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Posted on May 3rd 2012 at 06:37:49 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Tuesdays, Sega, Genesis, Skylanders, Kid Icarus

Hey now, everybody!

Sorry it took me so long to get to the second installment. Sadly, the last several Tuesday hauls haven't amounted to-- well, I'll let the late motivational speaker Matt Foley say it (at the 9-second mark):

God, I miss Chris Farley...

...but not nearly as much as David Spade's career does.

But I digress. Things really turned around for me on the first three Tuesdays of April:

April 3rd

-   InterAct 5-input AV selector switch box,  $3.99

CIB (unless noted otherwise) Sega Genesis games for $2.10 each:
-   Crue Ball
-   Rings of Power
-   McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure
-   Shadow of the Beast II
-   Haunting, Starring Poulterguy
-   King's Bounty: The Conqueror's Quest
(no manual)
-   Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

Rounding out the day's retro haul were the following loose carts for $1.99 each:
-   Spy Hunter (NES)
-   Super Mario Kart (SNES)
-   Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)
-   The Adventures of Might Max (SGen) (I only bought this one 'cuz I dug the label art)
-   Pac-Attack (Game Gear)
-   Pinball Dreams (Game Gear)
-   Super Mario Land 2 (Game Boy)
-   Wario Land: SML 3 (Game Boy)
-   Pokemon Blue (Game Boy)

I also grabbed a copy of the Prima strategy guide for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic...

...only to discover I already had a copy in my collection. (I definitely hafta look into this smart-phone-app thing so I can keep track of what I have)

Finally, there was the brandy-new triple-pack of Skylanders figures. I'm kinda ashamed to admit it, but... I'm really diggin' that silly game. I finally get the whole "Gotta catch 'em all!" philosophy of Pokemon, 'cuz I gotta have all of the Skylanders figures and adventure packs. And I'm almost there...

April 10th

-   Pelican Arcade Fighter Fully Analog Joystick for PS2, $3.99
-   Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP), $1.95
-   Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Greatest hits)(PSP),  $1.95
-   $4.99 grab bag with a CIB copy of BrainAge for the DS, Sonic 2 and Sonic Chaos Game Gear carts, and Super Mario Land 2 Game Boy cart

The local Salvation Army had 3-cart bundles of N64 games for $7.99 a bundle, and I picked out three of interest, which included:
-   Super Mario 64
-   Mario Kart 64
-   WWE WrestleMania 2000
-   Madden 2001
-   Super Smash Bros
-   Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
-   South Park
-   007: The World is Not Enough
-   Charlie Blast's Territory

April 17th

The day started with the acquisition of several loose Sega Genesis carts for $1.99 each:
-   Castlevania: Bloodlines
-   Tinhead
-   Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits
-   Joe & Mac
-   Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition

Then continued with:

-   The Bard's Tale (PS2)
-   Devil May Cry 2 (PS2)
-   Pro Pinball: Big Race USA (PS1)
-   M&Ms Shell Shocked! (PS1)
-   G-Loc: Air Battle (Game Gear)
-   Predator 2 (Game Gear)
-   Dragon Crystal[/i] (Game Gear)
-   Defender/Joust[/i] (GB)
-      Dreamcast with AV cord
-      Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (CIB)(SGen)

I also acquired a chunk of new stuff, starting with the arrival of the Kid Icarus: Uprising I ordered from Amazon.

Later in the day, I took advantage of a Best Buy Skylanders promotion, where I received an exclusive Volcanic Vault piece after buying the frustratingly rare Dragon's Peak adventure pack, and a Wrecking Ball figure.
I made my final purchase of the day at the Toys R Us across the parking lot from the Best Buy. I didn't intend to buy anything, just browse. But then I saw that the latest ish of Nintendo Power included a set of AR cards for Kid Icarus: Uprising. It became the first non-back-issue Nintendo Power I've  ever bought. Sheesh-- first it's Skylanders with the figurines, and now it's the new Kid Icarus with the freakin' cards. They really know how to reel me in, lemme tell ya.

Eh, just thinking about it is way too depressing. Time to switch gears and move on to...

... The TL;DR Sidebar!
-   The biggest missed opportunity of the week-- or three weeks, rather: I was at a brand-new Goodwill when I noticed a customer had a boxed Sonic 2 edition Sega Genesis console in his cart, with the box in excellent condition, priced at $14.99.

-   Then there's the biggest crack-smoker of the week, which goes to the thrift store that prices up its used video games so ridiculously high, the people in charge of pricing have to be smoking crack. This (dis)honor goes to the Mountain View Goodwill, which was asking $20.99 each for its CIB PSP games... most of which no longer sell for that much brand-new! They also had several loose UMDs that they were trying to move out for $6.99 each.

I'll leave you with a few thoughts from a truly visionary fan of interactive entertainment. Sadly, outside of Japan, his vision remains largely unfulfilled to this day.  Please note that, while the crude illustrations that accompany the audio are safe for work, the audio itself is another story. So be sure to have your headphones at the ready for...

Until next time-- whenever that might be...


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