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January 27, 2007

Filed under: gaming»software

Grey Market

I'm selling some games on eBay this weekend. They're only up for three days, because I'm impatient that way. If you're looking for a pretty good deal, I think these are fair prices, and they're more than I'd get from the thieves at EBGames. Of course, just between us friends, I'm not selling all of these because they are too good to keep, if you know what I mean. So here's what we've got.

  • Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime for DS: This one genuinely is a pretty good game. It's got more puns than you can shake a stick at, a broad slapstick sense of humor, and the bizarre tank battles are really a lot of fun. Plenty of item collecting for the completist.
  • Yoshi's Island DS: It's not bad, but it's got some really cheap moments in it, and I don't feel like it has quite the same magic as the original. I made it through four worlds, and then just couldn't bring myself to struggle past the fifth.
  • Mechwarrior: Phantom Assault for DS: Now this one, like Star Trek Assault, has been unfairly maligned in my opinion. Also, it seems to be hard to find. I really enjoyed it, but it doesn't have a lot of replay value and it requires another copy for the multiplayer. The touch control is worthless, but once you get used to the face-buttons-as-dual-thumbsticks mechanic, it plays pretty well.
  • Animal Crossing for Gamecube: If you're not going to play it every day, it's not worth it, and we don't. I actually think that this is better than the DS version, since the calendar is more creative and there are NES games included, but it does lack the WiFi connection.
  • Children of Mana for DS: Yeah, this one's kind of a stinker. Imagine Diablo with a Secret of Mana skin, then make it boring. I think my main problem is that there's just not a lot of depth to it. Not my cup of tea, but you might like it better.
  • Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition for Gamecube: Now that Nintendo's releasing these over the Virtual Console for Wii, I'm sure this will be quickly made obsolete. On the other hand, that requires you to actually own a Wii, which seems to be about as likely as owning a handful of precious gold at this point. Besides, for the price of the VC games, you'd probably pay as much as my Buy it Now price. For someone who doesn't own the Classic Series Zelda (I do) and likes the N64 games (I don't, clearly), this is a nice package.

All games start low and have a Buy It Now price of $20, except for Animal Crossing at $10 and Zelda at $40, because I'm CRAAAZY! They end Tuesday at around 12pm ET.

Speaking of the grey market, I have to say that in retrospect the imported DS Lite is looking like a pretty good purchase. When I first got it, and then they announced that they'd be releasing it a month later domestically, it looked like I'd paid a big premium just for the blue color. Now, of course, Nintendo hardware is backordered everywhere, and the import prices have skyrocketed. Brinstar and I don't look quite as silly now. Well, relatively speaking, I guess.

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