Matt's new consoles: 3DO, Game Gear, N64

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I've been having lots of luck lately with Craig's List, buying up some consoles at cut-throat prices. My strategy is to respond to ads and offer them much less than what they're asking for. For instance, the 3DO was going for $125, I got it for $60. The Game Gear I got for $20 (probably my worst deal yet). The N64 was $35.

All of the units work more or less. The 3DO and N64 work perfectly and were obviously well preserved. The Game Gear is the roughest one; it's obviously got a lot of bad capacitors that need replacement. I've found several websites detailing how to fix it, and it looks doable even for a noob like me (with help from the arts and crafty wife hopefully. I think she's yearning to use a soldering iron on something). It came with a few games, nothing really special except for what looks like a rogue-like. If the capacitor fix turns out to be easy and cheap enough, I could probably make some nice money around here fixing worn out units. I think I will try to at least take snapshots of the process for good or ill.

Even at these low prices, though, I'm busting the bank, so I should probably ease up and enjoy these for awhile before making other purchases. I still need to get an svideo cable thing for the N64 to bring everything up to the level that I can use my TV capture card. Sadly, the N64 is missing some key games, including Wind Waker, Golden Eye, Mario Kart 64, and Perfect Dark. I'm honestly surprised anyone with a N64 didn't own these. I don't know much about Perfect Dark other than it's a "must play," but the other ones are considered must-haves for the system. I do have a bunch of Madden and sports games that I probably won't play much, but it did come with Mario Kart 64, Bug's Life (wife playing now), Turok, Excitebike, and some kind of bowling game that could be fun.

The 3DO has some very interesting stuff that I can't wait to dig into. I got Myst (yeah!), but also a bunch of rail shooters with that wonderfully cheesy FMV that I love so much. I have zero, zilch, nada experience with this platform, so this is really fun exploring what it had (has) to offer. There's also something that looks like either an adventure or RPG game. I'm going to try that next, I think. I really appreciate that it just has a plain ol' svideo out without a damn proprietary adapter like the other ones. I also resented how often consoles try to make every port unique to the unit.

I'd still like to land a few other systems, especially rarer ones like a Turbo-Grafx 16, Saturn, or of course the elusive Jaguar. I'd also love to get my hands on some older computers like an Atari ST or even an Amiga. I did find someone selling a classic Mac, but the price was a bit high for my tastes. I don't want to buy from "collectors," I want to buy from folks who have these things stored in their garages or basements forever and just want to get rid of them for cheap.

We're probably all collectors here, but if anyone does need to clear some space or get rid of duplicates or whatever, let me know. I can probably put it to use.

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Lucky bastards! Hehehe ;-)

They flooded the Dutch market with the B&W models and some folks occidentally got a B&W instead of a color one.

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They never sold the B&W ones

They never sold the B&W ones in the US, Mark. They went straight to the color models here, luckily.

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I hope you got the color edition and not the B&W one!

The device doesn't have a lit screen - it's reflective just like the original Gameboy Advance screen. So playing it out doors or underneath a lightsource is the way to play it.
There have been people doing front lit-mods for the SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color but it is a beast to take apart and you need to wreck a first generation Gameboy Advance SP with the front-lit screen to complete the modification.

LukeMorse1 a US guy working and living in Japan has actually put up two videos on how difficult it is to mod a front-lit screen in there so I guess it is better to leave it as it is. Like I do mine.


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Well, add a really nice SNK

Well, add a really nice SNK Pocket Geo to the mix! I picked one up today with Metal Slug for only $10, and that included a set of batteries and a fresh memory "sub" battery. Woohoo!

The quality on this looks much better than my Game Gear, though that could be other faulty capacitors in that device. This one works great, with good sound, inputs, and display. I really like the D-pad. I'll definitely keep my eye peeled for any games I come across for it.

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I've heard that the Japanese take much better care of their stuff, so a "used" copy there is actually as good if not better than what we'd call "new" or at least "like new."

It's possible, though all the used stuff I got from Japan hasn't necessarily been in better condition than the stuff from other countries.

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

Yeah, as a collector I hate that (though it's certainly not limited to just console games). I try to avoid loose games if at all possible, but sometimes you can't avoid it. Really, getting a loose game is not much of a step up from emulation or using a multi-cart/flash cart. You still get the experience of playing it on the real thing, but no packaging and less of a "feel" still don't give the full effect.

I've heard that the Japanese take much better care of their stuff, so a "used" copy there is actually as good if not better than what we'd call "new" or at least "like new."

Whenever I buy a game I always look at all of them to get the one in the best condition; it bugs me when the boxes are mashed or ragged or so on (of course the store still charges full price regardless). Then I very carefully open them with a sharp knife or scissors and put the box in a safe place. When I am done with the game, I replace everything as I found it and put it on the book shelf. I would greatly appreciate it if more gamers would take such pains.

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Too true
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Yeah, I'm really miffed that I haven't been able to get the N64 games I really want. I've scoured online sources, but it looks like the cheapest I can reasonably hope to score the really choice games is $20-$30 apiece for a loose cartridge. That's just so lame! I'm not in a big hurry or anything, of course, so I can afford to wait awhile to see if anything does come up locally.

What's the deal with no one keeping the boxes and manuals for console games?

Yeah, as a collector I hate that (though it's certainly not limited to just console games). I try to avoid loose games if at all possible, but sometimes you can't avoid it. Really, getting a loose game is not much of a step up from emulation or using a multi-cart/flash cart. You still get the experience of playing it on the real thing, but no packaging and less of a "feel" still don't give the full effect.

As crazy as it sounds, there was a Super NES game I wanted, but I couldn't find it reasonably priced complete, so I bought the box, cartridge and manual separately for far less, to put together a complete copy (it was the updated SNES version of Racing Destruction Set, RPM).

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Yeah, I'm really miffed that

Yeah, I'm really miffed that I haven't been able to get the N64 games I really want. I've scoured online sources, but it looks like the cheapest I can reasonably hope to score the really choice games is $20-$30 apiece for a loose cartridge. That's just so lame! I'm not in a big hurry or anything, of course, so I can afford to wait awhile to see if anything does come up locally.

What's the deal with no one keeping the boxes and manuals for console games?

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Nintendo 64 has slightly blurry video by default

Nintendo N64: Nintendo N64 32x32 pixels The Nintendo 64 uses some sort of bilinear filtering by default that even makes the picture sort of blurry when you've connected it with s-video or rgb video.

Goldeneye 007 is a heck of a first person shooter - it is very much worth taking a look at!

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