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Posted on May 15th 2014 at 02:01:24 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under ds, psp, atari, 2600, jr., 3ds, korea

SEVEN-DAY SCORE CARD:
HARDCORE HANDHELD HARDWARE HAVOC AND THE GREAT RETRO GAMBLE

Week of 4 May to 10 May 2014


No big blustery fanfare this week; let's just get right down to it.


Sunday 4 May & Monday 5 May: I started the week with a meal-break run to my workplace Goodwill, which yielded a crimson DS Lite with charger along with Mario Kart 8, Pokemon SoulSilver, New Super Mario Bros., Nintendogs Lab & Friends, Lego Star Wars, and Lego Batman, for $19.99 all told.

More handheld hardware fell into my... um, hands the following day as I hit the local Savers and grabbed a loose PSP with Lumines UMD for $19.99, along with a Mattel Hockey handheld for $2.99. Also found was a CIB Metroid Prime 3 for $2.99.




But if you think the first two days had impressive handheld hardware scores, just you wait...



Tuesday 6 May:: This was the day for $1.99 CIB PC game pickups, as I grabbed Giants: Citizen Kabuto, KKND X-Treme, and a sealed LucasArts Archives release of Star Wars Force Commander. The latter pickup was especially odd, seeing as how I just got the original version at the same Savers the week before...

I also discovered a sealed Wheel of Fortune TV Games plug-and-play dealie for $3.99. Then there were the four books for $10: strats for Mass Effect 3, Halo Wars, and a limited-edition Final Fantasy XII, along with The Making of DOOM 3.





Wednesday 7 May & Thursday 8 May: After taking a breather on Wednesday, I resumed the hunt and discovered a Special Edition copy of Perfect Dark Zero for $3.95, CIB Borderlands 2 for $1.99, CIB Thunder Strike: Operation Phoenix for $3.99, and a Sega Genesis Super Pad for $4.99.





Friday 9 May:  A lunch break trip to my fave Goodwill yielded a black 3DS with charger for $69.99, and a Korean Onyx DS Lite for $13.49. Also included with each handheld was a flash drive card and Micro SD card.






Saturday 10 May: It was back to my fave Goodwill, where I took a big risk on this grab that I teased on Small Scores a few days ago:




At a penny under $70 and non-returnable, it's the biggest thrifting gamble I've made this year.




And now, the full reveal...




...a compact junior-sized Atari 2600 with three joysticks, AV cord, and twelve game carts.

While I felt the asking price was fairly high, I'd just gotten my state tax refund check the day before, and I figured why not treat myself. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all twelve games in the bundle were not in my collection previously, not even Centipede, Dig Dug, or Ms. Pac-Man. I coulda sworn I had Pole Position, but after checking my collection page before updating it... um, nope. So if nothing else, at least I significantly expanded my personal library of 2600 carts.




Now you probably noticed that this bundle of retro madness was held together with packing tape... which kinda sucked. The tape was so sticky that my initial attempts to remove it from the paper labels on the console and cartridge end labels didn't go over too well:





So I decided to quit before I did more damage, grabbed an X-Acto blade, and carefully cut around the edges of the labels that got taped.




BTW does anybody know if the plastic covering the rainbow part of the console is lamination, or just a protective plastic film to be removed by the user? 'Cuz I've got some major bubbling action goin' on, and it's not very attractive:




And now the million-dollar question minus $999,930.01: does it actually work?
You'll find out soon enough... evilhappy


NON-VIDYA BONANZA: It's the usual suspects again; I just hope Mr. Nupoile can practice some self-control this week...



Hawt.


-   TI-82, TI-83, and TI-83 Plus graphing calculators, $9.00 for all
-   HDMI cable, $2.99
-   Electronic talking pokedex thingy, $2.49


Well, that's about it for now. But before I go, please note that there will be no Seven-Day Score Card blog next week. Instead, a tribute to one of the greatest masterpieces in cinematic history-- and some of the video games it inspired-- will be presented. Be sure to check it out, and I'll see you again in two weeks with a double-sized episode of Seven Fourteen-Day Score Card, only on the RFG Network!


Byee


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Comments
 
Love the haul.  Can't believe the prices you are picking up the handheld stuff for.  And the graphing calcs.  Grats on that stuff.  I'm looking forward to next weeks special.
 
Loving the 2600 haul. I really dig the look of the 2600 Jr. And of  course excellent handheld haul. I rarely find cool things at my thrifts, all I usually see is sports games.
 
Great stuff, as usual. I've thought about picking up one of those DS flash carts at some point, and if I see one cheap at some point I will.
 
Great stuff Zag. Some real solid 2600 titles in there as well.  I have only played Moon Patrol Emulated but it was fun, and I just picked up Battlezone not to long ago.  Kung Fu master isn't really rare but semi hard to find...got mine a while back locally haven't seen one since at any store.  Again with the other stuff great job! Love the DS Rom cards..now you can play any game from any country on your DS Cards ;-)
 
Edit - Sorry Flash Card not ROM Cards lol Also yes the plastic on the Rainbow/2600 is supposed to be there for protection and scratch resistant..if you want to get rid of the bubbles - two options - pop the bubbles with a razor blade and option 2 is slowly peel the protection and put it back on or the proverbial option 3 - take it off completely.
 
I'm impressed.

Pole Position. Wow. Some guys have all the luck.

But seriously, welcome to the Rainbow VCS club.

I liked the part about the 3DS, the PSP and the glossy label Centipede but was kinda let down about the Wheel of Fortune TV Games plug-and-play dealie. The calculators helped liven things up at the end and there was the R4 thing, so it wasn't a total loss.


Oh, and "option 3 - take it off completely."
 
Kung Fu Master is a tough cart to find. Congrats on that haul!

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