Yes that’s right! At this moment all of my loose NES and SNES cartridges are safely stored, each in their own Stone Age Gamer BitBox. True my Nintendo collection is not as authentic as my Sega collection in their original cases but ‘Wow!’ I really do feel my Nintendo Collection is look’in great.
There is nothing wrong with leaving your game cartridges loose. They look fine and they will take up the least amount of space but they will lack some polish and panache!
I’ve lost track of some of the prices I’ve paid for the above games but here are the details I do remember:
01) Mega Man 2 $??, Manual $22 USD
02) Contra $55 CAD, No Manual
03) Faxanadu $10 CAD, Manual $6 USD.
04) Adventure Island Traded, Manual $10 USD.
05) Double Dragon II $15 CAD, Manual $7 USD
06) Ninja Gaiden $20 CAD, No Manual
07) Ninja Gaiden II which sold with the manual for $25 CAD
08) Wizards & Warriors $8 USD, Manual $3 USD
09) Dr. Mario $10 CAD, Manual $3 USD
10) Life Force $13 USD, Manual $6 USD
11) Gradius Free with Lukie point, Manual $8 USD
12) Karnov $8 USD, No Manual
13) Pro Wrestling $5 CAD, Manual $2 USD
14) P.O.W. $10 CAD, No Manual
15) Ice Hockey $5 CAD, Manual $2 USD
16) Dragon Warrior II $30 CAD, No Manual
17) Castlevania III – $40, No Manual
This is my third order for BitBoxes from Stone Age Gamer and I know I’ll keep ordering every time I add some naked NES, SNES or even Super Famicom carts to the collection.
Oh my, just look at that image below. Now they really Pop! Sure, BitBoxes are not original NES/SNES cardboard boxes but they are pristine and vibrant. It would be difficult and expensive to get these games with good condition original boxes. Plus, there is a custom BitBox cover-art insert ready for download for almost every single NES and SNES game. And the fact that these custom covers use the original artwork helps keep this aftermarket solution looking as authentic as possible.
I do have manuals for a few of my games so in they went into their respective BitBox. I enjoy completing the package with original manuals when I can find them for a reasonable price.
Most of my NES and SNES manuals I’ve been finding at LukieGames.com. Every now and again I’ll search for affordable manuals for under $10 USD and if I find a few I might add in one expensive manual if it’s for an extra cool game and maybe pay $20-$25 for it.
I had only nine SNES games that needs BitBoxes. Two of them being Super Famicom games. Both Pariudus Da! and Pop’n Twin Bee never got a release for the Super Nintendo so I’m happy to have the Japanese versions of these fun shooters. The same BitBox that holds a single SNES cart can alternatively hold a Super Famicom cart. Which gives a nice extra bit of versatility to the SNES BitBox.
Again I can’t recall all the prices that I paid for this bunch:
Chuck Rock $?? , Manual 4 USD
Donkey Kong Country 3 $40 CAD, No Manual
Secret of Mana $60 CAD, No Manual
Final Fight $??, Manual $8 USD
Secret of Evermore $40 CAD, No Manual
Gradius $??, Manual $8 USD
Kirby’s Alavanche $12 USD, Manual $4 USD
Paroduis Da! $15 USD, No Manual
Pop’n Twin Bee $9 USD, No Manual
And here are my SNES carts look’in good in their new Stone Age Gamer BitBoxes.
Just like the NES games I also have a few SNES manuals.
Here’s a closer look at Parodius Da! and Pop’in Twin Bee. If you’re into shooter and haven’t heard of them you should check them out.
For this Stone Age Gamer order I received 35 BitBoxes and 35 Document strap (straps hold the manuals). 10 BitBoxes for SNES and 25 for NES. I haven’t yet used all 35 but I don’t mind having a few extra on hand. Each BitBox worked out to about $5.10 CAD per BitBox with a document strap. It’s really much more cost effective to buy BitBoxes in bulk. The discount is significant.
And don’t forget the cost of a print job for the cover-art which is not a default included in the cost of a BitBox. I get my print jobs done locally at a professional shop because I intend to have them for a long time I want them looking their best. My cost for each print job (and the cutting service) is about $3.30 CAD each.
Bringing my grand total to $8.40 CAD per BitBox. It is very expensive but I do love the end result.
Wow 🙂 Everything is looking amazing. Soo nice.
Just like my own collection you keep everything clean.
Thanks for sharing, you make some of the best threads on retro gaming with pics.
Hey Luis! Thanks buddy!
I enjoy my little blog for a bunch of reasons but I’ll admit it’s hard to write up something that would be truly interesting or enjoyable for others considering most of the content here is just stuff about my own personal collection. Which is why I try to include my costs and the little extra things I do with my stuff in the hopes that others might find something they also like for their own retro games.
Most of what I do and discover comes from what other people are doing and I enjoy detailing anything that’s cool in the retro video gaming scene.
Yes! I love a neat and tidy collection! But the reason my photos are also so close up to the book shelves is because most times the rest of my space is littered with stuff. Just below that last picture above, on the floor are two disassembled NES consoles. I’ve installed new 72 pin connectors and although they work somewhat now they are still not very reliable so I’m still poking around.
Hey! Luis, If you have any photos of your game collection I would love to see them!
This shelf looks awesome!
Great job collecting all those gems 🙂
Thanks! Most any gem of a game in my collection I have to attribute to luck. I’ve been buying Sega SMS and Genesis games since the late 90’s when they were affordable. Only rarely have I paid over $100 for a Sega game like I did with Panorama Cotton for the Japanese Mega Drive; which cost me $120. At the time that felt really expensive but now it sounds like a bargain! This retro video game craze is in full swing!
Im conflicted – I think the Vertical SNES boxes look good on the shelf, but it really seems that the Horizontal reproduction boxes are much more true to the original box art (color / text). Any suggestions one way or the other?
I had the exact same thought when I was thinking about getting into BitBoxes. Because of the shape and style of these custom cases Vertical covers really do look best in them. And yeah, original SNES boxes went horizontal instead. I finally decided that since these are not original cardboard boxes and would never look original that I should just go with what looks best. I’m in deep now and I am very happy that I went with vertical.