RSS Feed

Tag Archives: NES

Guest Post: The Holy Grail of Retro Video Games

List of the Most Expensive Retro Games

One of the biggest reasons why so many people like playing retro games is the price. They are more than just affordable and they come in a wide range of choices. But there is a different side of the same story. There are retro games which are more than just expensive and which ones can cost a real fortune. Furthermore, they are extremely difficult to find.

Air Raid $33,000

air-raid-game

This game is the most expensive retro game in the world. It was developed and released for Atari 2600 and the gameplay is based on an alien invasion. You will have to defend the city from the aliens. There are only 12 copies of the game ever released and one cartridge will cost you $3.000. However, a plastic copy of the game will cost you $33.000. The game was released by Men A Vision, and this was the only game they have released. This also adds the value.

Nintendo World Championships 1990 $25,000

nintendo-world-championships-1990-game

The Nintendo World Championships 1990 is rare. As a matter of fact, there are only 25 copies of the game. It features specially adapted versions of the Mario, Rad Racer and etc. which were developed to look like championship-based games in the United States. The imaginable tournament was believed to be played in 29 cities in the United States. The price for this game starts at $20.000.

Tetris – Sega Genesis/Megadrive $25,000

tetris-game

Tetris – Sega Genesis/Megadrive is the game to look for if you want to own something special. There are only 5-6 copies of the game in question, due to an interesting reason. The game was developed by Sega, but back then Nintendo owned the license for Tetris, so this game never reached the market. It is known that only 5-6 copies are present in the world and their price starts at $16.000. Tetris – Sega Genesis/Megadrive original port, for example, was sold for $1 million.

The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak – NES $13,000

the-flintstones-surprise-at-dinosaur-peak-game.jpg

The game was released during the NES period. But, it was released for rental only, meaning that it was impossible to purchase the game as an average gamer. As such, these games are rare and hard to find. A well-preserved copy will cost you around $1300. Keep in mind that the price refers to the sequel we have mentioned only.

Red Sea Crossing $13,000

red-sea-crossing-game

This is one of rare religious games. It was developed for Atari 2600 and there are only 500 copies. The game is rare due to the fact it was sold as a part of religious books and content. The goal back then was to change the idea of gaming and make it more appealing for all people. It should also get the approval of the adults. In the game, you will be placed in the shoes of Moses and you must cross the Red Sea.

DuckTales 2 $600

ducktales-2-game

This is a sequel of a popular game back from the 80s. Most people will know that the sequel follows the same story as the original game, but there are a few differences. It was released at the end of the NES period and there are no a lot of people knowing about the existence. As such, this game is extremely rare and almost impossible to find. The price starts at $150 and will reach $600.

If You Own One You Are Lucky

As you were able to see, these games are truly special. They are extremely rare and they can cost more than a house. Still, believe all retro games are obsolete and useless? If you have one, you will think otherwise.

The good thing is that there are websites you can download them in form of ROM’s and use emulator to emulate the game. This will basically cost you zero and you will be able to have the same playing experience as actually owning the game.

 

 

Emily Lopes is a computer geek and daily gamer currently playing League of Legends. In her free time, she enjoys blogging and plans to have a copy-writing career.

Set Nostalgia to Maximum with the NES Classic

TT_NotTheFandom

So I managed to land a NES Classic recently through pure luck.  Walmart found some stock, or had some left over, and was running a deal every day for a week or so.  Log in at 5 PM central, click buy, and if you were the first of 25 or 50 you got one.  I managed to get on the site on the last day, right on time and get one.  So it arrived two days ago (as of this writing), and of course, like a little kid on Christmas morning, I couldn’t wait to plug it in.

The ‘console’ itself fits in the palm of your hand.  Hookup is easy, just an HDMI cord and power.  The nice thing is the power is like a USB/standard power cord similar to what some cell phones have.  That way you can plug it into an outlet or a power USB port.  Between that and the 3 ft controller, I think they intended people to hook this up to their desktop monitor and play it there.  Like the old-school gamer that I am, I hooked it up to my TV.  Then I proceeded to sit close, probably just like I did back in 80-whatever when we got our NES for Christmas, and got to playing.

Scrolling through the 30 games pre-installed on the little replica was a trip through memory lane, but firing up the first game was like being ten again.  I fired up Punch-Out and proceeded to play with the biggest dopey grin on my face.  It was shameless, laughing and mashing the two red buttons for all I was worth.  The music and graphics took me back to a time when video games were still a fairly new wonder.  I didn’t get far, because I had long forgotten how to beat some of the fighters from all those years ago.

Just last night I played about 45 minutes of Legend of Zelda, one of the first games we had on our old NES.  I’ll be doing a lot of playing of that one, but it was actually the few minutes I spent on Dr. Mario that hit me the most.  It wasn’t my favorite game, but it was fun.  The music was kind of annoying, and the gameplay a bit repetitive, but it was my mother’s favorite game.  Ever since we lost her back in April, I’ve been looking for every little connection I can to the good memories stored away after all these years.  This is definitely one of them.

My brother and I thought it was so cool that our parents liked video games.  They bought us our first consoles of course, actually buying the Atari 5200 probably more for themselves.  Watching, and playing Dr. Mario with my mom is one of those good memories.  It probably sticks with me the most because of the music.  Completely unforgettable, ingrained in our consciousness almost, is music from those old games we love.  Like the Super Mario Bros theme, Legend of Zelda, or the classical music from Tetris, they just stick with us much more than a lot of modern games.

Games have had a huge impact on people’s lives, right down to creating memories that we carry with us for years.  Some people like to discount nostalgia, or the affect it can have on a person.  All I can say is cherish those memories you make while gaming.  Hold on tight to the afternoons playing 4 player split FPS on the TV with your friends or playing head-to-head Super Mario with your sibling to see how fast you can beat it.  Those memories are just as important as any part of our lives and can sometimes bring a smile to your face when you need it most.  It certainly did for me.

Nintendo, Scalpers, and Retailers Fail the NES Classic Release

 

TT_NotTheFandom

Every once in awhile a company, or store, fails spectacularly in anticipating consumer demand for a product.  This time it was the NES Classic Edition, hyped like crazy for months now, and sold out in minutes at every retailer.  This time it was like a perfect storm, a trifecta of fails that left expectant gamers without their NES Classic.  Nintendo failed to ship enough, the retailers failed to anticipate an issue and put a limit on purchases, but worse is scalpers took advantage of the situation to make a huge profit.  Some people were reporting units going for as much as $1000 or more on eBay.

Of course it’s natural to want to blame Nintendo, they should have shipped more.  Why they didn’t anticipate demand, I don’t know.  Chris Grant at Polygon says there’s only two reasons…incompetent or underhanded.  Well, I’m not so cynical.  First, we all know Nintendo’s not incompetent.  They’ve managed to become one of the most well-known names in gaming, and have been around longer than most gaming companies.  You don’t accomplish that if you’re incompetent.  As for underhanded?  What’s the benefit?  Doing something underhanded implies that you have ill-intent toward someone which is to your benefit.  How exactly does it benefit Nintendo to only sell a fraction of the units they would have sold had they produced more?  Fact is we don’t know why.  Maybe retailers didn’t order enough, or production issues kept them from reaching a goal before release, or a number of other reasons that they could have failed.  Contrary to what Chris says, there are more than two options.

Then we have the stores.  Retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon didn’t put a limit on the number a person can buy.  So people could buy 5, keep 1, and put 4 on eBay to let the bidding get to ridiculous highs.  It’s similar to the failure with the Nuka Cola that was being bought up by employees at Target, and often resold online for a higher price.  Then again, did they even anticipate a run on the console?  Without spending a lot of time crunching numbers about a novelty legacy console releasing a couple of months before Christmas, I can’t possibly know what would have been expected.  Hell, did anyone at either Nintendo or the big retailers know how popular retro gaming has become? Obviously they had some idea or why release the console in the first place, but retro gaming is making a pretty big comeback.  Maybe they just didn’t have any idea how big.

I can’t really fault either of these two groups for anything more than not paying attention to the market and failing to anticipate demand.  Scalpers though, those people intentionally took advantage of the situation, and if you ask me that’s pretty damn underhanded.  Sure, free market and all that, but I’m not saying they don’t have the right to be jerks about it.  Just noting that this kind of crap sucks.  We see it with ticket sales more and more now.  I recently tried to get tickets to an upcoming concert, but a ticket scalping company had bought all the general admission tickets and were selling them at a much higher price.  Even setting their website name to be similar to the concert venue so it looked like you were buying tickets right from the convention center.

That’s really what bugs me the most about this situation.  This wasn’t a mistake, or a failure in judgement.  This was an intentional act to make a profit on gamers who rushed to the store only to find the console sold out.  That’s an awful thing to do if you ask me, and I hope with the units coming soon, the retailers handle it a little better next time.

That’s the silver lining to this thing.  Just this week Wal-Mart had more units that they put on sale each day at a particular time, and Nintendo has promised to ship more before Christmas.  I know I am looking forward to getting mine, so I hope everyone does a better job.  As for the scalpers, don’t buy those consoles for that price.  Let those guys sit on the units, hopefully for a long time, until they’re worthless because the market is flooded with them.

Top 10 Signs You Might be an Old Gamer

Top 10 Signs You Might be an Old Gamer

Guest Post By: MaxUrso

1. Your first controller had one button or a paddle. Mine was the Atari 2600. Breakout and Kaboom used this little gem here.

atari_7

2. Your first wireless controller had a long rubber antenna and a 9-volt battery. Again the Atari was the bomb back in my youth. This guy was heavy though. I swear my brother and I would fight with these, whipping each other.

Z0067351

3. Technical support for a video game used to involve blowing air into a cartridge. I did this a lot with my Nintendo. Must’ve been more common than I thought. We also cleaned the heads with q-tips and alcohol.

blowing on cartridge

4. You wish rule books came in larger print. If I could shove my head any closer to the book these days, I’d be in them. I think there might be a market for Senior Gaming Devices and such in the future. Or at least a discount at Game Stop.

dragon little

5. Large dice are not a novelty but more of a necessity. It’s either larger dice, or I have to pick them up to read them. There are times I’d rather use my dice roller app then lean forward to the table to roll. Yup, I’m THAT old.

71km9I6Cl2L._SX355_

Read the rest of this entry