It just doesn’t seem to end – when retro gaming in Japan

You guys must be getting sick of me making post after post about the gear that I am finding over here in Japan. If I was back home scrounging to find a few carts, or a few lonely disks in the wild, it would make me sick seeing some spoiled bastard flaunting these huge finds. All I can say to that is… I’m sorry… If I could change places, I probably… wouldn’t. πŸ˜€

Anyway, I truly believe that you guys should be the ones feeling sorry for me! As Spring is in the air, and people are cleaning out their houses, there is so much to buy at the moment that I don’t even get any time to sit back and relax to play any of the machines or games I have been getting. Life is hard!! πŸ˜€

So the latest. Not many carts or disks in this bunch, but I have made up for that with machines.

A Sharp Twin Fami, a Gakken Frogger, and some other Famicom related goodies. I did throw some batteries into the Frogger as I hadn’t played one before – it really is a good game to my surprise! I will be doing a write-up about it at some point I think.

Famicom Keyboard set, Famicom Tape Recorder, some Super Famicom gear, and a Sega mouse. I paid a fair bit for the recorder, but I don’t have buyer remorse just yet about it. It was something I have been after for a while, and they don’t come up all that often. The Nintendo RGB cable is definitely not on the common side – just wish my TV could support it…

Wireless kit for the Capcom Famicom/SuperFamicom fight stick. Had no idea there was such a thing in all honesty. The Hori trackball is for the Famicom, but I am yet to look into what games actually use it – feels great though.

Well, another nice pile of plastic that I have to try and squeeze into my gameroom somehow. I would leave it out in the lounge, but out of sight is out of mind (for the wife that is). πŸ˜€

What I’ll do now is leave you guys with a few pics of individual items in thumbnail form (click to enlarge). And remember, I’m not spoiled, I am in the terrible position of having too much to buy, and no time to play. πŸ˜‰

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  1. jesus christ dude, nice score πŸ˜€
    Bags the Sharp Famicom if you’re moving it on πŸ˜€

    1. Gotta love Japan right? Well, at least for gaming anyway. πŸ˜‰

      Now that I have two Twin Famis I will be selling one on, but too many guys have been asking me about them for a while now, so it’s not fair to give it to just one. I will do a public sale and it will be first in wins. Won’t be a for a little while though.

  2. Delicious haul!

    I have to obtain one of those Famicom recorders too, when I do rest assured I’ll be sending some tapes to your house. πŸ™‚

    I also want to grab one of those standalone disk systems, preferably a non-working ‘junk’ unit at a cheap price. I can get them working again.

    The SEGA mouse is a nice touch, I love the black/blue colouring.

    The Super Famicom RGB cable is nice to have, they tend to fetch a few dollars. Not so useful for us Aussies though as they’re not compatible with the SNES and the pinout is different to the SCART TV’s that we have here, mind you it’s easy enough to grab a converter cable.

    Trackball controller is only compatible with the following 4 games:

    – Operation Wolf
    – US Championship V’Ball
    – Moero Pro Soccer
    – Putt Putt Golf (FDS game)

    You can still use it with any other game if you use the d-pad though.

  3. Some great info there Frank! Thanks heaps for commenting. πŸ™‚

    I will have to go through the Famicom carts to see if I have those titles – pretty sure I have Operation Wolf and V’Ball, but not sure about the others.

    The Famicom recorder cost me a fair bit unfortunately. I was on a roll and just splurged for it.

    The Sega mouse is pretty cool, but the mouse pad is the coolest part. I am thinking about actually using it at work. πŸ˜€

    1. You shouldn’t be Sean… Like I said, you should be feeling sorry for me more than anything. πŸ˜€

  4. Thanks for sharing your good fortune Hollo, am very much looking forward to having a Famicom in my house. πŸ™‚

    Unrelated but I may as well squeeze it in here, any way for us to upload a user avatar?

  5. Good lord look at all of these posts with amazing stuff you have recently purchased, I have to say I am very impressed. That Frogger machine in particular caught my eye, that was one of my favorite games as a kid. I`ve been looking for one of those Famicom Data Recorders for a while too, nice find there!

    1. Thanks Sean! Yeah, the Data Recorder turned out to be one of the most expensive addons I have bought for the Famicom. Frank was telling me the best way is to simply hook up an MP3 player/recorder to load and save files, so this will probably be ornamental more than anything though, but still cool none the less.

      Are you back to posting on your blog?

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