Saturday, January 18, 2014
Famicom Rarity Find! Battle Formula!
I did a little retro game shopping at an actual store yesterday and made an amazing discovery: Battle Formula! And cheap!
I have been on a quest to find this game for years now. I have only come close on two occasions. The first time was a couple of years ago when I visited the Mandarake in Kitakyushu, which had a copy in their glass case for I think 12,000 yen or so if I remember. I couldn`t afford it so passed, but oh how I wanted it.
The second time was about 3 months ago when I bit on a copy on Yahoo Auctions. The copy in question was pretty beat up, with a bit of damage on the front and a completely messed up back. I dropped out when the bidding got up to about 8,000 yen or so, I don`t know how much it ended up going for.
There are a few reasons I have wanted this game so bad. First, it is one that I need for my full Famicom set. Second, look at that cover art - it is totally awesome. Third, it is a pretty cool game.
So when I found it there - a copy in perfect condition no less - for a mind blowing 3000 yen (about 30$) tears of joy came to my eyes:
Omocha Souko closed down almost 2 years ago.
I think Battle Formula might be the hardest regular game in the Famicom catalogue to find if you exclude all the limited edition, gold version, not-sold-in-stores rarities. There is only one copy of it on Ebay, compared to three copies of Recca and about a billion copies of Gimmick! On Yahoo Auctions there is also only one copy, going for 15,000 yen. So I am super happy to be able to cross this off my want list without having to take a bank loan or anything.
I am however left with the problem of not having a suitable display case or anything for this beauty, which I think is now the highlight of my Famicom collection. My apartment is so crowded I just can`t do my carts justice display-wise.
I think I need to get some sort of special case to keep it in that will properly reflect the high regard I hold this baby in. I am currently leaning towards something along the lines of this:
I would need to hire 4 full time Ark-bearers with this option though, not to mention the cost of supplying them with the proper outfits and accoutrements. This is a bit out of my price range now, so my copy of Battle Formula will temporarily be stored in a box on a shelf until I figure out what to do with it.
Anyway, I`m so happy about this! My goal of collecting all the Famicom carts has passed another milestone!