Sunday, May 6, 2007

History Revisited

Today was another quick visit to the flea market, nothing new, but still interesting stuff.

First off a copy of Zelda: A Link to The Past, pretty good game that still holds up and my favorite Zelda to date, featuring none of the annoying voice clips from the GBA port, this is always a welcome find.

Next off a Snes Multitap, decent price, but I was about to pass on it, I already own one of those and another no-name brand too, and still no Bomberman games or any multiplayer games for that matter on Snes.

But then along came this (Make a wild guess):

That's right, yet another NOMAD, this one sporting a crack on the screen, but I was planning on getting replacements from ebay anyways, the other problem was the price, seeing it came with no games or AC adapter, I tried haggling to no effect, but still didn't want to pay full price or leave it there. So what do you do in these cases? Taunt the seller and challenge him to a coin toss! If I lost, I would pay full price, if I won, I pay full price but take the multitap along too.

Since you are reading this, you know who won this one!

So there you have it, now there are three of these things here, maybe I should start building a house out of them or something.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

A find from the past

I went on a vacation and couldn't find any crazy game stuff, but that doesn't mean I don't have a few aces up my sleeve (or closet).

So what is it?

Is it any good?

Better than buying new stuff?

Oh it is good, behold: A SEGA CDX!!

That's right, another semi-obscure piece of SEGA's past, this came with a bunch of very crappy games, like two copies of Sewer Shark and a few of those Make My Video, after much arguing and haggling and begging and nearly crying, the guy decided to sell the CDX to me with all hookups and no games.

So what is so special about this one? Well, as the name suggests, it's a SEGA Genesis and a SEGA CD in one, with the huge advantage of having a single power supply, not having to swim in a sea of cables, compact size and it doubles as a "portable" CD player!

Just pop in a couple AA Batteries, plug in some headphones and Presto! Not too exciting in this day and age, but back then, I guess it was a cool feature and the first generation CD players were about as bulky and used more batteries.

As for the games part, it works just like a regular SEGA CD and Genesis, no cart and it reads off the CD. This one is also compatible with the 32x, but I have read that some are not, I tried to put the Power Base Converter, but it was bending the power cable, so that will remain a mystery until I decide to tear it apart.

And finally, the size part. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some comparison shots with all the other Gennys I have.

Genesis 3

The Genesis 2 and SEGA CD 2

Genesis 1 and SEGA CD 1

And last but not least, the almighty NOMAD! Or two for that matter.