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(Douglas Glover)

Ontario (Toronto)
Joined : 01/21/2017 / Visited: 03/29/2017
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February 05, 2017
Intro to my blog - Journey to a set of Licensed NES carts!

Hello! I do hope that I am doing this blog nonsense right. First up I want to introduce myself a bit, and lay out my plan for the blog, and by extension, my adventure to collecting all of the licensed NES games.

I am a web developer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and I have played games my whole life. I was born in the summer of 1988 and was happily playing games at a very young age, putting me close to the end of the NES era, but still inside it enough that most of my childhood memories of games revolve around it. My first ever game was pretty typical - Super Mario Bros., but I'll never forget the first game I obtained for myself - Final Fantasy! Endless hours as a kid were spent on my adventure to defeating Chaos and the elemental lords. Many a night I'd wait for my parents to fall asleep and sneak out to the living room to play. Good times were had, at least when I wasn't getting caught!

Fast forward to 2016, and you'll find that the grown up me is just a wee bit obsessed with trophies on the Playstation Network. You can see my account here: Suffice it to say that with 16,000+ trophies across 900+ games, I played a lot of Playstation. But the last few years something has been slowly eating away at me, I've not been enjoying games near as much! It's sad but true. In the end, it really came down that it stopped being a fun hobby, and turned into an obsession. If I wasn't earning trophies I was wasting my time. This toxic thinking is definitely not how I want to be anymore, I want to go back to who I used to be, someone who played games for the pure enjoyment of it. And that's a big part of why I'm here now! Whenever I think back to "when I used to have fun playing games", the common thread is always simple - Nintendo! I've always found that the purest of gaming fun has always been on a Nintendo console for me.

Now that I am an adult with a steady income (as well as some knowledge on how "flipping" works, having taken advantage of doing so in the past), I am getting back into the collecting game. I used to have around 200 or so NES games, many of them (now) rare and valuable, but unfortunately they were all stolen a number of years ago. I have slowly picked back up games over the years, and am now at around 80 NES titles in my collection. I am ready to get to buying and selling on ebay once again, in the hopes of collecting a full licensed NES set without spending TOO much out of pocket.

That brings me to the point of this blog. I plan to make monthly, and sometimes more frequent, updates to my collecting. I will be posting here what I've purchased online, what I've traded, and overall keeping track of both the money going out, and the money coming in, from flipping games. The way I plan to grow my collection is to buy "lots" of games, typically those with games I already own in them, plus some I do not. By doing this I will be able to "flip" the games I already own (while keeping the better condition carts for myself), to either make my money back, or potentially even make profit, while also walking away with some new games added to my collection!

To start it off, I will now provide a list of my NES games today, prior to purchasing any "lots" on ebay. As I buy lots, I will list the total amount I paid (including shipping, import fees, etc.), as well as which games I already own, and the value I expect to make back from those.

Here is my list of (licensed) games today:
  1. Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt
  2. Adventure Island
  3. Adventure Island 3
  4. Adventure Island II
  5. Adventures of Dino Riki
  6. Astyanax
  7. Bad News Baseball
  8. Batman: The Video Game
  9. Blaster Master
  10. Bubble Bobble
  11. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Disney's
  12. Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum
  13. Deadly Towers
  14. Déjà Vu
  15. Double Dragon
  16. Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  17. Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones
  18. Dr. Mario
  19. Dragon Power
  20. Dragon Warrior
  21. Dragon Warrior II
  22. DuckTales, Disney's
  23. Elevator Action
  24. Felix the Cat
  25. Final Fantasy
  26. Fox's Peter Pan & The Pirates: The Revenge of Captain Hook
  27. Friday the 13th
  28. Gradius
  29. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  30. Guerrilla War
  31. Gyruss
  32. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [Taito]
  33. Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II
  34. Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf
  35. Jaws
  36. Joe & Mac
  37. Kabuki: Quantum Fighter
  38. Kid Icarus
  39. Legend of Zelda
  40. Legendary Wings
  41. Little Nemo: The Dream Master
  42. Metroid
  43. Mickey Mousecapade
  44. Muppet Adventure: Chaos at the Carnival, Jim Henson's
  45. NES Open Tournament Golf
  46. Ninja Gaiden
  47. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
  48. Paperboy
  49. Rainbow Islands
  50. S.C.A.T.
  51. Sesame Street: ABC/123
  52. Simpsons: Bart Vs. the Space Mutants
  53. Snake's Revenge
  54. Super Mario Bros.
  55. Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt
  56. Super Mario Bros. 3
  57. TaleSpin, Disney's
  58. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  59. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game
  60. Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland
  61. Tom & Jerry: The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse!
  62. Totally Rad
  63. Trog!
  64. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  65. WWF WrestleMania
  66. Yo! Noid
  67. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link