Our First SC3!

Either someone put a flux capacitor into my Honda Accord, or a group of collectors in Southern California just gathered for some serious retro gaming. My wife Amber and I just attend our first SC3 meeting. For those of you who are new to the Southern California Classic Collectors group like me, let me fill you in. A bunch of private collectors bring together a fantastic, and I mean freak’n fantastic, assortment of their retro arcade machines and home consoles. For $10 each, Amber and I had unlimited playtime on machines like Zoo Keeper, Cosmic Chasm, Jungle King, Paperboy, Tron, Satan’s Hollow, Gorf, Burger Time…and the list goes on!

Our favorites were easily Warlords and Turkey Shoot! I’d love to meet the guy who invented Turkey Shoot. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s the deal. Turkeys are robbing banks, and you have to shoot them before they get sacks of money off the screen. Naturally, you get hand grenades and, yes, a “gobble” button. If that wasn’t great enough, after you die, a fan blows real feathers in front of the screen. Yup, awesome.

Warlords was pretty great too. I’m a big fan of Rampart and would simply describe Warlords and a fast-paced mix of Rampart and 4-player Pong. This seemed to be one of the most popular and socially interactive machines on the floor! Great machine!

We had a little sale table at the event. It was great to sell some video game repair tools and to chat with other collectors. However, I was happy to know that people at SC3 function on an honor system with buying and trading. That meant we didn’t have to camp out at our table and spent a majority of our time out on the arcade floor!

Mike Kennedy of GameGavel.com did a pretty great raffel in which every ticket holder got a prize.  Well done Mike!

SC3 was a hit, and we’re already looking forward to the next one!

 

History of 3D Gaming

Curious about the history of 3D gaming? Here’s a fantastic interview on 3D gaming history by Jason Reed at Wizard World’s Anaheim Comic Con 2011! This interview highlights the following 3-D video game milestones as well as Nintendo’s early roots in motion gaming:

  • 1983 Vectrex 3D Imager
  • 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Square Enix’s 3D Anaglyph Glasses for the games 3-D World Runner & Rad Racer
  • 1987 Nintendo Famicom, 3D System
  • 1988 Sega Master System, 3D Glasses
  • 1995 Nintendo Virtual Boy

Interview with Mark Weber of videogamemuseum.com from Highlight Media on Vimeo.

We’d like to thank Jason for the overwhelming surprise of putting this all together. The quality of this video and interview speaks for itself. Well done and many thanks!

Rare Game Showcase: Sachen, Panesian, Mystique and other Obscure Games Distributors

Obscurity is the essence of collecting.  Sometimes it seems that the worse a game is, the more valuable it is to a collector.  After all, low production numbers mean future rarity.  Naturally, these fetch astounding prices on eBay.  Here are some of my favorites from the past couple weeks.

NES Sachen Full 67 Game Collection Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $3500.00 USD.

NES collectors are generally indifferent to the existence of Sachen games.  Their substandard gameplay and low distribution in the US means that most of us have never heard of their games.  Yes, Sachen’s games will generally play in a NTSC Nintendo; however, those few of us who have played a Sachen game will probably tell you that these are about as bad as the Action 52.

5 Zelda Games NES Gold Yellow Test Cartridge SNES RARE Sold Sept. 23, 2010 for $305.00 USD.

Vectrex Sean Kelly Multi-Cart 2.0 Rare 60+ games lot Sold Sept. 22, 2010 for $238.00 USD.

TurboGrafx 16 Bonk doll prototype one of a kind Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $394.99 USD.

This auction is for a one of a kind Bonk Doll prototype. It is hand made by an art director for TZD in the mid 90’s for a potential promotion campaign. It was never developed but stayed in the office of Turbo executives as decoration until I got it as a gift in the final days of TZD.  The left ear is showing some wear but can be fixed otherwise it is in great condition.

Nintendo Mario Mania Hanging Mobile Sign Display Sold Sept. 26, 2010 for $125.50 USD.

This was set up by Nintendo of America employees in department and toy stores as an advertisement. As you can see from the pictures it includes the original box from Nintendo of America in Redmond, Wa.

Nintendo NES Counter Tester Service Center Sold Sept. 26, 2010 for $305.00 USD.

The seller noted that the test unit had some issues:

Everything works. I tried all tests, and found them working. The RCA video/audio out only works when using “External Control Deck Inputs”, and the internal NES only outputs via RF/coax. The unit has some scratches in the black paint, but everything else is in good shape, especially for something 16 years old.

I’m sort of curious to know who would buy an adult video game back in the early 80s.  Then again, when haven’t geeks loved pixelated nudity?  One might say that Mystique was a pitiful video game distributor.  They didn’t sell nearly as many copies of their games in comparison to mainstream distributors.  There games were notoriously horrible to play and only seemed to have success because of the controversy surrounding their content.  Despite the fact that their games may have been garbage, as a video game collector, it’s hard not to take notice of obscure games like these.  Especially when they garner values in the multiple hundreds of dollars.

X-Man Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $461.78 USD.

Custer’s Revenge Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $76.00 USD.

Bachelor Party Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $35.00 USD.

Beat ’em and Eat ’em Atari 2600 CIB Sold Sept. 28, 2010 for $70.00 USD.

Ironically, complete in box copies of some Panesian adult NES games also just appeared on eBay as well.

BUBBLE BATH BABES Nintendo NES – Rare/ADULT Video Game Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $610.00 USD.

HOT SLOTS Nintendo NES – Rare/Valuable/ADULT Video Game Sold Sept. 17, 2010 for $586.87 USD.

Rare Game Showcase: Stadium Events and a Can of Snake Meat

As per usual, there are a good number of fantastic rare video games and collectibles on eBay.  So which will be more valuable, can of snake meat or a custom portable NES?

Games / Systems

Stadium Events NES NTSC Cart Sold Sept. 8, 2010 for $1255.00 USD.

I met the owner of this cart at the Tetris World Championship where he gave me the inside scoop on finding this game.  I’m going to respect his confidence by not disclosing exactly where he found it.  However, he did find it as a random retro video game shop.  According to him, he got it for something like $10.  Bringing it up the the register, he was sure that the owner, who was plenty game savvy, would recognize the game as being rare and reprice it.  Apparently the title had just slipped under owner’s radar, and the guy sold him the game.  He, it does sort of look like a worthless sports game, doesn’t it?  Moral of the story, go check your local video game shops…you never know.

Entex Adventure Vision Arcade Cartridge System Complete in BOX Currently at $710.00 USD with 17 hours to go

Uncharted 2 Fortune Hunter Edition Playstation 3 Game This listing is currently active with $620.00 in bids.  It’s a bit fishy that the seller is using a stock photo.

Wood Custom Portable Nintendo NES Apparently, guys in Turkey make fantastic looking NES handhelds.

CONTINUUM SERIES 1 – THE INFERNAL TETRAMORPH Vectrex Game Boxed Set Sold Sept. 1, 2010 for $212.51 USD.

Given the cool $1,026.51 USD that someone recently spent on an another Vectrex homebrew…all I have to say is, homebrewers…keep on brewing!  Here’s a bit of info from the game’s author:

LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET – 10 SETS ONLY!
Each boxed set is numbered:  __ of 10 on the back of the box.
The game is also numbered in the program, matching the box.

BONUS PUZZLE!
Each special edition cartridge contains one bonus puzzle!
The Series 1 bonus puzzle is:  THE INFERNAL TETRAMORPH

BONUS ITEM!
Each set contains a Sector-X/Continuum themed bonus pack-in item!
The Series 1 bonus item is:  THE SECTOR-X NIGHTLIGHT SET*
2 awesome collectible nightlights from the Sector-X tetralogy!
1 CONTINUUM NIGHTLIGHT + 1 ADDITIONAL NIGHTLIGHT (chosen randomly)

PRINTED BOXES!
A deviation from our normal stock labeled boxes, these are ultra high
quality sturdy shiny retail boxes complete with bonus item window display!

more info

CONTINUUM SERIES 2 – THE 7 PILLARS OF PURGATORY Vectrex Game Boxed Set Ended Sept. 9, 2010 at $330.51 USD.

LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET – 10 SETS ONLY!
Each boxed set is numbered:  __ of 10 on the back of the box.
The game is also numbered in the program, matching the box.

BONUS PUZZLE!
Each special edition cartridge contains one bonus puzzle!
The Series 1 bonus puzzle is:  THE INFERNAL TETRAMORPH

BONUS ITEM!
Each set contains a Sector-X/Continuum themed bonus pack-in item!
The Series 1 bonus item is:  THE SECTOR-X NIGHTLIGHT SET*
2 awesome collectible nightlights from the Sector-X tetralogy!
1 CONTINUUM NIGHTLIGHT + 1 ADDITIONAL NIGHTLIGHT (chosen randomly)

PRINTED BOXES!
A deviation from our normal stock labeled boxes, these are ultra high
quality sturdy shiny retail boxes complete with bonus item window display!

more info

Action 52 NES Game New Sealed Sold Sept. 9, 2010 for $234.47 USD.

Accessories

Sega 3-D Glasses New Complete Sold on Sept. 8, 2010 for $202.56 USD.

Collectibles

Metal Gear Solid 3 – Promotional Can of Snake Meat This auction is still live and has bids up to $117.00 USD.

Only the Metal Gear franchise can boost a game’s success by handing out cans of snake meat.

Wolf medallion from The Witcher – Rare This auction is still live and has bids up to $67.00 USD.

World of Nintendo Neon Sign 1987 This item didn’t sell for the seller’s steep asking price of $800 USD; however, it’s a pretty gem none the less.

Death Race by Exidy Arcade Game Flyer Sold Sept. 4, 2010 for $14.99 USD.

If you’ve never played Death Race, it’s an experience in itself. You drive a car using an arcade steering wheel with the purpose of running over skeletons.  Each time you do, it leaves behind a tomb stone.  The skeletons are pretty quick little guys, so its trickier than it sounds.  As innocent as that sounds by today’s standards, when I played it for the first time, it was undeniably creepy.  I can only imagine the reaction when this game first came out.

Rare Game Showcase: Valuable Vectrex Homebrew & Mario Shoelace Biters!

It seems that rarely a week goes by without someone dropping a cool $1,000 on a video game.  Check out the rare and interesting items that popped up on eBay this past week.

Games

VeCaves Spikes Spree CGE 2002 Vectrex Homebrew Sold Sept 7, 210 for $1,026.51 USD!  Seriously?  I had no idea that there was such a market for Vectrex homebrew.  The seller states that there were only 20 of these made and that this was number 4.  This game was sold complete in box.

Vec Sports Boxing CGE 2002 Vectrex Homebrew COMPLETE Sold Sept 7, 210 for $174.60 USD.

Cube Quest CGE 2002 Vectrex Homebrew COMPLETE Sold Sept 7, 210 for for $137.50 USD.

Collectibles

21″ Game Boy Color Display Unit Sold Sept 5, 2010 for $31.00 USD + shipping.

4 Foot Tall Super Mario Statue Sold Sept 3, 2010 for $663.54 USD.

New Super Mario Bros Shoelace Bow Biters Sold Sept. 6, 2010 for $12.38 USD.  Let’s fact it, these are probably the coolest item on this list.

Rare Game Showcase: Mr. Boston & Entex Adventure Vision

Check out these fantastic gems! Each could easily be the centerpiece of a video game collection. It’s amazing to see so many rare items appear on eBay within such a short time frame.

Sega Wondermega megadrive/ genesis mega CD console Ended Aug. 21, 2010 for £261.00.

Here’s a bit of info from the seller.

This auction is for the ultra rare Victor Sega Wondermega console. It’s an all in one Megadrive and Sega CD combo, and being produced by the sound specialists Victor, it utilises superior audio and video capabilities to the regular console. The machine also does a lot of stuff besides play games. It has a visualsation program from music cds (a big deal in 1993,) also built in Midi capabilites allows users to attach any Midi device along with keyboards and additional software to create thier own music. And since this is the Japanese we’re talking about there is of course a built in Karaoke function.

The console is in great condition as you can see, it’s also been modded to play (region free) pal games. It is bundled with a Japanese psu, s-video cable for superior picture quality, and comes with Sonic CD, Night trap and Gunstar Heroes.

Entex Adventure Vision Mini Arcade Game Console 1982 Ended Aug 23, 2010 for $1,176.00 USD.

This one also has a great writeup by the seller. I love it when sellers are collectors!

The Adventure Vision was a self-contained (no external monitor required) cartridge-based video game console released by Entex Industries in 1982. The Adventure Vision uses a single vertical line of 40 red LEDs combined with a spinning mirror inside the casing to simulate 150 vertical rows (thus making it 150×40 resolution).

Estimates are that only about 50,000 of them were sold, and only about 100 of those still exist today. Our auction today includes the game unit, 3 game cartridges and 2 original game boxes. The game has always been well-cared for and is still operational.

Mr. Boston Vectrex Game Complete in Box Ended Aug 15, 2010 at $3,827.00 with a “Reserve note met.” It seems the seller (vectrex.com-net-org) was hoping for $5,000+.

Ultra rare, there are only a handful of these known to exist, and the seller states this is only one of two complete copies known. That makes this way rarer than a Nintendo World Championships cartridge. The only difference is that very few people collect Vectrex stuff, so even something this rare doesn’t garner the same demand as a Nintendo icon.

Myrian Games Six in One 6-in-1 NES Panesian Nintendo Game Ended Aug 30, 2010 for $710.00 USD.

Hot Slots Complete NES Panesian Nintendo Game Ended Aug 30, 2010 for $797.77 USD.

Peek-A-Boo Poker Complete NES Panesian Nintendo Game Ended Aug 30, 2010 for $810.00 USD.

Rare Game Showcase: Mario Phones, Vectrex Kiosk, Virtual Boy Sign

Need a Mario Phone?  How about a Vectrex kiosk or a Virtual Boy sign?

You’ve got to love eBay and the fantastic and unique gaming items listed this week.  Here’s a collection of my favorites:

GAMES

FACTORY SEALED nes Chubby Cherub CIB new +box nintendo

neo geo aes metal slug 5 usa excellent ultra rare!!

COLLECTIBLES

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Gamecube Countertop Display RARE

E.T. Atari Game Video Store Display Mobile 1982 Sealed

RARE Age of Empires III Game Promo Ship Store Display

Mario Nintendo Custom Bomb Omb Art Sculpture Galaxy The beauty of paper mâché…

Nintendo Game Boy Color Store Display Kiosk

Rare XBOX 360 Large Neon Sign

RARE Nintendo Neon Sign

AMAZING VECTREX DISPLAY STAND PROTOTYPE – VERY RARE !!!

AMAZING SEGA GAME DISPLAY STAND PROTOTYPE – VERY RARE I have a semi-respectable Vectrex collection and would love to have the space and cash for this gem.

AMAZING SEGA DISPLAY STAND PROTOTYPE – VERY RARE !!!

RARE NINTENDO VIRTUAL BOY STORE DISPLAY SIGN INBOX

Rare Nintendo Gamecube 35mm film trailer Metroid/Mario

Nintendo Game Cube Stand Up Store Display Game System

Sega Saturn Nights into Dreams Poster Promo Rare 120 120-Games.com is selling this and other items for the 100% benefit of the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

Mario Kart Telephone This may not be the rarest item, but it makes up for it in sheer awesomeness.  Apparently in Mario’s car phone was  just as absurdly large…just like in the early days of cell phones in real-people land…

Mario Telephone Voice Activated!!