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SNES Game Collecting (Tips, discussion, and info for like minded collectors)

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Im gonna watch this just to see how flippin insane it gets.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Earthbound-Super-Mario-RPG-Lufia-Illusion-Of-Gaia-SNES-Lot-Cart-Only-/261168492148?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item3ccedaee74&_uhb=1


And the search for Earthbound at flea markets/thrift stores/pawn/garage sales continues. Wonder how much it would be at Half Price Books...
About 3-4 years ago, you might have been able to get it for under $10, but within the last year or two all of the HPB stores I've been to have started pricing their stuff based on Amazon prices.
 
Only 5 minutes left, but a nice little collection of games if it doesn't go much higher. Mario RPG, Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country 3, Mario All Stars, Mario World, and a bunch of other crap you don't care about probably.

5 Minutes Only.



EDIT: Holy fuck. In the last 10 seconds it shot from $81 to $151. Snipers everywhere.
I would be ticked off if I won that auction, too high considering all the sports games in there.
 

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Heat of the moment :p happens to me quite often haha.

What's the best SNES handheld? I would love to play some of my games on the go.
My sister and her husband had gotten me the Yobo FC-16 Go for Christmas a couple of years ago. It's pretty decent, although a bit bulky. Has external controllers and the option to connect it to a television as well, which is nice for some versatility. There are also apparently two separate models of it, since the one I have has a SNES-like D-pad, which I much prefer of course, whereas there are also pictures of models of it with a PS1-like 4-separate-buttons D-pad.

But, as I said, it works fine, does what it's supposed to, and it's a pretty nifty thing to have around. Not sure how the other options are out there though, since that's the only one I've tried.
 
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I've played around with this model. It's pretty decent but I was wondering if there are better ones.

I'll keep a watch on it.
Yeah, I've never played one, but it looks the best out of all the portable systems like this. The V2 apparently can play Mario RPG (via a swap trick) unlike the first. I assume since that listing doesn't say which version it is, it's the first.
 
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$13 Donkey Kong Country just went up. Looks nice and about as good as it gets price wise.

Link.

Same seller also just put up a $15 Mario All Stars. Also about as good as the price gets. Have to keep watching, hopefully he's adding more since he has pretty fair prices.

Link.


EDIT: Both gone.
 

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Something showed up this morning! At the front door was a very short and old delivery man who was definitely having problems with this box. It must have weighed at least 40lbs!

Packed incredibly well.

This beast was hiding under all of that newspaper. It's a Super Famicom Box!

It could use some touching up, but it's otherwise in incredible shape considering these things usually come extremely beaten up.

The system doesn't take regular SFC carts – instead, it takes these huge proprietary carts which come with 2 - 3 full games and can only be accessed by unlocking the system.



This one has 2 cartridges. The first one has Super Mario Kart, Super Mario Collection (All Stars), and Starfox, while the other has Super Donkey Kong (Country) and Super Tetris 2. You can probably write to these cartridges with the right equipment, but I wouldn't know where to start and I don't want to damage anything. Of note, no cartridges have a battery – save data is stored on the hardware!

The 2 controllers that come with it seem to be regular SFC controllers, but these ones seem to have cables the length of SNES controllers, as they stretch pretty far. They're plugged into the box so they can't be detached, and sit in this deep alcove opposite of the internal cartridge bay.

I don't actually have any keys to open it up or toggle the mode, so if anybody knows of where to get them or can copy one somehow, I'd really appreciate a PM. I'd love to open this up and show you guys the guts.

I didn't take a photo of the back, but it's really nice – instead of using an RF cable or one of those cables that splits into A/V, it has 4 composite ports (including one for mono). It's also got two power outputs and ANT IN/OUT ports.

Over all, this is a gorgeous system that should be in any SNES enthusiast's collection. It's much harder to come by than other SNES hardware/software, weighs a ton, and is as big as an AV receiver, but it's worth it for its uniqueness and easy access to 5 brilliant games.

If anybody wants any close-up shots or anything, just let me know and I'll be happy to take some.
 

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Me either, before the images loaded, I thought you meant a Super Famicom console box...not an actual box...box lol. Was it some sort of demo station for stores?
It wasn't used in stores – those were just regular consoles housed in a display cabinet. This can be hooked up to be coin operated (a coin operated SFC!), so it could have been used in hotels, on cruise ships/ferries, or other places like that.
 

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That super Famicom box is gorgeous! :D

I've played around with this model. It's pretty decent but I was wondering if there are better ones.

I'll keep a watch on it.
If you're going to buy this, buy this instead, brand new and it will be the most recent version available. This one on ebay looks like one of the older Supaboy.
 

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Just saw this: Ends in an hour and a half.

Every type of portable SNES I've seen has a fair amount of complaints, but this one seems like the best. Not sure if this is the newest version, though. I imagine not.
I played this model last christmas. It's a bit large and there were clear video issues (about 30-45 seconds into DKC2 the video got weird, like a cable was loose or something). Controls felt fine, weight was fine, I found getting the cart in and out was a little tougher than it should have been.
 
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It wasn't used in stores – those were just regular consoles housed in a display cabinet. This can be hooked up to be coin operated (a coin operated SFC!), so it could have been used in hotels, on cruise ships/ferries, or other places like that.
That is pretty awesome. Is it possible to see the "carts" or are they permanently inside?
 

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That is pretty awesome. Is it possible to see the "carts" or are they permanently inside?
They're fully accessible and removable/replaceable, but you need a key to get to them. If I can find a working key or figure a way to open this thing up, I'll definitely post pictures.

Does anybody know anything about lock picking? :p
 

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$13 Donkey Kong Country just went up. Looks nice and about as good as it gets price wise.

Link.

Same seller also just put up a $15 Mario All Stars. Also about as good as the price gets. Have to keep watching, hopefully he's adding more since he has pretty fair prices.

Link.
Thanks for the tip, just grabbed the DKC on buy it now. :)
 

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Don't people have the ability to create their own SNES games using blank cartridges? Or did I read that somewhere incorrectly?
 

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Only 5 minutes left, but a nice little collection of games if it doesn't go much higher. Mario RPG, Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country 3, Mario All Stars, Mario World, and a bunch of other crap you don't care about probably.

5 Minutes Only.


EDIT: Holy fuck. In the last 10 seconds it shot from $81 to $151. Snipers everywhere.
That's the thing with lots. There's times you can get a hell of a deal on a bunch of great games, but this auction was way over bid. Personally, I wouldn't have gone much more than $110. Why?

Rough going rate of the games that people actually want:
Mario RPG ~$35
Super Mario World $10
Super Mario All Stars $10
Zelda Link to the Past $25
DK3 $20

Added up, it brings it to $110. Yea, there's other games on that listing too, but as a buyer, I expect to pay less than full going price if I were to part out each game.

Anything above $130 is a foolish bid on that auction.

Don't people have the ability to create their own SNES games using blank cartridges? Or did I read that somewhere incorrectly?
Well, you can replace the maskrom (the chip that holds the game's rom) with a eprom or flashrom, allowing you to put whatever game you want on the cart. Of course, I've over simplified this.
 
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That's the thing with lots. There's times you can get a hell of a deal on a bunch of great games, but this auction was way over bid. Personally, I wouldn't have gone much more than $110. Why?

Rough going rate of the games that people actually want:
Mario RPG ~$35
Super Mario World $10
Super Mario All Stars $10
Zelda Link to the Past $25
DK3 $20

Added up, it brings it to $110. Yea, there's other games on that listing too, but as a buyer, I expect to pay less than full going price if I were to part out each game.

Anything above $130 is a foolish bid on that auction.
Yeah, that definitely ended high. Especially since it looks like the most valuable game has label damage unless that's just light reflecting off of the crease or something.
 

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Yeah, I hit up 2 local goodwills today and both of them had absolutely no games (xbox sports and singing games don't count), so it seems more than likely that everything goes on Ebay now. such a shame, but there is a local catholic thrift store that I've been to before that is virtually untouched by re-sellers and is fairly priced. i'll try my luck there now that goodwill is dead.
Goodwill is still ok for other things though. I went on quite a thrift store drive on Saturday and found a couple Genesis games: Puggsy & Pitfall: the mayan adventure. I also found an Odyssey 2 cartridge called Alien Invaders-plus and and obscure computer/game system called the Mattel Aquarius with a cassette drive.

It's true they pretty much put all the SNES games they get online though. You can however sometimes find a SNES system in the shop and controllers.
 

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You're probably thinking of the oddly named "Nintendo Power" cartridges. There was one for SNES and one for GB. I think there were one or two games that only came out on those cartridges.

Edit: Shit this thread moves fast. That was in response to Teknoman's question.
Edit2: Yes, Super Famicom Wars was only released on the "Nintendo Power" service apparently. A shame because I love those games. Would be neat to have on the SNES but will probably cost a fortune.
 

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Don't people have the ability to create their own SNES games using blank cartridges? Or did I read that somewhere incorrectly?
Not "blank" cartridges, usually donor boards taken from other games. Usually they use really cheap stuff.

Basically, they use an EPROM burner to write the data from a rom to re-writable rom chips, and soldier those chips into the cart in place of the original ones. They then print and apply a new label and bam.

It gets a little more complicated when it comes to games that need special chips, but basically that's the gist of it.
 

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Well, you can replace the maskrom (the chip that holds the game's rom) with a eprom or flashrom, allowing you to put whatever game you want on the cart. Of course, I've over simplified this.
Not "blank" cartridges, usually donor boards taken from other games. Usually they use really cheap stuff.

Basically, they use an EPROM burner to write the data from a rom to re-writable rom chips, and soldier those chips into the cart in place of the original ones. They then print and apply a new label and bam.

It gets a little more complicated when it comes to games that need special chips, but basically that's the gist of it.
OK
 
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I don't even look at lots. They're usually in pretty bad condition.
The problem is it's just so hard to tell usually. They take group shots and maybe front shots of the valuable ones individually. But, I want a nice front shot and a top shot so I can really see the label.

Like this one I posted earlier: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-SNES-classics-Zelda-Final-Fantasy-Super-Mario-RPG-/300856828068?_trksid=p2045573.m2102&_trkparms=aid=555001&algo=PW.CURRENT&ao=1&asc=146&meid=5511244482175148573&pid=100034&prg=1079&rk=1&sd=190797108272&

I can't tell if it's damage on Zelda and Mario RPG or just a light reflection or something on the crease.

Not "blank" cartridges, usually donor boards taken from other games. Usually they use really cheap stuff.
There are these: http://www.retrousb.com/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=42

EDIT: Guess those are NES actually.
 

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You're probably thinking of the oddly named "Nintendo Power" cartridges. There was one for SNES and one for GB. I think there were one or two games that only came out on those cartridges.
You could actually get quite a lot of games for the SNES version of this, including games like SMK, SM Collection, Bomberman, etc.
 

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You're probably thinking of the oddly named "Nintendo Power" cartridges. There was one for SNES and one for GB. I think there were one or two games that only came out on those cartridges.

Edit: Shit this thread moves fast. That was in response to Teknoman's question.
Edit2: Yes, Super Famicom Wars was only released on the "Nintendo Power" service apparently. A shame because I love those games. Would be neat to have on the SNES but will probably cost a fortune.
Wait...Super Famicom Wars? As in...some precursor to Advance Wars?


EDIT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3vYtUlkCUU

Whoa. Why are there no repros of these? Or Fire Emblem SNES games for that matter.
 

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Wait...Super Famicom Wars? As in...some precursor to Advance Wars?


EDIT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3vYtUlkCUU

Whoa. Why are there no repros of these? Or Fire Emblem SNES games for that matter.
The first game in the series was for the Famicom, and that one's readily available, and really good actually. It holds up well. There are also Game Boy Wars 1, 2 and 3. So you could get in on those. I recommend the NES/FC game, the GB ones aren't as good IMO. At least the first ones, GBW3 looks pretty good. But yeah now that you mention it it is kind of weird there aren't any repros for the SNES game since it is a hard one to come by and it's in a franchise that is now popular worldwide.
 

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I can just post my current SNES collection here, right? Yes? Okay!

I got the loose games from a friend a few years ago. He got them cheap at a garage sale. The rest I bought back in the '90s, for the most part. My collection would probably be a lot larger if it wasn't for the fact that I don't like buying loose SNES games...though about half of my NES games are loose. Heh.

Any recommendations on stuff I should get? I was thinking about trying to pick up some imports like the Puyo Puyo and Sailor Moon games. Not sure what else besides some stuff that just goes for way too much for me to afford right now. Hah.
 

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I can just post my current SNES collection here, right? Yes? Okay!



I got the loose games from a friend a few years ago. He got them cheap at a garage sale. The rest I bought back in the '90s, for the most part. My collection would probably be a lot larger if it wasn't for the fact that I don't like buying loose SNES games...though about half of my NES games are loose. Heh.

Any recommendations on stuff I should get? I was thinking about trying to pick up some imports like the Puyo Puyo and Sailor Moon games. Not sure what else besides some stuff that just goes for way too much for me to afford right now. Hah.
I see you got one of those limited edition gold snes consoles. sweet!
 

KDash31987

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I see you got one of those limited edition gold snes consoles. sweet!
Haha! Niceee. I wish it was something like that. Mine just got a really bad tan. I guess that's what I get for living in the south. :(

Sometimes I'm tempted to get another SNES that doesn't suffer from that plastic issue, but...I've had this one for over 20 years, so I don't feel like replacing the little guy. He's like family!

lol and beethoven.

Nice collection though
Hah...yeah, I don't know why I have that. I think my parents bought it for my brother's and I because we watched the movies back then. The game is so bad that it's funny, though, so we pop it in once in a while for laughs.

And thanks! :D

I got tons more games if you're interested...
 

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Haha! Niceee. I wish it was something like that. Mine just got a really bad tan. I guess that's what I get for living in the south. :(

Sometimes I'm tempted to get another SNES that doesn't suffer from that plastic issue, but...I've had this one for over 20 years, so I don't feel like replacing the little guy. He's like family!



Hah...yeah, I don't know why I have that. I think my parents bought it for my brother's and I because we watched the movies back then. The game is so bad that it's funny, though, so we pop it in once in a while for laughs.

And thanks! :D

I got tons more games if you're interested...
Heh I remember getting Home Alone 2 (at least I think it was 2...I just remember my friend complaining about jumping over irons? I dunno). I'm kinda surprised Home Improvement is actually worth something.
 

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Heh I remember getting Home Alone 2 (at least I think it was 2...I just remember my friend complaining about jumping over irons? I dunno). I'm kinda surprised Home Improvement is actually worth something.
I used to have Home Improvement...but it got lost when I moved to Florida 11 years ago. Kinda strange that out of all of the games I owned at the time, that was the only one that went missing...someone in my family must have left it behind on purpose! I can't say I really blame them for that, though. Haha.

...holy crap at some of the prices for it on eBay, though. What the hell?


Oh...and I have the NES version of Home Alone 2. That game confuses me. I don't think I ever made it past the first level. I'm not sure if the SNES game is anything like it, though, as I never bothered to look it up.
 

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I have Home Alone 2 on the SNES. I actually beat it once, because it was one of the games I got as a kid and I didn't have many others to play. So I played that lol. Haven't played it in years though. Another one I played a lot because of that is Bart's Nightmare. Never managed to beat that one though.
 

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Has anyone created a list of all the must own SNES titles? Currently, I'm collecting games I've owned or played as a child, but I would love to see a list of must have games.