WANTED BY WoS


Amazingly, even the idyllic life of an international gadabout videogame historian such as this reporter is not yet perfect and complete. However much philosophical contentment one might achieve, there are still material things to want. These are some of the ones wanted by me.

A few of the things below, especially the LCD games, are very rare and hence are also wanted by lots of people, who are undoubtedly prepared to pay far stupider prices for them than World Of Stuart is, but they're mentioned here anyway just for the sheer heck of it. If you should come across, say, a copy of Virtual Boy Space Invaders by chance in a car-boot sale, you'll almost certainly make yourself a lot more cash sticking it on eBay for some scabby, joyless collector* with more money than sense who'll freeze it in a cryogenic chamber without even opening the box, than you would flogging it to me.

Most of the items, though, are things which only your correspondent - possibly in the entire world - would ever pay good money for, so if you've got them, and you'd rather have some money (or - hey - you just want to get me a present), then drop me a line.
 


PIPE MANIA 3D
(Playstation/Empire)

3D-graphics version of the old Amiga puzzler, also called "Pipe Dreams 3D". The NTSC version can be bought from Amazon US for about 1.40, but the useless morons won't ship videogames outside the country of origin.

FOUND

TETRIS WITH CARDCAPTOR SAKURA: ETERNAL HEART (Playstation/Arika/2000)

Possibly the most obscure Tetris game of all, a tie-in with a Japanese anime character, featuring a story mode and a curious option to play the game using two joypads. Only released in October 2000, so it shouldn't have disappeared from the face of the planet yet.

FOUND

LODE RUNNER
(Keychain game/Xing)

Teeny tiny little Lode Runner game from Japan.

TEMPEST
(Keychain game/Tiger/1997ish)

As above, but with Tempest. This one was probably released in the US. There were a whole stack of them, including Joust and a bizarre Defender, most of which I already have.

FANTASIC PINBALL aka KYUUTENKAI 
(Playstation/Tecno Soft)

Brilliant early pinball game in the style of the classic Alien Crush. One of the first PS releases, Japan only. The title is often mistakenly read as "FantasTic Pinball". Or maybe was always supposed to be that and was mistranslated by the box artists, who knows?  (NB I already have the Saturn version.)

FOUND

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
(board game/MB)

Looks kinda like the Crystal Maze fruit machine.

FROGGER CARDCADE
(card game)

I found the Centipede version of this (pictured right) in a pound shop at Birmingham New Street station a couple of years ago while killing time between hideously delayed Virgin trains. Never seen the Frogger one in the wild, but it seems to have been quite widely sold in the US.

SUPER MARIO BROS
(board game/MB)

There have been several Super Mario boardgames, but the one I'm missing is the original MB version.

POKEMON MINI GAMES
(Pokemon Mini/Nintendo)

WANTED: almost any games for this diminutive handheld, except Pokemon Mini Party or Pinball. Especially wanted: Pokemon Tetris (aka Shock Tetris).

FOUND

SPACE INVADERS VIRTUAL COLLECTION (Virtual Boy)

So rare it's possibly the only VB game ever released not to have been ROM-dumped for emulator use. The last one put up on eBay had an asking price of 320, and - shock! - got no bids. Features the normal Invaders game, plus a 3D version akin to the one in the recent Anniversary Edition for Playstation and PC.

OUT RUN TABLETOP GAME
(Tiger/Grandstand)

This, and its After Burner compatriot, were mainstays of mail-order catalogues in the late 1980s. Most people, however, bought the credit-card-sized versions instead, so the big ones are now quite hard to locate.

OUT RUN F1 HANDHELD
(Sega/Game Vision)

This, however, while it looks like the popular small version of the above released by Tiger, is in fact a completely different game, strangely featuring F1 cars, and sold only in Japan.

WONDERSWAN TETRIS
(Wonderswan Color/Vanguard)

One of those games that, like VB Space Invaders,  manages to escape the attentions of TOSEC and GoodTools, so doesn't show up in "complete" ROM listings even though, in this case, it doesn't seem to be all that rare.
FOUND

MOON PATROL LCD GAME
(handheld/Gakken)

These are really rare, so I'm probably not going to find one at a non-stupid price. (The last one I located, the bloke wanted $400 for. But he also wanted $400 for a Dig-Dug tabletop that goes for about a quarter of that on eBay, so that's not necessarily all that much of a guide.)

MOON PATROL KEYCHAIN
(eXtreme Keychain/Tiger)

Another in the Tempest/Joust/ etc series from the late 1990s.

MILLIPEDE/FROGGER
(eXtreme Keychain/Tiger)

And two more. Other games in the line included Pong, Kaboom and Crazy Climber.

 

PENGO HANDHELDS
(Bandai)

There are both LCD and "LSI TT" (also known as VFD) handheld versions of Pengo, both pretty rare.

BURGER TIME HANDHELDS
(Bandai)

Comes in LCD and LSI TT versions, as with Pengo. The two versions are different games, in all these cases.

TUTANKHAM HANDHELDS
(Bandai)

Another game with both LCD and LSI TT incarnations - the LSI TT/VFD versions don't have the "backdrops" on the screen. Name spelt as "Toutankhamon" on the box. There's also a Konami version of the VFD (far right), in a different (orange) case but is the same game.

ZAXXON HANDHELDS
(Bandai)

And one more. The LCD version had a weird "double screen" arrangement, with one on top of the other, like a dual-layer DVD.

 

ZAXXON TABLETOP
(Coleco)

A different game again to the ones above, and one which actually got a Western release and is therefore quite a lot more common. Alhough not so common that I've got one, obv.

NECRONOMICON
(Saturn/Forbidden Games)

Surprisingly high-resolution Saturn pinball game from the people who created Last Gladiators and the two Super Pinball games on the SNES.

FOUND

GALAGA '91 HANDHELD
(Namco)

One of a series in a generic casing, also including Pac-Land, Dragon Spirit, Splatterhouse and Final Lap. There's also a "Galaga 2000" version, but I don't know if it's actually different to the '91.

GALAXIAN KEYCHAIN
(Bandai)

1997.

 

GALAXIAN TABLETOP
(Coleco/1980s)

These are a bit different. They're eternally available on eBay, but only in the US, where the bulky size makes them absurdly expensive to post. I need to find some in the UK or even Europe, where they're sadly a lot less commonplace.

 

OTHER TABLETOP GAMES
(Coleco/1980s)

Others in the same series include Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man and Frogger, as well as a Berzerk which was shown in a catalogue but never, as far as is known, seen in reality. It's Galaxian that's the most wanted, but I'm interested in all of these.

Q*BERT TABLETOP
(Parker Bros/1980s)

There have been a lot more Q*Bert spinoffs made than you'd think. There are board games, card games, a little wristwatch version and more featuring the little dude with the big nose and the loud mouth. This tabletop is the only thing I'm missing.

CAT'N'MOUSE
(coin-op/Zaccaria)

Okay, this is a real long shot. It's one ne of the few arcade games of its era not to be properly emulated in MAME, so if you should happen to find a PCB of this (JAMMA or otherwise) lying around, WoS will be your friend for ever.

 

THE ADVENTURE OF LITTLE RALPH (Playstation/Sony)

Cute platform game that's one of the few remaining obscure PS Japanese-only titles still evading WoS' attempts to track it down. The Japanese name is Chippoke Ralph no Daibouken.

FOUND

BOMBER MAN KEYCHAIN
(Bandai)

It's a little Bomber Man game - but on a keychain. What more is there to say?

THE MOON
(Celestial/creator unknown)

On a stick, if possible.

 

 


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OBLIGATORY EDITORIALISING SECTION

Collectors are the scum of the Earth, viewers. This reporter and this website have always been dedicated to making both the knowledge and the use of the products of culture available as widely as is within their power, sometimes even by bending the law, so that we might all share the enjoyment of the wonderful, life-affirming stuff that humanity's capable of creating in the few moments when it isn't busy fighting, lying and blowing itself up with bombs and the like.

Collectors have the opposite impulse. When he finds something which has for some reason become rare, the collector will expend stupid amounts of effort and/or money to secure it for himself. In most cases, the item will then be "preserved" - locked away, often still sealed in its original packaging, where it can be enjoyed by no-one, thereby defeating the object of its ever having been created. It's also, in effect, rendered even more rare (since there's now one fewer copy in circulation than previously), protecting the collector's "investment" at the expense of everyone's cultural heritage.

Eventually, when every copy of a rare item (intended by its creator to be used and enjoyed by actual living people) is in the possession of "collectors", it will effectively cease to exist and be lost to the world - because you can't play/watch/listen to/look at something that's locked away vacuum-sealed in a safe, "preserved" to death.

In this reporter's view, dedicating your life to taking culture away from the world in order to make yourself a poxy few quid is a pretty sorry way to be going about things. Collectors - I hope you die young of some exotic, rare disease, and your next of kin unwittingly sell your collection off for pennies in a jumble sale (ideally to kids ignorant of its "value", who'll just thoughtlessly tear open all the boxes and play the damn things) while emptying out your sterile, soulless home.
 

 

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