This post will be a brief one, because it's about an individual game I happened upon this week. What game you ask? Well, it's an action-adventure title from the good ol' NES that follows protagonist Mike Jones as he journeys across a tropical island to find his missing archaeologist father. If you haven't picked up on it by now here you go - StarTropics!
I had actually encountered this cartridge about a half dozen times over the past month or so. What kept me from picking it up sooner? The first three I found were at a swap meet and were in terrible condition. I try to avoid damaged games altogether, be they functionally damaged or cosmetically damaged. I don't have a ton to spend on retro games so I am pretty discerning about the condition of my carts. I then found two more at the same swap meet, in fantastic condition, but priced absurdly high ($40 for one, $50 for the other). Early this week I found one on craigslist locally, but it was for $20 and still way more than I wanted to pay for it.
A trip to a local thrift store this weekend led me to it once again. And for a mere five dollars, no less! So at last this old favorite of mine is added to my collection. The battery even still works, by some strange witchcraft. Expect to see a full review of this title in the near future.