On June 11, 2011 I wrote my first post here at RetroMegabit.com (the site was called The Sega Collection at that time). The subject of that post was Warsong for the Sega Genesis. It’s a turned based strategy game that I really enjoy but was unable to pick-up complete for a good price. If I remember right it was often listed for $50 complete while I was hoping to find it for $20. No real surprise but I should have paid that price way back then.
The loose cart that I did find in 2011 was a super deal for $5 but far from complete and in pretty rough shape. Now, almost 6 years later I have a complete Warsong. All thanks to Nintendo Joe who took me to the Red Barn for the Barrie Game Exchange this past April 2nd.
My new and beautiful Warsong was purchased from my buddies at Retro Game Bros.
Warsong was priced at $110 CAD and I gave Retro Game Bros. Batman Returns, Tiny Toons (for the Sega Genesis), Samurai Spirits! and Puzzle Bobble Mini (for the Neo Geo Pocket Color) (all complete) and $70 cash. I had been trying to sell these games for a long while without success and I was ready to unload them. I was happy for the discount.
Next up, from a different vendor at the Barrie Game Exchange is Pink Goes to Hollywood for $15. Which was much easier on the wallet. I didn’t notice at first that the manual has a barcode sticker stuck on it and I might try to remove it at some point. A sticker on paper will be hard to remove and might not be possible. But I’ve tried before and it worked out well.
Sports games… the last refuge for cheap retro video games. Wold Championship Soccer II for $3.
And Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge for $4.
I have a friend who regularly sells games at these venues. He collects by buying large lots of games, taking what he likes and then re-sells the rest. He was at this Barrie Game Exchange and he had put a few games aside that I asked for and they were there waiting for me.
A long while ago I asked him for Psychic World only later realizing that I have it. But since mine was missing the manual and not in perfect shape I ended up swapping mine for his and giving him some cash.
I handed over $40 and my copy for a complete and very good condition Psychic World and Ranma ½ for the PC Engine. He also gave me 3-D Glasses for the Sega Master System for free. Adaptor and Glasses. I tried them and they are not completely working. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to fix them. But if I can I’ll write a post about that endeavor.
A few years ago a good friend gave me my Turbo Grafx-16 with CD unit. In it was Ranma ½ for the PC Engine. It was a loose CD and I wanted to get a complete copy. Which is why I bought this new Ranma ½. What I didn’t realize is there are more than one Ranma ½ for the PC Engine.
My first Ranma ½ is a fighting game like Street Fighter and the new one is a platformer. My first Ranma ½ will have to get completed some other time.
Next up is Space Harrier for the Turbo Grafx-16. It’s missing the cardboard box but it does have the jewel case, manual, Hu Card and sleeve. With this vendor I was able to trade Space Harrier straight up for a complete English Crush Roller for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. This Crush Roller that I traded I originally received in exchange for a boxed Phantasy Star for the Sega Mark III a few years back. In the Retro Scene trading is the circle of life.
A long time ago I picked up a boxed Dreamcast Keyboard and when I saw this Dreamcast Mouse for $20 I thought it was time to complete the set.
At first I was surprised to see that the Dreamcast mouse is a ball mouse and not a laser mouse but then I remembered it’s age. The mouse is in great shape and it looks like it’s never been used.
For a short one hour trip it made for a fun day. With any luck Nintendo Joe will post finds soon. He had a much bigger day than I did!
Update: Click here for Nintendo Joe’s Barrie Game Exchange loot.