Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Proud Pickup: Super Metroid

It's not quite a yard sale find where I paid $1 and skipped merrily back to my car, but it's still a good find and a great deal.  A guy I've chatted with in a video game collecting chat... thing.. has his own online shop, Thundercards.com.  Trust me, it's not weird.  I chat with lots of strange guys on the internet and I click on all the links they send me.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Highlighting My Gems: Die Hard (NES)


What makes a game a gem in my collection?  Monetary value.  That's really all.  Whether or not it's fun is sadly secondary.  No one would break into my house to steal a game that was fun but they might break in to steal one worth plenty of money.

Regrettably, I don't have a ton of valuable NES games in my collection; but, one I do have of value is Die Hard made by Activision based on the 1988 blockbuster Bruce Willis flick.  I picked this game up for $1 at a local yard sale back in 2013 and at the time I wasn't real sure of its worth.

I remember it like it was yesterday.  My girl and I pulled up to this non-flattering abode with a number of tables out in the front yard.  I walked up to one of the tables and was delighted to see a bevvy of video game cartridges laying there.  I asked how much and the fella said "Dollar for these," pointing to a number of NES and SNES games and "Ten dollars for these," as he pointed to a second group of games.  "'Ese ones here have Mario in'em so they're worth more," he said, referring to the second pile.

I took everything he had.  There were many more deals in this grab that I'll highlight in later posts but one of the games in the dollar pile was Die Hard.  Excited, I strutted back to the car with my armload of loot, dumped them into the backseat and pulled out my phone. I typed "D I E  H A R D" into the Video Game Price Charts app.   FIFTY DOLLARS!? WOOHOO!  A little less than two years later the game can be fetched for about $70!  A collector's perfect day out.

So, why is Die Hard, a movie tie-in game, worth so much dough?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Collecting NES: Why are Taito games so expensive?


As a kid who loved video games, I absolutely did not care or take notice of what companies made which games I played.  I’m guessing most of you probably didn’t either.  Now, as a grown up and collector, it’s easy to take notice of which companies are associated with the better games.  Nintendo games made by Nintendo generally are of high quality in terms of both depth and fun so it’s understandable why many games published by Nintendo for their own systems, though not always rare, are still difficult to find cheap.  Franchises like Zelda, Kirby, Metroid, and of course Mario are the flag wavers for the mainstream market of video games across all platforms.  They’ve gone from fun loving characters to enormous company mascots.
Figure 2: Mario as Nintendo's mascot