The local retro game collector community is pretty strong and as such we have a lot of local events strung through the year that are well worth attending even if you are lightly into the retro scene. In October Cheerful Ghost runs a booth at Portland Retro Game Expo and in January some of the same folks host the PRGE/NWCGE Swap Meet. It's hosted at the Portland Double Tree and it's much smaller and more focused on buying, selling and trading retro games. Will and I hit it up this year and were some of the first people in line to peruse the crazy amount of amazing retro games and collectables. One of my yearly goals is to limit myself to only buying 5 games this year and that makes going to a retro game expo tough but I had a game in mind I've wanted to get for a long time. One of my favorite games on the Super Nintendo is King Arthur's World and it's one of the more obscure games on the platform. I never thought the game got the recognition it deserved as a kind of Lemmings inspired knights and wizards RTS. Since the game doesn't have a huge following it doesn't sell for a lot so I picked it up for a good price.

As Will and I were rounding the show floor I overheard a vendor saying they wanted to move their issues of Nintendo Power and were selling them for a dollar. They were bagged and boarded and in great condition so I immediately was interested. The guy that the vendor told that to directly nabbed each issue he could find but missed a box so after he left I swooped in and walked away with 18 issues. I'm thinking about slowly working to owning a nearly complete collection and this is a really great first step. The issues I bought were Top Secret Passwords, Super Mario Bros. Inside Out Part 1 & 2, Issue Number 9, 23, 24, 26, 28, 37, 45, 48, 55, 63, 68, 70, 71, 74 & 107. I'm thinking a complete collection up to about issue 70 or so sounds good so i'm fairly well on my way to that.

I also picked up a couple versions of Star Wars on VHS I didn't own yet in The Empire Strikes back 1992 release along with The Making of Star Wars VHS released in 1995. I've nearly completed my Star Wars on VHS collection and all I need to button it up is Empire and Jedi on the original CBS/FOX VHS run and Revenge of the Sith. I'm still not sure if I plan on collection all the versions of Star Wars on Laserdisc or if i'll just go for one version of the trilogy on Laserdisc. It's a really obscure format and like Betamax i'm interested in how hard it might be to find locally.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 01/26/2018 at 05:07pm

3D graphics and Dolby Surround Sound! I really don't remember this game at all. Hopefully I can see it sometime soon!

And that's rad about the Nintendo Powers. I remember having so many as a kid, but I don't remember what happened to them. I probably didn't take care of them, and they got recycled after falling apart lol

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 01/26/2018 at 05:34pm

It was funny, we found King Arthur at the last booth we visited. It was meant to be.

I picked up for the NES: Goonies 2, Fester's Quest and Batman and for the Genesis: Aladdin and Golden Axe.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 01/26/2018 at 06:06pm

Nice finds Will! Aladdin was great back in the day (I had it on the SNES), and I remember Fester's Quest and Batman from many weekend rentals :)

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 01/26/2018 at 06:32pm

Thanks! I had both Fester's Quest and Batman back when I originally had a NES, so I had to pick those up. I played Goonies 2 a lot at my friend's house back in the day and remember good things about it. I always wanted Aladdin for the Genesis, but never picked it up. As far as Golden Axe goes, it is just a fun game.

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