18-04-2016, 10:40 PM (This post was last modified: 18-04-2016, 10:57 PM by crispier taco. Edit Reason: missed apostrophes, for the most part )
Admin GG's Retro Hardware and Game Pickups Collection Thread
Welcome to my Retro pickups thread! As you all know (because im sure I've told everyone I've ever been in contact with) I built a sweet ass arcade machine recently:
Now this arcade can emulate everything from early Atari to PS1, Sega Dreamcast (even PSP now) and everything in-between. I mainly use the arcade for actual arcade games, however I've been diving loads into all the awesome consoles of the old days since I have access to entire game libraries at my fingertips.
So begins the start of my problem: being able to play every game on every console from the 90s and below sort of back fired on me. Instead of scratching that itch of being able to play any game from any console I chose, it really just made me want to play those games on their original hardware.
So I bought a few retro imitation USB controllers like NES and SNES controllers and plugged them into the arcade. It felt good to play the games more natively, but it still just quite wasn't doing it for me.
The next thing you know, I bought an original NES. And so begins my new stupid expensive hobby.
I am now a proud owner of an original 1985 NES console. It's the front loader version. My initial purchase bought me the console, a controller, and the games Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (both goddam classics. Since then I've acquired a few more games for it and a NES Zapper. One of the first home light guns released.
The console itself is in very nice condition, almost no yellowing at all (whats yellowing you ask? Basically the reaction of UV light and the bromine they put in plastics back in the day). It works great too. It's been region unlocked, which was super easy to do for a NES (just clip a pin inside it) so it can play PAL and NTSC games. It's a PAL console itself and I'm hoping I'll get a few years out of it. It has no moving parts inside (no disk drives etc.) but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't paranoid that this 35+ year hardware might just blow at some point.
I paid $190 for it, which is fairly reasonable considering its great condition. They go for alot more on Trademe and sometimes less to but condition etc. varies widely.
The console is pretty basic. Games go in front, you turn it on, any issue hit reset.
The iconic NES controller is probably my favorite though. Its not particularly comfortable after awhile, and my hands are too big for it, but I love the buttons and dpad.
So here's my collection for it so far:
From left to right we have: Castlevania, Defender of the Crown, Wild Gunman, Operation Wolf, RYGA, Super Mario Bros + Duck Hunt, Excitebike, Soccer, and about 190 games in 1 cart.
Castlevania for those who know is a super popular series and a rare game to have, costs me $50 alone. Wild Gunman, Duck Hunt, and Operation Wolf are all light gun games and boy do I love me some light gun games. Duck Hunt has to be my fav next to Wild Gunman. Such classics.
And here's the setup in action. The NES Zapper is so comfy and a such a satisfying gun to use. Wild Gunman is pictured on the TV.
My first impressions when using it were 'I think I've gone too far back'. I thought it would be cool and all to have an NES, but damn this shit is old. All in all I'm happy with my pickup though.
Not everything I'll pick up and be posting in this thread will be considered 'retro'. I would consider the following 'old school' but not 'retro' just yet.
Now that I have the bug for collecting shit I've been checking out second hand stores and auction houses. I scored an original Xbox for $20 in an auction with no cords or anything. Cords are cheap enough and I'm lucky enough to be borrowing a controller for now.
The Xbox works great an only needed a clean up. The day after getting it I looked in a bargain mart and shit you not found Halo 1+2 and a bunch of other great xbox games for like $10. So I've already got some decent games to go with it.
I wanna try collect some decent multiplayer games as the xbox is natively 4 player which is great.
All together on a decent sized CRT TV in my garage <3
I plan to continue to update this thread as I collect more gear. Currently I've got a couple more things to show but I'll do that in my next post.