Holy crap, when’s the last time I publicly documented my game finds on the blog? Seems like it was just last year when I wrote about find a “NOT FOR RESALE” copy of Streets of Rage 2, and a 20 minute video that about 3 of you watched. Let’s resurrect this old series, because I got some good stuff this time around.
Through most of 2014, I’ve found mostly cheap games, stuff like Eye Toy: Antigrav, licensed games based on The Great Escape and Starsky & Hutch, old PC games such as Mickey’s Word Adventures, even recent Game Informer issues for 50 cents each. If you’re following me on Twitter, you might’ve seen these already.
Funny enough, I found Mickey’s Word Adventures after taking advice from YouTuber Lazy Game Reviews. After mentioning him on Twitter, I found out one of my finds were in a viewer finds segment of his “LGR Thrifts” show. I was floored when I saw it too, I didn’t expect it to be featured in the slightest. (It’s at the end of this episode, if you’re wondering. Look for the magazines on green bedding.)
Back in June while I was job hunting, I went into my local Bi-Mart. I’ve mentioned Bi-Mart before when I wrote about Atari Hot Wheels, and it hasn’t changed one iota: It still feels like I stepped into a late ’80s supermarket. While perusing their games section, I found a whole bunch of these:
It’s Rayman Raving Rabbids for the Game Boy Advance, sealed, for $6. I’m finding sealed Game Boy Advance games. In 2014. Even the guy at the counter was surprised, mentioning a war fighting game and a World of Warcraft expansion also collecting dust. His words: “Somebody made the wrong call on this one.” At least this copy of Raving Rabbids has a home now. I bet there’s still plenty of copies, two months later.
The GBA game finds don’t end there: I found Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City at a garage sale. I snagged it because it was a GBA game released towards the tail end of its life. This, along with Rabbids makes me wanna pull out the GameCube with Game Boy Player and give them a try sometime. The Game Boy Player: The only reason to still own a GameCube.
Now we get into the nitty-gritty. After getting some magazine bags at Things from Another World for a different project, I started checking the thrift stores down Oak Grove, which I don’t go to that often.
The Goodwill I usually hit on McLoughlin had some interesting stuff, like Crazy Taxi for the PS2, a load of EA Sports games that were ridiculously overpriced, even NASCAR Racing for DOS. I passed on the NASCAR game, but did get this: Putter Golf for the PlayStation. I got this because I thought of a friend who’s kinda into arcade golf games, but I later find out this is one of the “Simple Series” games.
The “Simple series” are a series of budget games D3 Publisher made for many different systems, notably for the PlayStation. Since D3 wasn’t known much outside of their home country, companies like Agetec and 505 Games would take these games, give them a quick translation, and sell these for those same budget prices in their respective countries. Some of D3’s franchises like Earth Defense Force and Oneechanbara started as Simple series games.
I already owned a few of these games, like the plainly-named Snowboarding, and Burstrick Wake Boarding!!. Now I can add Putter Golf to the list. I seem to have amassed a small collection of these Simple series games. Alas, since I’m American, I can’t own some of the ridiculous ones like Demolition Girl or Fighting Angels as they only got localized in Europe. Maybe I can emulate them instead…
Next was a local place called the Red White and Blue. I don’t go to this one often, but I did remember them at one time them having all their board games put together in plastic bags, which was cumbersome. Though many years ago, I did find Double Dragon V, Road Rash and Mortal Kombat inside a Home Alone 2 board game. While I didn’t find buried treasure like that today, I did find a Pokemon magazine from 2009 covering the then-upcoming HeartGold/SoulSilver; and Resident Evil: Degeneration on Blu-ray. Degeneration is a competent Resident Evil movie, certainly better than the live-action movies that were basically Milla Jovovich occasionally killing zombies for two hours. Maybe I’ll write about Degeneration sometime.
Finally, at another local thrift store, I got two more games. First is No One Lives Forever, a classic first person shooter by Monolith. I found the original before, but I stupidly passed on it because I thought the game was supposed to be on two discs, not one disc plus a bonus soundtrack CD. I seem to do this frequently, as I had the same “problem” with a copy of Parasite Eve back in a previous Game finds entry.
The other game was one I didn’t expect to find in a thrift store: It’s Ballistic on the freakin’ Nuon! The Nuon was this fancy DVD technology that could be used for many things, including playing games on a DVD player. It didn’t take off, thus the Nuon players and the games are hard to find in the wild.
You may better know Ballistic under the names Puzz Loop or Magnetica. It’s that marble-shooting color matching game that inspired the more popular Zuma. As far as I know, Ballistic was exclusively sold as a pack-in game with Samsung Nuon players. I have no freakin’ idea how much it’s worth, but it’s a fascinating little piece of gaming obscurity. Now to find a Nuon DVD player…
Well, I hope you guys liked this interesting pile of junk this time around. I’ll get back in the groove of making these game finds entries, because I find them pretty cool, and I hope you do too.