As you may know a couple of weeks ago I’ve been to London with my girlfriend. Finally we had the possibility to visit the city and luckily we had five sunny and hot days and I had the possibility to attend the London Gaming Market that was exactly in the same hotel where we stayed! 🙂
The event was quite busy but luckily we were one of the firsts in the queue so we entered immediately. The even room was quite lange even thjought this was my first time and I don’t know how large other markets are. There were I think 20 or so stands selling everything from Atari to PS3 so almost every console generation was covered. The only little regret I had was the absence of a ZX Spectrum. I was looking for this since ages but I trust I can find it sooner or later (maybe better sooner……)
So, here’s the family portrait of what I’ve found. Unfortunately I didn’t have so much money and especially I dind’t have room enough in my suitcase! Since I have just a few games but most important a few consoles I focused mainly on purchasing them. I’ll have time to buy games later, I don’t need games if I don’t have the console to run them. I haven’t included in the pictures all the cables, power and aerial leads to avaid to have pictures with tons of useless wires, but trust me they’re all 100% original.
The first console I bought was another Nintendo masterpiece, the immortal SNES, obviously the European smooth version, not the blocky american one (that wouldn’t work here). It came with all the original cables and leads and with one “dogbone” controller for the price of 55£. ou can find even cheaper ones around but I didn’t want to wait longer to finally get an original SNES. Everyting was in very good loking condition and there’s no need to say that everything work perfectly!
The second console I bought is my first encounter with a SEGA machine, the proud SNES antagonist, especially in America, the Mega Drive, known as Genesis on the other side of the Atlantic. This is the first model of Mega Drive, not the restyled one with red buttons and even this came with all cables, one controller and the game Sonic for a total of 35£. The controller is the SEGA original and a thing I immediately noted is its volume. I use to have Nintendo controllers in my hands or in case PS controllers and I only had a few possibilities in the past to playt SEGA games so I didn’t remember the controller to be so large. It’s easy to handle though and even if is a bit less robust than the NES one, I have to admit that using it got me good vibes.
Games department. I’ve already told you about the Sonic game that came with the MD; the first game I bought was Duke Nukem 64 for N64 for 12£. I know most of you could turn the nose up, since this game received some poor reviews and is definitely not one of the console “classics” and not one of the games you usually read about. But I’ve grown up with Duke on my PC and I love FPS games so, for the moment I’d like to get the games I love or games I could love, no matter if they’re not “mainstream”. Of course I’d like to buy one day all the classic, but since they could be a bit pricey I decided to stay inside my “comfort zone” for a while and then when I’ve built a base for my collection, start to get other well known titles.
Following the same criteria, the second game bought was Quake II for 6£, another FPS that was a big success on PC. Unfortunately I haven’t found the Expansion Pak required to run it so I think I’ll have to wait a bit in order to play it. In the meantime I can only enjoy the cartridge art 🙂
Since I bought a SNES I couldn’t help to buy also Super Mario All-Stars for 15£, the essential game for this console. This cart, along with the other ones I bought, is loose, but sincerely at the moment I don’t care to have a fully boxed item. Maybe in the future, but let’s go step by step 🙂
I didn’t find other good games at a SO reasonable price, but my eyes fell on a loose specimen of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker and I immediately though about my beloved follower hungrygoriya. Well, it was actually for the Genesis, but unfortunately the box and booklet were missing so I passed. The price was actually honest (15£), but I know that you’re looking mainly for boxed and complete games, especially in this case 🙂
Last game I purchased is one of the true classic not only of N64, but even for Nitendo and for the whole gaming world. Yes, I’ve been a bit a liar before when I told you that I’m overlooking the classics. I mean, if they’re cheap and in good conditions…why not buying them? For this reason when I saw a shining copy od The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for 14£, I couldn’t help but take it. I’m new to the Zelda world and I have on my shoulders just a few hours of play on the first two episodes, so this might be the starting point of this new experience!
…and last but not least something disconnected from the retrogaming world (kinda…). There was a guy selling a Super Mario mug (with also easter eggs inside!) for 5£. When I saw that the mug was one of those that change the color depending on the temperature I bought it immediately. And when I notice that not also it changed color, but also the image was different if you poured hot water in it, changing between two screenshot of Mario, the “traditional” one and the “Game over”, I decided to buy another one 🙂 Mario got me again…