Other than that really awesome Saturday of finds I did get some other pretty cool stuff. Some of this is Ebay and forum stuff I bought and traded for, some of it is local game-store stuff I traded for. They all have one thing in common, though; and that is it’s realitvley high rating on the radness scale. Let the games begin.
First up we have a super cool item that I have wanted for a while now. It showed up at a local thrift shop a few weeks ago and for $5 I couldn’t say no. The case was empty, save for a first party rechargeable battery pack for the old Game Boy, but I am not complaining. This thing is in mint condition and it look completely awesome.
I snagged this off of Ebay for a like $7 shipped. It’s obviously a pirate. But of what? A ROM hack of a Rockman game that has new levels, new bosses, and new power-ups!!???!! Well, actually… it just a completely unaltered version of Rockman 6. Am I complaining? Not in the least. It is still about 60% more kick ass then most Famicom pirates.
The whole box is thick, clear plastic and the picture of the GB Pocket on the front is the actual machine showing through the plastic. I also picked this up because I vastly prefer the Pocket over the original brick Game Boy and my other Pocket was scratched to shit. This one is nice and minty fresh.
I snagged this loose copy of Patlabor Mobile Police Force on Ebay for a measly $4 shipped. This game is absolutely fantastic. Kind of a not-as-good-Mega Man side scrolling run and gun game. I would actually like to own this complete now. A $4 very well spent.
Lastly I picked up this beautiful strategy guide for the Japanese version of Persona 3: Fes. I am a big fan of Japanese artbooks and guides because it seems that they put so much more effort into adding a sheen of elegance to their books. Over here, every Brady guide looks exactly the same and reads like it was pieced together from a stock template. Take for instance, the dust cover on this P3: Fes guide. It has a faux-aged leather texture to it. It also has a paper band that goes around that (kind of like a spine card for books). The artwork underneath the dust jacket is equally striking and awesome:
The book just gets better when you start leafing through the pages. The attention to detail, the layout and design, the artwork; everything is top notch.
I don’t talk about newer games very much on this blog, but I will confirm that I am absolutely gay for the Persona series. I am slowly amassing a complete Persona collection. The only North American released game I missing is Persona 2… it’s just so damn expensive! Anyway, below is a picture of my Persona shrine (still in progress).