NES QUEST pt.15: Game-hunting on vacation


Coastal vacations can’t stop this collector from NES hunting. I took a trip to visit my fiance’s sister for a bit of a couple’s mini vacation last month, and I brought a bag full of gaming dupes in my trunk. I did some research prior and found out that a local retro game store in the area was having a buy three, get one free sale.

So I decided to take advantage of the sale by finding two sets of four games of equal value. I had only been to this particular store once before. But like usual, I had some questions for the owner– mainly, what their trade policy was. This store gave almost 50 percent of cash or store credit for games, which were generally reasonably priced.

My bag full of games ended up equaling about $50 in trade credit. Since I knew I wouldn’t be back to this store for at least three or four months, my strategy was to go after the rare (not necessarily valuable). So I looked out for games that I had never seen. These are all of the games that I bought:

  • Pirates
  • Widget
  • Ultima Quest of the Avatar
  • Totally Rad
  • Skull and Crossbones
  • Stanley The Search for Dr Livingston
  • Wolverine
  • Quattro Adventure

I used up my trade credit plus about $40 in cash, trying to make the transaction quick so that I could get back to vacationing. This haul brings my collection from 185 to 193 NES games (including six licensed titles and two unlicensed games).

So for all you game collectors, do you go game hunting when you’re on vacation or are your holiday time just for relaxing? Let me know in the comment section. For the rest of the entries of NES Quest, check them out right here on Retro Chronicle.

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