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Finds 018: My Final Finds of The Year 2008

By : Luis Zena
So we have come to the end of another year and for me it was a great one with lots of great finds and umm I also graduated from college haha! Anyways, here you go my final finds of the year....oh yeah two of the Famicom carts I already showed but I think they deserve another shot.




Here are the latest Famicom carts I got. Two of them came in two encounters at the flea market while the other one was sent to me from Canada by a seller who didn't sent me the cart I bought in the first place so I got this one for free. I though it would be TMNT 2 but it ended up turning into TMNT 3.....I like TMNT 2 better if you haven't noticed.



I went to the thrift store yesterday but a little too late to find anything good. I did found a ps1 game for 95 cents which is Rayman 2. I also found a gameboy color codebook for 95 cents as well and finally a PC CD game with lots of shareware. I can probably mess around with it in my old packard bell.




I also found a Genesis model 2 in the thrift store for 9.99 + tax of course. The only reason I got it was because I saw it had a set of wireless controllers. I tried them out and they work perfectly. It's amazing sega made these since stuff like this was so ahead of its time. You see consoles right now come with only wireless controllers so if had a genesis with wireless controllers you were probably a sega god hahahha.


So that's about it I hope you all had a great time checking out my blog. Happy New Year!
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Finds 016: Flea Market Finds Including FF7

By : Luis Zena
Here are some kewl new finds. I got all of this for 20 bucks! It's was a great day for especially for FF7 black label which I got for only two bucks! Anyways, enjoy the photos woooohoooooo!


Here is a Power Joy with a Power Joy cart! Pretty kewl clone you know I was also able to test it out and it works great. Anyways, here are also some other games including Donkey Kong and Baseball stars for the NES. One last thing is the Gameshark for the gameboy color.


Here are some SMS games and the Game Gear I got with Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic Chaos. It's really kewl to play the Game Gear again.



Here are some big finds. I got FF7 for 2 dollars which is a steal! Same price for FF8 and a dollar for each of the cube games and the SOR2 genesis game.


Overall, a great day for me at the flea market. I will be mostly selling all this stuff. I think the only stuff I'm going to keep are the power joy, game gear, and game shark. Everything else will be up for sale. Cya later!
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Here is what I got!

By : Luis Zena
I'm currently typing from my brand new top of the line desktop!! WOOOOOTTTTTT
I also got lots of other stuff but I'll talk about them later tonight because right now I gotta go to a Miami Heat game!!! OHHH YEAHHH!

Merry Christmas

By : Luis Zena
Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope all of you have a great time. Lets hope that times will get better than worse and help each other out during these hard times. Also, enjoy this day and many more because you shouldn't only feel good during this time but all year long. People seem to forget what Christmas message is until it comes around next year.....Anyways, enjoy and stay tuned for more Famicom info here in my blog

Famiclone Power Joy

By : Luis Zena
So which Famiclone have you used the most? For me, the Power Joy 3 is the only Famiclone I've used but lately it has been giving me problems. For example, this Famiclone is only made up of a N64 style controller with the cartridge slot in the back of it. The problem with that is that I can easily move the cart out of place and therefore mess up the whole game and then I'll have to start over.

Another problem with this Famiclone is the cartridge slot itself. It seems it was only made for pirate carts because most of my licensed carts can't seem to fit in any possible way. It's very annoying since the Famiclone is supposed to make it real handy to just plug and play but it becomes annoying in the end. I have to end up playing my Famicom carts in my NES or Famicom.

Well I wouldn't recommend this Famiclone unless you are a pirate freak and hate license games. There are also built in games that make it real handy when you just don't want to take your carts out. Of course, you get the usual games like Super Mario Bros and Contra but to this day, those games are awesome! Enjoy and hope this little blog helps you decide on future Famiclone purchases.

One last thing, I give this Famiclone a rating as well! This Famiclone gets a three out of five. I'll have to work on some number graphics for this heheheh.

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Forgotten Finds #9

By : Luis Zena
In this entry of forgotten finds I came upon a find in a thrift store in South Beach. It's a place where you mainly find clothes and old records but this time around they had some games and it's rare since I have been there plenty of times and have come up empty. This was my lucky day as I walked out with these goodies for less than ten bucks. The biggest score was probably Final Fantasy VIII because of the black label and all. The discs looked like they were never played and the instruction booklet is intact. GTA3 was another game I wanted to check off my list and I was finally able to get a copy of this gruesome game. Anyways, that's all for now until next time.


Playing Prince of Persia SNES

By : Luis Zena
Alright so I decided to give this game a shot after over a decade since my last encounter with it. The game is still as fun as it was a decade ago and challenging as well. I was able to beat the first level in a couple of tries and well I got to the second level and that was it for me. I got to a part where I fight swordsman after swordsman and eventually I ran out of energy. I did kicked ass for a little while and the extra energy fat bottle helped me have more energy but not enough. I guess I'll give it a shot at it again tomorrow so I'll keep you posted and maybe a password for those guys who want to play the game themselves where I left off.
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Youtube Page Update Famicom Pirate Video

By : Luis Zena
Here is the latest video of the Multi Cart I found at the flea market. Parts 2 & 3 will be coming out soon so keep visiting and also check out my growing Famicom Encyclopedia videos which is a project I'm working on which will show gameplay of all Famicom releases. I'm currently working on letter A.

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No N64 for me yet....

By : Luis Zena
Yeah I have been collecting retro stuff for at least a year an a half and still with no N64.....I have come close to purchasing one but sadly I haven't I do have a couple of games for the console itself but they are unplayable! Anyways, just wanted to point out about my N64 console miss have.... AWAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! Gotta stop buying Famicom carts....
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Finds 015: Some Kewl Magazines

By : Luis Zena
Ah I totally forgot to blog about the magazines that came with my CIB Felix the Cat game and well they are all very minty and well I already had two of the three in the lot but still a very nice addition to my collection. Anyways, one of them is of a RIP magazine called Game Players which is really interesting. I only went through it looking at the pages real quick but it had a lot of information about SNES titles in particular as you can see in the cover it says "Nintendo Guide". Anywho, enjoy the photo and sorry for the delay on this lot.
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Finds 014: New Finds for Multiple Consoles

By : Luis Zena
Here are a bunch of little finds I got yesterday at the local thrift store. All of this for ten bucks is not bad at all! There were great deals in the end especially with the Castlevania Bloodlines and well the SNES. I tested everything and they all work correctly so it's time to see which I'm missing in my collection and which are going to be sold for some extra cash. That's about it for now....until next time!

The whole finds right here! SNES and Genesis games as well as some NES carts!
Here is a close up of the Genesis Games! Sweet memories of Mortal Kombat 1 & 2. Also Altered Beast is a kick ass game! Yes that's a Barbie game but I'm only keeping it for collecting purposes awaaaaaaaa!
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Forgotten Finds #8

By : Luis Zena
Back in the June, 2008 I was able to acquire this lot of games all for the disk system and all pirates! Yeah, this nice haul gave me endless hours of fun and still do once in a while when I can get my disk system out to play. There are some notables that come in this lot like Pacman and Kung Fu and there are others that have very unique perspectives. Overall, a nice find especially since I only paid five bucks for each. Until next time!

Finds 013: Felix The Cat CIB

By : Luis Zena
Hello and welcome to an entry of another one of my finds. This one I was able to get for only seven bucks which is great since I heard they go for much more. The game is so mint it even came with the plastic wrapper for the NES cart and dust cover. I tried the game and it's not bad at all. I don't know much about CIB NES games so I don't know much about this game. It also came with some Nintendo Power magazines and another magazine from the early 90s with it. Overall, it was a great deal and a must have addition for my collection since I love the Felix the Cat cartoons(the old ones that is).
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Forgotten Finds #7

By : Luis Zena
Here is one of the more interesting multi carts for the Famicom. This cart contains the following games: Pokemon Green, Spartan X2, Chip n Dale 2, and Recca! Yeah this cart has a copy of the exclusive Summer Carnival 92 Recca! It's an amazing game like no other. Not only it's rare to find this in cart but it's also a very good game that takes the NES capabilities to its limits. This game for those of you who have no idea what it is, is a shooter that goes at massive speeds both in gameplay and space. This cart is truly a great addition to my collection. Well the other games are very unique as well like Pokemon Green which is a hack of a Hello Kitty game. In the Pokemon game you play as Clefable and you have to I guess kill forrest monsters and reach the boss fights. Clefable is green for some reason so that gave it away since in the original game you have to play as the frog. The other game is Spartan X2 which is an awesome side scroller. For those of you this is the sequel that never made it to the US shores of the game Kung Fu. Spartan X2 plays like Kung Fu but with improved graphics and better gameplay. It only has four stages but each of them are very challenging unless you play on easy that is. The last game is Chip n Dale 2 which was released in the US. It's a game that you can have a lot of a fun with a friend so it's all good stuff in this cart. Well that's about it for now, gotta get some rest so until next time.


Finds 012: Flea Market Finds including Famicom Pirate

By : Luis Zena
So I went to another trip to the Flea Market. This time around the weather ruined my whole sale.....it was a real sad day for me since we didn't sell much of our junk. Well after putting all our stuff away we were tired and depressed due to our low sales....we expected to make some good money you know! Anyways, enough of that, I decided to go walk around and try to find stuff to cheer me up and did I? Yeah!!! I found my first Famicom cart in a Flea Market plus other stuff! Check it out!

On the top left you can see the pirate Famicom cart I found that comes with some good games like Super Mario Bros 3, Castlevania, Super C, Jungle Book, Toy Story, Ms.Pacman, and many more! It's a pretty kewl cart if you ask me! Then I found some CIB NES games and Gyromite cart that hopefully has a converter inside of it. Then there is The Little Mermaid cart and Prince of Persia for the SNES. I had a good day in the end but I couldn't wait to get home and sleep...yeah I didn't sleep at all the night before. I ended up going to sleep around 2pm and waking up at 11pm....now I'm off to bed....enjoy!
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Finds 011: More Famicom Finds!

By : Luis Zena
Here are a couple of new finds. There were supposed to be three carts in this lot but the seller didn't sent me one by mistake.....so now he is going to send me another one to take place of the one he ended up sending someone else. Yeah I was pissed because the other cart had a pretty kewl label. Anyways, the games here if you don't recognize them are Goal(left cart) and TMNT(right cart). TMNT is in Japanese for some reason....it's odd because pirate carts usually have English versions of the games. Goal is a pretty kewl cart too. I used to play it so many years ago and now it's part of my collection. That's about it so until next time!

Goal(left cart), TMNT(right cart)
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Update on SNES Mod!

By : Luis Zena
Well I finally found what type of paint will go great with the SNES so all that's left now is buy except I'm kinda of broke right now since I went a little overboard with Famicom games again but not to worry, it'll be done with the mod and have photos very soon.....
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Forgotten Finds #6

By : Luis Zena
Here is a great lot I got from craiglist a while ago. It's a fully working Saturn with some games. I paid ten dollars for it so it was really worth it. It even came with a gun and a memory card. One of the games that is worth a lot is The House of The Dead which costs around 130.00 dollars and up. You can search it on ebay and find different price ranges but I found out that the average is what I just mentioned. That's about it for this find, I'm happy to have a Saturn finally!

Finds 010: New Famicom Finds!

By : Luis Zena
Here is a new lot of games that I just got today. They are awesome titles but the one I liked the most was the Kunio Samurai game which plays like River City Ransom except it takes place in ancient Japan. Some other games I recognized are Ys and Dragon Buster 2. Dragon Buster 2 is a pretty kewl game and you know what when you start to walk it sounds exactly like when you walk in the game Front Line. Pretty weird huh? Anyways, that's all for now!

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Forgotten Finds #5

By : Luis Zena
Here is a very interesting lot. I have for the first time an strategy guide! It's for the game Super Mario Bros 3 and also in Japanese. It's great to see the pages even though I don't know what it says but in the future I will be able to read them. Anyways, there are also some kewl multi carts in here with some great games in them like the Kunios and Samurai Pizza Cats. Speaking of the Samurai Pizza Cats, I was able to beat the game last night without losing a life. The ending is very enjoyable but I won't spoil it for anyone. Enjoy and hope you like more of my finds of the past.

Finds 009: Vay for Sega CD is Mine!

By : Luis Zena
I was able to buy this game for a dollar! Man I got a really good deal for another masterpiece by Working Designs. I'm starting to like this company more and more since they have released such great titles mostly RPGs for the old consoles. There are many more games I want for the Saturn as well but I won't rush it. Anyways, I haven't tried this game but it's a real nice addition to my collection. The gameplay is similar to the Dragon Quest games so that's a big plus. Enjoy!

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Finds 008: Contra Adventure + Alundra are mine!

By : Luis Zena
Here are my new finds brought to you by Ebay. I was finally able to get Alundra for six dollars which is not bad although the only bad thing about it is that it's disc only. Still, I'm happy to have this game back in my hands. Also, Contra Adventure was a title that a forum member mentioned in the forum Famicom World so I decided to get it even though I heard it sucks.



Here is a closer photo of the Alundra masterpiece. I really didn't care about the lame sequel Alundra 2 but this one is just too good to pass up yet again. The intro has a lot of anime style art and even some gameplay and puzzle solving. This game is really nasty at puzzles. They can drive you crazy for hours but at the end you have the satisfaction that you accomplished something which is the boss hahaha! Well I guess that's good for the people who do nothing with their life.





This is a very interesting game. It plays like Contra 3 in some ways but instead of dying from one hit you have an actual health bar. I didn't played this game much but from what I did it was alright. The first level does have a revamped version of the Contra 3 first level. There is a lot more to check out in this game and I'll surely let all of you know about it but for now the game plays decent although I do have a complain which is when you are shooting one way and then want to switch to the other side it takes a little bit which makes you get hit a lot easier.


That's about it for now!
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Forgotten Finds #4

By : Luis Zena
Here are a couple of finds I snagged from Nintendo Age some months ago. These were pretty nice pick ups since I never had a pirate Super Famicom cart and this one is CIB! Yeah a CIB Super Famicom pirate cart doesn't come by often. The games that come in it are well pretty explainable if you look at the box. If you still don't know the titles are Super Mario World, Gradius 3, Super Smash TV, and Super Tennis. The titles themselves tell me that this cart was released during the first year of the Super Famicom.

The other cart (top right) is a Famicom multicart with some good games in it. The usual games come in it like Galaga, Contra, Mappy, etc. You'll also find Bobble Bubble in this cart which is a big plus. There are some other great games but I forgot which they were, I haven't played them in a while.


The final cart is the usual 32 games in 1 and yeah it does contain 32 unique games. They were kind enough to place the gambler girl from the Samurai Kunio game in it. Anyways, in this cart you get the usual Adventure Island, Goonies, Contra, Tank 90 game among others.

That's about it for this forgotten find. I still have lots of more finds to come back and give a little chat about.

PS1 Titles Arrived!

By : Luis Zena
I had two PS1 discs arrive today well sort of today and Saturday but I haven't had time to check them out. I have to go to work in half an hour so I won't have time to take photos until I get home tonight. Anyways, I'll post some info later tonight or tomorrow morning which is my day off ahhh good times....
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Not much new stuff to show....

By : Luis Zena
With the holiday weekend going on and all I think the postal service is taking a little longer. I have some new kewl stuff coming so I guess I'll have to be a little bit more patient. I will have some of the forgotten finds to show off. That's about all for now!
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Forgotten Finds #3

By : Luis Zena
This time around I'm going to go back a few months back to talk about a boxed pirate cart find. This is a pretty nifty and interesting cart. For example, the box has the word "TV-Game" upside down! The pirates must have been way too lazy to even care about the upside down scenario. Anyways, the cart comes with games such as TMNT 2, Super Contra, Double Dragon 3, and even a Robocop game. Overall, it was a pretty nice pick up for my collection since it only cost me three dollars.

Happy Thanksgiving

By : Luis Zena

This is FamicomFreak here to tell you to have a happy thanksgiving and enjoy all those football games being aired today. I myself will be playing my Famicom and maybe other consoles to pass the time. I got the day off work so I'm going to relax and enjoy the day. I hope all of you have a great day and enjoy your turkey.

Forgotten Finds #2

By : Luis Zena
Well here are some pretty kewl finds I got a while ago. They are the gameboy titles Dig Dug, Ducktales 2, and R-Type. Please just ignore the other carts since I'm only focusing on these three. Overall, I liked R-Type the best because of it's classic shooter gameplay. Ducktales 2 came in second because of the good old side scrolling action and finally Dig Dug was the least favorite of the bunch. Don't get me wrong, Dig Dug is a great classic game but I for some reason can never and have never gotten into it. To conclude, these games were a nice pick up to my small gameboy collection. If I remember correctly, I paid four dollars for this lot so not bad at all huh? That's about it for now, cya next time.

King Kong's Queen Kong

By : Luis Zena

As I was playing this game I decided to take a break and check out the demo gameplay that is shown. I was also introduced to what the story is behind this game. King Kong 2 is probably one of the more fun smashing games for the Famicom. The story should make you want to smash even more especially when Queen Kong is taken away! Oh NO!! Behold some snapshots of the intro:

King Kong's heart is pounding faster more and more!!

Those bastards have taken Queen Kong. Lets go teach them a lesson.

Never mess with an ape on mating season!
Now to have revenge on the world! Go King Kong GO!
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Finds 007: Lunar Silver Story is Here!

By : Luis Zena
Yeah I was finally able to play this great RPG in its original form. Lunar Star Story is everything a Sega CD game should be. It has a great story and gameplay. The cut scenes are a big plus since it helps you get into the story in more detail. I haven't had time to play this game much but it was more than enough to proove that it's a true classic and everyone should own a copy of it. The battle sequences are very interesting as well. I played the PS1 version long ago and ended up loving the battle system used in this masterpiece. There has been other sequels to this title but no other is better than this one and maybe the other Lunar game for the Sega CD.


Here is a photo of the Lunar game and my kitten. As you can see, he looks excited and wants a chance at playing this game!

That's about it for now. I still have a few surprices for the coming days.

Forgotten Finds #1

By : Luis Zena
This is a new series of blog entries with the purpose to show finds I never talked about but are worth mentioning.



Behold are the pirate carts Street Fighter IV and Adventure Island 2. These were a nice addition to my pirate Famicom collection because of Street Fighter IV. The game is really hard to come by making it rare but also it's a rare game that's worth every penny because it's one of the best fighters for the Famicom. This game is so great you can even fight using the playboy bunnies! It's a nice addition to anyone that wants something different to play on their Famicom as well as rare. Adventure Island 2 is also unique since it lets you pick the island you start on. You also get a lot more lives! It's great to get a little help from the pirates....

Finds 006: Flea Market Sale

By : Luis Zena
We decided to go to sell some of our junk yesterday morning and came up having a good time in the end. The busiest time was actually when we opened our spot. We made a little bit over fifty dollars but overall it was fun. I was able to pick up some stuff as well.

We had to wake up at 5am but I actually stayed up all night since I got out of work at 1am. This is a photo I took a little bit after we got to our spot. A lot of people didn't opened their spots until a couple of hours later maybe they were just waiting for people to start walking around or something.
This was our spot. We didn't bring any tables so we had to place everything in the floor. Of course, we placed a sheet on the floor so that we can place all our stuff. I brought some of the games I wanted to get rid of and ended up selling a few of them by the end of the day.
Of course the flea market has a big porn business going on nowadays. Spots like this one in the photo were all over the place. I didn't checked them out myself but they do look like burn DVDs. I also saw a lot of perverts at times and even a lady looking to purchase some porn.

As you can see in this photo the flea market was not busy at all! We were still able to sell some of our stuff but I think if we came another day of the week, we could have sold a lot more stuff.

You can find a lot of counterfeit items in the flea market. Right here there is a NES like clone with no cartridge insert so that means you can only play the games that are built in. The seller told me it had the board inside the console so maybe with some tweaking it could be opened and change the cart? The seller was selling it for twenty dollars which is not bad but it's always a gamble to purchase one of these items. There are also some fake pokemon trading cards that were a dollar each. They used to have Yu-Gi-Oh cards as well but I didn't see any this time around.
I was also able to find a Power Joy 3 Famiclone. This is the one that comes with the second controller and gun + the built in games. The game that the clone was running is Super Mario Bros. The lady was selling the clone for 25 dollars which is not bad considering it was cib. It would make a good gift for someone who wants a cheap Famicom. The sound is not the same as the Famicom though.
Here is a closer photo of the Power Joy 3 box. The controller looks like a N64 controller.



Well enough about the flea market, time to show my finds which weren't many but it was at least something rather than nothing. Here they are:
I saw this while the seller was putting his stuff away. He sold it to me for a dollar which is a good deal since it came complete. I don't have a genesis 1 or 2 so I can't make much use of this. Maybe my CDX will fit in here.
I found also a SNES from another seller who wanted to get rid of it badly. She said three dollars then five dollars then ten dollars and finally three dollars. Yeah I got it for three dollars and found the AC adaptor in another store later on that day. The SNES came with the AV output only + game. I tested it when I got home and works like a charm. I'm going to spray paint it to give it a nice new style. I'll show photos of my finished project.


So that's about it....I hope you enjoyed this nice blog entry and please keep visiting for more retro gaming entries!
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Lunar the Silver Star on its way!

By : Luis Zena

I was able to find a cheap copy of Lunar for the Sega CD on ebay. I got it for 20 bucks + free shipping so that's a good price since I've been looking at other auctions and they go for up to seventy dollars! I think 20 dollars for a Lunar game is always a good deal. You know how much the psx versions go for right? Anyways, I hope it'll get here this week but with Thanksgiving coming I doubt it'll happen. Oh yeah I found out that the Sega CD has built in memory to be able to save games. That's great isn't it? Well that's all for now.

Finds 005: Sweet new finds!

By : Luis Zena
Well today I went to the thriftstore to see if I could find some Famicom carts but came out empty again well not really. I was able to find some other kewl stuff including a CDX console. At first I though it was a 32X adaptor for the Genesis but when the lady showed it to me it said CDX which I had no idea what it was until I saw the sega logo on the AC adaptor so I took it. When I got home I found out that it was actually a Genesis console with the Sega CD addon which is great because I wanted a Sega CD for a long time and finally got one. I was nervous whether or not the console was going to work but in the end it was all good. I only had crappy games to try out in the Sega CD addon but it was so sweet to see them boot up. Below are my other finds.
Playing Battletoads on my new CDX hehe....

A close up of the CDX. I couldn't figure out what to do with the game Dragon's Lair....


I found an extra SNES controller as well. It's always nice to have extra controllers since one I had recently stopped working.


Here are some more games including Double Dragon(NES), World Class Soccer(SNES), and Stunt Race FX(SNES) which use the FX chip for some enhanced graphics.

Overall it was a pretty good day and I only spent ten dollars for all these items. I think the CDX is somewhat valuable but I'm not going to let it go since I was looking for a Sega CD player.
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