I was able to score Burger Time and Valkrye a few years ago, leaving me just missing Galaga to complete the set. But I got distracted and totally forgot about it for years. Then the other day my son was playing Galaga (I do have a loose copy of it, its a favorite) and it kind of jogged my memory: "Oh yeah, sitting in a box in a closet somewhere I have all the Namcot games CIB except Galaga. I should do something about that."
So I got on Yahoo Auctions and looked for CIB copies of Galaga and HOLY CRAP! I haven't perused Yahoo Auctions for games in over a year and damn, prices have gone through the roof. I guess this is another one of those weird side effects of the Pandemic, everyone is buying video games so prices have soared.
Anyway, the best price I could find on a dodgy, beat up CIB copy was about 20$, but I decided to instead go for a nice shiny copy (not new, but close to it), which cost me about 50$. I think it was worth it, voila:
The collection is complete!
Well, kind of. My copy of Battle City does not have the manual, and the box is in pretty lousy shape so I might upgrade that one at some point (unfortunately that will be expensive). Druaga and Super Chinese are also a bit iffy and might also get replaced with nicer copies. I really wish I had done this 5 years ago when doing so would have probably cost about 1/4 what it will today, but oh well!