Thursday, November 29, 2007
I was under the impression that The Super Spy was a rather rare and quite expensive game for the Neo Geo, but apparently I was wrong. You can grab a copy for less than 10£ (20$, 14 euros) from this lovely SNK Super Spy selling eBay corner. Happily, the seller ships worldwide.
Oh, and you find more on this -unusual for SNK- first person action game at Moby Games, or read some enlightening reviews here and here.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Quite a rare SNES set-up if you don't mind me saying so, but you'll have to pick it up yourselves from Eastleigh, Hampshire, United Kingdom. In case you haven't noticed, it's an impressive demo unit for use in ..er.. shops (I guess) complete with a SNES console, two controllers, the Soccer Kid game and a TV. Try your luck @ eBay.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Sega's 8-bit powerhouse (a.k.a. the SEGA Master System) never really outsold anything, but it did manage to sell pretty well in Europe and Brazil, and managed to secure some rather impressive games. To grab an even more impressive yet extremely bargain-y UK only SMS collection follow the link to this Sega Master System x 4 & 50 games eBay auction. Oh, and do check the buyer's guide too.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Why not make that aging SID chip sing again? Why not indeed, especially when a mint condition Commodore 64 Music Maker is within grasp? What's a Music Maker (I pretend to hear you ask)? Oh, it's just a plastic overlay for the Commodore 64 , which includes piano keys corresponding to keys on the keyboard and the software to help you play some music.
Click to the Commodore 64 Music Maker eBay auction. Happily, the seller ships worldwide and all necessary softwary bits are included.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Thankfully the seller ships only to US, so I wont be tempted in doing extremely illegal things in order to grab this amazing collection, though this doesn't mean you dear US collectors don't have to give it a shot. Bid on 30 years of gaming and 1700 items @ eBay.
You'll be getting an amazing collection of rare and mainstream consoles, games, home-computers and peripherals ranging from the Atari 2600 to the Wii and the Xbox 360.
Actually, the following systems are represented in this auction: Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Jaguar, Atari Lynx, Coleco ColecoVision, Coleco Gemini, Coleco Telstar, Commodore 64/128, GCE Vectrex, Mattel Aquarius, Mattel Intellivision, Mattel Odyssey 2, Microsoft Xbox, Microsoft Xbox 360, APF TV Fun, Miscellaneous Handheld Games, Miscellaneous PC Games, SC Eight Thousand, Sega Pods, Miscellaneous TV Games, NEC Turbo Duo, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo NES, Nintendo Nintendo 64, Nintendo Super NES, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Nintendo Wii, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Saturn, SNK Neo Geo, SNK Neo Geo Pocket, Sony Playstation, Sony Playstation 2, Texas Instruments TI 99/4A, VM Labs Nuon.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Care for an expensive rarity? A lovely game for your gracefully aging SNES perhaps? Well, you can't do much better than grab a complete boxed mint condition copy of Chrono Trigger for the NTSC SNES. Grab it via a certain Chrono Trigger eBay auction. Seller ships worldwide.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
If only the Amiga CD 32 had a few more months... It could have saved Commodore you know, really could. Anyway, to grab this 32-bit pioneer of console CD gaming complete a few hundreds of games (on less than a dozen CDs) simply try this Amiga CD 32 auction @ eBay. Oh, and Amiga CD 32 usually sells for a bit over 30£. A UK only auction, mind you.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Bargain.bin is another new column here @ Retro Treasures, cunningly developed to complement the recent addition of eBay Rampage and guarantee you hours of retro gaming pleasure. Oh, yes, and it will mostly be about reviewing and helping you track & grab classic yet affordable retro games.
Admittedly 1992 doesn't feel like ages ago, but try telling this to a 16 year old gamer used to calling football soccer and believing that FIFA is the best thing since sliced bread got sliced... Bah! Anyway, 1992 was, among other things, the year when Sensible Software, already acclaimed developers of Parallax, Wizball and Mega Lo Mania, released the best footie game ever: Sensible Soccer. Or to be precise: Sensi.
Sensi was rather obviously an Amiga 500 football game, that eventually went on and ported itself to every conceivable format (even the Atari Jaguar and the Xbox Live Arcade got a taste) and then spawned ten or so sequels, with the latest one being the surprisingly decent Sensible Soccer 2006. Truth is though, that as Sensi begot Sensi the line reached it's apex in Sensible World of Soccer; SWOS. It had everything the original had, better graphics, a management side and tons more. Was it a better game? Yes. Is the original Sensi still the best footie ever created? Yes. How come? Well, figure it out yourselves mates (hint: innovation).
Now, to the game per se and specifically to its Amiga version which was (still is really) by far the best one available. Sensi, not unlike Kick Off and Kick Off 2 before it, is a zoomed out top-down 2D football game complete with tiny stylized player sprites, who might not be able to control the ball or dribble that well, but definitely do run like hell and are incredibly responsive to the joystick's command. The game features quite a few 1992 national and club teams with proper names, a selection of different terrains that actually make a difference, rudimentary tactics, a surreal league, ueber stylish graphics, great sound, customizable players and in general anything you can imagine a 16-bit footie game could ever manage and more. Mind you though, them features were by no means the game's true strength, they were just the icing on the cake.
FIFA 08, you see, has got all of the above, amazing 3D graphics and tons more, but still plays like shit. Sensible Soccer on the other hand really managed to capture the spirit of the beautiful game and more impressively the pace. The thing feels proper, mostly since the developers tried to emulate the way the game is played and not the way it's presented on TV, and, what's more, all you'll need to enjoy is a one button joystick and mastery of the brilliant after touch mechanic. Oh, and the supported two-player game makes Wii Sports seem boring.
So, care for a verdict then? Good. Sensible Soccer is an absolute classic and as it also turned out to be a huge commercial success, you won't have trouble finding yourselves a cheap boxed copy. Believe me, it's football as the gods intended it to be.
Where to get it (tehe):
Sensible Soccer Amiga: eBay.co.uk, eBay.com
Sensible Soccer in general: eBay.co.uk, eBay.com
Sensible Soccer 2006: Codemasters, Play-Asia
More Sensi web-bits:
- Wikipedia page
- MobyGames entry
- Stay Sensible
- The Escapist on Sensible Soccer
- Sensible Soccer @ ClassicAmiga
- SWOS Online Database
Berzerk (Atari 2600/VCS)
Target; Renegade (8-bits)