This addition came as a nice surprise. Since the price tag of Michael Jackon’s Moonwalker artificially jumped through the roof when he passed away I was sure I wouldn’t ever end up with a copy. Until a good friend of mine found a copy in a local thrift store. I’ve forgotten exactly how much but I believe it cost him about $5. Which makes this a very good score. It does have some damage to the cover sleeve, cart and manual but the condition is still good. And I’m very happy to have it in the collection.
So yeah, it’s up to Michael to single-handedly stop Mr. Big (the psycho mastermind of crime) from wiping out love on our planet. It actually says this in the manual. Despite being very corny the game itself is much better than what you might think of a hero who dances away gun slinging bad guys while rescuing children. It’s an OK platformer.
Here’s a little more on my good buddy who gave me this little gem. Every now and again when one of us finds something really good for dirt cheap at a thrift store we’ll text an image to the other showing off our find. If it’s exceptionally good the text image might be accompanied by a short sarcastic message “No big deal…” It might sound pretty mild but let me tell you, sometimes it can cut like a knife.
So I got a text like this and I saw a collection of great Genesis games; including Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. A short while later by complete chance I saw a different picture of these exact games on Craigslist. I knew right away what was going on. So I called up my buddy and we had words.
Let me put it this way. Say, for example, you’re good friends with David Hasselhoff and you meet a pretty young girl. As gross as it might be it’s your obligation as the Hoff’s friend to introduce him to the young hottie.
And like wise, if you’re good friends with the SegaDude and you find a sought-after Sega Genesis video game you have to give it to him. Or at least give me a chance to buy if from you for really cheap.
Here’s the card my buddy included with the game when he gave it to me –> Thanks Jon!
All is well that ends well.
Welll… I guess if you and your friend ever get into a fight over a girl, he can leave you with Michael Jackson and you’ll be just fine… ;^P
I think I have a bootleg Moonwalker here that I got in a huge lot of Mega Drive games from Japan. That surprised me because I didn’t expect it and it was the second of three bootlegs in that big box. There was a Tetris and some SNK fighter as the third game.
The Tetris bootleg is worth a bit of coin. I’ve often seen it sell for $100. And it’s a good version of Tetris too. I have it as well and I’m happy for it. We both know we’ll never get a copy of the official canceled version for Genesis / Mega Drive!
Over the last year my buddies retro video game collection has really ramped up. I can’t believe how well he’s done in thrift stores! I keep tell him he should start a blog for his collection. He certainly has enough material for it… and he’s got it all setup in his basement. Makes for a great display!
That’s actually the second Tetris I’ve owned (!) since about 1992 or so and I almost bought another one from some import shop that had it for something like $20, but that was before I knew it was worth something as a bootleg. The first one ended up with a good friend, but this one is staying here…
Ha. I forgot all about THIS:
so, it does exist after all… but good luck getting one!
Yeah, it’s crazy rare. I’ve read that there were 10-20 copies that survived destruction. And if that’s true, after all these years how many of those are left? It’s a nice dream but that’s all it will ever be 🙂
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