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Aristxtle

Hello, I'm a 14 year old retro game collector (Yeah I know I'm too young to collect retro stuff) and I want to add to my collection.
I currently own a N64 along with a Wii and a Wii U
I own for the N64, DK64, Mario Party 3, and Mario 64.
All great games. I want to expand my library and do not know which way to go in this.
My local game store sells retro consoles for under $100 depending on what they are. Games are pretty cheap too.
I don't know how I want to expand my collection, I'm looking for some advice.
Should I buy a Gameboy (What type?), NES, SNES, Genesis, or a Gamecube? Or should I continue collecting for the N64 for now? I've done a ton of research on the Gameboy and seems to be what I am most interested in but I'd like some suggestions from fellow fanboys.

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My budget is $60. Forgot to mention

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Kevlar44

The SNES is the best console, hands down. However if you have a budget of 60$ i'd strongly suggest either buying the games on Virtual Console or modding your Wii with ModMii and playing the games you desire via emulation. 60$ isn't going to get you very far in the world of retro gaming. I still collect and maintain my retro collection however i wouldn't want to be buying games without knowing that i'm going to enjoy them. Emulation would allow you the ability to ensure you're making a prudent purchase. Really at the end of the day you aren't stealing from the creators by emulating if you're buying them as a collectable as the resellers are often selling games at highly unreasonable prices. Say you want to enjoy the classic and great Mario RPG, well you're going to have to take out a loan or purchase it through virtual console.

In summary if you want the physical games to build a collection and not so much for enjoyment there is no legitimate way to do so while supporting the creator. If you want the games to play and want to support the creator then the only legit way is Virtual Console and then you aren't getting anything collectable. The best of both worlds is to emulate the games and focus on collecting the ones you really want after playing them and knowing they appeal to you. It's a difficult situation to navigate, but this is how i do it. I don't feel bad about it since i always support the game makers of my current console, i have more Wii U, 3DS, and PS3 games than the majority of folks for sure, and i have a solid collection for all the consoles i've owned. Gamestop/EB games/Ebay are generally a rip off and i think it's best that they not succeed with their price gouging.

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Wavey84

NES + SNES. You can't fully appreciate SNES sequels to the 8-bit originals unless you've played the originals
Getting that 8-16 bit transition is pretty amazeballs, however I still prefer the NES. it had a greater impact on me as a child, it gave birth to so many franchises, it was basically the 'real' beginning of gaming outside the Arcade scene in the mid 80's.

Also, the NES had the better Punch-Out!!(No contest), Better Contra, best Mega Man(2!),and best Disney game > Duck Tales

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BigBabyPeach

@WaveGhoul: How is Contra/or Super C better than Contra 3? They might be more well known, but I don't know anyone mad enough to claim they're better. Contra 3 is perfection.

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Wavey84

@BigBabyPeach:
Bah, I was never a huge fan of Contra 3, it was more arcadey and less strategic than the original.
So did you actually play the original contra before you dipped into 3? BTW Super C is a lazy barely touching 'decent' attempt at a sequel.
I've beaten every single 2D contra game aside from Shattered Soldier and the latest Hardcorps: Uprising and out of all of them ReBIrth by FAR is the weakest link.

For me, Contra 1, 4 and Operation C were the most enjoyable. Hardcorps was pretty good too, but unfortunately it's visuals, grimy color palette and scratchy/gargling mega drive SFX kind of botched the experience for me. It's TOUGH as nails though, I managed to snag every single ending too.

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the_shpydar

@BigBabyPeach:
Contra 3 is very good, yes and i'd rank it above Super C.
But the original Contra is is the very definition of video game awesomeness. This isn't opinion, it's scientific fact.
They did studies.
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They used charts and graphs and beakers and Erlenmeyer flasks and such.

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CaviarMeths

Not sure what you're expecting on a $60 budget. Might be better just to take advantage of the Wii you already have. It has NES, SNES, and Genesis games on Virtual Console and can play Gamecube discs natively. Kinda getting everything you want on hardware you already own.

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BigBabyPeach

@WaveGhoul: Nope, Probotector 2, the GB port of Contra 3, was my first one - might not have been a good way to start off the series, but it was glorious nonetheless for 6 year old me. I have to admit, the original Contra is the only mainline Contra I've never played (born in 1990, NES was a little before my time & no VC rereleases...) so I was judging it purely based on gameplay footage, which probably means I just lost this argument.

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TechnoCharlie

I'm also 14 dude! Awesome!

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KingMike

BigBabyPeach wrote:

@WaveGhoul: Nope, Probotector 2, the GB port of Contra 3, was my first one - might not have been a good way to start off the series, but it was glorious nonetheless for 6 year old me. I have to admit, the original Contra is the only mainline Contra I've never played (born in 1990, NES was a little before my time & no VC rereleases...) so I was judging it purely based on gameplay footage, which probably means I just lost this argument.

Kind of ridiculous the original GB port of Contra 3 left in the top-down stages but not the GBA port (which instead replaced them with two stages from Hard Corps).
Shame the NES version of the original Contra has never been re-released (the arcade version was released on X360 and DS, I believe) but the NES version was considered the definitive version (well maybe Famicom a bit above that, but the differences were just graphics, luckily the gameplay survived intact between the transition).

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Megas75

A good majority of must haves for the GB/NES/SNES/Genesis are available on the Wii/Wii U/3DS, so I'd say the Gamecube

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KevTastic84

Gameboy is quite cheap to start building a collection for. I'd recommend getting a Gameboy Color, or a Gameboy Advance SP. The SP will play all Gameboy titles from various incarnations and is a great little machine. Snes collecting can be quite an expensive hobby, especially for the better games. NES collecting is also difficult and finding fully working systems that last is getting harder and harder to come by.

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Echoing what others have to say, the GameCube is not on VC yet (crossing fingers for NX) so I'd go with that. With $60 you should be able to get a system, two controllers, and 1-3 games (depending on the game).

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MayorPaine

TechnoCharlie wrote:

I'm also 14 dude! Awesome!

I've always been curious on what the younger generation thinks about retro games. So what do you and @Aristxtle find interesting about retro gaming? Do you guys have fun without there being a nostalgia factor? Why don't monochrome pixelated graphics make you go screaming for your lives?

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OneBagTravel

I'm 33 and just now recreating the Game Boy collection I had when I was 10 haha. I'm finding that I've nearly done it all for under $100 thanks to some nice deals on Ebay. I tried to support my local shops but they either stopped carrying GB games or they just didn't have anything worth while.

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Ryno

$60.00 wont get you very far unfortunately, no matter what you choose.

@WaveBoy: Contra is overrated. Sorry. The "3D" levels are awful. If they replaced those with more classic levels it could have been one of the GOAT's. Super C is better, end of story.

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Wavey84

@Ryno:
Oh no you didn't RynoZord!
Sorry, but Super Contra was a lazy half-mother brained' sequel....I mean, first of all it had a terrible forgettable soundtrack....The original Contra has some of the most amazing NES music of all time, you CANNOT say the same for this royal and most heinous bummer of a sequel....Then you toss in bland stage design, uninspired lousy bosses(aside from a couple) and easier difficulty in the Konami Blender and you're left with an Stinky Bill Rizer 8-bit smoothie. The TOP down levels were OK, they got more enjoyable as the game progressed....But the In-base 3rd person stages in the original Contra were pretty neat and innovative during the time....I'm not saying one or the other is better, they're both equally enjoyable imo.

As it stands, contra is a classic, Super contra is a disappointing sequel that doesn't live up the heights of it's funky town predecessor....It's still fun, but it doesn't leave the same OMG Alien-emotional Wonder dude' epic Macho Nacho' Dynamo of a Groovy dooder impact compared to the first Sucka!

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Rumorlife

$60 could potentially buy you a GameBoy and a game or two. Not sure where you are but used game stores here have GBs for like $25 here. Models vary between original, pocket, and GBC. More than $40 for than one is a bit steep around these parts.
You might be able to find a NES or SNES for that same price as well, but probably no games and chance of no controller/cords.

I'd personally get a GB or NES. GB was half my childhood (shared with N64) But the NES is really fun too.

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