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Marketplace / Re: Looking For / Help Me Find Thread
« on: May 19, 2021, 04:11:30 pm »
Hey everyone!

I am currently looking for a few SNES game boxes. The highest priority right now are for the following:

-Secret of Mana

-Kirby's Avalanche

-Goof Troop

If you by chance have any other SNES game boxes you are trying to sell, please let me know what you've got. I would be interested.

Thanks! :)

25 years ago! (US release)

I find it hard to wrap my mind around this wonderful game being released 25 years ago. Like many, I have so many great memories with this weird, immersive adventure. From new, original characters, to a unique story line, and the introduction of Mario into RPG genre, there are so many things that make this a standout titles on the Super Nintendo.

I was very young in 1996, but I have many fond memories of my Dad taking my brother and I to our local video rental store to rent video games (before the small town I grew up in got a Blockbuster). I remember seeing that strange looking box art on the shelf. Mario, + gang looked very different than they usually did. It was a brand  new adventure we were eager to play! We probably rented that game dozens of times to play it. My brother and I always made it pretty far, but never beat the game.

Back in 2011, after graduating High School, some part of me wanted to start collecting / playing many of these classic games from the 90's I played as a child. While I found my original N64 & Gameube (plus their games) in the basement, somehow my favorite console, the SNES was MIA. To this day, I still don't remmeber whatever happened to it. Maybe it was donated, or traded in sometime back in the day. So I created an ebay account to buy a Super Nintendo, along with a copy of Super Mario World - another childhood favorite. Of course, SMRPG was a purchase that shortly followed.

Needless to say, this wonderful game still holds up today. In fact, I have recently decided to acknowledge it as my favorite video game of all time.  About two years ago, I was lucky enough to buy an orignal box and manual for it for a reasonable price. Every-time I pick up the box, a big smile comes out of me, much like the smile of that kid who saw the box for the first time in that small town video rental store.

What are your first memories with this game? Are you in the camp that wants a sequel / and or remake? Or do you believe its legendary charm of remaining as it is, is what makes it so special?

Happy 25th, Super Mario RPG!

Classic Video Games / Re: Boxes for loose games/replacement boxes/cases
« on: January 10, 2021, 08:49:57 pm »
For my favorite snes and 64 games, I try my best to search ebay for original boxes if possible. Obviously, with some of the best titles, comes higher prices. If it is too high for me / an unreasonable price, then I get custom cases for them. Personally, I like the inventory / style from Custom Game Cases (

Those cases run about $5 each, are pretty good print quality for the artwork, and have slots for both the game cartridge and a manual. Additionally, if you are looking for reproduction cardboard boxes, I recommend "Dangerous Games" on Etsy. I have a repro box made by them for Super Mario World, and I am happy with it.

Hope this helps!

Classic Video Games / Re: Let's Build a List! Majesco Re-Releases.
« on: July 08, 2020, 08:02:05 pm »
My copy of Goof Troop (SNES) is a Majesco copy. I'm pretty sure all of the Disney/ Capcom games on SNES had Majesco releases.

Classic Video Games / Re: My SNES collection - June 2020
« on: June 10, 2020, 06:42:36 pm »
You've got some great titles there. Goof Troop is actually an amazing puzzle game.

Only about half my collection is CiB, I'm going the same route with my loose carts though and gradually getting them custom cases. I've got a whole stack in cases that are just waiting for me to getting around to printing off the art.

Thanks man! You probably saw one of my older posts here where I was indecisive about what route to continue taking with my collection. And like you said, I’ve decided that for the rest of the loose carts / other games I want to pick up, I will just get the custom cases for them. Im happy with the original boxes I have now, and it just hurts the wallet too much.

I will say though, that I plan on picking up Dr. Mario & Super Mario All Stars. For those, I want the original boxes. You can notmally find decent prices for those two games CIB.

Classic Video Games / My SNES collection - June 2020
« on: June 10, 2020, 01:31:14 pm »

Thought I'd share a pic of my SNES collection before boxing it up for my move. A humble mix of original complete in box, custom game cases, and loose cartridges. I will admit, the Super Mario World box is not original. It was purchased from DangerousGames on etsy about 2 years ago.

Latest pickup: Original Mega Man X box!

Hope everyone is having a good and safe kickoff to summer so far.

Cheers!  8)

Classic Video Games / My "strange" copy of Mega Man X2
« on: May 29, 2020, 07:22:07 pm »
I have had my copy for quite some time now, and about 2 years ago, I posted in the r/snes reddit forums asking if this was a legit copy.

I asked because it took me a long time to realized that the cartridge shell was not period-appropriate (being the older front locking style, rather than the later style on snes cartridges, like this game should have. Its also obvious that the label has been messed with. When I finally got around to opening up the cartridge, it turns out it was an authentic copy, which was a big relief for me.

My only guess is that something happened to the original shell, and the previous owner very carefully removed the label somehow and transferred it (along with the board) to a different cartridge shell. I guess they didn't think choose the appropriate era?

In any case, just thought I would share this strange story / copy of my game. Anyone else happen to have a copy of Mega Man X2 like this, or a bandaged up "Frankenstein" copy of another game? I kinda like its weirdness.

Pretty sure one of the two discs has the classic arcade game on it.

Classic Video Games / Re: Let's talk about collecting retro CIB
« on: May 26, 2020, 01:12:13 pm »
sword dude,

Thanks for the input.

I completely understand what you are saying. Since I collect to play, I don't necisarily want/  need to have a "mint" shape box, and every single original insert. I suppose some do. To each their own. But I will say that I do like to have the boxes and manuals a nice little extra. Again, *if* the price is reasonable.

Let me propose this:  there are still a few of the great SNES exclusives I want such as Super Metroid. I've held off on it because I would love to have it with the original box, etc. But this game is a prime example of the value being way too high. Should I just pick up cartridge and maybe someday find its box, or go all in for it? Maybe you have already answered my question, but what would you personally do?

Classic Video Games / Let's talk about collecting retro CIB
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:09:44 pm »
I am in a bit of dilemma since I started trying to collect complete in box, or what I consider to be (Cartridge, box, & manual). I understand many don't consider this to be complete, and I understand that since it is missing extra inserts, etc. For the sake of not listing here what I already have CIB, I will narrow down my scenario to my SNES games examples.
Back on track: Since I have started a new goal about a year ago (boxing up my cartridges with manual), I have been having a hard time doing so. As you could probably guess, its very challenging to find reasonable prices for this scenario of listings of "box & manual only". I have gotten lucky a few times, but in many cases, my only options are to buy a game that (that I already have) as a CIB listing, thus paying a higher price, and ending up with an extra copy of a game. Since I collect to play, this is somewhat of a burden. On the other hand, for games I don't have yet, this is completely fine, as long as the CIB prices are reasonable.

Again, with the cartridges I have without boxes..I think of a few scenarios on how to proceed:

-Only collect the original boxes for my favorite titles only

-Collect the boxes for my favorite titles, AND for third party / lower titles in my collection that are only really cheap (example: Fifa International Soccer , Suzuka 8 Hours, etc..)

-Keep trying to get the boxes for all of them (maybe hope the "bubble" will pop soon..  ???)

How would you personally go about this? Any tips or suggestions? How do you justify how much to spend for original boxes, especially in a scenario like this? Do you have a mix of CIB and loose, and have accepted that some of the really high boxed games are fine without the box?

General / Re: What's the best free haul you've ever gotten?
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:48:06 pm »
Ah, man. I always envy those kinds of posts & stories. I read them a lot on reddit, too.

I have never had any free hauls for games. I have even tried asking friends, family, and co-workers. Even tried asking them "if you know anyone who has (____), I'd be interested in it".

Oh well. I'm still not giving up on trying!

General / Re: Intro thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:30:09 pm »

 I collect to play, and my favorite system to collect for is the Super Nintendo.

You are a man of culture, I see.

Hahaha. I try!

General / Re: Intro thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 09:33:42 pm »
Thank you! I'm slowly (but surely) learning the layout. Starting to add some of my games into my collection tab. :)

General / Re: Intro thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 09:21:10 pm »
Hi everyone,

I just discovered this database/ forum today. I made my way here from coming across SNES HUB a few nights ago. I'm glad I finally  found a place where I can catalog my games. I collect to play, and my favorite system to collect for is the Super Nintendo. I was born in 1993 and grew up with so many great memories from the 16-bit era. Super Mario World was my introduction to Nintendo, and video games in general.

I look forward to seeing new collections, and I am excited to start some discussions with you all!

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