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  • asha 18 Sep 2012 00:14:22 1,991 posts
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    Have you bought any retro games recently? Where do you usually go to find them? And what's the best retro bargain you've ever found?

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  • RobTheBuilder 18 Sep 2012 00:24:36 6,521 posts
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    My bother once bought a U-thingy infra red controller for the NES for about 50p.
    Useless piece of junk but I bet there are very few of them about.
  • Psiloc 24 Jan 2013 08:41:31 1,470 posts
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    Tat shops are the best, followed by car boots, then pawn shops, then charity shops. You might occasionally see shops specialising in retro games but while you ought to see a decent selection you should expect to pay ebay prices, especially if the shop looks high-rent.

    The holy grail is the "used game shop". Distinct to retro shops, they try to sell modern games (but used, obviously) and see their retro selection as a problem that needs to be solved. You'll usually see stuff like "50p for any game that comes on a cartridge", which means you're getting a bargain whatever you buy. If you spot a rare in these shops you've instantly made a huge profit. Charity shops are always cheap but they often turn away (or worse, throw away) anything older than PS1.

    No mainstream game shops sell anything worth a damn. Gamestation used to be awesome for retro and collectibles but then GAME bought them out and promptly removed everything that made them unique (before killing it off. Cheers for that!).

    Ebay is what it is. If you want a specific game you go here, but you'll pay exactly what it's worth or more plus postage. Bargains are super rare, and it's nowhere near as fun, but you'll usually find what you want.

    My best bargain was Mega Man 1 for 50p. Not the rarest game in my collection at all but in terms of value for money it's at the top I think. Got Truxton for the same price too :).

    Glad I could help!
  • quadfather 24 Jan 2013 08:51:14 12,312 posts
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    What Psiloc says really. You have to get lucky but car boots are surprisingly good. I help to host an indoor one each month and only last week someone dropped off a Sega master system.

    My bargain has got to be a fully working snes (pal) with 2 controllers, and about 7 games. Sf2, Mario kart + world included for 3 quid :)

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  • Deleted user 24 January 2013 09:00:04
    Have had loads of bargain from carboot sales.

    Some of the best were boxed Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy 2 SNES games for 50p each , a brand new NTSC SNES for £7 and a big bag of about 30 N64 games for a tenner.

    You have to go there early though just as sellers are arriving. Stopped going now though as 1) I didnt like getting up that early on a Sunday and 2) it does make you feel like a bit of an arse.
  • Psiloc 25 Jan 2013 19:50:52 1,470 posts
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    Wow, and I thought I'd found some decent deals. Gonna have to hit more car boots I think.

    /paid £30 for Final Fantasy 2 >:(
  • danathjo 9 Feb 2013 10:13:41 7,404 posts
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    On my search for a Snes i've come across this retro gaming site/shop based in Streatham/South London
    http://www.retrogamebase.co.uk/index.asp
    Looks similar to Ebay prices but they offer quite a lot of stuff I haven't been able to find that easily elsewhere...this is not a plant btw just a fyi :)

    My question though is has anyone used a retro duo machine?
    http://www.retrogamebase.co.uk/retroduo-console---snesnes-silverblack-45-p.asp

    Just wondering if anyone has got one/recommend it?

    edit: and wireless snes controllers?
    http://www.retrogamebase.co.uk/snes-wireless-24ghz-controller-113-p.asp
    Yes please! All this is blowing my tiny little mind :) PS4 coming soon? Pffttt whatever!

    Edited by danathjo at 16:03:37 10-02-2013
  • quadfather 21 Mar 2013 10:03:22 12,312 posts
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    Bump

    Thought I'd use this thread instead of cluttering up the place.

    So I have cleared my attic up and found my dreamcast and snes. I'm getting rid of the DC, but after firing up super metroid on the snes, I'm keeping that.

    So I was looking at the games I've got -

    Super Mario World
    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's doo-dah
    Donkey Kong Country 1, 2 and 3
    Super Mario Cart
    Super Metroid
    Street Fighter 2 turbo (Boxed!)

    So it's a pretty good start and have been having lots of fun on SF2 and Metroid

    But now I'm looking for other snes games to pick up

    I like fighting, platforms and 'things like metroid', but are there a some golden oldies that I should pick up - I have forgotten my snes days

    Is golden axe and stuff like that available?

    I'm going to google it etc, but I'd be interested in your thoughts for some decent snes games

    psn quaddy456, Dark Souls tips

  • voden 22 Mar 2013 02:49:36 65 posts
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    I would say Super Castlevania 4 and Super Ghouls n Ghosts are a good place to start for platformers. Castlevania 4 commands a decent price these days though for a PAL copy, about £40 for a loose cart. It's worth every penny though, fantastic game.

    If you like shmups I would recommend UN Squadron, R type 3, Super Aleste and Axelay.
  • quadfather 22 Mar 2013 09:52:53 12,312 posts
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    Cheers. Funny you should say that - I looked at a "Top 100 snes games" and Castlevania IV caught my eye. And you're not wrong, it's pretty expensive, but I'm keeping my eye out.

    I've got Super ghouls and ghosts on wii-ware, but I wouldn't mind the cartridge. £25-£30 for a boxed copy.

    And your shmups list looks good - I'll have a butchers

    Nice one

    I'm also going to visit a retro shop in Manchester soon - will see what they have too

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  • lordofthedunce 22 Mar 2013 11:03:19 377 posts
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    I can recommend Contra 3, UN Squadron, Turtles 4 (bit pricey but good), Legend of the Mystical Ninja and Super Smash TV (such a great port).
  • A_FAN 22 Mar 2013 11:16:19 3 posts
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    i usually find if i play retro/old games from my youth it just ruins the memory as they are never as good as i remember.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 22 Mar 2013 11:16:20 9,884 posts
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    Super Tennis!
  • voden 22 Mar 2013 11:39:38 65 posts
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    @A_FAN I find that most 16 bit games that I loved back then I still love today. 2d game play holds up rather well in my opinion.
  • quadfather 22 Mar 2013 11:42:24 12,312 posts
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    Agreed - when I fired up super metroid I was ready to be disappointed.

    3 hours later, I had to take a break for 5 mins to have a fag

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  • RobTheBuilder 22 Mar 2013 11:43:49 6,521 posts
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    @quadfather Unirally - brilliant underrated game
    Parodius
    Axelay
  • quadfather 22 Mar 2013 11:46:10 12,312 posts
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    Cheers guys - I need to make a list now :)

    psn quaddy456, Dark Souls tips

  • Blerk Moderator 22 Mar 2013 11:46:55 48,225 posts
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    You're not likely to get Golden Axe for the SNES, incidentally. With it being a Sega game and all. :)
  • RobTheBuilder 22 Mar 2013 12:14:45 6,521 posts
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    Related question.
    Does anyone know where you can get a PS2 compatible RGB lead please?
  • quadfather 22 Mar 2013 12:15:05 12,312 posts
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    Yeah, I've realised that now - I was just a bit excited earlier :-)

    Heh, Super Smash TV! - totally forgot about that though. Looks like I can get that for around a tenner

    Edited by quadfather at 12:17:43 22-03-2013

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  • quadfather 22 Mar 2013 13:30:41 12,312 posts
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    Blimey, I didn't realise you could get The Chaos Engine for the snes! Slightly different music on the character screen and level 1, but apart from that it looks pretty good.

    Got my eye on Mortal Kombat 2 as well as Castlevania IV - hope they don't go too high

    psn quaddy456, Dark Souls tips

  • Blerk Moderator 22 Mar 2013 13:47:42 48,225 posts
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    Chaos Engine SNES is great, easily my favourite version.
  • quadfather 22 Mar 2013 13:51:27 12,312 posts
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    It does look really good I have to say. Just youtubed a bit. Might have to get that I think. There's one on ebay for £3 with 3 hours to go.

    I've got it on an amiga emulator and it works ok-ish (screen res is a bit weird, and it's weirder still playing with a 360 controller), but I think I'd prefer a proper version if you know what I mean.

    Sigh, the idea of clearing out the dreamcast and the snes in the attic was to sell the damn things, not rekindle and fuel another snes nostalgia trip!

    Ah well, some things die hard

    psn quaddy456, Dark Souls tips

  • quadfather 22 Mar 2013 13:54:49 12,312 posts
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    NBA Jam! My oh my, I *need* that!

    psn quaddy456, Dark Souls tips

  • mal 22 Mar 2013 16:05:32 22,611 posts
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    Most of the bitmap bros games got SNES ports, didn't they?

    I'd second the recommendation for Parodius as a great shooter by the way, but bear in mind the PC Engine version is the definitive console version IMO.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • RobTheBuilder 22 Mar 2013 16:22:29 6,521 posts
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    @mal I still have the Japanese SNES version of Paradious :)
  • Cappy 22 Mar 2013 22:17:07 11,972 posts
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    mal wrote:
    Most of the bitmap bros games got SNES ports, didn't they?
    The ones that made it over got split between the SNES and Sega systems so you need multiple consoles to play a good spread of the Bitmap's games on the real thing.

    Speedball was on the Master System, the sequel Speedball 2 was on the Master System and Megadrive, a pretty good version despite the reduced colour depth.

    The Megadrive and Master System got Xenon 2, whilst the SNES of course got Chaos Engine.

    The SNES and Megadrive both got Gods and Soldier of Fortune.

    Magic Pockets never got a console port, I don't think anybody missed it. The one that should have been ported but wasn't is Cadaver.

    Edited by Cappy at 22:20:08 22-03-2013
  • RobTheBuilder 22 Mar 2013 22:18:42 6,521 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    Related question.
    Does anyone know where you can get a PS2 compatible RGB lead please?
    Quoted in hope...!
  • Cappy 22 Mar 2013 22:24:45 11,972 posts
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    Surely they still sell PS2 leads online, Amazon for instance?

    On the high street you might have some luck in one of those seedy places like Cash Converters, they usually have a box or two of e-junk which consists of old controllers and leads.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 22 Mar 2013 22:26:31 9,884 posts
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    @RobTheBuilder Do you mean one of these? http://www.sourcingmap.com/video-audio-rgb-component-cable-5wire-for-ps2-ps3-p-25591.html

    Or this? http://bit.ly/11tAHtj
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