First of all, a huge thanks to Funktastic for coming up with such an awesome name for my blog. It's a million times better than anything I would've come up with. So thanks!
Without further ado, let's get down to business. All of these games have been acquired through ebay.
Starting it off with the lone DS game in this haul, we have Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Some people don't seem to like the DS Zeldas, but I found this one really enjoyable.
Next up, Megaman Zeros 2-4. These are all still sealed, and I intend to keep them that way. I love the Megaman Zero series. I still need to get the first one on GBA and the collection on DS, and then I'll be a happy panda.
Megadrive! These were going for quite cheap, so I figured I might as well buy them (even though I don't own the console itself). Gotta love the boxart on Strider. So cheesy!
Ebay isn't always as kind to me, it seems. I thought I was bidding on the special edition of the Transformers game from 2004 (the awesome one), but instead I got this thing. I guess that's something you have to be prepared for when shopping on ebay. Sooner or later you'll get scammed. At least the seller was kind enough to not scam me on Every Extend Extra.
Here we have Dragon Quest VIII and Front Mission 5 for PS2. I had to get the NTSC version of DQ8, since it came with a cardboard box, and the PAL-version didn't. Oh, and Front Mission 5 is awesome, but the last few missions are kicking my ass. One of these days, I will beat it, though!
Have I mentioned that I love mahjong? Well I do. And I love Akagi and Legendary Gambler Tetsuya, both of which are animes about mahjong. So when I got the chance to buy these games based on the animes, of course I had to have them.
Here's some NES games. I was specifically aiming for Ducktales, but ended up getting the other two as well. Got them for pretty cheap too, about 15€ altogether.
Some awesome PS2 games here, Killer 7, Yakuza and the special edition of Silent Hill 2 (missing the manual unfortunately). Got these for super cheap as well, only a few euros a pop.
All the games from here on out are japanese imports. We've got D no Shokutaku: Complete Graphics edtion, Beat Mania, Front Mission 2 and some kind of game making software called Let's be a super GAME CREATOR!!
A couple Saturn games. Enemy Zero, a survival horror game where the enemies are invisible, and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner.
Here we have the first Front Mission for the SNES, Gyakuten Saiban 2 for GBA and a Shaman King fighting game for the Playstation.
And here's Hideo Kojimas brilliant adventure game Policenauts and Policenauts: Private Collection, which contains all kinds of extras and information about the game. And it comes with a poster!:
Oh yeah, and I bought an ipod touch (not from ebay, though). Plants vs. Zombies is great on this thing.
And that is it for this time. Look forward to my next haul, I've got a lot of awesome stuff coming up. It might take a while until I manage to amass enough stuff for another blog post, though.
So. Yeah. It's been a while since I last updated this blog. A little over half a year to be precise. Time sure does fly, since it almost feels like yesterday to me. Anyhoo, in that time I have gotten my hands on some games, and I'm here to show them to you.
I decided to split the games into two blog posts, this first one containing the ones I bought from bargain bins, flea markets and online stores, and the second one containing my ebay finds.
Also, I want to say something about the nature of this blog: My hauls will never be as big as Funktastic's or Chillybilly's. This is mostly because:
a)I don't have that much money. I make about 60€ a month, which would almost get me two new DS games.
b)There are NO game stores even remotely close to where I live.
c)I still live with my parents, who don't really understand videogames or appreciate the fact that I spend all my money on them. And my room is quite small, so space is an issue as well.
So definitely not the ideal circumstances for a collector.
Anyway, let's get down to business:
Alright, from bargain bins, some PS2 games. SMT: Digital Devil Saga, Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria and Zone of The Enders 2: Special Edition (though I don't think there even was a regular edition in Europe). I finished DDS a while ago, and I really enjoyed it, apart from the final dungeon which was a bit annoying. I really want to play the second one to see how the story continues, but I've heard that the ending is a massive disappointment.
PS2 version of Max Payne and a second copy of Demolition Girl. Like my first one, it was only 2€. For that price, I'll buy anything.
Some PSP games. Wipeout Pulse, Crush and God of War: Chains of Olympus. I've heard that Crush is actually a really good puzzler, but I haven't tried it out yet.
Next up, some DS games. Izuna: Legend of The Ninja, Flower, Sun & Rain, Fire Emblen: Shadow Dragon and Dragon Quest: Chapters of The Chosen. Fire Emblem and Dragon Quest are pretty good, haven't played the other two.
Ninjatown, Megaman ZX Advent, Rhythm Heaven and Secret Files: Tunguska. I love Ninjatown. All of you who don't yet own it, I strongly suggest you buy it. It's dirt cheap anyways. I'm still searching for a copy of the first Megaman ZX. The pal-version seems to be quite rare for some reason.
I don't usually buy games at launch because, you know, they're expensive and all that. I had to make an exception for Ace Attorney Investigation: Miles Edgeworth, though. I love the Ace Attorney series, and couldn't just wait for it to go down in price. That copy of Crash Bandicoot 3 was found by odber, who is always scouring the flea markets for rarities. I played this game all the time when I was a kid. I think I may even have completed it, at least I remember getting the apple bazooka or whatever.
On a visit to my local flea market I found a boxed copy of Super Mario 64 (no manual, though) and a CIB copy of Boktai. When I got home, though, I found out that the cartridge for Boktai was broken. Oh well, it was worth the 10€ just for the box, manual and leaflets.
An online store here in Finland was having a pretty neat summer sale, and I managed to snag Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 for the PS2 and Penumbra Collection for the PC.
We went on a trip to Sweden, and there I stumbled into a store called GAME. They were having an awesome sale on used PS2 games. I got 2 copies of MGS2: Sons of Liberty(with bonus DVD), Zone of The Enders and Steambot Chronicles.
Also from GAME, Beyond Good & Evil, Devil May Cry and Space Invaders: Invasion Day. I had never even heard of this game, it seems to be some kind of post-apocalyptic take on Space Invaders with a story and everything. Weird.
And lastly, we have Castlevania: Curse of Darkness and Space Channel 5. Once again, these were found by odber.
And there you have it. I'll post the next collection blog in about a week, so stay tuned for that. I'm also trying to come up with a name for this blog. Funktastic has his Compulsive Collector's Haul and Chillybilly has his Emporium of Curious Collectables, so naturally I need something as well. If you've got something in mind, I'm open to suggestions.
As some of you might remember, I kicked my habit of piracy goodbye a while back. Because of that my collection has really been starting to grow more rapidly, so I decided that I might as well do a status update blog at the end of every month from now on. And because I didn't do one last month, I'll just include the games I got in December in here.
Let's start with the PC games. I heard good things about the first L4D when it came out, but I never actually tried it out. So when the demo for L4D2 hit Steam, I was curious to try it out, and after a few matches I was sold. So I bought that from Play.com along with a copy of Dawn of War 2, because it was on sale for like 10€. It's a nice little RTS with a few added RPG elements, though I'm more into turn-based strategy myself. Then we have Audiosurf, which I got off of ebay. It's a nice rhythm game, and I really love how I can play any song I have on my computer. And finally, some fan-made Cthulhu game I snatched from a bargain bin for 3€.
Now, let's get into my christmas presents. From my parents I got a copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, an awesomely fun game, especially when played with friends. And from my cousin odber, I got Odin Sphere for the PS2 and Tecmo World Wrestling for the NES. Haven't had time to pop in Odin Sphere yet, but I've heard good things about it. Tecmo World Wrestling I haven't tried out either, but it's worth owning just for the cover art. Muscles!
All righty, next up comes the portable stuff. I got all of these 4 off of ebay. Advance Wars 1 & 2 I first played on an emulator some years ago. In my mind, the Advance Wars games are some of the best strategy games ever, and certainly some of my favorite games of all time. Astro Boy: Omega Factor and Gunstar Super Heroes are both superb action games developed by Treasure. I've only played a little bit of Gunstar Super Heroes, but I've almost beaten Astro Boy, and I must say that I highly recommend it to anyone who owns a system to play it on. It doesn't matter if you don't know anything about the Astro Boy series (I don't), It's still propably one of the best action games on the GBA.
Some more portable games bought through ebay. KuruKuru Kururin is a fun little puzzle game where you guide your constantly rotating ship through mazes and try to avoid hitting the walls. Drill Dozer is a cult classic platformer, but since I got the japanese version of it, It's been a little hard getting into it. The gameplay is simple enough to understand, but the menus prove to be a bigger problem. I'll propably just end up getting the english version some day. Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (or Days of Ruin as it's known in America) is the fourth addition to the Advance Wars series. The tone of the game is very different from the previous titles, but the mechanics underneath remain largely the same.
All of the following games I got from bargain bins. Henry HatsWorth in The Puzzling Adventure is a mix between a platformer and a puzzle game, and maybe one of my favorite DS games. I played through it on my R4 last summer, and when I saw it in a bargain bin a week ago, I bought it immediately. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for all I bought a few weeks back from a Toy Store. I absolutely love the Ace Attorney series, but I've only played them on my R4. I will eventually get the actual copies for all of them, though. Magical Starsign and Legend of Kage 2 were bought from the same store a few weeks back. I'm 2 hours into Legend of Kage 2 and it's a neat little action platformer. Haven't had time to try Magical Starsign though, but I heard that it wasn't very good. I might just keep it sealed as a collection piece.
And here we have the last set of games. Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades and Nanostray 2 were bought from the same place as Kage 2 and Starsign. I played a bit of Nanostray 2 on the R4 some time ago,but not enough to tell if the game was good or bad. Guitar Hero OT:D is a neat little rhythm game, following in the vein of it's console big brothers (which I haven't played all that much). And finally, Parappa The Rapper for PSP. I picked this one from the bargain bin of a nearby supermarket for 13€. I've heard very good things about it, so I can't wait to try it out.
So there you have it. Look forvard to me doing this at the end of every month from now on. I've also been working on a review for the first Advance Wars, but since it's the first review I've ever done, it's taking some time. After all, writing ain't easy.
I also made myself a backloggery account, so that I can keep track of my collection more easily. Take a look if you're interested.