The London Gaming Market was Sunday just gone, which I made an effort to get down to again.
A few of us went this time and left the girls at home with the hope that we could spend as much time pondering and looking about items that take our fancy.
Overall, I didn’t find it as interesting this time, a lot of the stalls had large stocks of many games but there were less specialist stalls this time around and one that particularly took my fancy last time was a Japanese stall that had lots of Metal Gear and Resident evil items – wasn’t there, shame.
There was however a particular stall that had a lot of high value games, rare ones and ones that people generally don’t want to get rid of so become expensive to pick up. Castlevania SotN was there on PS1 for a cool £250 !!
He had a lot of the big GameCube games too, Frogger and Gadget racers were there for £175 & £200 respectively. Wow, big prices, for games I don’t care for – pretty demoralising, I have to admit.
I did pick up Chibi Robo through, which I’ve been after for a while, for a very fair price of £80, it’s in wonderful condition too and still has the unscratched Club Nintendo reward card, lol. I’m looking forward to playing that.
This year they had opened up an extra room, which while very welcome seemed a bit futile, as the place was rammed again – they really do need a bigger venue, or just open up the partition to the extra areas, it would be so much more pleasant.
I grabbed a few other bits that I’ve been wanting for a while and a few nice books to go into my library. All in all, was good, not as good as the last one but fruitful none the less – I got battered drunk after it too in the pub next-door.
Speed Devils Dreamcast
I loved this game back in the original day on my Dreamcast, it seemed so much fun finding the shortcuts and seeing the levels change as the race developed. I don’t know what happened to my original copy, so I’m glad to pick this up again and as soon as RGC finish their RGB Scart cable for use on my PVM, I’ll grab one and jump back into this game.
GameCube – Chibi-Robo & Timesplitters Future Perfect
These are games that I need for my collection and ones that I wanted to play. Chibi commands quite a price nowadays and is often hard to track down, in a complete form, so this was a very pleasant surprise, it was also one of the specific games I was actually hoping to find on this trip. Timesplitters, I’m a big fan of but for some reason I never finished the third entry in the series, I also originally played these on the PS2 back in the day, so as long as I can get over the GC’s dual analogue sub-par controls, I’ll finish it this time !
GameCube Controller Emerald Blue
Last time it went to the LGM I picked up a Spiced Orange Controller and while I do like my WaveBird, I generally prefer the wired pads as the include rumble, so I use these. Now I have a Japan exclusive variant and was tempted by the Pearl one I saw there too but maybe I’ll pick that one up next time.
Mario Artist N64DD
Now, this is simply just a collector’s piece, to sit on my shelf with a few other regionally locked Nintendo curios, as I have no way to play this on original hardware. This was going to be the sequel to Mario Paint, but never actually got the exposure that it was destined as the N64DD was pulled from shelves rather swiftly in the states and Japan soon followed, never actually reaching our UK shops. It’s just nice to look at and paw over – if you like this sort of thing.
So overall nothing too major, although I tried to set out to get a few items and managed to come away with one of them so I'm a happy fat Koopling.