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.
Dynamite Duke Mega Drive vs Genesis
Did you know? When Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone he had already missed three calls from Chuck Norris.
I’ve wanted Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water for a while now. Can’t say why. It’s just a JRPG that I cannot play. The RPG was my favorite genre back in the day and I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. Not only does this title looks like it might be a good one it also has interesting artwork and it’s complete and in Excellent condition. I’m guessing it was a cartoon back in Japan.
Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water
I never knew of Dynamite Headdy back when it was new but since then I’ve often heard that it’s a very good platformer. I don’t particularly like the cover art. It’s a bit busy and plain at the same time. But the game itself does look like it could be good. The graphics are impressive for color, details and the amount of stuff these developers managed to get on the screen all at once. And I also like how the first level looks like a stage set. It seems to have a lot going for it including being complete and in Excellent condition.
Rolo To The Rescue is another decent looking platformer. But… I hate pink. Nothing against the color but on old games like this my first thought is that the game has suffered some sun fading. Pink stresses me out. But fortunately in this case the pink is actually pink. And even though this is an EA title with their yellow tab cart and a fat case it is complete and in Excellent condition. I say this even though there is a sticker on the outside of the case. I can’t read it but it does look like it might be an original retail label from when it was new. Not something from the store it was sold in but from EA. If that is the case I’m OK with the label being there. Can anyone read it for me? 🙂
So for better or for worse, chalk up another cute video game for the collection.
Rolo To The Rescue
Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water – $25
Dynamite Headdy- $24.00
Rolo To The Rescue- $23.00
Plus $22 for shipping for all three. Which is close to $31 per game. I don’t know what happened here… These games are not so exciting as to merit this price. For the life of me I can’t remember why I decided to go ahead with this. But what’s done is done.