I find it’s rare to get a chance to buy specific components for a particular game at a price that’s worth while. I remember trying to upgrade the condition of my Genesis Phantasy Star 2 and I ended up spending a lot more money than expected and still not being really satisfied until I finally just bought a whole new copy that was entirely in good shape.
Phantasy Star Upgrade 1
Phantasy Star Upgrade 2
When I saw an ebay post for a sleeve cover for Wonder Boy In Monster World I was interested but not enough to jump on it. It had a starting bid of $10 plus $2 for shipping. It was an ok price but some whole games sell for that. I watched long enough to see the seller list it twice. During the second listing I emailed an offer of $10 including shipping. He waited until the current listed ended without a sale and then took my offer.
Really I was being pretty stingy over the extra $2 but I’ve never felt like I’ve come out ahead when trying to upgrade. I need a little extra something.
When the sleeve arrive I was happy to find it was in excellent shape. Much better than my previous one which had a bad spot on the top of the spine. As you can see circled in red on the first image below. This area use to be mostly white until I colored it black… but it was still pretty visible.
Old Damaged Sleeve
New Excellent Sleeve
My Upgraded Wonder Boy in Monster World
I’m really not very sure any more but I think I spent about $20 on my Wonder Boy plus the $10 upgrade. So it’s now a $30 game and I think I could find it whole and in good shape for that price. So was it worth while? I’m still on the fence about upgrading 🙂 But I guess it’s ok.
Because the manual is a bit too wrinkly I’m going to say this Wonder Boy in Monster World is in very good condition instead of excellent.
The game itself is awesome. One of the better Genesis titles. Great graphics, fun action, RPG elements such as upgrading your gear and a save feature for your progress. An excellent Wonder Boy installment and an excellent Genesis game.
So here it is. This is how I upgrade the condition of a game. I buy a whole new one.
This one cost me $40 plus $9 shipping. $49 all in.
Complete Phantasy Star for the Sega Genesis
Not like new but in very good shape. I’m happy with this one. This chapter is closed.
So I thought I had done it. I managed to find some loose items to complete or upgrade the condition for my Phantasy Star 2 and 3. One of these items was the Phantasy Star 2 hint book which is in pretty good condition.
Sega Genesis Phantasy Star 2
Sega Genesis Phantasy Star 3
Sega Genesis Phantasy Star II
I was pretty stoked when I received my Phantasy Star hint book. It’s not mint but it’s in good shape. It cost me $30 including $5 for shipping. I thought this was not great but ok. If I were selling the hint book I’m sure I’d want more than $10-15 for it too. *I don’t recall what I paid for the game itself and the other items you see with it. Was too long ago now.
When I added it to the collection I opened up my Phantasy Star 2 to check it out… thinking finally, done! I can close this chapter 🙂 But instead, some how, I had forgotten that I don’t have the manual for the game and my map is good but not great. So my Phantasy Star 2 is still not complete… but getting there.I was also very excited to receive an order I placed for a Phantasy Star 3 cartridge, manual and map. This set cost me $24 all in. looking back I don’t think I should have done it. If the items were mint it would have been ok. But as good as they are my Phantasy Star 3 is not like new it’s just good. And for this title that’s probably going to have to be enough for me. In the future I think I would be better off holding out for a complete set in very good condition and not mess around with upgrading. *Although, I do have a mint copy of the Japanese Mega Drive game Vapor Trail which is missing the cartridge. If I can find an inexpensive cart I’ll pick that up. I think it’s easier to get carts in good shape.
In addition you can see the Phantasy Star 3 hint book. This I bought separately and it cost me $20 all in.
I’m realizing that I don’t actually like saying what I’ve been spending on these games! It forces me to take a more critical look at my hobby. But when I find myself reading others posts I know this kind of detail is interesting so I think I’ll continue to do it.
Before I could even finish writing this post I managed to buy another copy of Phantasy Star 2. It cost me $50 all in, it’s complete with hint book and all of it appears to be in very good condition. So it’s very like that what you see above will be for trade soon! I’ll post again when it arrives. Clearly Phantasy Star makes me a little nuts.