Saturday, February 22, 2014
I wouldn`t normally bother buying a baseball game, but this one is of mild interest from a Famicom collector`s point of view. Note the little red circle there which says `Tereka tsuki Gentai Hin` - Limited Edition, comes with telephone card.
It seems the phone cards, which have the game`s cover art on them, are a prized collectible among both Famicom and phone card collectors, so over the years pretty much every CIB copy of this game (there seems to have been a few cases of them that survived as dead stock) has had the phone card removed. An almost CIB copy of this game goes for about 2-3$, but the phone cards go for more like 15-20$ each, so it is by far the most valuable part of the game.
I can`t really get too excited about owning a phone card, so I haven`t bothered picking one up. But if you are a purist, I suppose you would need one in order to truly have a CIB copy of this game.
Anyway, that is just another random, extremely minor piece of Famicom collecting trivia that I stumbled across recently and just thought I would put it out there!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
It is in pretty rough shape, wtih a crease down the middle, some wrinkles here and there and some surface wear on the pilot`s face. Still I count this as a pretty cool purchase.
Sky Destroyer was a Japan-only release on the Famicom that never made it to the NES. Somehow I forgot to include it on my recent overview of Japan-only releases. It is not a bad pilot-perspective shoot em up. The gameplay is somewhat similar to After Burner, only not quite as good. I still like it though, the graphics are a bit primitive but in their simplicity they make the screen look pretty cool.
I guess it is pretty obvious why this was never released outside of Japan - you are flying a Zero in World War 2 and trying to shoot down American planes. No way in hell that would have been released anywhere but Japan, unless they reversed the roles.
Anyway, politics aside I`ve always really liked the cover art on the Sky Destroyer box (and by extension my new chirashi).
It has the perfect balance of color - the blue sky, green plane, yellow border and pink lettering of the game title.
This was one of the early Taito series that came numbered. Sky Destroyer is number 5 in the series. The back of the chirashi has an ad for the first four, Space Invaders, Chack n Pop, Front Line and Elevator Action:
Actually all of those also have really awesome cover art. I have Chack n Pop and Space Invaders CIB and they are both pretty cool, especially Chack n Pop. Elevator Action in particular is a game that I really want to find CIB and to get a chirashi for. The artwork on that one is even better than Sky Destroyer and probably one of the best out of the entire Famicom catalogue.
For now though I have put my Sky Destroyer chirashi in a little frame next to my DC Cab movie poster, which is by far the coolest thing that I own. I think they go well together.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Look how small that is! It fits in the palm of my hand like it was nothing. So cute!!
And look the Super Mario Bros cart isn`t just a molded part of the Famicom, it actually comes out and is so tiny:
Each comes with a little explanatory booklet:
The FDS is pretty cool too, it hooks up to the Famicom just like a real one:
My favorite part about them is probably that they are almost perfect sized Famicoms for vintage Star Wars action figures
Too bad they don`t have a little TV to play it on.
I also got a Wild Gunman set (which comes with three teeny weeny carts - Wild Gunman, Duck Hunt and Hogan`s Alley), a Family Basic and a Square Button Famicom. I might put pics of them up in a future post.
I really like these things, I have to find some imaginative way of displaying them....