’s just awesome if you have something I want! =P
Ah, yet another box! What treasure could await me from joetat3rd?
Goddamn effing sweet! A SNES Super Advantage, which is just pure badass, and Streets of Rage 3! AWESOME!
After a return to sender and a few extra unexpected weeks, a highly anticipated trade with Krow arrives at my house . . .
So much win . . . =D Mega Man 8 Anniversary Edition, Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu, and Solomon’s Key! Yet another round of successful and awesome trades! Thanks guys!
Now here we have an example of how incredibly awesome the Destructoid community is. Most of you probably know of BenHaskett’s foray into the Dragon Quest series series and such. When he was talking about VIII, I had some comments about where he was and things for him to be sure to do and all, and told him my tale of how I had like a “complete” file, only for some jackass at university to have stolen it. Well, after some initial talks and all with kind gestures, and 8 months passing (hahaha), a PS2 Memory Card came in the mail, and voila! A save file of an almost complete file for Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King! He even left me instructions with how to get back to the Dragovian Trials. I will do this justice when I have some time mate, and thank you very much! =3 You kindness will be forever remembered!
Onto my typical swag hauls. We have a Red Faction: Guerrilla Heavy Walker Figure, a set of Dissidia: Final Fantasy Slip Covers, a Statue of Happiness from Grand Theft Auto IV, the Hammerin’ Hero PaPETCH Figures of GEN-san and Kanna, a Wii Sports Resort Frisbee, and a set of Guitar Hero: Smash Hits Drumsticks.
From an eBay friend and all, I managed to get a Harvest Moon E3 Chicken T-Shirt, along with a Super Mario Land CD Single.
Some people are against guides and all, but this one is actually limited, and something that I had been looking for, for quite a while. What we have here is the Collector’s Edition version of the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Guide. It’s hardcover plus it has a super awesome lithograph as you can see, with only 43,000 copies worldwide. Pure awesome right there.
I had another buddy who had to move to Hongcouver for school and all, and was cleaning up his place and such. In turn, he had to get rid of some stuff and I once again feel bad for taking/buying it from him (I just feel really guilty whenever I buy stuff from a good friend and all), but alas I managed to get these plush Winged Cap Mario, Donkey Kong, and Yoshi from him, which apparently use to be sold at 7-11 way back in the day.
Now I feel really guilty about this one, as apparently these figures are quite rare and hard to come by, but here we have some Final Fantasy VIII Figures made by Bandai. I have to figure out where to put these and all, as I’m drastically running out of space. It was interesting to see which characters they decided to put in for this set of figures.
Depending on who’s looking at this blog and all, I may have just made a ton of you all jealous and such. As we have here some Final Fantasy VII Figures that were also made by Bandai, featuring pretty much everyone’s favorites. Once again, I owe this to my buddy who wanted to sell them to me, since he knew I’d give them a good home.
Well that’s it for another edition of A Compulsive Collector’s Haul! With massive 2 and 3 hour breaks between all of my classes, I’ve finally found some time to work on my backlog of blogs. I also have some long overdue shout outs to some members, such as GrumpyTurtle mentioning me in one of his blogs after a long absence, CWal37 for his mad epic and awesome SNES haul, for Wry Guy for giving a shout out to me in his “Trading With Personality” article, and for ChillyBilly for being another collector who posts his stuff. As I stated at the beginning of this blog, stay tuned for a PAX and POST-PAX edition of this series, and some long hard thought thoughts about PAX and Destructoid in general. Until next time, laterz!