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Posted by: Tonepoet 30th September 2020 14:46
So I have noticed a trend in games lately, of rereleasing games, and not just in the ways that you would normally expect, which is to say through emulation on and ports to other consoles. The classic edition consoles, alongside some home arcade cabinet are examples of that, but still not quite the original experience I would optimally hope to have. For all intents and purposes, the opportunity for that has come to pass, has it not? You'd have to play the game on the original console, and even though you can probably buy the console more affordably now than you could back in the day, the actual games are a different. They are generally treated as collector's items.

Well, as it turns out, the answer is that the opportunity may not have yet come to pass, because software is indefinitely duplicable and some games have been reproduced, and I am not talking about the ebay bootlegs or the unauthorized collector's editions, but copies of the games which have been authorized by the I.P. holder. I have wanted to make a thread about this for quite a long time, since it would be the most legitimate way of playing these games ever since anybody missed the opportunity to get them off of store shelves.

I have not in part because I have a chronic habit of intending to writing posts but never getting around to actually post them, but more importantly nothing seemed especially exciting. On the one hand, you have popular games that are not very expensive to get secondhand that were perhaps way too overpriced from i-am-8-bit. Their releases included Street Fighter II, which is discounted to $18: The others available on Amazon are sold by marketplace sellers.

Basically, there were no games I could feel really excited about mentioning, until now. Now represents the point in time wherein some of the rarer games with some level of mass appeal are becoming available at reasonable prices.

First off, the Turrican series is also along the lines of a cult classic, but unlike what Retrobit offered, most of the original games have become expensive collectors' items. You can buy Mega Turican for the Sega Megadrive or Super Turican for the S.N.E.S. on, but it should still be noted that you should get your copy sooner rather than later if you envision yourself ever wanting to play the game, because the 3DS itself has been discontinued, and you may not be able to purchase games from its e-shop forever. with a color manual, or $75 plus shipping for the collector's edition which also includes the original soundtrack, commerative coin, a special acrylic stand to display the game and a reversible poster. Limited Run games is also selling a number of Shantae collectibles, including a liimited editon Switch cartridge for the original game if for some reason you'd prefer to play an emulated copy on that console, and a separate limited edition switch cartridge for Risky's Revenge: The direct sequel to Shantae that was originally released for the Nintendo D.S.

Anyway, i suppose that is enough about Shantae in particular. I'd just be remiss if anybody else who may have wanted to buy it like I did missed this opportunity and felt even worse about their past purchasing decisions than I do now.

Do any of you have thoughts about this trend? Do you find it as exciting as I do, or feel like it is just a weird gimmick and that I'm at least just a little bit crazy? If you find it exciting, what games would you like to see on the original system catrige cartridge? I have a few other games on my wishlist that I would like to see sold at more reasonable prices, but I will not list them all since the one I would like most by this point is Pocky and Rocky 2. I did buy the original game, back when it was cheap and I loved that, so I would love to have the opportunity to play its sequel on my Super Nintendo.

Posted by: AltheaValara 10th October 2020 03:31
Limited Run Games crossed my Twitter feed about a year ago, and I've been following them ever since. I think it's a neat concept, and I do think there's an audience for it. I like physical releases myself, though I'm not opposed to digital stuff. If I can afford a PS5 (doubtful) I'd probably go for the one with the disc drive because it's fun to be able to hold stuff in your hands.

Posted by: Glenn Magus Harvey 10th October 2020 20:20
It's kinda interested me, though such repro cartridges are generally out of my price range. I mean,, on which games can be made; I happened to pick this up along with various games made for it as part of the huge Racial Justice Bundle offered on earlier this year. This hasn't actually been made into hardware though, as far as I know.

Posted by: His Shadow 13th November 2020 23:26
So I have managed to buy the original Super Famicom Final Fantasy IV, V, VI imported or buying at comic con in Chicago for a good low price.

Would I prefer reproductions? Yes! Most Famicom games will have batteries and parts that have failed. Thankfully if your on Japanese Market place you see the sellers will sometimes get the game fixed or battery replaced.

I want reproductions not really to play but to put on my shelves and look at. The orginal Japanese versions are wonderful.

For my SNES Classic I have exchanged the regular ROM for the Japanese Version (Which I own) and also add in the translation.

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