Console Capers

I have become a collector of consoles, or rather of “wishful” collector of one.  In cleaning up my Amazon wish list, I removed all of the books in favor of consoles, video games, recording equipment, etc.  I obviously still have my book list on Goodreads, and I figured people know me well enough to realize that Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift cards are still amazing and noble presents indeed without the need for specific titles (I’m starting to reconsider this as I believe Amazon will send you offers/deals based on what you have on your wish list, but that’s neither here nor there).

As I conceived of this post before I received my PS3 in the mail yesterday (pictures to come on Tuesday’s State of the Gamer post), I’ll still mention it in my list, but will leave it off the poll.

I’d like to be wise in the vein of Hungry Goriya who is the queen of game collection and not just jump at the first console I find for some exorbitant price (for example, the Sega Master System on Amazon is at a whooping $700!), but rather be more savvy, shop around, drive a harder bargain, utilize eBay.  There’s also Jay Street Video Games, which is hilariously right next door to the GameStop.

Nintendo Switch

If I manage to find one of those, I should trade Cheap Boss Attack!

Regular Retail: $299.99
Amazon: $375 – $19,499.99
eBay: $384.00

Easily the newest system on my list and the “it” item of the year.  People will be fighting over Nintendo’s newest offering this Christmas and the next just like the Wii.  Nor did you read that Amazon high price wrong.  Someone is legitimately trying to gouge some poor sucker for $20k (WTF?).  eBay is way more reasonable, and even Amazon has some used units for under $300.  I’ll probably try to snatch one up from Best Buy or Target (if I can ever catch someone in the electronics aisle).

Games I Most Want to Play

  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Bomberman R
  • Mario Odyssey

PlayStation 3

Regular Retail: $399.99
Amazon: $209.00

It makes sense that Nintendo and Sony would be the first systems on my list since they respectively allowed me to first play the game series I love the most: Final Fantasy, and the reason I was so hellbent on obtaining my own PS3 once again had to do with a Final Fantasy, too.

I think I’ve already talked about my adventures in PS3 buying, but if I haven’t, I’ll regale you with the story on Tuesday.  Suffice it to say, I now have one in my hot, little hand, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  Granted, I’ll feel better once I set it up and it actually works.  I believe PS3s are backwards compatible in respect to PlayStation games (but not PlayStation 2 ones), so I may be able to give my old PS2 a rest.

Games I Most Want to Play

  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Mass Effect Trilogy
  • Suikoden I & II
  • Chrono Cross
  • Castlevania
  • Xenogears

From Suikoden to the end, all of these games are ones I downloaded from the PSN that I didn’t realize were PS3 only, so I’m pretty pumped.

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The State of the Gamer: 11/22/16

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A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have quite a backlog of games to either play or watch, and I’m hoping a weekly article will assist with my progress as my other accountable posts have done with reading and writing.
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Game Currently Playing

Title: Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square/Tose (GBA)
Original Platform: NES
Original Release Date: December 18, 1987
Current Platform: Gameboy Advance
Current Platform Release Date: July 29, 2004
Date Started: November 20, 2016


There’s no reason I can’t start playing some of the remakes/reiterations of the series as I’m playing through the original numbered ones, especially considering I’m currently playing WOFF.  I started this the past Sunday and so far it is much easier than the original Final Fantasy.  I didn’t have to spend over a week grinding in order to garner enough gold to buy starter equipment and spells.  We’ll see if my difficulty assessment holds true after I enter the first dungeon, The Temple of Chaos.

Title: Final Fantasy IV
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Original Platform: SNES
Original Release Date: July 19, 1991
Current Platform: Game Boy Advance
Current Platform Release Date: December 12, 2005
Date Started: October 24. 2016


I’m currently washed up on the shores of Mysidia, or rather Cecil is…in the town that hates him…for good reason.  I need to grind to make gil to purchase the proper equipment before making the pilgrimage to Mt. Ordeals in order to become a paladin.

Title: New Super Mario Bros.
Series: Super Mario
Genre: Platformer – Adventure
Developer: Nintendo
Original Platform: Nintendo DS
Original Release Date: May 15, 2006
Date Started: October 24, 2016


I was encouraged not to give up on this by a fellow blogger so I shall persevere.  I’ll try to get some play time in this week.  I’m currently in the dessert World 2.

Title: World of Final Fantasy
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Date Bought: October 21, 2016
Date Started: November 5, 2016


Still nothing but good things to say about this game.  I’ve devised a Mirage chart on Excel to keep track of all of the ones I have and what their abilities are.  I’ve recently entered Pyrefly forest where I managed to capture a Babyhemoth, a new type of Mu, and a DualLizard.  There are five more mirages I need to go after before I leave, but I”ll need to clear up some space in my inventory.  I’ll probably work on that this (long) weekend.  Oh!  And I managed to beat the first coliseum fight with the FF Mascots (three chocobo riding moogles), but with the second fight against the same at a higher level, I got my ass handed to me.

Games Currently Watching

Title: Mass Effect II
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: January 26, 2010
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: November 19, 2016


The opening to this game is nothing short of amazing.  I couldn’t pick my jaw up off the floor.  It was better than many movies and just as suspenseful.  I’m am so freaking curious about the Illusive Man, but I don’t want to google anything about him and be spoiled.  So I guess I’ll have to wait until the story reveals why he has those glowing, cybernetic looking eyes.  So far my favorite character is Jacob, because he seems the most honest and straightforward.  I don’t really trust Miranda.  She just might be really cold and calculating, but there’s something about her.  Then there’s that random merc that joins Shepherd’s team.  He’s too much of a loose canon.  Of course any of the original crew are nothing short of awesome.

Games Added to Playlist: 4

  1. Fire Emblem – I’ve talked about this game quite a bit with Cheap Boss Attack so I’m surprised I didn’t add it until now.
  2. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – This was another add due to conversations with CBA.
  3. Moirai – I get to thank The Otaku Judge for this one.  Their compelling review of it piqued my interest mightily.  I’m not usually into horror games, but I might warily check this one out.
  4. The Last Story – This is one of those games you know you should have on your backlog list, but you didn’t think about until you randomly saw it somewhere.  Actually, I remember where I saw it now.  Cheap Boss Attack made a post about organizing his games, and there was this game’s picture right in the middle.  That guy gets me to add more games than should be allowed hehe.
  5. Persona 2: Innocent Sin – I just added this tonight since it’s the first in the Persona 2 duology, prior to Eternal Punishment, which makes sense that such would follow “Innocent Sin.”

Games Bought This Week: 4

  1. Suikoden – PSN sale yo.
  2. Suikoden II – Again PSN sale
  3. Chrono Cross – Why did I buy it? *points above*
  4. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – PSN sale again.  I’m going to hold off playing it until I can get Innocent Sin since that’s the first one.  Either I’ll just pick it up (it’s around $20) or wait for it to go on sale, too.

I spent around $11 for four games, which is not a shabby deal in the least.

What are you currently playing and/or watching? Is it something new or old?  Is it a first time run or a replay?  What’s the genre?  Would you recommend it?  What’s on your radar to play next?

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