[Picks of the Month] August 2018

Hello guys,

Despite being a month usually dedicated to vacation, travel and beach, my August has been a rather normal month. That gave me a bit more of time to spend in hunting for games and some new unpredictable entries found their room in my collection. So far August 2018 has been probably one of my richest harvest since I’ve started collecting, wih more than 50 games and I’ve broken the 500 games barrier.

So let’s start from the beginning of the list.

Another Xbox 360??? Hell yeah! I don’t know why I keep collecting Xboxes but they’re so damn cheap that I can’t help but keep buying them! This time I got another white Xbox 360E that came with 7 games and all cables. For 30€ who could ask for more??? I already had some of the games but I’ve started to sell them on eBay and via Facebook and I can make enough money to buy other stuff…and I like it!

However the Xbox had a short life in my living room. A good old friend of mine, after seeing my collection told me that he got some games in the basement of his parents house and he would be glad to give them to me since he doesn’t really know how to do with them; he told me that they will be in a better place with their brothers on my shelf. And he’s right! So in exchange of a working Xbox 360 he gave me 10 games, most of which complete and I was glad to see even Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Hyperstone Heist that in Italy is sold for around 40€-50€ and Shaq-Fu. You can read more about it in this post.

This month I’ve also bought a small lot of three Famicom games, among which two chapters of the Dragon Quest saga. Now I only have to understand what button I have to press during the game, since everything is, of course, in japanese…I’ve noticed that both the Famicom and the Super Famicom games are incredibly cheap and so are the games imported from Japan. Sure, there’s to pay a small fee for the customs, but I’ve seen some Fam/SFam games sold for 1€ or 2€ with free shipping. As I will understand how much are precisely the import costs I think I’m gonna go for this kinf of games.

…and talking about Japanese games, I have to confess I’ve had a sudden burst for this kind of games, mixed with a bit of luck. While I was looking for japanes Fam/SFam games to buy from the far east I’ve stumbled upon an italian seller who listed 20-25 Super Famicom games. All of them were on a 1€ auction so, knowing that it would have been impossible for me to buy all those cartridges, I’ve put 1€ on each game (except some soccer games I really didn’t want to buy). After 7 days I’ve checked again and I was still the only bidder! So in the end I’ve manage to buy 16 games at 1€ each (except Chrono Trigger for which I’ve been happy to pay 10€) and since the sellr was italian I also saved a lot of money for the shipping. And now I need your help.  Among the games I’ve bought there are some that don’t need no explaination, even if they’re in japanese, like Super Tetris, Super Puyo Puyo , the original version of Fatal Fury 2 or Kirby’s Dream Course, but I have also a lot of JRPG and I think I won’t understand a single word (pardon, ideogram). Do you know if there are some “easier”games for a newbie like I am, easy both to understand and to play? Of course I’d really love to play Dragon Quest V or Chrono Trigger but I think I’ll need a long and intense Japanese class to do it. Any kind of help from you will be greatly appreciated, even with the choice of a good game to start because I have no clue whatsoever!

From the Famicom/Super Famicom we pass to the NES. A few games even this month, including Karnov, I’ve finally found at a decent price and Rygar. Now I’ve reached 130 NES games so I’m almost at 20% of the total. I don’t know if I have to be happy or sad about it…

Some great entries this month even for the Mega Drive and some very good deals. Robocop Vs. Termnator is a game I wanted since months and I’ve found it for just 1€. Yes, one-damn-euro. Ok, there’s shipping to pay and ok it misses the manual but in Italy when you’re lucky you pay at least 20€ for an incomplete copy so I’m really really glad. The second game is a loved one and most of the WP community I think will agree: Phantasy Star III (this time COMPLETE) for something like 30€, when a complete copy, always in Italy, comes for 50€-60€. I’m new to this saga and I’m a bit concerned I have to start playing from the third chapter, but being the first two quite pricey I stick with what I got.

And talking about what I got, a few days later I’ve also found a copy of Phantasy Star IV which is even more expensive. I’ve seen CIB games sold for up to 150€ so I’m happy with the 20€ I’ve spent for this loose cartridge. I’ve also found from the same seller other three loose games, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Lion King and Sonic Collection. Among these games I’ve only played The Lion King on PC in the mid-90s so I look forward to try the Mega Drive port.

In the end I’ve found another RE game, this time for PC, Resident Evil Revelations 2 (for 3€) and two games for the PS2: Intellivision Lives! (I have an Intellivision but not so many games, so this is a good pick for me) and R-Type Final that I’ve paid 10€ and goes to enlarge my R-Type games collection. You know I love space shooters…:)

Here’s the monthly recap:


  • Xbox 360 E


NES (Games count: 130)

  • 3-D World Runner
  • Bad Dudes
  • Karnov
  • Rygar

Famicom (Games count: 3)

  • Dragon Quest II
  • Dragon Quest III
  • Mario Open Golf

Super Famicom (Games count: 24)

  • Bahamut Lagoon
  • Battle Commander – Hachibushu Shura No
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Der Langrisser
  • Dragon Quest V
  • Gambler Jiko Chuushinha: Mahjong Kouisen
  • The Game of Life
  • Garou Densetsu (Fatal Fury 2)
  • Hanjuku Hero
  • Kidou Senshi Gundam Crossed Dimensions 0079
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Madara 2
  • Militia
  • Pachio-Kun Special 2
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms III
  • Romancing Saga 2
  • Seiken Densetsu 2
  • Super Nobunaga No Yabou Bushou Fuuunroku
  • Super Puyo Puyo
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2 Remix
  • Super Tetris 2 + Bombliss
  • Super Tetris 3
  • Touge Densetsu Saisoku Battle

PS2 (Games count: 42):

  • Intellivision Lives!
  • R-Type Final

PC (Games count: 11)

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Box Set

Sega Mega Drive (Games count: 34):

  • Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP II
  • Cool Spot
  • The Flintstones
  • The Lion King
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • Phantasy Star III
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Quackshot starring Donald Duck
  • Robocop Vs. Terminator
  • Shaq-Fu
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic Compilation
  • Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles the Hyperstone Heist
  • Wonder Boy III Monster Lair
  • World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Zombies

Xbox 360 (Games count: 68):

  • Assassin’s Creed (Platinum Edition)
  • Brothers in Arms – Hell’s Highway
  • Gears of War 3
  • PES 2009
  • PES 2010
  • PES 2011
  • Sega Superstars Tennis


  • Retro Gamer #183

Games bought this month: 56

Games count: 507

I hope you’ll enjoy what you see!

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I played a LOT of R-Type Final at university. It’s pretty great, and unlocking new ships is fun.

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    1. benez256 says:

      I’ve tried it just to check if the disc was ok and yes it’s really awesome! That moving background gives a bit of motion sickness but it’s great, even though sometimes it looks a bit hard to go on further in the stages. When I was at university instead I used to play cards with my friends 🙂

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  2. That’s a great haul sir…love the Japanese Famicom games!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. benez256 says:

      Now I’m waiting for the adapter to be shipped to play them…

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Aw no…hope it comes soon!


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