To start our new collecting section, what better than addressing the core of what’s currently my collection: everything around Nintendo 64, including a full PAL set of Nintendo 64 games. I’ve been collecting for years and years consoles, cartridges, accessories… Sometimes I even take it as a charity, due to the fact of keeping in the best possible shape at least one copy of each available game, of each accessory, of each… whatever 😛
I started collecting Nintendo 64 thanks to (or because of) a friend, who gave me a birthday present: some Nintendo 64 cartridges. I had just bought the console, specifically the clear green one (named Jungle Green), so everything came at the right time to start enjoying it. I got really happy with my new console (well, it was second-hand) and my new games, although not quite like this:
I can’t remember all the games he gave me, although I do remember Shadow Man and 007 Goldeneye (OMG, what a game!!!). And everything started there and then… since today. We’ll talk some other day about the piles of games and consoles that I’ve been gathering through the years but, in summary, I can disclose that my collection includes all the console versions that hit national territory (all boxed!!!) and a full set with every PAL published game for this console (all boxed with manual, too!!!):
- May 2016: having a look at the prices of the damn game, but bearing in mind that it’s one of the very few left to complete the PAL set, I get a loose one on eBay Australia (177€).
Pros: my cartridge has dodged customs (muahaha).
Cons: the cartridge arrives and I think why the hell I’ve bought a loose cartridge if what I want is a complete full set. I get puzzled and disoriented.
- July 2016: I overcome my fears and strike again. This time I get a complete one, also on eBay Australia (290€, even back then it was a bargain, currently that would be to laugh at).
Pros: it arrives 😐
Cons: customs crushes me, 25€ (they’re still laughing). I look at the box, and there are some parts with sun fade. I open the box… and the manual is not the PAL version but the USA one!!! The bargain at the end wasn’t such.
Pros 2: I complain to the seller and he refunds 40€ for the manual_and_sun_fade-gate. I decide that, at least, it’s not too bad: in summary, I got it for 265€ with a sun-faded box and a USA manual.
Cons 2: yes, I got it “cheap”, but… I still don’t have a complete PAL version!!! Tantrum.
- August 2016: I look at my wallet. My wallet looks back at me, threatening. Due to the body weight difference, there’s not much it can do, so I manage to get the card out and buy anothere complete one on eBay Australia (this time at a more “standard” price of 582€).
Pros: it also arrives…
Cons: customs crushes me again with another 25€, they must be saving to buy themselves their own copy of Starcraft 64 PAL.
Pros 2: yes. At last. Mine already. A Starcraft 64 PAL cartridge, with PAL version box and PAL version manual. I cry with emotion.
Furthermore, in the July 2016 purchase, I put stake all my weapons of seduction to get the seller to also include the official game guide. In the end I didn’t have to show anything, it turns out the seller just wanted money. So I paid 25€ extra and here it is with me:
Then, of course, once a complete Starcraft 64 achieved, ¿what now? Obviously, getting Snowboard Kids 2 PAL also complete… ugh. My wallet is really smart and, as soon as it realized what was going on, it started running. 2 hours it took me to find it, hiding where it thought I would never look: inside the Superman 64 box (if you know the game you’ll know why, if not I’ll tell you some other day).
Chronology of the Snowboard Kids 2 mission:
- May 2016: this one I bought it also on eBay Australia (180€) more or less at the same time as the first Starcraft 64 cartridge.
Pros: it dodged customs!!!
Cons: yes, as I said I bought it more or less at the same time as that Starcraft 64 loose cartridge… and I made the same mistake, loose also. Idiot!!!!!!!
- November 2016: I buy one boxed on eBay Australia, as it’s a “good price” (456€).
Pros: dodged customs again. I can’t believe it, all of them must have died.
Cons: what do you want the cons to be? Haven’t you seen how much it is to buy now a loose manual? Idiot!!!!!!
- October 2017: almost one year it takes me to decide to take the step and scratch my pocket again. New purchase on eBay Australia, this time for a loose cartridge with its manual (282€).
Pros: I really start worrying about customs people, it arrives again at no additional cost. But oh well, it’s been them who decided to step out of our relationship, so I just accept it.
Cons: now’s the time when I should be happy, because I already have it complete, right? Mistake!!! Now I see that this game, apart from the manual, came originally with a leaflet, some sort of “quickstart guide”. And it’s not included in my purchase. Noooooooooooo!!!!!
- November 2017: eBay Australia, 17:48 of a cold evening. I find the leaflet on auction. I lurk. I bid. I get overbid. I bid again. I win!!! At a very good price (41€) considering the regular price back then, just that leaflet used to sell for twice as much easily.
Pros: I will at last have it complete and I won’t get charged at customs as it’s just a leaflet!!!
Cons: the seller cancels the purchase, most likely somebody offered more money for it. I take off my cloths to see if I can get it… nothing, no answer 🙁
- August 2018: almost another year later, I think: “it’s now or never”. eBay Australia again. I find a loose manual that includes the leaflet, with no game, but quite expensive (200€). I start negotiating with the seller, and I get a discount!!! Nothing out of this world though, but well, it goes down to 176€.
Pros: now yes, at last I’ll have it complete!!!
Cons: the card bank issuer sends me an e-mail congratulating me for being customer of the year for the third year in a row.
For those of you who don’t know the Snowboard Kids 2 leaflet I’m talking about, it’s this one:
After all this expenditure, there were only a few minor details to complete my collection, as you can imagine at expense of my financial health. Anyway, in order to finance those acquisitions I came up with the idea of cutting back a bit on other expenses, like for example food. Here I am after a few weeks of getting used to my new budget: