December 8th, 2013

TJ & E Jammin

Game shopping quick guide

Since I could not for the life of me figure out how to post a journal entry on Facebook, I will post this here for my own reference as well as for anyone looking at my Amazon wishlist. This is just a quick list of the video games for old systems I should look for when I'm out looking for old games. If anyone is viewing this from my Amazon wish list, let me break down a few things. One, you don't have to buy these games from Amazon. Often times you can find them cheaper in used game stores, thrift stores and flea markets, or just from people selling things at garage sales and the like. As all these games are old, they should be "used". Don't buy games from this list marked as new. Games this old being sold as "new" makes it an expensive collectors item. Secondly, I do not collect game boxes, so don't bother looking for those. Games in the box are often way more expensive than loose carts. If it's advertised as "CiB" (complete in box) or ""NiB" (new in box) ignore it unless it's dirt cheap. Thirdly, some of these games are harder to find than others. I have marked some of them (uncommon) or (rare) for my own reference. Since this is my own list, not every game I have marked this way is actually hard to find. This is simply to denote to myself that the price is higher for these games. For example, Super Mario 2 is an easy game to find in stores, but its price is higher than that of other easy-to-find games. Since I am a casual collector, most of the games I have listed here are VERY common and should not exceed more than 10 dollars. Every game I collect I do so for personal reasons. Because I have memories of the game or because I want to play them again or for the first time. None of the games I have listed should EVER be purchased for more than $30 USD, as that is my cut-off price for a single game, and even that is a hard price to justify. The games I have marked "rare" will obviously be more expensive than ones marked "uncommon" on average. For games that were released on multiple systems, my preferred system is Sega Genesis, because it is the system I grew up with. This works out, as Genesis games tend to be cheaper on average than their SNES counterparts. Lastly, if anyone reading this owns any of these games and would like to sell or get rid of some of them, leave a comment or email me! ( I will edit this list as needed.

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