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: http://psnprofiles.com/The__Noid...
. 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:
- Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt
- Adventure Island
- Adventure Island 3
- Adventure Island II
- Adventures of Dino Riki
- Bad News Baseball
- Batman: The Video Game
- Blaster Master
- Bubble Bobble
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Disney's
- Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum
- Deadly Towers
- Déjà Vu
- Double Dragon
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones
- Dr. Mario
- Dragon Power
- Dragon Warrior
- Dragon Warrior II
- DuckTales, Disney's
- Elevator Action
- Felix the Cat
- Final Fantasy
- Fox's Peter Pan & The Pirates: The Revenge of Captain Hook
- Friday the 13th
- Gremlins 2: The New Batch
- Guerrilla War
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [Taito]
- Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II
- Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf
- Joe & Mac
- Kabuki: Quantum Fighter
- Kid Icarus
- Legend of Zelda
- Legendary Wings
- Little Nemo: The Dream Master
- Mickey Mousecapade
- Muppet Adventure: Chaos at the Carnival, Jim Henson's
- NES Open Tournament Golf
- Ninja Gaiden
- Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
- Rainbow Islands
- Sesame Street: ABC/123
- Simpsons: Bart Vs. the Space Mutants
- Snake's Revenge
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- TaleSpin, Disney's
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game
- Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland
- Tom & Jerry: The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse!
- Totally Rad
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- WWF WrestleMania
- Yo! Noid
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link