Well, I’m sure of it now. It’s definitely getting harder to find complete, good condition Genesis games for a low price. This is in comparison to my Japanese Mega Drive shopping experiences. I’m guessing that on average us North American’s have been a lot harder on our Genesis games than our Japanese counter parts. Or maybe Japan had received a lot more copies of games?
I’ve also noticed a difference in how items from Japan are packaged better and extra consideration is noticeable for little things like easily removable stickers and items being very clean. I do believe that for the most part the Japanese take better care of their stuff.
Below is Dino Land for the Sega Genesis. It’s from a US seller and despite my impressions above it is in very good condition. Ever since I discovered Devil’s Crush for the Turbo Grafx-16 back in the day I’ve always looked forward to other pinball video games. Dino Land is definitely not as good as Devil’s Crush but it is OK.
Next up is Dynamite Duke for the Genesis. Despite having an interesting concept for boss encounters (which is melee combat in a shooter) Dynamite Duke is also just OK. My first experience with this joystick controlled cross-hair mechanic was with Global Defense for the Sega Master System and it did a very good job at putting me off this style. But the control for Dynamite Duke is fluid and easy to use and the game can be entertaining. This copy for the collection is in Excellent condition.
Dino Land – $17 plus $4 shipping
Dynamite Duke – $15 plus $5 shipping
I find it interesting that Dino Land shipped from a US seller and Dynamite Duke shipped from a Japanese seller and the price and shipping for these games is almost identical.
In the image below we have the Mega Drive cover art for Dynamite Duke and on right the Genesis version. What happened here?
In the Mega Drive version we have the hero of the game looking like a butt-kicking cybernetic Ivan Drago. In the Genesis version Sega decided to feature what looks like a nobody minion. It looks like Sega was short on time and just used a screen grab from some Chuck Norris movie.
Did you know? When Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone he had already missed three calls from Chuck Norris.