Monday, 22 June 2009

Saturn Model 2: Lost in New York

Ah, my first post at the Saturn Junkyard. So what does the Nomad do in his first article? He brings the whole place down by resorting to celebrity sightings! Don't worry, I'll make it SEGA related and will even visit a pretty sweet video game store.

Let's begin: This past weekend my girlfriend and I were visiting some old friends in New York City. Our first stop was a visit to VideoGamesNewYork, a small but jam-packed game shop that had everything from the Odyssey to the 360. On our way to the shop, things took a turn for the awesome when we spotted Kevin McCallister himself, Mister Macaulay Culkin!

I managed to snap the photo seen above just before Culkin spotted us and hailed a taxi. Seconds later, and I shit you not, Liev Schreiber (Sabertooth of Wolverine) was walking on the opposite side of the street with his son! The gaming gods must have planned all of this as upon entering VideoGamesNewYork I spotted Home Alone 2 for the Genesis and a poster advertising the next-gen Wolverine game.

So what did the store have to offer in terms of SEGA games and systems? In five words: a hell of a lot. You'd be hared pressed to even find a store back in the mid-90's that had this much Saturn stuff in one spot. There were literally hundreds of US and Japanese games available, as well as boxes full of controllers, multi-taps and 4meg carts. After the excitement receded, I asked myself "how could this much Saturn stuff go unsold?" I quickly had my answer: the prices were (for the most part) ludicrous! Games that would go for $5 on ebay were $25, shrink-wrapped stinkers like CROC went for $60 and used controllers were $25. More examples outside of the Saturn: A new Dreamcast was $140, used VMUs were $14.99 each (without caps), Sonic Adventure was $60 and a used Master System Converter was $90. Ouch.

Despite lots of overly priced items, there were some deals to be found. Many staple Saturn games like Daytona USA and Virtua Fighter 2 were between $5 and $9. The Bomberman Multi-tap was $60, new in box.

On the Dreamcast side, the often overpriced Illbleed was $9 and the rare official Dreamcast to Neo Geo Color link cable was $25 and was well stocked (I counted a dozen or so). Genesis and Sega CD games went for reasonable prices, though if you wanted a boxed cartridge you'd spend $25+ for games like Sonic 2 and Golden Axe.

In the end I left with a small amount but excellent selection of items. I snagged Floigan Bros., Illbleed and a third-party ASCII controller for $30 total. Not too shabby! Unfortunately I didn't obtain any Saturn items, as I really had my eye on their rarer games but couldn't handle their prices.

Overall, visiting VideoGamesNewYork was a great experience, if only for the opportunity to stand before hundreds of classic SEGA games. There ARE deals to be found, but I'd advise making up a list of games you're on the lookout for beforehand and comparing the online price to what VideoGamesNewYork offers. You can check out their website here and view more photos of the shop here. I also have this article reposted at The Nomad Junkyard, with a bonus photo!


elend said...

Wow that shop sure looks nice. I would love to buy a shitload of cheap US games there. :D

And US stars like Macaulay Culkin are walking around New York alone?! I would have thought they have like.. bodyguards and stuff. Very weird! The other one I don't know. ^_^;

Barry the Nomad said...

I think visitors from the abroad would benefit the most at the shop, as you don't have to deal with overseas shipping.
As for the shitload of games, just imagine that photo of the full Saturn display case times four. There was an entire 3 additional shelves that I didn't photograph, it was quite overwhelming.

As for celebs in NYC, I guess thats how it goes. You'll rarely see a bodyguard unless they're of political significance.

NebachadnezzaR said...

Meh, the prices are ridiculous, which is too bad because the store really looks like it's packed with great stuff. At least you managed to grab some good deals. Floigan Bros is good fun, gotta finish it someday...

The Plushiest said...

Yep, that store is rad. Calgary has a few stores like that...and they are way over priced too. Usually the best place is yard sales, pawn shops, and ebay. Still, I've paid a pretty penny for games like Radiant Silvergun and Panzer Dragoon Saga on Ebay.