Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Another Great Craigslist Haul, Plus a Little Goodwill Hunting!

Mario RPG!

The summer sale season may have come and gone here in the Northwest, but I've still got another great Craigslist haul to report tonight!  For $50, I picked up Super Mario RPG, Ninja Warriors, The Jungle Book, Earthworm Jim, Mystical Ninja and Zombies Ate My Neighbors for the SNES.

The value of these games is almost twice what I paid, so I'm very happy about that, especially after paying full Amazon price for my review copy of Zombies Ate My Neighbors just a few weeks ago and winding up with a beat-up, rental sticker-covered monstrosity.

2600 games - most are true classics, too.

After driving all the way out to Salem, I figured it'd be a good idea to check the nearby Goodwill as I don't make it out there very often.  They had a whole stack of Atari 2600 games, all labelled $3.99, but each and every one was half off due to the color tag sale.  That's better than most retail stores, but I took a loss on the value of these cartridges.  So, there was a small loss, but after the earlier victory, it all balances out to a pretty great day for my collection.  The titles were Space Attack, Super Breakout, Asteroids, Yar's Revenge, Adventure, Centipede, Reactor and Atlantis.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Halloween, everyone!

While not as 'special' as originally planned due to illness, time constraints and a very late-arriving camera, enjoy the first FamiComplexTV Halloween special: Zombies Ate My Neighbors for the SNES.  Is this classic run-and-gun a monster good time, or will it send you crying to mummy?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cheetahmen: The Creation - A New Title from Active Enterprises?

Oh. My. God.

If you're a collector or fan of classic video games, you know the name Active Enterprises.  If not, at the least you've heard of their legacy - an awful little collection of games called Action 52.

In addition, many of you probably know that a sequel to the Cheetahmen game contained with Action 52 was found in a warehouse in very small numbers, then packaged and released for a very large profit.  Cheetahmen II is now among the most highly-valued cartridges on the NES.

Now, Active Enterprises is poised to strike again.  Cheetahmen: The Creation is a game developed but never released back in the 1990s when Active Enterprises truly thought they had the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on their hands.  It seems they've seen fit to produce them, packaging them up in multicolored cartridges and selling off just 2000 of them, effectively creating yet another collector's item in the NES library.

On one hand - it's fantastic to see old, unreleased titles being given new life in an official capacity.  Reproductions are great and all, but we're collectors, we need the real thing.

On the other hand, there's the price - $500 for the special collector's edition and $200 for just the sealed game and comic book.

The price ensures this will only be picked up by completionists or collectors who have more money than sense.  The game is sure to be awful - Active Enterprises didn't release a single thing on the NES that actually worked.

Does anyone else feel that they're just trying to recreate the Cheetahmen II effect, but claiming the profit for themselves this time around?

Edit:  In my excitement, I forgot to supply the link.  http://cheetahmengames.com/Cheetahmen-The-Creation.html

Edit 2: Video Game Museum ran a great article clearing up all of the questions surrounding this game.  http://www.videogamemuseum.com/2011/10/21/cheetahmen-fever/

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

eBay Finds - Gauntlet for the Commodore 64

Ah, memories of shooting the food and pissing off my sister...

I'm not generally much for eBay shopping as a general rule - only as a last resort in most cases.  However, this deal was too good to pass up.  The auction had no bids, mine was the first.  So, I won one of my favorite Commodore 64 games for just $4.95 shipped.

In other news, the Halloween video review is in progress - stay tuned!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

FamiComplex Video Reviews - Voyeur

FamiComplex reviews Philips' Voyeur for the CD-i.  Will you like to watch, or will you be afraid of what you find out about yourself?  As always, leave a comment with any reactions or review requests!