I'm sure you all remember the story of Michael Thomasson. Guinness World Records began counting the extensive video game collection he houses in his basement. Thomasson set the record for the largest collection of Unique video games at just under 12,000 DIFFERENT games. Michael's collection of course, consists entirely of physical cartridges and disks. There are no digital downloads here.
So, you probably thought the Nintendo Wii was the first interactive console with motion controls. You probably thoughts its innovative ideas revolutionized the gaming industry as we know it. The Wii is a completely unique console that influenced and changed it peers, right? Wrong. In this post, Xavix Port: The Original Wii, we will examine the Xavix Port and how its concepts would continue on to influence Nintendo's all time best selling system.
Happy Monday, everyone. GameSniped is back with a list of the top 5 most rare xbox games on the 'Bay right now (7/14/2014). Some of these games command downright silly prices and some of them are more reasonable. Just remember, rarities are an investment for future prices when these things become even more rare!
We're doing things a bit different this time, guys. Generally, we cover official games made by industry developers and producers. This time, we're covering Chrono Trigger Crimson Echoes. For those of you who aren't familiar with CTCE, it's a fan made snes Chrono Trigger catridge.
Love it or hate it, Call of Duty has captured the hearts, minds and wallets of many video gamers around the world. It has progressed from a simple, PC only shooter to a massive multi-million dollar franchise spawning various sequels and branch offs on virtually every console created in the past ten years. But, what makes this franchise so appealing to large segments of video game enthusiasts? What makes it so equally loved and hated by the video game community? Is Call of Duty a dying video game franchise? Our goal is to find out in today's GameSniped post.
I don't know about you guys, but this warm weather makes me think of the summer beach trips my parents used to drag me to when I was a child. I remember the warm sun and cold, salty ocean water. More than anything though, I remember wasting countless hours and quarters at the boardwalk arcades in the evenings. These memories make me very nostalgic for those days at Ocean City. I especially loved the original Aliens Vs. Predator (which we've included-duh). So, I've decided to find the best deals on the 'Bay for classic arcade game units. Some of these units are straight forward and obvious. Others...not so much. It's time to bring on the nostalgia. Let's check out what I found:
I remember once upon a time was gameSniped was all about Protos and Test Carts galore. Good times. Anyway, up for grabs today we have:
Super Nintendo SNES Burn-in cart with controller test REV A
Prisoner of War CANCELED PS2 press only NTSC 90% preview unreleased test disc
PROTOTYPE Resident Evil 4 chainsaw controller PS2 Playstation 2 test review
PROTOTYPE unreleased Evil Ryu Nuby Street Fighter wireless controller test book
Atari Lynx Kung Food rare development printing material artwork master art test
Darksiders II PS3 E3 DEMO DISC English Pre Release For Collectors PlayStation 3
Game & Watch Super Mario Bros Nintendo Disk Kun YM 901 S Special Prize F1 RARE
The Last of Us Post Pandemic Edition (No game included)
Large Intellivision lot many CIB 77 games, 70 boxes many overlays
Ultima Underworld PC-9801 Japanese with Paper Knife SIGNED by Lord British! RARE
Sega 32X Collection Bundle Near Complete (Web Of Fire, all CDs ) NO RESERVE
Super Star Fox Weekend Competition - Super Nintendo SNES NTSC CART, rare
F1 Performance Pack Aus Pal For Nintendo 64 - N64 RARE
1989 Topps Nintendo Original Punch Out Art Coa Rare
Extra Rare Pokemon Snap Demo Only Not For Resale Nintendo 64 Cartridge Game
SNES Super Nintendo RARE Metroid Phazon 0.3 Redesign
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon Video Game Philips CD-i (CDi) New in Box, Sealed
Nintendo 64 N64 Controller Hello Mac Japan (Rare)
Super 190 In 1 Nintendo Multi Cart Game Cartridge - 190 Games - NES - RARE
nintendo nes WILD GUNMAN not sealed VGA Q80 !! MINT new complete qualified
The gambling industry continues to thrive in the 21st Century as billions of dollars are spent every year by punters who strive to win considerable amounts of money and hit the big jackpots. We live in a world where a bet can be placed on anything, although the casino and sports betting markets remain the most popular avenues for gamblers Traditional land-based casinos and bookmakers will always remain a mecca for avid gamblers who revel in the drama, excitement and tension generated by placing a bet on a particular sporting outcome or any slot, table or card game.
The emergence of online gambling operators have revolutionised the industry as the internet not only continues to provide a platform for more casinos and betting companies to be formed, but also allow punters to gamble in a more convenient and efficient manner. Casino games have also seen a considerable increase in popularity as poker, blackjack and roulette gaming apps can be downloaded onto mobile phone handsets for people to enjoy playing wherever they are.
With gamblers now able to place bets at the single touch of a button or click of a mouse, it remains to be seen whether casino games will ever enjoy similar success on a console. Game developers have managed to replicate the experience of playing in a casino via high quality graphics and sounds. More importantly, casino-based console games have managed to integrate smooth gameplay physics that functions exactly the same way as playing any slot, table or card game at the casino.
Although there have only been a few titles released on the Xbox and PlayStation platforms, casino-based console games have generally been well received within the gaming community. The World Series of Poker: Full House is the most recent example of a poker game made available as a free download on the Xbox 360 which allows gamers to play heads up or tournaments against the computer or other players online. It provides user-friendly controls to carry out every regular action at the table, whether it is calling, raising, folding or going all-in. The game also carries an interactive element as gamers can customise their character through in-game purchases that can be bought using real money, although the value of money used to place bets is not real. This is arguably the greatest downfall of casino-based console games as they can only be played using fake money – an option that is already utilised by a number of online casinos for members to learn how to play, or scrub up on their skills and strategies to be more effective when real money is involved.
The future of console-based casino games
While casino games released on console are generally well received and generate a reputable volume of gamers to play them, they will always be eclipsed by the ever-growing popularity of online casinos and gaming apps. Both allow users to play for free which takes away the only unique point that console game provide; it remains to be seen whether console game developers can incorporate a system into casino titles that allow gamers to deposit and play using real money. Casino console games do have a purpose and a place on the market as they allow gamers to enjoy the fun aspect of playing poker. Although slot machines and blackjack have only been managed to be incorporated as mini games within titles such as Fallout: New Vegas and Red Dead Redemption, playing for fun is arguably as enjoyable and entertaining as using real money online. Casino-based console games will never reach the same heights as playing on an online casino or gaming app, but efforts should be made to integrate poker and other casino games onto next generation consoles.
TRANSFORM AND ROLL OUT! Hey, guys and gals. It's time for your next dose of collecting goodness. This update comes courtesy of Transformers and a character introduced in the very beginning of the canon. We're talking about Shockwave, the Decepticons' military operations commander. This position makes Shockwave the Decepticons' 'baddy number 2'. According to the original Transformers writer, Bob Budiansky, Shockwave's inspiration came from the original Star Trek character, Spock. Wikipedia describes Shockwave as thus:
"Shockwave is the name of several transformers in the Transformers franchise. Throughout his incarnations, he is usually distinguished by a laser cannon instead of one of his hands and his distinctive face, which is featureless save for a single robotic eye. He is also commonly portrayed as a cold, emotionless Decepticon. Due to issues with Hasbro's trademark of the name Shockwave, some products were also released under the name Shockblast."
At this point, the vintage 1st generation Shockwave action figures have attained a well deserved collectors status. And why shouldn't they? The figure looks absolutely amazing. At this point, you're probably chomping at the bit to get your hands on one of these legendary 1980's toys. Luckily for you, GameSniped trolled the Bay finding you guys the best deals around. So, without further adieu, let's check out listings:
-Please note that the above auction ends at 12 PM est. If you plan to bid, DO IT NOW!
-This item may be broken. But, for action figure hunters looking to build a collection, you can't beat this price!
-The listing says "for parts," but only because the left arm won't move. This is an awesome find in decent condition considering its age.
-Because, how will these figurines duke it out on your bookshelf if you don't have an opposing Autobot?
"A winner is you!" Guess who's back with a shiny, brand new post filled with vintage, video game goodness? You didn't think your friends at GameSniped were done after our last post, did you? Of course we aren't. This time, we're focusing on that lovable Japanese video game giant and all of the great vintage Nintendo swag that comes with it.
Seriously, you Nintendo lovers will adore some of these choice finds from the Bay. We dug up the best vintage Nintendo swag from the 80's that we could find. Hopefully, these gems can add to your vintage Nintendo collection. So, without further adieu, let us assess the treasures:
1) 1989 Nintendo Power Trapper Keeper - The seller, sublime_products, describes this item as a "Rare vintage 1989 Nintendo Power trapper keeper with 3 highlighter markers." I don't know about you, but I certainly wasn't going to do cartwheels over three highlighter markers thrown for free (YIPEE!). That was, until I looked closer and discovered the Nintendo Power logo on the markers. These are probably originals that came with the trapper. I also doubted the validity of the age of this trapper keeper. However, a quick Google search revealed a 1990 Nintendo Power trapper that looks identical. This is a cool Nintendo Power item from our childhood and the price is certainly right for a vintage item of this condition. Check it out and see what you think.
2) The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time T Shirt - This one is a vintage (and worn) Legend of Zelda T Shirt from the mid 90's. Stop gagging over there. This isn't for you to wear! This is for you to hang in a frame next to your Mario poster, geeze! But, seriously. The T Shirt is a bit worn. Sure, the colors are faded. But this is an original LOZ shirt from the 90's. What do you expect? If it were in better condition, the price would be astronomical. Consider this a great budget find for your collection.
3) Vintage Nintendo Sales Clips - This is the big one of the lot, guys. These clips were not for public sale when they were first distributed in the early 90's. Instead, the clips were worn by sales men in video game stores to advertise the Nintendo brand and products. The box is badly worn from time which isn't very surprising. However, the clips themselves are in excellent condition. The seller believes they've never been worn before.
4) Super Mario Bros. Vintage Badge Set - Here's a sweet set of Mario badges. They're in pristine condition and still sealed in their original bags.
5) Nintendo METROID Disc System Poster - This wouldn't be a vintage Nintendo swag list without a poster of everyone's favorite intergalactic bounty hunter, Samus Aran. This rare Metroid poster was released alongside the original Japanese version of the game. Like the other items on this list, it's in very good condition.
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You need to be a hardcore collector to want a Sega Pico.
Sega Pico was released in the US in 1994, and was discontinued in 1998. The system did well in Japan and wasn't discontinued there until 2005. In the US 20 games were released, while Japan had nearly 300. The Pico was branded as a computer and sometimes as a toy Sega did it's best for it not to be known as a video game console. This approach was taken in an effort avoid negative associations that were attached to video games. The Pico was suppose to be an educational product and the slogan for the console illustrates this mind, "The computer that thinks it's a toy". The system itself is a clamshell design which unfolds to hold the large book shaped carts that the system used and also act as the controller. The controller portion of the console had a very basic touchpad a "Magic Pen" and a large button which you used to play the games. The carts for this system are unlike any other system and were called Storyware. The carts act like books and have pages that open up and allow you to play different parts of the game.
It's a console oddity from a major publisher, it was Sega's last cart based system, and nothing else in your library will look like Pico games, they stand out. It's and easy set to complete because their are only 20 games in the US and not many people collect for the system so they are cheap. The system also has 3 major Sega titles in it's library and they are all exclusive to the Pico: Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld, Tails and the Music Maker, and Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt.
Sonic Gameworld was the last US release and is difficult to find with it's box, Richard Scarry's Huckle and Lowly's Busiest Day Ever even though it was a pack-in it did have a boxed version, while the cart by itself is very common the boxed version doesn't show up very often. Storyware Sampler, by far the rarest US title to find, good news is that it wasn't a retail release and isn't needed for the set.
3 Video Game Promo Pens (Three) SNK Neo Geo, Capcom, Aklaim
rare ORIGINAL 90s video game promo T-shirt: NINTENDO Super FX STARFOX shirt (L)
rare ORIGINAL 90s video game promo T-shirt: *NEW* Cardinal Syn, PlayStation XL
Atari 2600 Test Cartridge
4 Game in One Atari 2600
3 Xonox Double Ender Games For Atari 2600
Quadrun Loaner Cartridge (Atari 2600, 1983) READ DESCRIPTION
Kangaroo 021-01 - 1 / 21 / 1983 - 5200 Atari Prototype - Review/Loaner/Prototype
Intellivision System III 3 3504 Console Intellivoice 58 Games Congo Bongo He-Man
PlayStation 3 Metal Gear Solid Console w/ Extra Controller & MGS Headset
Ultima 1: The Original - SierraVenture
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They are a later release much like the usual 'Classic' re-releases found in the rest of Europe. The games seem to be a complete mish mash of older and newer games including a couple of Tec Toy exclusives (at least a Hack and a multi cart, see below).
The games are very easy to spot due to there striking purple covers and in some cases very different box art. The cases, cartridges and Manuals are from Tec Toy (Brazilian) this must be because both countries speak Portuguese. Perhaps Tec Toy had some surplus stock? Even so it's still strange that Portugal should produce these purple covers exclusively.
There were a total of 15 confirmed Portuguese Purples released (listed below) and a Purple boxed Master System III (Tec Toy's name for a Master System II).
Asterix and the Great Rescue
Bart Vs The Space Mutants
Game Box Serie Esportes (Great Volley, Super Futebol II and Wimbledon)
Indiana Jones e a Ultima Cruzada
The Jungle Book
The Lion king
Sapo Xule: S.O.S. Lagoa Poluida (Tec Toy hack of Astro Warrior)
Spiderman: Return of the Sinister Six
Taz in Escape From Mars*
3 Resident Evil 2 Action Figures - FACTORY SEALED - Tyrant, Leon & Claire
BioShock 2 Limited Edition Sinclair Solutions Syringe Pen
Nintendo Super Mario Bros 2 Beer Mug 1989
Club Nintendo Dr. LUIGI The Year of Luigi Cloth Lens Screen Cleaner NEW
Vintage 1989 Nintendo Super Mario Bros. Metal TV Tray
Factory Sealed 1989 Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System DMG-01
NEW & SEALED The Incredible Machine MS-DOS 3.5" HD VGA Big Box Sierra PC Game
Simpsons Bart and the Beanstalk Nintendo Game Boy New Sealed Complete in Box &
Game and Watch Nintendo Vintage - 1980 Collection
NINTENDO 64 DD N64DD - Radnet Starter Kit Disc Drive Console System - JAPAN JP
Seven Samurai 20XX PS2 Playstation 2 press only test reviewer review
FIRST 4 Wolf Link and Midna Exclusive Statue Figure Legend of Zelda #479 INSTOCK