Anyway, I'll let the pictures I snapped tell the tale of this awesomeness that is my collecting hobby.
|4 Jan 2018 - Just a few fairly cheap pickups from the local GameStop...|
|4 Mar 2018 - More pickups from GameStop and an HDMI cable for the original XBOX that I got from Amazon.|
It works great. HIGHLY recommended for that platform.
|17 Mar 2018 - A few strange and random items that I got from a warehouse raid.|
Now to find R.O.B. and all of his other accessories...
|20 Mar 2018 - DOOM came from Amazon. The 360 games were given to me by a friend who no longer wanted them.|
And finally, the best acquisition so far this year with regard to retro stuff... And a lot of random old Atari & Nintendo items...
|FINALLY!!! I have a CVIS console to play all those old carts for the system that I have acquired over the years in boxes of old Atari cartridges!!!|
I look forward to cleaning up all of that stuff I got yesterday (March 22nd) and making it all an official part of my massive collection. :)
ADDENDUM 1 Apr 2018
I have gone through most of the stuff from that warehouse raid on March 22nd. The Super NES, Genesis and 4 of the 9 Atari 2600 cartridges don't work right, if at all. Everything else works fine so far. I still haven't tested that Atari 2600 console and the controllers that came with it yet. I tested the carts on the Atari 7800 that I keep set up to the CRT in my game room.
The NES was the test subject in my first experiment with Retrobright. It was a raging success. There have been (and will continue to be) further experiments in Retrobright techniques with other consoles.
|It was nice to have another Mad Science experiment to conduct. I haven't had one in a long while.|
However, they did still have a few of these Plug'N'Play toys. And even at their reduced clearance sale prices, Amazon was STILL cheaper. And that kids, despite whatever management tried to do, is why Toys'R'Us is going away. My inner child mourns the loss.
|RIP Toys'R'Us... *sniff*|
|Right in the Feels... :(|
ADDENDUM 10 Apr 2018
I had yet another raid of that warehouse on April 2nd, and had yet another bountiful harvest. There wasn't as much hardware this time, though. Here's the pictures...
|All the Nintendo controllers worked. The PS2 controllers don't yet.|
They probably need to be disassembled and cleaned on the inside.
Here's the list of what we got in that raid on April 2nd...
Curious George (GameCube)
Mario Bros. (NES, doesn't work)
NES MAX Controller
NES RF Switch
3 SNES Controllers
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, loose disc)
Super Scope 6 w/o IR receiver or targeting reticule.
The Orange Box
Game Gear (Doesn't work)
Genesis Model 1
GP Rider (GameGear)
1 PS1/2 controller extension cable w/ IR receiver
2 PS1 Memory cards
2 PS2 Controllers (Don't work)
(NOTE: ALL are loose discs.)
AirForce Delta Storm
Dead or Alive 3
Spider-Man: The Movie
Superman: The Man of Steel
Fight Night Round 4
Madden 11 (Loose)
1 DELL USB Ball Mouse (Untested)
Jakk's Pacific TV Games: Pac-Man (Plug'N'Play)
Unopened Digital Micro SD shell/USB thumb drive
Unopened set of high-quality RCA Composite cables
Also, I did another Retrobright experiment on a Super NES of mine over the Easter holiday. This time, I tried the liquid submersion method. Here are the mixed results...
As we can see in the picture above, the top piece came out looking brand new and the bottom needed a little more work. I applied the cream and saran wrap method from the first experiment to get that bottom piece looking good again. Now, I just need to spend a few minutes re-assembling that SNES console since it actually works... And putting new rubber feet on the bottom ... And cleaning the melted rubber off the case with some Rubbing Alcohol, Mineral Spirits, M.E.K. or something...
Also, I did finally get around to testing that SEARS Tele-Games version of the Atari 2600 Light Sixer that I got from the previous warehouse raid. It doesn't work. However, I can use it for parts. I have another Light Sixer that does work, but needs new switches. Assuming that SEARS didn't change the hardware design in some way, the switches from the dead unit should work. (Editor's Note: I did fix that Light Sixer that needed new switches with the busted SEARS unit. You can read about that here.)
ADDENDUM 12 May 2018
Saw a Craigslist ad for a local coin & collectibles shop looking to liquidate their video game and home video stock. EVERYTHING was 50% off. Went there today and picked up a few nice things...
|Not bad for $52.13, including tax...|
Hardware & Accessories
SEGA Saturn Mk I controllers (2)
Carrying case for Nintendo DS consoles
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2)
Crash Nitro Kart (PS2, Loose disc.)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA, Loose cartridge and manual.)
Namco Museum (XBOX)
Unreal Tournament (PS2)
Video Olympics (Atari 2600)
Wipeout Fusion (PS2)
ADDENDUM 24 May 2018
Recently updated my Raspberry Pi emulation console for the first time in 2 years. It now runs RetroPie v4.4 and has 576 games (so far) for various 8, 16, 32 & 64-Bit platforms. Those systems include...
- Atari 2600
- Atari 5200
- Atari 7800
- Atari Lynx
- Nintendo Entertainment System
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System
- Nintendo 64
- Nintendo Game Boy
- Nintendo Game Boy Color
- Nintendo Game Boy Advance
- SEGA Game Gear
- SEGA Genesis
- SEGA Genesis 32X
- SEGA CD
- PC Engine (aka TurboGrafx-16)
- Sony PlayStation
- Vectrex (The real thing is likely to be MUCH better.)
I've also put it in a new case that looks like the 'Toaster model' of the NES console, released in North America circa 1985. There are 2 pics below. Even the power and reset buttons are functional. :)
Still need to figure out how to install some of the still unstable emulators so I can run games from the SEGA Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube and Atari Jaguar. Especially Jaguar... And figure out how to install the fairly stable emulators for the Atari 8-Bit and ST computers.
Anyway, here's 2 pics of the Raspberry Pi emulation console in its new NESPi case...
|This thing literally fits in the palm of my hand...|
|Open the 'cartridge door' and you find more USB ports and an Ethernet jack.|
4-player games and networking should not be a problem for this device.
ADDENDUM 20 Jun 2018
Found out the same company that made the HDMI cable for the original XBOX also made one for the SEGA Dreamcast. I ordered one from Amazon immediately and it works as advertised. It will let you play your Dreamcast on a modern HDTV with HDMI inputs. However, it won't do anything to upscale the graphics. It just gives you the option of running the console on a modern TV instead of an old CRT monitor. Since I don't have any room in the entertainment center for the HDTV in my game room (and the lack of any graphics up-scaling), I will leave my Dreamcast set up on the CRT monitor right now.
Also, I finally got around to ordering some of those tin signs based on old arcade game marquees that I found on Amazon ages ago. They are not even close to being the same size as the actual marquees, but that's not what they are meant to do. At a size of 3 7/8" x 10 1/2", they are strictly for decoration. I'm still not sure where to put them on my walls in the game room, but I will figure something out. Here's a pic of the items in question...
|The decor in the game room definitely needs a few upgrades. These tin signs should help.|
ADDENDUM 29 Jun 2018
Recently got another Atari T-Shirt from Wal-Mart while doing some nighttime shopping for groceries. Here's a photo of the aforementioned shirt...
|It looks better in person...|
- Arcade Game Series: Ms. Pac-Man
- Axiom Verge
- Ballistic Tanks
- Dimension Drive
- Riptide GP2
- Star Trek: 25th Anniversary
- Star Trek: Judgment Rites
ADDENDUM 6 Jul 2018
Bought 2 new art pieces for the Game Room & a Baseball cap with the NES controller on the front from Target yesterday. I went there to see if they might have a NES Classic Edition since they were re-released on June 29th. Of course, they didn't have any left and had no idea when more would be coming in stock. Amazon doesn't have them either. No surprises there... :/ Good thing that I already have 22 (maybe 23) of the 30 games that Nintendo put on that small device... And an emulator console made out of a Raspberry Pi that's in a small case that looks just like the NES... Muhuhahahahaha...
Anyway, here's the pic of the stuff I got yesterday...
|As if the game room didn't already have enough Mario posters...|
Still not at all sure where these new art assets are going to be placed. However, I did put up those arcade signs that I got last month, along with various others that I already had. Also framed a few more pictures and posters for the walls too. I don't know when I'm going to do another Game Room tour, but that tour will be pretty sweet. The room will have a LOT more features in it than it did with the last tour video that was released on 5 January 2017.
Also, I decided to spend the cash that I had on the Nintendo eShop today by getting some digital games I've been meaning to get... And two that were free downloads...
ADDENDUM 20 Jul 2018
Recently added Tempest 4000 to the Steam collection, now that Atari has FINALLY released it on that platform. Haven't played it yet, but it seems to be using the same soundtrack as Tempest 2000 on the Atari Jaguar. If you've never heard that soundtrack, I strongly suggest you check it out. It is some of the best Electronica/Techno/Game Music that you will ever hear.
Also, I have added a few components to my desktop, enabling me to play some of the best PC games that Steam has to offer. Here's a picture of the items in question, along with a very special book that will aid me in one of my future mad science projects...
Anyway, I think that new video card & power supply were money well spent. The DVI-to-VGA adapter I ordered from Amazon turned out to be the wrong one. I need DVI-D for the video card and that thing is DVI-I. Fortunately, the local Best Buy had a HDMI-to-VGA adapter that solved my issue here. Now I can continue to use both of the screens I have been using on my PC here for the last 2 years. Also, if you don't have multiple screens for your desktop, I strongly advise you to get more. It's nice having multiple windows/programs/browsers open without them overlapping each other. Also, get yourself a free program called GoScreen. It will allow you to have 4 different desktops on your PC screen. It's quite helpful when you want to move stuff out of the way and DON'T want your taskbar to be really cluttered.
ADDENDUM 31 Jul 2018
Upgraded my copy of Sonic Mania on my Nintendo Switch to Sonic Mania Plus. Also bought Arcade Archives: Punch-Out! and Enter the Gungeon.
ADDENDUM 23 Sep 2018
I've been VERY busy as of late with school, getting a new car, et al. So, that's why I'm mentioning this about a month after the fact. On August 16th, I discovered that the NES Classic and SNES Classic were both going on sale exclusively for Prime members a few days later. As you would expect, I pre-ordered them that very moment. This was the very first time that I've ever pre-ordered anything from Amazon, despite having an account there since 2006. They arrived about a week later.
|Kind of annoyed that the box for the NES Classic got beat up in shipping, but it's not a big deal.|
I bought these two plug'n'plat consoles to actually play them. Not just display them on a shelf...
|Both of these devices are really tiny...|
|One of the VERY few instances where you can say that good things come in a small package and it will actually be true... ;)|
I've also pre-ordered something very special from Best Buy that was going to be shipped and/or delivered on September 25th, but it got pushed back to October 16th. Oh well... :/
However, it will be a rather spectacular addition to my collection when it does arrive and I've put it together. What kind of game-related purchase will I have to assemble myself? The parts to a new gaming PC? No.... A piece of furniture? Well... Kinda. Actually, no. Not really a piece of furniture. However, it does involve a cabinet of sorts... *evil grin and mad scientist laughter*...
I'm not going to say what this purchase is or give anymore hints. All I am going to say is that it fills a gap that my game room has had since its inception in 2015 and at a fairly low price. Stay Tuned.
ADDENDUM 22 Oct 2018
On 16 Oct 2018, my game room reached a new milestone. After years of trying to acquire one, I finally have an arcade cabinet.
I pre-ordered an Aracde1up cabinet from Best Buy over a month ago. It's the 12-in-1 Atari cabinet. It has at least 7 of my favorite Atari arcade games and a few others that I don't have any strong feelings about whatsoever.
Here's the game list:
Adventures of Major Havoc
Here's a pic...
|It's actually a little larger than it looks...|
We still have more than 2 months left of this year. There's no telling what else I might get between now and January 1st. We have Christmas and Steam winter sales coming soon. I think I'll go light on both of them this year, spending no more than $200 at most. And I expect most of that to be on Nintendo Switch titles.