My wife and I were enjoying this past Saturday walking around downtown in our city’s China Town district when I spotted a beat up looking store with a bunch of consoles, games and accessories piled up in the window. The oldest thing I saw was an xbox 1. I didn’t expect to find much but I had to look and it was worth the two minute detour. I found a complete copy of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Game Gear. It was in such great condition that I couldn’t pass it up. I’m not collecting for the Game Gear but for $10 I was happy to take it.
I’ll trade this one if I can get something I like for my Master System or Genesis/Mega Drive collection.
Chinatown shops all over are usually great for finding good buys, especially when you run into a place with older stuff in stock. Even though it’s a common title (and the same game as the Master System version), that’s a pretty cool find as it’s complete and in great shape. Now, if it were a copy of Sonic Drift 2, I’d be telling you to find a working Game Gear so you could play it…
I find that it’s getting harder and harder to find games from this era in local shops for reasonable prices. I’ve seen a few stores that are selling these games for more than a typical ebay price (even after considering shipping) which is both crazy and discouraging.
However, just today I bought three very good condition SNES carts for $20 total (just carts). So good prices are still out there.
I have a working Game Gear so I’ll be ready for this Sonic Drift 2 if I find it. 🙂 Do you know if there were a lot of exlusive titles for the Game Gear that weren’t on the Sega Master System?
I don’t think this list is “complete” as I saw a listing on an emulator site that noted 444 games. There were plenty of GG games that never made it to the SMS, and some are a bit rare such as Panzer Dragoon Mini and Gunstar Heroes (both of which I had ages abo, but sold off, he said, kicking himself after seeing recent prices for them).
If you haven’t used your GG in a while, you may want to turn it on and see how the screen is and if it’s still working. Apparently, there’s a big issue with older handhelds like the GG, Lynx and Turbo Express where the screen goes out and even though you may get power and sound, there’s no picture. I think it’s a solder issue, as my GG and Express are no longer showing an image and my Lynx’s screen is starting to fail.
oh no!! they’re failing? Will this happen to all the GG’s and lynxes? Cause I really want both of them, but I don’t want them to stop working 😦