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Posted on Apr 24th 2014 at 09:53:04 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under PlayStation, koopa kids, japan, turbografx

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Week of 14 April to 19 April 2014

This week's episode sponsored by

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The gloves are off now

Take it away, guys...

Monday 14 April: Nothing to speak of vidya-wise. However, I did dig up a sizeable batch of other geekin' goodness, with Texas Instruments products dominating the lot. Products like a complete boxed TI-37 Galaxy Solar, a TI-83 Plus, and a couple small mono speakers that put out surprisingly good sound. Also discovered was a Panasonic combo mini-piano/AM radio, a Rokenbok controller pad, and a Radio Shack EC-4051 calculator.

Tuesday 15 April Sweet f*ck all was to be had on this day.

Wednesday 16 April: This all but dead week sprung to life a little when I discovered the first TurboGrafx 16 games I've ever encountered at a thrift: CIB Boxxy Boy and Devil's Crush Pinball for $2.49 each. I even picked up Keith Courage in Alpha Zones, 'cuz it's never a bad idea to have a backup copy of this ultra-rare gem.

I also discovered a couple NES 18-cart shelves for $3.29 each. Each one holds 18 sleeved NES carts. I tried to place the bare NES carts in the case slots, but they were too loose.

Huh-huh-huh, the slots were too loose.

Then I checked to see if my full boxed carts fit in there, but they were too tight.

Heh-heh-heh, yeah, tight slots! FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!

Sleeved carts, however, were just right.

Ohhhh yeeaahhh *UNNNGGGH*

Rounding out the day's scores was a CIB Frogger's Adventures: the Rescue for GameCube and a Duke Nukem: Zero Hour N64 cart with manual for $2.99 each.

Thursday 17 April: Picked up my very first Japanese PS1 titles for $4.99 each, including JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Master of Monsters: Akatsuki no Kenja Tachi, and Torneko no Daibouken 2: Fushigi no Dungeon (AKA Torneko: The Last Hope). I also scored a platinum GBA SP for $8.99, a grab bag of PlayStation promo tchotchkes, and the greatest, most awesomest Star Wars game of all time, Knights of Teras Khasi for the PS1! W00T!

Friday 18 April: Totally dead today.

Saturday 19 April: A light week ended with a nice uptick, as I nabbed a Skylanders Swap Force Wii U starter kit at Toys-R-Us for half price. I picked it up so I'd have the regular versions of Wash Buckler, Blast Zone, and Series 3 Stealth Elf in my collection. I was also curious to try the Wii U version of the game and all the different controller schemes it supports. While I was there I also grabbed an Easter Fryno, and a Series 2 Jet-Vac. I finished my thrifting day when I hit a Goodwill that's not exactly known for good game prices, and was pleasantly surprised to discover the CIB PS1 titles Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX, as well as Resident Evil 2, for just $3.99 each.

Oddball Score of the Week: The Grow Your Own Monsters manual from Scholastic.

The guy on the front cover up there looks kinda familiar, doesn't he? You don't suppose... nahhh, it's just gotta be a weird coincidence. Probably just a case of deja vu... which got progressively stronger with the turn of each page:

Japan is presently planning another Pearl Harbor attack to avenge this outrage... and who can blame them.

Until next week,


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I've got one of those NES storage cases, they work well enough.

Those Koopa Kid rip-offs are surprising. Maybe you should give a quick email to Nintendo.
@Duke.Togo: The weird thing about that is, Scholastic publishes Nintendo-licensed books, like the How-to-Draw guides, the Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages/Seasons Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, and a ton of Pokemon stuff. It doesn't need to be said that it's not a good idea to plagiarize character designs from one of your biggest licensors...
I liked the stuff in the first picture.

....and good job on the Keith Courage!
@nupoile: If you thought THIS calculator haul was impressive, you're gonna love  the next episode of  Seven-Day Score Card.
Week after week you find great stuff.  TG16 games in the wild?  Jello.
That is a whole lot of awesome, Zag.  I'm surprised to see the Scholastic name on that manual.  The obvious rip-off and cheesiness of the character bios puts me in mind of something you would see in British "Dollar Store" analogues (as seen on the Ashens Youtube channel).

T16 games, JPN PS1 games, and great RPGs (and RE 2).  Very awesome.  Looking forward to the next episode.

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