Not too long ago a very close friend of mine got married (to an awesome woman) and he asked me to be his best man. As if the honor alone was not enough he later told me he wanted to thank me for a fun stag night.
He knows me well so he came up with the idea of getting me a retro video game. He told me to find a game for $100 and he’d pay for it. Normally I avoid paying $100 or more for a video game (I’ve done this twice) because I don’t want to get comfortable with the practice and I really don’t think they’re worth that much.
My buddy liked the idea that he’d be able to get me something that I would love and would normally not get for myself.
I spent a lot of time hunting around on ebay and I found a game that I know always goes for at least $100 or more.
I found a mint copy of Battle Mania which ended up costing $110 USD after shipping.
This game is everything you can hope for in a Japanese title. It has very good and unique art work, it’s a good game and there is no language barrier.
In reality there is a Stripper out there somewhere who earned a copy of Battle Mania but I am happy that I’m the one who got the credit for it 😀
Battle Mania Gameplay
I actually have the Genesis version for Battle Mania which is called Trouble Shooter. I think it’s pretty rare too. Because I do love collecting for both the Genesis and the Japanese Mega Drive I really love having both of these. Specially considering how different the artwork is. And as usual the Mega Drive artwork is much better. Mostly because the Heroines don’t look like 80’s aerobic instructors.
Trouble Shooter Gameplay
Did anyone notice that in the Japanese Mega Drive version a Super Famicom got totally stomped during the Sega Logo scene? 😀
The only real problem is that I now know there is a Battle Mania 2 and it usually sells for $200 or more! It’s tough business being a collector…
Here is my my excellent Battle Mania in the Collection!
Very slowly my Genesis collection is growing again. It’s been so much more afordable to buy Japanese Mega Drive games that I found my Mega Drive collection has started to run away from my Genesis numbers. So it’s nice to finally start to inject the Genesis side with some reasonable titles. Nothing too exciting here but these are good for the book shelf 🙂
World Heroes looks a lot like all the other 2D fighters that aren’t as good as Street Fighter. It doesn’t look bad but I’m guessing it was over shadowed by many much better Fighters despite getting it’s own sequal. It’s likely that the original NEO GEO version was better. It’s complete and in Excellent Condition and pretty cheap at $9.50 including shipping.
World Heroes Gameplay
DJ Boy is normally the kind of cute action game that wouldn’t get much interest from me. But I believe this title was pretty popular and I think I’ll check it out someday. This copy is complete and in Very Good condition and cost $15 including shipping.
DJ Boy Gameplay
I was excited to find Dashin’ Desperadoes only because I have never seen or heard of it before. This rarely happens. I definiately don’t have all Genesis titles commited to memory but for the most part I’ll reconnize any Genesis game at some level. And then to find a never before seen game at a local video game store complete and in Excellent Condition for $4 was a very cool surprise.
Dashin’ Desperadoes Gameplay
I can thank my buddy Nintendo Joe at MyNintendoDimension for Dashin’ Desperadoes. He took me the store where I found this one. Four dollars! 😀
My good friend over at MyNintendoDimension loves Thrift Stores. And he’s pretty dedicated to the hunt. Which, as it turns out, has been good for me too.
Here are four Genesis games that he recently gave me. I think each cost him about $4 or $5 each. Not all are in great shape but I’m really happy to score some boxed Genesis games. I’m finding that it’s getting much harder to find Genesis games in good shape and for a price I’m willing to pay. *Free is an excellent price.
I loved Stargate the movie and the TV show was just OK. Somehow just OK was enough for me to watch all of it… and it’s spin-offs. And Stargate the Genesis video game? I don’t know. I’ve only watched the video clip below and like the TV show it looks just OK. I don’t think anyone who’s not into the show or movie would spend much time on the game. I’ll try it out sometime and revisit my impressions of the game. This copy is complete and in Very Good shape and it was Free!
Taz in Escape from Mars has very nice looking graphics but the game looks frustrating and maybe a little boring too. I haven’t tried any of these four games myself so this just my impression from watching the video clips. This copy is missing the manual but it’s in Very Good shape and it was Free!
Taz in Escape from Mars
Looking at Jurassic Park I got the exact same impression as I did from Stargate. I looks just OK. I bet the graphics looked pretty fancy back in the day but the game play seems a bit dull. The cover sleeve, manual and cart all have some damage so I’m going to say this one’s condition is just OK. But it is complete and again it was free 😀
Jurassic Park Gameplay
Even though I’m not very interested in video games that are older than the 8-bit era there’s no denying that there were some good games made despite heavy hardware restrictions. This is a very nice classic to have for the collection. It’s complete and in Excellent condition… and free!
Ms. PAC-MAN Gameplay
Thanks Jon! I know how badly you must have wanted to sell or trade these games away. Thanks for thinking of me!
He’s also given me a beat up cart of Barney’s Hide & Seek Game but made up for that by also giving me a complete copy of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker.
We have a healthy Retro friendship. I’ve given him a few games too. Most recently Final Fantasy II, Super Mario Kart, Contra III the Alien Wars and others like a bunch of Genesis and Master System games.
Now that Jon has a site I’ve added him to my Links page. I’m sure he’s honored 😛
What could be more Japanese than a Sumo Wrestling video game? This is a fun looking 2D fighter with pretty good 16-bit graphics.
Maybe this is where E. Honda was recruited from? 🙂
This game is in excellent shape and I think a very cool addition to the collection.
Surging Aura is yet another very cool looking JRPG that I cannot play because it’s in Japanese. Even though the graphics aren’t quite as good Surging Aura looks very similar to Phantasy Star; which make this all the more troubling.
The narrator of the clip below translates most of the text as he plays and it’s cool to get a taste of what’s going on.
I’ve read that several translations have been started but I don’t think any were ever finished. With any luck it will happen someday.
Until then this is still a great looking game for the collection. It’s in excellent condition and even came with a small Surging Aura pin.
Exile is an interesting mix between top down RPG (like Surging Aura) and a side scrolling platformer. And there is a Genesis version. So I’ll be able to play this one!.. once I get the English version.
Exile (Toki no Hazama)
Exile is one of rare Genesis titles which I feel has better cover art than the Japanese Mega Drive version.
These two new additions are ones that I have wanted for a long time despite the fact that the Japanese language will prevent me from playing them.
During my original 8-bit and 16-bit days I fell in love with the classic style JPRG. Which is why I really do enjoy adding any pretty looking JRPG to the collection. These two however usually sell for a lot of money. I don’t know why some people think they are worth a lot but the price is why it has taken me so long to get them for the collection.
I was surprised that I could not find a good video to show off the game play of Dragon Slayer II. It’s very much like Phantasy Star or Final Fantasy in that you visit towns, walk around an over head world map and get dumped into random encounters. Basic classic stuff.
Dragon Slayer II
I do have the English Genesis version of Light Crusader which is must less expensive than the Japanese version. Light Crusader is a title I never discovered when it was new. This is a game I think I want to put some time into. It looks like it will be a very good.
The drawing of the character on the cover isn’t really that good but over all the entire cover does look very good and I love this new addition.
Dragon Slayer The Legend of Heroes II – $20
Light Crusader – $45